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Brief Summary

The Concept 4400 Sport Yacht is two boats in one: Aft, she's a center-console, with fishing and day-cruising amenities; forward, she has an air-conditioned cabin suitable for romantic weekending a deux or taking longer fishing trips through the islands. Designed by a top naval architect whose boats have won a string of trophies, and custom-built to high-performance standards by a fussy boatshop near Miami, the 4400 is a capable offshore speedster, too: Her builder claims speeds over 60 mph (96.6 kph) with triple 300-hp Mercury outboards, faster with maximum power, 1,400 horses. Folks looking for a boat able to wear two hats should give her at least a once-over. Or maybe that's three hats: The 4400 also comes as a Coupe.

Key Features

Specifications

Length Overall 44' 4''
13.5 m
Beam 10' 9''
3.28 m
Dry Weight 13,550 lbs.
6,146 kg
Tested Weight N/A
Draft N/A
- Draft Up N/A
- Draft Down N/A
- Air Draft N/A
Deadrise/Transom 24 deg.
Max Headroom N/A
Bridge Clearance N/A
Weight Capacity N/A
Person Capacity N/A
Fuel Capacity 400 gal.
1,514 L
Water Capacity 70 gal.
269 L
Length on Trailer N/A
Height on Trailer N/A
Trailer Weight N/A
Total Weight
(Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
N/A

Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

Engine Options

Std. Power 3 x 300-hp Mercury Verados
Tested Power Currently no test numbers
Opt. Power Various Mercury Verados up to 350-hp
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Captain's Report

Concept 4400
We think the Concept 4400 is even cooler in her Coupe Sport Fish mode. The top isn't fiberglass, but powder-coated aluminum, and therefore can be altered to suit a buyer who wants something different. Enclosing the helm makes her a three-season boat – and more comfortable when running fast offshore in any weather.

Island Hopper

Since she's built in south Florida, the Concept 4400's home waters are the Gulf Stream and Bahama Islands, where both the fishing and the cruising are first-class but the water is often very thin. From the outset, the Concept folks wanted an efficient, high-performance boat capable of zipping across the Stream to Bimini in all weathers and then navigating among the sand bars and coral heads on the Bahama Banks and Out Islands without undue worry. That means shoal draft, which means outboards.

Concept 4400
Each Concept 4400 is custom-built, including the helm station, so a buyer can have just the set-up he wants. There is room for two large multifunction displays and smaller secondary electronics, too, as on this boat. Smartcraft gauges are standard, steering is hydraulic and controls depend on the engine package. Note the refrigerator to starboard of the helm.
Concept 4400
Open the console and you'll get a feel for Concept's obsession with details: All wiring is neat and accessible.

"The whole idea [of this boat] was to create as large a platform as we could and still have outboard engines," said Susan Patterson, Concept Boats' vice-president of sales and marketing. "[Outboards] give you better access to shallow water and 40% better fuel economy than gasoline inboards."

Concept 4400
Bolster seats perform double duty for sitting or standing, but for running offshore at high speeds we prefer wraparound bolsters with adjustable drop-seats for thigh support. These will be fine for near-shore work, though. They look very comfortable, too.

John Cosker of Mystic Performance Boats in DeLand, FL, designed the 4400. Cosker specializes in creating ultra-high-performance monohulls and catamarans, some of which reach speeds over 200 mph (322 kph). He drew a 24-degree deep-V hull with 2 steps for maximum performance and efficiency, then added amenities to turn the raceboat-bred hull into the multiple-use high-speed yacht that Concept wanted. "We see it as the ultimate island-hopper," said Patterson. "You can dive off it. You can fish off it. You can go to the Bahamas and stay overnight on it."

Concept 4400
The built-in aft bench seat is flanked by stowage, in the transom and under the gunwales. There's a locker opening onto the platform that's big enough for fenders and docklines. Fishermen will like the 50-gal (189 L) livewell in the transom.

Construction

No boats take more of a beating than fast sport- and fishboats, so when choosing a boat that'll run 60 mph (96.6 kph) or more it's important to know how she's designed and built. The Concept 4400 is all-composite, with no wood anywhere –the transom is cored with high-density closed-cell foam. The hull's fiberglass reinforcement is hand-laid in vinylester resin, solid in the bottom and cored above the waterline. The stringers are also foam-cored. Concept Boats covers the hull with a lifetime warranty, transferable in the first 10 years to a second owner.

Concept 4400
A rigging station is built into the helm seat, with drawers, tackle stowage and a washdown nozzle.

The deck is similarly well-constructed, and married to the hull with belt and suspenders: First, the two components are melded with high-grip methacrylate adhesive; Concept then reinforces the joint with stainless-steel screws -- we suspect they also hold the rubrail in place. Most builders would stop here, but Concept goes one step further, fiberglassing the hull/deck joint on the inside. Why go so crazy with this? Even the best-laid hull is subject to tremendous twisting and wracking strains when running hard offshore; without the deck to create a monocoque structure, the hull could deform enough to break something. The hull-to-deck joint is key to holding the whole boat together, and Concept doesn't want to take any chances. Another advantage is that it stops any leaks if there happens to be a gap in the adhesive. This construction method is impressive, and it is noteworthy because most builders have abandoned glassing the deck to the hull. Instead, they rely on the adhesive alone.

Concept 4400
The transom door swings open on this multi-joint hinge and lays tightly against the transom and out of the way when open. Even with the big outboards, the platform is still usable for working lines or boarding from a dock or launch.

An Unknown Boatbuilder?

Who is Concept Boats? The company isn't nearly as well-known as Fountain or Regulator or any of the other "big names" in high-performance sport- and fishboats. But high-speed aficionados know who they are. For the past 27 years Concept has been building boats in their Opa Locka, Florida, plant. Currently their product line runs from 23 to 44-feet (7 to 13.4 m), and encompasses fishing, sport, sport deck and sport yacht models.

Concept 4400
The cabin has V-berths, a U-shaped lounge and a galley with stovetop, refrigerator and microwave oven. Air conditioning is standard, with a Westerbeke genset available to run it when you're away from the marina. There's a full head with shower, too.
Concept 4400
The 4400 can carry up to four outboards of 350-hp each, although most buyers cool it a bit and choose triples. Concept rigs their boats with Mercurys, either two-stroke Optimax or four-stroke Verado.

Our Recommendation

Concept sells only factory-direct, and builds only to order – but no dealers means no dealer markup: A base Concept 4400 Sport Yacht, with triple 300-hp Mercury Verado DTS outboards, carries an MSRP of just $309,279; the Coupe version is $374,279. Built to order means you can have your Concept just the way you want her, too. Fish, sport, or a little of both – the company will work with you to ensure your boat is just right.

Concept 4400
Yes, you can get a sun pad on the bow. Supply your own sunbather.

We like this boat: She rides on a hull from a top designer, she's very well-built and – most important to many folks -- she's reasonably priced. We think if you want a quality boat built just the way you want it, but don't want to spend a fortune, the Concept 4400 is an excellent choice for further investigation.

Standard and Optional Features

Marine Electronics

Autopilot Optional
GPS/Chart Optional

Systems

Air Cond./Heat Standard
Battery Charger/Converter Standard
CD Stereo Optional
Head: Fixed Standard
Shore Power Standard
Trim Tabs Optional
Washdown: Raw Water Optional
Water Heater Standard
Windlass Optional

Galley

Icemaker Optional
Refrigerator Standard
Stove Optional

Exterior Features

Hardtop Optional

Canvas

Cockpit Cover Optional

Boats More Than 30 Feet

Bow Thruster Optional
Generator Optional

Warranty

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