10 New & Noteworthy Boats

Seasons greetings! Dave and I are hoping you are enjoying the holidays and have survived the big Nor’easter (or “Wintercane”, as one Boston weatherman has termed it). All this week we’ll be taking a look at some of the major boating news, events, articles, videos, destinations and reviews we’ve covered in the 5 months since the magazine launched.

Let’s continue our overview with a few of the notable boats we reviewed during the 2010 season.

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Tom Richardson & Dave Dauer
New England Boating Publishers

1. Alerion 33 Express with Electric Drive

Pearson Composites of Warren, Rhode Island, introduced a new version of its popular Alerion Express 33 featuring a Mastervolt lithium-ion electric Saildrive that delivers clean, whisper-quiet auxiliary propulsion. Another bonus of the electric drive is the lack of any through-hulls for cooling water or exhaust.

2. North Rip 21 Center Console

Pearson Composites of Warren, Rhode Island, builder of True North cruising yachts and Alerion sailboats, unveiled a new line of sportfishing boats. The brand is called North Rip, and the line is being launched with the NR21, a sweet-looking center console with the bold lines and Carolina flare of a classic offshore sportfisherman.

3. Hobie Tandem Island Sail Kayak

Hobie’s Mirage Tandem Island is a combination kayak and trimaran that offers superior stability and versatility. The Tandem Island features a central, open seating area (actually a 2-person sit-on-top kayak) with twin pedal MirageDrives and inflatable lumbar supports.

4. Minor 25 Offshore

The Minor Offshore 25 is a rugged, trailerable mini-trawler from Scandinavian builder Sarins Boats and distributed through Skarne Marine in Milford, Connecticut. Power is provided by a fuel-efficient single 200- to 300-hp Volvo-Penta diesel. The latter powerplant delivers a 25-knot cruise while burning 7.5 gallons per hour. Top speed is in the 35- to 40-mph range.

5. Tideline 19 Power Catamaran

Tideline is a new name in the fish-boat industry, and the company’s new 19-foot center console should grab the attention of inshore anglers throughout New England. The Tideline 19 is based on a smooth-riding catamaran hull, but can be powered by a single outboard and sports lines that resemble those of a monohull, as well as a stylish bow flare.

6. Pursuit 265 Dual Console

Pursuit’s DC 265 is the first dual-console design for the company, and has thus far proven popular among New England boaters. Standard power is a single 300-hp Yamaha 4-stroke outboard, although the boat is rated for power up to 350 hp. The all-new hull was specifically engineered to handle a variety of activities, including casual fishing, cruising, tubing and wakeboarding.

7. LS-20 Sailboat

Many boaters know the Landing School as an educational center for those interested in learning about the art of boat design and boatbuilding, but few are aware that the school also builds and sells its own lines of power and sailboats. New to the Landing School fleet is the LS-20, a fun, affordable keelboat that’s lightweight and easy to trailer.

8. Protector Jet 20 RIB

Protector Boats, a major builder of vessels for the military, fire, law-enforcement and rescue agencies, introduced the Jet, a 20-foot recreational RIB built around a Yamaha FX Cruiser SHO PWC. According to Protector, the Jet combines the performance, stability and speed of a commercial-grade RIB with the fun, power and safety attributes of a PWC.

9. Chaparral 246 WT

The Chaparral SSi 246 Wide Tech is a big dual-console brimming with features that make it an ideal platform for watersports fun, relaxing and entertaining. The bow area features cushioned wraparound seating, recessed speakers, 4 cup holders and a 4-step boarding ladder that stows in the anchor locker. Under the bow seats are 3 large storage compartments, including an insulated cooler.

10. Edgewater 158 Center Console

EdgeWater’s 158 center console is a small yet versatile boat that’s ideal for all types of nearshore activities, including tubing, fishing, short runs to the beach or just tooling around. It also makes a great tender for yacht clubs and large vessels. The 158 features an unsinkable, all-composite foam-filled hull that delivers a soft, dry ride; a wide 6’ 4” beam for stability, and a roomy cockpit that accommodates up to 6 passengers.

Are there any new boats you would like us to review in 2011?

Please let us know your ideas in the comments section below.