Deep Impact keeps all the sizzle, but adds in a little comfort as well.
First things first, how’d you like to go 58 knots in a 36-foot, open boat? Can you picture it? The wind whipping so fast that everything that’s not tied down flies away, the ocean spray nailing you in the face so hard it feels like hail, and the boat’s engines whining like a Porsche 911. It’s a wild, crazy ride, and you can have it onboard the Deep Impact 360 C. The 360 C is about as close as you can come to owning a true muscle boat while still retaining a measure of onboard comfort. Her twin-stepped hull combines with her triple 300-horsepower Mercury Verados to get her up on plane so fast the G-forces will literally pin you to your seat. From idle she gets on plane in 7 seconds, after 19 seconds, she has already hit 51 knots. And then she goes faster.
Her steering is, as you might expect, exceptionally nimble, and—cliché as it may be—she really does ride like a PWC, particularly considering how exposed the passengers are to the elements. Her ride is unarguably exhilarating. Owners stepping up from a more traditional modified-V hull would be wise to take some lessons on how to handle the 360 C, since, much like every stepped hull, this will take some getting used to. The ride is generally not quite as predictable as one might be accustomed to, and sharp turns can be a real trick. But once an owner does get a handle on the boat’s idiosyncrasies, the only thing left to do is hold on tight and enjoy the ride.
The 360 C is about as flashy looking as her performance numbers are. Her sheerline rolls ever so sweetly from bow to stern, bending and curving in all the right places. Deep Impact also mixes their own paints, which means your boat can be just about any color you’d like. My test boat was Harley-Davidson copper. That’s a shade Deep Impact came up with after one of their guys saw a chopper with a particular hue he just had to have. I should point out, the Harley-Davidson copper is not to be confused with the Lamborghini copper. No, that’s an entirely different bird altogether.
The boat has five stringers—two mains, two smaller ones, and one in the keel—that help keep her rigid and strong, even when slapping against waves at breakneck speeds. A reasonably sturdy dry weight of 13,000 pounds also helps keep her from feeling like a potato chip.
One last highlight of the 360 C is her cuddy cabin, which, unlike many boats of this type, is one you might actually like to hit the hay in. The V-berth is 7 feet long plus, and big enough that one, or maybe two, people could easily get some decent shuteye in it. An indoor sink, fridge, and head make her even more livable, should you want to pop over to Bimini for a night. And I do mean “pop,” with speed and power like this, getting over to the islands is about as easy as a trip down the street to the grocery store. Good luck, and Godspeed.