Tested by Capt. Vince DanielloIn Fort Lauderdale, the “Yachting Capital of the World”, there is such an overwhelming display of boats of all shapes and sizes that few ever get more than a passing glance. But when I tested the Concept 36, heads turned. People came by for a closer look, asked questions. The boat’s crisp, sleek lines are distinctive, as are the custom hull graphics keyed into the center console and radar arch. The triple, black 250 OptiMax engines certainly attracted attention. But the reason this boat drew so much interest from such a disinterested crowd was not her 70 plus mile-per-hour offshore capability nor her sizzling graphics. Her admirers appreciated her versatility. The DesignConcept Boats are built for family: for fishing, diving, and enjoying the water. The company’s founder, Luis Avila, loves fast boats and the attention his boats bring, but he builds boats with the realization that most boaters spend much more time anchored with their kids than cruising at 70 miles-per-hour; that having a distinctive look is important, but only part of the boating experience.The look of the Concept 36 is striking. The bow sits relatively high in the water. The stern, weighted by three 250 horsepower Mercury outboards, sits low, giving anticipation that the boat is about to spring forward in a burst of speed. The sheer line dips slightly toward the bow just enough to give the boat a speedy look yet not so low as to appear unseaworthy. The forward-curved radar arch, powder-coated white for subtlety, accentuates her lines. Custom paint and detailing really set this boat apart. Multi-shaded blue and black water globules contrasted with vivid yellow-orange and red give the impression of speed, yet the design is somehow quiescent. It is reminiscent of sunrise on the ocean; the dark sea contrasted by the dawn sky, but at 60 miles-per-hour. This paint scheme is mirrored on the center console, but with a little more white and brighter blue; I’d call it 7 a.m. The design is air-brushed on the back of clear Plexiglas, with gauges and switches mounted through.
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Concept 36 is 68.9 mph (110.9 kph), burning 59.9 gallons per hour (gph) or 226.72 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Concept 36 is 44.8 mph (72.1 kph), and the boat gets 1.95 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.83 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 395 miles (635.69 kilometers).
- Tested power is 3 x 250-hp Mercury Optimax (Bravo I).
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Optional|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Optional|
|Outlet: 12-Volt Acc||Standard|
Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!