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Bonadeo Boatworks 45 Custom Express Walkaround

DATE POSTED:February 12, 2020

“Final Chapter” by Bonadeo Boatworks

Though the new 45’ Bonadeo Express Walkaround may be named “Final Chapter,” it is really the beginning of a new era for Bonadeo, a second-generation family boat builder from Stuart, Florida. In this little town, known as the “Sailfish Capital of the World,” over a dozen custom boat brands began and thrived since the 1970’s when sportfishing caught hold on the Treasure Coast of Florida.

Bonadeo Boat Works started in 2004 when angler Larry Bonadeo decided he wanted a “mini-me” tender for his sportfish boat. He and his 3 young sons created a 31’ boat with a Carolina flare, tempered with a South Florida fishing-style. They built the boat in a small shop, people liked the concept and as the business slowly grew, Bonadeo called on his oldest son, Tony, who grew up on the water, to leave his corporate job in Colorado and join him back in Florida to build a new line of boats.

Bonadeo 45 Custom Walkaround

Bonadeo 45 Custom Walkaround. Photo by Nate Cantalupo.

Now, 15 years later, the business and shop have grown, as has the line. From the then, cold-molded composite 31’, to a cored, resin-infused and vacuum bagged 34, Bonadeo tweaked its design, but the 37’ center console truly established the brand. The new 45’ was developed for a buyer who was sold on the quality of the 37 but wanted a bigger boat.

Bonadeo answered by going back to the drawing board, creating exactly what the owner wanted—a boat that could seriously fish, but recreationally cruise as well. It was dubbed “Final Chapter,” following its smaller predecessor, “Next Chapter.” The newer Bonadeo builds use epoxy vinyl resins, Kevlar, carbon fiber and fiberglass to create a lighter, sturdy boat with a smooth, reliable ride. The 45’ model bridges the gap between the popular performance center consoles and traditional sportfish boats.

A striking study in black and white, at the dock, the Bonadeo is a standout. The black Imron painted hull is accented by the white deck and white and gray upholstery, black T-top, with powder coated piping, black edging around the tinted glass windshield and matching black engine cowlings. Stainless inserts in the black rub rail add a gleam, as does the stainless Bonadeo logo badge.

Hull #1 is 44’ 11” long with a 13’ 6” beam and 34” draft. Quad Mercury 400 Verado engines with joystick control, power the boat easily in the 40’s and top out at just under 60 mph, even fully loaded with a 11kW generator, three HVAC systems, 100 gallons of water, 655 gallons of fuel, a full-wrap laminated glass windshield and skylight, Seakeeper 6, an HD2 4’ Array Radar and pedestal. The Vetus Bow Pro brushless bow thruster leaves no carbon dust, is quiet and facilitates docking.

The boat is ready to fish with a Marlin Tower by Palm Beach Towers—who got the job due to its 3D modeling system. The upper dash is identical to the main deck helm, covered by the T-top and a quick climb up the 6-step ladder, outfitted with 6 rod holders. There are 8 more rod holders in the gunwales, 4 on the bow, 6 on
the flybridge and 6 more on the grill station, so bring your bait and buddies!

The aft deck has a user-friendly 72-gallon live well with two doors, two 6’ insulated, in-deck 70-gallon fish boxes, a flip-up grill station with a sink, refrigerator/ice box and hot water shower — and did I mention rod holders? So you can catch it, gaff it, filet and grill it in short order!

Extra tackle storage is under the grill and tucked in every nook and cranny of this boat—even under the steps. A large center storage compartment is located between the fish boxes and the lazarette provides access to equipment and pumps. The shore power cord is convenient, behind its own door to port, as is a large transom rod storage locker. A dive door is at starboard, along with a raw and fresh water washdown. A three-seat mezzanine is covered by the T-top, provides comfortable seating and a great view, with ample storage and mechanical equipment access beneath.

Custom curved glass wraps the entire cockpit like a car windshield and is edged with carbon fiber for additional strength. To keep the captain cool at the enclosed helm, air blows through two HVAC vents at the helm seats as well as through a long, horizontal vent in front of a forward facing, three-seater lounge. The glass insert in the T-top electrically “frosts” to provide opaque coverage when the sun is strong.

The helm is “clean” per Bonadeo standards, with a portside black carbon fiber helm pod, Epson wheel and minimal instrumentation, joystick and throttles visible. Two, flush-mounted 22” Garmin screens provide the latest in navigation, fish finders and operations interface. The system and Seakeeper switches are hidden in a starboard glove box—a tidy touch. Sit or stand—your preference–as the helm seat flips up to create a bolster. A floor hatch at the console offers access to the Seakeeper equipment and extra storage.

New internally rigged GemLux carbon fiber outriggers look fierce and are designed to preclude permanent gunwale halyard attachments. This prototype, including a center rod, is being tested on the Bonadeo and the captain plans to use SeaSucker attachments for the halyards, keeping the gunnel clear when the outriggers are not in use.

The bow is also fishing friendly, and while it can seat eight people—two on the ergonomic sun pad (with a removable cushion for the cabin skylights), three more on the forward-facing lounge (with a 74-quart cooler beneath) and three more on the aft-facing bow seat, it also has wide gunwales where anglers can stand and fish or work their way around the spacious deck.

While the cabin may not appear to be the main attraction of this boat, ladder-like steps descend from the port side door, of the main deck bow, to a surprisingly spacious and very comfortable, naturally and LED lit, dual berth cabin — each with its own TV. Stylish taupe cabinetry, matching laminate “wood” flooring, a cedar-lined hanging locker, lots of storage drawers, cabinets and a galley make this very livable space.

The durable quartzite countertops look like gray-veined marble and support a refrigerator/freezer, sink, stove top and microwave above, framed by cabinets. The additional berth is tucked behind the stairs – a perfect place for kids or guests to hang out or sleep – while the bow area has lounges and a sizable table for grabbing a bite or socializing; it retracts, topped with cushions to create the primary berth. The wet head’s sink is also set into a curved quartzite counter above storage cabinets and there is plenty of headroom.

Rock on while your fish is on! The JL Audio entertainment system has speakers in the cockpit, T-top, cabin and on the tower, with a large subwoofer beneath the helm passenger seat. LED lights are scattered throughout every overhead space.

Hull #2 of the 45 is currently under construction for a serious tournament angler from the Palm Beaches. The boat will boast a more traditional sportfish style with more bait wells, chillers, water maker and Eskimo icemaker. The model can also be modified from the express walkaround to become a center console.

Final Chapter was built for a fishing enthusiast owner and is managed by Capt. Gary Picard. He will also take sales inquiries at or checkout other Bonadeo boats for sale on YachtWorld. Bonadeo Boatworks can also be contacted directly for new custom boat designs.

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