Every SeaVee is designed from the ground up to allow for extensive customization to meet each new owners' unique needs. For fishing tournament teams that demand speed and lots of cockpit space, SeaVee offers an open fishing boat configured with twin outboard engines. Sizes range from 29 to 43 feet. Options are boundless and include everything from multiple bait wells and triple outboards to a hardtop and tuna tower.
Test Location: Miami Beach, Florida
Conditions: SW winds 15 to 25 knots, 3- to 5-foot seas outside Haulover Inlet
The best way to get a feel for any boat is to visit the production plant and see the building process with your own eyes. You can tell a lot about the company by looking at the little things that end up making a big difference. What might seem insignificant, such as wiring supports, hardware, pump access, the amount of insulation in a fish box or a million other minor details all add up. The good builders treat every element the same — no matter how big or small.
When given the opportunity to test a 32-foot SeaVee center console powered with twin 300-hp Mercury Verado outboards, I showed up early and got a full tour of the production facility in Miami, Florida. Simply put, I was impressed in every facet of the construction and performance of this vessel.
SeaVee is a factory-direct builder so they deal with each customer on a one-on-one basis, and the buyer works with the company to pick out the options they want on their new ride. The 320 series comes in an open center console or cuddy-cabin layout with a cabin and v-berth forward. For power, you can elect twin outboards (the company recently reconfigured the transom to accommodate twin outboards up to 350-hp each) or a single diesel inboard.
The 320 is a popular model with the south Florida fishing sect because of the boat's ride, versatility, speed and the fact that you can still trailer it rather easily. We actually trailered our test boat right from the factory to Haulover Inlet and launched her with just two guys — very painless for a boat of this size. These same attributes are gaining attention in other parts of the country and SeaVee is continually growing its customer base.
There are plenty of boats on the market that offer a high top-end speed, but I'm more interested in a boat that can safely reach those speeds in a range of sea conditions. The 32 SeaVee delivered.
After leaving the ramp, we made our way to the Intracoastal and as soon as we got out of the no-wake zone, we opened her up. The 32 shoots out of the hole and comes up on plane in less than five seconds. You never lose visibility as the bow rises to come up on plane. As a matter of fact, the bow hardly rises at all. It just gets up and goes. But you better hang on because the power of the Mercury Verado engines will really push you back. It took a minute to trim her out just right but we hit 59 mph at 5,900 rpm.
As we got closer to the inlet, Ariel Pared, one of SeaVee's owners who was along for the sea-trial chose to motor over a shallow-water shoal outside the channel to shorten the time to the inlet. The water was amazingly clear and I thought for sure we'd hit bottom as the depth sounder read between 2 and 5 feet of water. We trimmed up the engines and slid by without a scratch. This boat draws less than two feet of water! Yet another feature that adds to its versatility — you can go just about anywhere.
Conditions were perfect for a boat test — a 3- to 5-foot chop kicked up outside the inlet with the waves just a second or two apart. With its sharp entry and deep-V design, this boat ate up the head sea. We cruised at 40-plus mph right into the waves and the boat loved it. You hardly needed to hold onto the steering wheel, she stayed straight and true. The boat motored over the tops of the waves for a soft ride considering the speed we were cruising at. We tried running into a quartering sea and a down sea but none of the sea conditions had much of an effect on how the boat ran. The only spray we got was on the quartering sea when the wind pushed the spray up onto the windshield.
Drifting in the seas was soft and uneventful, making the boat a perfect platform for kite-fishing, chumming, bottomfishing or just about anything. Trolling speed yielded a light wake with clean alleys to present your lures.