VIDEO: Catching up with Michael Peters

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Two head-turning boats that will be on display at this year's Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach and the Miami International Boat Show are the Cheoy Lee Alpha 76 Flybridge and Hinckley Talaria 34.

The man who penned the hulls for these yachts is Michael Peters, president of Michael Peters Yacht Design in Sarasota, Fla.

I caught up with him recently. In this video interview, you’ll learn about his latest super-economical design, his raceboat background and his personal boat, a Bertram.

You’ll also meet his dog, Scupper, and find out why Peters doesn’t have a cellphone.

Click play to watch.

The Alpha 76 Flybridge rides the same Peters-designed hull as her predecessor, the 76 Express, but the well-appointed flybridge gives the yacht more exterior real estate.

In addition to upper and lower helms, the layout includes three staterooms in a galley-up configuration. The Alpha 76 Flybridge, powered by twin MTU 8B2000M93 engines with ZF 500 pod drives, exceeds 36 knots.

She debuted at last year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. MPYD is also designing a four-stateroom 87 Express Sport that’s expected to debut at this year’s Lauderdale show.

The Talaria 34’s strengths are speed, performance and ease of operation, Hinckley’s Michael Arieta told me in a recent interview. “Being beautiful is never enough,” he said. “We wanted to … make sure we had the best hull forms so the boats perform well in a variety of sea conditions. When you ask who is the best person for the job, the list becomes very short, and Michael Peters Yacht Design is at the top of the list.”

The T34 debuted at the 2012 Newport International Boat Show.

Peters, 59, started his design firm in 1981, and he employs six in his Sarasota, Fla., office. Racing boats have brought him significant acclaim, but he also has designed yachts, fishing boats and sportboats, including the Alpha-Z, a 95-mph mahogany runabout. Cabo, Hinckley and Sea Ray have hired Peters’ company, which also was responsible for “rebranding” Chris-Craft, giving the boats their retro look.

Peters was the subject of a Talkin’ Boats Q&A in the June 2009 issue of Soundings.

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