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.
JULY 2014
 
   
Length overall  34' 4"
Beam  10' 
Draft  2' 5"
Weight  10,200 lb
Fuel  180 gals
Max Power  370 hp 
Base Price  $279,937

The new 30 Sedan from Cutwater Boats is a compact, purposeful and efficient vessel that makes ingenious use of both on-deck and interior space. She comes from the Cutwater division of Fluid Motion, which also builds Ranger Tugs.

The 30 Sedan’s stepped-keel hull is a burly, high-tech combination of air steps, keel pad and long waterline, with a short keel that allows low placement of a 370-hp Volvo D6 electronic diesel inboard. She runs efficiently at a wide range of speeds from 7 mph (about 1 gph fuel burn) to 23 mph (about 15 gph), with a top speed around 28 mph. Bow and stern thrusters make close maneuvering easy and precise.

Accommodations include a cockpit that can seat eight. This apparent sleight-of-hand comes from four elements: a reversible transom double seat that can face aft on the swim platform or forward, with a folding table; a reversible double seat on the folding starboard cabin bulkhead that can serve the saloon’s dinette or face aft into the cockpit; and a pair of fold-out “wings” in the cockpit sides.

The saloon and cabin likewise feature versatility. To port in the former are a full galley that can hide under a folding counter and a companion lounge just aft of the cabin bulkhead; to starboard are a four-person dinette that converts to a double bunk, with a compact double berth/storage space below and a seamanlike helm with double seat. The forward cabin includes an asymmetrical island double berth and an enclosed head with a clear sliding door to enclose the shower.

Base price for the Cutwater 30 Sedan is $279,937; www.cutwaterboats.com. Local dealer: Pocket-Yacht Company, Grasonville, Md. 410-827-5230; www.pocket-yacht.com.