Sea Force IX 41.5


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SStyle and flare rem­i­nis­cent of yes­ter­year’s sport-fish­ers in a con­tem­po­rary craft loaded with state-of-the-art fish­ing fea­tures, plush-level com­forts, and the lat­est in marine elec­tron­ics — that’s pre­cisely what Sea Force IX of­fers in the first model of its new Per­for­mance Sport Se­ries, the 41.5.

When the boat­builder’s bread and but­ter is pro­duc­ing con­sid­er­ably larger, richly ap­pointed sport-fish­ing yachts, it’s easy to un­der­stand the kind of re­fine­ment and at­ten­tion to de­tail in the de­sign, con­struc­tion and rig­ging of this new 41-footer, sure to wow hard­core big-gamers and non­fish­ing com­pan­ions.

For su­perb weight-tostrength ra­tio, con­struc­tion is 100 per­cent com­pos­ite, uti­liz­ing high-den­sity PVC core, vinylester resins, epoxy, and hand-laid mul­ti­di­rec­tional knit­ted fiber­glass. Mono­lithic uni-grid stringers and struc­tural bulk­heads en­sure ex­cep­tional sound­ness and rigid­ity. The hull, top­sides and in­te­rior are then painted, not gel­coated, of­fer­ing an ex­ten­sive color pal­ette and a more stately, yacht­like fin­ish. The alu­minum pipework is pow­der-coated, all hard­ware and through-hull fit­tings be­low the wa­ter­line are stain­less steel, and those that remain un­der­wa­ter are bronze. Seat­ing and coam­ings on deck and at the helm in­cor­po­rate vinyl up­hol­stery, with more el­e­gant Ul­traleather up­hol­stery in the in­te­rior. And teak floor­ing and ac­cents, with 15 lay­ers of epoxy and 10 to 12 of clear coat, add a rich, clas­sic feel that com­ple­ments the sleek, mod­ern look of the boat.

The 41.5 can be con­fig­ured as a cen­ter con­sole with overnight ac­com­mo­da­tions or as an ex­press with a walka­round de­sign, both with a roomy, un­clut­tered cock­pit. Own­ers also get to choose from sev­eral helm and cock­pit lay­outs. Our test boat sported the cen­ter con­sole setup with con­toured front-lounge seat­ing with stor­age be­neath. And, in line with the Sea Force IX DNA, it in­cluded a long list of stan­dard fea­tures, bol­stered by numer­ous op­tions, both func­tional and aes­thetic, still leav­ing room for cus­tomiz­ing.

The myr­iad fish­ing ac­cou­ter­ments aboard in­cluded a tackle-and-bait rig­ging sta­tion be­hind the helm seats, with fresh­wa­ter sink, cut­ting board, stor­age draw­ers, drink cooler, drink hold­ers, and a teak rocket launcher for five rods; twin 100-gal­lon mac­er­ated fish boxes with over­board drains in the cock­pit; a 50-gal­lon livewell (lighted and pres­sur­ized) on the tran­som with ro­tary flow con­trol; un­der­gun­wale rod and gaff racks; tele­scop­ing, car­bon-fiber out­rig­gers; and raw- and fresh­wa­ter wash­down sys­tems. Six 30-de­gree flush-mount rod hold­ers on the cov­er­ing boards, two zero-de­gree rod hold­ers with swivel mounts on the tran­som cor­ners, and a teak rocket launcher for seven rods across the tran­som aug­mented the rod stor­age.

A custom one-piece, curved wind­screen and a fiber­glass hard­top with LED light­ing, molded radar pod and re­in­forced an­tenna mount­ing lo­ca­tions help shield the crew from the el­e­ments. The busi­ness side of the con­sole, with its teak helm pod, Ed­son steer­ing wheel with teak trim, and helms­man teak floor, make you feel like you’re skip­per­ing a clas­sic Palm Beach or Carolina game boat, though the triple rac­ing-style helm seats with flip-up bol­sters and fold-down arm- and footrests are con­sid­er­ably more com­fort­able than vin­tage cap­tain chairs, and a cou­ple of air-con­di­tion­ing vents and re­frig­er­ated cup hold­ers add com­fort and con­ve­nience.

Hy­draulic steer­ing with

vari­able speed and pow­eras­sist pump, Lenco trim tabs, and Lew­mar bow thruster make driv­ing the boat ef­fort­less, ad­just the at­ti­tude to the sea con­di­tions, and make dock­ing a snap. The dash ac­com­mo­dates dual 16-inch mul­ti­func­tion dis­plays with Garmin CHIRP sounder, dig­i­tal en­gine and sys­tems mon­i­tor­ing, and 6 kw, 4-foot open-ar­ray radar, plus VHF ra­dio and mul­ti­zone stereo head with am­pli­fiers and three dif­fer­ent zone re­motes.

The list of ad­di­tional no­table fea­tures is im­pres­sive: re­cessed bow an­chor locker with wind­lass, re­cessed roller, stain­less-steel plow an­chor and 300 feet of rode, 360-de­gree coam­ing bol­sters, re­cessed grab rails from mid­ship to the bow, ice-maker (makes 540 pounds of ice per day), MASE 560 diesel gen­er­a­tor with 30-gal­lon tank, ded­i­cated safety-gear stor­age, tilt-out dock-line stor­age, re­cessed stern seat­ing with re­mov­able back­rest, dual tran­som doors to port and star­board, in­te­grated swim/ board­ing plat­form with teak deck­ing, and a tele­scop­ing board­ing lad­der.

If all that isn’t enough, look at avail­able up­grades: tran­som and in-sole livewell sys­tems, Helm Mas­ter joy­stick con­trol, Sea­keeper 5 gy­rosta­bi­lizer, two-burner cook­top in the gal­ley, cock­pit food-prep cen­ter with elec­tric grill, rear-fac­ing mez­za­ninestyle seat­ing, LED un­der­wa­ter lights, and a wa­ter­maker.

Down be­low, the cabin ap­point­ments in­clude a con­vert­ible queen berth, 24-inch smart HDTV, dinette with mappa burl and ebony ta­ble with elec­tric pedestal, gal­ley with coun­ter­top and sink, mi­crowave oven, AC/ DC drawer-style fridge, and 16,000 Btu air-con­di­tion­ing unit, splen­did for a week­end jaunt to the is­lands or a mul­ti­night stay at a ma­rina dur­ing a tour­na­ment.

The test boat was pow­ered by a tri­fecta of Yamaha F350s, although the model is rated for 1,200 ponies and will ac­cept quad out­boards. It can also be pro­pelled by a pair of 400 to 500 hp in­board en­gines, and pod sys­tems are an op­tion too.

Loaded with gear, a crew of three, and lots of fuel and wa­ter, the 41-footer was quick out of the gate, tak­ing an average of 12 sec­onds to go from zero to 30 mph in bumpy seas. Top speed was 54.4 mph at 6,000 rpm, and the ride proved both com­fort­able and dry in ev­ery di­rec­tion. Thanks to the high-per­for­mance hull de­sign and 23-de­gree dead­rise, the 3- to 4-foot chop was hardly a nui­sance. Im­pres­sively nim­ble for its size, the 41.5 per­formed tight turns eas­ily, re­spond­ing pre­dictably to changes in di­rec­tion, speed and con­di­tions.

If you’re look­ing for a top tour­na­ment boat un­der 45 feet or a well-rounded blend of per­for­mance, com­fort and fish­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, the Sea Force IX 41.5 de­serves a spot on your short list.

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