Let’s call a spade a spade—if you like having all eyes on you, the Deep Impact 360C is worth your serious consideration. The new model from the Miami-based performance-boat builder has the profile of a freakin’ dart, complete with a super-sleek body, and even a flight (that’s what you call the dart’s tail feather) made up of a gaggle of macho, awe-inspiring Mercury Verados. A “Lamborghini copper” paint job is sprinkled with pearl-colored accents to make this boat really pop. It basically feels like Deep Impact built the 360C precisely so you could rumble up to a dockside South Beach watering hole with three guys, and then a little while later rumble back out of there with three guys, and three (or maybe six?) new, bikini-clad friends.
Deep Impact maintains that the boat’s super-sporty appeal is not just for show. Out on the water she’s a real screamer, with a top speed that hurdles the 60-knot mark. I don’t know if you’ve ever done 60 knots in a boat before, but that is fast enough to make the spray off the water feel like hail when it hits your face. And I mean that in the best possible way. A cruise speed of around 52 knots will have you making the trip from Lauderdale to Bimini in about an hour, docking included. A second cruise of 19 knots consumes gas at a rate of about 13.7 gph, you know, for when you don’t feel like burning all your fuel at once.
The boat also packs a lot into its 36-foot LOA. In her cabin alone she’s got an Onan diesel generator, a full berth, a flatscreen television, a microwave, sink, air conditioner, and more. There’s even an enclosed marine head with a shower.
Outside there’s plenty of entertainment space, including a sunpad on the bow and an L-shaped settee with a removable dining table aft. The helm has a Garmin GPS/depthfinder as well as a Garmin VHF. There’s also access to an iPod dock hooked up to a Clarion CMD6 stereo with a JL Audio premium upgrade.
If that’s not enough, there are also two livewells, multiple in-deck fishboxes, and rod holders if you feel like wetting a line.
The Deep Impact 360C has a lot to offer for whatever you’d like to do on the water. This is a boat that certainly has an eye-catching design, but her beauty is way more than skin deep.
This article originally appeared in the November 2012 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.