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July 25, 2008

Sea Vee 39

Sea Vee proffers true innovation in every aspect of its being - from fishing to performance to design.

Compared to everything else on the center-console market, the Sea Vee 39 with Volvo Penta IPS drives offers -   within its 39 feet - precious few "me-too" center-console features. Rather, it proffers true innovation in every aspect of its being - from fishing to performance to design.

Performance
The calm seas offered little in the way of a challenge for this hull. Fortunately, I have run the outboard version of this in terribly rough stuff and came through it dry and unbowed.
 
Nonetheless, you have to love it when you push the throttles forward on this boat and the turbocharged and supercharged Volvo diesels flex their muscles. Twin 435 hp diesels react with big-block V-8-gas-engine response, thanks to the supercharger developing boost instantly at low rpm and the turbocharger taking over at higher rpm.
 
Cruising at half throttle, firewall it and the 39 fairly leaps forward, displaying unsurpassed midrange response.
 
With an empty water tank forward, we topped out at 51.6 mph (3,650 rpm), burning an impressively modest 42.8 gph total. A 40 mph cruise at 2,850 rpm used 23.2 gph.
 
 Interestingly, the electronic steering is speed-oriented. The faster you go, the wider the hard-turn radius. Volvo does this to prevent anyone from having mischief visited upon them. Slow down and turn sharper. At 40 mph, reversing course took about four boat lengths, with no loss of speed.
 
"Sport Fish Mode" may be the coolest fishing accessory since the invention of the drag reel. Engage this function and the pods cant outward to their maximum range. Then, just use the throttles (no wheel) and I defy any fish - or angler - to keep up with the maneuvering ability of this system! All you can say is "Wow!"
 
And finally, the Volvo IPS joystick lets you maneuver around the docks in any direction - fore/aft, sideways or diagonally. I've watched a 12-year-old girl who had never driven a boat before dock an almost million-dollar yacht like a pro after only 10 minutes of instruction. It rocks!
 
Perhaps the only shortcoming anyone may find with this boat concerns its ability to get into places as shallow as the same boat powered with outboards. But if you happen to be trading down from a 50-footer, you'll find a 37-inch draft more than acceptable.