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 2013
 
   
Length overall  28' 6" 
Beam  10' 6"
Draft  21"
Weight  5,800 lb
Fuel  232 gals
Max Power  600 hp 
Base Price  $211,000

Southport Boats is now part of the Marine Division at Kenway Corporation in Augusta, Maine, a wideranging manufacturer of composite parts, from roadway culverts to subway flooring. As part of Kenway, Southport now taps into cutting-edge technologies in the fast-evolving composites industry. The boats now combine their lovely and well proven Hunt4 designs from C. Raymond Hunt Associates with the exceptional strength of vacuum-infusion construction with vinylester resin, knitted fabrics, closed-cell structural and flotation foam, and methylacrylate adhesive.

Designed from the start to balance well with twin four-stroke outboards from Yamaha, the wide, Carolina-style Southport hulls come up onto plane without bow rise and run flat. The 29s come in three center-console models and an Express cruiser. The former group includes a versatile standard model (CC), a Tournament Edition (TE) for hardcore bluewater anglers, and a new Family Express (FE) that adds yacht-like amenities for family day cruising without sacrificing fishing capabilities.

All offer rod and tackle storage and rigging space, livewells, fishboxes, ample in-dash space for electronics displays, and heads with holding tanks in the consoles. The TE adds a large “coffin” fishbox forward of the console, while the FE offers comfortable, suede-like seating fabric, V-shaped bow seating with a table, a faux granite countertop in the head, an optional double berth under the console’s forward seat, and teak accents.

Twin Yamaha F300s offer efficient cruising speeds from the low 20s to the mid-30s, with a top speed in the mid-50s. MSRPs range from $211,000 for the 29CC to $220,000 for the 29FE. Southport Boats, Augusta, Maine. 207-620-7998; www.southportboats.com.