Spencer Yachts 50


Tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances con­tinue at the pop­u­lar North Carolina builder

Paul Spencer and his team of en­gi­neers and crafts­men at Spencer Yachts are on the edge of in­no­va­tion once again. The new 50-foot sport-fisher cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion will of­fer a re­duc­tion in draft not seen since Buddy Davis and Don­ald Blount first de­signed hull tun­nels sev­eral decades ago. The new Spencer will be pow­ered by twin 1,000-horse­power Cater­pil­lars and water-jet propul­sion.

“In the past, th­ese jet ap­pli­ca­tions weren’t as ef­fi­cient,” Spencer ex­plains. “But now, the com­bi­na­tion of the com­pos­ites and the ax­ial-flow jets will make her ex­tremely eco­nom­i­cal to op­er­ate.”

With a draft of only 24 inches and a pro­jected top speed of 52 knots, the new Spencer 50 will go places that few boats are able to reach — and in record time. Con­tracted by a cur­rent Spencer owner who is equally as ex­cited about the prospects for the water-jet-pow­ered 50, the boat is ex­pected to make a splash in 2018.

“We are ex­cited to see if she will raise fish. And with that, ma­neu­ver­abil­ity is key,” says Spencer. “We have worked with joy­stick con­trols be­fore, but the innovations in jets have made ma­neu­ver­ing very easy.”

While the hull has been com­pleted, the boat’s own­ers have not yet fi­nal­ized the in­te­rior lay­out. Af­ter she has been thor­oughly tested for fisha­bil­ity, the first Spencer Yachts jet boat will call the Great Lakes her new home. Spencer was tight-lipped about the new pro­ject, but this is not un­usual for the in­no­va­tive boat­builder, who has bor­rowed car­bon fiber, resin infusion and now jet propul­sion from the aero­nau­tics in­dus­try.

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