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.
"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."
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."
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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