Increased speed and efficiency are helping fuel the popularity of stepped-bottom boats
The next time you’re at a boat show, you might be surprised by the number of boats with steps built into their bottoms. A growing number of builders have turned to the stepped-hull design to offer boats that are faster and more fuel-efficient.
Leaders in the boating industry talk about stepped-hull boats.A model of the first raceboat with a stepped hull - a 1910 John Thornycroft - can be found in Michael Peters' office at Michael Peters Yacht Design.
Passionate anglers and forward-leaning boatbuilders continually drive change and new products. Here’s a look at what’s trending from angling expert Gary Caputi.
The new 50 Coupe represents the next generation of Tiara Yachts. Will next-generation boaters bite?
The customer forum audiences were all gray-haired or headed that way quickly. “I was trying to get a bead on what our customers wanted,” recalls Tom Slikkers, CEO of S2 Yachts, the parent company of Tiara and Pursuit. “It wasn’t just a wake-up but a 2-by-4 over the head.”
S2 Yachts began revealing its new design and marketing philosophy several months before the launch of the Tiara 50 Coupe at last year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
In the fall of 2012, the company unveiled the Pursuit SC 365i, a sport coupe with a pair of concealed outboards and contemporary styling.
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