Whether you do your boating on a big-time sportfisherman or a pocket cruiser, boaters typically have two things in common, a love of the water and use for a solid, reliable tender. We scoured the boat shows across the country in search of the best new tenders.
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
Lions and tigers and 59-foot cats that can hit nearly 30 mph at WOT? Oh my! The Horizon Group is set to launch its PC58 power cat at this fall’s Fort Lauderdale boat show. The yacht, whose elegant lines were engineered by Jupiter, Florida’s Winchester Design Group,
Undaunted by the Great Recession, Viking just keeps aggressively churning out serious fishing boats for the serious fisherman. The 66 Convertible, which will debut at the 2011 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, is the company’s fifth new model introduced over the past several months. It combines the builder’s
You may never have seen a boat quite like the Sunreef Power 75, a tri-deck cat outfitted for serious sportfishing. Sunreef introduced a powerboat line in 2008, and it instantly became a hit. The 75 is a step up from the 70-foot base model. Her dual-hull design gives her excellent stability, a 4'9" draft, and an 8,000-mile range. The wide beam provides abundant
The Netherlands-based Heesen Yachts has delivered the 47-meter (154-foot) Air (above), the sixth 47-meter in the series (the sistership to 2009’s Blind Date, 2008’s Elandess), and has three more currently under construction.
I’ve known people who seem to never sleep and yet accomplish a variety of tasks with equal skill and ability. The designers and builders at Moonen certainly seem to fit into that class of people. Though the yard is best known for pocket-size megayachts (see last month’s “Small Wonder”), classifying Moonen yachts will be harder in the future as the shipyard has
Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? The Bertram 540 is a modern-day version of the much-loved original Bertram 54 and retains the 54’s famously sharp bow, long waterline, and deep-V hull, which combine to make the boat handle well in open water. Bertram also claims that the 540’s single, centerline fuel tank creates a zero-trim effect that should
He who possesses the conch possesses the power. While the preceding sentence may be a major plot point in the William Golding classic Lord of the Flies, it may very soon apply to the world of tournament fishing as well. That’s because R & R Boatworks is introducing the Conch 44, a serious fishing boat for the serious fisherman. She is based on the famous
From Regulator, the Edenton, North Carolina, company that prides itself on building boats with “legendary rides,” comes the 28 FS. Originally concieved as a step-up from the company’s popular 26-foot model—but with added amenities such as fold-down transom seating—this is a sleek, no-frills center console that is sure to tantalize any hardcore fisherman. Her
Sometimes a fishing boat is more than just a fishing boat. Sometimes it is a personal statement announcing the owner’s sense of sophistication and elegance. The new Sea Force IX 91.5 Skybridge Sport Yacht may represent the apotheosis of just such a boat. She is more than 91 feet long and sports an enormous enclosed flying bridge with another fully equipped helm
From out of South Jersey comes another Viking build that may be destined to become a classic. Although she is the smallest Viking, the 42 has a big attitude. With aggressively raked lines and a dark visor contrasting with her expansive foredeck, the 42 certainly looks ready to rumble offshore. And a cockpit with a built-in mezzanine, a transom door with lift gate,
Two serendipitous (but very different) meetings with the most famous sportfishing vessel of all time—Hemingway’s Pilar. The year was 1992, and I was in Cuba working on a magazine story about marinas and other aspects of the Cuban marine scene.