My name is Scott and I am a boat junkie. My addiction does not end with pleasure craft. I fantasize about one day converting a supply boat, tugboat or commercial fishing boat into an exotic multipurpose yacht, and I know I am not alone.
Moose Boats is hurting my attempts at rehabilitation with its new J3250. Built to commercial construction standards, this and all Moose boats have rugged appeal, top-quality components and an interior finish most families will find more than comfortable. These catamarans are, so to speak, West Coast versions of picnic-style boats, on acid.
The J3250 comes with diesels, but owners can choose stern, jet or surface drives. The Cummins deliver a top end of 34 knots and a 27-knot cruise, according to the builder. Published range is 300 miles. Hamilton 274 water jets are coupled to the diesels through a pair of ZF 88C transmissions.
At 34 feet, 5 inches LOA, the J3250 is the middle sibling in Moose's 32- to 36-foot line of catamarans. She has a centerline helm and will accommodate four in a forward queen and converting dinette. The interior is far from Spartan; there is maple trim throughout, and the galley has a solid maple table. Almost every surface has an appropriate covering, be it paint, vinyl or nylon. The deckhouse comes with standard tempered safety glass and watertight doors.
The specification sheet includes such words as "commercial grade, "heavy duty and "custom, and the names of top-quality manufacturers providing standard equipment are strewn about like peanut shells in an alehouse.
Her hull is built on a ridged steel jig. The positive aspects of aluminum construction are worthy of a separate article, but the digest version includes longevity in marine environments, strength and light weight.
Moose boats are rigged for almost any application, dive, fish or cruise, and are tough enough to handle industrial tasks. The J3200 received accolades from Business Week this summer in its annual design competition.
Moose Boats, (866) 466-6673; www.mooseboats.com.