The first Sea Blade X under construction at Front Street
Wednesday, November 28th 2018
Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine, has begun construction of the first in a new line of high performance center console boats under the Sea Blade X brand.
The Sea Blade X line is being launched by Navatek Ltd of Honolulu, Hawaii, which has opened an office for the brand in Portland, Maine.
The composite boats will be built on Navatek’s signature stepped ultra-deep vee hull, which originally was designed for open-water military applications. The high-performance hull is married to a yacht-quality teak deck and dual 300hp outboards. The Sea Blade X line is the first time this exclusive Navatek hull will be available to recreational boaters, according to a press release from the company.
Navatek is a global leader in computational fluid dynamics. The company’s patented Sea Blade hull was developed by Navatek engineers after studying the danger that traditional deep-vee hulls pose to naval operators. The new hull is designed to reduce physical trauma on the bodies of operators and passengers from pounding. Sea Blade vessels are currently in use as law-enforcement craft in Hawaii where high speeds on the open ocean are mission critical.
The first Sea Blade X to be released is the SBX36, a 36-foot composite RIB. The SBX36 is ideal as a yacht tender, island commuter or family fun boat.
“The Sea Blade X line puts the best-performing rough-water hull ever engineered in the hands of recreational boaters for the first time,” said Brian Barer, director of advanced hull planing forms for Sea Blade and Navatek. “The SBX36 combines a truly revolutionary hull with yacht-quality outfitting. This isn’t available anywhere else in the marketplace.”
Navatek selected Front Street Shipyard as the builder for the Sea Blade X line. The first SBX36 is under construction and will be ready for sea trials in spring of 2019. Sea Blade representatives are finalizing the dealer network for the boats; early sales inquiries can be directed to the Sea Blade headquarters in Portland, Maine, or online at www.seabladex.com.
Sea Blade SBX36 Specifications
Length overall (incl engines): 39′-10″
Length overall (excl engines): 37′-5″
Length waterline: 33′-6″
Beam (max): 13′-10″
Draft (hull): 2′-3″
Weight: 10,950 lbs
Propulsion: 2 x Yamaha 300 V6 or 2 x Mercury Verado 350 V6