From the East Coast to the West Coast, we had the pleasure of showing off our new Yachtline 33 with Alfred Montaner!
LAUNCH OF GT COUPE SERIES
May 2018, brought the completion of LIFE PROOF BOATS first ever GT COUPE. A sleek stylish 31’ vessel designed to compete heavy in the pleasure craft market. With a 3/4 cabin style (optional canvas bulkhead) the cabin space of the boat is open and inviting. The interior space is smart in its ability to be reconfigured for entertaining under the shade of the roof or open to the outdoors on the rear deck of the boat. Its fundamental features allow this boat to fit a wide range of boating lifestyle choices.
There are 3 optional configurations of the space behind the driver seat which allow the design of the boat to fit a galley, a 3rd suspension seat, or 2 additional bench seats. With the 2 additional bench seats there is room for 8 in the main cabin, and an additional 4 outside on the rear bench seat.
The cuddy interior offers opposing bench’s giving 6’7” of lay down length and with the center drop in filler panels the cuddy space is transformed into a single large berthing space. When nature calls there is also a full electric macerating toilet located on the port side of the cuddy.
Other key features that make this boat stand out, is the optional drop bow door, in deck fish boxes, optional FLIR camera, and designed to incorporate the very best in suspension seating. And for the fisherman out there, two Burnewiin universal accessory mounts are included in the base boat. They work great for grilling out as well since they double as a BBQ mount.
The GT Coupe Model starts at $300,000 and with options like paint, synthetic teak decking, and joystick piloting pricing can reach over $400,000.
Model Name ------------------- GT COUPE
Length --------------------------- 31’
Beam ---------------------------- 10’
Weight -------------------------- 10,500 lbs
Speed --------------------------- 55+ MPH with twin 350HP Outboards
HP Rating ---------------------- 1,250 HP (twin or triple configuration available)
Fuel Tank ---------------------- 200 Gallons
Water Tank ------------------- 40 Gallons
Black Water ------------------ 40 Gallons
Diesel for Heat -------------- 3 Gallons
Design Features of Note:
Self-Bailing Decks (even while static)
Optional Diesel Heat
Optional AC (with reduced holding tanks)
Galley Arrangement (sink, fridge, Microwave)
Drop Bow Door
Large Holding Tanks
Gyro Stabilized Trim Assist System
CONTACTS FOR MORE INFORMATION
Micah Bowers – Sales
(360) 674 -7019 ext. 200
Jenson Charnell – Sales
(360) 674 -7019 ext. 201
Two years ago at the Seattle Boat Show we were approached by a wonderful group passing our boats and they stopped to take an in depth look. Getting to know more about where they were from, we came to find out they were from Blind Channel Resort! A beautiful spot north of Desolation Sound, Blind Channel Resort is an oasis for travelers making their way on the inside passage passed Vancouver Island.
Well they purchased a Life Proof Boat and we have had a great relationship ever since! They group of people that are warm and welcome to guests passing by. Make sure plan a trip to explore all it has to offer. There isn’t a better way to do it than with your Life Proof Boat!
Here is a brief description of Blind Channel Resort and what services they offer.
“Blind Channel is a multi-generational, family-owned marina and resort on West Thurlow Island in heart of British Columbia’s wild coast. The Richter family has owned and operated Blind Channel Resort since 1970. In the early days, the small government dock and coastal community boasted a cannery, shingle mill, and two large dance halls with the population peaking in the 1940s. By 1969, when Edgar and Annemarie were cruising by, Blind Channel had little left to offer but they were captivated. The for sale sign was taken down and Blind Channel Resort was built from the ground up with love and hard labor.
Today the Richter family invites you to explore tidal waterways and ancient forests rich in wildlife and coastal history. Enjoy fresh coastal and German cuisine, cruise into the full-service marina or stay in a comfortable private cabin. Whether it’s a stop as you cruise North or an all-inclusive package you’ll find yourself enjoying comforts on the wild coast.”
Full-service marina for vessels up to 150 ft with 15, 30 and 50 amp power as well as clear spring water hook-ups at every finger.
Fuel dock with Marine Gas, Diesel, and propane
Restaurant Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
Live music and wine tasting events held throughout the summer
General store well stocked with groceries, liquor, gifts, clothing, and more. As well as a post office.
Laundry and Showers
In house water taxi service, a float plane dock with regularly scheduled flights
Onshore accommodation, fully self-sufficient cabins with two bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens.
Tours and all-inclusive packages
See everything they have to offer at www.blindchannel.com/
September is a memorable time of the year for us. It was 3 years ago that we launched LIFE PROOF BOATS at Seattle’s annual end of season, Boats Afloat Show. On display at that first boat show we showcased 6 very distinct models; including a 20’ Cuddy Cabin, 21’ Runabout, and most notably our 30’ Convertible.
Here we are 3 years later, with an ever growing brand following and continuing the trend of using this show to spring board some of our latest models out in the open for public consumption.
At this years show we brought over 5 boats for display with a full array of unique features. Our most popular feature being, you guessed it, our drop bow door!
Starting from left to right at this years show you would of seen: a 33’ Full Cabin with a 500HP Cummins Diesel Engine coupled to a Hamilton 292 waterjet, a 23’ 300HP Volvo D4 Sterndrive Hardtop, a 18’ RIB Tender, a 31’ GT Coupe with Mercury’s latest 300HP Verado’s, and a 27’ Full Cabin with a pair of Honda 250 IST engines.
The show was a huge success. We got to meet a lot of great people, both in the industry and potential new clients. From now through the Miami show is really the hottest time for our sales team, with, ironically, the summer months being the slow time of the year. I guess everyone is busy out on the water!
29FT Full Cabin
-Stand Up Head/Shower
-Twin 350HP Outboards with Joystick
31FT GT COUPE
-Twin 300HP Outboards
-In Deck Fish Boxes
-Toilet in Cuddy
21FT Hardtop Pro
-Twin 115HP Outboards
-Drop bow door
18FT RIB (still available for sale)
This month we are going to talk about our outboards since they really are the heart of the boat. Outboards are quickly growing to be the choice for the mainstream of boaters under 45FT. With even some of the larger 45-50ft center consoles putting quintuplets on the transom! Now boats are much more unique than cars, one of the main examples of this is just in how diverse the power plant options can be. Even on the same boat model you can have 10 or more available engine configurations. Of those options, they may come from all over the world. Our 31’ length hull models are a perfect example of this. A client can choose to go with a set of 250HP outboards from Japan or a set of 400HP outboards from the US. Of course these will have dramatic impacts on the boats characteristics so we help guide the client to the best fit for their application. And just to make it interesting with the lower weight of Mercury’s new 300R motors, you can now put three of them on the back of most boats originally rated for twin 350’s. The other reason you should look at these new 300’s is because unlike most of the other engine’s in this HP class, they are recommended for 87 octane. In the Pacific Northwest, for example, we are limited to 87 octane due to supply on the water. It’s rare to find a location that supply’s a higher octane on the water unless you pull out your boat and take it to a local gas station.
One of the most asked question we get is what is the best outboard on the market. That’s a great question but it requires a politically correct, complex answer. At Life Proof Boats, we can supply your boat with just about any major OEM brand.
Strong points for each brand:
Mercury engines in the 250-400HP range are so quiet you can often forget they are even on. They also deliver the power smoothly and offer a wide range of factory options. They do make the boating experience more comfortable, and fun.
Honda engines are known as dependable and affordable. Built on the foundation of the historically dependable car engines, the marine line follows suit with proven dependable engines that also tend to lead the pack with fuel efficiency. They also have not changed much in the last decade so they have a very good database of information on how the engines are performing. It’s exciting to see what’s going to come out next from Honda as they begin development of the larger HP models. Last year a team of six engineers from Japan sat down with us to pick our brains on what design features & characteristics are the most important to us.
Suzuki’s are also a great option in looking for a dependable, affordable engine. While their market share is not as large as Mercury or Yamaha, clients that have them seem to speak highly of them. I have seen repeat clients, so they are proving to be a great alternative for a lot of people. Unveiled last year, the dual prop outboards from Suzuki are great candidates to heavier boats since the dual prop configuration will allow for less “slip”, and more of that HP being put to use. But with dual propellers the gear case is not as slim as some of the single prop faster lower units.
Last but not forgotten BRP has bucked the trend of the 4 stroke engine and continues to refine the 2 stroke. They have shown it can go toe to toe with the other 4 stroke models. They do have a following of clients who want nothing but Evinrudes on their transoms. One of their latest advancements has been their incredibly affordable outboard joystick system. At a 1/3 or less the cost of the other brands joystick system, the I-Dock system from BRP offers a lot of the same features. Making it incredibly popular with clients.
Whether you burn oil or change it, today’s outboards are all really competitive and similar when it comes to dependability and features. The first step in choosing your engine brand is what does your local service center maintain. With growing part counts and electronic components on these sophisticated engines, buy one that you know can be diagnosed and serviced by your trusted, local service center. And don’t forget to check with your local marinas first to see what octane level you have access to, because your 350 may only be producing 315 due to low octane ratings.
WHATS IN THE SHOP RIGHT NOW
The weld shop is busy this month as we continue to gear up with personnel and equipment. With the continued growth we decided it was time to purchase a press brake, so we found a 130TN 12’ Accurpress which fit the bill nicely.
Currently in the shop are four full cabins, two 31FT model’s and two 33FT model’s.
In the rigging shop we were busy working on a 40FT Snorkel Boat heading to Maui, a 29FT Full Cabin, an 18FT RIB Tender, and a couple 21-22FT Law Enforcement Boats.
September is always a fun month. With the end of the season brings reflection on the summer, and new ideas as clients think about the possibilities of next summer. We also ran a national campaign with Passengermaker and Power and Motor Yacht magazine. This sparked the new design at the top of this newsletter. Shown here as a 41FT length we also have it drawn as a 35FT length. And we feel we can be competitive in pricing to any of the larger fiberglass T-Tops.
August was a hot one! So hot in fact we ordered a pair of the top of the line evaporative coolers to help the crews battle the heat while still keeping pace for busiest month to date. All of us in the Pacific Northwest also faced a continuing summer tread, weeks of forest fire generated smoke filling the air. The smoke not only created a stifling atmosphere but out on the water the visibility was so poor at times that you couldn’t see more than a mile! Challenging the smaller fishing boats on the water. For us, it gave us more of an opportunity to test the new radar units and chart plotters.
One of the great new features we are sharing with our clients are the “auto guidance / routing” features now available in US waterways. Offered by both our OEM brands, Simrad & Garmin, with two simple clicks on the screen, your chartplotter can now provide you with a calculated, safe navigable route. Much like your cars navigation system. For those that also add autopiloting or Mercury’s JPO system, once the route has been generated, you can simply engage your autopilot and away you go. Now I know what you are thinking, while similar to the Tesla auto driving principle, boats do not have the sophisticated sensors to warn you and steer you around obstacles in the water, including other boats! So while it will generate a course, following the waypoints and warn you of AIS collision targets you will still have to be vigilant at the helm. The larger summer tides pull a lot of wood from the beaches, and they often get stuck current rips that form due to our ever changing underwater landscape.
So why use these new features if they still require attention at the helm, well because they can also offer some safety features and they generate important information about your journey. Like your time to arrive, distance to your destination, and thus fuel consumption. As far as safety features, because they are auto-routing, they are generating waypoints that are located away from shallow water or underwater obstacles. When waypoints are manually entered we often enter fewer points because it takes too long. Well the auto-routing generates as many points as it needs to keep your route away from the dangerous underwater features. It will even notify you of hazards you may pass on our journey. Like channel buoys or harbors.
To add auto-routing for either charting brands, all you need is the latest software updates and Platinum charts.
WHATS IN THE SHOP RIGHT NOW
Boats that moved out of the weld shop this month included: 40FT Dive Boat for Maui, Custom 33FT Full Cabin with flush deck and luxurious amenities, 18FT RIB
While we were continuing to weld on: 31FT Full Cabin & 22FT RIB
At the rigging shop we finished the second 31FT GT Coupe and continued work on a 29FT Full Cabin, 18FT RIB, 21FT Center Console, and the 40FT Dive Boat for Maui.
In August we attended the Maritime Security conference in San Diego. This conference is held twice a year. In the late summer/ fall on the west coast and in the spring on the east coast. We were asked to present at the show on innovative technologies we are working on and what trends we are seeing in the industry.
CUSTOMER FOLLOW UPS
With so many clients out on the water this year we had lots of great stories to share. The Falcon Patrol become a fishing catching machine in the Puget sound. This first time boat owner, absolutely loved the control and usability the Mercury JPO system gave him. He can back his boat into his narrow slip with ease!
We also heard from a few boats that headed north seeking adventure. At only a 3.5hr run we had client go from Roache to Cortez Island. He loves the speed at which he can travel comfortably, making day trips out of slower weekend trips in his old boat. In “Flirtn’ with Disaster” a 29FT Hardtop, our client shared from Lund it only took then 1:45 to get all the way up to Chatterbox Falls. Something we could never had done before. Even the recently delivered Side Targa blew the clients away for how comfortable the boat was. They adventured all summer and spent 11 overnight trips up in Desolation Sound.
Our boats are designed for safety, versatility, and adventure. Our clients are out on them and finding out exactly what we talk about. Come see us at the Lake Union Boats - Afloat in September and learn more!
Life Proof Boats will be @ 2018 Seattle Boat Show!
January 26th - February 3rd
Century Link Event Field - Booth EAST HALL 212
See more details at SeattleBoatShow.com
BOATS ON DISPLAY
AT BELL STREET MARINA
We will also be exhibiting in the water at Bell Street Marina.
If you want to setup a private meeting during the show with a sales agent please let us know.
Life Proof Boats is proud to announce the completion and delivery of a new 21FT Hard Top boat to our growing fleet of models.
The design concept for this boat came from the love for a hardtop that is simple and can be offered at more of a price point to the market. We also love having a glass windscreen for the fact that you can then have a wiper blade. The glass was direct glazed and looks fantastic. There are lots of options for seating in the boat depending on the activity and guest count. With seating for 6 in the front or 6 in the boat, this boat offered lots of versatility. The driver and navigator seats sit behind a 50" wide console and are mounted on 4" suspension pedestal style seat posts offered by Taco Marine. They also have 6" of slide fore and aft with a 180 degree swivel option.
For those cooler winter months you can option a full canvas enclosure that will keep you out of the weather, and if desired we can also install a diesel heater in the console.
The rear bench converts to a sun pad within seconds to add another dimension to the boat for those wanting to lounge in the sun.
Options and Performance
With a large section of power options you can use this platform in almost any situation. this first model was outfitted with a single 150HP Honda outboard, but could handle up to a 300HP Outboard. Speeds with the 150HP power plant topped out at 38 mph no matter if the boat had 4 adults on board and a full tank or just 1 person. Cruise speed is comfortable around 26-28 mph and at these speeds you will only be burning 6-6.5 gallons/hr.
The deadrise of the hull is our desired 22 degree deep vee so it cuts through the water with ease. This hull also includes our delta shoe and performance fins, so it can turn on a dime.
Overall weight of the boat came in around 4300 lbs as configured. The majority of the weight is decks down, keeping the vertical center of gravity very low, adding stability and ride quality. The hull plate on this boat will be offered as either .25" or .190" depending on the HP and water line length.
Decks are welded down and two 4" rear and two 3" FWD deck scupper help to evacuate any water that finds its way inside the boat.
For those looking for a built tough little T-TOP that was very well thought out for life on the water this boat delivers. It shares all the great features we love with our bigger boats and puts them into an affordable, highly versatile platform that can sit almost any lifestyle.
With a single 150HP Outboard Prices start at $89,000.00
For more information
Phone: (360) 674-7019
We are proud to announce the launching of our new diesel inboard center console line. With the heart of the platform in the form of a 6.6L Duramax Diesel putting out 500HP, and delivering the power through a Hamilton waterjet. At just under 6,300 lbs wet, the incredible power to weight ratio allows the boat to achieve sprint speeds in excess of 50 MPH.
This is one of the first of many following high profile aluminum RIB's that will change the way the marine industry looks at RIB's. That is because it incorporates our new hybrid collar technology. With 20% air and 80% foam in the collar, your senses will tell you this is a typical inflatable. But the zipper running the whole length of the collar is a giveaway there is more to this boat. The zipper system gives the user ultimate control over servicing the collar. It is a game changer for the amount of control it gives the user in the event the separate, internal bladder is compromised. Because the other collar materials only protect the internal bladder from abrasion and UV rays, the lifespan of the collar itself is increased far beyond a conventional RIB.
Also incorporated into the platform are the latest military grade suspension seats from Shockwave. The S3 mid back drop down seats incorporate 8" of suspension via Fox Float H2O shocks. And with the optional seat height adjustment package and drop down bolster seat, they allow the user to have the ultimate comfort in either a seated or standing position.
While the displacement might be identical to your on road GMC pickup this engine has been massaged to give more power and handle the harsh marine environment. Coupled to a ZF transmission with optional push-button transmission selection and a drive line from Portland Drives lines, this power plant is incredibly quite and responsive. With one of the most remarkable aspects of the engine being its fuel economy, cruise on the platform seams to be around 32 mph while burning approx. 13 gallons/hr.
Other fun features of the boat include the twin 7,000 lumen LED flood lights from PTLX, the electronically actuated windscreen, 5 ton flush mounted pick points, and Aquatrac PVC laminated foam decking.
Speed: ............................................. 50MPH W/ 500HP 6.6L Duramax
Hull Lengths Available: ................ 28'
Beam with Collar: ......................... 10'-6" Inflated, 10' Road Width
Deadrise at Transom: ................... 22 Degrees
Deadrise at Entry: ......................... 48 Degrees
All Aluminum Construction: ....... Alloy 5086 H116
Fuel Capacity: ................................ 85 Gallons