We Say: The Bitten 22 center-console from Composite Yacht sports a Carolina-style raised sheer with broad flare. Its hull is laid up with knitted fabrics and Corecell and then vacuum-bagged to produce a strong, lightweight boat. This low weight combines with wide chines, lifting strakes and a planing pad to allow it to hop onto plane at an outrageously low 12 mph. Mercury’s 150 FourStroke pushed us to a top speed of 38 mph. Fuel consumption at an easy cruise of 20 mph required less than five gallons per hour. Its sharp bow easily cleaved seas, but as with most Carolina-type hulls, we discovered that the best ride comes from learning to “dial in” the boat’s speed and trim.
The interior on our test boat was simple, with a large steering console, a leaning post with rocket launcher, and a sturdy freestanding top fabricated in-house by Composite’s pipe shop. This Bitten 22 is destined for serious fishing, with a large on-deck livewell. Composite can, however, offer a broad range of custom fishing and day-cruising features, as well as several power options from Mercury and Yamaha.
Who’d Want One: A coastal angler looking for an elegant, able, efficient fish boat that’s easy to customize.
Another Choice: TideWater‘s 230 CC Adventure offers Carolina flare and a wide beam.
Bottom Line: $49,900 (with test power); compositeyacht.biz