“The boat oozes quality. It runs like an animal through the ocean,” Cordes said.
Cordes said most Invincible buyers are fishermen who already have a sportfishing yacht.
“The guy looking for this boat has done this in a big boat but wants to do it in a quicker, simpler fashion,” Cordes said. “This is a top-tier boat, not an entry-level boat.”
• SeaHunter Tournament 45, Broward County Convention Center, booth 2035, about $800,000 loaded.
SeaHunter displayed the hull for this new model at last February’s Miami International Boat Show, but the finished product is making its first appearance here. Like the Invincible, the new SeaHunter is designed to sleep up to four anglers traveling to tournaments or just fun-fishing in the Bahamas. However, company president Ralph Montalvo emphasizes the Tournament 45 is not a walkaround, but a true center-console.
Access to the sleeping cabin is from a side door in the console. Step down and there’s 6 feet, 8 inches of headroom, along with a queen bed, two bunks, a sink, shower, toilet, microwave and TV.
The Tournament 45 is loaded with fishing features, and Montalvo said the hull is a full, padded vee bottom with a stepped transom that creates a safe, smooth ride and top performance.
Powered by quadruple 350-horsepower Yamaha outboards, the boat can cruise comfortably at 45 mph in 3- to 5-foot seas, according to Montalvo.
“The boat is safe in all conditions,” he said. “Our boats don’t sink.”
To prove that point, he dropped one of his boats 20 feet from a crane to the cement parking lot at Plantation Boat Mart a couple of years ago, then sawed it in half. A crowd of about a dozen onlookers then took the aft half for a spin around the Upper Keys without any problems.
• Jupiter 41, C dock 310-314, Bahia Mar Yachting Center, about $750,000 loaded.
Neither a center-console nor a walkaround, the new 41-foot express cruiser, powered by triple 350-horsepower Yamaha outboards, has an enclosed bridge, big windows and a cabin that sleeps five. Capable of 50 mph, it can fish, but is not targeted exclusively at fishermen.
Bob Bissinger, sales and marketing manager for the Palmetto-based company, said the boat was designed for those who want to travel overnight to anchor and island-hop in shallow waters. With the outboards tilted up, he said the boat draws less than 4 feet of water.
“We’ve had a lot of previous Jupiter owners who are moving up — people who want to go further and do more things,” Bissinger said. “A lot of people who have big boats 70 to 80 feet are tired of having a captain and maintenance and fuel and want to scale back for a while.”