Newport Boat Show 2010

New Boat Video: Protector 38′ “Tauranga” Adventure Boat

Protector's new 38' "Tauranga" Expedition Boat

Protector's new 38' "Tauranga" Expedition Boat

I just got back from the 2010 Newport International Boat Show in Newport, Rhode Island, and the most spectacular ride I had there was on Protector’s new 38′ “Tauranga,” a tough, seaworthy boat that can handle the roughest seas and outrace anything on the water that isn’t a dedicated go-fast.  This boat is a slightly modified derivative of the 38′ SL and it’s got all the features of a classic Protector.

Protector also had its cool new 20′ Jet at the show, but I couldn’t get out on it in the rain with all my camera gear.  We’ll get a test ride aboard that one soon and report on it here.

Here’s a video interview I taped with Protector as we headed out of Newport Harbor for a test run.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KECuS9ArDu0

During our test ride around Narragansett Bay, the weather was turning sour and the winds had already begun to stack up the waves at the mouth of the Bay. The chop was 2-3 feet just outside Newport Harbor, but rounding the point at Castle Hill, they stood up to about 4-5 feet, with the occasional 6-footer thrown in.  With the Yamaha 350 hp monsters all spooled up, and the boat running better than 40 knots into the wind and sea, we did manage to launch off a couple of waves. The deep vee of the rigid bottom tempers the landing but the strong Hypalon tubes ensure you’re not gonna ship any water.

Protector 38' "Tauranga" Bow View

Protector 38' "Tauranga" Bow View

Protector 38' "Tauranga" Foredeck

Protector 38' "Tauranga" Foredeck

Twin Yamaha 350 hp Outboards on the new Protector 38' "Tauranga"

Twin Yamaha 350 hp Outboards on the new Protector 38' "Tauranga"

When we turned back up the bay and rode with the wind and seas, we hit nearly 50 knots and the ride was silken. While it doesn’t corner quite as sharply as its smaller sister, the 28′ Targa, you better hang on when the wheel goes hard over. While it handles rough water with aplomb, you can take it right onto the beach. It only draws 18 inches. Okay, don’t take it too far up the beach, it weighs enough so that you will need the motors to back off, but still, it would be the perfect expedition tender for any large yacht with the deck space and davit to carry it; or a great coastal explorer for a couple in the Northeast or Northwest.  I’d love to see the owner of the first Nordhavn 120 take this aboard as his large tender.  What a perfect combination!

View of the new Protector 38' "Tauranga" Expedition Boat

View of the new Protector 38' "Tauranga" Expedition Boat

View Aft from inside the Protector 38' "Tauranga"

View Aft from inside the Protector 38' "Tauranga"

We’ll have more on this boat as the details come out of the company, so stay tuned.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Performance Powerboats, Powerboats