Among the pioneering powerboat designers of the 20th century, Frank Pembroke Huckins stands out as a fascinating personality. He’s been called an “irascible genius,” self-confident with what we might say today is a my-way-or-the-highway style.
Fort Lauderdale is home to the biggest in-water boat show in the world, with 3 million square feet of exhibit space at six venues. There’s no way to see all of the new boats on display, so I’ve worked up a short list of those that will be at this year’s show that caught my eye during the past year or so.
Express boats combine a contemporary look and a good turn of speed, with a layout that creates a social space from the helm to the cockpit.
If you’re not into the contemporary look of today’s typical express cruiser, consider the 30-knot Down East express from about 34 to 55 feet.
The Down East express holds on to a traditional, classic look. “Certainly there’s a conservative aesthetic preference on the East Coast,” says Michael Arieta, executive vice president of The Hinckley Co. (www.hinckleyyachts.com), which builds several models within this subset of the express cruiser.
Here are six boats that didn't make it into the boat show preview in the October issue.
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