Soundings editors spent another day pounding the docks at the 59th annual edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. On their second day, Soundings editor-in-chief Jeanne Craig and senior editor Gary Reich took a peek at these products:
Pursuit S288 Sport. While many builders are going bigger, Pursuit Boats went in the other direction. Their new 30-footer, the Pursuit S288 Sport is now the smallest boat in their sport line. Designed as a crossover, it has all the fishing features, including gunwale-mounted rod holders, livewell, and in-floor fishbox, but also allows the non-anglers in the family to enjoy three seating areas and a hull-side door to go for a dip. Pursuit says the S288 will cruise at 27 knots and hit a top end of 48 knots with twin 300-hp Yamahas.
Regulator 41 Center Console. Anglers will want to check out Regulator’s all-new version of the popular Regulator 41 Center Console. The company updated its largest model with a new integrated wraparound windshield and an aft mezzanine seat with overhead SureShade. An expanded cabin features a galley, a double berth, and a head with shower. Powered by Yamaha’s all-new quad XF425 engines and a Seakeeper stabilization system, this update should make serious fishermen (and their families) drool.
Beneteau Swift Trawler 47. Beneteau revealed its newest Swift Trawler, the 47, for the American market. The boat features an open deck plan and large walkways. Twin 425-hp inboard engines provide propulsion and she can be equipped with joysticks for easy maneuvering. Three cabins and a sofa bed provide up to eight berths.
Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius. Cruisers Yachts’ 46 Cantius features a main deck with a large three-pane patio door to create a large entertaining area. The galley is situated aft, which puts it between the large L-shaped seating in the cockpit and the salon. She has a midship, full-beam master with private head. The helm has large windows providing a 360-degree view and features a retractable roof. The twin Volvo Penta IPS 600 engines push her to a top speed of 37 mph.
Ferretti Yachts 670. This is a big year for Ferretti Yachts as it celebrates its 50th anniversary and the debut of its new 670 flybridge. The Ferretti 670's flybridge area is a sizable 272 square feet. A glass door opens the cockpit to the living room, galley and dining area. She comes with two 1000-hp MAN inboards, giving her a cruising speed of 25 knots and a WOT of 28 knots. Twin MAN 1200-hp engines are an option, as are joystick operation and not one, but two Seakeeper systems for maximum stability.
Lekker Damsko 10. The Lekker Damsko 10 was inspired by Dutch-born Australian industrial designer and entrepreneur Meindert Wolfraad who liked the looks of the old Dutch lifeboats, or sloeps, frequently used in Amsterdam's canals as party platforms. Wolfraad wanted a similar seaworthy boat for use in Sydney, Australia, but he also wanted speed. The Lekkers are built out of aluminum and can be outfitted with gasoline or diesel engines up to 380 horsepower. The 33-foot Damsko 1000 dayboat can carry up to 25 people and reach 42 knots. Tommy Hilfiger had two Lekker Damskos built and uses them for business entertaining. Lekker also makes a 25-foot Damsko 750 edition. Both can be customized with cabins.