On day three of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Team Soundings found more new models that debuted or were announced to be launched in the United States in the near future. Here are just some of the many new products revealed at this year's show:
Highfield Sport 900 and 760
The Highfield Sport 900 and Sport 760 are the two latest RIBs from Highfield to debut at FLIBS. Highfield introduced the 700, 660 and 600 to its Sport lineup earlier in 2023. All five models have new, military-grade high-tensile chromated and powder-coated aluminum hulls based on the builder’s commercial-quality Patrol series RIBs.
The all-weather 900 Sport is the new flagship of the Sport series. It is a 30-footer that brings up to 52 knots of performance from twin 300-hp Mercurys.
The 900 has Orca Hypalon tubes, stern seating, and a built-in on-deck galley with a Vitifrigo refrigerator. The bow seating area converts to a large sun lounge and there is an additional sunpad aft. A Sunbrella top, a rear table and a handheld shower at the swim platform are standard. At the helm there is room for twin 12-inch MFDs. A fiberglass hardtop and a stern sunshade are optional.
The Sport 760 is a 25-footer that delivers speeds up to 48 knots with a single 300-hp outboard. The aft cockpit seating area with facing settees and pedestal table has room for up to six adults, A drawer-style fridge is standard.
Invincible 43 Open Fisherman
Announced in February, the 43 Open Fisherman uses a patented Michael Peters design that was used for the Invincible 42 (the 43 replaces the 42) and features six power options from 1,200 to 1,800 horsepower, ranging from quad 300-hp Mercury Verados or triple 425-hp Yamaha XTOs to triple 600-hp Mercury Verado V12s.
The 43 is highly customizable and has an immense number of options available that among others include a hardtop, a folding tower with a dual station, or a crow’s nest and ladder for the hardtop.
The extended helm station features dual-row seating for six and a dozen other seating options that include a bait-prep tackle station with a cooler, triple custom Llebroc helm chairs or front fold-out bench seats.
Other enhancements include a bow thruster, an electric head in the console, a hull side dive door with a ladder, or an in-hull windlass with a custom anchor and bracket.
The 43 Open Fisherman is slated for availability in 2023.
Absolute 52 Fly and 56 Fly
The Italian builder announced that the 52 Fly will debut at the Miami Boat Show in February. Absolute also has a new 56 Fly that debuted in Europe earlier this fall.
The Absolute 52 Fly's helm station has ergonomic seats plus settees for passengers. The cockpit terrace's modular furniture can be rearranged and includes adjustable shades. The saloon has 360-degree views and air conditioning but can be naturally ventilated by lowering the electrically-controlled windows and features a galley and wet bar.
The master suite in the bow has an island double berth and a marble bathroom. The midships VIP guest cabin is similarly sized. The third cabin can be electrically transformed from twin berths to a double. There is also a crew cabin that can be accessed from the stern platform.
The new 56 Fly is a 58-foot triple-decker with a modern "kitchen" and room for a washer-dryer on the lower deck. It also has a full-beam owner’s cabin in the bow with large windows. The VIP cabin is also full beam and there is a third cabin with single beds plus a double crew cabin.
Both models are powered by twin Volvo Penta D8-IPS800s.
Galeon 375 GTO
MarineMax showed off the Galeon 375 GTO. The 38-footer is the second boat in Galeon's Grand Touring Outboard line, joining the 325 GTO that was released in 2020.
Powered by twin 600-hp Mercury Verado V12 outboards with contra-rotating stainless-steel props, the 375 cruises at 35 knots and has a WOT of over 48 knots.
From the bow to stern, she features 11 forward-facing seats. There is walkthrough access to the bow where there is a table and seats that convert to a sunpad. The cockpit can be expanded by activating beach mode to drop the port and starboard sides and give the 375 a beam of 17 feet, 3 inches. The salon has a wet bar, a sink, an electric grill and a fridge. The large side windows and the sunroof completely open at the touch of a button.
Down below, the cabin has full standing headroom and features a fridge, a microwave, an aft cabin area with twin bunks, a head and shower, plus a forward dinette area that converts to a full bunk.
Jeanneau 1295 Fly
Jeanneau debuted the NC1295 FLY at the 2022 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. The 41-footer has three staterooms and is powered by triple 300-hp outboards.
She features windows in the hull and an electrically-controlled, starboard-side terrace. Opposite, a large portside door also facilitates access. There are three integrated sun lounges on the forward deck and large windows provide a panoramic view from inside the cabin.
Suzuki Marine DF350AMD and DF300BMD outboards
FLIBS wasn't just about boats. Suzuki unveiled two new V6 outboard models at this year’s show. The DF350AMD and DF300BMD four-strokes feature contra-rotating twin propellers and are the first Suzuki outboards to offer the benefits of advanced integrated steering. This allows for more streamlined rigging of the V6 outboards by eliminating clearance issues that can be caused by external steering gear.
Suzuki also engineered a new lower gear case for the DF350AMD, the DF300BMD and all five series 350A/300B models to enhance durability, increase top-speed, improve fuel efficiency and make maintenance and service easier.
The new gear case was reshaped to provide less resistance and consequently requires less gear oil. It also features a new oil passage that allows users to change the gear oil without having to lift the boat.
For those Suzuki fans who don't like change, the DF350A and DF300B models will still be available in their original configuration.