Performance-center console pioneer Concept Boats just unveiled a new 39′ model at the Miami Boat Show .
“What we found in marketing the 44 that it was too big for some people,” said Concept’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing Susan Clark Patterson. “We took a step down to the 39 and I think our next step will probably be a 37.”
Ironically, when Concept came out with its 36’ center console in 2009, it was one of the biggest boats of that style at the time. Patterson added, “Concept Boats was the first ones to take a center console boat and add sexy accouterments and add outboards for versatility and shallow-water travel.”
The bottom for the Concept 39, which has a 10’9” beam, was pulled from the same mold as the 44, which was simply blocked to reduce the length. The twin-step running surface was designed by John Cosker, president of Mystic Powerboats, who has also done bottoms for Contender and other manufacturers. Concept president Luis Avila and his in-house design team developed the deck design. Former Wellcraft Marine president Bob Long and his team at Marine Concepts in Fort Myers, Fla., did the tooling.
Among the highlights of the boat, Patterson said that the Concept 39 will have more cabin space than other center consoles in this size range. She said that Concept is competing against such noteworthy manufacturers as Nor-Tech, Impact, Intrepid and Deep Impact.
The Concept 39 that will be on display at the Miami show will be equipped with triple Seven Marine 557 outboards. That boat is pre-sold. The base model comes with twin 300-hp Verados and Patterson said another customer is interested in a Concept 39 with that power configuration. Retail price with triple Optimax 250s is $287,751. Upgrade to triple 300 Verados and you’ll spend $306,756. Smartcraft gauges, electronic controls and hydraulic steering are standard with the Verados.
While Concept might not be as well known as some of its competitors, Patterson said that the company’s success comes from loyalty. “Seventy percent is a guy who comes back and buys another one,” she said. Chances are good that they’ll be buying a Concept 39.