Surfari 50-A Performance Tender

The Surfari 50 Sport Boat is a 50-knot thrill ride.

The Surfari 50 Sport Boat carries 750 gallons of fuel and 200 gallons of water.Courtesy Friendship Yacht Company

Ted Fontaine designed the Surfari 50 sport-utility tender to tackle rough waters en route to surf spots, secluded beaches or weekend getaways. The 52-foot, 11-inch boat’s hull, deck and superstructure are built using e-glass, low-viscosity resin and carbon-fiber reinforcements. Its space-saving, D-shaped sponson tubes are filled with air and foam, and its triple (or quadruple) 400 hp Mercury Verado outboards with joystick control reportedly deliver a cruising speed of 36 knots and a 50-knot top speed.

Whom It’s For: This boat is for adventurous yachtsmen who want to get to the action fast, and for racing teams that need to transfer manpower and materials quickly. Picture This: Tomorrow morning’s surf forecast looks great for New York’s Montauk Point Lighthouse, but you’re in New York City. No matter: The Friendship Surfari 50 Sport Boat’s deep-V hull, Seakeeper gyrostabilizer and air-conditioned helm will get you there comfortably for dinnertime lobster tacos at South Edison. Later, the boat’s accommodations space will help to ensure that you’re well-rested for the next day’s lineup of activities.

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