Bremerton, Washington-based Life Proof Boats, a brand from Inventech Marine Solutions, always seem to catch the eye. Perhaps we can chalk it up to the bright, patented foam collars and almost paramilitary aluminum stylings? Whatever the reason, these intense performance boats come in a variety of designs, with the company primarily touting its custom-build capabilities. Many of their production build models are tearing up the waters these days, and more new designs are being schemed up in their factory as this is written. Among the new builds for 2018 is the GT Coupe, set to launch this spring.
The GT Coupe has many of Life Proof Boat’s hallmarks—the bright foam collar, arrow-like performance design, and aluminum build—but with a few yacht concessions. Prominently, the open cockpit is laid out around a round dining table with bench-style seating along the transom, essentially a tried and true runabout design. A large swim step also serves as the mount for the dual outboard engines, rated to a maximum horsepower of 700. An open hardtop covers more seating and the helm station forward, and a companionway leads to the modest cabin forward. One gets the impression that the skipper could round the San Juans over the weekend in comfort.
Also notable is the drop bow door, fast becoming a Life Proof Boats signature. The bow door turns the shallow-draft GT Coupe into something of a beach invasion specialist. Simply ease the boat onto the shoreline of choice, lower the bow door, and guests can enjoy the new destination anchor—and dinghy-free. Standard Life Proof Boat features include self-bailing decks, nonskid decking, and stainless-steel hardware.
The Life Proof Boats GT Coupe is a Frankenstein’s monster in a sense—part Coast Guard interceptor, part comfortable runabout, and part beach launch—and that’s a compliment. We look forward to seeing the first ones ply Puget Sound this spring. If interested in more info, check out Inventech Marine Solutions at inventechmarine.com. Listed price in $270,000 with the standard twin 300-horsepower Mercury outboards.