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The Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach and the Miami International Boat Show will have you dreaming about a new season and a new pride and joy

The February boat shows in South Florida hold a special place in the hearts of boaters from areas where the season doesn’t run 365 days a year. The Miami International Boat Show and the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, which run Feb. 13-17, provide a merciful escape to warm sunshine and balmy breezes when many folks have reached a breaking point.

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There are only so many windshields you can scrape, driveways you can shovel and hours you can spend fighting cabin fever before reaching a tipping point.

If the Miami shows offered nothing more than good weather, we might still show up. What they offer, however, is something far more valuable than a thaw: They offer hope. Once we’ve had our fill of walking the docks and checking out the latest electronics and gear, we can fill our days dreaming about the coming season and getting back on the water with a new boat.

But don’t be completely distracted by summer daydreams. There’s a lot to see in five days of boat shows, so make the most of your visit by creating a plan in advance. Here are some of the models you might want to add to your wish list.

Fishing machines

Whether you’re looking to tackle the tournament circuit in style with a battle-ready convertible or you’re more into a wind-in-your-hair, rough-and-ready center console, the Miami shows have you covered. With new launches and debuts from builders far and wide, there’s no shortage of boats to choose from for those who have made sportfishing their passion.

The latest launches from Viking, the 42SC (sport coupe) and the 42ST (sport tower), will be on the docks. They may be smaller than some of the other Viking models, but they have the same attention to detail and performance that their big sisters offer.

Designer Robert Ullberg recently modified the ride on the Bertram 54. This serious sportfishing boat is designed to catch big fish and manage big seas with ease.

Spencer Yachts will debut the 87-foot convertible Bangarang this year. This is a big-time sportfisher that the builder says will top out at 45 knots, thanks to twin 2,600-hp MTU M94s.

The fully custom 67-foot Lisa K from Paul Mann boasts Caterpillar’s clean 1,925-hp C32 Tier 3 ACERTs. Folks will be building on the clean technology in those engines for years to come.

The custom Bonadeo 34 Walkaround should attract lots of attention with her sharp lines, sturdy construction and obvious attention to detail.

Boston Whaler is expanding its Dauntless line with the 210 and the 240, both of which can be kitted out for family fun or rigged for serious fishing.

An all-new version of the Regulator 23 will be making her debut in Miami. This center console sports a flush deck and a single, 300-hp Yamaha mounted on an Armstrong bracket.

Miami-based Deep Impact doesn’t have far to travel to bring its new 39 Cabin out to play. Look for this stylish burner to attract a crowd.

SeaVee is bringing a gang of new boats to Miami, including the 320-Z, which will be making her debut. That boat has SeaVee’s patented twin-stepped hull, which is designed to help with acceleration, handling and tracking. The new 390-Z and 390 Walkaround will also be on hand.

Passagemakers

For boaters looking to cast off the lines and point the bow toward the horizon, a long-range cruiser is the vessel of choice, and we can see why. They combine efficiency, on-board comfort and salty good looks, and there will be plenty of them on the docks in Miami.

Kadey-Krogen will have its 58 on display, along with the 44 AE, the company’s new iteration of the popular Krogen 44.

Check out two models from the Azimut Magellano line, the 43HT and the new 53, both of which feature the company’s dual-hull-mode design that provides efficiency at displacement speeds while also allowing the boat to get up on plane.

The eco-friendly Greenline 40 will be on display. With its hybrid propulsion system and a bevy of environmentally friendly features, this boat may be the future of life on the water.

Aquila Power Catamarans, the company whose boats have kept MarineMax Vacations charter guests afloat and happy for some years, is branching out on its own and will be introducing two new models at the show: the Aquila 48, a three-cabin catamaran with a private owner’s suite, and the all-new Aquila 44, the 48’s “little sister.”

The Cranchi Eco Trawler 53 LD has tons of living space, and with a 740-gallon fuel supply and 214-gallon water capacity, she’s more than ready for a long voyage.

Express cruisers

For many boaters, the express cruiser embodies what time on the water is all about; a sporty ride, a great platform to welcome guests and the latest in technology and design. If that sounds like what you’re looking for, make sure to check out some of these boats in Miami.

Absolute Yachts will have its new 64STY sport yacht on display, along with its 56STY and the 40STL.

French boatbuilding powerhouse Beneteau will have its sleek new Gran Turismo 35 on display.

Fairline is bringing its Targa 48 Open across the pond for her U.S. debut. The company will also have the Targa 62 Gran Turismo on display, along with the 38 Open.

Riva will have several slick Italian cruisers on the docks, including the 63 Virtus, the 27 Iseo, and the impressive 86 Domino.

Prestige Yachts will trot out its new 450S in Miami, hot off her debut at last year’s Fort Lauderdale show. The 500S and 620S also will be on display.

Tiara’s new 50 Coupe, which features the company’s integrated “glass bridge” helm, will be on display in Miami, also fresh from her U.S. debut last fall at Fort Lauderdale. (See Page 54 for more on the 50 Coupe.)

Carver Yachts will introduce a new coupe in Miami: the C37 Coupe. The third boat Carver has introduced in the past year, it features a cockpit, saloon, galley and helm station on a single-level layout.

Italian boatbuilder Azimut will have its sporty 55S and 62S Italia on display, along with the Verve 34, 48 and 58 from the Azimut Atlantis line.

The Cranchi 54 HT stakes her cruising credentials on a litany of standard features and the maneuverability and efficiency provided by Volvo Penta IPS propulsion.

Italian RIB builder Pirelli will have a 37-footer making her debut with Denison Yacht Sales. She’s got a lot to offer, and the broker is betting that these RIBs will begin to horn in on the U.S. market.

With lines that will attract attention and a quiet ride, the Vandutch 40 Walkaround seems like she can’t miss. The company has made a name for itself in Europe and is beginning a big push in North America.

Motoryachts

For those bringing along family and friends, motoryachts are hard to beat. If the interior volume doesn’t do it for you, the flybridge, roomy cockpit and top-flight amenities make these boats really shine.

Outer Reef will see the U.S. premiere of its 630 motoryacht in Miami. The company also will be showing the 860 cockpit motor-yacht introduced at Fort Lauderdale last year.

The MCY 86 from Monte Carlo Yachts is making her U.S. debut, after being greeted with rave reviews in Europe.

The Ocean Alexander 90 Flybridge is going to make some waves, thanks to a huge flybridge atop a classic profile.

If you’re looking for range, performance and comfort all rolled into one, check out the Marlow 62E and get a sense of what you could enjoy on your next extended cruise. Marlow will also be showing a 66E and perhaps a larger yacht.

Sea Ray is making a big debut at the show: the 650 Fly. Following the launch of the 510 Fly at last year’s Lauderdale show, the arrival of the 650 shows that Sea Ray is targeting the big-boat segment.

The Prestige 620S has made a splash around the world and will be coming to Miami to show off her sport bridge and clean lines.

Tried-and-true builder Grand Banks will have its new 43 Heritage EU on display, a boat that has all the comfort, luxury and range you can ask for, along with a 22-knot top speed when you need it.

The Belize 54 Daybridge takes the capable cruising hull of the Belize 54 Sedan and adds a well-proportioned bridge deck for more alfresco possibilities.

Funny how evolution works. When you sit in the air-conditioned comfort of the flybridge on the Riviera 50 Enclosed Flybridge, you’ll see what we mean.

The design of the forward-thinking Cheoy Lee Alpha 87 Sportbridge is something to see, and it starts with the command seats at her lower helm. Cheoy Lee’s 88 Bravo is worth a close inspection.

For those who love catamarans, the Horizon PC60 Skylounge will be making her U.S. debut in Miami. She may also be of interest to those interested in efficient cruising and an excellent layout with huge amounts of on-board space.

Another power cat, the Sunreef 60 power, also will be on hand to show off her helm, wet bar, spa pool, dining area and sunpads — all on the flybridge. And don’t miss the latest version of the 70 Power.

Fountaine Pajot brings its new-generation Summerland 40 LC catamaran to South Florida for its U.S. debut. The Cumberland 47 LC cat also will be on display. It’s available in a Maestro version with an owners cabin in the port hull and two guest cabins in the starboard hull, and a Quatuor version with four similar cabins.

You will really need to see the foredeck area on the Azimut 84 Fly to believe it. Get out front for some fun in the sun.

We don’t understand anyone who looks at a motoryacht and doesn’t insist on visiting the flybridge. And while the Ferretti 750 is plenty of boat without it, the upper deck helps push her over the top.

Huge expanses of glass highlight the saloon of the new Princess S72, the lead boat in a new line from the British builder.

The Hampton 640 Endurance is an efficient cruising yacht loaded with smart features.

The Hargrave 101 will put this builder’s attention to custom detail on display. And have a look at the Monte Fino 80 for a glimpse of European flair.

Maritimo is bringing a pair of stylish motoryachts, the M50 and the M45.

Down East

For the very definition of classic, many boaters think of the Maine coast, where the Down East-style cruiser was born.

Hinckley will be showing off the Picnic Boat MK III, as well as the T34 and T48.

The Sabre 54 has a three-stateroom layout and Volvo Penta IPS950s. Her raised cockpit and new saloon design complement updated furniture.

The Back Cove 41 will surely draw droves of onlookers with her clean lines and efficient, single-diesel propulsion.

MJM Yachts offers the 40z, a proven performer in rough conditions with a high-tech, lightweight hull and classic lines.

Marlow Mainship will be showing off the Marlow Mainship 37 and two versions of the 32. New ownership has brought sturdy construction and smart design ideas to this venerable brand.

Be sure to pay a visit to the Grand Banks 50 Eastbay SX, and get a close look at what promises to be a great new model.

The Austin Parker 42 gives an Italian take on the Down East-inspired cruiser.

March 2014 issue