Southport Introduces Its Largest Center Console Yacht
Southport Boats is introducing its largest center console model to date, the 33 FE. Designed in response to market demand for a roomier model, the Southport 33 FE offers options for both sportfishing and entertaining. The versatile model features Southport‘s award-winning C. Raymond Hunt Associates hull, complemented by interior and deck enhancements from the in-house Southport design team. The first Southport 33 FE is currently under construction in Augusta and will make its formal debut in spring 2014.
To satisfy needs of all types of boaters, the newest Southport model incorporates new port and starboard storage options that double as fishboxes. Two six-foot-long, insulated 57-gallon compartments are forward, and two more in-deck 75-gallon compartments are aft. Aft of the Southport 33 FE‘s double helm chairs is an area that serves as a fishing tackle station or an entertainment center, depending on a customer’s preference. Other features — like plush lounge seats and a dinette that converts to a sunpad — cater to all tastes.
“I am amazed and delighted with the response from dealers and consumers. We already have orders for the 33 FE that take us well into the model year,” says Skip Robinson, managing director of Southport Boats. “The design of the 33 FE includes many suggestions from current Southport owners, making it a top-tier offshore center-console boat.”
The Southport 33 FE has several additional features that make the boat more attractive to boaters who are entertaining as well as fishing. The lockable head enclosure has six feet, three inches of standing room with a head, sink and shower. The forward lounge area has adjustable backrests and the aft seating folds down for more room for fishing. Inside the console is a six-foot berth for cruisers or a storage area for day-trippers.
Performance is a priority in the Southport 33 FE with twin 300-HP outboards that deliver good fuel economy and responsive handling. Customers have the option of upgrading to twin 350-HP outboards to maximize performance.
“In 2003 we were asked to develop a hull that would perform well at all speeds, not require aggressive acceleration in the ‘hump’ condition, and achieve the stable ride that comes from an optimized deep-vee and proper beam. We designed one of the best riding boats to come from our office,” says John Deknatel, president of C. Raymond Hunt Associates. “We expect the all-new 33-foot hull will demonstrate the same superior performance and ride characteristics.”