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The 2015 Miami boat shows promise to be the most exciting of the last few years. Here’s what you should see.

The boat shows in Miami this month will be hopping, coming on the heels of a successful Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show last fall that saw attendance jump by 6 percent to its highest level since 2006.

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The 27th annual Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach takes place Feb. 12 to 16 along a mile-long stretch of Collins Avenue.

The big boys will be on display here — yachts upward of 200 feet. The Progressive Miami International Boat Show also runs from Feb. 12 to 16, with a new layout at the Miami Beach Convention Center, a new Accessories Pavilion and the largest Strictly Sail yet.

Marine companies are ready to deliver new boats, engines and equipment at both venues. About 500 new and used vessels will be on display at the Yacht & Brokerage Show and hundreds more at the Miami boat show, which includes an in-water display at the Sea Isle Marina in downtown Miami with some models available to demo.

“We’re very optimistic about Miami, given the results of the Fort Lauderdale show in the fall,” says David Glenn, marketing director for S2 Yachts, builder of Tiara and Pursuit boats. “People are buying more boats these days. Lower fuel costs help us. People feel better about buying leisure or luxury products.”

Peter Truslow, president of EdgeWater Power Boats anticipates big crowds and enthused boaters in Miami. ”It’s not like it was a few years ago — the shows are big again,” he says. “There is a lot of new technology we want to familiarize people with. There’s a lot to talk about and get excited about.”

Some builders will be showing new models that may have been pushed to the back burner during the Great Recession. Ocean Yachts will be showcasing its new Makaira 64 at the Miami boat show (see Page 90), a high-tech convertible that the builder began eight years ago, says general manager John Leek IV. “To try to build and sell the boat during the recession seemed like it would be a wasted effort,” says Leek. “No one was buying.”

Not anymore. Viking’s 92 will miss the show because hull number one was sold at Ft. Lauderdale and the owner is busy using it. The company will have 17 other boats in the water, including its new 52 Sport Tower, new 52 Open and new 75 Motor Yacht.

With so many boats to see, it may be a challenge to choose which are worthy of a walkthrough. We’ll give you a head start by pointing out 12 boats that caught our attention.

Of the boats featured here, the Greenline 48, Sea Ray 590L Fly and Viking 75 Motor Yacht will be on display at the Yacht & Brokerage Show. The rest will be on display at the Miami International Boat Show.

Boston Whaler 420 Outrage

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This boat has been highly anticipated since its announcement at last year’s Miami show. “You’ll be looking at the largest Boston Whaler ever produced,” says Jeff Vaughn, the builder’s vice president of sales, marketing and customer service.

On deck, you’ll find three helm seats and a separate leaning post directly aft. The area is big enough for six to stand or sit. The demo boat at the show will have a tower with a second helm. Raymarine’s new digital switching system is integrated into the boat, allowing electrical components to be controlled from a tablet or other mobile device.

The bow has U-shaped seating with pop-up, forward-facing seatbacks and a powered pedestal table. In the cockpit, a cushioned bench seat flips up and, when folded down, is concealed in the stern. The console extends forward to house a V-berth, a head with a shower and a settee that converts to a berth and a galley. Automatically adjusting trim tabs with oversized planes are integrated into the hull.

• LOA: 42 feet, 6 inches

• BEAM: 13 feet

• DRAFT: 41 inches (engines down)

• DISPLACEMENT: 20,000 pounds (dry, no engines)

• FUEL: 600 gallons

• POWER: quad 300-hp Mercury Verados

• SPEED: 52-54 mph top, 35 mph cruise

• PRICE: $650,000

• CONTACT: Boston Whaler, Edgewater, Florida

• (877) 294-5645.

Greenline 48

Greenline 48

The Greenline 48 is the latest model in this fleet of hybrid diesel-electric coastal cruisers. The Slovenia-based company also builds a 33 and a 40, as well as a 70 under the Ocean Class brand. “We have been asked often for a boat like this by buyers with larger families looking for more space, staterooms, heads and showers,” says Constantinos K. Constantinou, CEO of Greenline North America.

The Greenline 48 can be powered with twin 110- or 220-hp D3 Volvo Penta diesels. The electric motors produce 14 kW each, serving as generators to charge the batteries. The roof-mounted solar panels also feed the batteries. The electric-only cruising speed is about 7 knots, and under diesel power (220 D3s) the boat cruises at about 14 knots with a top speed of 20 knots.

The Greenline rides a patented “superdisplacement hull” that minimizes drag for better efficiency. “The boat is much, much more than its electric-power option,” says Constantinou. The layout includes three staterooms and three heads with a full saloon and galley that open to the cockpit via two large glass doors. Seating fills much of the flybridge, which is exactly what boaters want these days, says Constantinou. “You want to be outside, where you have great visibility and can take it all in,” he says. The aft section of the flybridge, which has two sunpads, completely covers the cockpit. On the foredeck you’ll find a wide forward-facing seat and a sunpad with a Bimini top.

• LOA: 49 feet, 2 inches

• BEAM: 15 feet, 9 inches

• DRAFT: 3 feet, 3 inches (loaded)

• DISPLACEMENT: 30,423 pounds (light)

• FUEL: 396 gallons

• POWER: twin 110-hp (optional 220-hp) D3 Volvo Penta diesels

• PRICE: $832,000 (twin 110-hp, non-hybrid), $965,000 (twin 220-hp, hybrid)

• SPEED: 20 knots top, 14 knots cruise

• CONTACT: Greenline North America, Knoxville, Tennessee,

• (877) 500-1686.

Contender 22 Sport

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Contender used to build one kind of boat: hardcore fishing center consoles. The Homestead, Florida, company still does that with its Tournament models, but has buttressed its fleet with small, family-friendly center consoles that can be used for much more than fishing. The 22 Sport is its second such boat, following the 24 Sport. “We had 21- and 23-foot boats that were very popular for the tournament angler, but the pleasure boaters were not so interested,” marketing director Les Stewart Jr. says. Features, features and more features — that’s what the family boater wants, says Stewart.

On the 22, a custom sport console with a step-down interior holds a portable head. In the bow, 59-gallon storage compartments double as port and starboard bench seats. With the addition of an insert pad, the forward cockpit converts to a large U-shaped seating area. For fishing, the 22 has a 26-gallon elevated transom live well, four stainless steel flush-mounted rod holders, cockpit racks for six fishing rods, a 94-gallon in-deck fishbox forward and twin 30-gallon fishboxes in the aft cockpit. Stewart points out that Contender has built seven new models since 2011.

• LOA: 22 feet, 6 inches

• BEAM: 8 feet, 6 inches

• DRAFT: 1 foot, 6 inches

• DISPLACEMENT: 5,250 pounds

• FUEL: 100 gallons

• POWER: 300-hp outboard

• SPEED: 58 mph top, 35 mph cruise

• PRICE: $80,364

• CONTACT: Contender Boats, Homestead, Florida,

• (305) 230-1600.

True North 34 OE

True North 34 OE

True North took its 34-foot inboard diesel, with its distinctive plumb bow and reverse transom, completely redesigned the interior and reconfigured it as an outboard model. The 34 OE debuted at last year’s Newport International Boat Show in Rhode Island and was showcased at the U.S.Powerboat Show in Annapolis. Now it will hit the big stage at the Miami International Boat Show.

The boat on display at the show will be rigged with twin 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 2-strokes customized with red side and top panels to match True North’s signature red hull. The reasons behind the move to outboards, the Rhode Island builder says, include shallow draft, increased speed, efficiency, quieter operation and ease of engine maintenance. The absence of an engine and drive shaft under the cockpit allowed designers to create a “sports locker” that can be customized for a number of uses — for example, holding dive equipment, bait wells or fishboxes. The TN34 OE has a galley-up layout with a stateroom and head in the cabin. The interior has been revamped, and can be customized by the owner, with bold fabrics and wood accents, as well as a choice of layouts that are designed to increase seating and create an easier flow from cockpit to saloon to stateroom.

• LOA: 34 feet, 9 inches

• BEAM: 12 feet, 4 inches

• DRAFT: 2 feet, 9 inches (engines down)

• DISPLACEMENT: 11,250 pounds

• POWER: twin 250-hp 2-strokes

• SPEED: 40 mph top, 20-22 mph cruise

• PRICE: $399,000

• CONTACT: True North Yachts, Warren, Rhode Island,

• (401) 247-3000.

Marlow-Mainship 37

Marlow-Mainship 37

It’s hard not to like the Down East look. And Marlow-Hunter LLC, owner of the Mainship brand, has certainly captured it with the Marlow-Mainship 37. This boat won the top prize at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale show for Best Passagemaker (30-39 feet) in the AIM Marine Group Editors’ Choice Awards. She may look traditional, but the boat is built using high-tech materials and the latest building methods.

“We are now using the highest-quality gelcoats and resins in the marine industry, utilizing materials such as Kevlar and Nida-Core, one of the strongest support materials — designed for the space shuttle — in our hulls and decks,” Marlow-Hunter owner David Marlow says. “On the interior we are using real woods with real names; anti-bacterial gelcoat in the heads and galley; ball-bearing slides on all of our drawers; and Corian countertops.”

The living quarters consist of two staterooms and two heads with showers, with a private head for the master stateroom. Instead of a second stateroom, a dining area can be put in its place. The saloon holds two large couches and a table, and the driver and companion sit at a starboard-side helm station. Seats are positioned in each cockpit corner. A neat flip-down centerline transom door gives access to the spacious cockpit. For power, choose between a single V-8 320-hp Yanmar diesel or twin V-6 Yanmar 220s. The 37 gets nearly 2 mpg at 18 mph and 5.4 mpg at 11 mph.

• LOA: 41 feet, 11 inches

• BEAM: 12 feet, 4 inches

• DRAFT: 2 feet, 8 inches

• DISPLACEMENT: 16,000 pounds • FUEL: 320 gallons

• POWER: single 320-hp Yanmar

• SPEED: 23 mph top, 16-21 mph cruise

• PRICE: $359,900 CONTACT: Marlow-Hunter LLC, Alachua, Florida,

• (800) 771-5556.

Scout 420 LXF

Scout 420 LXF

The Scout 420 LXF makes its first public appearance here in Miami. Four outboards power this luxury center console, built with an emphasis on comfort, convenience and quality. “The boat has been under development for a full two years. We tested the running surface for nine months,” says company founder and president Steve Potts.

Not only is this the largest Scout ever built and the first with four outboards, it’s the first the company has built entirely using epoxy-infused cored fiberglass construction. “We wanted this boat, given its speed, to be bulletproof,” says Potts.

The company designed the 42 LXF with a pronounced bow flare, broken sheer and reverse transom. Quad 300s or 350s provide the power, says Potts. With 300s, the boat achieves a top speed in the mid to upper-60-mph range and cruises around 38 mph, says Potts. At 38 mph, she can run at 1.1 mpg for a range of just under 500 miles, says Potts.

Check out the hydraulic hull-side beach platform. The 72-by-30-inch teak-covered platform folds into the hull side when closed.

In the bow seating area, a teak dinette table rises from the deck under power. A console panel that’s big enough for three 19-inch displays faces the three-person helm area. There is a lounge on the forward side of the console and a mezzanine with three-person seating.. Accommodations inside the oversized console include a twin berth with a drop-down table, a galley and an enclosed head with a separate shower. A tower and a second helm station add $42,000 to the overall price of $650,000.

• LOA: 42 feet, 2 inches

• BEAM: 13 feet, 1 inch

• DRAFT: 26.5 inches

• DISPLACEMENT: 23,700 pounds (full load)

• FUEL: 500 gallons

• POWER: quad Yamaha F350s or F300s

• SPEED: 71 mph top, 42 mph cruise (F350s)

• PRICE: $650,000 (F350s)

• CONTACT: Scout Boats, Charleston, South Carolina,

• (843) 821-0068.

EdgeWater 368CC

EdgeWater 368CC

The 368CC bridges the gap between the builder’s 31- and 38-foot center consoles. “The 38 is a beautiful boat, but our customers wanted a boat of the same size with more seating and features and accommodations,” says EdgeWater president Peter Truslow. She’s built with a console/cabin that holds a berth, a lounge, head, shower, microwave oven and sink. Seating fills both the bow and cockpit, with an-aft-facing mezzanine-style seat abaft the three-person helm seat. A port-side dive door is standard. This twin-stepped hull can run with either twin Yamaha F300s, twin F350s or triple F300s. Truslow points to the integrated hardtop, windshield and helm seat design as one of the boat’s strongest features. The structure has a 70-pound aerodynamic carbon fiber hardtop with composite support legs and a single-piece wraparound windshield for excellent sightlines.

With triple Yamaha F300s, the 368CC running at nearly 37 mph gets about 1.5 mpg — outstanding for a 900-hp, 36-foot boat. That equates to a range of 553 miles with a 10 percent reserve.

• LOA: 36 feet, 8 inches

• BEAM: 11 feet, 4 inches

• DRAFT: 2 feet, 4 inches

• DISPLACEMENT: 47,000 pounds • FUEL: 410 gallons

• POWER: triple Yamaha F300s

• SPEED: 65.2 mph top, 35-45 mph cruise

• PRICE: $434,745 (triple F300s)

• CONTACT: EdgeWater Power Boats, Edgewater, Florida,

• (386) 426-5457.

Sea Vee 370-Z

Sea Vee 370-Z

The Sea Vee 370-Z is the Miami builder’s fourth stepped-hull center console.“The patent-pending Sea Vee Z twin-stepped hull features a unique air induction system and a specially designed array of running strakes that produce higher speeds and better fuel economy, as well as a stable and safe ride,” says vice president of marketing John Caballero. “The boat simply accelerates as power is applied, with no dangerous bow rise or undesirable bow dipping.”

Sea Vee uses structural foam as a core material in the fiberglass sandwich construction, which reduces weight while providing durability and stiffness, says Caballero.

The company is know for its fishing boats, but as is the case with many of today’s center consoles, the 370-Z also functions well for day cruising, diving and beach-hopping. Features include twin lounges with electrically actuated backrests, an aft-facing cockpit seat and a console door that opens under power. For anglers, the boat includes insulated fishboxes and twin longitudinal stern live wells. Additional fishboxes and live wells are available as options.

• LOA: 37 feet

• BEAM: 10 feet, 6 inches

• DRAFT: 1 foot, 10 inches

• DISPLACEMENT: 9,300 pounds (no engines)

• FUEL: 480 gallons

• POWER: triple 300-hp Mercury Verados

• PRICE: $255,300 • CONTACT: Sea Vee Boats, Miami,

• (305) 759-6419.

Ranger R-29

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You can load up the family and go for an extended weekend cruise on the single-diesel Ranger R-29. With two staterooms, a fully equipped galley and a head with shower, the R-29 comes with all the amenities for comfortable overnighting. “We have features that are characteristic of much larger boats,” says Jeff Messmer, Ranger Tugs vice president of sales and marketing. Natural light and ventilation flow through large windows and five opening skylight hatches. You can get to the foredeck quickly through a pilothouse door. In the cockpit you’ll find molded-in cabinetry for refreshments and additional storage. The R-29’s companion helm seat can be converted to an aft-facing dinette settee. A helm chair folds forward and out of the way to free up space. There’s a clever fore/aft sliding console armrest that, when pushed back, clears access to the starboard pilothouse door. Bow and stern thrusters and a windlass are standard, as is a hardtop “sport” rack to store bikes or a kayak.

Options include a diesel generator, upgraded navigation electronics, an autopilot, air conditioning and a solar panel. And at 29 feet, the boat can be trailered.

• LOA: 29 feet

• BEAM: 10 feet

• DRAFT: 2 feet, 4 inches

• DISPLACEMENT: 9,250 pounds

• FUEL: 150 gallons

• POWER: 260-hp Volvo Penta D6

• SPEED: 24 knots top, 17 knots cruise

• PRICE: $229,937

• CONTACT: Ranger Tugs, Kent, Washington,

• (253) 839-5213.

Sea Ray L590 Fly

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Sea Ray president Tim Schiek says the L650 Fly and the L590 Fly are the best boats the company has ever built. That’s quite a statement, considering the hundreds of models Sea Ray has built since it was founded in 1959. The L590 and L650 are members of Sea Ray’s new L-Class. The yachts are high-end, and so is the ownership experience, says Sea Ray vice president of product engineering Ron Berman. The owner of an L-Class Sea Ray receives a three-year bow-to-stern warranty, a concierge-guided buying experience with personalized delivery and 24-hour customer service throughout North America, he says.

The 590L has “seamless transitions and an abundance of natural light throughout the interior,” says Berman. “The galley and the [saloon] connect with the cockpit beneath a long stretch of glass, melding these areas into an expansive, uniquely social zone. ”

Living arrangements on the lower level consist of a master suite with a private head, two additional staterooms and a guest head. Covering about two-thirds of the boat’s length, the flybridge creates covered seating and sunning space while doing double duty as weather protection over the cockpit. The L590 Fly is powered with triple 600-hp Cummins diesels with Zeus pod drives.

• LOA: 58 feet, 10 inches

• BEAM: 16 feet

• DRAFT: 57 inches

• DISPLACEMENT: unavailable

• FUEL: 1,050 gallons

• POWER: triple Cummins QSC 8.3 diesels and Zeus pods

• SPEED: 35 mph top, 30 mph cruise

• PRICE: unavailable

• CONTACT: Sea Ray, Knoxville, Tennessee,

• (865) 522-4181.

Everglades 435cc

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The 435cc functions as a dual-purpose boat, meshing conveniences such as a flat-screen television, refrigerator, microwave, plush seating and an etched-glass partition with the essentials anglers require. Those must-haves include a bait-prep station, gunwale storage, a 225-gallon fishbox, freezers and lighted live well space. Everglades says the boat is unsinkable. With four Yamaha F350s, the 435cc has a top speed of 59.7 mph with a 395-mile range running at a cruising speed of 38 mph and 4,000 rpm.

Notable features on deck include a folding second-row bench seat in the entertainment/prep center, a patented sliding windshield with self-parking wipers and a center helm that can hold three 15-inch multifunction displays. Below, electric-actuated seating converts to a queen-size berth.

• LOA: 42 feet, 8 inches

• BEAM: 12 feet

• DRAFT: 3 feet, 2 inches (engines down)

• DISPLACEMENT: 16,880 pounds

• FUEL: 570 gallons

• POWER: quad Yamaha F350s

• SPEED: 59.7 mph top, 38 mph cruise

• PRICE: $700,000-$750,000

• CONTACT: Everglades Boats, Edgewater, Florida,

• (877) 902-6287.

Viking 75 Motor Yacht

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 Viking had been out of the motoryacht business since 2001 but jumped back in with the 75 Motor Yacht. “[Hull] No. 1 will be delivered in early fall of 2015,” says Viking communications director Peter Frederiksen. “She’ll have a pair of C32-A Caterpillars developing 1,925 hp each.” Viking estimates the 75 will run at a 30-knot cruise and top out in the mid-30-knot range.

“With this kind of speed, longer distances can be comfortably covered in a day’s run, opening up new cruising areas and expanding opportunities for traveling in motoryacht fashion,” says Frederiksen.

Designed by Michael Peters Yacht Design of Sarasota, Florida, this three-deck yacht with an enclosed flybridge rides the hull of a convertible to deliver offshore-capable performance. “We look at the boat as the ultimate crossover yacht that delivers seakeeping characteristics with contemporary motoryacht styling,” says Frederiksen.

The boat has five staterooms, each with its own head and shower, including a full-beam master and crew quarters with private access from the stern. The main deck features a saloon with a U-shaped lounge and an entertainment center built into the hardwood cabinetry. A dining area sits between the saloon and galley. She has port and starboard settees forward of the galley for casual dining and a good view through the front windshield.

The skipper pilots the vessel from a centerline helm in the climate-controlled flybridge. The boat has identical settees outboard of the helm on the port and starboard sides so the captain can have some company.

• LOA: 78 feet, 6 inches

• BEAM: 20 feet, 1 inch

• DRAFT: 5 feet, 2 inches

• DISPLACEMENT: 130,000 pounds

• POWER: twin 1,550-hp MAN diesels (optional 1,925-hp CaterpillarC32A)

• SPEED: 34 knots top, 29-30 knots cruise

• PRICE: $6 million

• CONTACT: Viking Yacht Co., New Gretna, New Jersey,

• (609) 296-6000.

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