It would have taken us awhile, but I'm confident we could have slogged through the waves to reach Bimini none the worse for wear. The 35's hull design starts with an aggressive 50-degree bow entry and transitions to a12-degree pad before increasing again to 24 degrees at the stern. Jefferson Yachts has a long, successful history of building boats, and they took full advantage of that experience to fine-tune the 35. They started with a full-size running plug and tweaked from there. I'd say they got it right. Despite the seas, we straddled most of the crests, and re-entry was solid, sure and dry except for the occasional wind-blown mist. Noticeably absent were the telltale creaks and shudders that indicate inferior builds.
Coming back inside really told the story, though. With twin Mercury Verado 300-horsepower four-strokes, the throttle response was hang-on torquey. The stepped transom gives hole shots a whole new meaning. Although our running lane was limited, it confirmed the obvious - this boat likes to get on top and go. Subsequent factory tests produced nearly 43 miles per hour at 4,400 rpm. The fuel burn rate at that speed was a miserly 29.5 gallons per hour. Pushing the digital control throttles to the wide-open position resulted in a top reading of nearly 61 miles per hour. The boat spins well and is stable at rest, all appreciable angling characteristics when the big one gets close.
If you are one of those free-spirited bachelor types mentioned earlier, Marlago does offer the 35 in an open center-console layout with a 6-foot bow coffin box. If you are "forced" into concessions, however, you definitely won't be disappointed going with the Sport Cuddy version. You'll keep the family happy, and you just might get to fish a little bit more, too. And that's always a good thing.
Weight: 6,500 lbs.
MAX. HP: 600
WATER: 31 gals.
FUEL: 221 gals.
w/twin Mercury 300 hp Verados
Marlago ? 812.282.8111 ? marlagousa.com