Story and select photos by DinaRella / Professional images from Buddy Davis (Raritan Marina Yacht Brokerage)

Part 2
Italian style and American power, what’s not to like? Sculpting the 47-foot Buddy Davis into an evocative fishing and-family-friendly space with its European design sensibilities, Pininfarina has Italianized the firm’s first-ever center console. At the same time, a true leader in the American sportfish game, famed for its Carolina-flare watercrafts celebrated for brushing away the waves, Buddy Davis did its part preserving the boat’s personality and aerodynamic performance.

Popping in the Buddy Davis booth and seeing the rendering at the Palm Beach Boat Show a few years back, at the exact time the Italian designers had happened to stop by, led to an initial story on RDP’s sister site, about what was to come. Judging from the boat’s curves, colors and craftiness, the design house’s exercise in center console styling was right on the money. Seeing the real deal out of the glass case was worth the wait. It reminded me of Sophia Loren… both share the same sexy Italian curvatures and timeless beauty!

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Curves, Colors and Craftiness
Admiring the side profile and its contours projects a sense of motion, and to answer the how many lines question, well that number is ZERO. And while it may be free from lines, one element there’s no escaping is its all-pervading green color. Borrowing pigments from British Racing Green (BRG) off the car wheel and blending them with a rich mix of army and hunter tossed with bluish gray undertones depending on the sun’s intensity, all make for a chameleon-like explosion that pairs terrifically with the teak flooring and cream-colored leather décor.

Other “standouts” like the speakers, shower and TV were more “secretive” by nature. But once you know, you know! For example, the Wet Sounds Audio System, going for a subtle “heard but not seen” vibe, the forward speakers have been stealthy integrated under the fabric on the seatbacks beneath the inner black grab rails edged in faux teak for ease of maintenance.

Next, inside the private head in the air-conditioned cabin to the front of the Whirlpool microwave and Isotherm fridge in the galley, you’ll find the sink handle pulls out doubling as a shower nozzle. Freshen up and return to the stern for movie time. Above the summer kitchen with sink, grill and ample storage for anglers, heavy duty stainless steel latches release a large flat screen TV from a dedicated compartment. An accompanying aft SureShade blocks the glare ensuring the screen can be seen, and if you want to keep your cold beverage frosty, the LED-lit cockpit cup holders are refrigerated.

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Screen up or down, the hospitable space provides plenty of latitude for lounging, lunching or luring in the big one. Which reminds us, this is a sportfish and rigged accordingly with a 90-gallon livewell (that can used as an insulated cooler) rod holders, outriggers and a host of other fishing amenities under the lightweight, carbon-fiber hardtop anchored by a solid glass windshield, twin Furuno monitors and OctoPlex control system.

Not only right on trend with its fold-down terraces widening up the aft section for 16 guests, a high degree of automotive influence and harmonious blend of form and function are evident when looking at how the engines meticulously insert into the transom, using clever space management with minimal hose cluttering and mindful placement of the five-step ladder off the platform. We at RDP also liked the transparent doors and how effortlessly you can do a 360 around the transom to the stern when at anchor.

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Cleaving Capabilities

The 23,000 pounder comes with a Quick USA gyro, 8kw Westerbeke diesel generator and costs $2.3 million. It’s also powered by triple Mercury Marine 600-hp outboards, which means after the Pininfarina hand-off, Buddy Davis and Mercury Marine took the reins to hash out the high-performance fine tuning part of the build process.

The fact it was tested at Lake X, tells you all you need to know. As whipping waves obediently ran off the hull sides, the flared bow spoke as a testament to its capability. Top speed with the three was in the low 60s. Nevertheless, the company believes its ever-flowing curved shape of the hull sides hints at its potential… and adding another 600 ponies should easily bump the Buddy Davis up to the 70 mph club. Top speed aside, for many, in the end it’s really the Pininfarina mantra – above all, it must be beautiful in spirit – that best represents the unique build!

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