Wellcraft just announced that it’s building a second boat in its new Performance Cruiser line, a Wellcraft 435 that’s designed for “a new breed of boaters.”
The 435 follows the start of Wellcraft’s new Performance Cruiser series last May with a 355. That announcement was well received, and was a sign that Wellcraft meant to return to its heyday as a world leader in performance boats in the 1980s when Don Johnson was driving a Wellcraft Scarab 38 on Miami Vice.
The Beneteau Group bought Wellcraft in 2014; it’s now making boats from 20 to 44 feet. Wellcraft says “the new range of adventure boating is made for a new breed of boaters, those who want to gain more excitement away from the typical boating lifestyle.” Nick Harvey, the Wellcraft Brand Director, says the new boats will be “built for our ultra-passionate clients.”
The new 435 was designed by the Garroni Studio in Italy, and Michael Peters, the Sarasota naval architect who’s designed everything from Hinckleys and Magnums to large yachts and patrol boats. Recently, Peters has designed new cruisers for Summit and Outback.
The Wellcraft 435 will be powered by two or three outboards, with a maximum of 1,200 hp. It has a full-beam helm deck, an extendable aft cockpit, and a full galley. It’s designed as an all-weather, go-anywhere cruiser. It will be unveiled at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September and the Fort Lauderdale show in October.
We don’t have any further details on the 435, but it sure looks like fun. I used to love driving the original Scarab 38, and I can’t wait to drive this one. Read more: