Rossiter Boats Debuts New R23

New Day Boat Features Classic Lines, Comfort and Big-Water Performance

Ontario, Canada: After months of consultation with boaters, designers and dealers, Rossiter’s new, outboard-powered 23-foot day boat will make its debut at the New London In-Water Boat Show, June 21-22.


The R23 bears the same classic lines and smooth-running, variable-deadrise hull for which all Rossiter models are known, only in a larger package.



“We kept getting requests from older boaters who wanted to downsize to a boat that gives them the ride and comfort of a larger day boat, but with outboard power, better fuel economy and accessibility to the water,” said Rossiter owner and chief designer Scott Hanson. “They wanted a big-water ride in smaller, more efficient package.”


After working with Maine-based Fast Forward Design, Hull No. 1 of the first R23 was launched and sea-trialed in June. Like all Rossiters, the R23 is constructed of all-composite materials and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. Meanwhile, a combination of structural and flotation foam ensures that the boat is unsinkable. With a dry weight of 3,220 pounds and a beam of 8’ 6”, the R23 can be easily trailered, further enhancing its versatility and appeal.


“It’s designed for the coastal and Great Lakes boater who wants a comfortable, stylish boat they can have fun in, yet will get them back to the dock if the weather turns,” added Hanson.


The recent sea trails show that the R23 jumps on plane quickly with little to no bow rise. Rigged with a Yamaha 200 XCA outboard (max power is 250 hp), the boat planes out at 15 mph and delivers a top-end speed of around 43 mph with 3 adults and 70 gallons of fuel in moderate sea conditions. At 20 mph, in flat-calm seas, fuel consumption is 3.7 gph.


Inside, the R23 features comfortable seating for up to 10 persons, with ample dry storage and a clean layout that invites socializing. Outboard power means no engine box to maneuver around, allowing for wide-open cockpit space and a cavernous in-deck storage compartment for stowing bulky items and watersports equipment.


The integrated swim deck with boarding ladder makes it easy to get in and out of the water, while the transom door provides access to the cockpit, where guests will find a freshwater shower/washdown in the transom. The R23 can be used for fishing, skiing, tubing and other watersports activities, and its draft of 16” allows it to access skinny water for shore picnics.


The helm features a wide, adjustable seat for two persons, with a flip-up bolster that gives the helmsman the option of steering while standing or seated. The forward cabin features a standard plumbed head and offers plenty of storage space, plus a large overhead hatch for letting in lots of fresh air and sunlight.


The lengthy options list includes an anchor windlass, Bimini or full convertible top, windshield wipers, pop-up ski tow, rod holders, flagpole, stereo MP3 docking station, 50-quart removable cooler and flush-mount GPS.


Overall, fans of Rossiter’s existing models will find lots to love about the new R23, as will boaters looking to downsize to a seaworthy, comfortable, fuel-efficient and good-looking day boat.


Don’t miss the official launch of the R23 at the New London In-Water Boat Show, June 21-22. Click here to schedule a sea trial.


“Fabulous boat. Spent most of my afternoon admiring and poking around it. I had it out a few times with various people yesterday and the common verbiage back was ‘wow’. Well done!” — Rossiter Dealer Desmasdons


Rossiter 23 Specifications:

  • LOA 22’ 5”
  • LOD 23’ 4”
  • Beam 8’ 5 ½”
  • Deadrise 22
  • Weight (boat only) 3,220 lbs.
  • Max power 250 hp
  • Draft 16”
  • Fuel 70 gals.
  • Max capacity 10 persons

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Summer is Finally Here

It may not be officially summer yet, according to the calendar, but with the Victoria and Memorial Day long weekends kicking off the northern boating season in spectacular style we are getting rave reviews from happy Rossiter boaters who are back out on the water.

“Great day in the new boat. I love it.” Thanks Scott. Peter, Muskoka, ON May 24, 2014

“Great day in the new boat. I love it.”
Thanks Scott.
Peter, Muskoka, ON May 24, 2014


From Tom, Georgian Bay, ON cottager, “Why did I buy a Rossiter 14′?   Because I wanted a small, practical, safe, easy to run boat for wife and children to run, and, of course, I love to run her too!  The fact that she is the best riding, best finished, best built boat of that size I could find obviously helped in the decision!  (And I do have 50 years of experience messing in boats on both coasts and the Great Lakes.)  With a 40 H.P. Yamaha, my ‘Salty’ (because she is a ‘salty’ little boat) is exceptionally quiet to run and performs just the way you’d expect a true deep V to behave -solid in the water, soft riding and dry – this is no tin boat!  The builder builds these boats like a small yacht, not a ‘product’ to fill out their line. I’m damn proud to have Salty as the newest addition to my fleet!”

And from Mark Davies, Boats Incorporated, Niantic, CT  “I just wanted you to be aware that yesterday afternoon, I completed my third run from Niantic to Stonington on Fishers Island Sound in a 17CD. The boat is simply fantastic. The sea conditions were recorded at 2-3 feet and the Stonington Boat Parade was actually cancelled due to the wind and water conditions. Although I think the 2-3 foot recordings were a little exaggerated, I still took on rougher than normal sea conditions and saw no more than 5 other boats on the Sound in my 1.5 hour run. The owners of the boat couldn’t believe I didn’t call them to tell them I was turning around.

I also delivered an R14 Classic to some very good customers on Saturday morning and we all loved it! As you know, 14 footers can spend a lot of time off plane while exploring and I’m impressed by the way the boat glides along when off plane while still moving at a good clip. As you know, many boats tend to squat and wallow around as power is applied until the boat planes off but the 14 just stays smooth and straight. It simply goes faster. That is a valuable trait in a smaller boat. The 17s share this trait as well.  You have a great hull under the Rossiter 14s and 17s and thought you should know. There are other 17 foot models that I’ve sold and owned personally over the years that would not have held a candle to the Rossiter yesterday in the ride department.”


Bayleigh (age 5 months) heads to the cottage in style in
a Rossiter 17 Runabout on Georgian Bay, ON

Bayleigh heads to the cottage in style in a Rosstier 17 Runabout. Georgian Bay, ON

And finally a sneak peak at the hull of the new Rossiter 23.
We’ll be getting her out on the water this weekend!

The Rossiter 23 Hull

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How to Launch a Boat

How to Launch a Boat


Properly launching your boat is an art form. Here’s some helpful tips on how to do it right.


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Rossiter 17 Center Console

Rossiter 17 Center Console

Uncompromising Comfort, Unparalleled Versatility


The moment you start thinking about buying a boat, everyone you know starts thinking about how they’ll use it. And everyone has different ideas.


Your wife may be onboard with the idea of a boat because she’s envisioning afternoons picnicking under the sun or exploring a scenic coastline. Your kids? They love the idea of speeding over the water and being whipped around on a tube or waterskis. Meanwhile, your buddies are plotting weekend mornings spent casting for fish.


The problem is what boat you choose depends on what specific activity you’re going to use it for. A boat set-up for fishing with your buddies isn’t going to be the comfortable cruising vessel that you and your wife can use for picnicking. So where are you going to sacrifice, and who are you going to disappoint?


Decisions, decisions . . .


It’s when you factor in all these different uses and different demands placed on your vessel that you realize what an exceptional boat Rossiter’s 17 Center Console really is. This comfortable, smooth-riding boat is like a Swiss Army knife on the water, capable of meeting your needs in a variety of tasks, in a variety of conditions.


Rossiter debuted the 17 Center Console, along with a 17-foot runabout, in 2011, on the heels of the success of the Rossiter 14. The 14-foot, Deep-V powerboat had gained praise as a comfortable, versatile boat considered the smoothest ride in its class. With the 17-footers, Rossiter’s owner and designer, Scott Hanson, set out to create boats with more capacity and power while keeping a smooth, efficient ride. Using computer-aided design and 3D modeling, the Rossiter team was able to create a pair of 17-foot boats that provide a soft, dry ride while being capable of handling the diverse bodies of water in the Northeast, from big water on the coast to rivers and inland lakes.


But with the 17 Center Console, Rossiter had a boat that did more than ride like a much bigger boat. Its design made it a true ‘do-it-all’ boat, one that could meet the cruising, recreational needs of the family, while being versatile enough to function as a fishing boat. Hanson and his team added a convertible bait well and fish locker to the 17 Center Console, as well as under gunwale storage for fishing rods, paddles and boat hook. They also designed the dash to accommodate fish finding equipment.


Yet the boat is also set up for family outings. Its seats aren’t pedestal seats like you’d find on a fishing boat. Like so much on the boat, they are designed for comfort. The large bow area has comfortable seating for family and friends, while also having enough forward freeboard to let you feel you are still in the boat. And the large floor area and multiple storage compartments make it easy to pack for a day of waterskiing and picnicking. The boat’s design also gives passengers the wind-in-your-hair, sports car feeling you get from riding aboard a center console.


With so much capability, the Rossiter 17 Center Console is sure to disappoint no one.


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Rossiter July Letter

Recently, I’ve been reminded why this is my favorite time of year. Blessed with some great weather, I’ve been able to get out on the water with my three boys. Whenever the fish are biting – morning, evening – we grab the fishing rods and head out to catch bass. Of course, when it comes to catching fish, some days are more successful than others. But no matter how many fish we catch – or don’t catch – it’s the smiles, the laughter, that time spent on the water with my kids that really makes the trip. Those are the days that etch themselves into lifelong memories.


Maybe those days have stood out more for me this year because work has been so busy. It’s an exciting time here at Rossiter. Next year marks our 40th anniversary, and we’re celebrating by adding a new member of the family. This winter, we’ll introduce a new, larger runabout. It’s going to be a fun boat. But right now it means a lot of hours spent pouring over the design details, trying to get it just right so it’s a true Rossiter. It is a labor of love, but long hours spent designing a boat don’t always measure up to long hours on a boat.


Of course, these days on the water go hand-in-hand with designing a great boat. It’s days spent cruising and fishing with the family when we remember why we love boating. On the water, I can get beyond the business of numbers and design plans and appreciate the simple joy of boating. I’m reminded of what it means to be a boater. And I take that inspiration back with me and put it into building the best, most enjoyable boat we can build.


I hope these summer days on your boat inspire you.


-Scott Hanson

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Having it All on Wellesley Island

Having it All on Wellesley Island


Sometimes boat owners are faced with hard choices, such as: Should you pack your tent and fishing poles in your boat and spend your vacation away from civilization camping on some secluded wooded shoreline? Or should you pack your golf clubs and dress clothes and spend it in civilization playing rounds of golf and going out to nice dinners?


Luckily for boaters in New York’s Thousand Islands region, there’s a place they can do both: Wellesley Island.


At roughly 8,000 acres, Wellesley Island is one of the biggest islands in the region. It is home to several rustic parks — including 2,600-acre Wellesley Island State Park — golf courses and neighborhoods where visitors can shop and dine.


While some isolated, wooded sections of the island may let you imagine you are far from civilization, the truth is you are always close to one of the island’s many marine facilities. The Wellesley Island State Park Marina (315-482-2722) offers transient dockage, pumpout, showers and groceries. Horizon Marina (315-482-9956), on the eastern end of the island, has dockage, fuel, marine supplies and internet access. Blue Heron Boat Works (315-482-4934) has dockage, gas and a launch ramp, and Wellesley Island Yacht Club (; 315-482-9454) offers slips, power, cable hook-up and two bathhouses. Also, in nearby Clayton, you can dock at Clayton Marina (; 315-686-3378), which has a marine store, restrooms and WiFi.


The island is a popular destination for anyone who loves nature and camping. Wellesley Island State Park (; 315-482-2722) has the largest camping complex in the region, with sites ranging from RV sites with electric hookups to secluded sites reachable only by foot or boat.  It features a sandy beach that is popular for swimming, and it is home to the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center (; 315-482-2479), which has a museum and eight miles of hiking trails. Dewolf Point State Park (; 315-482-2722) is a rustic park popular among fishermen and featuring a cluster of cabins overlooking the Lake of the Isles. And for those who really seek isolation, Mary Island State Park (; 315-654-2522), on the eastern end of Wellesley Island, features 12 heavily-wooded acres accessible only by boat. The island has 12 campsites scattered around the park, plus several foot trails with steep, rocky outcroppings that offer great views.


Of course, Wellesley Island is more than just secluded woodlands. Visitors also enjoy the island’s popular golf courses, fine restaurants and shopping. Wellesley Island State Park Golf Course (; 315-482-9622) is an 80-year-old, 9-hole course with rolling fairways and challenging approach shots. Also, the Thousand Island Country Club (; 315-482-9454) has two courses — the “Old Course,” an 18-hole course cut from lush forests, and the “Lake Course,” considered a shorter, more golfer-friendly course. For dining, the Wellesley Hotel and Restaurant (; 315-482-3698) features fine dining in a hotel built in 1903 and located along a historic, scenic waterfront. Also, Hackers Pub and Grill (; 315-482-5017) is located at the Thousand Island Country Club, with a marina and docking nearby.


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Falling in Love With Watch Hill

Falling in Love with Watch Hill


The village of Watch Hill, Rhode Island is kind of like your dream girl from high school — classy, intelligent, beautiful. The difference is Watch Hill won’t ignore you when you come to visit.


Located at the southwestern end of Rhode Island, Watch Hill is the perfect weekend getaway. Popular among boaters for its long sand beach and protected anchorage, the village attracts visitors with its upscale boutiques and shops, fantastic restaurants, large mansions and beautiful scenery.


While Watch Hill is an attractive destination, getting there can be challenging. Boaters coming from the east must keep an eye out for a dangerous reef stretching from Watch Hill Light to the east shore of Fishers Island. The safest passage from that direction is closest to the lighthouse through Watch Hill Passage. From the west, travel around the western breakwater in Stonington, past Stonington Point, and around the western tip of Sandy Point.


When coming to Watch Hill from the west, you can base out of Boats Incorporated (; 860-739-6251), a full-service marina in Niantic, Connecticut. Around Watch Hill, you can dock at Watch Hill Docks Marina (401-596-7807) on Watch Hill Cove. The Watch Hill Yacht Club (; 401-596-4986) offers moorings and launch service. But most boaters visiting the area anchor behind the long, sandy arm of Napatree Point, a mile-long sand spit that extends west of Watch Hill. It offers good protection and good holding ground, and boaters can use the dinghy dock at Watch Hill Docks. If you plan to spend several days in Watch Hill Harbor, plan ahead. The area doesn’t have any large grocery stores for provisions, and the harbor has no fuel. The nearest fuel is at the Watch Hill Boatyard (; 401-348-8148), just north of Watch Hill Cove.


No visit to Watch Hill is complete without a ride on the Flying Horse Carousel, the oldest continually operating carousel in the country. The carousel is located at Flying Horse Beach. Lighthouse enthusiasts can visit Watch Hill Light ( during the summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. And, if you’re feeling energetic, you can hike to Fort Mansfield, a Spanish-American War gun emplacement at the western end of Napatree Point that is now covered in vegetation.


For dinner, you can visit the Ocean House Resort (; 401-584-7000), a luxury resort and restaurant with beautiful ocean views. The Olympia Tea Room and Bar (; 401-348-8211) features contemporary American and European cuisine, and the Bay Street Deli (401-596-6606) offers great sandwiches, including lobster rolls.


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Exploring the Islands of Lake Winnipesaukee

Exploring the Islands of Winnipesaukee


At its core, owning a boat is about having the ability to leave the mainland and explore places that only a boat can take you. And few places in the Northeast offer boaters a better opportunity to do that than New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee.


Home to at least 253 islands, most of which are accessible only by boat, Lake Winnipesaukee is an ideal playground for boaters who love to explore. Islands range in size from several hundred acres down to tiny spots of land, and many are protected from development, offering boaters a great opportunity to enjoy scenic shorelines, search for wildlife and drop a hook at a secluded beach.


All around Lake Winnie are marine facilities to serve as the home base for your adventure. In Wolfeboro, the Goodhue and Hawkins Navy Yard (;603-569-2371) is a full-service marina with a fuel dock, moorings and transient slips for boats under 22 feet. In Meredith, Y Landing Marina (;603-279-5050) offers slips and marine supplies. And near Weirs Beach, Fay’s Boat Yard (;877-671-0099) is another full-service marina with slips, fuel and a launch ramp.


One of the most popular islands to explore on Lake Winnipesaukee is Stonedam Island ( in Meredith. The island’s 112-acre wildlife preserve makes it one of the largest protected islands on the lake. It features a nature trail, great views, a historic log cabin and quiet beach. Boaters can access the island from a dock on a northeast cove.


Another scenic island in Meredith is Five Mile Island ( The undeveloped island has more than 3,000 feet of wooded shores, and it has two natural beach areas and fantastic views of surrounding mountains and islands. The island is heavily forested and includes the remnants of a cabin foundation. Deer and loons are often sighted here.


In Alton, 368-acre Rattlesnake Island ( features one of the region’s more impressive hikes — a steep climb up a 400-foot rocky peak with spectacular views of the area. Just south of Rattlesnake is Sleepers Island (, where the remnants of Hale’s Castle — a stone house built to look like the castles of Europe — stands on the shore. Boaters can then cruise east to nearby Blueberry Island in Wolfeboro. There, boaters can anchor off the island’s north side and enjoy the beach. Bring buckets with you if blueberries are in season, and keep an eye out for bald eagles, which have been seen nesting on the island.


Timber Island ( in Guilford is 136 acres, and all but 10 of those acres are protected by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust ( as unspoiled habitat and ecosystem. With more than 2.5 miles of undeveloped shoreline, the island has the longest stretch of protected shore remaining on the lake. As it is a refuge for wildlife, access to the island is restricted. But boaters are able to enjoy its scenic beauty from the water while looking for bald eagles, loons and otters.


To learn more about exploring Lake Winnipesaukee and its many islands, visit www.winnipesaukee.comor

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Finding Refuge on Shelter Island

Finding Refuge on Shelter Island


At the east end of Long Island, Shelter Island lies between the North Fork and South Fork like a gem being held between two fingers. And, given the island’s pastoral beauty and deep harbors, who could blame any landmass for wanting to hold on to such a special place.


Roughly 100 miles east of New York City, and just north of the posh Hamptons, Shelter Island is a blend of all the region has to offer. The island has picturesque communities where you can shop at art galleries or antique shops and dine at fine restaurants. But much of the island is set up as a relaxing escape from it all, with its rural character, beautiful beaches, harbors with great fishing, and a nature preserve that protects nearly one-third of the roughly 8,000-acre island.


Due to its location, boating is an integral part of life on Shelter Island. The island is protected from even the worst storms by the arms of Long Island’s North and South Forks, and it has more than 17 miles of shoreline along Gardiner’s Bay and Peconic Bay.  Its three deep harbors each have a full-service marina. The Island Boatyard and Marina (; 631-749-3333) in West Neck Harbor features slips, fuel, a free shuttle van, a restaurant and even a pool. Coecles Harbor Marina and Boatyard (; 631-749-0700) on Coecles Harbor has slips, moorings, fuel and repair services, and Dering Harbor Marina (631-749-0045) in Dering Harbor features slips, moorings and fuel. Also nearby, in Cutchogue Harbor, New Suffolk Shipyard (; 631-734-6311) is a full-service boatyard with slips, fuel, a marine store and electric hookup.


No trip to Shelter Island is complete without visiting Mashomack Preserve (; 631-749-1001). It features 22 miles of scenic hiking trails winding through forests, meadows, marshes and coastline. The preserve is home to much wildlife, and more than 200 species of birds have been documented there. Guided walks are offered throughout the year, as well as special children’s programs in the summer.

After you’ve toured the preserve, you can relax with a round of golf at the Shelter Island Country Club (; 631-749-0416), which is home to a 9-hole public course. Or you can lay in the sun at one of the island’s gorgeous beaches (


When you get hungry, Shelter Island has plenty of great dining options. The Dory (; 631-749-4300) features casual dining with a nautical feel in a restaurant and bar with a deck over the water. La Maison Blanche Hotel (; 631-749-1633) features fine dining in a remodeled Victorian building. The 18 Bay Restaurant (; 631-749-0053) offers a four-course, Italian-inspired menu straight from local markets. And Cuvee Seafood and Grille (; 631-477-0066) offers fine dining in a casual setting.


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The Haunting Appeal of Salem

The Haunting Appeal of Salem


It’s safe to say there is no port around quite like Salem, Massachusetts. You’ve no doubt heard about the Salem Witch Trials, in which 20 people were killed during the late 1600s for allegedly associating with the devil. And, walking Salem’s streets today, you will certainly find people and shops devoted to witchcraft, psychic arts and other mystical hobbies. But Salem is more than just a monument to all things spooky. It’s also a historic seaport with a vibrant waterfront that should be on any Northeast boater’s list of ports to visit.


When entering Salem Harbor, you’ll notice the city’s waterfront is less than attractive, to say the least. Among its industrial eyesores is a huge power plant that, although ugly, helps boaters navigate to Salem by “steering for the stacks.” The waters around Salem are filled with rocks and ledges, and although several marked channels lead into the harbor, Salem Channel, beginning just east of Newcomb Ledge, is the most straightforward approach. Boaters should be aware that no fuel is available in Salem Harbor, but gas and diesel are available in nearby Beverly and Marblehead Harbors.


Once in Salem, you can dock at Pickering Wharf Marina (; 978-744-2727), which has dockage and moorings located at a lively wharf with shops and restaurants. Also nearby is the Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marine (; 978-740-9890), a full service marina adjacent to the House of the Seven Gables. For marine services and supplies, Bosun’s Marine (; 978-535-1700) is located in nearby Peabody.


When entering Salem Harbor, you’ll notice Winter Island ( to starboard. The former military installation is now a marine recreational park and features camping, picnic areas and is home to historic Fort Pickering and Fort Pickering Lighthouse. In Salem, you’ll want to visit the Peabody Essex Museum (; 800-745-4054), the nation’s oldest continuously operated museum. Its collection includes maritime arts and history, plus a wide array of Asian, African, Native American and American arts. The National Park Service’s Salem Maritime Historic Site (; 978-740-1660) offers tours of historic buildings, a visit to a tall ship and a film about Salem’s history. You can also tour the Salem Custom House (, where Nathaniel Hawthorne worked as a surveyor from 1846 to 1849. Salem, of course, also has a large number of witch- and monster-themed attractions. For more information, you can visit


When you get hungry, Salem has plenty of great restaurants near the waterfront. The 62 Restaurant (; 978-744-0062) serves contemporary versions of Italian classics on Pickering Wharf. Grapevine (; 978-745-9335) is a Mediterranean kitchen and wine bar.

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