Bon­adeo Boat­works 45 Walka­round

The cus­tom builder’s flag­ship model is equipped with a mul­ti­tude of fishy and life­style fea­tures.

Power & Motor Yacht - - DRAWING BOARD - —Jeff Moser

Afam­ily pro­ject that be­gan 15 years ago to build a cen­ter con­sole evolved into Bon­adeo Boat­works. They’ve since earned a rep­u­ta­tion for fetch­ing ves­sels in­spired by the cus­tom Carolina and South Florida schools of de­sign. “We took all of our fa­vorite parts and looks and blended them to­gether,” says Tony Bon­adeo, son of founder Larry Bon­adeo.

The 45 Walka­round stays true to the in­ter­min­gling of style, with clas­sic Palm Beach lines and the lib­eral bow flare at­trib­uted to her Carolina com­pa­tri­ots; a teak to­erail, cock­pit sole and helm pod keep things tra­di­tional.

How­ever, Bon­adeo veered from the cold-molded ves­sels that in­spired them by em­brac­ing the lat­est com­pos­ite tech­nol­ogy. The main struc­tures uti­lize Kevlar, car­bon fiber, e-glass and Core-Cell and are resin-in­fused and vac­uum-bagged for a light, stiff re­sult. “We as­sem­ble the parts in the same fash­ion as a tra­di­tional cold­molded boat by bond­ing and fiber­glass­ing the com­po­nents to­gether for one-piece con­struc­tion that is un­matched in strength and feel,” Bon­adeo tells me.

A mod­i­fied bell-shaped, lon­gi­tu­di­nally stepped hull (Bon­adeo com­pared the shape to the Texas longhorn’s name­sake char­ac­ter­is­tic) will pro­vide a soft, dry ride with the feel of a su­per deep-V while run­ning, but with more sta­bil­ity at rest. While this may re­sult in a sac­ri­fice of a few knots while wide open, the 45 is poised to take on rough weather at a faster clip in com­fort.

She’s ready to chase down big game too, with a 72-gal­lon livewell and two re­frig­er­ated, 6-foot-long fish­boxes fed by an ice ma­chine for the quarry. Three an­glers can watch the baits on mez­za­nine seat­ing that’s pro­tected from the el­e­ments by a hard­top or from the tuna tower, well above the ac­tion. There are also out­rig­gers and a plethora of rod stowage.

Bon­adeo tells me that while she can be fished hard, they en­vi­sioned Hull No. 1 of the 45 se­ries as a “life­style boat” ready for fam­ily ad­ven­ture. The air-con­di­tioned bridge has seat­ing for three at the helm; bench seat­ing for­ward has room for three more, with easy ac­cess to chilled drink boxes and a wet bar to port. And there’s a sun­pad and ad­di­tional seat­ing at her bow for five more rev­el­ers. For evenings on the hook, she’s got a full gal­ley and can sleep four thanks to a queen berth in the for­ward state­room and sa­lon din­ing area that con­verts into a dou­ble berth.

Quad 400-hp Mer­cury Ver­ado Rac­ing out­boards are the builder’s choice for the 45. “They have treated us and our cus­tomers very well for many years,” Bon­adeo says of Mer­cury Ma­rine. True to their cus­tom yard men­tal­ity, out­board power op­tions and in­board diesels are avail­able by re­quest. The builder aims to have the 45 ready to shine at the Mi­ami boat show.

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