Washington-based Cutwater Boats, a division of Fluid Motion LLC that also manufactures Ranger Tugs, are a part of the Pacific Northwest boating tapestry. These quality hybrid sportboat-cruisers have a reputation for versatility, low maintenance, and reliability. Among their new boats in production this year is the fresh-off-the-line Cutwater C-242 Coupe.
The details of the hull design may perk up the ears of the engineers among us. The hull form at a glance is deceptively simple, yet incorporates a combination of a 24-degree, deep-V hull and a 11-degree keel pad for planing stability. The hull also features reversed chines to get the boat on a plane quickly and reduce cornering roll. Also related to performance is the engine, often a single 250- or 300-horsepower Yamaha outboard engine.
Once aboard, there’s plenty going on to make this an ideal family cruiser or fishing derby machine. The cockpit is deep set, like a good working deck, and there are numerous rod holder or pot puller mounting options. You don’t have much in the way of sidedecks; there are no guarded walkways to speak of, but that’s more of a larger trawler kind of thing anyway.
The interior is quite spacious feeling for a boat this size, in part thanks to the large windows that offer great views and good line of sight for the skipper. You’ve got what you need and not a whole lot more, with berths for four in the forward V-berth cabin and where the dining table converts. The forward berth also economically
converts into an enclosed head complete with shower.
The C-242 Coupe looks very comfortable among its sister ships, which are so popular in this area, they are basically ubiquitous. If you’re interested, you can inquire for more info at Portland-, Blaine-, and Seattle-area Cutwater dealer Sundance Yachts Sales. Price listed at $113,933.