Gainesville, Florida, August 8, 2016 – The Great Harbour TT 35, a new breed of power cruiser that combines the comforts and capabilities of a full-featured liveaboard vessel with the operational simplicity, economy and versatility of a trailerable, outboard-powered vessel.
The builder, Mirage Manufacturing, refers to the TT35 as a transportable trawler, as it can be ramp-launched, rack-stored and moved overland on a trailer with a standard over-wide permit. These capabilities will result in significant reductions in the costs of maintenance, transportation, mooring and insurance, as compared to traditional power cruisers of similar size. In addition, the TT35 will feature a shallow draft that allows it access to waterways and anchorages that remain off limits to the majority of deeper-draft cruising boats.
The builder will use composite coring, advanced Aramid fabrics and other weight-saving technologies to achieve a dry weight of 6,500 pounds. The hull is engineered for efficient, comfortable operation at speeds between 8 and 18 knots. It combines a fine forward entry with broad lifting surfaces amidship and aft, resulting in a wave-piercing profile that is both stable and easily driven. The TT35 is projected to deliver sustainable cruising speeds in the 8 to 14 knot range and fuel efficiency of 3 to 5 nmpg when powered by twin 60 hp four-stroke outboards. Outboards of up to 115 hp can be specified to deliver higher cruising speeds.
Living amenities will include a private forward stateroom with an island queen berth, a large head with separate shower, a full-featured galley with household-style appliances and a saloon with a dinette or L-shaped settee. The cockpit will feature a fold-down center transom/swim platform and a full-length roof that can be fitted with screening or a full weather enclosure. The elongated roof also creates a large overhead area for dingy storage and a significant solar panel array.
“We wanted to develop a very practical boat that made cruising easy,”says Mirage president Ken Fickett. “We put everything we’ve learned from decades of building performance sailboats, long-ranges port fishing boats and liveaboard trawlers into a package that is comfortable, easy to operate and simple to maintain.”
Fickett goes on to say that the transportable nature of the TT35 will allow owners to enjoy greater cruising freedom. “You can move this boat from Florida to the Great Lakes cost-effectively in a matter of days, not months,” he says, “or take it from the East Coast to cruise the Inside Passage or the Sea of Cortez. It would also be cost-effective to ship to Europe. It’s a boat I’ve been wanting to build for myself for a number of years, and initial response from our customers has been overwhelming.”
Hull number one of the TT35 was ordered by a Florida couple, and construction is now underway. Completed models will be on display at fall boat shows, beginning with the 2016 United States Powerboat Show in Annapolis.
About Mirage Manufacturing
Mirage Manufacturing is a family-owned company located in Gainesville, Florida. They are the builders of Great Harbour Trawlers and Mirage Sportfishing boats, with a history of fabricating performance sailboats and sport aircraft. http://www.mirage-mfg.com/ 352-377-4146