“We wanted to develop a very practical boat that made cruising easy,” says Mirage president Ken Fickett about his upcoming release, the Great Harbour TT35. “We put everything we’ve learned from decades of building performance sailboats, long-range sport fishing boats, and liveaboard trawlers into a package that is comfortable, easy to operate, and simple to maintain.”
Scheduled to release this fall in the United States, the TT35 is designed to be equally adept at running over water as running over pavement, assuming her owner carries a standard over-wide transportation permit.
The 35 is a completely new design for Great Harbour, featuring twin outboard engines rated between 60 and 100 horsepower each, as well as a meager 16-inch draft so you can navigate all the skinny waters from the Mississippi to the Bahamas. At the top end of the projected speed and range curve, Great Harbour expects cruising speeds between 8 and 16 knots, and corresponding ranges between 500 and 800 miles.
One of the reasons for the optimistic range expectations lies with the boat’s displacement. Using a combination of composite coring and aramid fabrics, Great Harbour projects this 35-footer to weigh in at just 6,000 pounds. On board, the boat features a single master stateroom and long galley as well as a roof overhanging the afterdeck for protection from the elements. The flat roofline will support plenty of square footage for a solar array.
Fickett believes that the transportable nature of the TT35 will allow owners access to a larger variety of cruising areas. “You can move this boat from Florida to the Great Lakes in a matter of days, not months,” Fickett says. “Take it from the East Coast to cruise the Inside Passage or the Sea of Cortez. It would also be cost-effective to ship to Europe. ”