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Cutwater is New Brand of Fast Cruisers from Ranger Tugs Builder

Rendering of New Cutwater 28 Fast Cruiser

Rendering of New Cutwater 28 Fast Cruiser

Cutwater Boats is the new brand from Fluid Motion, LLC, the designers and builders of the popular Ranger Tugs. The first two models out of the yard in Monroe, Washington, will be the Cutwater 26 and Cutwater 28, express-style, diesel-powered fast cruisers capable of up to 25 knots.  The company said Mark Mansfield has been chosen to serve as national sales manager for Cutwater Boats.  Here’s a description from the press release issued by the company on Friday:

Cutwater Boats are ideal for couple’s cruising with a full beam v-berth master stateroom and en suite head. The living area of saloon, galley and helm are all in the pilothouse space with 360-degree visibility through quality Diamond/Sea-Glaze windows. The saloon and cockpit are on the same level allowing for ease of movement from one space to the next which are separated by a weathertight hinged door. The forward windows are raked so water easily streams off and for better visibility when running at speed. Cutwater Boats also come standard with bow and stern thrusters for ease of operation and maneuverability.

From the innovative hull shape to reliable standard equipment and a practical interior layout, Cutwater Boats are a multi-purpose design for inland and coastal cruising. A functional cockpit includes aft seating with storage underneath and boarding access via a molded-on swim platform. The standard Yanmar diesel engine is housed under the cockpit sole and under deck compartments also store an optional Mase diesel generator plus provide ample storage.

Rendering of New Cutwater 26 Fast Cruiser

Rendering of New Cutwater 26 Fast Cruiser

The boats use a unique stepped-hull with a keel for speed and stability. According to Cutwater, “The Keel Stepped Hull is a blend of a semi-displacement hull shape with reverse chines and a keel which provides superb handling performance. A high pressure bump in the hull allows the engine to be mounted low in the hull contributing to a low center of gravity and when combined with the prop pocket keeps the Cutwater’s draft at just 28 inches. The low engine mount also creates a shallow six degree shaft angle allowing for more net thrust with less horsepower which translates into greater fuel efficiency. This combination of design details contributes to stability, speed and fuel economy.”

Layout of the new Cutwater 28 Fast Cruiser

Layout of the new Cutwater 28 Fast Cruiser

Layout of the new Cutwater 26 Fast Cruiser

Layout of the new Cutwater 26 Fast Cruiser

You can see that the principle difference between the two boats is the length of the aft cockpit.  The company said both boats will make their debut at the Seattle Boats Afloat Show in January and the Miami Boat Show in February. Among the standard features are standard bow and stern thrusters.  When you consider the fact that they’re both trailerable, there will bring a lot of flexibility to cruising couples by greatly expanding the range of operation possible from a chosen splash point.  I’m looking forward to seeing these two in-person, hopefully at the Miami Show.

Here are the specs for the first two boats:

Cutwater 26 (CW26)
Specifications

LOA molded                                              25’ – 7”
LOA rigged (with swim & pulpit)                30’ – 1”
Bridge clearance (with folded mast)           9’ – 1”
Beam                                                            8’ 6”
Draft                                                                28”
Fuel Capacity                                80 U.S. gallons
Water capacity                              40 U.S. gallons
Holding tank capacity                    30 U.S. gallons
Weight (Dry)                                            5,900lbs.
Engine                                 Yanmar 4BY2 180 HP
Base Price                                              $139,937

Cutwater 28 (CW28)
Specifications

LOA molded                                             28’ – 0”
LOA rigged (with swim & pulpit)              32’ – 4”
Bridge clearance (with folded mast)         9’ – 1”
Beam                                                            8’-6”
Draft                                                               28”
Fuel capacity                              100 U.S. gallons
Water capacity                             40 U.S. gallons
Holding tank capacity                   30 U.S. gallons
Weight (Dry)                                           6,400lbs.
Engine                                Yanmar 6BY2 260 HP
Base Price                                              $169,937

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Powerboats

Buzzards Bay 34 Cat – Couple’s Expedition Cruiser

Buzzards Bay 34 Catamaran -- Photo by Billy Black, Courtesy of Multihull Development

Buzzards Bay 34 Catamaran -- Photo by Billy Black, Courtesy of Multihull Development

This might be the perfect boat for a couple looking to cruise the coastline in a boat that puts a premium on comfort — a comfortable ride in seas, comfortable accommodations topside, and a seriously comfortable stateroom. 

Buzzards Bay 34 Cruising -- Photo by Billy Black, Courtesy of Multihull Development

Buzzards Bay 34 Cruising -- Photo by Billy Black, Courtesy of Multihull Development

The comfortable ride is courtesy of the twin displacement catamaran hulls, designed by Chris White, which slice through chop and significantly reduce the pitching and slamming; not to mention damping the rolling motions. In the main cabin, the centerline helm station features two comfy captain’s chairs, and an L-shape settee provides seating and lounging room along the starboard and aft bulkheads. An efficient galley is along the port bulkhead and has everything you need to fix nice meals, including a two-burner Princess propane stove.  When it’s time to retire, the stateroom is down a few steps to starboard and forward, with the bed arranged athwartships. It’s a roomy, memory-foam mattress that lifts easily to reveal massive storage underneath.

Buzzards Bay 34 Catamaran Layout

Buzzards Bay 34 Catamaran Layout

That stateroom also features a unique hanging locker with slide-out rails from both the stateroom side and the port-hull based head. A small fan in the overhead pulls air into the stateroom and it exhausts through the forward anchor locker; keeping the air moving and helping to keep the anchor locker dry and odor-free. That’s a nice touch. The overhead hatch and LED lighting ensure plenty of natural and electric illumination.

Buzzards Bay 34 Catamaran Stern View

Buzzards Bay 34 Catamaran Stern View

Another unique feature of the Buzzards Bay 34 is its outboard propulsion.  The first hull built actually had inboard-outboard diesels, but the advent of newer, high-horsepower outboards offered a chance for more simplicity and convenience and they are the standard offering now. The boat I visited yesterday at the Newport, Rhode Island, International Boat Show, is a pre-owned model (for sale, incidentally) that had the biggest Suzuki’s on it. Standard propulsion is a pair of 225hp Mercury Verados, although the factory can hang any outboard you like.

Buzzards Bay 34 Helm

Buzzards Bay 34 Helm

The cats are built right in Pocasset, Massachusetts, in the heart of Buzzards Bay. The company,Multihull Development, Inc., decided from the outset that the cat would be built without compromise.  The hull is balsa cored and resin-infused, while the decks are vacuum-bagged. Both technologies result in light, strong structure.

Buzzards Bay 34 Stateroom

Buzzards Bay 34 Stateroom

The boat, configured nicely and requiring only electronics and a few optional amenities for most customers, is priced at $405K.  That’s not cheap, but still represents significant value when you consider the construction methods, and level of fit and finish.

Buzzards Bay 34 Head

Buzzards Bay 34 Head

I’d take a close look at this boat for everything from coastal cruising in the Northeast, to snowbird migrations, to the Pacific Northwest and Alaska Inside Passage explorations. It will handle significant seas with comfort, has good range and can pull right up to the beach when it’s time to explore ashore.

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Posted by Tom in Boats, Cruising Under Power, Powerboats