The Palmetto, Florida-based boatbuilder Sea Force IX recently announced its latest custom project, the 41.5 Sport. A builder typically accustomed to offering sport-fishing yachts in the 71.5- to 94.5-foot range, this model will be the first — and smallest — in a new series of custom boats ranging from 41.5 to 56.5 feet.
Remaining true to its roots as a custom builder, the options on each of these models will be limitless. The focus of the entire line is to deliver a custom build within the same time frame as a production boat — three to six months, depending on customization — and at a competitive cost. Sea Force IX believes the ideal owner for one of these boats will be someone who wants to be hands-on during the design process. Hull No. 1, which is set to debut in late summer and will be on display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in November, will show only some of the possible custom options that are available.
One of the notable design factors in Sea Force IX’s new line is that every model will be available in several power configurations, including outboards or diesel inboards with shallow-draft tunnels. Pod systems are also an option, should an owner desire that type of propulsion system. The maximum horsepower rating for the 41.5 Sport is 1,200 hp, so expect the outboard variation to have triples or quads and the inboard option to be powered with a pair of engines in the 400 to 500 hp range.
The general configurations on each of these models can range from a center console with overnight accommodations to an express with a walkaround design. The larger models can even be built as enclosed sedan bridges. But don’t let the sleek lines and creature comforts of this new line fool you that the boats are just meant to be used as cruisers or tenders; the tournament-ready fishing model will be equally suited as a tournament competitor loaded with features.
Sea Force IX can also configure the helm and cockpit in a variety of ways. Some of the custom options include transom and in-sole livewell systems, macerated fish boxes, tackle-storage/bait-rigging area, summer kitchen, dual-row helm seating and much more. The first 41.5 Sport will also feature a Seakeeper, and that should prove to be a popular option on this line of custom boats.
Sea Force IX will use 100 percent composite materials, the highest-quality vinylester resins and epoxy, and the most advanced multidirectional knitted fiberglass available today. A completely recessed anchor system adds to the functionality of the boat as well as the beautiful lines. Initial renderings of the 41.5 Sport have a two-person bow lounger for cruising, but Sea Force IX can customize this area to house additional baitwells to enhance the fishability of the walkaround design.
Down below, the accommodations planned for Hull No. 1 are perfect for a weekend getaway to the Bahamas, with a queen berth forward as well as a dinette to starboard and a small galley to port. A full head and shower adds to the true livability of this 41-footer. So whether you’re looking for a custom sport-fishing boat under 45 feet to compete on the tournament circuit or a second boat to augment your battlewagon, the new line from Sea Force IX — especially the 41.5 Sport — deserves a hard look.