Altima Yachts 38 Xcape SFE: Built for fishing and fun!
Published: Thursday, May 16, 2019
For an owner who appreciates originality and an elite look, Altima Yachts’ 38-foot Xcape Sport Family Edition (SFE) is a boat that will appeal to the serious angler, as well as to families that enjoy entertaining and overnighting.
With a beam of 13 feet, 2 inches, you can count on an extremely stable platform. Triple Evinrude E-TEC 300-hp engines — equipped with Innovation Award-winning iDock control — deliver speeds in the mid-50s, making dayboating across Lake Michigan child’s play. Should Door County beckon, the 38 Xcape SFE’s new suite design is up for the adventure: a V-berth, enclosed head and shower, refrigerator, two burner cooktop, microwave, HDTV, and the proverbial kitchen sink are part of a spacious layout rarely seen on any competitive center console.
Ardent anglers will find more than enough storage for tackle, an aerated transom baitwell, port and starboard aft floor fish boxes, and six flush-mounted gunnel rod holders. Altima developed an aft cockpit summer kitchen with refrigerator, icemaker, sink, and grill to maximize the outdoor space.
With the large beam, it’s easy to walk around the center console and move forward into the deep bow. Built for rough seas, the hull is filled with closed cell injection foam for flotation. Double sundeck lounge seating in the forward console and traditional bow seating with an underside storage cooler provide separate areas for relaxing and socializing.
Helm seating is comprised of three independent seats with lean bolsters and armrests. Electronics are flush mounted, creating a glass cockpit with large MFDs. All critical monitoring and switching is laid out in a powerful, commanding array. Cockpit features include a foldaway transom stern seat; a starboard console storage closet for a brush, gaff, and lines; twin dive doors with a ladder; a cockpit shower; and a raw/freshwater washdown.
Central heat and air are powered by a 7.5kw generator with sound shield. For eye candy, indirect blue LED rope lights illuminate the cockpit and cabinets. There are also four LED underwater lights.
Weight: 18,100 LBS
Fuel Capacity: 400 gals.
Water Capacity: 60 gals.
Power: Triple 300-hp engines
This article first appeared in the Launch Issue (May/Jun) 2019 of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.