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.
To further diversify its fleet, Contender has come out with its first bay boat — a single-outboard 25-footer that rides a stepped hull. The Homestead, Fla., builder — known for hardcore, bare-bones fishing boats — in 2011 branched out with the introduction of three boats that cater to the cruising crowd: the 32 LS (Luxury Sport), 35 LS and 39 LS. With the 25 Bay, the company now is targeting inshore anglers. The new boat draws just 12 inches, displaces 3,200 pounds and carries 90 gallons of fuel.
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