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Southport Announces 2 New Models

Southport Announces New 272 TE Model and Second Generation 292 Series

6/16/2015, Augusta, Maine- Southport Boats of Augusta, Maine announces a new Tournament Edition, entry level model on their 27 foot platform, to be called the 272 TE, and a second generation 29 series that includes the Hunt4 Design of the original Southport hulls, but with overhauls of the deck arrangement, systems, hardware, fit-n-finish. Most importantly, the models will be delivered with an even better balance between exceptional craftsmanship and affordability.

272 TE

Southport 272TE Brochure

Southport 272 rendering w_insetThe new Southport 272 TE will offer a Tournament Edition layout on the traditional Southport 27 foot hull, with a coffin box in place of the forward wraparound seating, an improved livewell in the transom, redesigned console and helm pod, and a re-imagined T-Top and leaning post. The new T-Top will be structurally lighter and the frame cleaner, while the leaning post will be a semi-custom aluminum design with plush seating, storage beneath, and a multi-rod rocket launcher with cup holders mounted aft.

“The new 272 TE with single outboard power will be priced to enter the market at substantially under $150,000 – making it an extremely desirable and affordable off-shore, robust center console. At nearly a foot wider than most 27′ centers, she delivers more interior space and more stability than others in her class, not to mention that she performs more like a 28 or 29 foot boat. She is a terrific value in the spirit of exceptional Southport Boats,” explained Skip Robinson, Southport’s Managing Director.

Robinson went on to say “The market trend has been to build bigger, faster, and therefore more expensive center consoles. With this new initiative we are ignoring the bragging-rights race in favor of making Southport available to a wider audience. The 272 TE is priced to make the Southport brand affordable to buyers who want the level ride, stability and quality of a Southport, but with other family budget demands cannot justify investing 200,000+ dollars.  And for those who want 60 MPH performance and all the ‘bells and whistles’, the option list will deliver a best in class hull form that will do it all.”

Southport expects the first 272 TE to be completed in time for the fall boat show season.

292

SP 292 Perspective SFGThe second generation 29 series, now the 292, will follow shortly after the 272 TE launch. Much like the 272, the 292 FE and 292 TE will continue to use the same venerable Southport 29′ hull, with myriad changes on deck.

The boat will include a new, improved and larger hardtop with additional lighting, space for built-in speakers and optional retractable sunshades. The 292 will also sport a newly designed console, improved leaning post, and an updated ring deck. “The new ring deck will open up the seating/deck area without compromise to the spacious casting platform fishermen enjoy. The 292 FE and 292 TE will provide the volume and usable space of most 30-32’ models, and deliver a ride and performance like no other.” explained Robinson.

True to her Hunt designed heritage and iconic profile, the 292 will continue to leap on plane with little bow rise, keep the family or fishing buddies dry in almost any sea condition, run economically with little or no tab necessary and be the envy of others who wished they owned the best in class

Both second generation Southports will be on display at the Fall Boat Shows and at dealers soon after.

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Southport Boats Completes First 33TE

Southport Boats Completes First 33TE

5/5/15, Augusta, Maine- Southport Boats of Augusta, Maine has completed the first hull of the highly anticipated 33TE model. The TE (Tournament Edition) was built as a response to demand for a 33′ Southport that offered the same ride and sea-keeping characteristics of the 33FE (Family Edition), but built for a ”strictly fishing” user profile.

The Southport TE model includes many of the same great features of the FE, but delivers a deck plan more appropriate for the serious fisherman. The most noticeable difference is in the foredeck, where the wraparound seating of the FE is replaced with a coffin box.

“The amount of space forward of the coffin box is truly spectacular. Many other boats with similar layouts boast equal foredeck area at the cost of Spartan appointments elsewhere on the boat. The 33TE offers all the space any fisherman could want but still provides the yacht-like features and finishes Southport owners are accustom to” said Skip Robinson, Managing Director of Southport Boats.

The Southport 33FE was launched in the summer of 2014 and immediately became a brand best-seller: to date over a dozen have been built and delivered and the expectation is to reach 20+ by year’s end. Despite the popularity of the Family Edition there was a significant demand for this new hull with a traditional fishing boat layout, and thus the TE was born. “We knew the TE was the next logical step for the 33″ added Robinson. “The FE is certainly no slouch when it comes to fishing and will satisfy all but the most hardcore anglers. This new 33TE takes the center console fishing boat to a new level”.

The first 33TE model left the Southport shop in Augusta, Maine in early April. The boat was an absolute head turner- “the color of the boat and the arrangement of the TE platform really made this boat special. The Tournament Edition Southport will re-affirm our reputation as a high quality fishing machine. It is in our DNA” concluded Mr. Robinson

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Southport 33FE Video

From our shoot in Newport in late 2014: the 33FE

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Southport Boats Welcomes the Lauderdale Marina to Dealer Network

Southport Boats (www.southportboats.com), a division of Maritime Marine Group, LLC, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Lauderdale Marina as a premier dealer for the State of Florida as well as the Bahamas and the Caribbean Islands.  The Lauderdale Marina facility is located at 1900 S.E. 15th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (www.lauderdalemarina.com / (954)523-8507).   Lauderdale Marina is the latest dealer to join Southport Boats since the new ownership began manufacturing operations at the Augusta, Maine facility.

Founded in 1948, the Lauderdale Marina is a full service dealership located on a 4-acre point lot along the Intracoastal Waterway just minutes from Port Everglades and has represented more than 60 different boat brands over the years.  “We’ve always looked to partner with the highest quality boat brands in the business,” says Vice President & General Manager, Scott Clark. “With Southport Boats and their new owners, we feel confident that we’ve found the right combination of quality and performance, as well as a strong desire to develop a close working relationship between manufacturer and dealer.  We’re eager to get people to experience some of the best performing boats in their class and very excited to represent Southport Boats in South Florida and the Caribbean.” Continue reading »

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Southport Boats Sign New Dealers From Massachusetts to Puerto Rico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (10/13/11): 

Southport Boats (www.southportboats.com), a division of Maritime Marine Group, LLC, is pleased to announce delivery of the latest Southport 29CC from the Maine factory.  Rigged with Taco outriggers and twin 300hp Yamaha outboards, this hull is headed to R & B Power in Puerto Rico (www.rbpmarine.com).  R & B Power is the latest dealer to join Southport Boats since the new ownership began manufacturing operations at the Augusta, Maine facility.

Since the announcement of the first dealer commitment from Smith Yacht Sales of Hingham, MA (www.smithyacht.com), four other dealers have signed on to represent Southport Boats.  Along with its first delivery of a Southport 29CC, Northstar Yacht Sales of Portsmouth, RI (www.northstaryachtsales.com) opened it new offices in the heart of Newport, RI in the New England Boat Works facility while Madaket Marine (www.madaketmarine.com) will cater to Nantucket customers. Continue reading »

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