These days, 38 feet seems to be the length of choice for "full-size" offshore performance boats. But there are a few smaller models that deliver a bigger ride. Case in point: The Wellcraft 33 Scarab AVS, winner of Powerboat magazine's 1998 Offshore Boat of the Year award.
The 33 Scarab AVS measures 33'long with an 8'6" beam. "AVS" stands for Aft Ventilated Steps, meaning that the air introduced to the boat's 23-degree, two-step deep-V bottoms moves from bow to stern — reportedly a major performance and stability enhancement. With twin 470-horsepower HP500EFI engines from Mercury Racing, the 8,400-pound boat is capable of more than 80 mph. Fuel capacity is 144 gallons.
More than a one-dimensional offshore performer, the 33 Scarab AVS features a complete cabin with a two-person V-berth and facing lounges. In the cockpit, twin bolsters are provided for the driver and co-pilot. Aft of the three-person bolster-style bench seat is large sunpad on the engine hatch, which raises on a hydraulic ram.
Helm station highlights include high-performance gauges in color-matched bezels in two rows above the steering. Zero Effort throttles and shifters are set in the right-hand position in a dash extension next to the gunwale.
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