Koenig’s First Take:
One look at this thing and you can tell she’s made for seriously rough water. And to go very, very fast. Sign me up.
If you’ve ever been to Hawaii, then you know that the water there can be scary, even deadly. So you can imagine how much time a naval research and design firm based in the Aloha State must spend making sure that its boats are up to the test.
And that’s a large part of the reason why the New England Boatworks Sea Blade 35 is so exciting to me. See, Portsmouth, Rhode Island-based NEB went out and partnered with Navatek, which is in Honolulu, Hawaii. And together the two of them came up with this boat, which looks like she really is an honest-to-God beast.
The Sea Blade 35 should be able to hit 60 knots thanks to twin 300-horsepower outboards. And because of her unorthodox aluminum hullform, not to mention her tubes, she should also be preternaturally stable and safe, even at those heady speeds.
The boat has double amas on her hull. If you don’t know what an ama is, you’re forgiven. (I recently took an informal poll and only one guy knew what it meant, and he is from Kauai.) Ama is the traditional name for an outrigger, like what you’d see on a traditional Hawaiian canoe. The Sea Blade has what NEB is calling a “stabilized monohull,” essentially a slender center hull with a small outrigger on either side. The result, say the builders, is a high degree of energy displacement as the boat crashes into a wave, allowing the vessel to perform at a high level, no matter the sea conditions.
It’s certainly an interesting concept, and maybe one that warrants a test drive? We’ll see.
- Builder: New England Boatworks
- Model: Sea Blade 35
- Year: 2015
- Base Price: Upon Request
- LOA: 37'7"
- Draft: 1'7"
- Beam: 12'5"
- Displacement: 9,750 LB. (full load)
- Fuel Capacity: 190 GAL.
- Water Capacity: N/A
- Standard Power: 2/300-hp Outboards
- Cruise Speed: 35 Knots
- Top Speed: 60 Knots
This article originally appeared in the August 2015 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.