John page williams
The following review was written by John Page Williams, Editor-at-large, Chesapeake Bay Magazine. John, senior naturalist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has been a regular contributor to Chesapeake Bay Magazine for 30 years, specializing in environmental issues, nature, wildlife, fishing and boats. He has been testing new and used boats for the magazine's Time-Tested and New Boat News departments since 1998.

OCTOBER 2012
 
   
Length overall  22'
Beam  9'
Draft 12"
Weight 1,800 lb  
Deadrise 22 deg. 

Composite Yachts [see "The Hardy Boys," July 2012] has just launched hull number 1 of its Bitten 22 Center-Console, powered by Mercury’s strong new 150 four-stroke. Like her 26-foot sister, the 22 has a Carolina-style raised deck sheer, with broad flare. Her hull is laid up with knitted fabrics around CoreCell and vacuum-bagged for strength with light weight. Beneath the sheer, wide chines and a pair of lifting strakes—as well as a planing pad along the aft third of the keel—allow her to hop onto plane at an outrageously low 12 mph. Even though Composite’s folks were still working on ideal engine mounting and propeller size, the robust Mercury pushed her to a top speed of 37 mph. Fuel consumption at an easy cruise of 20 mph was about 5.5 gallons per hour. Her sharp bow cleaved seas beautifully, though hitting a wave with the bow too high risks coming down with a thump on the forward part of the pad. As with most Carolina-type hulls, it pays to learn to dial her in.

The interior on our test boat was simple, with a large steering console, a leaning post with rocket launcher, and a sturdy free-standing top fabricated by Composite’s pipe shop. She’ll be used almost entirely for fishing, with a large on-deck livewell mounted in front of the console when necessary. Composite can, however, offer a broad range of custom fishing and day-cruising features. Introductory price is $49,900 with a 150-hp Mercury or Yamaha four-stroke. Composite Yacht, Trappe, Md. 410- 476-4414; www.compositeyacht.biz.