While all the boats featured in this story have twin-step hulls, noted naval architect Michael Peters takes things a step further with the Invincible 42. In the center of the aft running section, there is a tunnel. This creates two sponsonlike surfaces outboard of the tunnel on which the boat rides, improving efficiency and increasing top speed. Additionally, when you turn the boat, the inner walls of the tunnel act like keels, keeping the boat from spinning out because they grab the water and provide lateral resistance. Proof of the design’s efficiency is that the 42 is running speeds similar to sub-40-foot boats with triple Yamaha 350s. “The thing that struck me most about the Invincible is how similar the boat feels to a deep-V, but it has all the positive benefits of the step,” Invincible’s director of sales and marketing, Bill Cordes, said. “The thing that I like most is that you don’t have to be a brilliant boat driver. You can get a relatively inexperienced guy behind the wheel and you’re not going to hurt anybody.”
Invincible is six years old, and more than a year of research and design went into the company’s first boat. The ironic part is that the company founder is a die-hard fisherman who realized that his boats need to fish well and be comfortable to attract a buyer who wants to fish and still enjoy family time. “There are only so many hard-core fishermen,” Cordes said. Cockpit highlights include a triple-person helm seat with a lounge on the aft side, a side boarding gate and an enormous head in the console with more than six feet of headroom.