Southport Boats’ new 33 FE model is featured in the May 2014 issue of Soundings magazine. Read the full review here or pick up your copy in stores this month!
Southport Boats LLC has added North Point Yacht Sales to represent it full line of center console boats in the Mid-Atlantic region and the Carolinas. North Point Yacht Sales’ multiple locations will offer sea trials for Southport’s 27-foot, 29-foot and new 33-foot models beginning this spring.
North Point Yacht Sales has locations in Annapolis, Maryland; Portsmouth, Virginia; and Charleston, South Carolina. These sales offices will service Southport customers in Delaware and Chesapeake Bay, south to the inland and coastal Carolina waterways.
“We are delighted to partner with North Point Yacht Sales, whose professional team will represent our brand in three important locations,” said Peter Galvin, vice president of sales and marketing at Southport Boats. “We have been receiving many requests from people interested in demo riding the new Southport models in these regions. North Point will provide them with the opportunity they’ve been waiting for.”
North Point Yacht Sales offers new yacht sales and brokerage services. The company represents brands such as J Boats, Dufour Yachts, and MJM Yachts.
“We set out to find a brand that we would be proud to represent,” said Ken Comerford, president and owner of North Point Yacht Sales. “Southport delivers a proven legendary, smooth, dry and stable ride.”
North Point will be displaying Southport Boats at the Bay Bridge Boat Show in early April. The company has plans for other events later in the season to coincide with the launch of Southport’s new 33 FE model this spring.
Southport Boats LLC 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, Maine, 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 33FE that take us well into the model year,” said Skip Robinson, managing director of Southport Boats. “The design of the 33FE 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,” said John Deknatel, president, C. Raymond Hunt Associates. “We expect the all-new 33-foot hull will demonstrate the same superior performance and ride characteristics.”
A preview of the 33 FE is available online at www.southportboats.com. Prospective customers can contact their local dealers to arrange for sea trials this spring.
Southport Boats LLC is excited to announce the addition of two major dealers to the Southport Family. Crosby Yacht Yard in Massachusetts and Prestige Yacht Sales in Connecticut will provide sales and owner support for Southport customers along coastal New England. With the addition of these two premier dealers Southport Boats now delivers full line sales and service for its center console boats throughout the Northeast.
Located in Osterville, Massachusetts, Crosby Yacht Yard has been a boat builder and dealer on Cape Cod since 1850. With a large service yard and marina Crosby offers a full range of boating services including dockage, storage, repair, brokerage and fuel. Crosby will join other Southport dealers at the New England Boat show in Boston, Massachusetts, in late February with a new specially equipped 2014 27 CC on display.
With locations in Norwalk, Essex and Mystic, Connecticut, Prestige Yacht Sales serves customers from metro New York north to southern Rhode Island. Continually recognized for their extensive experience, professionalism and customer service Prestige is entirely focused on new and used boat sales, representing Hunt Yachts as well as Southport. The Prestige team is eager to demonstrate Southport’s outstanding performance from all their waterfront locations this spring.
“With the addition of Crosby Yacht Yard and Prestige Yacht Sales, we’re confident we’ve assembled one of the most distinguished and reputable dealer groups in New England,” said Peter Galvin, vice president of sales and marketing for Southport Boats. “Our customers now have the opportunity to get aboard a Southport anywhere along the New England coast and experience our boats remarkable ride.”
Both Crosby and Prestige are planning spring events to introduce the newest Southport models to their customers and are excited to demonstrate the Southport experience out on the water.
“We are thrilled to become dealers for Southport Boats’ high-end, semi-custom center-console models that offer a superior ride with smooth, stable handling,” said Michael Frank, founder of Prestige Yacht Sales. “The three Prestige Yacht Sales offices will service enthusiasts from Jamestown, Rhode Island, to Manhattan.”
Southport Boats currently offers a 27CC, 29CC, 29TE, 29FE and 29 Express models. A new 33FE model is currently under construction with a planned launch date of early summer
AUGUSTA, ME — Jan 3, 2014 — Southport Boats is pleased announce the addition of Seahawk Marine based in Jensen Beach Florida to the growing Southport dealer network. Owners Hal and Alex Woods are long time Southport owners who have fished and cruised their Southport from Maine to Florida. As a new dealer they are committed to demonstrating the remarkable performance Southport delivers, something you can only appreciate out on the water. “Years ago we started looking for a boat that would give us the comfort, and ride of our Viking 58”, said Hal Woods of Seahawk Marine. “We rode everything in the 26-30 foot range and then on a choppy day we took a Southport for a ride. As we headed into the chop we braced ourselves for the inevitable slam, but there was none. We made a hard fast turn and everyone was still upright in the boat. We decided this was the boat for us.”
Seahawk Marine is located at Four Fish Marina in Jensen Beach Florida where the facility offers slips, storage, Yamaha service and new and used boat sales.
On January 10-12 Seahawk Marine will be displaying the new 2014 models at the 40th Annual Stuart Boat Show at booth R-18. Visitors to the show will have an opportunity to win $100 worth of Southport gear from the Southport website. Contact Hal and Alex at 772-530-0012 or visit www.seahawkmarine.com to schedule a demo ride and experience the ride that changed their lives.
AUGUSTA, ME — OCTOBER 14, 2013 — Southport Boats, a division of Maritime Marine Group, LLC, has appointed George Menezes as Director of Product Development and Engineering. Menezes assumes the newly created position at Southport Boats to oversee the introduction of new boat models, specifically a 32′ model designed by C. Raymond Hunt and Associates that is currently in development. In addition to his role as project engineer for Southport’s long awaited, larger boat, Menezes will contribute to the continual upgrades and improvements on the existing Southport 27’ and 29’ center console models. Continue reading
AUGUSTA, ME — SEPTEMBER 15, 2013 — Southport Boats, a division of Maritime Marine Group, LLC, received Newport International Boat Show’s “2013 Best Powerboat Under 30 Feet” award for the new 29 FE model. The Southport 29 FE is a crossover model that offers the luxury and amenities of a family cruiser without sacrificing fishability and offshore performance. The model made its debut at the Newport International Boat Show this month and is now available for test drives at select Southport dealers.
“The concept for the 29 FE originated in Newport two years ago after we repeatedly were asked by prospective customers to offer our larger 29’ center consoles with the family-friendly seating standard in our 27 CC model,” said Peter Galvin, vice president of marketing at Southport Boats “We listened carefully, incorporated several new features, and the 29 FE was born. The feedback from the public at this year’s show has been fantastic.”
The new 29 FE model includes an adjustable-height lunch/cocktail table designed for alfresco dining. The table is easily lowered between the forward seats creating a spacious sun pad platform. The console has a comfortable forward-facing loveseat-style cushion with suede-like marine-grade vinyl.
Southport Boats 29 FE has several additional features that make the boat more attractive to boaters who are entertaining as well as fishing. The lockable stand-up head enclosure includes a faux granite sink and countertop and durable, nonskid, easy-to-clean Marinedeck® on the cabin sole. Deluxe helm chairs with flip-up bolsters are standard on the Southport 29 FE, and the leaning post tackle station can be replaced with an optional entertainment center complete with grill and refrigerator. A plush three quarter aft lounge seat stretches across the stern to provide multi–person seating when cruising or entertaining. The lounge seat folds down when fishing is the priority. Additional options for the Southport 29 FE include a quarter-berth beneath the console front seat.
A preview of Southport Boats 29 FE is available online at www.southportboats.com. Prospective customers can contact select dealers now for a sea trial.
Southport Boats Welcomes Lighthouse Marina to Dealer Network
AUGUSTA, ME — AUGUST 13, 2013 — Southport Boats, a division of Maritime Marine Group, LLC, is expanding its nationwide sales reach into the Long Island Sound area with the addition of Lighthouse Marina to its dealer network. Lighthouse Marina of Aquebogue, New York, will represent Southport Boats’ entire line of 27-foot and 29-foot center console and express fishing boats throughout Long Island, New York.
Lighthouse Marina will be showcasing Southport Boats’ newest model, the 29FE. Southport Boats will debut the 29FE at the Newport International Boat Show in September. A 29FE will be available for test rides at Lighthouse Marina beginning in October. A preview of the 29FE is available online at www.southportboats.com.
“The team at Lighthouse Marina takes pride in providing an impeccable facility and focuses on providing customers with exemplary service and attention to detail,” said Skip Robinson, managing director of Southport Boats. “We are confident that our new dealer will deliver the same first-class experience to our customers that Southport Boats is known for. Lighthouse Marina will expertly service the growing number of Southport Boat owners on Long Island Sound.”
Lighthouse Marina is a second-generation marina, family-owned and -operated by Alex and Christine Galasso. The marina offers a full range of boating services including dockage, storage, repair, brokerage, boat rentals and fuel. Prospective customers in the Long Island Sound area who are interested in test-driving a Southport 29FE can contact Lighthouse Marina at 631-722-3400 or visit the website at www.lighthousemarina.com.
Sport Fishing editor Chris Woodward chronicles a fantastic day shark fishing off the coast of Maine and is witness to a classic battle between the crew on a Southport 29 CC and a 360 lb Thresher shark
The folks at Maine tourism could not have written a better script: Spotless sky over a still, serene sea; finback and minke whales surfacing, blowing, gliding; sharks darting through the chum; potential state-record blue shark on fly; not one but two thresher sharks — estimated at 165 and 360 pounds.
About the only thing missing that August day was a mako. But let’s not get greedy. To top it all off, for the first hour or so, all the fish came to my boat. As the saying goes: I’d rather be lucky than good. Continue reading
Our friends at Sport Fishing Magazine picked a great week to fish for sharks on our newest 29 CC Southport. Click on the link below to see a photo gallery of all the action and fun.