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Miami Boat Shows, Part Deux


Day two of the Miami International Boat Show and Miami Yacht Show kicked off with a slew of additional new product announcements. Soundings editors polished up their Sperrys and hit the docks with a vengeance. Among all the new boats were five of our favorites, which you can read about below.


Palm Beach GT50 Open

Palm Beach continues to expand its new GT series. Yesterday the builder launched its well-named GT50 Open at the Miami Yacht Show—it’s an open version of the GT50 that launched at the Newport International Boat Show in September. You’ll easily soak up your daily allotment of vitamin D in the vast aft cockpit and bridge deck seating area, and the belowdecks spaces are open, airy and finished with an amazing attention to detail. Expect a top speed of around 40 knots and an efficient cruising speed of approximately 35 knots with twin Volvo Penta diesels and IPS 800 pod drives.


Scout 235 Dorado

Dual consoles continue to grow in popularity, and Scout Boats got in on the action at the Miami International Boat Show yesterday by launching the 235 Dorado, a gorgeous dual console with what is best described as a smart Downeast look. There’s ample buttery-feeling seating forward in a comfy bow lounge, with additional bench seating aft. Twin captain’s chairs sit behind each console and an amazingly graceful wraparound windshield that looks as if it is an integral part of the boat, instead of the typical metal framing most builders use. There’s a head compartment under one console and a stowage area under the other. Scout’s boat show model was tipped with a single 300-hp Yamaha F300 outboard. Your family will love it.


Galeon 425 HTS

Polish builder Galeon had an impressive presence at the Miami Yacht Show, including a new model, the 425 HTS. Looking up from the galley on the lower level is one of the best views in the house, thanks to an atrium-style opening that looks straight up into the vast one-piece windshield and power opening moonroof. Two staterooms are located amidships and in the bow, both finished smartly like the rest of the interior, and each sharing a single enclosed head with shower. The bridge deck has an expansive L-shaped lounge set around a teak table, and the cockpit has booth-style seating for six around a large table insert. Twin 430-hp inboard engines are an option, while a pair of 225-hp inboards are standard.


Marlow Prowler 375 Havana

If you walked down Pier 8 at the Miami International Boat Show you couldn’t fail to notice the Marlow Prowler 375 Havana. It is a showstopper. Although this is not a new design, there are enough versions of this boat that every time you see one, it appears to be a different boat. That’s because they’re custom built. The Havana comes in Classic, Open and Havana models. The one at the boat show was a Havana—technically a center console open fisherman—with triple 300-hp Yamaha outboards, a Seakeeper 3, a Northern Lights generator, beautiful teak caprails, and a lovely cabin that is bigger than you’d expect on a walkaround of this size. You can order a Prowler 375 with inboard power, and other than the hull shape, change almost anything you want. Seen from the stern, it has wonderful lines. If he were still alive, Ernest Hemingway would ditch Pilar and order himself a Havana.


Riviera 395 SUV and 39 Sports Motor Yacht

Australian builder Riviera had the Miami premiere for two 39-foot models. The 395 SUV is the latest and smallest in its SUV line, which already includes the 575, 525 and 445 models. Spacious, bright and well ventilated with one level living, the 395 SUV is powered by Volvo Penta IPS500s and includes joystick control in at the helm and in the cockpit. The master stateroom has a walk-around queen-size bed. Truly unique is the second cabin below the salon, which features three twin size beds. Although sized for adults, the headroom in this cabin is low, but also makes the 395 SUV ideal for a family with three kids. The 39 Sports Motor Yacht joins the 72 and 68 Sports Motor Yachts. It has an open and large flybridge, two staterooms and Volvo Penta IPS600s for propulsion. In true Australian fashion, both boats feature a Transom Barbecue Centre where you can throw a shrimp on the barbie and enjoy your cold Foster’s oil can with your friends.



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