Center Console boats are getting bigger, and use multiple outboards to get the speed the customer wants. Here, the leader of Go-Fast Boats, Cigarette, puts five Mercury Marine outboards on one of the biggest to create one of the baddest. Wow, five 350 Horsepower Mercury Marine outboards on a 42’ by 11’ 9” boat. That is a lot of horsepower to up from Miami to the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo.
Started by Don Aronow and now owned by Skip Braver, Cigarette Racing Team has been winning races since 1971. Their boats have kept ahead with the bulletproof construction, rigging, and power that offshore racing demands and those same ingredients goes into every boat that they make.
Cigarette has been around in the high performance boat business that their boats went from shaft drive, to stern drive, to outboard power. They have almost always used Mercury Marine power through the years. First with Carl Kiekhaefer, then Fred, the Mackies, and others.
This is one hot boat. Triple outboard engines are the new King-of-the Hill for Center Console boats power and this is one model that is selling in numbers. This one has a stepped bottom design that gets the crew, engines, boat gear, and rigged hull on top of the water for increased speed. With less boat in the water, the faster the boat goes. Specs are 34’ by 10’.
She will do well with other power, too. Twins, triples, and if one insists, even quads. Here the three 300 horsepower Mercury Marine outboard engines have been painted to the owner’s choice of finish. That is a popular option, too.
As the boat’s best cruising speed moves up with more power, many of these triple boats are used for a fast cruise down in south Florida or for a trip to the Bahamas for lunch rather than as a pure fish boat. Within the mid-Atlantic and northern states, twins still rule. But, the HOT power in coming 2015 model year is triples. Both Mercury and Yamaha offer Joy Stick for triples, now, and that makes these boats something one can drive well around the marina with only minutes of instruction.
For a multi-purpose boat, seating and comfort features are other items that are optional to turn a fish boat into a family multi-use boat. Lounges, cup holders, head, and other welcoming items for all the family members should be thought about.
She features a stepped hull done by an outside hydrodynamic expert Harry Miesbauer. The top-of-the-line interior was done by Studio KISKA, who has done some of the Audi automotive interiors.
Figure on 60 MPH with the biggest 430 plus horsepower big block V-8 engine, but a 220 horsepower V-6 is also available. The intent is to satisfy both a luxury-racer customer and the an owner that wants a stylish tender for a mega yacht.
The 25 foot boat comes from Austria’s lake-based boating past. It’s a somewhat retro/ modern styled runabout that makes a statement. Think Gold Cup gentlemen’s racers from the 1920s and 1930s in the US.
Please study the shape, size, and material choices of the hardware. It is made to the German standard, which is somewhat compareable to the USA 316l specifications, which is the top marine choice. The balance of the quality of this boat stands up to similar inspection.
Not yet sold in the US, this 8’ 2” beam boat will make you will have to wait till perhaps spring – summer, 2015.
Sta Bil 360 Marine adds new protection to your boat and its engine(s) for 2014. In many parts of the country, boaters have an off-season period. This can last four to 8 months depending on your home port. All you boaters that slip their boats in Key West, well Seabuddy is not talking about your boating fuel habits in a direct way in this write-up.
For the rest of us gas engine seasonal boat owners, let me suggest a few pointers.
Warning, I am not a chemist, I am simply passing on personal experiences and some advertising messaging put out by major players within the marine trades.
Put your boat away with the gas fuel tank 95% full.
At the beginning of your last fill up, pour in 1 oz. of Sta Bil 360 Marine for every 5 gallons of gas you intend to put in your boat.
Think about buying your Sta Bil 360 either at your nearest convenient marine store or at a low price shop. Google search “Sta Bil 360” at Walmart and Amazon.com. Watch your final costs including shipping and sales tax. Use half as much at every fill-up during the season.
Here is a quote from the fuel stabilizer maker “STA-BIL 360 MARINE offers comprehensive protection by releasing a microscopic corrosion preventing vapor inside the fuel system that coats ALL metals parts, including the fuel tank, fuel sending unit, valves, carburetor, fuel injectors and intake manifold. It’s like fogging oil for your entire fuel system, offering “360 degrees” of corrosion protection and is safe to use in all types of gasoline – from ethanol-free fuel to E85.
STA-BIL 360 MARINE accomplishes everything our current STA-BIL products offer, including keeping fuel fresh, removing water, cleaning the fuel system and more, but this revolutionary new product provides an exciting new level of protection for ultimate performance. For the first time, STA-BIL 360 MARINE delivers corrosion protection above and below the fuel line by releasing an innovative vapor that coats all metal parts within the fuel system to prevent corrosion.
Once poured into a tank of fuel, STA-BIL 360 MARINE will provide a vaporized corrosion inhibitor coating for up to 12 months in a stored boat or equipment.”
This product is new for 2014 and it won the International Boatbuilder’s Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) Innovation Award in the Boat Care and Maintenance category.
IBEX is organized by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and judged by members of Boating Writers International (BWI), the award recognizes innovative distinction from other products currently being manufactured, benefit to the marine industry and consumers, practicality and cost-effectiveness.
Ski Nautique (Nautique Boat Company) www.nautique.com bought both Crusader marine engine company and the PCM marine engine company. These brands share common management which will stay in place. Crusader and PCM engines are made in Little Mountain, SC. Crusader is considered the salt water and/or cruising boat brand, while the PCM makes its name in the ski/wake/surf boat market. Correct Craft boats are made in Orlando, FL. Seabuddy has visited the Nautique plant and gone through their boat building processes. Nice boats.
One of the top selling engines is their 343 horsepower, 350 cubic inch displacement V-8. This is pretty much a cast iron Chevy engine, marinized by PCM. It is a four star engine for the purposed of the EPA. Note, all outboards are still only rated as three star (not as clean burning) engines for the 2015 model year.
They also make other engines with ratings as high as 550 horsepower at 5,400 RPM and a maximum toque at 4,000 RPM. This is a Supercharged engine, based on the Caddy/ Chevy “LSA” engine. This is an aluminum block and heads engine. Note, a rev limiter comes in at 5,600 RPM on this engine.
For 2015, Crusader again offers its new in 2014 model year, Challenger series of marine engines for tow boat or tow sport usage. So, the brands are now starting to overlap, somewhat. That sets them up to be either both a high and value priced brand wthin the market or allows them to offer certain engine brands to certain boat companies.
Chris Craft joins the triple engine center console choices in an upscale, “Mega Yacht” type tender style, rather than as a pure fish boat. She is offered with 900 Horsepower in triple outboard engines with joy stick controls from either Mercury Marine or Yamaha. Expect the boat to be introduced 10.30.2014 as a 2015 boat model. Specs will be 34’ with a beam of 10’ 10” with a 21 degree deep vee bottom. The beam allows for a double sun lounger with arm rests, triple helm chairs, and a L-shaped bench across the transom that allows walk-thur access to the swim platform without removing seating cushions. A Glass Cockpit style of engine and electronic controls all displayed in two big, side by side 15” screens will be the way to go at the helm station.
A special optional feature is the “summer kitchen” with grill, inverter, refrigerator / freezer, sink and storage areas. What a way to entertain on the water! This should prove to be popular.
Note that Chris Smith built his first boat ( for hunting ducks) around 1874 at the age of 13 in Michigan. Speedboats/runabouts, and racers soon came along after that. By 1927 Chris Craft was the largest maker of wooden mahogany boats. Chris’ son, Jay, took over before W. W. II and did an outstanding job of running the family business. During the war, they build 10,000 small boats for the war effort. 1959 saw Chris Craft with 5,000 employees in over 10 plants. Hansen then took the reins and made the cover of Time magazine.
After World War II, Chris-Craft recommenced commercial boat production with renewed vigor. By 1959, Chris-Craft had 10 factories and more than 5,000 employees. Leadership of the company passed to Chris Smith‚Äôs grandson, Harsen. When interviewed by Time magazine, he attributed Chris-Craft’s success to the family rather than any individual within it.
After some hard times under various owners, Chris Craft has now had steady ownership and good management.
Restored Race Boat. Wood deck fiberglass classic flat bottom w/ Casale V-Drive and Side Oiler 427 Ford engine
This is a 1961 Hallett race boat owned by racer/businessman Nick Barron, and he led its restoration. Others that had a hand in its restoration were Ray Day, Paul Richer, Ernie Casale, Harry Metzer, Harlan Orrin, Ken Meyers, and Hallett Boats.
She is a pure race boat with the additional aspects of high speed marathon water ski racing that is in Halett’s history built into it. This is a beautiful, historic boat from the Southern California racing archives. This boat rig is complete with a special “float-on” style (no bow eye winch and cable) Competitive brand boat trailer.
The boat’s rare Ford Side-Oiler 427 cubic inch engine was refreshed with its 536 horsepower power connected to the boat’s propeller via a 15% overdrive ( the prop spins 15% faster than the engine’s rpm) Split Case V-drive. Ray Day did the engine and Harry Orrin did the underwater hardware part including the Finish Line cavitation plate and hardware (racer trim tabs). Seating, steering, and other boat hardware details were done by Hallett Boats.
Harry Orrin did the beautiful wood deck on this Hallett racer. Its and the boat’s finish was done by Ken Meyers. Please note the blue pin line he did on the hull in my photos. It really sets the color and design choices off.
Baron Boats built fiberglass versions of Hallett Boats. Rich Hallett was a master wood boat maker/builder and he first arranged for Nick Barron to do this in exchange for a “free” fiberglass hull for so many Hallett designs Baron Boats made (it is rumored that it was one “free” fiberglass hull for every seven boats built).
That made sense as Nick served a far bigger customer base. He made up to 500 boats per year since starting his business in 1957. Now sales for custom specification Halletts are in the two to three dozen per model year.
A few years into the royalty agreement, Nick bought the name Hallett from the Hallett family. While for a short time, all Baron Boats made to Hallett designs recognized that with a plaque that said “Hallett by Barron Boat Works” – or words to that effect. That wording and the distinction was dropped. For most of the time, however, Nick Barron was the owner/mover/shaker behind what is called Hallett Boats. Seabuddy has met Nick a few times, often with his buddy master engine builder Paul Pfatt at southern California events. I think of him as a nice guy.
By the way, Pfatt Racing Engines is getting good sales and durability in the field with their 850 horsepower 429 cubic inch displacement GM LS3 with its new supercharging set-up. The redline for that 4.125 inch stroke motor from Pfatt is 6,700 RPM.
Miss Loren had her own wooden Riva speedboat. She picked the top-shelf twin engine model. While she won a Best Actress Oscar for her role in the movie Two Women in 1962, seabuddy remembers her first for being in Houseboat with Cary Grant in 1958. I have her described as “adorably charning” in this film and those words do it for me.
The 1960 film It Started in Naples with Clark Gable seems to bring out another side of her acting skill while still being unsophisticated and lovable. Please also recall her dance number called “Americano” in this film. Others are Arabesque with Gregory Peck, El Cid with Charlton Heston, The Fall Of The Roman Empire with Stephen Boyd, Christopher Plummer, an Alec Guiness, and Man Of La Mancha with Peter O’ Toole.. She did numerous other films, too.
The newest model Riva model came out in 1963. The hull was a development of Carlo Riva’s Triton model. All Aquaramas were wood boats but only the first three boats were planked wood boats.
Laminated (or plywood) hull sides were then used for the balance of the production run of these boats. These sheets were different from what was being used by higher volume (and lower priced) production boat builders. Each hull side was molded as one full length, top to bottom, bow to stern, single piece. And that sheet of plywood was molded off the boat to the same sweep as the designed hull’s curve. It is a treat to see these panels ready to be installed on a boat.
There at least four minor hull side, bottom shapes and length changes over the years of the boat’s production run.
A Riva is also a work of art in many aspects. Start with a look at the hardware. Study the windshield. The grace in the shape of the control handles. The dash panel.
A Riva boat can take one’s breath away if one really looks at it closely and in detail. A Riva looks like a handcrafted, one-off boat, but it is a production boat. A limited production boat that stands close up inspection as one would do with a custom boat.
Riva Yachts hand selected its lumber. They then seasoned all of that lumber that went into the boats themselves, and then they decided when it was ready for boat building. All that wood was held together with screws, glue, and then bright finished. Almost all of a boat was sprayed several times and then hand brushed several more times to a high gloss polished varnish finish. Windshield glass, screws, the metal for the boat’s hardware, and much of the material used in the seating was out sourced from other counties. Engines came from the USA. The varnish used in the finish of their classic boats was Italian.
A great book on the company’s history, the boat models, and boat owners of Riva Boats is Riva by Roberto Franzoni. It is a hardcover book that is printed in several languages within each copy. Like these classic wood boats, this book is rare. It is now an out-of-print book. Search for a collector copy at books within Amazon.com.
The father of a top shelf 2014 model year Center Console boat builder had a Ferrari as his one luxury in life. Mr. Smith Sr.’s first Ferrari was a used 250 GT SWB California Spider, which he bought from Luigi Chinetti in Greenwich, CT. His first new Ferrari was a 275 GTB / 4 Berlinetta. He picked that Ferrari up at the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy, although he bought it in the U S. via Luigi Chinetti, the U S Ferrari Importer.
Soon after Mr. Smith Sr.’ s new car purchase, Chinetti then asked Enzo Ferrari to build him some Spiders (convertibles) closely based on that same model. Those Chinetti inspired and ordered Ferraris were named world-wide as the Ferrari 275 GTB/4NART Spider. The original order talked about was for 25 cars but only 10 were made in the initial (and as it turned out only) production run.
To promote his new Ferrari model, Chinetti had one of these NART (North American Racing Team) Spiders raced by the driver team of Denise McCluggage and Pinkie Rollo at Sebring. They drove the car to a 17th overall finish. This all-female driving crew added to the notoriety of the NART Ferrari effort.
Their racer was then repainted and loaned to Steve McQueen for his movie, The Thomas Crown Affair. After the movie, McQueen bought one of these NART Ferraris for himself. Other car owners included Stroll, Beecham, and Moores, (who bought two). Even with this marketing effort, Luigi Chinetti had trouble selling his first 10 cars. Thus there was no re-order for more cars.
First, the Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spider was priced by Chinetti at $14,400, while he sold the Berlinetta version of the same car for $8000. The Berlinetta was sold by Ferrari dealers world-wide and Ferrari factory set that price. Chinetti, however, set the price for the GTB/4 NART Spider. He had it exclusively; one could not buy it from any other dealer.
Second. While this car was more a street cruiser Ferrari and not a racer Ferrari, her engine was specially tuned for performance, even more so than the 275 GTB/4 Coupe (Berlinetta). For instance, the six carbs on the 12 cylinder car tended to load up at lower RPM. Owners/ drivers had to “regularly clear them out” via high rpm acceleration runs. Then, the profiles of the four cams delivered power best from 5,500 RPMs and on up to the red-line of 8,000 RPMS. This is not the best RPM range for a daily driver sports car.
The earlier model NART entry that Seabuddy saw Pedro Rodriguez win with at Bridgehampton in 1962 did about the same thing. About half way through that race his car lost its crisp level of tuning. First, it only showed up as he decelerated, and then, late in the race, it did it pretty much at all times. He did beat the fast Birdcage Maserati in that race, though.
Why am I writing about this car now? OK, here is the headline for why now. The $14,400 Ferrari was sold for $25,000,000 when Smith Senior died. All of that $25,000,000 was donated to charity by the heirs of Eddie Smith, Sr. It was sold for a total of $27,500,000 with the auction fees added to the hammer price.
Eddie Smith Jr. and all his brothers and sisters wanted the car to go a good home and the money from its sale to help charity.
So, how is this a boat story? Fair question to ask, folks. Eddie Smith, Jr., the son of the Ferrari owner is known in boating circles as the owner of Grady White boats in North Carolina. Grady is one of the storied center console boat brands in the world. Eddie made his company, himself, with his boat building team. Dad was not a boat builder, nor was Dad even in the same town. Eddie is a self-made man.
Grady White is an award-winning brand of fish boat. A successful fiberglass boat builder today; Smith started out making wooden boats, years ago. For a write-up on a wooden Grady White boat, see… http://www.seabuddyonboats.com/boats/best-of-show-outboard-%E2%80%93-grady-white-wins-the-award/
Pod three 60 pod 650. It just reminds me of the Volvo IPS, seabuddy is not saying it is not original design and work of it’s manufacturer.