A little more than a year ago, I tested the then relatively new Revolver 42 luxury sportboat. With its retractable power roof and power rear and side windows—all via a remote control that also operated the engine hatch—the hardtop 42-footer topped out in the mid-70-mph range, handled precisely, and delivered a good ride in rough water. As an added bonus, the “steel drum effect” I expected to find in the boat while underway was minimal.
But the propulsion package choice left me mystified. For its first model, the European builder decided to go with a decidedly North American setup of twin Mercury Racing 662 supercharged gasoline engines and NXT1 drives. They wanted to showcase the boat with power that U.S. luxury sportboat buyers could understand, but that European buyers could actually purchase, as the 662 is the European Union-approved version of Mercury Racing’s popular 700 SCi engine.
While I understood the marketing tactic, the power selection still left me scratching my head. You simply don’t see a lot of high-end hardtop 42-foot sportboats—not from Cigarette, Nor-Tech, Outerlimits, or any of the other notable U.S.-based builders—in the states. In fact you don’t see any -- and it comes down to usage. Sportboat owners in the U.S. don’t generally stay overnight in their boats, whereas in Europe weekend trips where everyone stays on board are common. Overnighters in the U.S. generally prefer diesel packages, even in their performance cruisers.
So to my way of thinking Revolver was sending a mixed message, which may have contributed to the lack of U.S. sales for some time after the boat’s introduction. And that was a shame, because the Revolver 42 is a highly styled and precisely engineered offering with many positive attributes.
With their new 44GT luxury sportboat, which is based on the Gran Turismo “super car” concept, I believe the people at Revolver will find their “happy place” both in the U.S. and at home. That’s because the 44-footer, which was unveiled in early July and has the same basic hardtop configuration as the Revolver 42, is powered by twin 550-hp Cummins diesel engines with Arneson drives that European buyers will automatically embrace—for that drive-and-engine combo is widely accepted overseas—and that Americans in the market for a luxury sport cruiser will come to love.
The boat reportedly tops out at 60-plus mph and cruises easily at 50 mph with that power package. What’s more, thanks to the propulsion setup and the 44-footer’s 317-gallon fuel capacity it has a range of more than 400 miles. That, plus the boat’s full galley, large berth, and enclosed head compartment with shower should be something weekend cruisers on both sides of the pond can appreciate.
One more plus: Revolver redid the helm station configuration in the 44GT with bucket seats—as opposed to the uncomfortable and awkwardly positioned captain’s chairs in its first 42-footer—for the driver and copilot, and also provides bucket seats for passengers on the rear bench. While I haven’t put the new seating to the first-person test, I’m sure they present a big improvement over the original configuration.
If and when the 44GT comes stateside, I’m looking forward to testing it. From every aspect, the latest offering from Revolver makes perfect sense.
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