Wave Dancer

New England Boatworks’ Sea Blade 35 was designed to fly across the water.

New England Boatwork's Sea Blade 35
New England Boatwork's Sea Blade 35
With the tubes deflated, the Sea Blade 35’s 12-foot-2-inch beam reduces to 8 feet 6 inches, so the boat can be shipped in a container.Courtesy New England Boatworks

The throttles hit the pins on New England Boatworks’ [Sea Blade 35][] trimaran, and the 17-year-old in my head thought, Wow! The 45-year-old I am double-checked the status of my seat belt, handholds and cushioned, shock-absorbing helm seat — then thought, Wow!

Sea Blade 35
Sea Blade 35
The New England Boatwork's Sea Blade 35 in action.Courtesy New England Boatworks

A Garmin GPS readout displayed time-travel speeds: 30 knots, 40 knots. In a blink, this aluminum-hull vessel was streaking past Portsmouth, Rhode Island, at a blistering 57.6 knots, turning the shoreline into a watery-eyed blur. The ride felt like floating on a cloud.

Sea Blade 35
Sea Blade 35
The Sea Blade 35's hull is specifically designed for comfortably tackling rough water.Courtesy New England Boatworks

Key to the Sea Blade 35’s exhilarating high-performance ability (aside from twin 300 hp four-stroke outboards) is its ultra-high deadrise hull shape. The form alternates between panels greater/less than 50 degrees and longitudinal steps set at 0 degrees. This helps prevent slamming when running at speed in a seaway, and it keeps the 35 tracking true when slicing a chop.

New England Boatwork's Sea Blade 35
New England Boatwork's Sea Blade 35
The helm console is on a shock-mitigating surface. Helm chairs are on shock absorbers too.Courtesy New England Boatworks

Turning this vessel hard over at 40-plus knots was like running on rails. Her turns were aggressively fun with no inboard heel, as well as completely controlled. Six cushioned, shock-absorbing seats ensure you stay comfortable. A raked front windshield helps to keep the crew dry.

This Sea Blade 35 was off to Hawaii to become a fun-in-the-sun island hopper, but my experience says she travels a lot more like a flying fish.