Beneteau Flyer 32
This is the latest addition to the company’s outboard-powered dayboat line, which also includes a 23-foot model. The Flyer 32 is 32 feet, 8 inches LOA with an 11-foot beam and is powered by twin 350-hp outboards. It has Beneteau’s Air Step 2 hull ventilation system for increased speed and efficiency and a top end of more than 40 knots, according to Beneteau. The main deck features a double bench beside the helm’s two bolstered seats, as well as a C-shaped lounge set around a teak table. There’s a mini galley behind the helm that’s located across from the dinette lounge. Belowdecks are a midcabin berth and forward lounge that converts to a V-berth. Rounding out the space is an enclosed head/shower.
Albemarle of North Carolina is on a dual-console roll, having introduced the 28DC last year and now adding this 31-foot model. Extra space means more fun for anglers and their families. Like most dual consoles, this one has many seating options. The bow has two chaise lounges; farther aft are a two-person bench and a single seat near the helm. In the cockpit is an aft-facing bench that should be great for keeping an eye on the trolling spread. Twin outboards power the 31DC, either a pair of 300-hp Yamaha F300s or F350Cs. The port console has an enclosed head/shower and the starboard console has a berth and stowage. In the cockpit are fish boxes, rod holders and livewell; a mini galley is optional.
Aspen Power Catamarans L107
The L107 has been poking around boat shows in prototype form for a couple of years. Now, it’s finally a reality, and the open-deck boat has already proven its seaworthiness. The proa-hulled Aspen (the starboard hull is larger than the port) is 36 feet, 8 inches LOA with a 10-foot beam and recently completed a 1,171-mile trek from the Canadian Rockies to the Arctic Ocean. The voyage was made possible by the boat’s long cruising range. Powered with twin Yamaha outboards—a 200-hp Yamaha F200 powers the starboard hull and a 70-hp Yamaha F70 is strapped to port transom—the L107 can reach speeds above 26 knots at top end and cruise below 17 knots at an impressive 2.55 mpg.
Azimut Atlantis 45
The sleek and swift 45 is the newest member of the Italian builder’s Atlantis collection. She’s also the largest of that group at 47 feet, 11 inches LOA and carrying a 13-foot, 11-inch beam. The coupe has a pair of 435-hp Volvo Penta diesels with IPS600 pod drives that produce a top end of 33 knots and a 28-knot cruise. Among the available layouts is a two-stateroom configuration with a forward master suite and mid-cabin guest quarters with three bunks. The galley is down, situated across from a U-shaped dinette. Lounging and relaxing is the theme on deck, where there are big sunpads forward and aft and bridge seating. A hydraulic swim platform is offered, too.
Scout 277 LXF
Scout’s latest model, the 27-foot, 6-inch 277 LXF, is a smart-looking center console that stays true to the company’s sportfishing roots while incorporating luxury and comfort elements. The fiberglass leaning post has folding helm seats, stainless-steel tackle drawers, pull-out fridge, bait prep counter and sink, and can also accommodate an optional grill. Standard power is a pair of 200-hp Yamaha F200 4-strokes. The boat accommodates passengers with a bow lounge and bench ahead of the console, which conceals a head. For anglers, fishing features include rocket launchers at the hardtop, in-deck fish lockers, a livewell and more.
Cutwater C-32 CB
This is a cruiser that can move. The boat is 37 feet, 8 inches LOA with a 10-foot beam and a deep-V hull design powered by twin 300-hp Yamaha F300s. The cockpit provides a number of seating options, a rear-facing lounge and an electric grill. Another lounge area is tucked into the foredeck. The C-32 CB can sleep six between the master stateroom, convertible salon berths and the mid-cabin stateroom. The interior also features a galley, dinette and a private head with shower, making it a functional cruiser for a family. The bridge helm is equipped with the same navigation technology as the lower helm, while providing 360-degree views. The sizable swim platform measures in at 20 square feet.
Pursuit DC 326 Dual Console
Pursuit has released a couple of new dual console models over the last few years. The DC 326 is the latest addition to the line, which is now six models strong. It has a deep-V hull with 20 degrees of transom deadrise that should prove stable and smooth-riding. A pair of 300-hp Yamaha F300s powers the DC 326. The layout focuses heavily on fishing, but still has comfortable seating options for cruising. Under the port console is a convertible berth; a head is under the starboard console. For fishing, there are rod holders, a 26-gallon livewell, fish boxes and tackle center.
Grady-White Freedom 285
This dual console rides on a familiar hull, but the rest of the boat has been reimagined and refreshed. The 28-footer, with a 9-foot, 6-inch beam, features an upgraded hardtop with expanded windshield. The redesigned helm station includes larger flush-mounted electronics and a compass at the top of the console. Passengers will enjoy relaxing in the forward bow lounge, which has twin benches with chaise seatbacks and a drop-in table. Aft, two benches are behind each console, and there’s another lounge at the transom. The Freedom 285 also has a head compartment and swim platform. The boat is ready to fish, with a livewell, fish boxes, rod stowage and tackle trays. Grady-White will also exhibit its new 326 Canyon center console at the fall shows.
Outer Reef 640 Classic Azure
The Azure packs the luxury features of a super-yacht into a motoryacht. The first model in the Classic Motoryacht series, it has a galley-aft arrangement with electric window that opens onto the aft deck. With the standard twin 500-hp John Deere 6090 diesels, the 640 can reach a top speed of 14 knots with an economical cruise at 10 knots, where the boat has a 1,000-nautical-mile range. The Azure features more outdoor deck space than any 64-foot motoryacht on the market, according to the builder. A panoramic 180-degree Bridge Viewdeck is on the flybridge, and 360-degree panoramic views are offered from the elevated salon. Belowdecks are a three-stateroom layout with a mid-cabin master, and forward and starboard guest staterooms.
Chaparral 300 OSX
Nashville, Georgia, builder Chaparral has a reputation for building solid sterndrive boats. Its newest model, the 300 OSX, shows a lean toward the growing outboard trend. It’s a dayboat with twin 300-hp Yamaha F300 4-strokes and a distinctive deck layout. Mounted on centerline is the helm with three seats built into a single fiberglass piece. This seating unit swivels aft and then sideways to create a vast socializing area in conjunction with an L-shaped cockpit lounge. That lounge offers flexible seating arrangements too: It can transform into a sunpad, or an aft- or forward-facing lounge. The cockpit is shaded by a hardtop and electric sun shade. Forward are chaise lounges and wraparound bench. Below is a simple cabin with berth, head and sink.
Tiara Sport 43 LS
The third model in the company’s Sport LS series, it’s 43-feet, 6-inches long with a 13-foot beam. With triple 425-hp Yamaha XF425s, the big dayboat can run 43 knots, according to the builder. The open deck plan has three distinctive social zones: in the bow, at the helm, and in the aft cockpit. Below are two staterooms, as well as a shared head/shower compartment. The galley is on the main deck, between the helm and U-shaped cockpit lounge. That lounge swivels 180 degrees to provide an aft-facing view. Forward is wraparound seating and a table that converts to a sunpad. The molded fiberglass hardtop has a tempered glass windshield and skylight. Other nice features are the wraparound swim platform and diver’s door.
This is the Downeast builder’s new, outboard-powered flagship, with quad 400-hp Mercury Verado 4-stroke outboards capable of launching the boat to a top speed of 43 knots. The Doug Zurn-designed hull is lightweight and rugged, carrying an ISO Category A Ocean Certification. The 53z has spacious living quarters, with two en suite master staterooms, a layout that’s ideal for two couples. The bridgedeck provides space to entertain, with a lot of seating options. For greater ease of handling, the boat is equipped with joystick piloting and an optional Seakeeper stabilizer that’s capable of quelling 93 percent of roll. The length overall is 56 feet, 3 inches and the vessel’s 15-foot beam promotes stability.
This is the first model in a new line of fishing boats from a new company founded by the Dougherty family, which has deep roots in the boatbuilding industry. Most notable among the 345’s features is the FishThru transom, which adds protected deck space aft with an integrated hydraulically actuated platform between a pair of 425-hp Yamaha XF425 4-stroke outboards. Twin 52-gallon transom livewells with flip-down seating are forward of the outboards. In the cockpit is a rigging/bait-prep station with tackle stowage and two pull-out refrigerators. An inverter-powered Seakeeper 3 stabilizer is standard.
Lexus LY 650
The Lexus LY 650 is a joint venture between Lexus and Marquis Yachts. The new sport yacht measures 65 feet, 5 inches long with an 18-foot, 8-inch beam, and will be available with twin 900-hp Volvo Penta IPS1200 or 1,000-hp IPS1350 pod drives. The yacht can sleep up to six in three staterooms with three enclosed heads. In the main salon, the helm seats are reimagined versions of Lexus car seats, and curved countertops in the galley take styling cues from exterior lines. On the outside, an aft cockpit and flybridge provide big, comfortable spaces for socializing.
Prestige 420 Flybridge
Prestige introduces the 420 Flybridge, the new entry-level model in its flybridge series. The European cruiser is built around a pair of 370-hp Volvo Penta D6 diesels with IPS500 pod drives. Below is a two-stateroom layout with a midcabin master and guest cabin in the bow. There are two private heads. The main salon features a starboard helm station, aft L-shaped galley, and a U-shaped dinette to port. The aft cockpit has a long transom bench, access to the hydraulic swim platform and a staircase that leads up to the flybridge, where there are lounging areas, a helm station and the absolute best views on board.
Krogen Express 52HT
The Krogen Express 52 is unmistakable on the water. It’s commuter-style vibe blends seamlessly with the salty good looks of a trawler. New this year for the design is an optional hardtop and enclosure for the flybridge deck. The 52HT’s performance should be similar to the non-hardtop version we tested in 2018, which means a 22-knot top end with 550-hp Cummins QSB6.7 diesels (480-hp Yanmar 6LY3A-ETP diesels are standard). Throttling back to 10 knots nets a fuel burn of 6 to 7 gph, further increasing range. The 52HT has two staterooms and two heads. The en suite master is in the bow with a queen-size island berth. Abaft is the guest stateroom, which can be configured in different ways, but most opt for a home office.
Cruisers Yachts takes a dive into the outboard-powered dayboat market with the smart-looking 38GLS. Powered by triple 300-hp Mercury Verado 4-strokes, the boat can reach top speeds of 46 knots, according to Cruisers. One of the more unique features is an integrated door on the starboard side that opens to expand the swim platform’s overall footprint. The main deck features a convertible lounge aft and to port that can be transformed into a few different seating combinations, as well as a midship bar/galley with optional grill and swiveling bar stools. Below deck is an aft stateroom, a U-shaped dinette that converts to a berth, small galley and an enclosed head with shower.
Palm Beach Motor Yachts 70
The new flagship of Palm Beach’s motoryacht line, the concept for the 70 came from customer demand for a large flybridge model. With an LOA of 74 feet, 11 inches, the 70 rides on a semi-displacement, warped-hull design that allows it to plane more easily and operate with efficiency. Powered by twin 1,000-hp Volvo Penta diesels with IPS1350 pod drives, this boat cruises at 32 knots with a top speed of 38 knots, according to Palm Beach. The 70 is skippered from an open flybridge with triple swiveling captain’s chairs. Below deck are four staterooms and four heads. The main salon features a galley with a U-shaped counter, L- and U-shaped lounges and a dining table.
Intrepid 477 Evolution
The 477 Evolution, a sporty dayboat with fishing features and a stepped hull, will launch at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The new model has transom baitwells that can also be used for stowage. The main deck has a folding bench seat, a new high-low table that recesses into the floor, and L-shaped lounge. The port side of the 477 has a fold-down hullside platform with a ladder.
The interior space has been optimized for weekend cruising with a stateroom, head with shower, and galley with plenty of stowage cabinets.
Marquis Yachts, of Pulaski, Wisconsin, builds modern sports yachts, and the M42 Express Cruiser is as sporty as they come. The 42-footer has a 13-foot beam with a unique express-dayboat vibe. Plans are to offer triple outboards or a 480-hp Cummins QSB 6.7 inboard. The main deck has a port helm with two-person bench, a U-shaped lounge with teak dining table, a large aft sunpad and big swim platform. The M42’s interior matches the modern design of the exterior and fits roomy accommodations into a mid-size space. Below, and brightly lit from hullside windows, are a starboard galley, convertible lounge and a head/shower compartment.
Hinckley Sport Boat 40X
Built in Maine using epoxy-infused carbon fiber and Kevlar to create a lightweight and rugged hull, Hinckley’s Sport Boat 40X is tipped with up to three 425-hp Yamaha XF425 outboards that give it a top end of 50 knots. Belowdecks is a wood-filled interior with a forward dinette that converts to a queen berth, a port-side galley, a midship double berth and enclosed head/shower. A set of floating steps leads to the bridgedeck, which incorporates the helm, an L-shaped lounge and mini-galley. Two aft-facing seats in the cockpit have arm rests and electric leg lifts.
Southport 30 FE
Southport of Gardiner, Maine, expands its center console line with the 30 FE. The new boat is a good choice for the offshore fisherman who likes to take the family out for occasional spins on the water. The 30-footer has a 10-foot, 6-inch beam and standard power is a pair of 300-hp Yamaha F300s. Forward and aft cockpit spaces are packed with seating options that make the 30 FE ideal for sundowner cruises. There are features for fishing, including fish boxes, livewell, rod holders and a diver door.
Bruckmann Yachts Abaco 47
The newest model from this Canadian builder is the Abaco 47, which is modelled after the popular Downeast-styled Abaco 40. The 47 can be ordered with single or twin diesel engines. The single 1,136-hp Caterpillar C18 cruises in the mid-20-knot range with a top end of approximately 30 knots, while the twin 641-hp C8.7 diesels top out at around 34 knots, according to Bruckmann. Down below, the master stateroom is in the bow and has a private head. There’s also a guest suite, second head and a galley that is open to the pilothouse. The main salon offers L-shaped seating and a dining table that converts to a double berth, captain’s chairs at the helm behind the windshield and a starboard bench.
Formula 380 SSC
Is there anything better than a blast of sea air against your skin on a sweltering day? Nope, and it seems Formula doesn’t think so either. The 380 Super Sport Crossover is the new addition to the builder’s line of cruisers that combine a fast ride with a full cabin and open bow. Like its siblings, the 380 is based on Formula’s deep-V performance hull, and it’s powered by a pair of brawny sterndrives: standard 430-hp MerCruisers or 520-hp Mercury Racing engines. Most notable about the 380, though, is the way it combines a cabin for four passengers with a single-level deck. There is a seamless transition from the cockpit to the bow, through a unique slide-open windshield.
Viking Yachts Valhalla 37
The Viking Yacht Company of New Jersey recently announced that it’s getting into the outboard-powered center-console game. The name of the new company is Valhalla Boatworks and there are three new models that will simultaneously launch the brand: The V-33, V-37 (shown above) and V-41. The boats were designed in a collaboration between Viking’s design team and Michael Peters Yacht Design. All three deep-V hulls utilize a twin-step ventilated tunnel design that should reduce drag and increase speed, stability and efficiency. Prepared to fish, each boat will be equipped with tackle storage, transom live well, fish boxes, rod holders and more. The console on each will feature a freshwater sink, head and retractable shower wand. Each is available with Mercury Verado or Yamaha F- and XF-series 4-stroke outboards.
This article originally appeared in the October 2019 issue.