The 3200 SCR has all the features of a much larger yacht in a compact package.
When Maxum set out to add this queen to their line, they listened to what owners wanted, using the services of such prestigious research firms as J. D. Power & Associates and Hebert Research. Potential buyers wanted a boat that was a second home, with all the amenities you'd find in a weekend beach house. They wanted simplicity from a maintenance standpoint, but they also wanted a level of elegance and luxury.
The 3200 SCR fills those needs perfectly, with full headroom, two separate staterooms with plenty of privacy, a full-sized head with shower, and a galley capable of gourmet meals for a boatload of guests.
The starting point is the MaxuPlane Hull, a modified V-bottom (15.75° transom deadrise) with reverse chines to throw spray aside and full-length strakes to soften the rough water ride. With solid hand-laid fibreglass construction using premium isophthalic gel coats for blister prevention, fully encapsulated wood stringers that carry the engine loads, and a rigid stringer system to support the cabin soles and interior, the 3200 is a solid piece of work. When you thump the hull, there's no flex and no hollow sound.
Considering the 11-foot beam of the 3200, describing the cockpit as spacious is a masterpiece of understatement. First, there's a built-in transom platform with hidden ladder, rinse-off shower, and lockers to stow fenders and dock lines. Open the walk-through door to the cockpit and you're in the entertainment area of the boat, with an L-shaped conversation area to starboard and a removable bench seat to port. Tucked to one side is the wet bar with pressurized water, and counter space for hors d'oeuvres.
Just forward is the working area, with a pair of thickly-upholstered and individually-adjustable seats for skipper and companion. Designed for maximum visibility is a curved dash with full instrumentation on two levels as well as an array of well-marked rocker switches on a panel beside the wheel.
Since the cockpit uses the entire width of the boat, access to the foredeck is through an opening windshield, using a moulded stair next to the helm, which makes going forward both safe and easy. A sun pad runs the length of the foredeck between handrails, a welded stainless-steel rail completely encloses the deck and becomes a pulpit over a bow platform with an anchor roller and, on our test boat, an optional searchlight. The non-slip surface gives a grip without removing skin, and there are enough mooring cleats to handle anchors, spring lines or towing.
The companionway hatch swings neatly aside and, after three steps on a curving staircase, you'll find yourself in your weekend getaway, surrounded by soft fabrics, updated upholstery. With soft natural sky lighting from the twin Bomar hatches overhead as well as the five opening ports, the 3200 has plenty of light and air. The pale ash trim is a pleasant respite from traditional teak or mahogany and adds to the look of fine craftsmanship.
The galley is to port, with an angled counter backed up by an upper-level counter for storage. The AC/DC refrigerator/freezer is tucked under the counter, a microwave is built into the cabinetry, The double stainless-steel sink with arched faucet makes cleaning easy, and there's plenty of locker space for dishes, glassware and utensils.
Opposite the galley is a raised dinette which, if you're forced to carry a third couple, converts to a double berth. Forward is a large five-sided berth (with an immense storage bin underneath) and privacy is achieved by solid accordion doors that partition off the area.
The enclosed head, opposite the companionway stairs, is entirely moulded in fibreglass for easy cleaning. A built-in vanity with counter, large storage cabinet, and a shower provide all the necessities.
Tucked under the raised helm area is an aft cabin, which doubles as a den by day with a pair of couches and a table. By night, however, it converts to a spacious double berth separated by a folding door for privacy. With a large opening port facing the cockpit, there's no shortage of light and air, making this a useful guest or children's cabin.
Creature comforts aside, the 3200 SCR provides solid performance in addition to being a floating home. The engine package is a pair of MerCruiser7.4L 330-horsepower V-8s linked to Bravo stern drives, which should give you all the speed you need.
Underway, the 3200 was solid and predictable. The steeply sweptback windshield kept the cockpit breeze to a minimum, and Maxum provides a Bimini top with full side and back curtains, so you're all-weather equipped. In fact, that's one thing I've noticed about this Maxum has a full array of equipment.
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