As of this morning, there are some very happy folks hanging out in the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., bouncing between adjacent booths—Nos. 2038 and 2042—where new boats in both the Blackwater Boats and Deep Impact Custom Boats lineups are highlighted today through Sunday, Nov. 4 at the 59th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
The proud representatives—including Mark Fischer, the owner of the two brands and the Boats Direct USA dealership, Dana McLean, CFO of Boats Direct USA, and Monique Hausheer, the dealership’s energetic marketing guru—have plenty of reasons, eight to be exact, to be optimistic about this week’s boat show.
The all-new Deep Impact 399 Open company demo model is going to be at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this week and then off to Key West the following week.
With four center consoles on display from each manufacturer, Fischer said it was all hands on deck to get the boats ready for Fort Lauderdale, especially the redesigned 36-foot Deep Impact, which has been upgraded from the 360 to the 369, adopting many of the features that were introduced in the revamped 399 Sport.
“With all of the new stuff we have on display this might be the biggest event in the history of our company,” said Fischer, who took over the Deep Impact line four years ago. “The new 369 is like a mini 399. The ride is fantastic and it looks great. It’s something I’ve been wanting to redesign since taking over the company, but we’ve had some other things to get done first.”
Fischer added that the 369 at the show, which was built for a Florida Powerboat Club member, has triple Mercury Marine Verado 350 engines and a beautiful custom paint job that was designed by Stephen Miles Design in Kentucky. He said that a fully loaded 399 Cabin that’s also on display at the show has a paint job designed by SMD.
The third Deep Impact in the booth is the company’s new 399 Open demo model featuring an eye-popping silver and blue in-house-designed paint job and quad Mercury Racing Verado 400R engines. It’s the boat Fischer plans to run down to Key West, Fla., the week after the show for the Florida Powerboat Club’s Key West Poker Run. Rounding out the four is an all-white 399 Open with quad 350 engines that Fischer said has appeal to both the yacht tender buyer or the person who wants to take the boat and customize it.
This tournament-worthy new 39 SportFish from Blackwater Boats should turn plenty of heads in Fort Lauderdale
On the Blackwater front, Fischer is most excited about the new 39 SportFish, a tournament edition center console that is based off the bottom of a Deep Impact that has been widened to fit the 11-foot, 11-inch beam of the Blackwater, which was previously a non-stepped boat. As you can see from the photo above, the boat has a unique custom wrap that’s sure to get a lot of attention.
Featuring a custom “Bentley blue” paintjob, triple Mercury Verado 350 engines and all the bells and whistles, an entry-level-targeted 36 Blackwater is being offered at the smoking boat show deal price of $349,000.
The other two Blackwaters at the show include a hefty, non-stepped, all-white 43 SportFish Tournament Edition model and what Fischer is referring to as the 43 LuxuryFish, a stunning metallic silver boat with a black bottom that has a double row of seats behind the helm, a full array of accoutrements, two livewells, fold-in seats and more. Fischer said not only do the 43-footers offer the softest ride in their class, they have unsurpassed range thanks to their roughly 800-gallon fuel capacity.
It’s clear Fischer is passionate about the brands. The same thing was clear to me six years ago when I rode in the Key West Poker Run with him and his wife, Eileen, in their 36-foot Deep Impact—and that was before they owned either boat brand.
Now with even bigger things on the horizon—the five-engine Deep Impact 499 is in the works, according to Fisher—it’s going to be interesting to see what this week, next week and the next several years have in store for the Blackwater and Deep Impact brands.
Photos courtesy Boats Direct USA