The Return of Spectre Powerboats

The former performance catamaran builder is now making high performance center consoles.

Spectre Offshore

Spectre Offshore

After making its name as a builder of high-performance catamarans in the 1980s and 1990s as Spectre Powerboats, the manufacturer is taking on a new role as Spectre Offshore Performance Marine and creating center consoles.

While most builders such as Nor-Tech, Deep Impact and Contender are building high-dollar stepped bottom boats, Spectre Offshore Performance Marine president Jay Pilini is taking a different approach. "Our new Spectre 35 is designed to fill a niche in the current center console market that is wide open," he said. "It's equipped with more standard features than boats priced tens of thousands above us."

A veteran builder of high-performance boats, Pilini knows that customers demand quality fit and finish and the ability to accommodate custom requests.

At 34’8” long with a 9’9” beam, the Spectre 35’ CC is a whole lot of boat. It’s available with Mercury or Yamaha outboards and the most popular configuration is two motors. The boat will top 60 mph on a non-stepped V-bottom, which is a plus when it comes time to call your insurance agent. Because of the load that center consoles often carry, including people, gear, ice, refreshments, etc, Pilini doesn’t think that steps are effective so he sticks with a conventional design. To help give the driver maximum control, the boat comes standard with heavy-duty trim tabs.

From a construction standpoint, Spectre Offshore builds the boat with vacuum-bagged composites laid up with vinylester resin. No wood is used in the construction of the Spectre 35’ CC and the boat requires more than 50 molded parts.

Popular features include a padded forward seat, walk-in head area with electric commode and a comfortable helm console. There are stainless-steel cupholders positioned throughout the boat for easy hydration. If you want to fish, there are insulated boxes that measure nearly 6’ long aft in the cockpit sole. LED courtesy lights will illuminate the cockpit if you like to cruise or fish at night.

For convenient reboarding when the kids want to take a dip, the swim platform is equipped with a stainless-steel ladder and a freshwater shower. To keep everyone shaded on a hot day, the boat comes standard with a heavy-duty aluminum T-top with Sunbrella canvas and aft-facing lights.

For pricing and more information, check out** Spectre Offshore.**