During the last 17 years, Larry, Tony and Angelo Bonadeo earned a well-deserved reputation for designing and building custom fishing boats in Stuart, Florida. Each high-performance fishing machine comes to life as a result of a collaboration between the Bonadeos and the boat owner.
The new 45 Walkaround is Bonadeo Boatworks’ largest model and a good example of its work — a sleek blending of traditional and contemporary design cues powered by quad 400-hp Mercury Verado outboards.
“Outboard engines [open up] more space under the decks, and we use it to house the vast majority of our components in the mechanical space it provides,” Angleo says. “It creates a hub for all of the boat’s servicing needs and is a good central point to organize the systems. All of our builds center around ease of access for our customers, and we like to make the ‘guts’ of the boat as pretty as the outside.”
The 45 Walkaround’s styling is an updated vision of traditional Palm Beach sportfish lines, with a touch of Carolina bow flare. The sheer traces a graceful transition from stem to stern that ties the rest of the boat’s good looks together.
The hull and inner liner are built using composite coring and fiberglass cloth, vacuum-bagged and resin-infused to create a strong, rigid structure that offers significant weight savings compared with solid fiberglass. Other components are molded individually, then glassed in place with acute attention to detail. For example, the raised helm unit has radiused corners, soft curves and not a visible seam anywhere two parts are joined.
Angelo says the goal of the 45 Walkaround’s hull design is to provide a ride that is not only comfortable at speed but also performs well in a variety of sea states. “Many boats are dependent on hitting certain speed ranges to achieve the desired ride characteristics,” he says. “While we didn’t intend this to be a fast boat — our goal was to handle the roughest seas — with today’s power we can compete with hulls designed specifically for speed.” And the boat is fast, indeed, hitting a top end of 46 mph with a full tower.
The boat is loaded with seating options, including both forward- and aft-facing seats that accommodate four in the bow. Abaft this arrangement is an expansive sun pad. Farther aft is the helm area, with its carbon fiber steering pod and wheel. Abaft that are 70/30-split helm chairs with flip-up bolsters and armrests. Forward of the helm is a three-person settee protected by a wraparound glass windshield and side curtains. Abaft the helm is an aft-facing mezzanine with built-in tackle stowage and access to the mechanical space under the seat.
In the cockpit is a unique grilling and rigging station with space for tackle and gear. The area also sports a 70-gallon transom live well, a pair of 100-gallon fishboxes with macerated pump-outs, a starboard hull-side door with a swim ladder, a shower with a heated water supply, and fresh and saltwater washdowns.
The boat has plenty of rod stowage topside and below deck, as well as multiple fridge/freezer units for offshore trips or cruising to favorite destinations. The tower is designed to be roomy but compact so it does not interfere with the wide walkaround decks. The tower has full engine controls and electronics, a hardtop and a two-person bench abaft the helm.
The cabin, accessed via a two-piece companionway under the windshield, includes an enclosed head and shower, along with a compact galley with a single-burner stove, a microwave, a sink and stowage. A forward seating/dining area converts to a V-berth when the table is dropped and a cushion is added. Abaft the companionway stairs is a “sitting room” with a television and lounge seating that converts to a queen berth.
Price is available on request. To take a walkthrough tour of the Bonadeo 45 Walkaround, with Tony Bonadeo as your guide, visit bonadeoboatworks.com.