SHALLOW-DRAFT 44' CONVERTIBLE MAKES A SPLASH IN DEBUT
With history dating to the American Revolution, it was fitting that Cavileer Boatworks launched its new 44' Convertible over the July 4th 2005 holiday. With a 3' 3" draft, the craft is ideal for cruising the shallow waters of the Bahamas and southern Florida.
Owners of Cavileer's first 44', Jack and Star Thomas, were impressed with the convertible's design. "The shallow draft is a huge benefit," Jack Thomas said. "We love fishing the Bahamas for blue marlin and exploring smaller islands, and its design gives us that freedom."
He also likes how the hull design impacts The Brown Eyed Girl's performance. The hull's unique full prop tunnels result in a higher cruising speed. Powered by twin Caterpillar C-12 700 hp diesels, the fuelefficient boat cruises at 32-33 knots. "Performance is spectacular and the hull design makes it work. They really hit a homerun on that," Jack said. The design is the third collaboration between Cavileer and Donald L. Blount & Associates.
The appearance of the 44' was another factor in its selection. "It has a more contemporary look than other boats," said Star Thomas. "It is very attractive and elegant, and the interior is comfortable and relaxing." Above the waterline, the Cavileer 44' has a roomy interior, 150 square foot cockpit and large flybridge. The layout features two staterooms, two heads, a galley and a salon.
Employing a full-size mockup at the boatbuilder's New Jersey facility, Cavileer's semi- custom boatbuilding process enabled Jack and Star to easily modify the boat. "Cavileer's people made the entire process, start to finish, run very smoothly," said Star. "We wouldn't change anything."
Star and Jack worked with sales manager Michelle DeMarco as well as president John DiDonato. "Every little thing is important in creating a customer's dream," DeMarco said. She helped Star customize the interior down to the stainless steel finish of the door hinges. "Customization can include anything a customer can think of as long as it doesn't harm the integrity of the boat," said DeMarco.
"We couldn't be happier. It's everything we expected and more," Jack added. The Brown Eyed Girl was outfitted with the equipment and rod storage configuration he wanted for marlin fishing. Trolling valves were also put on the engines for slow trolling, and underwater lights were added for night fishing. The 44' includes a 60-gallon live baitwell and 104-gallon fish box. A tournament fishing package is also available.
Pricing for the Cavileer 44' Convertible begins at $854,300.
Contact Cavileer Boatworks, 2143 River Road, Lower Bank, NJ 08215. 609-965-8650; Fax: 609-965-7480. www.cavileer.com.
George Washington fought off the British using a boat crafted to the
highest standards by John Cavileer. More than 200 years later, the Cavileer
name still carries this notoriety and is the benchmark by which modern day
boatbuilders are judged.