About Key WestSince 1986 Hutch Holseberg has been working to build a high quality, value priced mid sized fishing boat. On the first day of racing, Walt Thirion and his team on Themis and Dan Cheresh and Extreme2 traded wins in Races 1 and 2, foreshadowing a week-long battle. With only one race to go and four points to make up on the final day of racing, Extreme2 ran out of runway. Next up for the class is the Miami Ocean Challenge, hosted by the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, in February. Custom built by Delta in 2009, Katya is a striking superyacht featuring a characteristic exterior design as well as a luxurious interior styled by Jean Claude Canestrelli, offering guests the finest wood, glass and marble surroundings.
Katya has the ability to reach a range of five thousand nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12.5 knots through her twin CAT engines while also providing ultimate comfort through her state-of-the-art stabilization systems. Island on Rainy Lake, MN – June 24, 2012The kayak exploded open like a pinata, spilling a hundred pieces of gear instead of candy. Daniel is a writer who grew up paddling and swimming in the rivers and oceans around Tallahassee, Florida. Necky KayaksAt Necky, we strive to share knowledge that will help kayakers master the open water.
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Sailfish powercats were top-five aluminium fishing boats at Australia’s Greatest Boats three years running.
I've been enjoying the birth and rapid evolution of those American trailerable sportsfishers flying the Trophy flag.
The world's biggest boatbuilder, Brunswick Corporation, which is known for building mainstream or conventional boats for the masses, has been presented with some very real challenges here. Back at the nice, deep, pointy end, the boat has a wonderfully spacious cabin with seated headroom for two people on a nicely upholstered L- or V-shaped area. The item you are attemping to add to compare is a different subtype to the items(s) in your list. The arrival of the first Bavaria Vision 42 on our shores confirms that the new-look cruisers are the real deal, reports Kevin Green.
The realisation that building to a strict price point may not pay off in the long run has made the German builder Bavaria change tack, and this new course is producing seriously good cruising boats – such as the Vision 42. Similar to some of the French manufacturers, Bavaria sought inspiration for its new Vision range from expertise in the car industry, which resulted in last year’s 46 and now the Vision 42. In terms of shape, some inspiration from the teardrop cabin looks to have come from competitor Jeanneau but nevertheless, when walking around both the 46 and 42 I felt plenty of originality pervading the air.
For a dedicated cruising boat an enclosed cockpit is important and the Vision 46 wins plenty of favour with me as it has a high aft transom with deep, rounded coamings for seating backrests. Sail controls comprise six jammers on the portside cabin top via a Lewmar Evo winch, while a large rope bin down by the main hatch tidies the tails nicely. The recent OEM agreement with Garmin means the latter’s plotter, the GPS Map4008, and brightly lit GMI 10 instruments are embedded in the starboard binnacle along with the bowthruster buttons but annoyingly, engine controls remain at your ankles.
Stepping down below — where traditional washboards on the main hatch with a flip-up sill do the job well — brings you to the stylish interior. Up front, the owner’s berth uses the deep bow space to the maximum, so the bed is large with enormous headroom.
In the saloon plenty of flexibility has been built-in with moveable benches and both tables can change position; although the dedicated navigator may take umbrage at no permanent chart station as this is created by a sliding panel in the portside bench. Opposite, the lounge has a foldout table and can be lowered electrically to convert into a daybed.
Moving around at sea is helped by handrails on the roof and a vertical rail to guide you down the four steps from the main hatch, where a handily located power box is placed by the way.
For ablutions the bathroom has a separate shower vestibule with composite sink and practical floor mouldings.
On deck the Vision 42 is practically laid out with handholds and a wooden toerail to guide you forward, along narrow sidedecks that are clear with the shrouds outboard and the Selden jib track inboard on the saloon roof.
The deck-stepped alloy Selden rig on our test boat came with the optional in-mast reefing – that worked well despite our windy test sail – and the long boom is controlled by a metal vang and two mainsheet blocks, without a track.
The aesthetics of the Vision are an improvement on the Cruiser range – gone are the cramped, little portlights and clash of angular deck profile vying against the rounded hull. Flouting convention, there are no hard chines and overall hull shape is fairly moderate with an average rocker helping handling.
For sail setting on the Vision 42 you don’t have to leave the cockpit – my host for the day Tony Ross from distributor Ensign Ship Brokers pulled the mainsail outhaul as I steered upwind, then locking the mainsheet I unfurled the genoa to steer us along the narrow waterway behind South Stradbroke Island. By this time in the afternoon the numbers on the depth gauge were looking very ordinary, so we bashed our way out the channel to meet a two-metre swell and gain some sea room and depth.
As we approached the entrance and bar for our return I did ponder about the hull speed of the 42 – I have a bad memory of this particular spot from the end of a tiring Gold Coast race. The rudder felt deep enough to maintain plenty of control, even on top of a swell with the bow well down, and most importantly of all your writer didn’t get wet. Like the 42, the Vision 46 is a dedicated owner’s boat and is nearly identical to the smaller version, but obviously you get that extra waterline for greater mileage. What was interesting about the Vision 46 I looked around in was its Trim Control system, an Australian first being fitted with Lewmar’s new range of Revo electrically-operated, back-winding winches. Bavaria has produced a very capable cruising yacht in the Vision 42, carrying on the winning recipe from the earlier 46, with the main ingredients being a manageable sail plan, safe cockpit and versatile interior.
Walt Thirion, Nick Ewenson, Geoff Ewenson, Lara Dallman-Weiss, Dave Flynn, Collin Kirby, and Hobie Ponting.
Their second-place finish to Themis‘ fourth in the final race, Race 10, gave the win to Themis by two points. On the final day of racing, when a squall came through the course and teams experienced the wildest conditions of the week, Ed Feo and team Loco finished two places ahead of Bobsled to break a tie for third.
By trading his backpack for a Necky Looksha 17 kayak, Daniel is viewing America from a new, watery angle.


Rinando Jr.At home on the waters of the Texas Gulf Coast, see what Vincent Rinando has blogged. By providing the above information, I am aware and consent that my data will be collected by and transferred to Johnson Outdoors Inc., (and its agents) in the United States of America. No longer sold as an appendage of their sister pleasure-boat brand Bayliner, Trophy has become a powerful stand-alone sportsfishing entity promising a lot more than a marketing trip for those who dare venture aboard and onto the wide blue yonder.The last Trophy I tested, a 2103 Centre Console, and, to a lesser degree, the 2502 Walkaround, were two boats that really impressed this long-time trailerboat angler. Fortunately, however, the company appears to have discovered how to make stiff, monocoque or one-piece boats that, even in modest sizes, don't bang.Backed by a 10-year limited warranty, the Trophy hulls are hand-laid GRP with a fibreglass stringer system bonded to the hull for stiffness. The supplied infill, retained in a storage net when not in use, is used to create a retreat for weary kids and crew to at least catnap.There appeared to be no storage under the seating and no cabin sidepockets.
Further styling was injected via the British Design Unlimited team enhancing the overall look of the Farr-penned hulls. For example, an innovative Trim Control system using Lewmar’s automatic self-tacking Revo winches is an Australian first and it can even be linked to the Garmin plotter. The large swimplatform nicely closes the gap where you board (beneath it is a rubber-sealed hatch to the hull and the quadrant).
The primaries were another set of Evos beside the twin binnacles and were electric versions. The sturdy grabrails around the binnacle are welcome and were well-used during our bumpy sail test off Surfers. The accommodation on the Vision 42 is two cabins only but has a choice of layouts, with the owner’s forepeak having either a vanity table or an en suite. There’s plenty of storage, comprising double shelves forward and twin wardrobes aft plus under-bed drawers as well. However, it still works as a useful navigation area with bulkhead space for the factory-fitted Garmin plotter and electrical control panel, plus space on the shelf above for the flatscreen TV which can be connected to the plotter or laptop with an SVGA cable for large-screen charting. The cream cloth cushioning matched the cream bulkhead trimming but as someone who dislikes polishing, I’d question the practicality of this decor preferring the alternative lightwood interior with dark trim. Interestingly, the hatch is offset to port and this means the engine access beneath the steps is also offset; so when you lift the steps only half an engine is revealed. There’s a double sink with two-burner stove and a large chest fridge with front-opening door that should take a slab of beer – the wine can go in the deep bilges to keep it at a stable temperature and there is also a small rack for bottles as well.
Halyards are simply run along the roof – which is good for spotting any chaffing – and the flush Lewmar hatches nicely avoid trapping lazy sheets or crew feet. It’s held up by double shrouds and a single-wire backstay, but I’d prefer larger chainplates and bottle screws all round. Both the 42 and 46 have large, elegant hull windows that blend nicely with the teardrop saloon, while the bow has some rake in contrast with the plumb stern that maximises the waterline. Inside are deep bilges with substantial bolts holding the cast iron keel to the GRP hull and a much sturdier rudder post than on pre-Farr models. Despite the wind gusting around 25kts I didn’t feel the need to shorten sail and yes we were over-pressed but not uncomfortably so. The ominous clouds scudding over the Glass House Mountains did nothing to lighten my mood, while we surfed towards the gap with the seas rising and their tops curling menacingly; yet they merely slapped against the tall transom.
So without any dramas the Vision 42 bowled through into the Broadwater, easily surviving a stormy day and I’d add, easily becoming a strong contender in the mid-size cruising boat market. There is a third cabin available in the starboard quarter but is small and access is restricted – through the shower compartment. This is confirmed by the ballast displacement ratio (28 per cent for the Vision 46 and 25 per cent for the Vision 42).
With the touch of a button the helmsman can trim the sails via a control panel which Bavaria has clearly marked.
According to Bavaria video tacking takes about eight seconds, while using only a single button. In fact, that 21ft centre console was such a wonderful boat that it still heads my personal list of trailerable fishing boats that I would buy with my hard-earned bucks.So you might well understand my enthusiasm for testing the new 17ft Trophy Centre Console.
After a thorough workout in some truly rough water, I can say this doesn't feel like you're typical 19-footer. However, I did find a portable loo, 12V cabin light and a hatch to professional wiring behind the dash. While the boat comes in outboard and petrol or diesel inboard variants, the latter on this boat provided terrific performance, great handling, top fuel economy and a big range from the 208lt sub-floor fuel tank.There was some diesel clattering at low revs, but I like that sound and so do the fish that chase trolled lures and baits. The differences in the 42 (that I test sailed on the Gold Coast for this review) from the 40 Cruiser Sport I took up the coast last year are both apparent and subtle, so it’s no surprise that the first Vision 46 won European Yacht of the Year.
Further automation is available from Dock Control, Bavaria’s version of joystick manoeuvring. Our test boat came with a tall sprayhood and bimini to create a weatherproof area allowing enjoyable alfresco dining around the cockpit table, which can be unfolded to become a sun lounger. Usefully, there were a pair of jammers to hold the sheets that neatly emerged from gutters. Interestingly the second cabin in the port quarter can be two singles, or a double with infill cushions. The acres of white trimming on the bulkheads may be rather glaring for some buyers and difficult to keep clean but it does create a bright space in conjunction with rectangular portlights and deckhatch. Much more hardwearing is the laminated flooring – a dark African hardwood named sipo is used – which is smoothly machined as is the joinery, showing a good attention to detail. This prompted me to look closely and to check and indeed confirm that all service points on the 29hp Volvo saildrive – impeller, oil, water and filter – are accessible. Yet another plus for us caffeine addicts is a bulkhead recess for a capsule coffee machine.
At the pulpit a single roller has rode running under the deck to the vertical Quick windlass with cable controls taking adequate care of anchoring.
The high coamings and generally sheltered cockpit gave me plenty of confidence as did moving between the helms when tacking through lulls in the swells. Bavaria has done this by realising that to stay in the same playing field as Beneteau with their innovative Sense range, they have had to move very fast on their feet and just like their legendary German football team scored winning goals with the 46 and now the Vision 42. Push one button and the winch sheets in while the motor automatically switches between slow and fast gears according to the load-limit sensors. I dropped ten days of food next to it and began to pack.I used a tent pole to ram a wetsuit and jars of peanut butter into the nose of the boat like I was loading a cannon. But for one reason or another, the local Bayliner marketing men said they wanted me to test an even newer model, a boat making waves overseas called the 1902 Walkaround.
The stanchions for the bow rail will be handy mounting points for aftermarket tubes for carrying the reef pick.The recessed deck cleats have enough room to tie off thin, say 8mm-12mm, rope for mooring, setting a sea anchor or securing a trophy fish.


This layout leaves the starboard quarter for equipment, which I feel is a good arrangement for a dedicated owner’s boat. My only gripe – and not just with Bavaria – are the unsealed ends on marine ply hull fittings. Only the fanbelt is partly obscured and requires the opening of the side access panel in the guest cabin. The locker space and soft-close drawers are good and are only let down slightly by rather flimsy latches, one of the few blemishes inside this boat. Simply push another button to electrically sheet-out (back wind) the winch, while the insertion of a winch handle automatically changes to a familiar two-speed manual operation. It's also nice to know the boat has level foam flotation and vinylester (waterproof) resin in case you want to leave the rig in the water.The boat's hull is a little beauty and visually it looks like a cute little ship due to the exceptionally high bow and the fetching round portholes that instill a sense of tradition.
Underwater, the boat has bronze seacocks for things like the optional raw-water washdown, while there are both aft and forward bilge pumps.
More boatbuilders of offshore fishing boats should look at this windscreen and follow suit.
This can be converted into a workshop or simply left as a home for water toys, folding bicycles and spare sails. They are designed by fishermen, for fishermen, but can serve a family for any recreational activity on the water from skiing and tubing, to a peaceful cruise to be with nature. My hammock, sleeping bag, and pad went next, packed tight into the nose along with my water filter, stove, and fuel.My computer went in the back, wrapped in two dry bags and plastic.
I'm told the 1902 has been affectionately dubbed Nemo and the term on endearment suits the boat very well, indeed.The exceptionally deep freeboard up front and flared sides, plus the wonderfully high windscreen, makes this a dry boat.
You don't know how happy I am to see the latter which is all too often missing in local boats with cabins that could fill with water.The boat had two rodholders in the gunwales, twin simple aft plastic bait bins that are removable and easily cleaned, and the option of a small plumbed live-bait tank in the aft end of the co-pilot's seat. There was no wiper, but a good coating of Rainex will keep the water beading away.I enjoyed driving this boat from the helm seats, which are reversible, despite the stand-up conditions at sea. Moving from trolling to cruising speeds was smooth with the Alpha One sterndrive leg trimmed in. Then came my tent, first aid kit, clothes, fishing tackle, a roll of duct tape, rope, and jars of salted peanuts. One thing for sure, the way the price of fuel is heading, this little diesel walkaround won't break the bank with running costs.
I also noted excellent stability in the moderate-dead rise hull that has just 17 degrees of vee aft.
When standing, I noted plenty of legroom and, while there isn't a grabrail around the windscreen, it at least appeared to be mounted strongly.
Our philosophy has always been to build each boat to the most stringent standards for safety, structural integrity, and stability in the world today, assuring that no one is injured in one of our boats because we didn't do our best to prevent that.
On top, I shoved in my backpack and rain gear.I slid packages of mac and cheese and instant mashed potatoes into the gaps between dry bags until I’d stuffed both hatches like a thanksgiving turkey. The greatest amount of storage space was on the cabin sole.But even with optional padded coamings, I'm not entirely comfortable with the depth of the self-draining deck on this boat. A drinkholder and a small dry storage nook for wallets, keys and mobile phones was alongside the helm.Crew, kids or mum's hoping for a ride in the 1902 Walkaround can sit on the aft end of the seat box under the twin helm seats. I pulled neoprene covers over the openings, closed the plastic lids, and snapped the hatches shut.My extra paddle and fishing pole bungied to the back along with the frame of my portage cart. While you have to travel one foot over the other, the moulded step from the cockpit, high one-piece bow rail, toerails and upright windscreen provide security. The lack of internal freeboard, and the difficulty of leaning into the sides to get support before the toes hit the sides, makes this a tough boat for fishing and your families.The deep hull up front quickly tapers to a shallow cockpit that, in Australian waters, could easily spit crew out the back. The importer has, sensibly, fitted an optional cushion package that included padded seat tops for these storage boxes. Up front, there is enough deck space for retrieving the anchor or pitching a lure, lots of freeboard and just no chance of putting water on deck.A one-piece moulding from to back, the 1902 should be easy to keep clean.
Though the non-skid is excellent, I wouldn't be comfortable leaving my young niece and nephew on the aft-facing seats, as there is nothing to stop them falling out the transom. A plastic grab handle was alongside each seat and you should insist that crew hold on so they don't tumble out the transom when you plant the throttle or fly off a wave.
My wallet, camera, gps, maps, phone, headlamp, and journal slid into the deck bag in front of the cockpit. The lack of cockpit depth is surprising given the litigious nature of Americans.So what do you do? On top of it, I folded my windpaddle and tied on my bilge pump.It almost looks clean with the hatches shut and everything strapped down, but I know it’s still more brute force than art.
There isn't a lot of storage space for tackle so, whatever you do, order a T-top with rocket launcher for rod storage and, of course, shade.
Well, the fix in my eyes, at least, would be to fit a strong, supportive, stainless aft rail with padded coamings across its leading edge. All these speeds, except the point of planing, are identical to the 42ft game fishing boat I often drive at sea.
It fits because it has to.The last piece is the little stuffed alligator the Greenbush custodian’s wife gave me.
The rail could incorporate a gate so you still had walkthrough access to the water and the swim ladder.
So while it's a minnow you should be able to keep up with the big boys, while using a comparative whiff of fuel.
I figure he knows how to get to Florida so I strap him to the top of the deck bag and the boat is ready to go.Everything I need in 17 feet.
And on that rail you could fit more rodholders and perhaps even a removable cutting board.One thing I do know for sure is that, should you hook a big fish on standup tackle from a dead boat, you will have a job of getting around the transom while standing unsupported. You will also need to reach out to clear the line from the Alpha One sterndrive leg, which protrudes quite some distance from the transom.The transom had a moulded central engine box lid which formed the central part of the low transom edge. Engine access was excellent, with additional storage room outboard of the 1.7lt 120hp Cummins-MerCruiser diesel block. It was good to see an external fuel shutoff in the cockpit, but a dipstick and easy access to the fuel tank would be handy.



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