Protector Tuaranga 38
Oakland, California-based Protector Boats holds firm to the idea that the world is three-quarters water and that their customers should be able to enjoy almost every inch of that expanse. And with the new Tuaranga 38, which is typically rugged, sturdy, and fast, Protector aims to let the owners enjoy those waters regardless of conditions. Conceived as a step up from the popular Targa 28, the 38 can flat-out fly when equipped with optional triple 350-hp diesel engines—to the tune of 60 mph or more on the pins. And her 12'3" beam and 18-degree deadrise hull should lend her exceptional stability, even in the rough stuff. A 300-mile range ensures you can travel far and wide, and her 2'1" draft (drives down) ensures that’ll include plenty of skinny water.
Besides performance, there’s seating for ten, two twin-sized berths in the cabin, and an enclosed, stand-up head. Rubber “sure foot” flooring and stainless steel hardware throughout enhance both safety and appearance.
There’s a good reason that the U.S. Coast Guard, as well as numerous fire and police departments, have Protector Boats in their fleets—they’re rough and ready, with a reputation that they won’t let you down when you need them most.
This article originally appeared in the May 2011 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.