Classic ideas in contemporary design: it’s a concept that has been at the core of Zurn Yacht Design from the very beginning. So when the crew at Samoset Boatworks of Boothbay, Maine, set out to build a powerboat that fused traditional good looks with modern design and performance, they turned to Zurn Yacht Design to find the perfect balance between past and present. The end result is the Samoset 30, an elegant, handcrafted center console runabout glowing with fine woodwork and offering comparable performance with other boats in her market segment.
The Samoset 30 is built in cold molded fashion, featuring red cedar and mahogany sheathed in a composite outer layer and sealed with West System epoxy. This construction approach yields an impressively strong structure, and the Samoset’s moderate displacement makes for a very seaworthy, yet nimble, 30 footer.
The layout is clean and straightforward, with ample seating, T-Top and Dodger providing protection from sun and wind, and several noteworthy features including refrigerated storage, a powered, retractable electronics dashboard, and access panels for daily engine inspections. A well-equipped day head features a Vacuflush plumbed toilet system and a vanity with faucet. Of course, all is finished in warm varnished teak.
Powered by a single, efficient Yanmar 440 horsepower diesel engine, the Samoset 30 tops out at a very respectable 35 knots, while offering a comfortable cruise in the mid 20-knot range. With a deep, seaworthy vee hull, beginning with an aggressive 70° entry and tapering to a moderate 18° of deadrise aft, the Samoset is a capable performer in both calm and unruly waters. An optional Hamilton waterjet drive eliminates underwater appendages and provides some peace of mind when cruising among lobster pots. From the protected coves of Maine’s Downeast coastline to the unpredictable rips off Block Island’s shores, this modern-day classic feels right at home.