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November 07, 2008

Marlago 35 Sport Cuddy

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

The enhanced electronics panel will accommodate two large displays along with full instrumentation. A constant-duty solenoid with 4-gauge wiring provides continuous, dedicated power for the electronics. The remote battery switch at the helm is another major improvement over previous versions.

For servicing, the console has a dog-down latch system for easy yet secure access. The added glove box, always a great spot to stash cell phones and other necessities, is located on the passenger side. The wraparound Plexiglas windshield, compass, sport steering wheel and forward drink cooler round out the console standards.

Our test boat had the optional fiberglass hardtop with the locking Plexiglas electronic cover that slides into a dedicated slot while underway. Hardtop packages that include half-towers or marlin towers with controls, Taco Grand Slam outriggers and powder-coated finishes are also possible add-ons.

The redesigned 35 is available with a 50-gallon livewell with straddling multi-drawer tackle trays and open storage forward of the tank. That is all incorporated into a comfortable flip-up bolster helm seat arrangement. A 15-gallon auxiliary pitch well can be added to the port transom. To starboard is a bait-rigging sink and cutting board. Thigh-high cockpit coaming pads are standard, along with toe rails, horizontal rod racks and gunwale rod holders. Dual fish boxes in the cockpit deck are large enough to ice down some serious tuna. Both are insulated and equipped with diaphragm pumps and overboard drains. Three more oversized boxes forward, also insulated, will hold the rest of the day's catch or serve as dry storage.

The scene greeting us at the inlet was not pretty. Incessant east winds for several days prior had stacked 6-foot rollers into a tight washboard-like sea. We poked our nose out regardless, and the brand's rugged construction was immediately apparent. Marlago uses Nida Core vacuum-bagged honeycomb composite in the hull sides, stringers and bulkheads to save weight without sacrificing strength. High-density Klegecell foam core makes up the transom. The finish coat is modified vinylester resin. All hardware is 316 stainless steel and through-bolted.