Boat Review: Post 47

Thanks to its steady, methodical approach to boatbuilding, Post Yachts is known in the industry for manufacturing semi-custom boats that offer a lot of value for a highly competitive price.

Thanks to its steady, methodical approach to boatbuilding, Post Yachts is known in the industry for manufacturing semi-custom boats that offer a lot of value for a highly competitive price. The Post 47, introduced just over a year ago to take the place of its 46-foot predecessor, lives up to that standard. Priced well below most other 47-foot sport-fishermen on the market, the Post delivers top quality craftsmanship, a lengthy standard equipment list and a smart, efficient layout.

When compared with the older 46 Post, the 47 sports a noticeably expanded bridge that is both wider and longer than the older model. The console was also expanded to allow for more electronics, and the seating capacity was increased for more guests up top. One final improvement is a "wedge" molded into the hardtop for the radar dome, which helps provide a truer picture on screen when the boat comes up on plane.

Thanks to her eight-cylinder MAN engines rated at 680 hp each, the 47 comes up on plane pretty easily. At 1,800 rpm, she runs 28.5 knots and burns 36 gph, for a range of more than 500 nautical miles. Her top speed is 36 knots, depending on load and sea conditions, at which point she burns 74 gph. If it's a 30-knot cruise you're after, the Post can deliver that as well; at 2,100 turns she runs 34 knots and burns 57 gph.

Other improvements for the 47 include changes in the salon floor, which is now constructed of solid fiberglass rather than wood, and a more modern engine room design. With increased lighting, a high-gloss gel-coat finish on the underside of the salon floor, and fiberglass panels on both the fore and aft ends of the workspace, the engine room is bright and airy, despite its 4'6" headroom. Engine-room access is via the deckhouse step in the cockpit.

Like the engine room and bridge, the cockpit hosts a full list of standard and optional features that the professional big-game fisherman will appreciate, including an oversized tuna door, recessed bridge ladder, bait-prep station and lots of wide open space.

Inside, all lockers are lined with cedar, and all cabinetry is finished with radiused edges, rather than sharp corners. Not only is this easier on the body in rough seas, the technique allows craftsmen to build the cabinet exteriors out of one piece of wood without breaking the grain line. Post offers two layouts for the 47, though the amidships master and forward crew bunks of "Plan B" have proven the most popular.

In addition to its reputation for high quality at a reasonable price, Post is also known for producing rock-solid boats. The 47's hull features fiberglass laminates and vinylester resins, supported by four stringers that run the length of the boat. Numerous plywood and encapsulated fiberglass cross-members fortify the stringer network. The solid mahogany engine beds are glassed on top of fiberglass stringers, inside of which are another 3.5 inches of solid mahogany. When the engines are bolted down, the bolts go through the top mahogany, through the fiberglass stringer and then through a second layer of mahogany.
Post has built 800 boats in its 40 years of operation and is currently working on hull No. 9 in its 47-foot model line.

For more information, contact:
Post Yachts
100 Post Road
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
609-625-2434

Specifications

LOA

46'9"

BEAM

15'9"

DRAFT

4'4"

WEIGHT

50,000 pounds

FUEL

635 gallons

WATER

120 gallons

POWER

680-hp MANs

BASE PRICE

$699,500