Southport Boats is the culmination of a dream that began in North Carolina when a team of experienced boat builders, passionate fishermen and offshore racing enthusiasts joined forces with legendary C. Raymond Hunt Associates to develop a unique and revolutionary new boat design.
Working closely with the founders of Southport, the Hunt team developed Southport’s special hull design to maximize the performance and power of modern dual outboards with today’s cutting-edge composite manufacturing capabilities.
2003 – The first Southport was launched in Leland, North Carolina. The first sea trial proved the team’s pursuit of excellence had been achieved with no other hull design of similar size delivering Southport’s soft ride, stability and nimble performance.
2011 – Manufacturing operations were moved to Maine where an expert crew of modern composite boat builders applied their heritage of craftmanship to the construction of Southport Boats. Improvements included the transition to modern, vacuum infusion construction processes, upgraded wiring and plumbing systems, and the introduction of vinylester resin to improve cosmetic properties and guard against water permeation.
2013 – Southport Boats launched the 29 FE model to great acclaim, winning Best Powerboat Under 30′ at the Newport International Boat Show.
2014 – Southport Boats and C. Raymond Hunt Associates announced the development of a new 33’ hull design to deliver all the celebrated ride, performance and fuel efficiency of Southport in a larger, even more robust platform. The first of these game-changing Southport 33’s was launched in Spring 2014 to overwhelming market acceptance and acclaim.
2015 – More Southport innovation redraws the deck plan for the Southport 29 to improve usage of the spacious deck through modification of the forward cockpit, changing the positioning of the leaning post, updating the console and helm pod, and adding a new, larger T-Top style. All of these changes, plus several less obvious alterations, combined to change the look and feel of the boat and produced the Southport 292, a Second Generation Southport 29.
Simultaneously, the Southport 27 took an evolutionary leap forward with the introduction of the 272 TE. This Southport marked the first time a Tournament Edition layout was available on an original Southport hull. The 272 features a forward coffin box, redesigned console and helm pod, modern T-Top, new aluminum open-frame leaning post, and a livewell mounted in the aft bulkhead.
2017 – Southport introduces the all new Southport 33 Dual Console (DC). The DC was envisioned to check all of the boxes for the modern family angler: rugged construction and ample fishability mixed with the creature comforts for the non-offshore days. The 33 DC takes the “dual purpose” approach of the 33 FE and LX and adds even more in the way of comfort and stay-aboard accommodations.
The construction of the new Southport 33 Dual Console and other future products will soon be enhanced and made more scalable through the movement of manufacturing into a new and larger facility in Gardiner, Maine – a quick 15 minutes from the existing facility in Augusta. The new 140,000 square foot facility will drive manufacturing efficiency with multiple production lines and process improvements designed to accelerate the introduction of additional, larger Southport models in the years to come.