With so much money being poured into the national security industry within the last 10 years or so, and coastline security becoming such a priority, it was only a matter of time before the pleasure-boating industry enjoyed some of the residual fruits of our protectors’ innovation and industriousness. One good example of this phenomenon comes to us from Jeanerette, Louisiana’s Metal Shark Aluminum Boats—traditionally the manufacturer of rugged, fast, aluminum-hulled vessels mainly for the port-security, border-protection, and drug-interdiction markets. Recently however, they made a strong move into the leisure-based side of the game in the form of their 40-foot center console Fearless.
It’s a fitting moniker for a boat with a macho pedigree and racy features. For example the boat has a twin-step hull that is the first of its kind implemented on an aluminum pleasurecraft. The hull’s design allows it to overcome adverse sea conditions and perform like a true sportboat, with a soft ride and nimbleness that will thrill any boat owner looking for some excitement. And excitement is a key selling point for this craft. Outfitted with quadruple outboards and put on the pins, Metal Shark says the Fearless can top out at a rollicking 60 knots. That means that if you held on real tight, and pushed this boat hard, you could get from Lauderdale to Bimini in under an hour (you could probably also chase down drug runners too, but we don’t recommend that for a variety of reasons).
Often when a boat is this focused on performance and seakeeping, onboard amenities can become something of an afterthought. Not so aboard this 40. The boat features a military-style double console, with two seats forward and two seats aft. While the driver and copilot man the helm up front, the passengers in the aft station will enjoy the custom treatment. That part of the console can be configured with a number of amenities, including fishfinders, navigation screens, or even a flatscreen TV. Above, the boat has a cantilevered hardtop that protects the console seating area from the elements, while a fully enclosed berth below will be useful should it really turn nasty. The boat also comes with additional seating in the bow, and can be kitted out for fishing, diving, or cruising. Indeed, after years of building serious boats for serious work, it seems the team at Metal Shark is raring to unleash that gung-ho boatbuilding attitude on something just a bit more fun. ρ
This article originally appeared in the June 2012 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.