The five days of the 2019 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) saw plenty of boat debuts and announcements
The Viking Yacht Company showed up with 23 boats from 33 to 93 feet in length, including their new line of outboard-powered Valhalla Boatworks luxury center consoles. (For a report on the New Gretna, New Jersey-based builder, see Senior Editor Gary Reich’s upcoming story in the January 2020 issue of Soundings).
Grand Banks announced it has begun construction on the largest Grand Banks Yachts model ever, the 85-foot GB85. It is slated for a Christmas 2020 launch. Grand Banks also owns Palm Beach Yachts and showed of that line’s new flagship, the PB70, which made its world debut at the show.
New Zealand builder Sealegs revealed the new amphibious Sealegs Electric E4, which uses lithium battery and high-torque hub-mounted brushless electric motors to drive the Evinrude outboard-powered RIB out of the water, up beaches and through difficult terrain.
Italian builder Sundeck Yachts showed off the Sundeck 580 at FLIBS, a U.S. debut for the builder. The 580 is available with three or four cabins and three engine choices.
Silent Yachts brought the improved version of the Silent 55, one of its solar-powered ocean-going catamarans. With a completely revised drivetrain and significantly larger batteries the solar-powered Silent 55 now has a 100 mile-per-day all-electric cruising range.