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September 21, 2007

First Look

Mako 234

TAKE THE BAIT: Two live wells, a rigging station and fishboxes give this Mako serious angling chops.

Length 23' 4" Beam 8' 6"
Draft 1' 6" Deadrise 21°
Fuel 150 gals. Price $56,020
w/ 225-hp Mercury OptiMax outboard

Mako's 234 Center Console is an efficient performer, loaded with angling features. Engine choices include twin 135-horse outboards and a single 300. Fishing amenities are plentiful, such as rod racks, in-deck fishboxes and a 20-gallon transom live well. A 35-gallon well in the leaning post augments a bait station with a sink and storage. The console has a panel to flush-mount electronics and a head. With a 21-degree deadrise and lifting strakes, the 234 can run with the big sharks. Mako Boats, (417) 873-4555;

Suzuki DF300 Outboard

Type EFI Four-Stroke
Powerhead Dual Overhead Cam
Shaft Length 25- and 30-inch
Block 55° Weight 604 lbs.
Price To Be Announced

Suzuki Marine has raised the bar in a high-stakes market with the introduction of the first 300-horsepower four-stroke outboard. This large-displacement engine, which will come out later this year as a 2007 model, is based on a narrow, 55-degree block and uses an offset driveshaft. Its compact size is ideally suited for double or triple installations on large center consoles and offshore tournament boats. Offered in 25- and 30-inch-shaft configurations and available with counter-rotating propellers, the clean-running four-liter V-6 has a dual overhead cam powerhead with four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing, multi-port electronic fuel injection and a reliable, gear-driven timing chain. The beefy, hydrodynamic lower unit uses two-stage gear reduction to swing larger, higher-pitch propellers. The DF300 also features advanced electronic controls for easier rigging, smoother shifting and quicker throttle response. Suzuki Marine; (800) 247-4704;

Bertram 360

RUN WIDE OPEN: The Bertram 360 Open uses a combination of hull features for speed and strength.

Length 39' 4" Beam 13' 6"
Draft 3' 9" Deadrise var.
Fuel 406 gals. Price $407,920
w/ twin 420-hp Caterpillar C7 diesels

Fans of classic sportfishing yachts will appreciate this offering from Bertram. The 360 Open features a sharp bow entry for rough-water capability, but has a variable deadrise, wider chines and propeller pockets to reduce time to plane and bow-high running attitude. A transom fishbox, a live well and a bait-prep center with sink and freezer are highlights of the fishing package. A nicely appointed interior makes angling in far-flung spots a welcome proposition. Bertram Yachts; (305) 633-8011;