With looks inspired by the military’s stealth boats and aircraft, Van Dam Custom Boats reinvents the day boat concept to provide a versatile platform for on-board entertaining, coastal cruising, fishing, camping, or simply pulling the kids around under the summer sun.
Powered with a pair of Volvo Penta’s 260 hp common rail diesels, this 43-foot custom wood boat was designed to provide comfortable performance in the low 40’s as well as miserly fuel efficiency. A 300 gallon capacity tank allows day trips to that remote private shore and back without a fuel stop. Duo-prop stern drives offer excellent efficiency and handling, smooth performance, and the ability to sneak into some skinny water. Entertaining in the cockpit at the dock or while underway is facilitated by the cockpit galley, complete with microwave, hot water, sink, and refrigeration. Up forward in the cavernous cuddy cabin there is room to sleep 5 adults. A fully enclosed head with vacu-flush toilet and a shower is situated between the cockpit and the cabin, and spans the full width of the boat. A hard top was added the second year over the helm and galley, offering welcome shade and a place to anchor the generous canvas enclosure.
Teak decks and a fully Awlgripped exterior assure minimal maintenance, while the simple yet superbly executed custom wood interior leaves no doubt that this is a Van Dam wood boat.
Look who is back for a redesign
Discussing the redesign
Filling in the gaps
Redesigning the cabin
Fitting a new sheer clamp
Dave taping the placement of the new bow thruster door
Preparing to attach the deck
New bow thruster door
New bow thruster in