Southport to Debut New 29′ Model at Newport Boat Show
Southport Boats, a division of Maritime Marine Group, LLC, is introducing a new 29-foot center console model, the 29 FE. The Southport 29 FE is a crossover model that offers the luxury and amenities of a family cruiser without sacrificing fishability and offshore performance. The Southport 29 FE will make its formal debut at the Newport International Boat Show, September 12-15, in Newport.
Designed around Southport’s proven, safe, efficient and continuously variable Hunt deep-v hull design, the 29 FE is unique from the rest of Southport’s line with both new forward and aft seating arrangements. The new model includes an adjustable-height lunch/cocktail table designed for alfresco dining. The table is easily lowered between the forward seats, creating a spacious sun pad platform. The console has a comfortable forward-facing, loveseat-style, cushion with suede-like marine-grade vinyl.
“We’ve developed the Southport 29 FE in response to a lot of market requests for a high-quality center console fishing boat that doubles as a fun family cruiser,” says Skip Robinson, managing director of Southport Boats. “This new model gives owners the flexibility to comfortably host family and friends for cocktails one day and head for the canyons the next.”
The Southport 29 FE has several additional features that make the boat more attractive to boaters who are entertaining as well as fishing. The lockable stand-up head enclosure includes a faux granite sink and countertop with durable, nonskid, easy-to-clean Marinedeck on the cabin sole. Deluxe helm chairs with flip-up bolsters are standard on the Southport 29 FE, as is a leaning post tackle station with waist-high access to a fresh/saltwater sink, insulated bait box, and a 45-gallon oval livewell with light. The standard leaning post tackle station can be replaced with an optional entertainment center complete with grill and refrigerator. Additional options for the Southport 29 FE include a quarter-berth beneath the console front seat.
A plush, three-quarter aft lounge seat stretches across the stern to provide multi-person seating when cruising or entertaining. The lounge seat folds down when fishing is the priority. Behind the aft lounge seat is a fully equipped bait-rigging station that has a freshwater sink, insulated bait storage area, and cutting boards.
Powered with twin 300-hp outboards, the 29 FE delivers good fuel economy and responsive handling while reaching top speeds of 50 to 55 mph. The Southport 29 FE comes standard with a T-Top featuring a heavy-duty aluminum frame, fiberglass top, and rugged acrylic windshield. A remote key fob with activated battery/light management system controls battery power choices and lets you illuminate overhead/cockpit lights as you walk down the dock in the pre-dawn hours.
Click here for a preview of the Southport 29 FE. Prospective customers can contact select dealers now for a sea trial.