From Designer Doug Zurn the Gloucester 20 is a perfect all purpose open boat for inshore and offshore boating.
The G 20 has a fine entry and heavily flared topsides with a modified V hull to combat the nastiest chop. The center console layout offers room to move about. There is a cooler seat in front of the console, a cushioned leaning post and hydraulic steering.
Solid FRP, hand laid biaxial E glass.There is a grid system and integral foam insulation. Light blue topsides, black bottom helm console with wind shield and drink holders.
Teleflex tilt steering with stainless wheel and power knob.
10 Breaker DC panel
2 AGM marine batteries
The Gloucester 20 ……… is a moderately priced semi-custom runabout with a center console and an exaggerated 'Carolina' flare to the bow, like a miniature version of an offshore flybridge sport fisherman. And like her big sisters, the Gloucester 20's solid fiberglass modified V hull provides an astonishingly soft, dry ride. Rigged with an ETEC 150 hp two-stroke outboard, the boat achieves a WOT of 40 mph.
The hull is simply a beauty to behold. There's a sweet tumble-home around the transom. The sheer sweeps gracefully up to the bow. Marine architect Doug Zurn drew the unique lines.
The ride was a lot of fun. Doing the lobster-pot slalom through the channel, the Edson no-feedback steering made the little boat delightfully responsive. The wind was freshening out of the east and the seas were building, but the Gloucester 20 took them like a much bigger boat. Out in the open, with the rocky shore fading in the mist behind us, we were flying over the swells with the hull literally in the air and landing softly every time. The flare kept the bow absolutely void of any water, with not a drop to be seen or felt. ………The boat…..is assembled from three separate pieces: hull, deck, and cockpit sole. One advantage of this method is a toehold under the console at the helm. The transom is built with triple layers of high-density fiberglass to accommodate the extra weight of four-stroke engines. The interior finish is pretty basic and no-frills. Still, there's a nice wraparound windshield at the console and plenty of storage underneath. The helm features an instrument panel that lowers into the dash, and it's gasketed to protect the electronics from the weather. A deep igloo cooler fits underneath the leaning post. There are rod holders under the gunwales. There's a fairly deep anchor locker under the forward elevated casting platform. All the cleats and even the bow light are retractable, so you won't snag flies or lures. 'I've run just about every center console there is under the sun over the last 25 years, and I've never run a boat like this,' Dominic told me. 'The designer and the builder are top notch.
This is Doug Zurn's first small boat design, but he obviously knows what he's doing.' This is a semi-custom boat, he explained, so they can finish it out to the owner's specs. 'I set this boat up the way I wanted it because I'll probably keep it for myself. That's how much I like it.'
at Dion's Yacht Yard
23 Glendale Street
Salem, MA 01970