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November 07, 2008

Marlago 35 Sport Cuddy

Marlago's 35 Sport Cuddy is a solid performer with dockside appeal.

Avowed bachelors are probably the only ones who can get away with buying a big-ticket item like a boat without clearing it first with the wife or serious girlfriend. Builders know this, and that's why layouts with cuddy cabins, enclosed heads and forward or transom seating remain popular. The Marlago 35 Sport Cuddy, built by Jefferson Yachts, is one of those boats that will earn approving nods from both sexes. Yes, it's loaded with comfort considerations to seal the deal. But it also has the necessary features and a wave-conquering hull that serious anglers expect. Who says nobody wins in a compromise?

I joined Marlago's David Shaw in Fort Lauderdale recently as he delivered a 35SC to new owners. Idling towards Port Everglades Inlet gave me the opportunity to assess the boat's many features. For weekend trips or to get junior anglers out of the sun, the low-profile cuddy cabin takes full advantage of the wide beam for a roomy enclave. The comfy V-berth is nearly nine feet long with ample storage underneath. An overhead hatch provides ventilation and natural light. For muggy nights, air conditioning is an available option, along with a generator and galley package with either an alcohol or electric stove and a sink. In fact, Marlago offers a long list of factory options to customize each boat to meet specific needs.

Responding to the trend of networked electronics, the redesigned console was lowered two inches to improve ergonomics without decreasing interior headroom; the under-console compartment has a Sealand vacuum-flush head, a sink and freshwater shower. The freshwater capacity is 31 gallons, more than enough for a long weekend aboard. A second freshwater shower is located at the transom to rinse down rods after lines out. Fuel valves and filters are conveniently located in the step leading to the transom door.