Surfari 50-A Performance Tender

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

Surfari 50 Sport Boat
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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