Sur­fari 48

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Splashed in May for launch cus­tomer Jimmy Buf­fett, the Sur­fari 48 is the lat­est de­sign from naval ar­chi­tect Ted Fon­taine. Play­ful, fast and built with util­ity in mind, the Sur­fari 48 aims to de­liver com­fort­able, sin­gle-level out­door liv­ing and easy ac­cess to on-the-water fun.

Fon­taine says, “The Sur­fari 48 is a game changer — it’s a boat peo­ple do not even know they want. This boat sails fast, runs un­der power quickly, keeps you out of the sun, pro­vides easy ac­cess to the water and can eas­ily carry stand- up pad­dle boards and kayaks.”

Fon­taine de­signed the boat to pro­vide spir­ited per­for­mance un­der both sail and power. A car­bon fiber rig sup­ports 1,324 square feet of sail from a boom-furl­ing main and roller-furl­ing jib that op­er­ate elec­tri­cally at the push of a but­ton. Sheet­ing con­trols are also elec­tri­fied, mak­ing trim­ming un­der­way easy. A hy­drauli­cally- op­er­ated lift­ing bulb keel has a five-foot, six- inch draft with the keel up, and an eight-foot, six-inch draft with the keel down. Twin 85-hp Yan­mar in­board diesels mated to Sail-Drives with three-bladed props pro­vide a top speed of 10 knots.

The sin­gle-level main deck is pro­tected for much of its length by an in­te­grated hard­top/ pi­lot­house that can be but­toned down in bad weather or opened up when it is pleas­ant. A bin­na­cle-mounted steer­ing wheel sits far for­ward un­der the hard­top and is flanked by two set­tees. Farther aft is an out­door gal­ley with pull-out re­frig­er­a­tion, an ice­maker, a sink with a freshwater mixer and an elec­tric grill. An L-shaped dinette with teak ta­ble sits across from the gal­ley. All the way aft is a tail­gate-style tran­som that flips down to im­prove water ac­ces­si­bil­ity.

A num­ber of dif­fer­ent in­te­rior lay­outs can be spec­i­fied by each owner, though Fon­taine says the three- cabin lay­out will likely be the most pop­u­lar. Buf­fett chose to have an L-shaped nav­i­ga­tion sta­tion/mini gal­ley in the main sa­loon with a long berth across from it, a sim­ple V-berth with twin bunks for­ward and a di­vided head/shower/ util­ity space tucked be­tween the V-berth and main sa­loon.

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