This Year’s Boating Scene: It’s Looking up!
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.
Miami 2013: Prestige 550 and 550S
Available in both a sport (550S) and a flybridge (550) edition, Prestige’s new 550 is a 58-foot yacht that combines power and safety. In both versions, the main living spaces are gathered on the main deck, with the galley positioned aft to easily serve both the cockpit and the interior dining area or, in the 550, the flybridge.
Fort Lauderdale 2012: Prestige 500 Fly
Part of French boating group Beneteau, Prestige showcases this attractive 50-footer that combines harmonious design, power and safety. Wide side decks, a sun pad forward, a spacious aft deck sheltered by the nicely appointed flybridge, a swim platform and a hydraulic gangway facilitate life outdoors.