John martino, annapolis school of seamanship and annapolis yacht         management
The following review was written by John Martino and prepared by the marketing department of Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Mr. Martino is the founder and president of Annapolis Yacht Management and Annapolis School of Seamanship. He develops and teaches hands-on training courses for recreational boaters and professional mariners, and offers yacht delivery and onboard training services for powerboaters as well as sailors.
Luhrs 41 Convertible
APRIL 2007 
 
Length 34'6"
Beam 15'9"
Draft 3'6"
Displacement 3,200 lbs
Fuel Capacity 600 gal
Base Price $652,000
Price as Tested $699,000


    It was just before sunset as Bud DeFore, my host and general manager of Key Largo Boating Center, backed the Luhrs 41 Convertible into her slip at the Sea Isle Marina in Miami. It was the day before the Miami Boat Show, and hoses were sprayin’, chamois were wipin’ and steel drums were playin’. We had just finished a test ride off Miami Beach, and the feel of boat show energy was buzzing as vigorous preparations melted into cocktail hour.

The 41 Convertible is the flagship of the Luhrs line of sportfishing boats and offers both anglers and cruisers a lot of boat at a very competitive price. Luhrs is part of the larger Luhrs Marine Group, which also produces Hunter sailboats, Mainship trawlers and Silverton cruisers. Henry Luhrs was one of the pioneers of production boatbuilding, and in the 1960s, the Luhrs family was producing 1200 boats a year. Today, Luhrs Marine Group is  one of the most prodigious boatbuilders in the world and offers a line of boats in almost every category. 

The new Luhrs 41 is built for fishing, but is just as comfortable for cruising. The interior bulkheads and lockers are finished in cherry veneer; the cabin sole is Everwear teak and holly. You enter the saloon via a sliding glass door from the cockpit. To port sits a pop-up computer desk with internet access, two upholstered barrel chairs with storage lockers behind and an entertainment center forward, complete with recessed flat screen TV and wine bottle storage. Also to port and forward is a cabinet containing a washer/dryer combination unit.

To starboard and forward, the U-shaped galley is equipped with an AC/DC refrigerator and freezer, a built-in coffeemaker, a microwave/convection oven, a three burner A/C stove cooktop and a Corian countertop. Also on the starboard side, aft of the galley, there is a large dinette with a high/low dining/cocktail table. The leather sofa converts to a double bunk.

Moving forward, you go down four steps to the accommodation area. To port, is a Vac-U-Flush head with a separate stall shower. The guest stateroom (with an innerspring double bunk) is to starboard. All the way forward is the master stateroom, featuring a center-line queen-size bunk (with bin storage beneath) and cedar-lined hanging lockers port and starboard.

The deck and cockpit have a standard layout and features. However, there is a molded stairway leading to the flying bridge--a nice improvement over a simple ladder. On the bridge, the helm console sits aft, leaving a nice sitting area forward. This allows the captain to easily see the cockpit when the fish are biting and allows for better conversation between the captain and guests while cruising.

Our test boat was equipped with twin Cummins QSM 11 645-hp turbo diesels. In a one- to two-foot chop we made 27 knots at a cruising rpm of 2100. With a base price around $650,000, whether you fish, cruise or just like hanging at the marina, the Luhrs 41 Convertible allows you to do it comfortably at a competitive price.