January 5, 2011

Projects: Cutwater 26, Cutwater 28

Cutwater Boats is a new line of trailerable, pilothouse cruisers being introduced by Fluid Motion, LLC, the designers and builders of the popular line of Ranger Tugs. A Cutwater 26 and Cutwater 28 will be the first two models built and their express style and innovative hull design provide flexibility for fishing, entertaining and cruising. The introduction of a new line of boats comes at a time when the marine industry continues to rebound from hard economic times but Fluid Motion, a family-operated boat building business since 1958, saw an opportunity to build an efficient, trailerable cruising boat that will offer stability and faster cruising of up to 25 knots thanks to its patented Keel Stepped Hull. The Cutwater hull is a revolutionary and innovative design introduced by Dave and John Livingston, owners of Fluid Motion. The Keel Stepped Hull is a blend of a semi-displacement shape with reverse chines and a keel which provides superb handling performance. A high pressure bump in the hull allows the engine to be mounted low in the hull contributing to a low center of gravity and when combined with the prop pocket keeps the Cutwater’s draft at just 28 inches. The low engine mount also creates a shallow six degree shaft angle allowing for more net thrust with less horsepower which translates into greater fuel efficiency. This combination of design details contributes to stability, speed and fuel economy. Cutwater Boats are ideal for couple’s cruising with a full beam v-berth master stateroom and en suite head. The living area of saloon, galley and helm are all in the pilothouse space with 360-degree visibility through quality Diamond Sea-Glaze windows. The saloon and cockpit are on the same level allowing for ease of movement from one space to the next which are separated by a weather tight hinged door. The forward windows are raked so water easily streams off and for better visibility when running at speed. Cutwater Boats also come standard with bow and stern thrusters for ease of operation and maneuverability. From the innovative hull shape to reliable standard equipment and a practical interior layout, Cutwater Boats are a multi-purpose design for inland and coastal cruising. A functional cockpit includes aft seating with storage underneath and boarding access via a molded-on swim platform. The standard Yanmar diesel engine is housed under the cockpit sole and under deck compartments also store an optional Mase diesel generator plus provide ample storage. The Cutwater line of boats will be built at a dedicated facility in Monroe, WA, ensuring high-quality construction as well as cost efficiencies from leveraging the Fluid Motion experienced crew of builders and craftsmen. Pictured on top is the Cutwater 26 which will be the first to be launched of the new models at end of this month. The 26 will be powered by a single Yanmar 180hp engine and has an overall length of thirty feet fully rigged with platform and pulpit.The Cutwater 28 pictured above will use the same hull as the smaller sister and will be the second model of this new brand from Fluid Motion. Sharing a similar hull but longer, the 28 offers a cockpit with more space to length, which allows for more inventory here being used for a wash basin to starboard, and a compartment to port. The longer length also allowed for a bigger engine into the 28 having a larger single 260hp Yanmar diesel engine.

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