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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