Speed, performance, fishability, cabin space and entertaining all rolled into one hull.
The 450Z is SeaVee’s most ambitious project to date. The 45-foot center console builds upon the company’s long history of building high-performance stepped hulls and incorporates a large console complete with a cuddy cabin. The boat is loaded with innovative touches that shows the company not only listens to its faithful customers, but actually runs and fishes these boats. The first 450Z, in fact, will belong to Ariel Pared, one of the company’s owners.
Using advanced computer software, SeaVee’s design team created a stepped hull that includes an air reservoir on the bottom where the cross-ventilated steps meet. This should maintain a steady air stream beneath the boat. Many stepped hulls will momentarily lose that air stream when turning as water enters the step.
“Those tunnels can get plugged up because the waterline rises as the boat runs and obstructs the flow of air,” says John Caballero, sales and marketing director. “When you obstruct that air film it has a gripping affect.” The 450Z hull does away with that issue and maintain higher speeds and better fuel economy.
Powered by quad 400-hp Mercury Verado outboards, you can rest assured that time to plane and a flying high top-end speed will be more than satisfactory. And if you want a few more ponies on the back, SeaVee says the boat will, “accommodate virtually any amount of horsepower.”
The entire boat—hull, liner, deck, console and even the windshield frame—is fused together to create a single, solid piece. This stiffens the boat for a better ride. Some unique touches aboard include an integrated ladder on the side of the console to access an upper station. The ladder steps are molded in and give the boat a clean look as they eliminate the need for aluminum legs running all of the way to the deck.
The helm has an oversized dash with room for three 22-inch screens and two rows of seating, which can be configured to the owner’s liking. The side door to the cabin opens at the push of a button, revealing an air-conditioned space complete with a convertible settee, hi/lo table, galley and head.
SeaVee’s fishing pedigree is noticeable all over this vessel. The 10 foot long cockpit space provides tons of room to work the lines. There are four big fish boxes (two in the bow and two in the stern), four livewells, rod storage for more than a dozen setups and room to mount a ridiculous amount of rod holders. A large tackle station provides more storage and plenty of space to rig baits.
For those who like to entertain, the bow offers integrated seats with reclining headrests and a sizable lounge in front of the console. Access to the boat is easy thanks to side doors to both port and starboard along with a built-in dive ladder.
The boat carries 750 gallons of fuel across three tanks for long-range fishing trips. Other standard features include a diesel generator and a Seakeeper 6. No doubt about it, the 450Z will be a fully loaded fishing weapon that you can also cruise comfortably.
SeaVee 450Z Specifications:
Displ.: 16,000 lbs. (no engines)
Fuel: 750 gal.
Water: 48 gal.
Standard Power: 4/400-hp Mercury Verados