Nor-Tech 390 Sport Open
Nor-Tech Hi-Performance Boats of Cape Coral, Florida, is known for building some of the most awesome boats in the go-fast universe, but when company sales and marketing director Terry Sobo heads to a poker run, he takes one of the manufacturer’s center-console models, usually the 390 Sport Open.
“They’re great for poker runs,” Sobo said. “You’re cruising at 60 with 12 on board. I consider it the fastest boat per person on the market.”
Nor-Tech introduced its first center console at the 2010 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and it was an instant hit. The company is sold out on the 390 for all of 2012, and Nor-Tech has added a 34-foot model. With triple 300 hp Mercury Verado outboards, the 390 Sport Open retails for $368,000. The twin-step bottom tops 70 mph with a full load of people on board. Sobo said that, in addition to fostering impressive speed, the company focused on designing the 390’s bottom and hull sides to keep occupants dry by knocking down spray.
From a styling and features point, Nor-Tech was among the first builders to take a more luxurious approach. Gone are the gaudy multicolor graphics. The single-color hull sides in bronze or pewter make you think of a high-end SUV such as a Cadillac Escalade. Features like a full-size three-person bolster at the helm, a double-wide chaise on the front of the console and a forward horseshoe-shape lounge provide plenty of seating. An entertainment center makes it easy to whip up lunch. Like most of the competition, the 390 Sport Open has an easily accessed head in the console that average-size adults will consider spacious. If you do want to fish, there are insulated boxes beneath hatches in the cockpit sole.