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he Composite Yacht 23 is the latest rugged, lightweight, fully composite, flared bow, center-console fishing machine to come out of the Cambridgearea builder’s shop. And if those aren’t enough adjectives for you to work with, it’s fast, too. Building on the company’s already popular and tested CY 26 center-console model, the 23 comes from the design stable of Enviboats in Southport, NC, but has many enhancements, such as a large hardtop with custom aluminum work, a commercial-style finish, and Mercury’s 150-horsepower, big-bore four-banger. A 150-horsepower Yamaha F150 is standard. PropTalk made the trek down to Composite Yacht world headquarters in Trappe, MD, in late August to take the company’s first CY 23 for a spin on the Choptank River. Perhaps the most remarkable trait of this sexy little centerconsole is her ability to stay on a plane at speeds as low as 10 knots. Fellow writer John Page Williams had given this a try earlier in the day, and Composite Yacht’s Lewis Hardy insisted I do the same. I can confirm not only that she is able to stay on top of the water at this speed, but

##Composite Yacht’s new CY 23 with the Choptank River as a backdrop. Photo by Gary Reich

she’s unbelievably stable, capable, and remarkable at every other speed. Even with a propeller that Hardy admitted he is going to refit, I was able to push the CY 23 to 32 knots easily. Hardy expects 36 knots out of her once she’s been finely tuned. Fuel efficiency is remarkable, but we’re anxious to put her to a full test once the Composite Yacht wizards have put on her finishing touches.

S p e cifications Centerline Length 23’ 6” Beam 9’ Draft (Hull Only) 1’ 7” Fuel Capacity 75 Top Speed 40 mph with standard Yamaha 150 Base Price $49,900 with boat, motor, and trailer

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