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The Miami International Boat Show and the Yacht & Brokerage Show provide a feast for new-boat buyers

Walking the docksin Miami Beach Feb. 14-18, you’ll get a look at more than 500 boats and the latest in propulsion, electronics, safety gear and other equipment. But even if you plan to attend the shows every day, all day, you’ll likely miss a few “can’t misses.” Soundings can help.

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The new boats on the following pages are ones we think you should check out — skiffs, center and dual consoles, express cruisers, trawlers, convertibles, motoryachts. It’s an exciting time to look at new boats because many builders are offering models that aren’t just redesigns. And they know they must be innovative and appealing to hook buyers. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find.

[Center consoles]

The Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach and the Miami International Boat Show run Feb. 14-18.

There’s nowhere like South Florida to get a feel for an open boat. The cool breezes and blue water await all boaters, whether you’re looking to fish, pursue adrenaline-charged water sports or raft up and swim with friends and family.

The SESSA KEY LARGO 34 brings plenty of excitement with a European sensibility, accommodations for four and inboard or outboard power. The triple-outboard 36 also will be on display.

For a modern design, look for the FJORD OPEN 42, a showpiece of form following function with a strikingly wide stance and a beam of more than 13 feet.

Cruise by the convention center to get a look at the latest REGULATOR, the 34 CENTER CONSOLE. The 34 SS and 28 also will be on hand.

CONTENDER’S 25-FOOT BAY BOAT may be the tender of choice for anglers. The builder also will show the 30ST, which earned the Boat of the Year award for center consoles from 30 to 40 feet in the Active Interest Media Marine Group 2012 Editors’ Choice Awards.

INTREPID’s 400 I/O Diesel took home the award for best center console over 40 feet, and that boat will be on display. The Florida builder also will display its innovative 327 ENCLOSED CONSOLE, equipped with power front and side windows (you read right.) Another top-end open-boat builder, SCOUT BOATS, will showcase the 320 LXF and 350 LXF center consoles. Scout consistently introduces attractive, smart boats.

Scout's new 350 LXF

At least two center consoles less than 20 feet deserve mention: the SCOUT 195, a do-it-all boat powered with a 115- or 150-hp Yamaha 4-stroke, and the MARQUESA 18 from HELL’S BAY, an upscale flats skiff.

The BELZONA 325 offers a new way of thinking about the cockpit area. And check out the DEEP IMPACT 399CABIN. The ATLANTIS VERVE OUTBOARD puts together Italian sensibility and American power with triple 300-hp Mercury Verados.

You’ll also find the YELLOWFIN RHIB 40, a custom yacht tender with triple 300-hp Mercury Verados, a low-profile helm with back-to-back seating, and a large forward seating area.

[Dual consoles]

Growing in popularity, the dual console serves today’s time-strapped boater well, providing all of the tools for a variety of activities on the water and lots of deck space and seating. Run around inland waterways, bays and rivers with the smaller models and take the 24-plus-footers offshore.

BAYLINER’S ELEMENT is a 16-foot dayboat priced to bring newcomers to boating or bring back former owners. The Element costs less than $14,000 with a 60-hp 4-stroke and trailer. BAYLINER also has introduced the 210 DB(deck boat). With a 150-hp Mercury 4-stroke and trailer, it retails for less than $32,000. The lineup includes a sterndrive model, the 215 DB, which comes standard with a 4.3-liter MerCruiser and trailer. If you want a dayboat under 20 feet but larger than the Element, turn to BAYLINER’S 190 DB with a Mercury 115-hp 4-stroke and trailer. The package can be had for less than $21,000.

BOSTON WHALER has bolstered the the dual console market with two boats: the 230 VANTAGE and 270 VANTAGE, powered with

Boston Whaler 270 Vantage

Verado 4-strokes from Mercury. With a 300-hp Verado, the 230 gets 2.6 mpg at 34 mph. At 31 mph, the 270 Vantage gets 2 mpg with twin 225 Verados.

Another dual console from a quality Florida builder — the EDGEWATER 280CX — packs in lots of seating and includes a cabin with a galley and a head. The builder hangs twin 300-hp Yamahas.

[Down East]

Maine-inspired hull forms take their rightful place among the slips and seaways of South Florida with innovative designs and classic profiles.

MJM YACHTS uses lightweight, high-tech construction and sterndrives in the 36z and Volvo IPS pods in the 40z to provide spirited performance.

BACK COVE YACHTS has its proven 37, an efficient design with two staterooms ready to explore Down East and beyond. The BACK COVE 30 and 34 also will be on display.

Editors have been impressed with the HUNT 44, a deep-vee express that can be powered with conventional diesels or pod-drive propulsion with joystick helm control.

The Hunt 44 is a fine example of the Down East express cruiser.

HINCKLEY continues to develop new models consistent with the performance, impeccable construction and style of the brand. Check out the T34, a 48-footer and the PICNIC BOAT.

If you haven’t seen the SABRE 48 SALON EXPRESS, make it a point to remedy that situation. The 38- and 42-foot models from SABRE YACHTS also will make the scene.

[Long-distance cruisers]

As propulsion systems grow more efficient and hull forms continue to evolve, the distance we’re traveling on a gallon of fuel keeps stretching.

The BENETEAU SWIFT TRAWLER line shows the 34, 44 and 50, three boats that combine effective fuel sipping with a jolt of speed in one package.

Beneteau Swift Trawler 50

For miles beneath her keel, it’s hard to outdo the FLEMING 55 and 65, two designs that get tweaked with each build in a sort of rolling development program. The 55 won the AIM Marine Group Editors’ Choice Enduring Classic Award.

The GREENLINE 33 incorporates innovative design features with various propulsion systems, including hybrid. Meanwhile, the GARCIA TRAWLER 54 has a shippy profile and high levels of efficiency. The NORDIC TUG 34 cuts a traditional figure with impressive range.

The AZIMUT MAGELLANO 43 continues the work begun by the 74- and 50-foot models, creating an efficient cruiser with excellent seakeeping and comfort aboard.

KADEY-KROGEN is rolling out its 44 AE (that stands for “advanced ergonomics”) on the heels of its successful 48-footer. The 52 also will be on display, winner of the AIM Marine Group Editors’ Choice Award for Best Passagemaker from 50 to 60 feet.

The HAMPTON LONG-RANGE CRUISER 680 provides efficient operation but adds a nice turn of speed. Take a look at the company’s 700, as well.

Check out the GRAND BANKS HERITAGE 54 EU, a cruiser built with the same proven hull design as the 53 Aleutian. She has a range of more than 1,200 nautical miles with a pair of 715-hp Cummins

V-drive diesels.The builder also will show the 43 HERITAGE EU, which made its world debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show last October.

The shiplike HORIZON EP 69 is built to explore beyond your personal cruising range.

For flexible design it’s hard to beat OUTER REEF YACHTS. The company brings its 650 and 700 models to Miami to inspire owners to come up with their own designs.

Percheronis a CDM DARWIN 86 with an 11,100-gallon fuel capacity that makes her a voyager with world-circling aspirations. And if two hulls are better than one, look no further than the SUNREEF POWER CAT 70, which has broad deck spaces and a stable stance.

Marlow Yachts introduces two new models in Miami: the Explorer 62E and Explorer 66E. The company also will display the 57E and 97E, winner of Best Passagemaker (80-100 feet) in the AIM Marine Group Editors’ Choice Awards. The MARLOW MAINSHIP 32 also makes its debut.

[Express cruisers]

Today’s express cruisers do more than ever, upping the ante with unheard-of performance while dialing in the comfort level.

The MANGUSTA 92 will impress anyone with her combination of living space and racecar performance. PRESTIGE brings its 500S with a sleek design and a show-stopping layout. Take a close look at the CRUISERS 45 CANTIUS. You may like what you see.

The FAIRLINE TARGA 62 GRAN TURISMO is ready to take on your next adventure, with flexible space aft that carries either a tender garage or crew quarters. Sun worshipers will gravitate to the huge sunpad, and a giant sunroof opens the saloon to the open air. Fairline also will show the TARGA 38 OPEN and 50 GT.

BENETEAU’S GRAN TURISMO 49 FLY uses Volvo Penta IPS power to bring smart performance and dock-hugging maneuverability. The GRAN TURISMO 38 and 44 also will be represented, both with joystick-controlled sterndrives.

The SESSA C44 makes her stateside debut with such features as an Americanized cockpit and Volvo Penta IPS power.

The MARQUIS 500 SC creates a stir with her Nuvolari-Lenard design, punctuated by a round hull-side window, and Volvo Penta IPS propulsion. Her sleek stable mate, the 420 SC, also will be available.

RIVA will be well represented by the 63 VIRTUS, as well as the 33-foot AQUARIVA SUPER and the 27-foot ISEO, which offer spirited performance and fresh breezes.

If you haven’t seen the SEA RAY 510 SUNDANCER, it’s time to get to Miami. Meanwhile the 370 VENTURE has a secret: concealed outboards.

The MARITIMO C43 creates a much larger feel than her LOA would suggest, thanks to a well-thought-out cockpit and a flexible accommodation plan. Need more space? Look for the C50, as well.

The CRANCHI M44 HT was built for days on the water marked by soft golden light and calm breezes. A huge canvas panel in the hardtop slides back to open the entire enclosed space to those delightful elements.

The RIVIERA 445 SUV places a large and flexible saloon seating arrangement into a hull that provides a solid feel in a seaway. The company also brings the 5000 SPORT YACHT, with Mercury Zeus pods, and Volvo Penta IPS-powered 5800 SPORT YACHT to Miami.

The 445 SUV is among the latest offerings from Australian builder Riviera.

SEALINE brings its sporty SC42 to the beach. The UNIESSE SPORT 55 offers proven performance and layouts that cater to American and European sensibilities.

The REGAL 52 SPORT COUPE and 42 SPORT COUPE are ready for action with a full slate of amenities, including Volvo IPS.

Pilothouse pocket cruisers are a subset of cruising boats designed for all-season boating. Check out the 31- and 27-footers from RANGER TUGS and the new CUTWATER 30.

The striking BARRACUDA 9 from BENETEAU brings big-boat features in a small package.

PURSUIT BOATS integrates concealed Yamaha outboards into its SC365i to provide smooth performance and an inboard profile.

[Convertibles]

Where else but Miami would one go to see the latest in sportfishing designs? The best part: Convertibles aren’t just for anglers anymore, as their handsome lines and pulse-quickening performance also meet the needs of yachtsmen.

Volvo IPS power means the flybridge of the RIVIERA 53 will be the place to be for slick maneuvering, and the design can be tweaked to cater to yachtsmen or anglers.

HATTERAS brings three examples from its GT line of convertibles: the GT 63, GT 60 and GT 54, which have you covered in performance and lines conceived in North Carolina.

The BERTRAM 64 leads the charge for this storied nameplate, but she’s backed up by the company’s 70- and 80-footers.

Hot on the heels of its 55 CONVERTIBLE, VIKING brings out two new models that aren’t to be missed. Be sure to check out the 62 CONVERTIBLE and the 62 ENCLOSED BRIDGE CONVERTIBLE.

CABO YACHTS is introducing an updated version of its 40 EXPRESS with full mezzanine seating that’s sure to be a hit with the fishing set.

DAVIS YACHTS shows 70- and 52-foot convertibles that surely will raise anglers like marlin to a trolled bait.

[Motoryachts]

Yachts that fall into this category strive to be all things to all yachtsmen. And that’s why the resulting combinations of performance,

appearance, amenities and engineering continue to amaze.

The AZIMUT 54 uses 730-hp MAN diesels matched to V-drives to get impressive performance while freeing up space for accommodations. The 55S goes a different route with triple 435-hp Volvo IPS pods that maximize maneuverability. Azimut’s 70-footer gets an interior makeover that must be seen.

Azimut 54

FAIRLINE brings its SQUADRON 65, as well as the 42- and 50-foot iterations from that line, which exhibit consistent design cues, including irresistible flybridges and plenty of hull-side windows.

The SESSA SPORT FLY 54 makes a splash with her U.S. debut, thanks to a flybridge galley area and impressive three-stateroom layout. The company also will be represented by the FLY 45.

Say hello to the PRESTIGE 620S, which combines a gaping sunroof with a flybridge. PRESTIGE also brings the 500 FLY and 550 FLY to Miami.

MARITIMO brings its M58 and M45 to the beach.

Impressive accommodation spaces are a hallmark of the CARVER 54, a pilothouse design built to go places in style. The C34 is making a big splash, with accommodations for six in a sleek flybridge yacht loaded with creature comforts.

The CRANCHI FIFTY 4 FLY and FIFTY 8 FLY bring big flybridges and fashion-forward design to Miami, along with the SIXTY 6 FLY and a striking model nomenclature.

The HORIZON E54 and E88 showcase this builder’s commitment to pushing the technology envelope with such additions as low-E (low-emissivity) glass throughout and a dynamic positioning system at the helm.

HATTERAS continues to refine its 80-, 72- and 60-foot MOTOR­YACHTS built with American ingenuity. And look at the ASTONDOA 65 GLX and 70 GLX.

SEALINE introduces the F42 to America and brings along the F48.

Check out the PERSHING 82, as well as the 92, 74 and 64.

The NISI 2400GT known as Divawill be making a splash at South Beach, sporting customization and an airy, open saloon. RIVA’s 75- and 86-footers surely will cause a splash. The latest iteration of the PACIFIC MARINER 85 also will be on display. This proven hull is sure to inspire wanderlust even at dockside. The KROGEN EXPRESS52 is a proven design with an enduring profile and range to match. And Polish builder GALEON sets apart its 70 SKYDECK with creative design elements, such as saloon doors that slide into the deck to meld indoor and exterior spaces.

As winner of Best Overall Boat of the Year from the AIM Marine Group Editors’ Choice Awards, the OCEAN ALEXANDER 120 should be a stop on any yacht guy’s list.

Look for the gleaming black hardtop on the flybridge of the MARQUIS 630 SPORT YACHT. This company takes American construction in new directions, and its 720 FLYBRIDGE, as well as its 500 and 420 SPORT BRIDGE models, show a refinement in design combined with excellent fit and finish.

Chris Landry also contributed to this story.

March 2013 issue