By: Scott Way
The Limestone Boat Company announced their revival in Sept of 2020, and now the Canadian-based heritage brand has released their first new model: the L-200CC centre console. The new boat is set to be unveiled at the Bay Bridge Boat Show April 18th-18th at Stevensville, Maryland.
We interviewed Limestone CEO Scott Hanson prior to the company's relaunch to discuss their plans for the future, and while Hansen teased the possibility of new models in the future, the L-200CC is the first look at what Limestone will be bringing to consumers under their new arrangement.
The L-200CC will be quintessentially Limestone in design and appearance. The 20' length (6 m), 8' beam (2.4 m), and 14" draft (0.35 m) will also provide a versatile layout for day boaters and anglers. Power-wise, the new model will come standard with a 200 hp outboard or an optional 250hp upgrade with choices from both Mercury and Yamaha. The L-200CC also boasts an optional bimini top or a powder coated hardtop T-top with four rod holders attached, as well as LED spreader lights and LED recessed lights. Several colour options are available that will allow customers to match the hull with the underside of the T-top if they desire.
In the company's recent press release, Hanson added, “As we looked to reinvigorate the Limestone L-200CC offering - as well as our entire revitalized model line-up debuting soon as well – we wanted to ensure we continue to build on our reputation for performance, durability and safety. The focus turned to providing arrangements that best aligned with today’s boating lifestyle and improved fishability while out on the water with family and friends. Additionally, as we looked to step up our commitment to outboard power having cut our teeth with coastguard and law enforcement in years past, we’ve integrated several new features like an ergonomic leaning post with comfortable seating for two, independent flip up bolsters and armrests and many more features/options for the avid fisherman. We also upgraded the console layout with improved functionality, insulated storage, cup holders, and an abundance of space for electronics, accessories and rod storage.”
Limestone had long served as a figurehead in Eastern Canada and the Northeast United States with their unique collection of runabouts, cuddies, centre, dual consoles, and bay boats. Under their new ownership and Hanson's guidance, the company will maintain their classic aesthetic and standard size range with a variety of boats in the 17'-29' range while adding contemporary electronic and power options to modernize their interior layouts. The company is also continuing to work with original Limestone designer Mark Ellis.
According to Hansen, “As we move through the design and production phases of our brand relaunch, it’s exciting to see the first new model completed, and even more exciting to have our first new Limestone model on display for the boat show public."