Fort Lauderdale Boat Show Preview :: Boats

By admin ~ October 3rd, 2011. Filed under: Features.

Superyacht Barge
This rendering illustrates the new 16,000-square-foot, custom-built floating air-conditioned barge that will host the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) Pavilion. The exciting collaboration between SYBAss and show organizers offers superyacht builders a new platform to display their latest creations and future builds. It will be located on the Intracoastal Waterway at the Bahia Mar Beach Resort & Yachting Center, the show’s central location.


Paragon 94
This 94-foot composite motor yacht has an interior finished out with exquisite satin mahogany. She has three large staterooms, two of which are full beam; a captain’s stateroom aft with crews quarters; and utility room to port of the captain’s. There is easy crew access from the swim platform aft or from the main deck saloon if the weather gets rough. Forward of the 27-foot long grand saloon is a large open galley equipped with a wall of refrigeration and a Viking gas range. Forward of the galley is the pilot house with open visibility aft, but an electric bulkhead can be raised to cut off the galley for navigating. Up from the pilot house is an enormous flybridge that offers great entertaining areas with a walk-up bar, Jacuzzi, Viking grill, several seating areas in or out of the sun and enough room on the boat deck for two tenders. Forward on the main deck and bow section there are two large trunks for storage and a large lounge area that converts into seating with a table. Engine and autopilot controls can be used here for anchoring. The aft deck has a free-standing overhead, making for great uninterrupted viewing, a settee for alfresco dining, a reefer and storage. The swim deck has a hydraulic swim ladder, stern windlass, pop-up cleats, large bollards, hands-free shower and a freeman door accessing the engine room and crew spaces. She carries 4000 gallons of fuel, 700 gallons of water and is powered by two Cat C32 1550-hp engines. There is a 20kw and a 30kw genset and 8kw worth of power through inverters for any electrical needs. There’s nothing short of the best possible equipment throughout this vessel.

Chris-Craft Corsair 36
The first thing you will notice is the bold new full length sky light, followed by additional skylights located over the galley and in the head. Moving aft, the all-new re-styled helm station follows the new trend established on Chris Craft current lines with the individual gauge pods along with the flowing upholstered brow. The helm and passenger seats have been re-styled with the stainless steel exposed, polished for a tailored and upscaled. On the interior you will find custom cherry cabinets with additional storage. In the cockpit is an icemaker to port with a sink above, and a refrigerator to starboard with storage above. When you need a table, push a button and an electronically activated platform will rise, first as a cocktail table, then it can be raised fully for dining. Opening the newly designed aft engine hatch, you’ll notice the Mercury 8.2 DTS CATALYST FWC engine and generator with full access to all parts. The newly-designed power-assisted bimini top is also included.

Grand Banks 46FB
Although one is not available for the show, the highly-acclaimed, Zeus-powered 46 Eastbay is now available from Grand Banks in a new flybridge model. Down below, the 46FB is much like her predecessor which will be on display: great visibility, generous accommodations, signature handcrafted furnishings. Now on the 46FB, up top you’ll find a large and well-designed flybridge with a centerline Stidd helm seat and room for an optional second one to starboard. A large L-settee surrounds a handmade teak table at the aft port quadrant of the bridge, and the entire overhang provides a good measure of protection to the cockpit below—while still leaving plenty open to enjoy the sunshine.

Horizon PC58 Catamaran
Horizon is proud to announce the launch of the first Horizon PC58, a highly refined and technologically advanced luxury cruising power catamaran which is designed, engineered and built to meet the demands of the most discerning cruising yachtsman. The Horizon PC58’s features are those normally found on much larger motor yachts, including her tank-tested advanced hull design; spacious and luxurious accommodations and large deck areas; but with 20kt cruising speed, shallow draft, ease of operation and excellent maneuverability. This three en suite cabin layout includes a lavish on deck master cabin with full walk-around King bed, separate head, shower, vanity plus dressing area, with full height closets and numerous draws and cupboards. The large, elegantly finished en suite VIP cabin has a partial walk-around Queen bed and ample storage space. The third cabin has two twin beds that can convert into an oversized King, plus a separate bathroom that doubles as the day head. The saloon, bar and gourmet galley integrate beautifully to form a large and comfortable area for entertaining. The cockpit, with teak deck, and flybridge are spectacularly large and offer a host of entertaining options. The latest in a propulsion management system has also been installed, namely the ZF Joystick Maneuvering System (JMS) and the ZF Fly-by-wire SteerCommand, ensuring effortless and precise handling.

Parker/Seaway 18 & 20
Born in Miami and raised in the Bahamas and Cayman Islands, Ole Parker grew up around boats. As a former professional yacht captain he started Parker Yacht Management which has morphed into a yacht tender and small boat repair facility that caters to the yachting industry, restoring older fiberglass boats to better than original condition, yet still keeping that classic style. Parker is now representing Seaway Boats, a Down-east-style craft that dates back over 30 years, focused on composite construction hulls with sea-keeping capabilities that perform well with low-horsepower fuel-efficient engines, finished off to suit the most discriminating buyer and built tough enough to withstand the commercial user. In Center Console or traditional classic configurations, they offer a soft, dry, fuel-efficient ride, built with New England craftsmanship and sturdiness.
•Seaway 21’ Sportsman: Length: 21’; Beam: 8’ 2”; Weight 1800# (Dry, no motor); 115-hp Yamaha Four Stroke Outboard, 50 gal fuel
•Seaway 18’ Sportsman: Length: 18’; Beam: 8’; Weight 1200# (Dry, no motor); 90-hp Yamaha Four Stroke Outboard, 40 gal fuel

65 Fleming
Since her introduction in 2005, the Fleming 65 Pilothouse Motoryacht has earned “Best Boat” in her class at Cannes in 2006, and proved her seaworthiness with well-publicized cruises to Galapagos and Iceland. She carries the same, unmistakable elegance and engineering as the well-established Fleming 55, but her larger size extends her 3-stateroom layout with comfort and sophistication. Equipment list is comprehensive and includes the latest in electrical and mechanical systems. Standard power is twin MAN 800-hp Common Rail diesels offering exceptional performance versatility with a realistic range of 1500nm and speeds as high as 18 knots. She is NMMA certified (using ABYC standards) and CE Ocean Class A.

SeaRay 410 Sundancer
Designed around flexibility and owner input/choices, it comes with a fiberglass radar arch (standard) or hardtop or fully enclosed bridge (optional). Powered by V-drives (standard) or Zeus pod drives (optional) it boasts a cockpit entertainment center with icemaker (standard) and optional 22″ removable TV, grill and icemaker (optional: fridge in lieu of icemaker). Below decks, one stateroom and two heads, or two staterooms and two heads (optional). In standard arrangement, dinette/mid-berth converts to double bed with privacy curtain, while in optional arrangement the dinette area becomes  a private stateroom with full privacy door. Offered in six wood interior choices, including new Walnut finish, plus large, extended hull side windows and skylights for great interior light. For a production boat, you’ll notice yacht-caliber interior fit and finish.

This Australian builder will debut four boats: the new 4400 Sport Yacht Series II, new 53 Enclosed Flybridge, the 5000 Sport Yacht, and the new 43 Open Flybridge. The new 53 features a full-beam master suite plus two other guest cabins, two spacious and luxuriously appointed bathrooms, large flybridge that is a real sky lounge, huge saloon and generous sized cockpit with aft galley and opposing lounges. Riviera calls it their “space ship” because of its huge internal space and its space-age technology with joystick docking control, fuel-efficient IPS pod drives, resin-infused hull construction and digital switching.
Riviera’s new 4400 Sport Yacht Series II will be showcased for the first time in the United States. It features IPS as the standard engine package or the option of Zeus pod drives and twin 480-hp Cummins engines. Plus, there’s additional cockpit seating, a new extended hardtop, greater headroom in the aft cabin, LED lighting, and the 4400 Series II is the first in the Sport Yacht range to introduce large hull windows, similar to those in the company’s new 53 and 61 Series II Flybridge models. Aside from functionality, the new hardtop, targa and hull windows all add enhanced aesthetics to this extremely popular model.

Vicem 72
This boat is part of Vicem’s heralded Classic Series of stylish luxury motor yachts that embody a timeless sophistication and flair for elegant boating, yet are relaxed and comfortable enough to truly enjoy. The flybridge level features a helm station together with built-in seating and BBQ grill, making for a wonderful “al-fresco” entertainment experience. The main deck is dedicated to the saloon and wheelhouse. The aft section has a large cockpit that can welcome eight guests. Inside, the yacht features what you would expect from the outside: a very large, airy, comfortable and nautical yacht. A few steps down to the lower deck you will find ample living accommodations, including a large gourmet galley and dinette. The VIP stateroom (forward) has a built-in vanity table and King-sized bed, then the twin guest cabin with two single beds, and a twin crew cabin (aft of the engine room).
The Master stateroom also offers a King-size bed, an entertainment system and two big windows which absolutely affirm that you’re out on the water. All staterooms and the crew cabin feature en suite heads. Clients may opt for a four-stateroom arrangement, where the dinette area would be replaced with a bunk cabin. Twin 900-hp MAN diesels (optional engine choice of twin V12-1550-hp MAN) deliver a smooth ride and exhilarating speed of 24 knots; a cruising speed of 19 knots; and range of 1,000 nm at 10 knots. The areas onboard such as the flying bridge, the cockpit, the two saloons and the dining area create different environments and will make the experience on this yacht unforgettable for up to 12 guests.

Hunt 52 IPS
All-new, this Hunt 52 Express features twin IPS drives with joystick control and dynamic positioning for the ultimate in comfort, safety and maneuverability, and she’ll make nearly 30 knots.
Automated moon roof, flush aft deck for one-level livability from the helm aft, three staterooms/two en suite heads, and a dingy garage are just a few of the features you’d expect from a builder like Hunt—and there’s even a flybridge version available. Make her your very own with the multiple interior arrangement plans and accessorizing choices available.

Horizon E54 Aero
Although not available for the show, this vessel features innovative Volvo IPS drive technology, an eco-friendly design and immense interior volume, all combined for an efficient and comfortable ride. Driven by environmental awareness in both manufacturing and operation, this vessel is a lesson in modern yacht design. The Dual Volvo 900 IPS engines work together with the design for improved performance, with a projected maximum speed of 34 knots and cruise speed of 28 knots—all while reducing fuel consumption and minimizing emissions output. This advanced drive system also provides an extended cruising range, meaning more time spent enjoying all the boat has to offer. The three stateroom/two head layout is comparable to a much larger yacht, with thoughtfully-designed accommodations that maximize space while retaining an open feel. Full-beam master with a walk-in closet, master head and room to spare for either a desk or seating. A guest stateroom with twin bunks is forward and to starboard with a shared head to port, and the highly spacious VIP cabin completely forward. For entertaining with a view, the flybridge features sun pads and alfresco dining for eight, while a newly designed helm station with dynamic positioning system makes maneuvering and docking a breeze. The aft deck seating area contains dining for six with the option for an aft galley location that provides easy access to the deck. A hydraulic hi/lo swim platform and transom trunk storage proves ideal for a multitude of water sport activities.

Viking 66 Convertible
Sharing the sleek, aggressive stance of its new generation siblings, the profile of the Viking 66 Convertible bespeaks power, speed and grace. The yacht’s interior is an expansive display of hand finished teak joinery. Viking benchmarks abound including a granite-topped island with 360 degree egress, bar stools and under counter refrigeration in the galley opposite a roomy dinette, and an aft L-shaped sofa with abundant stowage beneath. Below, four staterooms—each with its own head and fiberglass shower stall—team up with restful spaces (with large, comfortable spring mattress berths) for comfort and privacy. The master suite with its Queen-plus size berth flanked by end tables and his-and-her maple-lined hanging lockers, is particularly inviting. Cleverly designed crew quarters include private access to and from the engine room. The flying bridge is a proven tournament design featuring a center console helm with electronic controls, superb visibility, plus amenities that include: Murray Products teak ladder back helm seats; port, starboard; and forward lounge seating; refrigeration; and an Atlantic Marine Electronics navigation and communication package. The expansive 174-square-foot cockpit with an observation mezzanine is protected from wind and spray by the flying bridge overhang. Viking’s proprietary VIPER power-assisted hydraulic steering features programmable independent rudders. At flank speeds the 66 Convertible will turn in 2 boat lengths with your fingertips on the wheel. When combined with its MTU V16 Series 2000 M91 engines, the new 66 C will provide 40+ knot performance with horsepower to spare for better efficiency and longer range than its competitors. Standard power is MAN V12 1550 CRM diesels. Engine packages are custom matched with S-class propellers to enhance performance.

Yellowfin 39 Center Console
This fishing machine features an extra large console with access through a large door to port where you’ll find an electric head, stand up shower and a teak and holly floor, plus loads of dry storage for all your offshore gear. There’s also easy access to the back of the console thanks to two large hatches. The business side of the console features a large helm area with ample room for a full electronics suite including two large displays. There are several hardtop, tower and leaning post/rocket launcher options to choose from. Forward of the helm seat is a large insulated box below, plus four vertical rod holders on each side.
Storage abounds and rightly so in this 39-footer. Forward you’ll find an in-deck storage box plus the optional coffin box which covers the massive 530-quart macerated-fish box/storage compartment. Aft of the console are two additional storage/fish boxes, plus a lazarette with access to fittings, pumps, filters and valves. The transom houses a 70-gallon live well, and an optional leaning post is available with an additional 80-gallon live well below it. Other standard features include Rule 1100 GPH live well pumps, hydraulic power steering, console and coaming cushions, high performance trim tabs, flush mount cleats, pop-up bow light, under gunwale lighting and raw water washdown.

Cutwater 26 & 28
Cutwater Boats is a new line of trailerable pilothouse cruisers from Fluid Motion, LLC, the designers and builders of the popular line of Ranger Tugs. The Cutwater 26 and 28 are Express style designs that provide flexibility for fishing, entertaining and cruising. Cutwater hulls are a revolutionary and innovative Keel Stepped design, blending a semi-displacement hull shape with reverse chines and a keel, all combined to provide superb handling and performance. A high pressure ‘bump’ in the hull allows the engine to be mounted lower, contributing to a low center of gravity and, when combined with the prop pocket, keeps the Cutwater’s draft at just 28 inches. The low engine mount also creates a shallow six degree shaft angle allowing for more net thrust with less horsepower, translating into greater fuel efficiency. This combination of design details contributes to stability, speed and fuel economy. Cutwater Boats are ideal for couple’s cruising, with a full beam V-berth master stateroom and en suite head. The living area of saloon, galley and helm are all in the pilothouse space with 360-degree visibility through quality Diamond/Sea-Glaze windows. The saloon and cockpit are on the same level allowing for ease of movement from one space to the next, separated by a weather-tight hinged door. The forward windows are raked so water easily streams off and for better visibility when running at speed. Cutwater Boats also come standard with bow and stern thrusters for ease of operation and maneuverability.

Nor Tech 340 CC
Following up on the success of the 390 CC, Nor-Tech has released the first all new 340 CC. Utilizing most of the interior features of the 390, the 340 can be customized to fit your boating lifestyle and needs. The 340 will still be offered with the popular sun lounge and mid cabin/head compartment similar to the 390, and the boat can be equipped with your choice of power in twins or triples. The first boat tested was set up with Twin Mercury 300-hp Verados and has a top speed in the upper 60 mph range.

Axcell 65 Catamaran
The New Axcell 650 Catamaran Sport Yacht with HybridAir Technology lifts half of the boat’s weight on an air cushion, producing 40+ knots and half the fuel burn of other craft of similar size. The pilothouse offers a 360-degree panoramic view and the port, starboard and aft drop windows combine with a massive sunroof giving an open, airy, convertible feel. Axcell provides space usually found only on larger vessels: three staterooms with Queen beds, three full heads, large galley with full-sized appliances, dining saloon and laundry/crew quarters. The twin Caterpillar C-15 (C-18 optional) engines have easy walk-in access with full headroom and generous lighting. Another unique feature is a fully garaged 15-foot RIB tender with 60-hp.

Palm Beach 55
For almost two decades, Palm Beach Motor Yachts of Australia has been building the most finely finished, semi-custom Downeast-style motor yachts available. You’ll find no bulky engine boxes, awkward stairs or narrow companionways as you walk from the extended swim platform through the expansive cockpit and into the spacious saloon. There’s 360 degrees of visibility from almost every seat along the way. Interior décor includes handcrafted Burmese teak, solid surface countertops, custom carpet and fine leather upholstery, all speaking to the highest standards. Innovative comfort features including power windows, power steering, joystick engine controls and customizable seating arrangements all heighten your enjoyment. Advanced lightweight composite materials combined with Volvo IPS POD drives deliver performance, maneuverability and fuel economy unmatched in this class.

Regal 24 FasDeck
Independent testing has shown the FasTrac Hull on this new Regal can provide 26 percent higher cruisng speeds while increasing fuel performance by 30 percent. This boat offers the family-style layout of a deck boat and the performance of a sport boat, making it uniquely suitable as an SUB (Sport Utility Boat) without compromise. New features include a fiberglass dash with color coordinated, heavy duty French stitched vinyl wrap. The dash is available with the RegalVue multi-functional touch-screen monitor that can provide engine data, performance information, depth, programmable speed control, chart plotting GPS and engine faults in plain language. The Regal 24 FasDeck has a comfortably accessed fully-enclosed head with sink and fresh water faucet. Storage is plentiful and the swim platform is mounted only inches from the water for easy boarding. The optional Regal PowerTower makes the 24 FasDeck even more flexible. With the all-in-one navigation light and sport pylon, available board racks and speakers, you are ready to take on any water sport. The PowerTower also features electrically-actuated, touch-of-a-button lowering which makes accessing boat houses, dry stack storage, putting the trailer in the garage or slipping under a bridge, a breeze.

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