Day Two of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Brings More New Boats

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Beneteau Swift Trawler 41

Ever since Beneteau entered the trawler business with its Swift Trawlers the company has managed to grab a good chunk of the market. Its latest model, the Beneteau Swift Trawler 41, made its debut at the 2019 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and once again, Beneteau showed that it understands what people want. The 44-foot, 1-inch trawler has ample space, plenty of light, good visibility, good speed and common-sense features at a reasonable price. Available in sedan and flybridge versions, the three-cabin 41 has accommodations for up to 7 passengers, an aft galley, clever seating arrangements and a large indoor/outdoor space. She can be outfitted with twin Volvo D4 270-hp or 300-hp engines that give her a WOT of 23 knots. Pricing starts at $551,500.

Sea Ray Sundancer 320 Coupe Outboard

The builder introduced an addition to its popular Sundancer line of family cruisers. The 320 combines the elements of an overnighter, bowrider and coupe-style craft in one outboard-powered platform. In addition to social areas in the cockpit and at the open bow with three-person lounge, there’s a cabin with accommodations for four. The driving station is under the protection of a hardtop with optional sunroof. The 320 is powered by twin Mercury 350 Verado outboards with Joystick Piloting.

Albemarle 310 DC

This is the second dual-console design from the North Carolina-based builder. Built for fishing and family cruising, It features the builder’s proven offshore-ready deep-V fiberglass with 24-degrees of deadrise aft for a smooth ride in less than ideal conditions. Power is a pair of Yamaha outboards: 300-hp motors are standard; max hp is 700 horses standard. The boat will most likely be used for day trips, but overnighting is possible as there’s a full-beam berth tucked into the cabin. The builder says the 310 DC is the first dual console in its size class with this type of accommodation.

Boston Whaler 405 Conquest

This is the new flagship for Whaler’s Conquest series of crossover boats, designed for long-distance cruising and offshore fishing. The builder calls the Conquest “adventure-ready,” as it’s equipped to run long distances with four 300-hp Mercury Verado outboard. If conditions are rough, a Seakeeper gyro-stabilizer can keep passengers comfortable. Key features include the customizable transom prep area that can be set up for cruising (with a grill) or fishing (with livewells), and cabin with private master stateroom, two guest quarters, head and galley.

Absolute Navetta 47 Fly

The Italian builder replaces its 45 Fly with this new model, now the entry-level boat in a flybridge series that ranges up to 72 feet. The cruiser has three roomy private staterooms, including a master with ensuite head. That’s impressive for a boat with 47’12” of LOA. In the main salon, the dinette converts to a berth for another passenger. It’s opposite a lower helm station with good sightlines and a sliding door that leads onto the sidedeck. For entertaining, there’s a lounge at the bow and a dining area in the cockpit, which is served by a galley located at the aft end of the salon. 

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