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Yellowfin's carbon bay boat

Boatbuilders are now offering center console bay boats as large as 27 feet, but Yellowfin Yachts has bucked the trend by opting to improve its popular 24 Bay instead of upsizing.

“We are seeing bay boats in today’s industry that years ago would be considered offshore boats,” says Yellowfin vice president Heath Daughtry. “Draft is an essential characteristic of our bay boat. Customers want the ability to cross open water at will and also have complete maneuverability in shallow water.”



Boston Whaler 320 Vantage

Center consoles have dominated boat shows for the past few years, but the dual console — with its bow-to-stern seating and starboard sit-down helm — has grown in popularity, as well. Boston Whaler’s new 320 Vantage is the largest model in the builder’s lineup of dual consoles, joining the 230 and 270 Vantage.

With these boats, the focus is on seating, storage and a deck layout that’s conducive to everything from barbecuing to swimming to water sports.



HydraSports 5300 Sueños

HydraSports Custom has introduced the largest production center console ever built: 52 feet, 11 inches, and powered with up to 2,228 horses from four or five outboards.The 5300 Sueños has a beam of 13 feet and holds 1,000 gallons of fuel. It’s the builder’s largest boat, surpassing the 4200 Siesta by 11 feet.



Makaira 64

Ocean Yachts has launched what it is calling a “high-end semicustom sportfishing machine” — the Makaira 64.

“We already build sportfishing boats, of course, but we wanted to really dive in and carry out the custom work that many of our big-boat customers wanted,” says general manager John Leek IV.



Bayliner’s new ‘all-water’ boat

Bayliner has created a boat with all the elbow room of a pontoon but built on a cat-like fiberglass hull that performs well in a chop and excels for water sports, says Bayliner marketing brand manager Michael Yobe. And the 26-foot, 3-inch Element XR7 is comparable in price to many 22-foot pontoons, Yobe says.



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