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.