Posts Tagged ‘Mercury Marine’

How to make a 24’ runabout out of two 20’ boats

Words © by Chris (Seabuddy) Brown

This classic 24’ inboard/outboard boat is waiting for a customer to specify a vee-drive shaft drive in the traditional inboard manner. All the other features and desirable traits of a runabout are in place. She runs, rides, and turns like a gem.

Sold 24' Runabout running

Sold 24′ Runabout running

The Cherubini 24’ was created by the company using their 20’ boat model. As a family, they have been building boats back to 1937. The current boat company goes back to 1975. Over this time they have worked their magic in many ways. This is an article about one of their magic moments in a long history of inspired boat building.

Hand crafted highly detailed and finished wood deck.

Hand crafted highly detailed and finished wood deck.

It looks like they bought the molds and rights to a water jet powered 20’ runabout from an out of business boat builder. They changed that hull to be a stylish, real sweet running I/O boat. Yes, other power is offered from the factory, but all the units seem to use inboard/outboard power.

Powered by stern drive, I / O Mercury Marine big block engine

Powered by stern drive, I / O Mercury Marine big block engine

 

I/O engine room

I/O engine room

I now want to drill down to how they created a 24’ boat. They took TWO examples of their sweet running 20’, cut them down the middle (but on an slant) added 4’ in the center, put this all into one boat and blended all of this using their boat building expertise into a 24’ boat. No flat spots, no seams, nothing that does not pass close inspection. I could not do this. Kudos to them.

Two aft sections and one bow of the 20' runabout, stacked on a trailer

Two aft sections and one bow of the 20′ runabout, stacked on a trailer

BTW, they went from a V-6 Mercury Marine GM block powered 20’ boat to a 496 cu. in. displacment, again Chevy GM block, Mercury Marine engine in the 24’. Both boats run much faster than most true classic boats. The 24’ can top 65 MPH with its big block engine.

prototype 24' runabout hull

prototype 24′ runabout hull

Has this type of thing been done before? Most say, yes. There are plans and drawings for the classic Donzi 16 and the Donzi 22 models. No drawing or plans for the Donzi 18 boat. The story goes that the 16’s bow and aft sections where cut and two feet were added in the middle to make the Donzi 18.

Prototype running under power

Prototype running under power

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming to your Winter Boat Show

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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.

 

 

Cobalt Boats, under 30’

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Pic shows their 296 Model.

Seabuddy was a dealer years ago for Cobalt Boats with his four retail stores on the west coast.

She has a LOA of 30’ 2” with a permit required for trailering beam of 9’ 5”. Cobalt Boats offers this model in single and twin engine choices. Depending on how one checks off the various choices she sells for about $150,000 new.

All Cobalt boats have their graphics in their gelcoat, a special barrier coat between the gelcoat and the fiberglass layup, Kevlar reinforcement in their hulls, no wood in their structural components, and a unique warranty with special five year engine-drivetrain function coverage among other covered components. Go to their web site and read about their special engine-drivetrain warranty details. You will be impressed.

http://www.cobaltboats.com/our_boats/296/index.php#.VgVxGctViko

Boat Trim Tabs: One System’s Ideas

IBEX is an annual marine trade event that provides an opportunity to interact with boat builders and other marine professionals worldwide, to collect immediate feedback, and to form lasting relationships in just three days. IBEX offers marine professionals a single platform to meet the North American marine industry face-to-face about the products that boating and boaters use.

Presented here is one idea that struck Seabuddy as newsworthy for a LinkedIn Pulse listing.

These folks make a system that retro-fit their marine trim tabs to other systems.

Manufacturer’s comment…  “Are you frustrated with your messy hydraulic pump unit? One of the biggest concerns with the hydraulic pump units are their possibility of messy leakage of harmful toxins to the environment. Not to mention the oily mess. But another big concern is the well known slow response of hydraulic units”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSQ3bumGE04

This is a good, short video to watch.

More from Lenco…  “The Conversion & Performance Upgrade Kit includes everything necessary to upgrade your current boat without any drilling or filling of holes. You simply discard the hydraulic pump unit and the two Bennett cylinders. Lenco’s new upper mounting brackets fit the existing Bennett mounting holes on the transom. Install the two Lenco electric actuators on your existing Bennett trim blades using the existing lower actuator brackets. Connect our actuator wiring to the existing harness. Jumper wires are included for attaching to current Bennett rocker switch. Complete your trim tab system upgrade with a waterproof Lenco tactile switch or our Auto Glide Boat Leveling System.”

More at … http://www.lencomarine.com/

 

boat trim tab

Ibex is important for the Marine Trades

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All the new ideas and the networking opportunities within the Marine Trades will be at IBEX, coming up.

Show’s quote” Thousands of new products, advanced processe, and impressive innovations will be on display at the 2015 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) taking place at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY, Tuesday, September 15 through Thursday, September 17. This year will bring together marine industry professionals to view the latest innovations and technology from over 550 exhibiting companies.”

 

Seabuddy will be there… will you?

 

Bertram Yachts reborn

Words© Chris (Seabuddy) Brown

A new Bertram 31 built in Italy, at first, is the news for the re-opening of this valued brand.

Bertram Yachts 31 fiberglass model

The new business owner is a boater and has a proven track record of investing in boat building and storied brand names in the marine industry. He is a fan of this brand, a great hardcore saltwater sportfishing machine. Benjarnino Gavio has owned a 54 Bertram, personally. The new 31 might be offered in both an open runabout design and fly bridge models.

The Bertram Yachts plant parking lot is filled with weeds now. It was Sea Ray’s plant earlier in its life. Seabuddy had a plant tour back when it was building Sea Ray’s. It is not a part of the new Bertram deal. That plant is going to Merritt Island Boat Works. A replacement boat building factory for Bertram Yachts is. A USA plant, most likely in Florida, Georgia, or North/ South Carolina is in the current search program.
The second model to be made is currently scheduled to be either the 25 or the 28 foot hull sizes. The 25’ boat was made in Italy before by Riva (with some Riva styling touches) in the 1970s. Riva also made the Bertram 20 Bahia Mar model. BTW, the Riva Windshield is outstanding with the lines of this Bertram model, as is all of their hardware on the Bertram boat that they built in this length.
Seabuddy spent a fair amount of time aboard a Bertram 28 just off the Pacific ocean California coast. She was powered by straight shaft Mercury Marine 260 engines. They provided just enough, but not any excess power and speed. The fly bridge was not to my taste based on its seating and how the skipper had to handle to the controls. They seemed to be misplaced in relation to the seating bases and not enough room for my guests. Thus, operating the boat was tiring for me. It is possible that a 36’ and a 46.6” Bertram will be re-born also, but at a later date.
The new owner of Bertram also owns the Baglietto shipyard in Italy. He, Beniamino Gavio, made a big investment in that yacht yard. He is quoted as saying “You can trust that I will treat Bertram with great, great, great respect — the same as I’m doing with Baglietto.” Note, he owns other businesses and the boating companies seem to be something he wants to get deeply involved with.

Aston Martin cars getting into the Boat Business

Words ©Chris (Seabuddy) Brown, photos by Aston Martin, et al

The very first model will be a 37’ sport boat This boat will be introduced late in 2015. It will be named the AM37 and the Aston Martin name and logo will be on the boat.

Quick facts- there are some heavy hitters in the boat business in bring this boat to market. Henk de Vries, Director of Feadship is on board. As is Mulder Yacht Design. See Mulder’s 76 MPH yacht Moonraker.

Moonraker, Mulder Yacht Design 76 MPH yacht

Moonraker, Mulder Yacht Design, 76 MPH yacht

And do not forget Aston Martin.
Here is a quote…The AM37 combines the highest degree of technology and innovation in a genuinely unique manner that is sure to delight those who understand the Aston Martin credo of ‘power, beauty and soul’.

Aston Martin is a 103 year old car company that won Le Mans outright with Carroll Shelby in 1959.

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Aston Martin with Carroll Shelby wins the 24 hours of Le Mans

And they won their GT 1 class in 2007.

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Aston Martin at le mans wins gt 1 in 2007

They are a small car company, but they have $312 million in new funds to expand from investors. The investors and management want to company to expand, particularly with its influence with women. There are naming deals for Sunglasses and Travel Accessories.

Aston will get future engines and electronics from Mercedes Benz. Mercedes may have Aston Martin make their very limited production Mayback models, as it is believed that Aston is better suited for limited production, than a big company like M B..
There is talk of an Alabama Aston Martin plant, near the Mercedes one.

37 Aston Martin sport boat, AM37

The AM37 will be made in the UK is seabuddy’s current understanding, but not inside the Aston Martin Gaydon, Warwickshire UK headquarters.

Aston Martin AM 37 sport boat

rendering of the Aston Martin AM 37 sport boat

Engines will be gas of diesel. Currently the thought is to power the gas engine closed deck sport cuddy cabin boats for a 60 MPH WOT top speed and the Diesels for a 50 MPH top speed. So, they are not Go-Fast boats. Rather, think Riva Aquarama, undated to today’s technology.

dash and helm of AM 37 Aston Martin

Helm of Aston Martin Sport Boat

One more thing, look at that powered hard surface three piece cockpit cover!

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Hard cockpit cover on AM 37 by Mulder Yacht Desgin for Aston Martin

ACBS Classic Boat Show and Festival Award Winners #1

Words and photos © Chris (Seabuddy) Brown

A black hulled single engine Cigarette swept its classes first time out of the barn. While she was up against a fast Nova/ Allmand 19, the judges all agreed that Lotus was the clear winner. Everyone was pleased that the number of off-shore fiberglass boats in attendance was on the upswing at this year’s boat show. Each show of the 57 diferent clubs have a slant to their show. It looks like this Mid-Atlantic Father’s Day Classic Boat Show / Festival is beginning to get the go-fast in rough water boating crowd.

Lotus is not a race boat, just a high speed, wave splitter cruiser/day boat for a young married couple and their dog. The boat is re-powered with a replacement, updated big block 496 cu. in. Chevy engine with EFI, for the ease of starting and shifting. The newer engine takes away show award points, but the ease of use of the newer intake system makes for a better boat, day in/ day out.

What does not take away points is the black hull finish. This boat has over 1,200 hours of sanding to get that flawless finish, up from a production boat building level of finish. She was finish sanded to over 2,000# grit paper. It is a AWLGRIP finish that one sees now.

The deck, cockpit, and the wood trim also took lots of finish work. Basically, it is several layers of epoxy. The cockpit dash was also updated with new instruments and other details. However, the vinyl seats and trim are several years old. There is a longish vinyl pad under the foredeck. It is out of the weather and in a pinch, one could overnight in this limited cabin.

Figure on a 45 MPH cruise and about a 70 MPH top end as powered in this 1972 24’ classic GO-FAST cruiser re-do.

 

2015 Chris Craft Center Console 34’ Catalina

 

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Fun in the Sun forward area on the Chris Craft center console

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Chris Craft Center Console for 2015

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.

 

Boston Whaler 420 Center Console new 42

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.

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Cabin interior new center console Boston Whaler 420