Turn heads at every port.
By: Craig Ritchie
Boaters who appreciate the beauty of classic designs yet also enjoy the benefits of modern engineering will find themselves right at home behind the wheel of the 23-foot Bristol Harbor Series Cuddy from Vanquish Boats.
Stretching just over 23 feet in length and riding on a generous 8-foot, 5-inch beam, the 23 Bristol Harbor Series Cuddy features a wide, flared bow, closed front deck and elegant four-panel windshield that gives this boat a classic form and makes it a fine dayboat for the Great Lakes.
“The 23 Cuddy was designed with a fun, effortless day on the water in mind,” says Vanquish Boats President Morgan Huntley. “There are a lot of seats in the sun, twin berths in the cabin and the option for a wetbar and refrigerator for the perfect cocktail cruise.”
Dual consoles located amidships divide the cockpit into forward and aft sections while supporting the seatback for riders facing aft. The full-width transom bench seat creates a comfortable and spacious cockpit area for conversation and entertaining. The middle section of the transom seat folds down to provide access to the full-width rear swim platform — an unexpected treat on a boat with outboard power. Placing the engine aft of the transom on the Armstrong bracket not only affords more interior space and allows the inclusion of the swim platform, but it also gives this boat impressive handling.
The pilot and navigator ride on plush bucket seats with flip-up bolsters. The helm is clean and contemporary, with space for a large multi-function display above the five-spoke stainless steel wheel with turning knob.
The cuddy cabin offers surprisingly generous headroom and dual berths that are 6 feet, 7 inches each; a filler cushion transforms this area into a queen-size berth. For additional comfort while cruising, a porta-potti is standard, while an optional freshwater head can be added in the cabin.
The 23 Bristol Harbor Series Cuddy’s super-durable Vinyl-Ester Epoxy Resin hull provides a stable, comfortable ride. Rated for outboards of up to 200 hp, the boat cruises nicely at a brisk 28 mph and can reach speeds approaching 40 mph at wide-open throttle — turning heads every inch of the way.