Here is a boat roundup from our friends at SaltWater Sportsman – it’s meant to give you a sneak peak of what to look for, so if you find one you like, find your closest dealer and take a ride for yourself…
Boat-show season has arrived, so potential boat buyers and enthusiasts, get ready — a new breed of boats awaits you. Whether you are an angler who prefers to spend your time fishing the shallows for snook, redfish or striped bass or someone who’d rather make the long run into blue water for big pelagics, there’s a new boat out there for you. You will notice a few models with subtle but notable updates, some that have undergone massive face-lifts and, finally, a few that are brand-new from the hull up. This roundup is meant to give you a sneak peak of what to look for, so if you find one you like, find your closest dealer and take a ride for yourself.
Ranger Boats 220 Bahia
It’s always nice to step on a boat that allows you to keep your fishing options open, just in case you have a midday
changeof plans. The new Ranger Boats220 Bahia offers versatility, performance and fishing features to suit any inshore situation. The boat measures 21 feet 5 inches in length and is rated for 150 hp. On the port side, there’s a 7-foot-6-inch rod locker and eight stand-up rocket-launcher-style rod tubes mounted along the console. In the bow and stern, there’s plenty of storage, as well as passenger seating on top of the livewells. It’s also easy to get access to the batteries and breakers thanks to an access hatch located near the transom. The Bahia comes paired with a custom-built RangerTrail trailer.
Ranger Boats • www.rangerboats.com
Boston Whaler 345 Conquest Open
The 345 Conquest Open is an offshore fishing machine,
as well as a cabin cruiser sporting a new open-cockpit design. The windshield design is similar to the original 345 Conquest, but instead of being fully enclosed, the Open has low-profile glass on the port and starboard sides. When the weather turns, the Open has a full weather-curtain enclosure to keep you out of the elements. This model also has the option of a marlin tower on the hardtop for a huge spotting advantage.
Boston Whaler • www.whaler.com
Regulator Marine 28 FS
Regulator Marine has introduced its new 28 FS, a completely new boat that combines the classic fishability of
the Regulator 26 with modern fishing innovations. This boat has a traditional transom bracket set on a hull that measures 27 feet 71/2 inches in length, with a 9-foot-5-inch beam. This makes the boat one of the largest in its class. The deck is flush, so when you’re fighting a fish, you are completely unobstructed, and there’s plenty of storage in the large in-deck lighted fish box that doubles as a lockable rod-storage area.
Regulator Marine • www.regulatormarine.com
Pathfinder 2300 HPS
With distinctive styling, the Pathfinder 2300 High Performance Step features a single-stepped hull, as well as
a bustle transom - both of which are new to Pathfinder boats. Other new features include a raised console with a toe kick, which creates a larger cockpit, and there are also two storage lockers, plus walk-around gunwales complete with rear-facing rod racks and tubes underneath. In addition, the forward and aft casting decks have been made larger than in previous models. Below deck, the boat is built with custom-fitted in-house wiring harnesses, all-composite construction and top-quality components to meet ABYC standards.
Pathfinder • www.pathfinderboats.com
Sundance Boats NX 19
At first glance, you might think that the cockpit of the new NX19 from Sundance Boats is abnormally large, and
you would be correct. This is due to a new console and the strategic placement of the front deck and rear wall. Because of the deep-V bow entry, the NX19 is able to handle a good amount of chop and still maintain a smooth, dry ride. A forward console seat covers a spacious 32-quart cooler, which can be plumbed to function as a secondary livewell. A leaning post with four rocket launchers and an Igloo cooler are available as options.
Sundance Boats • www.sundanceboats.com
Cabo Yachts 44 Express Hardtop
Utilizing a three-sided enclosure, the Cabo Yachts 44 Express Hardtop offers better protection from the
elements, improved visibility and greater comfort. Below deck, the living space is equal in size to the Cabo Yachts 45 Express’, but you have the option of a second stateroom or an angler’s room. Outside, there is mezzanine seating, providing a comfortable spot to watch the spread. Traditional Cabo features such as fish boxes, a tackle center and a transom livewell are all standard.
Cabo Yachts • www.caboyachts.com
Viking Yachts 42 Convertible
Dark-tinted salon windows and a fiberglass hardtop give the new Viking Yachts 42 Convertible a slick
appearance. It has nearly 16 feet of beam, which creates plenty of fishing room for anglers and also allows owners the choice of two or three staterooms. The cockpit includes Viking’s signature observation mezzanine, and the flying bridge exhibits good visibility and electronics stowage and plenty of seating. This new convertible is put in motion by Cummins diesels coupled to Zeus pod drives.Viking Yachts • www.vikingyachts.com
Mako 284 CC
A bigger boat often makes a better offshore fishing machine. The Mako 284 CC is just that with its 28-foot-4-inch
length and 9-foot-10-inch beam. Inside the cockpit, the 284 comes equipped with features like a canvas T-top, an enclosed head, a sink and padded seats. On the fishability end, anglers will be happy to find a plentiful supply of rod holders, lots of storage and a leaning post/bait-prep station. A few new features have been incorporated into the 2011 model, such as a console complete with a covered and recessed switch panel, a large electronics mounting surface and digital gauges.Mako • www.mako-boats.com
SeaVee Boats 430 Sport Express
Offered with triple or quad outboards or Volvo’s IPS pod system, the 430 Sport Express is designed to meet the
needs of the most demanding anglers while offering comforts and finishes typically found on larger yachts. The cabin offers a private stateroom, full galley and large head. The forward V-berth converts into an additional sleeping area at the touch of a button. With its oversize cockpit, multiple baitwells and large fish boxes, you will be ready to explore the world offshore.SeaVee Boats • www.seaveeboats.com
Pursuit Boats DC 265
The new 26-foot DC 265 constitutes a first for Pursuit Boats. The hull is a completely new design and was
engineered for casual fishing and cruising with family and friends. The captain and a passenger ride in comfort with a custom-designed, fully adjustable helm seat, which has a flip-up bolster to serve as a leaning post. The 265 also features a fully infused fiberglass windshield, and the cockpit has plenty of seating room, with two folding aft seats, a stern bench and a portside foldout. An optional hardtop will keep you and your passengers out of the elements. The portside console contains a spacious head compartment with an infused fiberglass door.Pursuit Boats • www.pursuitboats.com
Jupiter Marine 38 Cuddy Cabin
Based on the proven 38-foot Jupiter Marine hull, the new 38 Cuddy Cabin gives anglers the option to
comfortably stay out overnight without sacrificing any fishability. The cabin comes complete with a refrigerator, plus a convertible V-berth with a dinette. If you are searching for more comfort, air conditioning is available. The boat can be powered with either twin or triple Yamaha four-strokes, and should you prefer more room, mezzanine seating at the helm and forward cockpit can be added.Jupiter Marine • www.jupitermarine.com
Hydra-Sports 2500 CC
Updates in style, performance and customization can all be seen in the new Hydra-Sports 2500 CC. The boat
comes with a standard fiberglass T-top overhead and a 32-gallon Kodiak livewell, plus plenty of other features that fishermen will love. Hidden fasteners on all the doors and drawers give a cleaner look to the cockpit, and large-diameter tubing for the T-top legs provides added strength and dependability in rough water. The hull is reinforced with Kevlar fiber, giving the boat balance and better handling capabilities. In addition, the 2500 hull has a 10-year warranty.Hydra-Sports • www.hydrasports.com
Fountain Powerboats 38 CC Open
Fountain Powerboats’ latest addition to its fleet is the 38 CC Open. It’s a boat that can get you to where you
are going — fast! The boat can be rigged with triple or quad outboards totaling up to 1,400 hp. The open bow leaves tons of unhindered fishing space for multiple people. The T-top comes with a molded electronics box, fore and aft LED floodlights and plenty of rod storage. Storing your catch isn’t a problem at all; throughout the deck, there are seven subdeck fish boxes that collectively total 1,400 quarts.Fountain Powerboats • www.fountainpowerboats.com
Grady-White Boats Fisherman 209
It’s not easy to find a center console that features the all-day comfort of an enclosed head area, and it’s even
tougher to find one in the 20-foot range. The Grady-White Boats Fisherman 209 is one such vessel. The boat includes a roomy cockpit, a removable cooler that doubles as forward seating, and easy access to the bow. The bow also features two 88-quart insulated fish boxes that offer additional seating. Pedestal seats are standard, but a helm leaning post is optional.Grady-White Boats • www.gradywhite.com
EdgeWater Power Boats 158 CC
The new EdgeWater 158 CC features an unsinkable foam-filled hull that’s smooth, dry and responsive. Even at
just over 15 feet in length, this boat includes many big-boat features, such as a true self-bailing deck, LED cockpit and navigation lights, storage in the forward anchor locker and a swing-back cooler helm seat with a backrest. The boat also comes equipped with drink holders, rod holders, seating for up to six people, a stainless-steel bow rail and an internal fuel tank. Livewells and an aft swim deck are optional.EdgeWater Power Boats • www.ewboats.com
Sea Hunt Triton 225
Boats in the 22-foot class have become quite popular, and Sea Hunt is adding to its fleet based on that
popularity. The new Triton 225 is built on the spacious and functional Vortech hull, which provides a stable and responsive platform for the driver. In the stern, the boat has two large jump seats between a 30-gallon livewell. The battery sits beneath the starboard rear jump seat, while the port side has a specifically designed space to hold a five-gallon bucket. A 36-quart cooler underneath the forward console seat is large enough to alleviate the hassle of bringing along extra coolers and, in the long run, saves you valuable deck space.Sea Hunt • www.seahuntboats.com
Contender Boats 39 ST
A dual-step hull platform greatly contributes to the operating efficiency of the new Contender Boats 39 ST.
Power options include dual or triple Yamaha F350s or triple 300s. An efficient hull design combined with a huge fuel tank (500 gallons) means anglers can make extra-long runs to find fish and feel comfortable doing so. If you wish, customize with a larger side-entry console option, as well as the addition of an electric freshwater head and shower. In the console, there’s a forward bench seat with insulated storage underneath, and a helm pod finishes the console.
Contender Boats • www.contenderoffshore.com