Rob McDaniel, president of Panga Marine in Sarasota, Fla., began importing and selling Panga-style boats in 2001 from a Mexican manufacturer. Now he builds them in Sarasota, with features U.S. anglers want — live wells, fishboxes and rod holders, for instance.
How could you not like the look of the latest powerboat from Cherubini Yachts? The 255 Sport Cruiser caught my eye at the Palm Beach International Boat Show in March, with its straight sheer, lots of tumblehome aft and elliptical transom above a curved teak swim platform.
Within today’s many boat styles is the compact cuddy, a dual-console sportboat with all sorts of uses — family outings, maybe a little fishing, water sports. It’s a popular type in Europe and Four Winns has introduced its own version, the S215.
Smart boats get my attention. Take the new Ranger Tugs R-31, a single-diesel, semidisplacement trailerable trawler with a retractable flybridge.
New-boat introductions have been scarce at the Miami International Boat Show in recent years, but that changed in a big way this year
It was non-stop. One after another, boatbuilders introduced new models at this year’s Miami International Boat Show and the Yacht & Brokerage Boat Show in Miami Beach — a stark contrast to the dearth of new-boat announcements in the last few years.
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