New England Boatworks 2006
The 65-foot Predacious was believed to be the largest Downeast-style boat when New England Boatworks launched her—but she handled like a much smaller design thanks to high-tech composite materials that kept her weight down. The design and construction choices also gave Predacious speed, with her twin Caterpillar engines pushing her to a top end of 35 knots.
Sparkman & Stephens incorporated extensive soundproofing and vibration dampening into the design, which allowed for normal-level conversations inside even when the yacht was at full throttle. This was important for her owner, who used Predacious for commuting and cruising with his family.