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Andros 32

The Andros 32 is a comfortably priced custom boat.

June 11, 2010
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For a gallery of the Andros 32 in action click here.

We could have run the Andros 32 offshore on our test day to get a feel for it in rough water, but we didn’t need to. Twenty-five knot winds whipped the bay to a choppy three and, in some spots, four feet. The Andros’ 24-degree deadrise hull slipped through the chop easily both upwind and downwind. What surprised us most? As we came around with the wind to our beam, this 32-footer kept us dry. Not just pretty dry. Dry.

Part of that came from the tall riding stance — on a speedy plane, the boat rises up on pad like a bass boat does. The pad, one nod to the company’s heritage in pangas, adds to the boat’s efficiency and low-friction ride. The chines knocked the spray back down too, and after seeing them throw back two or three whitewater gushers, we quit ducking.

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In creating the 32, architect Michael Peters slimmed down the boxy gunwales and toned back the sharp edges of the lapstrakes to just a hint of a line in the hull’s freeboard. This stiletto style, coupled with the deep v and pad, gave us a ride comparable to that of any of the best offshore fishers.

Our test boat’s substantial leaning post was comfortable and stationed on powder-coated tubing, like the hardtop was, making it easy to wash the sole underneath and easy to stow a cooler too. The tackle center integrated into it gave ample work space for two anglers and convenient storage for organizing gear.

Andros is a factory-direct builder, meaning owners get to choose every element of their boats, including color, electronics, position and number of washdowns plus features like the tackle center and power. Though we found the center access to the hardtop hatch difficult to negotiate, that was the custom preference of the new owner. Andros can integrate steps and a side hatch to the top for an easier climb — or any other feature your heart desires, making this a comfortably priced custom boat you can have your way.

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Comparable model: Bluewater 2850

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