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More Flair From Carolina

Does the world really need another high-end, semicustom, mid-30-foot, outboard-powered, fishing boat? Before you say no you might want to take a look at a 32-foot express coming out of OBX Boatworks, a new builder with big plans and an impressive pedigree. OBX Boatworks says that while it has yet to build a boat, it has actually been up and running for a year, designing and building the tooling for the 326XP, as the new boat is officially called. The project and company are the brainchild of owner Brad Flater, a 24-year veteran of the "boatbuilding and furniture industry with architecture and naval architecture education and experience with Hatteras Yachts and a top 100 furniture retailer." Whew! That's some pedigree all right.

But the really interesting pedigree is found in the fact that the 326XP will be built in High Point, North Carolina, in the old Hatteras factory. Set to debut at the upcoming Miami Boat Show, the boat will be powered by Mercury outboards (no details on horsepower or number) and will built of composites to "yacht standards." In other words this will be a high-end offering.

Here are a couple of shots of the boat under construction, and as you can see, she's got that Carolina look, with lots of flare, a nice sheerline, and some tumblehome aft.

If you like what you see (hey, what's not to like?) you'll be happy to learn there are more OBXs in the works. Flater says he plans to also offer 29-, 26-, and 24-foot center console and express models. No prices given as of yet, but If you're interested you can give Flater a ring at 336-878-9490.