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Monday, October 17, 2011

A Very Special Boat...Mastercraft 300, Hull #1

What happens when a cutting-edge wakeboard boat company gets mixed up with some straight up yacht design engineers?  I will show you what happens...


This my friends is a picture of the first Mastercraft 300 ever built.  It is an extraodinary example of creative design and ridiculous performance.  Guess what 700 HP worth of Cummins Turbo diesels does to a 30' boat? 

I can tell you first hand that when you hit the throttles in the cockpit, it is a religious experience.  The anticipation starts with the super low bass rumble underneath the teak floor.  Then when you advance the levers, a split second passes before the gentle whirrr of the turbos engage.  Yes, and then it is off to the races, folks.  It is truly an out-of-body experience, and one that you will not soon forget!

Hull #1 has just about every option anybody ever contemplated putting on a boat.  Of course the boat features a bowthruster, but you may not believe it has a custom joystick that electronically controls both straight shaft inboard engines and the thruster to allow computer-assisted docking.  Yes, the boat will crab and pivot with wind and current with just the manipulation of the stick.  Just think about how many calculations are occuring to allow the system to vector thrust with straight shafts! 
                                    
                   


The interior cockpit is exquisitely appointed with a full hand-laid teak cockpit sole, textured synthetic leathers, and amenites including a grill, a concealed flat screen TV on an actuator, and a manually controlled misting system to refresh passengers on a hot day. 

Fiber optic lights deliver a range of colors to suit your mood under a tempered glass hardtop which is dark tinted to shelter you from the sun's rays.



The 300 serves as a testament to the fact that Mastercraft is the undisputed champion of the world when it comes to marine audio.  The sound system in this boat is probably superior to Radio City Music Hall, and the 300 boasts around 24 high performance speakers and maybe a half dozen amplifiers.  I am not kidding...not in the least.  Everything that has to do with sound and video is controlled with a touch pad in the cabin. 

I had the unique opportunity to travel to Tennessee with the new owner of the boat before he took delivery in 2010.  The video below is a highlight film of our trip and a wonderful demonstration of the capabilities of this amazing vessel



Now, Hull #1 has been listed for sale at Hamlin's Marina.  It is truly a wonderful opportunity for someone to own a piece of boat building history.  Come in and see this incredible machine and example of what can happen when brilliant minds come together for a common cause.

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