With the sheer line of classic Bahamas builds, the Andros Boatworks Offshore 32 is a handsome center console that comes fully-rigged for full-scale tournament fishing. For live bait anglers, the livewells are particularly impressive -- there's a lighted 50-gallon (189 L) well in the transom, another 100-gallon (378 L) well in the aft deck, each fed by 1600 gph pumps -- she can haul baits big enough for billfish when desired. Another feature is the hydraulic lift on the forward fish box hatch, making access to this giant box easy even when one's hands are full of angry wahoo or tuna. Her 53 mph speed in our test runs, powered with twin Evinrude E-TEC G2 300s, means she's capable of getting far offshore fast -- and even more importantly, of getting home quickly when weather threatens.
- Choice of over 1,000 hull colors
- Built-in sink in transom with stainless steel faucet
- Large portside transom door with heavy-duty hinges and latch
- Lockable rod storage for 12 rods under sole, doubles as additional dry storage
- 50 gal. lighted livewell in transom and 100 gal. livewell in sole
- 1,100 quart fully insulated main fishbox with 90/10 split access doors
- 2 additional aft fishboxes double as additional dry storage
- 9 rod holders on standard leaning post
- 10 rod holders recessed in console
|Length Overall||32' 7'' / 9.93 m|
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Time to Plane||3.8 sec.|
|0 to 30||6.4 sec.|
|Props||Rebel 3-blade 15 1/4 x 19 3-blade|
|Load||2 persons, 8/9 fuel, full water, 50 lbs. of gear|
|Climate||70 deg., 64 humid.; wind: 0-6 mph; seas: chop|
2 x 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 300
For the Offshore 32, Andros Boatworks turned to the team at Michael Peters Yacht Design and to respected fishing professionals and guides to develop a center console that places a priority on fishing and can excel in offshore conditions with power provided by a pair of 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 2-stroke direct-injection outboards.
She has a conventional deep-V design with 24-degrees of deadrise at the transom and she’s available with twin outboards up to a maximum of 700-hp. Andros Boatworks builds the 32 Offshore on a custom basis so owners can equip her for a variety of uses from family boating to tournament fishing.
She is built to order.
The Aft Cockpit.
For convenient boarding from the docks, passengers can step aboard the Offshore 32 on each side of the twin outboards. There’s space to pass in front of them on the swim platform. To port, a passageway to the cockpit closes with a transom door that can also be opened to make it easier to haul in a big tuna. The stern contains a centrally positioned 50-gallon (189-L) lighted livewell and a removable chum box that empties overboard outboard to starboard. Just ahead is the in-sole 100-gallon (378-L) livewell. The wells are fed by two 1,600-gph (6,056.7-lph) Rule Tournament pumps. Two in-deck insulated fishboxes double as dry storage. When it’s time for a cruise, an aft bench seat clips in place.
One thing we noticed missing from the Offshore 32’s cockpit was gutters. There are 2” (5.08 cm) drains in the aft corners of the cockpit, but Andros Boatworks doesn’t like cockpit gutters because they create a tripping hazard. Instead, all of the locker openings have scuppers to catch water and they drain directly overboard.
The Leaning Post.
As we stated earlier, the Offshore 32 is built to order. She comes standard with an aluminum leaning post with nine rod holders. After seeing the tackle station on the back of the leaning post, we can imagine many owners will order the boat with it. The leaning post has drawers, line spools and a series of tackle boxes so the boat will be ready to go after whatever fish a crew spots. The front side has a two-person seat with a backrest that should be comfortable for standing or seated travel.
At the Offshore 32’s helm, the steering wheel is centrally positioned with the engine controls to starboard. Switches for the Lenco trim tabs are abaft the shifts/throttles. The vertical forward dash has space for two chartplotters to be positioned at eye level. The manufacturer protects them with a hinged acrylic screen that has dual latches.
The VHF radio and stereo control are also shielded from the elements by the screen. Accessory switches with pop-out breakers are below the steering wheel and are also protected beneath an acrylic panel. Down low, there’s an angled footrest that spans the width of the console.
Whether or not an Offshore 32 is ordered with the T-Top or tower, the console is built to accommodate the structure. Outboard on each side of the console, about 8” (20.3cm) off the deck, is a reinforced 3” (7.6 cm) wide pad to which the tower structure secures. The raised indented steps on each side create natural space for five rod holders and two cup holders.
Outboard on each side of the console, there’s space in the gunwales for storage that can be customized for rods or landing tackle. Raw- and freshwater washdown spigots on the vertical deck supports make it easy to connect hoses for cleaning the fore and aft decks.
The front of the Offshore 32’s console has a bench seat with a backrest and two cup holders outboard. The cushion could be wide enough for two kids and the tower structure provides hand holds to hang on to. A rubber bungee-style latch holds it down and, when released, the whole seat lifts on two stainless-steel gas struts to reveal a step-down compartment with 6’2” (1.9 m) of headroom.
There’s space for a pump-out head and this option will make the vessel more family-friendly. Outboard to port are a locker and the circuit breaker panel. Batteries are in the lower compartment with the switches and digital voltage meters adjacent to the hatch to port. An upper hatch provides access to the rigging for the helm and electronics.
Forward, the Offshore 32’s bow is wide open for owners to add seating or to serve as a large fishing area. Andros purposely designed her with lower decks than some competitive boats so a fish can be gaffed anywhere on the boat. The main fishbox is under deck and it has an 1,100-quart (1,041-L) capacity with 90/10 split access hatches. The larger hatch opens on an electric-lift ram and the main fishbox has a high-pressure raw-water washdown to help keep the deck clean. There are insulated port and starboard compartments aft. One available option is a large coffin-box cooler that secures on top of the power hatch.
In the forepeak
, the boat has an anchor locker and a windlass is an option. Grab rails are recessed beneath deck height and there are three in-deck rod holders on each side.
Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 Engine
The Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 HP is probably the most technically advanced outboard engine on the market in class. In a nutshell, this 3.4 L engine provides 4-stroke fuel economy at cruising speeds with 2-stroke torque at the low and mid RPM ranges. Its strongest suit, however, is its low-maintenance design which integrates this steering and gear shifting into the body of the engine with no external rods or cylinders. Scheduled maintenance isn’t required for 5 years or 500 hours.
The E-TEC G2 has an internal oil reservoir, an 81-degree tilt range, and has auto-winterization. Its beltless magneto system is more reliable than the automobile-type alternators used on most other outboards. The engine was designed from the beginning to be saltwater-ready and carries a 5-year factory backed warranty which includes corrosion.
Power and Performance.
We tested the boat with twin 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards turning Rebel 15 ¼” x 19” (38.7 cm x 48.3 cm) three-blade stainless-steel propellers through 1.85:1 reductions. As-tested, the combined boat and engine weight was 10,840 lbs. (4,917 kg).
Running in a light chop
on Miami’s Biscayne Bay, we hit a top speed of 53 mph (46.1 knots) at 5800 rpm.
came at 4500 rpm where the boat ran 35.9 mph (31.2 knots) and consumed 20.7 gph (78.4 lph), giving the Offshore 32 a range of 459 statute miles with 10% of the boat’s fuel capacity in reserve.
In acceleration tests, the boat planed in 3.8 seconds and ran to 30 mph (26.1 knots) in 6.4 seconds.
We put the Offshore 32 through a series of maneuverability tests and were impressed by her nimble, predictable handling. When we ran a series of slalom turns through another boat’s wake, the deep-V bottom with 24-degrees of deadrise and a sharp entry sliced through the waves.
In circle turns, she carved a tight radius leaning and banking through the turns even at full throttle. When we ran through the confused seas and crossed the wakes of a much larger sportfisherman, the boat handled the waves with ease.
Andros Boatworks builds the Offshore 32 with hand-applied biaxial structural fiberglass, vinylester resin and high-density foam coring. The transom is cored with high-density foam board. When fabricating the transom, Andros’ personnel drilled a series of ¼” holes and applied resin and fiberglass to the transom between the hull material and the new transom. Then the transom material is clamped securely in place and resin is poured through the ¼” holes. Finally, the top of the transom is finished with fiberglass. Once the transom cures, the fiberglass stringers are bonded in place and filled with flotation foam, which is used to fill over structural voids. The deck and small parts are built with the same basic process and materials and the hull and deck are attached with mechanical fasteners and with Plexus bonding adhesive.
Attention to Details.
The Offshore 32 carries 300 gallons (1,136 L) of fuel in three aluminum tanks that are coated in LineX rubber coating that is used to protect truck bed liners. Deck hardware, thru-hull fittings and gas struts for locker hatches are all stainless steel. Five 8” stainless steel pull-up cleats provide tie-up options and keep the deck uncluttered. Dual 1,500-gph bilge pumps have two independent float switches mounted at different levels, which increases safety. Custom-made high-speed baitwell pickups are mounted in a transom recess so they don’t affect hull efficiency or clog in shallow water. Tin-coated copper wire is used throughout and all wire connections are made with heat-shrink connectors and epoxy coating.
Options to Consider and Price
To keep the price more reasonable, Andros Boatworks designed the Offshore 32 for twin outboards from the start. The boat isn’t offered with triples. The lighter weight of the 2-stroke Evinrudes could make the most sense because of their power-to-weight ratio, fuel economy and low maintenance requirements. They burn cleaner than most 4-strokes and they don’t need maintenance for 500 hours or 5 years.