We got in this cool first look at a new 18 ft Aristo Craft Torpedo WOW, and from what Scott is telling us, it’s because of the kids. HAHAHAHAHAAHA, Wow, we have all used that one before to get another boat. But to design and build an entire new model. That is genus, and shows how much the Turners are into building fun, family friendly boats. Are you gonna be the first to get one…for the kids.. Ya, the kids. Here is the note from Scott.
The time has come again for the Aristo Craft Torpedo to grow larger. From the 1950’s when the Aristocraft Torpedo 14 was introduced, to the Torpedo 16 being introduced a few years ago, now it is time for the 16 is growing into an 18 with a few more changes. To keep up with a growing demand for bigger builds we have designed and started to build the new Torpedo 18, but we decided to make a few changes along the way. We wanted to keep the same traditional Torpedo look as its been an icon of Aristocraft boats since its introduction in the 50’s, but we also decided to make a few small changes as well.
When we started building the 18 hull, we knew we wanted to make it more family friendly to boating. I have kids myself, and like to be able to enjoy boating with them as well. So one of the changes we made was much more of an open concept interior, where the kids could get to the front or back, without having to climb over a dash.
We decided a walk-through was in order to accommodate this and and went forth with the build. We took the 16′ jig and converted the stern section of it so that it could fit both the 16′ and 18′ with minor changes. once we had the hull built and the boat flipped upright, we started laying out the classic style fore deck with the raised cowl, and then got to work designing and laying out the inside with the walk through.
When we finally had it laid out how we wanted we moved forward installing all the deck supports, seat supports etc. Since it was now a walk through we also needed a nice walking path, so custom floorboards were in order to complete your journey from the rear seat to the front. Or in my kids case to come take the wheel and banish me to the back of the boat.
However for some added seating whenever it is needed, we also designed a removable jump-seat that goes in between the two front seats to make it a solid bench in those times when its needed. On the transom we built two teak swim platforms on each side of the motor to complete the rear of the boat and to aid in re-boarding the boat if needed.
This boat will be proudly displayed for the first time at the Tavares boat show in March, we hope to see you all there!YOU CAN VISIT THE ARISTOCRAFT SITE HERE