I have had the pleasure of going through the Cruiser's Yachts design department in Oconto, Wisconsin on more than one occasion as I travelled there to review newly released designs. They are creative bunch!
The company seems to really have its finger on the pulse of the changing boating tastes and yet their 328 SS model really took me by surprise. Cruisers Yachts calls this a Sport Series yacht. You might also call it a day boat with overnight accommodations, but it seems that many buyers are calling it their get away machine.
Testimony to the originality of the design, after the debut of the 328 SS at Fort Lauderdale in late 2013, the American boating press gave the 328 Sport Series their coveted Boat of the Year award for 2013. Editors named the 328 SS "Boat of the Year" after reviewing performance data and commentary from the magazine's Tech Team.
The latest designs stress versatility and the brand new Chris-Craft Catalina 34 is another example of the evolution of the centre console fishing boat to become an elegant entertaining vehicle. Yes, it’s a capable fish-raiser and with the latest big Yamaha outboards, it’s super fast as well as efficient and quiet.
For ease of entry at dockside, the Chris-Craft Catalina 34 has a door built into the side of the hull but it’s more than a way to board…it’s a dive door with a drop down boarding ladder – just one of many features on this new boat.
Somewhere beyond the sport utility vessel is the Swiss Army Knife vessel and we think it just might be the Boston Whaler 420 Outrage. ‘Gotta like the lines on this – it’s clearly much more than a fishing boat. The 420 Outrage is designed for onboard entertaining, with an expansive bow area designed with clever backrest configurations that provide 360-degree seating around the large, removable bow table. An available sunshade easily deploys over the area, providing welcome protection from the sun even when anchored far from shore. Another sunshade extends aft beyond the hardtop to shelter passengers in the cockpit.
The helm area of the 420 is spectacular in its ability to accommodate up to six passengers while underway, all facing forward, standing or sitting. The quad Mercury Verado outboard engines deliver breath-taking speed as well as quiet trolling…remarkable! An actuated captain’s seat and dual forward-or-backward facing companion seating is accompanied by an entire second row: a conversion bench that flips to face forward, or aft for when the main action is in the rear cockpit. What action? Fishing of course!
This is the largest bowrider on the market. Period. It’s so new that the Four Winns people didn’t even have running shot photography for this issue of Canadian Yachting but we wanted to share this boat with you right away. All 44 feet are designed for comfortable living and generous entertaining. Among the many amenities is the hydraulic table in the bow area. At the touch of a button, this dining table lowers to convert to a spacious sun tanning area.
You can order a Four Winns Horizon 440 with a cabin that looks like this – very elegant and with amenities that can include a large head with enclosed shower. Other features are an available 40” TV, cockpit grill, refrigerator and ice maker and a retractable hardtop for access to the forward bow area.
Just as the world has turned away from sedans and embraced sport-utility vehicles in the automotive world, changing tastes and lifestyles have driven the design of the new Chris-Craft Launch 36 to deliver far more versatility.
The Launch 36 still has considerable cabin space to accommodate cruising, but the emphasis is on above-decks features to support a broad range of family activities. One reflection of this is the galley-up design. The galley unit is positioned behind the helm seats, facing the big cockpit area, ready to serve a hungry and thirsty gang of guests.
It was a particular pleasure to visit the home of Neptunus Yachts in St. Catherines, Ontario to review their new Neptunus 55 Express because for many years, this builder served a high-end clientele who generally kept their yachts down south. Seeing a Canadian-built Neptunus in Canada was at least a bit uncommon. Also, their yachts have been mainly in the larger sizes – up to 80 feet and there have been limited facilities in the Great Lakes for such a big private vessel.
Today, the Great Lakes Canadian market for larger boats is strong and the facilities are being built for the growing number of owners with yachts over 50 feet. Addressing this market, Neptunus introduced their 55 Express in the summer of 2014.
We had the pleasure of being invited to the Cruisers Yachts Dealer meeting in Sturgeon Bay last July where we were introduced to their new 390 Express Coupe. We were privy to the specs on the boat prior to the meeting, but on seeing this boat in the water in real time, I was awestruck.
We are excited to be among the very first to bring you news about Cruisers Yachts’ new 390 Express Coupe, a boat that exudes innovation, style, comfort, and - as I discovered - delivers outstanding performance as well.
Having been around boats all my life, I tried to compare their new 390 to any similar model from a competitor, but none came to mind. The Cruisers design team has hit another home run. When you board, you will be amazed at the room and ease of maneuvering – from the swim platform until you are standing on the forepeak.
The very first Sabre yacht, was a Sabre 28 sailboat appropriately named Patience. Sabre repurchased her from her original owners ten years ago. She is still in perfect condition but like any 40 year old boat she did need some attention to get her back to her Bristol condition. She had been sold in 1971 to our local dealership Handy Boat and her retail price with options was $14,335.00.