Eastport 32

Travelin' Easy.

They Say: This is the ideal luxury utility-style powerboat.

We Say: The Eastport 32 is easy to mistake for a traditional Chesapeake "deadrise" workboat. Get close, though, and you'll find this 32'6"-by-11'6" cruiser combines classic style with modern features. Check the hydraulic "tailgate transom" that drops to form a swim platform. Its moderate-V hull incorporates prop tunnels, providing gunkhole draft, and is driven by twin 190-bhp Volvo D3 diesel inboards. The hull layup is a combination of E-glass, coring, and vinylester resin. The 32 glides along efficiently at every speed, netting 2 mpg or better at any speed under 30 mph. Its compact cabin has a V-berth forward, hanging locker, and head with shower. In the deckhouse, the Volvos fit completely under the settees, and there are aft- and side-facing seats that convert to berths. Access to the engines is easy, thanks to hydraulic lifts. Forward is a galley with sink and dual-voltage refrigerator. Navigator Ultraleather swivel seats keep skipper and companion comfortable and turn to the settees for socializing at anchor.

Who'd Want One: An active water rat who wants a top-of-the-line vessel that can cover a wide range of proceedings, from serious upriver and coastal explorations to evening sunset cruises.

Other Choices: The Thomas Point 32 ($249,000 base price) looks more like a Downeast lobster yacht.

The Numbers: $254,000.

Contact: 443/951-1380, www.eastportyacht.com.