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Brief Summary

The Southport 33 is a boat designed for hard offshore work, but like with any hard worker, playtime is also key. She comes in two versions, one obviously a tournament fishing rig. We say obviously because first, she’s a center console, and second, her offshore capability. With a swap-out of some features, she converts to a family day cruiser with the stones to handle conditions well out of the realm of protected inlets. She’s also among the best built of the class, and that gives Southport some important bragging rights.

Key Features

  • Self-bailing cockpit with four large transom scuppers
  • Through bolted 316 stainless steel hardware
  • Easy access battery switching
  • Suede-like textured finish on all soft goods
  • Pull out freshwater shower head with sump pump
  • Dual binnacle controls
  • Acrylic windshield
  • Deluxe helm seats with flip-up bolsters and footrests
  • Specifications

    Length Overall 32' 6"
    9.91 m
    Beam 10' 8"
    3.25 m
    Dry Weight 7,300 lbs.
    3,311 kg
    Tested Weight N/A
    Draft 21.5"
    54.6 cm
    - Draft Up N/A
    - Draft Down N/A
    - Air Draft N/A
    Deadrise/Transom 22-degrees
    Max Headroom N/A
    Bridge Clearance N/A
    Weight Capacity N/A
    Person Capacity N/A
    Fuel Capacity 300 gal.
    1,135.6 L
    Water Capacity 30 gal.
    113.6 L
    Length on Trailer N/A
    Height on Trailer N/A
    Trailer Weight N/A
    Total Weight
    (Trailer, Boat, & Engine)
    N/A

    Prices, features, designs, and equipment are subject to change. Please see your local dealer or visit the builder's website for the latest information available on this boat model.

    Engine Options

    Std. Power 2 x 300-hp Yamaha 4.2L Four-Stroke Outboards
    Tested Power Currently no test numbers
    Opt. Power Not Available

    Captain's Report

    Contents of Report

    Southport 33 Idle
    Whether choosing the family cruising model or the tournament fishing model, both will take you far offshore and get you back safely.

    Overview

    For over a decade, Southport has been producing premium-level boats. Not only are they strong, they are gorgeous, generating looks wherever they go. It’s the combination of the reverse sheer at the transom, a gentle tumblehome at the stern quarters, and that Carolina flare with a touch of a concave thrown in. Southport has been a longtime partner of C. Raymond Hunt and Associates out of New Bedford, a company well known for designing performance hulls.

    Construction

    Southport boats are built well. The 33 is resin-infused, a time-consuming process that is free of flaws, high in strength, and light in weight. The hull and deck are bonded together with stainless fasteners and methacrylate adhesive, making the two units come together as one.

    When we compare her to others in class, she comes into the middle of the range on beam, but not surprisingly, measured from 1,000 lbs. to 2,000 lbs. (454 kg to 907 kg) lighter.

    This sort of strength translates to a boat that begs for offshore work. Take on the waves and notice that there are no rattles or creaks. The lower center of gravity and high Carolina flare round out the well-heeled bluewater performer ideal for the long hauls to the canyons.

    Seaworthy

    With an open boat such as this, we always look for its ability to shed water, and the 33 has it nailed. The deck is angled towards the stern and there are dual 2” (5.08 cm) scuppers to both sides. A grate over them keeps items from clogging them up, further ensuring a clear discharge of any shipped water.

    Southport 33 Topside and Bow
    High topsides and a flared bow contribute to her offshore seaworthiness.

    We also appreciate that her transom gate opens outward. In this manner, should something along the lines of a rogue wave flood her, she can be dewatered even more so with the door open and some forward weight put on.

    Southport 33 Bow Rise
    Notice how the 33 rides with minimal bow rise. Keeping that fairly level running attitude makes for better visibility.

    All this is likely moot as the Southport 33 has the DNA of some of the best sea keeping designs ever produced. This is not a casual coastal boat, but one designed for making long runs offshore, far from the protected inlets and subject to pop-up foul conditions that make running back home impractical. Her continually variable deep vee hull design has a 22-degree deadrise at the transom.

    Features Inspection

    Whether the fishing or family version is selected, both can be fitted with the attractive and useful hull-side door. With this feature, we can board more easily, whether from a dock or another boat. It serves as a functional dive door, and it of course serves well for the original purpose of all doors of this type: hauling in that catch that is too big to haul over the caprail.

    Both also come with the flip-up aft transom seating. But it’s under this seating that impresses us. There’s a deck hatch that opens to reveal all of the mechanical components, all in one easy-to-access location.

    The deep cockpit with its 27.5” (69.85 cm) coaming height is surrounded by padded bolsters, and we notice that there’s something to grab onto wherever one stands on the boat.

    Helm

    The helm station is well laid out and well outfitted. The operator is to port, observer to starboard. The glass dash concept can be well represented here with room for two multi-function displays separated by center mounted depth, autopilot, and stereo controls.

    Southport 33 Panel
    The panel has plenty of real estate for aftermarket displays. Notice the pull-out storage drawer.
    Southport 33 Armrests and Bolsters
    The operator and observer both get seats that are thickly padded, including flip-up armrests and flip bolsters.
    Southport 33 Handholds
    The T-top has integrated handholds and is secured to the deck for a firmer mounting surface than those that attach the supports to the console.
    Southport 33 Yamaha Outboards
    Yamaha outboards are the power of choice for Southport.

    Fishing Version

    If fishing is the main goal of the Southport 33, then the TE, or Tournament Edition, is the boat of choice when ordering. It comes fully loaded to bring the fight to the fish, and then some. This model includes a waist-high, transom-mounted, 35-gallon (132.5 L) illuminated livewell for keeping the bait fresh. Vertical rod stowage for six rods is in the console and six more can go into the horizontal holders under the side gunwales. And when those rods go to work, there are six rod holders generously placed around the boat, and the T-top is reinforced for optional outrigger poles, and six rod holders line the trailing edge. Prep for the catch at the optional 45-gallon (170.3 L) leaning post livewell that integrates into the standard rigging station, replete with storage solutions.

    Southport 33 Rod Holders
    Rod holders are at the trailing edge of the T-top. Notice the spreader lights in the center.

    Fishboxes onboard are among the best we’ve seen, and there are three of them. One ahead of the console is a 100-gallon (378.5 L) coffin box-style and two more (6’/1.83 m – 75-gallon/284 L) are in the cockpit deck. That makes it pretty safe to say that if you fill these, you’re probably over your limit. All are self-draining.

    Southport 33 Insulated
    Ahead of the console is a 100-gallon (378.5 L) insulated coffin box.

    Forward, a large elevated foredeck casting platform will be the envy of cast-netters. Pull-up cleats lay flush to a snag-free deck.

    Southport 33 Cockpit and Bolsters
    A deep cockpit and padded bolsters add to the safety and comfort when working offshore.

    Family Version

    Families will love the 33 just as much as the fishermen. The FE, or Family Edition, model caters to those who plan to do more cruising and entertaining. That said, this version swaps out the rigging station for a grilling station and refrigerator. The usual transom bench seat adds to the cockpit’s relaxation capabilities. At the bow, U-shaped seating with padded bolsters wraps around a pedestal table forming a dinette. That same table can transition, manually or electrically, to a lower position that, with the addition of a filler pad, turns the forward seating into a sun pad. Removable backrests complete the forward-facing lounge seating. Under the seats is dry storage in matching 6’ (1.83 m), 57-gallon (215.8 L) insulated compartments. Ahead of the console is a doublewide forward-facing seat atop an insulated cooler. All upholstery is butter-soft ultrasuede in dual tones.

    Southport 33 Table
    The table is on a high/low pedestal that is offered in a manual or electrically actuated version.

    As renowned as the 33 is for its sea-kindly hull, it’s also just as comfortable sitting on the hook. An electric windlass is concealed under a foredeck hatch, taking the workload out of that task.

    Inside the Console

    The meat of any center console is how that console is used. Some leave it as storage, others toss in a Porta-Potti. Some are dark, some have a portlight. On the Southport 33, it’s actually a small cabin. There’s 6’3” (1.91 m) of headroom. Ahead, there’s a 6’ (1.83 m) berth with minimal clearance at the feet, but still well within the comfort range and wide enough for two. The head is a freshwater electric flush model. A Corian counter includes a sink with a pull-out sprayer for converting the area into a wet head.

    Southport 33 Wet Head
    Inside the console is a wet head with a berth. Notice the vertical rod holders.

    Observations

    If versatility is the key to success, then Southport is certainly making the most of this hull. We’ve covered two of the models in the 33 lineup, but there are three more. All have the offshore pedigree that the brand is so well known for.

    Versatile indeed.

    Standard and Optional Features

    Systems

    CD Stereo Standard
    Head: Fixed Standard
    Washdown: Fresh Water Standard
    Windlass Standard

    Exterior Features

    Outlet: 12-Volt Acc Standard
    Swim Ladder Standard
    Transom Door Standard
    Side Door Standard

    Warranty

    Full Warranty Information on this brand coming soon!

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