That traditional bottom design is complemented by the latest lamination techniques, including vacuum-bagged foam cores and foam stringers, which help keep the Atlantic 44's weight down to 23,000 pounds. This translates into a top end of 33.5 mph at 2800 rpm and a cruising speed of 25.6 at 2100.
Compare this with the Grand Banks East Bay 43, which is more than a foot shorter but weighs in at 29,000 pounds and runs at an estimated top speed of 32 mph with 375-bhp Cat 3208s. Grand Banks' dealers set pricing; for an East Bay 43 Hardtop Express with the same equipment as our test boat, we rounded up a price of about $550,000 to $600,000.
LAST WORD. Old-school style meets high-tech comforts to create a modern classic.
Displacement (lbs., approx.) ..........23,000
Minimum cockpit....depth 3'2"
Max. cabin headroom..6'4"
Fuel capacity (gal.)..406
Water capacity (gal.)..115
Price (w/standard power) ..........$740,000
Price (w/test power) ..........$740,000
STANDARD POWER: Twin 350-bhp Caterpillar in-line-6 diesel inboards.
OPTIONAL POWER: Twin diesel inboards to 840 bhp total.
TEST BOAT POWER: Twin 350-bhp Caterpillar 3116 in-line-6 diesel inboards with 402 cid, 4.13" bore x 5.0" stroke, swinging 24" x 35" three-bladed Nibral props through 1.5:1 reductions.
STANDARD EQUIPMENT (major items): Electric opening windshield w/wiper; chromed- bronze cleats; aluminum mast; ss bowrail; 12v anchor windlass; teak transom platform; full instrumentation; bridge curtains; master stateroom w/queen berth; head w/Corian sink, vanity, vacuum-flush toilet, and shower; refrigerator; electric cooktop; microwave; ss sink; entertainment center; hydraulic steering; a/c; 5 12v bilge pumps w/float switches; freshwater system w/12v DC pressure pump and 10-gal. heater; 5kW genset.