For the Fleet Notable New Center Consoles
The 32-foot-6-inch (9.9-meter) 33 LX is a fishboat with the extra seating and conveniences one might find on a day cruiser or overnighter. There is 270-degree wraparound seating on the port side forward. “It is Southport’s answer to the space and sociability of a dual console, while still maintaining the centerline operation, visibility and functionality of a center console,” says Southport Managing Director Skip Robinson. Amenities include refrigeration, a galley, food and beverage stowage, and prep areas. The 33 LX is available with twin Yamaha F350s or F300s. southportboats.com The 36-foot-5-inch (with bracket and engines) Regulator 31 center console has a roomy layout. “The boat gives anglers and day cruisers more room than the 28, but one person can still handle her,” says Regulator President Joan Maxwell. The standard 31 comes with a cockpit tackle center and a fishbox. Taking a cue from the Regulator 41, the 31 is also built with a starboard dive door and integrated forward-seat backrests. Powered by twin Yamaha F300s, its top speed is 47 knots. The 24-foot-6-inch 248CX replaces the 245CX. This dual console is designed to convert from fishing to watersports to day boating. It has a redesigned bow area with forward-facing seat backs and armrests, as well as stowage with more insulation than the previous model offered. The cockpit has a transom-width foldout seat that can be tucked away for access to the raised bait well. Powered by a Yamaha F300, it will reach a top speed in excess of 48 miles per hour. ewboats.com The 23-foot-7-inch Fisherman 236 has built-in swim platform extensions on the port and starboard sides of the engine that double as boarding areas. The platforms are designed to allow swimmers to exit and enter the boat farther away from the engine, increasing safety. A head with room to stand is inside the console. Power is a single Yamaha F250 or F300 with top speeds of 43.2 and 46.6 miles per hour, respectively. gradywhite.com The 23-foot Outrage has standard equipment you would find on larger center consoles, such as a head and wraparound forward seating with a dinette. The boat has a bench helm seat with a backrest that converts into an aft-facing seat and conceals a flip-down work station. She is available with an integrated fiberglass hardtop. bostonwhaler.com
contemporary interior by Carlo Galeazzi. She has a four-stateroom layout with a bar area forward of the galley. Carbon fiber was used for the radar arch, hardtop, upper forward part of the flybridge and foredeck, allowing an increase in volume and enhanced stability. The lower deck has a full-beam master, a VIP and two twin-berth staterooms, one with bunk beds. Fitted with 1,150-horsepower Caterpillar C18 ACERT diesels, she can reach 32 knots. Conceived to be the highest-volume yacht in the 60-foot category, Numarine’s new flybridge, designed by Can Yalman, shares the same sporty lines with the Turkish yard’s other boats. She has generous deck space, three guest staterooms and a full-beam owner’s suite. With her twin Volvo IPS950s, she has a cruising speed of 28 knots and a top speed of 35 knots. Vigor, spirit and enthusiasm define Azimut’s new Verve 40. She is an outboard boat with a planing hull and is governed by electric-power-assisted steering. Her cockpit has a settee, dining table, wet bar, sink and barbecue. She sports three ergonomic helm seats. A hardtop is integrated in a frameless windshield, and an electrical awning provides sun protection for the cockpit. A sizable berth is in the bow. Powered by triple 350-horsepower Mercury Verado outboards, she can reach 44 knots. Fort Lauderdale has more great boats than any human could possibly see in five days, so we tend to run hard. I’m happy if I can swing through the food court for an awful, but supremely satisfying thing called chicken on a stick. It’s teriyaki-marinated chunks of dark-meat chicken on a wood skewer. You can eat it in five minutes standing up. While you’re in that area, you also can visit the relief station around the corner. Ten minutes and you’re back on the docks.