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Though the use of 3D mod­el­ing and sim­u­la­tion now en­joys more wide­spread use, at least in semi­cus­tom boat­build­ing, SeaVee takes it to the high­est level, with tools that al­low architects to “crawl in­side” the boat. That per­mits them to ex­am­ine spa­ces that might have pre­vi­ously been in­ac­ces­si­ble in or­der to open up their deck de­signs. The soft­ware also the­o­ret­i­cally floats the boat for op­ti­mal wa­ter­line and trim an­gles.

The 430FA also fea­tures a host of bells and whis­tles, such as an elec­tri­cally op­er­ated ac­tu­a­tor lift for the bridge deck (on the in­board ver­sion), air-ac­tu­ated trim tabs that cre­ate less tur­bu­lence, spe­cially molded twin aft livewells made from com­plex mul­ti­p­iece molds, and a side-door sys­tem with custom-made Soss hinges and a hid­den in-deck re­tractable board­ing lad­der.

“Af­ter the in­tro­duc­tion of our 430 Ex­press, many of our cus­tomers re­quested the same hull but with even more fishability,” says SeaVee mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor John Ca­ballero. “We knew that the only way to cre­ate a de­sign that could meet the re­quire­ments for a flush and fish­able walka­round deck and a well-ap­pointed yacht­like in­te­rior was to use some very high tech­nol­ogy and dif­fer­ent de­sign method­ol­ogy.”

SeaVee de­signed the en­tire boat vir­tu­ally be­fore any tool­ing started “to cap­ture all of the in­te­rior space so we could ded­i­cate suf­fi­cient ex­te­rior space to the fishability.”

Since this ground­break­ing process, SeaVee has em­ployed the same tech­niques to in­no­vate with its 370Z and 270Z hulls. “We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to use com­puter sim­u­la­tion to cre­ate ever-higher-tech­nol­ogy de­signs that are more func­tional, eas­ier to main­tain, lighter, faster and more re­li­able,” Ca­ballero says.

SPECS: LOA: 43 ft. • Beam: 13 ft. 4 in. • Tran­som Dead­rise: 22 deg. • Draft: 2 ft. 3 in. Dry Weight: 19,600 lb. (w/o en­gines) • Max Power: 1,600 hp • MSRP: $591,000*

* (w/ triple 300 Mer­cury Ver­a­dos)

Right: At the bow, SeaVee boosts fishability with a spa­cious bow livewell setup. Far right: On the in­board 430FAs, the bridge deck fea­tures an elec­tri­cal lift.

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