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The Boats of 2013

This year's fleet comes in all shapes and sizes, ranging from runabouts to yachts, 17 to 45 feet.

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Cobalt: The new Cobalt 336 is by definition a bowrider, but how many of these “day boats” do you know with a mid-cabin and sofa that converts to a double berth, plus available air-conditioning/heat and a 27-inch LCD HD TV with Blu-Ray player? Probably not too many. Opposite the cabin is a head compartment with sink and pullout shower sprayer. The cockpit can even be equipped with a refrigerator and microwave. Throughout the 336 are all the appointments that define a Cobalt: double-stitched upholstery details, stainless-steel accents, handsome come-hither helm. The 33-footer takes a selection of twin sterndrive engine packages up to 860 horsepower total, and offers optional joystick control for fingertip maneuvering at slow speeds.

Cobalt also has the 24 SD Sport Deck and the R5, a mid-sized runabout with an assertive yet refined style. www.cobaltboats.com.

Crownline: The new 255 SS is another big bowrider (nearly 26 feet) that takes advantage of its size to accommodate a crowd of thrill-seekers. There are tri-color, wraparound benches in the bow and the cockpit, behind twin bucket seats, and two rear-facing rumble seats for relaxing at the water’s edge. A pump-out head in the port console means less stops on shore; a carry-on cooler offers refreshments all around. The 255 SS was clearly created with water sports in mind, with soft-touch matting on the swim platform, a pop-up ski pylon and athletic options including Perfect Pass speed control, a black aluminum tower and pivoting wakeboard racks.

Crownline has a second new boat for 2013, the 264 CR, a 26-foot cuddy cabin model with hardwood floors in the cabin and an enclosed head compartment with shower. www.crownline.com.

Cruisers: Capitalizing on the success of its 41 and 48 Cantius models, Cruisers has introduced the new 45 Cantius for 2013. Like its sister ships, this luxury cruiser is exceptionally open and inviting. The enclosed upper deck, which houses the helm, galley and salon, is surrounded by windows and has a retractable sunroof to really let the outside in. The yacht also offers boaters the ability to relax in an aft cockpit with extendable sunshade, or below deck in a multi-purpose cinema entertaining area. The 45 Cantius can sleep up to three couples in a master stateroom and convertible second and third staterooms. A true highlight is the helm station, part sports car and part private jet, which allows easy monitoring and control of the Volvo Penta diesels with joystick-controlled IPS drives. www.cruisersyachts.com.

Eco-Trawler: It’s a big leap from boat broker to boat builder, but that’s what Trawlers Midwest accomplished in launching its new Eco-Trawler, a 33-foot aluminum trawler. The boat is slender for its length (8 feet) and remarkably light (5,600 pounds), which allows it to run efficiently with smaller engines and knife through waves. The welded aluminum construction also makes it very durable and allows for easy design changes to the cabin and interior layout. The first Eco-Trawler, which will launch this spring, will be powered by a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard and will include full electronics, air-conditioning, an enclosed standup head, TV, galley, deluxe captain chairs and thick custom-made mattresses. www.trawlersmidwest.com.

Hurricane: Fitting right into Hurricane’s feature-filled SunDeck series, the new 2200 Dual Console comes with a lot of great equipment and has enough options for boaters to make it their own. Key features include a transom sun pad, telescoping ski tow bar, twin bucket seats with flip-up bolsters, and an enclosed head in the port console. Striking hull colors carry into the upholstery accents and coordinated canvas. Choose the Preferred Package to get handy upgrades like a stern freshwater washdown and dual battery switch. The 23-footer is available in outboard or sterndrive versions, allowing owners to pick their power based on how and where they boat.

The Hurricane SunDeck Sport 203 OB is another new model with a cockpit refreshment center, Sony stereo and optional Fishing Package that adds a bow fishing pedestal seat, rod storage clips and trolling motor harness. www.hurricaneboats.com.

Mako: This brand’s 16-, 17- and 18-foot inshore models have earned a reputation as tough and versatile fishing boats, and now that same engineering and reliability are available in the 21 LTS. With a 21-foot length and a wide, 100-inch beam, this low-profile vessel looks to be stable at rest and under way. There’s plenty of room on the bow casting deck for coils of fly line, and the design includes a compact helm station to allow 360-degree fishability. Vertical rod holders on the center console make it easy to keep rigged rods ready to grab and cast. Lockable dry storage and rod storage will keep your gear safe; insulated coolers will keep the catch fresh. The hull and transom design allow the boat to operate with short-shaft outboards up to 225 horsepower. www.mako-boats.com

Note: You can see images of all the boats in this article by visiting: http://www.heartlandboating.com/Photo-Galleries/index.php/gallery/783/.

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