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Best Small Boats of 2012

Best Small Boats of 2012
 

BOATING Magazine every year prepares a list of thier favourite boats of the year, In 2012 construction, fit out, finish and performance have been judged to determine which boats stand out. The growing popularity of Centre Consoles has resulted in 2 of these designs entering the list in the form of the Intrepid Cuddy 327 and Contender 39 LS, both offering high performance, great ride and functionality.

For the full review visit the BOATING website or CLICK HERE to view the 10 Best Small Boats of 2012.

Meridian 541 Sedan

The Gist: Meridian’s first boat designed from the CAD stage for pod drives, this 50-footer handles like a sport cruiser and puts the extra space to good use. The theme of this boat is social gathering points, from the aft cockpit bar to the galley to the raised salon. Belowdecks, the full-beam master stateroom offers luxe cruising quarters.

Lasting Impression: The retractable glass partition allows for a bar set-up between the cockpit and the galley, creating a great entertainment space.

Meridian 541 Sedan Photo Gallery

Intrepid Cuddy 327

The Gist: The 327 Cuddy runs on the latest iteration of Intrepid’s vaunted transverse step hull, which now features twin keel vents, a lower motor bracket “bucket” location and other refinements intended to accommodate larger and heavier outboards while retaining the efficiency and ride for which the brand’s boats have been heralded. Standard seating aboard the 327 accommodates a crowd. The forward lounge seats six easily and allows four to sprawl; backrests provide for reclining while facing either forward or aft.

Lasting Impression: Service access and fit and finish are all top notch.

Intrepid Cuddy 327 Photo Gallery

Cobalt A28

The Gist: This boat epitomizes classic style and construction. Echoing the body styling of a first-generation Corvette, the A28’s deep topsides flutes taper aft, terminating at stainless-steel engine vents. Below these, protective quarter guards at the transom, where bumping a piling is most likely, narrow in width and decrease in height as they run forward: Sort of a high-profile boot stripe, these protect, yet won’t chafe or peel.

Lasting Impression: Cobalt’s execution of the folding, multi-use seats and tables is the best we’ve seen.

Cobalt A28  Photo Gallery

Contender 39 LS

The Gist: The 39 LS’ twin-step bottom, designed by John Cosker of Mystic Powerboats fame, was drawn with offset strakes and convex sections in the bow to help carry the nose out of the water. This puts the propellers in good contact with the water to keep the boat moving forward in rough conditions and still lets it run at speeds exceeding 70 mph when you have the opportunity and inclination to pin the levers.

Lasting Impression: The convertible bow turns into a huge playpen.

Contender 39 LS Photo Gallery

 

References

Boating Magazine
www.boatingmag.com

Intrepid Boats
www.intrepidboats.com

Contender Boats
www.contenderoffshore.com

Cobalt Boats
www.cobaltboats.com

Meridian Yachts
www.meridian-yachts.com

 

 

 

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