In a contemporary nod to the television series that brought high-performance powerboats, electronic music and white linen jackets to America’s living rooms in the 1980s, FB Marine Group—a South Florida-based new and pre-owned full service dealership—and Statement Marine have collaborated on a 38-foot Statement Marine center console dubbed “Miami Ice.” Powered by triple Mercury Marine Verado 350 outboard engines, the boat debuted at the 2017 Miami International Boat Show.
The 38 SUV OB, which is 37’1” LOA, weighs just 9,600 pounds with twins and 10,000 with triples. A choice of Mercury and Yamaha outboards is offered, for up to a grand total of 1,600 HP. This hull also carries a 24-degree deep-V deadrise, and fuel capacity is 257 gallons. An unusual optional feature is the ability to add second-row helm seating.
“I wanted the boat to have a fresh Millennial look to it, which is not so easy,” said Randy Sweers, managing partner of FB Marine Group, which is located in Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach and Aventura/Miami. “The boat was originally going to a client in Canada, but he thought it might be little much for his conservative Canadian liking so I took the boat for myself and put it on display.”
Sweers, a longtime high-performance enthusiast and offshore racer, and Statement Marine, a custom builder that started out in the pure go-fast boat realm, speak to the massive shift in the marketplace of the past nine years. Though purpose-built go-fast catamarans and V-bottoms still exist, center consoles models have taken over the high-performance powerboat segment. Sales of the more-versatile, outboard engine-powered social platforms are booming and there appears to be no end in sight.
Like Miami Ice, the 35’ center console has a twin-stepped, 24-degree deep-V hull. It can handle up to 1,200 HP on the transom, and dry weight is 9,126 pounds. One unusual custom touch available on the 35 is a choice between a centered helm, and port-side steering. Both the 38 and 35 models have a 10’0” beam. Both also offer extensive seating, with wrap-around bow seats, transom seats, and forward console seats in addition to the helm seating. All can be customized with unique colors, finishes, and stitching.
Depending on the number and model of engines and options, the 35-foot center console ranges from the high $200,000 to high $300,000 range, whereas the 38-footers price out in the $300,000 to $600,000 range.
Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, Statement currently has five models in its custom powerboat lineup: the 35’ SUV center console, the 38’ SUV OB (outboard) center console, the 38’ SUV IO (inboard) center console, and their original stern-drive boats, the 42’ Ultimate V-bottom and the 50’ Passion catamaran. The company introduced its first center console offerings in 2012 and sales have steadily increased ever since. Outboard equipped 35- and 38-footers outsell the builder’s stern-drive offerings by a large margin.
“We are closing in on 100 center consoles since Statement started building them,” said Craig Barrie, a well-known and respected marine industry veteran who joined Statement in 2013. “We have a number of orders for 35s and 38s in a variety of configurations—twin Verado 350s and Verado 400R outboards, triple Verado 350s and 400Rs.”
FB Marine Group is Statement’s leading dealer, and Sweers says they order three out of four center consoles the company builds. Sweers and Barrie once worked for Cigarette Racing Team and Donzi, and have collaborated since the early 1990s. “We speak daily,” Sweers says. “I think when it comes to styling and trying to build a better boat we have a lot of the same ideas and know what can and can’t be done.”
Editor’s Note: Promotional consideration for this article was paid by FB Marine Group.