From sand to sea, the desert of Southern California may seem like an odd place to build boats. For the past 25 years, however, several companies have successfully created and delivered thousands of boats out of this region, literally from sand to sea. About 100 miles from the coast, the small town of Adelanto has been home to a lineage of boat builders – most notably, CABO Yachts, which produced offshore fishing boats ranging 31-50’.
The desert is now home to a new breed of boat construction with Mag Bay Yachts.
Founded by industry veteran Mike Howarth and his son Barrett, Mag Bay is setting its sights on the center console market with a quality focused product. Starting with a patented hull design from Michael Peters, the company’s first model is a 33’ that is earning great respect amongst accomplished anglers and captains alike. One look in the lazarrette alone will tell you that the Mag Bay crew is sticking close to their heritage.
The design concept of the 33′ was to build a gentleman’s center console that featured the heart of an angling platform with a styling element that could also make a statement as a tender or dayboat. The Mag Bay’s unique transom is a part of accomplishing the design goal. The shearline on the Mag Bay 33 blends into tumblehome that extends into the transom featuring curves that straddle the aft splashwell.
With livewell capacity of up to 110 gallons, along with 1,464 quarts of insulated fishbox capacity, the Mag Bay 33’ features the backbone of a tournament battlewagon. Generous fuel capacity of 340 gallons and cruise consumption of 1.2 – 1.4 mpg achieve an approximate range of 350 miles. In addition to its offshore capabilities, the Mag Bay 33’ is appointed with rich amenities that will keep the family comfortable. A deep bow flare complements the twin hull steps in creating an agile feel and a dry ride.
The base price of the 33’ is $294,000 and is standard with twin Yamaha 300s.
Premium interiors are standard, with customers able to choose from a collection of fine materials and even stitching colors. The Mag Bay 33’ is available with many amenities such as, joystick, Seakeeper gyro, Side Door, Extra Large Top, and various seating options forward and aft.
To date, 14 Mag Bay hulls have been produced. It seems the future is bright as the team has plans to expand its factory in 2017, along with introducing a new model. Mag Bay Yachts are sold through a global dealer network. On the Eastern seaboard, Mag Bay inventory is available in New England with Oyster Harbors Marine. Oyster Harbors sold Mag Bay 33’ hull #7 at the Newport Boat show in October, and Oyster just took delivery of Mag Bay 33’ hull #14, which will be at the NE Boat Show, February 11-19.
In South Florida, Mag Bay is sold through Yachting Experts. Based in Miami, the Yachting Experts team recently delivered hull #13 in Palm Beach. Mag Bay will be at the Miami Boat show at the Virginia Key/Stadium location with two boats at the In-Water display; slips #542A & 468. Sea trials will be available daily, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the schedule.