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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

Protector Offers a Unique Yacht Tender

PROTECTOR Jet Shown Here in Company Photo Release

PROTECTOR Jet Shown Here in Company Photo Release

Late last week, Protector USA announced the availability of a new, extremely unique, 20′ yacht tender (or ski boat, sailing coach/support boat?) called “Protector – the Jet.” The design marries the classic high-performance Protector RIB hull to a Yamaha FX Cruiser SHO personal watercraft, which serves as the propulsion, control and main seating station.

Tiffany Shiebler, the company’s marketing director, says, with what is likely remarkable understatement, “This boat is fun to drive – fast, comfortable, dry and maneuverable. Powered by a personal watercraft instead of a traditional outboard with a propeller, our Jet is safe and functional in shallow water and around swimmers, skiers, kite-boarders and sailors.” 

Protector's Jet Show in Side View

Protector's Jet Show in Side View

“Fun to drive?”  I’ll bet it is.  And it strikes me as the perfect tender for expedition-oriented cruisers who would appreciate the shallow-water performance, the performance, maneuverability and rough-environment capabilities of the RIB shell. It’s weight and size put it at the top end of tenders for most non-crewed yachts but certainly within the realm of possibility. It’s not cheap, however, but it is built to last, with durable materials, construction and a 5-year hull warranty.

Here’s the rest of the Protector press release for you to read.  I want to hear from the whomever is the first to buy one!

Designed with shock-mitigating, chambered hypalon tubes and a solid, hand-laid fiberglass hull, the Jet offers smooth, secure high-speed handling in any sea condition. The ultra-spacious vessel has a 3-person cruiser seat and is equipped with optional rear seating to transport as many as six individuals.

Capable of reaching speeds of up to 50 mph, the Jet features a supercharged Yamaha FX Cruiser SHO 1812cc, 4-cylinder, 4-stoke engine with electronic fuel injection. The watercraft is also equipped with a cruise-assist no wake mode, remote ignition transmitter, an adjustable tilt steering station, reverse mode with traction control technology, a 70 litre fuel tank, and dry storage capacity of up to 26-gallons.

The Jet weighs 1700 lbs., and has beam that is 7’6” when inflated and 6’ deflated. All PROTECTOR vessels feature five-chambered hypalon tubes; UV and petroleum resistant color options; rubber “sure foot” flooring; and are protected by a 5-year structural hull warranty. The Jet’s optional accessories include rear molded bin seats with storage, a stainless guardrail for bin seats, a single axle trailer with surge braking system, lifting points for hoist launching and LED running lights.

Pricing and Availability: Available now, PROTECTOR’s Jet is priced at US $58,750 and can be purchased directly from PROTECTOR USA. For more information on the Jet and accessory pricing, or to learn more about PROTECTOR and its entire line of performance boats, please visit the Protector USA website.

I’d like to hear from readers about their yacht tender solutions. Both boats and davits; and location for storage aboard your boat.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Cruising Under Sail, Gear & Apparel, Performance Powerboats, Powerboats