Cobia 320 Center Console
Cobia introduced two new models, the 320 and the 301. With a deadrise of 21.5 inches and weight of 7,324 pounds and 275 gallons of fuel capacity, the 320 is ready for an offshore mission. Show price $229,000. Rigged with twin F300 Yamaha Outboards.
Black Water 39
If you’re looking for a 40-foot center console you don’t want to miss this one. The attention to detail and quality of the build is noticeable. The Black Water has a beam of 11 feet, 11 inches. This is hull #1 and is rigged to the gills. Fully loaded, quad-350 Mercs, it’s yours for $609,000.
Dusky 242 Bay Boat
Dusky is entering the bay boat market with a proven running surface. The addition of the Dusky bracket gives you a very clean cockpit more reminiscent of one of her offshore sisters, but when you go forward the molded in casting platform gives you what you would expect in bay boat in its class. The show special comes fully rigged with a 300-hp Suzuki, T-top and leaning post for $63,425.
Raymarine Axiom Pro 12
Touch-screen functionality with lots of bells and whistles: Ray’s new Axiom Pro RVX comes ready to find fish. Standard is a 1kW built-in transducer, with the ability to search in 3D, Side view or CHIRP technology. Also, but not included in the $3,850 price tag, is the ability to add radar as well as autopilot. Just plug and go. A 4kW four-foot open array radar is $3,999 and the autopilot, which you can incorporate into your Axiom without an additional head unit, is $2,000 for the EV200.
Grady White Freedom 325
It’s time for a family vacation, and forget about plane tickets. The Grady White 32-foot dual console packs all the amenities of a theme park into a single hull. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t bring a fishing rod or six. The cockpit is as every bit as big as you’ll find in a 32-foot center console. And at the show you can find a nice special, so don’t wait. The new boat will retail for $358K but you can get it at the show for $306,600. It comes with twin 300hp Yamahas.
It was what seems like a Suzuki takeover at the Convention Center. No engine seemed to have made a bigger impact. And it was clearly the result of having twice the number of props than any other outboards in its class. The engine was introduced in July, but this was its debut showing at a major show. And it seemed up to the billing. The Show special of $24,900 for a white engine, fully rigged, including control box and props is only about $4K more than the company's already successful 300hp engine.
Pursuit S 408
In one of the clear trends of the show, incorporating shade into the larger than usual bows of the 35-foot plus center consoles, Pursuit has done a very nice job. The growing size of center consoles has created some challenges for boat builders wanting to keep their customers out of the sun while enjoying their spacious and well-appointed bow seating.
Buddy Davis 34
Buddy Davis’ 34 packs a lot into her 10-foot, 6-inch beam and wide Carolina flare. With 300 gallons of fuel and close to 10,000 pounds dry she can take you where you want to go, in comfort and in style.
Simrad GO12 XSE
Simrad’s new GO12 XSE very bright, multi-touch display makes it easy to scroll through the functions of the chartplotter. Plug-and-play accessories such as radar and the powerful fishfinder transducers complete with CHIRP technology, HDI and sidescan technologies. You may even want to buy a pair at $2,299 each.
Nor-Tech 392 Superfish
There are a lot of center consoles in the 40-foot class to choose from, but if you’re a livebait fishermen you definitely need to check out the Nor-Tech 392. Standard is the most sophisticated livewell system you’ll ever find in a center console. The 39-foot, 10-foot-wide boat coming in at 13,000 pounds is a lot of boat, but nothing compares to its livewell setup. Rigged with four “livewell pumps, not bilge pumps” with two in position and ready for backup, youre bait will thrive. There’s a cube of water for each pump, and they’re always full, guaranteeing the fill rate is always greater than the consumption rate.
If you were a fan of the 368 you’ll want to check out the new Edgewater 370. And if you judge the quality of restaurants by the length of time to get a table, you’ll want to check out this boat. There was hardly a time the cockpit wasn’t filled with people. The 37-foot, 11-foot, 4-inch beam has a lot to offer. The show special which includes the full tower and too many options to list is $611,000.
There’s no shortage of boat stereo options, one of the fastest growing segments of the market. But, not every boat has room for four digit sound system. For smaller boats or for crew members of larger boats who want to bring the party to the sand, Fusion has an option for you: the Fusion Puck. This is more than your typical Bluetooth speaker. It’s a full-on stereo with NO wires. You can enjoy Bluetooth audio streaming, AM/FM radio or USB play back with smart phone charging capabilities. And it’s water resistant. MSRP $279.
Introduced at the show with several updates to an already proven boat, Century comes ready to compete. The show special is $224,900. It includes full electronics, T-top and twin 300hp Yamaha engines including captain-friendly joystick technology.
Mako Pro Skiff 19 Top Drive
In what looks more like a custom built flats skiff Bass Pro is offering a ready to fish pro-type flats/bay boat. You won’t find this boat on the showroom floor of a Bass Pro Shop, but you can order it. The boat with a Mercury 115 EXPLT Pro XS Fourstroke command thrust and trailer is a deal at $41,420. The 19-foot, 4-inch boat has a beam of 7 feet, 9 inches. She weighs only 2,950 pounds, so with the added height of the helm station and the advanced inverted hull you have a flats fishing machine with a single hit of the “buy” button on your computer.