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September 21, 2007

First Look

ANGLERS ABOARD: A spacious cockpit complements powerful engines and a well-appointed interior.

Riviera 60

Length 61' Beam 17' 9"
Draft 5' 2" Deadrise 13 ¿
Fuel 1,506 gals. Base Price $1.75 million
w/ twin 1,015-hp C18 Caterpillar diesels

The Riviera 60 Flybridge Convertible is the newest flagship of this Australian builder. The 60 has the performance and range to explore exotic locales for big fish. Advanced engineering includes propeller tunnels and an underwater exhaust system. The enclosed bridge has overhead panels to monitor the twin diesel engines, freeing up helm space for large-screen displays. Four staterooms, a saloon with wet bar and a full galley welcome guests aboard this hand-laid yacht. Riviera Yachts; (561) 472-8898;

DOUBLE OR NOTHING: The seaworthy TomCat has a roomy cockpit, four-stroke power and shelter from the storm.

TomCat 255

Length 25' 5" Beam 8' 6"
Draft 1' 2" Deadrise 6 ¿
Fuel 130 gals. Base Price $99,997
w/ twin 115-hp Honda or Suzuki outboards

Anglers who don't let inclement weather slow them down will appreciate the comfort and ride of the TomCat 255 Pilothouse. Each sponson sports a modified-V design with hard chines that reduce spray and let the boat come to plane quickly and run level. The 45-square-foot, self-bailing cockpit is equipped with two insulated, four-foot fishboxes plumbed with macerated drains. When the bite cools down, the cabin offers a respite from the elements with a queen-size bow berth, a convertible dinette, a full galley and an enclosed head and shower. C-Dory Marine; (253) 839-0222;

POINT AND GO: The Hydra-Sports 2200CC comes outfitted and ready for any angling adventure.

Hydra-Sports Vector 2200CC

Length 22' 4" Beam 8' 6"
Draft 1' 3" Deadrise 20 ¿
Fuel 142 gals. Base Price $58,690
w/ four-stroke Yamaha F150 TX outboard

Hydra-Sports new Vector 2200 Center Console is not quite bullet-proof, but almost-built with premium gelcoat, biaxial fabrics, woven roving and Kevlar reinforcement. A wide bow flare and 20-degree transom deadrise make the 2200 a beefy offshore fishing machine. This turn-key fishing package includes stainless rod holders, a bait well, a tackle center, fishboxes, trim tabs, a fiberglass-reinforced T-top and more. Hydra-Sports; (941) 753-7811;