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April 23, 2009

SeaVee 430 Express

You'll find hard-core fishing aft, complete comfort, the three C's (command, control, communication) on the bridge deck and unsurpassed luxury below - all in a high-performance outboard package. Wow!

This 43 sports both forward- and aft-facing guest seating to port and a starboard-side helm station with impeccable ergonomics. The step up to the helm means that while seated, even short people will never lose sight of the bow when coming onto plane. It's also worth noting that when seated, the guests can always see out of the polycarbonate enclosure for a full 360 degrees, so they'll never feel like they're sitting in a cave.

The massive helm console easily accommodates twin 15-inch displays, plus all the engine gauges, controls, autopilot, FLIR control, breaker switches, trim tabs, bow-thruster controls and lots more.

I loved the almost seven feet of headroom in the cabin. But that barely scratches the surface of what sets this boat apart from all others. For that, you must consider all the designer fittings by Kohler; the high-gloss, real-wood joinery; the trick dinette table that raises and lowers as well as fills the void for the forward berth; and the berth itself, which deploys and retracts at the press of a button - all without moving a single cushion or seat. Add to that the port lights in both cabin  hull sides that add tremendous ambient light. You won't find one iota of exposed fiberglass below. SeaVee laminates the furniture into the hull, adding to the structural integrity.

Another innovation - the fascinating two-burner cooktop - hides in the galley bulkhead. When you turn it on, it locks into open position. You can't slide it back in until it cools off. Then there's the huge midship cabin with a full-size double berth. No crawling on your hands and knees to lie down in this space! Other living-quarter features include a drawer-style refrigerator/freezer, Corian counters and a truly gorgeous separate shower in the spacious head.

SeaVee uses only advanced construction techniques and ingredients such as Divinycell and PVC coring above the waterline and a poured urethane transom. Every two-piece molded hatch boasts the SeaVee logo on the underside, rises on pneumatic rams and features hefty gaskets and deep channels to keep out water. And the 430 boasts another big-ship feature: It has three transverse bulkheads, creating watertight compartments.

Suffice it to say that nothing aboard the new SeaVee 430 Express is an afterthought. More innovation, more attention to detail and more fishability: That's what SeaVee is about.

LOA......43 ft.
BEAM......13 ft. 4 in.
HULL DRAFT......2 ft. 3 in.
DEADRISE......22 deg.
WEIGHT......22,388 lb. (w/o power)
FUEL......630 gal.
MAX POWER......Quad 350 hp OB
MSRP......$556,000 (w/ quad 300 hp
 Mercury Verados)

SeaVee Boats / Miami, Florida / 305-759-6419 /

Gallery: A look at the SeaVee 430