Statement 368 SUV Crossover
The point of owning a boat is being able to jump in, start the engines and have fun, and this is where an outboard-powered center console comes into play. “It’s the people who have been used to a go-fast boat but are tired of the maintenance, the upkeep, the unversatile nature of the boat,” said Mike Flanigan, vice president of Statement Marine, which started with a 34-foot center console at the 2011 Miami boat show and in October of that same year unveiled its 368 SUV Crossover. Midway through 2012, the company had taken orders for six more. A 39-foot center console with Statement’s suspension cockpit sole is planned for spring 2013.
“Now we can see that there’s a huge market for it, and even though it’s a more competitive market, it’s a much more active market,” Flanigan said. Also a custom builder, Statement will build the boat in a sterndrive version and is putting together a package with twin Ilmor Marine V-10s and Indy drives. With triple 300 hp Mercury Verados, the 368 SUV Crossover runs 70 mph on a twin-step bottom design.
Like Nor-Tech, Statement is going with a more high-end look with solid-color hull sides and tan or cream-color upholstery in the interior. Flanigan also said that many customers are decking out their 368 SUV Crossovers with a variety of colored LED lights both above and below the water’s surface. A side boarding door makes it easy to step on from the docks, and the helm has a three-across thickly padded bench seat. Wraparound seating aft and a huge sun pad atop the forward cuddy cabin give you plenty of space to sit down and soak up the rays.