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VIDEO | Editor Andrew Parkinson Takes a Look at the Outback 50

Trawler Life, In Fast Forward

Andrew Cilla, the president of Fort Lauderdale’s Luke Brown Yachts, has owned quite a few boats. He’s a fan of Nordic Tugs who likes to hang out aboard tenders, flats boats and paddleboards, and occasionally do some fishing.

About eight years ago, he started talking about his experiences with Michael Peters, the Florida-based yacht designer known for high-speed boats. Cilla didn’t want to break any records, but he had an idea for taking his favorite kind of cruising to, say, the 20-knot level. He wanted a trawler, but one that could achieve twice the usual trawler speed.

Peters created a hull, and the Outback 50 became a real concept.

The first Outback 50—Cilla’s personal boat—was built in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where Offshore Yachts are built.

VIDEO | Designer Michael Peters Discusses the Outback 50

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Prop pockets and a protective keel allow for a 3-foot draft and shallow-water itineraries.
  • Engines and equipment are abaft the salon and under a deck, reducing interior vibration and noise, and giving easy access.
  • Cored construction, with added structural strength from metal-supported square windows.
  • 18- to 20-knot sweet spot with optional twin 425-hp Cummins engines.
  • Open deck arrangement has L-shaped lounges and an angled serving table for extra walkaround space.
  • Bridge deck aft accommodates a 10-foot RIB
  • Drop-down antenna perfect for Great Loop and low bridges.
  • “Infinity” aft deck, with removable stainless rails for protection on the step-down swim platform.
  • Foldable teak ladder up to the flybridge
  • Aft-deck setup invites lounging with movable teak furniture, or the space can be cleared for a PWC, dive equipment or water toys.

SPECS

LOA 56ft. 3in.
Beam 15ft. 6in.
Draft 3ft.
Displacement 40,000 lbs. (half-load)
Construction composite
Fuel 550 gal.
Water 150 gal.
Engines (standard) 2 x 270-hp Volvo D4i-G
Engines (optional) 2 x 425-hp Cummins QSB 6.7
Info outbackyachts.com

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