By Capt. Steve
Andros Boatworks is a family-owned business that built a niche for itself in the shallow, panga-style arena. Only in this case, unlike the Pacific versions, Andros' boats also had qualities that allowed for operations in deeper water, and in larger waves. The fact that the Eggrebrechts (Andy, Don, and Danny, the company's founders) decided to plant both feet in the offshore arena should come as a surprise to no one. It was a natural step forward for a company with such a good reputation.
When I step aboard a boat, I immediately look at the big picture and see the components as if they were coming out of the mold. In this case, I saw a lot of radius curves to all the components. That always impresses me, as I now know that this is a company that doesn't cut corners… literally. These curves add more to the molding process, and to not acknowledge that is a shame, particularly when the builder is relatively small, and still managing to compete.
Andros Boatworks is also a semi-custom builder. Yes, they have the hull popped from a mold, but what happens after is up to the buyer. What do you want your console to look like? How about the tower? You want seats in the bow or a casting deck? Do you like a white boat or shall we add some color to suit your tastes? These are all questions that the Eggebrechts ask each potential customer, and then, after they are all answered, the boat starts it's gestation period.
Different but Same
I had the pleasure of testing two different versions of the Offshore 32 and though the differences were minor, I could see that there were special requests that were met all through the boat. Both had towers, but while one was rather difficult to ascend, the other was relatively easy. As it turns out, the owner of the first boat requested it this way as it was easier for him, and that's what matters. Additionally, one boat had the console door in front, the other had its entry to the starboard side. Is one better than the other? No, but it's easy to see how there could be a preference. Herein lies the secret to the success behind Andros Boatworks.
What the two boats did have in common was 6' 2" (1.9 m) headroom in those consoles, a solid hull that offered no hollow thud when I smacked it with my fist, but more of a slap much like the sound when hitting a cinder block. And both boats were safety oriented with grab handles everywhere you moved, and all decks were treated with molded non-skid.
I was also pleased with how the deck seemed to handle water, at least from the washdown hose. The deck allowed the water to flow from whatever source, towards the stern and out the drains, with no gutters. All compartments had LED lighting, and hatches all had struts to hold them open. While looking at the 32 on the trailer, I sighted down the sides and bottom and found no blemishes, or defects that would indicate a bad mold.
Center consoles all look the same to the untrained eye, but in fact, the level of customization that can, and is, offered at Andros is mind numbing. But it stops short of compromising on things like switching off stainless steel fitting for brass or bronze, and there are no shortcuts in the build to keep the price down. But build a custom hatch or FRP part… no problem.
Our test boat was powered by a pair of Evinrude E-TEC 300's with Icon electronic controls and I-Command readouts. Because of an aft hull pad, ala the company's panga roots, we saw quick times to plane that averaged out to only 3.6 seconds. Acceleration was brisk and I had the Offshore 32 accelerating through 30 mph in just 8.5 seconds. Top speed of 46.5 knots (53.5 mph) was reached at 5850 rpm. At that speed we were burning a combined 53 gallons per hour while getting 0.88 nautical miles per gallon for range of 237 nautical miles. Best cruise came in at 3500 rpm while we were running at 26.2 knots and getting a fuel burn of 20.7 gallons per hour. Now we're getting 1.26 nautical miles per gallon for a range of 341 nautical miles. Click on the "Test Results" tab at the top of this report for all of the details.
While I wasn't able to find any waves of significance, thanks to our calm Florida day, I did manage to find a sizable wake here and there, and while making like a Waverunner, I ran back and forth to get a feel for how the Andros 32 would handle. As it turned out, it was pretty impressive. The few times I did manage to launch off a wave, the re-entry was gentle and predictable as one might expect with a 24-degree deadrise. More to the point was the slower passes that showed a following wave having no tendency to push the stern around. In beam waves I couldn't manage to cause the console to get wet. All in all, a dry, solid riding offshore setup. This has a lot to do with the boat's 24-degree deadrise and hard chines knocking the spray down. At idle, I noticed that the twin E-TEC 300's left a nice clean wash for worry-free trolling. Drift fishermen will love the way that even light winds cause the 32 to present her sides to the waves allowing the entire length to be utilized in the drift. Don't bother looking for a local dealership to view an Andros 32. Andros Boatworks is a factory-direct builder. That's one of the ways that they can keep the price down, maintain their level of customer service, and foster the customer loyalty that keeps Andros in business. "I know every one of our customers," Andy Eggebrecht told me. "I know their cell phone numbers, and I know their kids' names."
Test Result Highlights
- Top speed for the Andros Boatworks Offshore 32 (2011-) is 53.5 mph (86.1 kph), burning 53.0 gallons per hour (gph) or 200.6 liters per hour (lph).
- Best cruise for the Andros Boatworks Offshore 32 (2011-) is 30.1 mph (48.4 kph), and the boat gets 1.45 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.62 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 393 miles (632.47 kilometers).
- Tested power is 2 x 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC.
Standard and Optional Features
|Washdown: Fresh Water||Standard|
|Washdown: Raw Water||Standard|
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