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April 23, 2013

Invincible 33 Open Fisherman

This top-line center-console takes you to fish with a ride that’s fast and smooth.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: From unsurpassed fishing features to exquisite fit and finish, the sleek Invincible 33 Open Fisherman is dressed to impress. I was struck by the wide-open layout of this center-console that allowed me to easily move forward or aft, but my favorite spot was at the helm, as this thoroughbred begs to go fast.

TARGET MARKET: Invincible Boats caters to highly discriminating buyers, with each boat built to order. The smallest model in the Invincible fleet, the 33 rides on the company’s patented Stepped-Vee Ventilated Tunnel hull. Twin steps introduce a cushion of air to smooth the ride, improve fuel efficiency and boost speed. Powered by a pair of Mercury 300 Verado outboards, my test boat achieved nearly 60 mph at top end. The boat lifted marvelously to adroitly span the rolling three-footers in the Atlantic off Miami Beach. It seems that the faster the 33 runs, the smoother it rides. In cornering, it stays on track without tripping or skipping. Maximum mpg was a pleasing 1.78 at 42.1 mph.

FISHIEST FEATURES: The 33 features two standard livewells, a 35-gallon tank in the transom and 50-gallon well below deck in the aft cockpit, and both are equipped with high-speed pickups. There are four insulated fish boxes — two massive lockers below the aft deck and another pair of voluminous lockers under the center of the forward deck. You can also order an insulated coffin box for the foredeck with electric rams to tilt it up from the base when you need to access the lockers below. A deep, built-in anchor locker in the forepeak will hold hundreds of feet of rode for anchoring on deep wrecks. At the helm, there’s ample room to flush-mount a pair of 12-inch, flat-panel multifunction displays on the 33-inch-wide dash area .

THE LAYOUT: “Room to roam” aptly describes the Invincible 33’s wide-open decks. Recessed bow rails and five retractable cleats keep the topside free of snags and impediments while castnetting and fishing. The forward deck is not elevated, thus eliminating trip points and increasing forward gunwale depths for greater safety. However, diminutive anglers might find it challenging to work a fish around the tall, flared bow. The forward opening to the console offers easy access to the helm rigging and makes it simpler to load helium tanks, large balloons and assembled kites used for sailfish and king mackerel.

FINAL IMPRESSIONS: In addition to testing this boat, I went to the factory to see for myself the quality of the construction, which includes a molded-grid stringer system that integrates the bulkheads and stringers into a virtually indestructible unit. What’s more, the rigging tubes are incorporated into the stringers for an immaculate look belowdecks. The 100 percent vinylester-resin hull should keep the 33 looking good for decades. If you seek the ultimate in center-console fishing machines, the Invincible 33 Open Fisherman certainly deserves a spot on your short list.

SPECIFICATIONS

LOA: 32 ft. 10 in.

BEAM: 9 ft. 7 in.

DRAFT: 1 ft. 2 in.

DEADRISE: 22 deg.

WEIGHT: 8,100 lb. (w/ power)

FUEL: 320 gal.

MAX. POWER: 900 hp OB

MERCURY VERADO 300 HP FOUR-STROKE

TYPE: Inline-6

DISPLACEMENT: 158 cid

MAX RPM: 6,400

HP/LB RATIO: 0.464

GEAR RATIO: 1.85:1

WEIGHT: 647 lb.

ALTERNATOR OUTPUT: 70 amps

 

MSRP as tested: $190,000

 

PERFORMANCE AT A GLANCE

TOP SPEED: 59.7 mph

TIME TO PLANE: 3.5 sec.

0-30 MPH TIME: 7.2 sec.

BEST MPG: 1.78 @ 42.1 mph (4,500 rpm)

MAXIMUM RANGE: 570 miles