These are the boats you won't want to miss at the 28th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
At the US winter shows, the boating industry puts its best foot forward. Between Miami and Palm Beach, the region hosts no fewer than five major boat shows. The Yacht & Brokerage Show on Miami Beach and the Miami International Boat Show, and related Strictly Sail, run February 14 to 18. These three shows mark the debut of dozens of new models and showcase hundreds of craft, from small center consoles to megayachts.
This is Hull No. 1 of Marlow’s new 66 model. This light green-hulled yacht—aptly named Sea Foam—is a command-bridge yacht with plenty of space for relaxing on long cruises. Moving the helm to the upper deck, where guests can also lounge on a comfortable L-shaped bench seat, opens up the main deck for several design options.
David Marlow was certain he had the right idea when he launched his first Voyager. Wanting to demonstrate that his alternative to the conventional explorer genre—a light and low-profile composite boat designed to “dance with the waves”—was indeed a valid contender, he invited other builders to an endurance trial. There were no takers. No takers, that is, until a couple of experienced sailors from Australia decided to put his Marlow Voyager 76LR to the ultimate test.
This year in Fort Lauderdale, Marlow Yachts debuts Hull No. Three of the 97E series. This particular explorer features six staterooms including the main-deck master. Centered between the five lower-deck cabins is a secondary galley designed to provide guests easy access to midnight snacks.
Just a year after acquiring Merrill-Stevens and embarking on a two-year renovation of the 127-year-old Miami shipyard, Marlow Acquisitions, led by Marlow Yachts founder and President David Marlow, has purchased the operating and related assets of Hunter, Luhrs and Mainship.