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Builder’s comment… for 2016, Action Craft’s 21 Coastal Bay ACE Premium Elite redefines the idea of one-boat-does-it-all. Truly versatile, it excels inshore, and on bays, rivers and inland lakes. And with its hull design, upgraded stringers and technologically advanced materials, it’s a commanding presence offshore.”
Not yet on the company’s web site… http://www.actioncraft.com/BoatModels/BoatModels.php
Seabuddy is leading a bit on this new model because it does go offshore and well as doing the flats shallow water work with a special bottom design in multiple ways .
Boat Builder’s comment… “The 21 Coastal Bay ACE Premium Elite utilizes Action Craft’s patented Qui-Dry hull and pocket drive. The combination provides the 21′ boat a mere 10–12″ draft, yet with its extended gunnels—the highest in the premium bay boat class—it’s eminently safe and comfortable when heading offshore. At 1,850 lbs. and an 8′ 4″ beam, it’s a soft and dry-riding design.”
A jack plate will be standard and with the boat’s notched, cut away, pocket drive and with all of these features shallow water is an easy go. Also, a 8’ Power-Pole will come with the boat. Best power is not yet selected but figure on something in the 150 to 250 HP class from various outboard engine manufactures.
Higher gunnels on this boat makes for a different experience offshore. Seabuddy is sorry he does not yet have a running photo of this boat. It will tell a lot once I get one.
This might be a $50,000 – $70,000 boat but a bigger engine will drive that towards that upwards price point. This brand is mainly sold in the Southeast part of the US and has had new mgmt. since 2012. These folks do it right. Look for it at your winter Boat Show. Check it out for your self.
Seabuddy focuses here on one design study / prototype for Evinrude, or OMC. These six photos show the same model from different angles to communicate all the aspects of this boat idea.
Stevens’ followed a design concept-“instilling in the buyer the desire to own something a little newer, a little better, a little sooner than is necessary” This was done both internally for the Evinrude leadership and for the public at a boat show to make a crowd in the Evinrude booth and, of course, in Evinrude engines and boats that one bought at boat dealers.
Seabuddy was one of those Evinrude dealers in his four boat stores in southern California earlier in his boating life.
Stevens worked for many big manufacturers, including Miller Brewing, the Outboard Marine Company, and Harley-Davidson. It was in 1947 that he unveiled a design for a new train called the Olympian Hiawatha. That train was outfitted with a spectacular glass-enclosed observation car called the Sky Top Lounge. This train was one of the last of the great “streamliner” trains that ran across America. He had helped to shape approximately 3,000 products for about 600 clients over the years.
Stevens’ followed a design concept – “instilling in the buyer the desire to own something a little newer, a little better, a little sooner than is necessary”
His approach to a design was like that of many other industrial designers of his era. Soon after he was engaged to design a product, he would usually do some sketches. These rough ideas would have the basic lines of the new design and get across the main theme of its look and function. From this stage to the next he would turn it over to one of his staff designers, who would take his sketch and make a “rendering” or drawing of it. Brooks Stevens would bring it and maybe alternative ideas / sketches to his client. Finally, a three-dimensional model (either scale or full size) was made by one of Stevens’s specialist modelmakers.
He did work for Miller Brewing, car company Kaiser-Frazer, Studebaker, and 3M. But over and over it should be noted that through the course of his career, Stevens’ relationship with Evinrude (OMC) was always strong, partly because he was a personal friend of Ralph Evinrude.
Seabuddy was introduced to Mr. Evinrude in FL at a Evinrude outboard / Cobra outdrive dealer event
In closing, here is something off a marine topic. He designed the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, What a designer!
Triple outboards from either Mercury Marine or Yamaha are on the newest Chris Craft sport boat.. This new 2015 Chris Craft runabout.is their entry into the currently hot and popular 34’ center console.
It has a fairly popular beam of 10’ 10” for this length; joining Regulator, Everglades, Southport, as well as Boston Whaler by being within 2” of them in its beam. But the very strong seller, Grady White boat is ¾ of a foot wider in beam. You will “feel” that difference on the water.
One may want to explore a much narrower (up to two to three feet narrower) of a high speed center console design (the 39’ 6” Cigarette has a beam of just 8’) for more boat speed. Seabuddy does not have any speed numbers yet for the Chris Craft 34’, but it should be in the mid-50s. Note, however, that some of the GO-FAST center console boats test out at up to 80 mph.
The only unit of this boat available, for the time being, is offered by Grande Yachts International, a major Chris Craft dealer. Seabuddy shows their boat in the water in a photo in this posting. This boat is powered by the three Mercury Marine outboards choice. Full production of this model is planned to hit the Chris Craft dealer network in spring, 2015.
While this new fish boat has special features to make it very easy to fish out of; the styling, fit, finish, and “stylish look” is pure Chris Craft. Chris Craft runabouts are designed, engineered and built in Sarasota, Florida. Chris-Craft says it has captivated those of us boaters with an appreciation for the finer things, with exceptional style, seaworthy functionality and attention to the smallest details.
Going on, they say… “There will is nothing traditional about the bow area of this boat compared to other Center Consoles today. The seating and sunpad conversion for sun bathing will be a simple process to convert it for whatever the occasion, boasting a double sun lounger with arm rests and drink holders.
You can expect 360 visibilities while navigating to your destination from the helm of the new 34 with ample space to manage all with the latest of a (Glass Helm) from Garmin. The true glass (not plastic) windshield offers increased visibility and provides comfort to the helm and two companion chairs against inclement weather.
Below the forward helm seating and console you will find overnighting capabilities with a nicely appointed berth and head. The use of this space is endless for the fisherman, scuba diver, and overnighter.
The cockpit provides all the accommodations for a day of fishing, with plenty of room to work your trolling rods, or a day of cruising with friends and family, with hideaway seating and the ability to convert to a complete wrap around configuration comfortable at any speed.”
Finally, Chris Craft says that the combination of power, comfort, and Chris-Craft styling in the new Catalina 34 will make this boat a “one of a kind” on the water.
LOA: 42′ 6″ Beam: 13’Maximum Horsepower: 1,675 Hp Minimum Horsepower: 1,200 Hp. Note that the deadrise at the transom is 22º.
Boston Whaler says ”With huge comfort, major capability and loads of state-of-the-art features, Boston Whaler’s all-new 420 Outrage is truly a boat like no other. From the expansive bow with innovative seating, to the beautifully designed, convertible helm and cockpit areas, to the gracious, well-equipped cabin, it’s a champion for onboard entertaining and pleasure cruising, whether close to home or way offshore. With so many gracious spaces to settle in for the day, this is the boat you’ll want to enjoy with family and friends. And, true to its Outrage lineage, serious sport fishing falls squarely within its domain. Performance is also astounding. Look to quad Mercury Verado 300s with Joystick Piloting for incredible power and precision. Plus, Mercury’s integrated SmartCraft VesselView display, power steering and digital throttle and shift combine on the 420 to deliver a sophisticated, seamless command experience. And Whaler’s new dynamic running surface hull technology, featuring automatically adjusting trim tabs, enhances ride quality to new levels.”
For a center console, this boat has a big cabin with many amenities. This is Boston Whaler’s discussion points at this time. The fish ability of the new boat is going to come up on sea trail by the fishing magazines. They do a good job on that.
What is left un-said… Why the maximum power rating of 1,675 horsepower for the new boat? Currently there are no outboard combinations that add up to that number. And there are no sets of 4 or 5 outboard engine sets that add up to that number, either.
Cigarette Racing offers the regular production option for its customers of high performance Center Consoles of either 300 HP Verado outboards from Mercury Marine or 350 HP Verado outboards from Mercury Racing. That is 1,750 HP! These engines weight from 635 lbs to 667 lbs. each. Their WOT rpm range vary by HP rating and even by shaft length.
The boat specifications are length: 42′, beam:11’9″ and Fuel Capacity of 500 Gallons.
Cigarette Racing says “the all-new 42′ Huntress exemplifies Cigarette’s determination to continually innovate and expand its horizons. By merging a performance hull with an entertainment-centric deck and cabin created a total lifestyle powerboat. The efficient hull propels this boat up to exhilarating speeds yet even with its gracious and spacious deck and lounge, the boat’s extreme agility and easy-handling belie its size.
Its twin-step, deep-vee hull efficiently and smoothly runs the water, while the lightweight, composite, structure and framework has been further refined, lowering weight and improving the balance. The hardtop follows the lines of the vessel, and the weight has been further reduced to lower the center of gravity. Twin steps aid easy on-plane acceleration and smooth running and the easy handling may surprise the first-time captain.
All-new CNC tooling was used to create all-new Cigarette with extra room to spare above and below deck, where 7+ foot headroom provides surprising freedom of movement.”
Cigarette Racing sells many of its boats to South Florida boaters. There boaters prefer outboards for power over stern drives (I/Os). Also outboards are showing sales gains now. However, some of the reasons for an outboard preference are neutered in this horsepower and speed range.
34’ Center Consoles are hot marine merchandise. Up until the 2015 model year, these boats were almost exclusively powered with twin outboards. Now, warm water and warm weather based boats are being delivered with triple outboard engines. There is no question about it; triples are the hot power in that market. Twins are the way to go in all the other markets, though. Boat builders are doing what they need to their boat offerings to accommodate three engine as well as two engine new center console boats.
Yamaha Helm Master™ uses …” rigging that digitally connects an enhanced binnacle control, a high-definition LCD screen, electronic steering, an electronic ignition panel, a theft-deterrent system and an innovative joystick. Together these components form a true drive-by-wire system that responds instantly to your command.” This system is intended for boat builder installation only right now.
Typically, a designated employee at a given boat builder receives all the training and trouble-shooting knowledge that insures that the boat and power works as intended by Yamaha, as each boat model and power package is a somewhat custom installation. One hears the word “calibrated”, which to Seabuddy means that making this system work right on a boat is heavily dependent on the marine tech that installs it.
Note, your boat dealer is getting proper training before any arrival of a Yamaha Helm Master equipped boat to support local boats that are boat builder rigged. Along with dealer-level training there are many forms of support that your new boat dealer gets from the Yamaha factory.
The entire Helm Master™ system is covered by a Yamaha factory warranty for the first three years of a new boat. But, if you plan on keeping your rig, say, six years, you cannot buy extended warranty coverage. To understand what I am talking about you can buy and cover all your other Yamaha stuff under the Yamaha Extended service coverage (Y.E.S.), It is sold separately at extra cost and covers Yamaha product up to six years. That exclusion could be a worry, as most of us own their boats for longer than 3 years.
By the way, fans of Mercury Marine will be happy to hear that it offers a similar program for its outboard engines.
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.
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.
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/