More Than Meets the Eye

Transformer-like features give this Italian boat a definite wow factor.

A boat that’s a transformer. It’s the dream of every kid — and kid at heart. The Evo 43 from new builder Evo Yachts is just such a vessel. No, it doesn’t suddenly become a plane or a giant walking robot — how awesome would that be? — but its cockpit area opens up to both sides and extends aft, to create a teak “beach” that would be the envy of boats much larger than this 43-footer.

The sleek boat has a tall, blunt bow and flows softly downward toward the stern, where the teak deck is wide open. But at the push of a button, it becomes even more wide open, as the bulwarks slide out and increase the beam from 14 feet, 8 inches to 20 feet, 7 inches, creating a 270-square-foot cockpit — a 40 percent increase in usable space. A separate remote control operates an approximately six-foot-by-three-foot section of the deck and lifts it out of the rest of the deck and moves it aft. It has steps that lead to the platform. When extended partially, it can be a diving board. Flat, it serves as a passerelle-type extension. Keep going, and it goes underwater to become a submerged swim platform (or a lift for small dinghies).

Two sections of the aft deck fold — transform — into chaise-style seats that have custom cushions for comfort. The backrests of the forward cockpit seats can be removed and placed in the chaises as headrests. T-top and Bimini options are available on this otherwise open boat.

Belowdecks is a dinette that becomes a V-berth, a cabin to port and a head. The helm is minimalistic but highly functional with twin Garmin MFDs, engine throttles and a joystick for the twin Volvo Penta IPS 600 diesels. To port is a day galley, and aft are five seats. Top speed, according to the builder, is 38 knots, but at rest is where the Evo 43 will really shine.

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