It should come as no surprise that it took Nor-Tech Hi-Performance Boats six months longer to design and build the 298 Sport Center Console than it took for either of  its 39- or 34-foot siblings. In fact th 298 is the smallest model the Cape Coral, Fla., company -- which offers custom-made high-performance catamarans and V-bottoms up to an 80-foot performance yacht -- has ever built. So Nor-Tech’s owners Trond Schou and Nils Johnson, as well as Terry Sobo, director of sales and marketing, had to downsize their thinking, and that wasn’t something they were accustomed to.

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Engine options up to twin 300-hp Mercury Verado outboards are offered for the 298 Sport.

But why the larger-to-smaller model approach in developing their console line?

“In the center-console world, the 390 and the 340 are still fairly large boats,” explained Sobo. “What we wanted to do was offer something in a more entry-level size to get more people into the Nor-Tech family.”

Their strategy appears to have worked. At present, the company has more than a half-dozen orders for the 29-footer.

With twin 300-hp engines, the second 298 Sport built (the first was equipped with a single 370-hp Yanmar diesel engine for a buyer in Norway) reportedly will top 70 mph. The outboard-powered version made its debut at the 2012 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

The custom-built 29-foot center-console can be set up with a standard-length console or a sunlounge/mid cabin/ head compartment layout, which has been a popular choice in the 34-footer. An angling-specific interior with fish lockers and rod holders also is available. For engines, twin 300-hp outboards are the maximum, but the boat can be ordered with lesser power including twin 250-hp and twin 150-hp Mercury outboards. Base price, depending on power and other options, is in the low- to mid-$200,000 range.

Next up for Nor-Tech in its center-console series is a 42-footer, though likely that won’t be anytime soon. Schou, Johnson, Sobo, and the rest of crew at Nor-Tech are swamped with center-console orders, as well as orders for pure high-performance sportboats.

“We are absolutely slammed,” said Sobo. “That’s a good thing.”


Written by: Matt Trulio
Matt Trulio is the co-publisher and editor in chief of, a daily news site with a weekly newsletter and a new bi-monthly digital magazine that covers the high-performance powerboating world. The former editor-in-chief of Sportboat magazine and editor at large of Powerboat magazine, Trulio has covered the go-fast powerboat world since 1995. Since joining in 2000, he has written more than 200 features and blogs.