The 52nd Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

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Fort Lauderdale celebrates its centennial this year. For more than half of that century, the city has put boating at the very heart of its economy and lifestyle. Dredging and construction helped make more of the waterways accessible to boats and yachts of all sizes.

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The hometown boat show increasingly attracts an international crowd and builders from around the world. As the boat show grew in scope and influence, Fort Lauderdale increasingly became a popular stop for yachts transiting between the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. It was the case again this winter, with a parade of big yachts calling at Bahia Mar Yachting Center, the Fort Lauderdale Hilton Marina, Pier 66 and The Sails Marina until early May. Within a few weeks, they will be back in great numbers, in many cases making a stop at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), before embarking on a charter season in the Caribbean.

Because more big yachts are calling Fort Lauderdale home, they have increasingly been an impressive presence at the show. Something new at FLIBS this year is an area dedicated to superyacht builders, many of whom are represented by the SYBAss (Superyacht Builders Association). A new dock will accommodate the association’s member displays and around this covered exhibit area, located along Face Dock at Bahia Mar, will be several of the show’s largest yachts. The largest ever to be docked at Bahia Mar Yachting Center during the show is the 240-foot (73-meter) Delta Marine Laurel. Others of the very large yachts will be at the Hillton Marina and The Sails Marina.

But the beauty of this boat show is that there something for everyone. If a superyacht is not what you aspire to buy just yet, take a look around. The show has something for every kind of boater, from speedy center consoles to sportfishers to trawlers. Boaters looking for the right sturdy boat to take on long expeditions will have an easier time this year, as organizers have consolidated all trawlers in one convenient area within the Bahia Mar Yachting Center. The new area, dubbed Trawler Dock, is along B and B/C docks.

A glimpse into what promises to be a magnificent boat show follows, highlighting a few of the headliners and several interesting new models from international builders making their Fort Lauderdale debut this year.

For more information, visit showmanagement.com

The Pavilion

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is huge. Walking the docks and going up and down gangplanks is fun, but it can be exhausting.

A few years ago, Yachts International came up with the idea to offer a retreat from the heat and an enjoyable place to conduct business or simply relax during boat shows. A nice lunch, background music and a comfortable chairs can do wonders to fire up the imagination, spark a conversation and help seal a deal.

It is inspiring to see how a casual meeting will be the occasion for a new idea to take hold. Cocktail napkins become impromptu sketch pads, as ideas turn into projects.

We call this casual and elegant meeting place, available during several of the year’s boat shows, the Pavilion.

This year again, in Fort Lauderdale, Yachts International takes over the Swimming Hall of Fame museum and library, an air-conditioned complex conveniently located between the Bahia Mar Yachting Center and the Hall of Fame Marina. The space is transformed into a posh lounge with a bar, lunch tables, exhibits from luxury companies and private meeting rooms. The car showcase in front never fails to stop people in their tracks, but the Pavilion is not opened to the public. It is a members-only club.

Among the companies sponsoring the Pavilion this year are Concord Marine Electronics, East Coast Jewelers, Kearsley Home fine linen, Marsh insurance and Swiss Metal Assets.

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This year Yachts International also introduces the Captain’s Den, in partnership with Marine National Suppliers, a provider of goods and services to the megayacht industry. Open to a group of select megayacht captains, this new area, adjacent to the Pavilion will be an ideal network place in a fun and relaxed environment..

For more information, email Karlene Pack at karyachts@aol.com

The Boats

Lürssen Northern Star

This Top 100 yacht with styling by Espen Øino and interiors by Pauline Nunns returns to Fort Lauderdale. Northern Star boasts an entire deck devoted to the owner’s comfort and privacy. Professional-quality gyms (one each for both guests and crew), entertainment systems and water toys ensure that everyone will find a way to pass the time, no matter their inclinations. Even those who can’t be separated from the mainland for long don’t have to worry; this yacht comes equipped with multiple top-of-the-line communications systems. She is powered by two CAT 3516B engines and boasts an impressive range of 7,000 nautical miles.

Location: The Sails Marina • LOA: 248ft. (75.4m) Beam: 44ft. 3in. (13.5m) Engines: 2 x Caterpillar 3516B @ 2,680hp

Delta Laurel

Laurel is one of the largest US-built yachts in the past 75 years, and while she has navigated extensively since her 2006 delivery, she has kept as low a profile as her size and easily recognizable Donald Starkey styling would allow. In fact, this is her first boat show. Laurel is the first yacht to have a composite superstructure on top of her steel hull, for lighter weight and fuel efficiency. Overall, Delta Marine designed the yacht to be as environmentally friendly as possible, and Laurel exceeds the standards established by the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).

Location: Bahia Mar, SYBAss Dock 101 • LOA: 240 ft. (73.15m) Beam: 40ft. 2in. (12.26m) Engines: 2 x Caterpillar 3516B HD

RossiNavi Numptia

We caught a glimpse of this beautiful Italian yacht, launched without much fanfare in Viareggio last spring. Rossinavi’s Numptia is a steel and aluminum superyacht, with naval architecture by Axis Group Yacht Design, styling by Studio Spadolini and an interior by Salvagni Architetti, masters of space and light. The five-deck yacht accommodates up to 12 guests in four lower-deck cabins and an ondeck master suite. Numptia, which is available for charter through Burgess Yachts, also has a spa deck with sauna, steam room and a gym, and a sun deck with an infinity pool. Her range is an impressive 6,000 nautical miles. She’s earned Italian classification society’s RINA’s Green Star.

Location: Bahia Mar, HOF Face Dock 1 • LOA: 229ft. 7in. (70m) Beam: 41ft. (12.5m) Engines: 2 x Caterpillar 3516B DITA

Lürssen KISMET

This 223-foot (68-meter) beamy yacht by German superyacht builder Lürssen often stops in Fort Lauderdale. Kismet, featured in Yachts International in July 2007, owes her outstanding looks to Espen Øino and beautifully appointed interior to Reymond Langton Design. It takes a while to appreciate all the details aboard this six-deck yacht, and she is well worth another look. Kismet, part of the Moran Yachts display, has a range of 5,000 nautical miles at 12 knots, and with her MCA compliance can cruise all over the world. Her two Caterpillar engines give her a top speed of 15.5 knots.

Location: Sails Marina • LOA: 223 ft. (68m) Beam: 42ft. (13m) Engines: 2 x Caterpillar 3512B @ 1,957hp each

Trinity Lady Linda

The owners of Trinity Yachts’ Hull No. T-50 were hankering for a low-draft yacht they could keep behind their home and thus made it a priority when planning Lady Linda, their third Trinity. At 187 feet, this all-aluminum yacht has an 8-foot draft. The owners were very involved with designer Evan K. Marshall to plan the interior, emphasizing quality of staterooms over quantity, with all beds facing the windows. A semi-displacement yacht, Lady Linda will be able to cruise at 18 knots with twin Caterpillar 3516C HD, rated at 3,384 horsepower at 1,800 rpm. At 10 knots she has a range of 3,800 nautical miles to discover shores far away from home. Lady Linda will be shown alongside other recent examples of Trinity Yachts’ new beam series.

Location: Bahia Mar, F Dock • LOA: 187ft. (57m) Beam: 33ft. 4in. (10.2m) Engines: 2 x Caterpillar 3516C @ 3,384hp each

Newcastle Harbour Island

One of the larger debutants of this year’s show, Harbour Island is also the flagship of the Florida-based Newcastle Shipyards. Murray and Associates (exterior styling) and Claudette Bonville (interiors) worked closely with the yacht’s owner to deliver the ultimate family and charter yacht. The sun deck has an infinity-edge Jacuzzi with swim-up bar and plenty of space for lounging. Sun pads wrap around the aft of the upper deck as well, framing a spacious alfresco dining space. Also on the upper deck are a skylounge with vaulted ceilings and one of two master suites. No matter where guests lay their head, they will do so in comfort. Harbour Island, built in steel with an aluminum superstructure, is MCA compliant and has trans-Pacific range.

Location: Bahia Mar, SYBAss Dock 1 • LOA: 180ft. (54.9m) Beam: 34ft. (10.4m) Engines: 2 x Caterpillar 3512B @ 1410hp

ISA Ellix Too

Ellix Too is the first yacht built by International Shipyards Ancona to be shown at the Fort Lauderdale show. The 156-foot yacht (47.5m) yacht was delivered in 2005. At the time, in addition to her beautiful lines and sweeping staircase by Walter Franchini, the yacht sported a distinctive red hull. Her steel hull was recently repainted blue and her aluminum superstructure oyster white as part of an important refit. A modern interior décor almost takes a back seat to views through large windows. The master suite encompasses almost the entire bridge deck, and the yacht also features a huge VIP suite. She has an estimated top speed of 17 knots. Edmiston is the sales agent.

Location: Bahia Mar, F/G Dock • LOA: 155ft. 9in. (47.5m) Beam: 28ft. 2in. (8.6m) Engines: 2 x MTU @ 2,333hp each

Feadship F45 Helix

Helix, the fifth Feadship F45, features a spectacular layout, which places both master and guest cabins on the main deck, providing beautiful views from every room. Natural light—which, in the master suite pours from a large multi-panel skylight—abounds and makes the spaces seem even larger than usual. Dark mahogany wood and wall fabrics in cream tones welcome guests into what feels like an ever-moving beach house. Guests can easily enjoy the privacy of their staterooms without losing sight of their surroundings or join the rest of the party on the upper deck or sun deck for a more social atmosphere.

Location: Bahia Mar, SYBAss Dock 101 • LOA: 146ft. 6in. (44.65m) Beam: 30ft. 2in. (9.20m) Engines: 2 x MTU 12V 2000 M70

Benetti Crystal 140

This new example of the Benetti Class range shares styling cues with other new models designed for Benetti by Stefano Righini, including the Delfino 93. The interior can be extensively tweaked to suit owners’ tastes within two different décor schemes—traditional or contemporary. Inside, this particular Crystal 140 evokes the feel of years gone by with rich, dark veneers on floors and walls. Yet, large windows in the main living areas keep the space feeling open and spacious. Performance-wise, this composite yacht has an attractive maximum speed of about 16 knots, thanks to twin CAT C32 Acert engines. An integrated bridge puts all functions at the captain’s fingertips.

Location: Bahia Mar, Face Dock 14A-C • LOA: 137ft. 7in. (41.94m) Beam: 29ft. 9in. (9.05m) Engines: 2 x CAT C32 Acert

Danish Yachts Shooting Star

Sleek and sporty, this silver yacht is sure to turn heads. Shooting Star’s need for speed is evident in her curvaceous, aerodynamic lines, which, combined with a powerful MTU package and waterjets, allow speeds of more than 47 knots. Inside, not one iota of luxury is missing either. A huge sliding roof, big windows and wide-opening doors flood the light-hued interior with natural light. Danish Yachts’ in-house team, Espen Øino International and Art-Line Interiors created a stunner. For a detailed report on the Aerocruiser 38 II see Yachts International’s October 2011 edition.

Location: Bahia Mar, F Dock • LOA: 124ft. 8in. (38m) Beam: 24ft. 7in. (7.5m) Engines: MTU/Holm Technoscan + MJP Waterjets

Azimut Grande 116

The new Grande collection from Azimut includes this very attractive mid-range flybridge yacht by Stefano Righini. Multiple layout options are available for each deck, giving owners the opportunity to create a practically custom design. The spacious sun deck, equipped with a compact helm, has several areas easily convertible from sun to shade for dining or sunbathing. The yacht has a garage that holds a tender and several water toys. The yacht cruises at about 25 knots and can reach a top speed of 28 knots. Shown alongside will be the new Azimut 105.

Location: Bahia Mar, Face Dock 14 A-C • LOA: 116ft. 6in. (35.46m) Beam: 24ft. 3in. (7.4m) Engines: 2 x MTU V16 2000 M93

Westport 112

This yacht is undeniably a success. Westport has built 52 in this series since introducing it, making only a few tweaks along the way. The Seattle-based shipyard, as usual, is making a big showing in Fort Lauderdale. Among the yachts on display is one of the only two Westport 112s it has built positioning the master suite (one of four staterooms) on the main deck. The first Westport 112 with a similar configuration was sold to a very private owner, so it is a rare opportunity to view this layout. Built in composite with a raised pilothouse, the yacht offers plenty of space inside and out. The Jack Sarin-designed hull is efficient, and the yacht reaches a top speed of about 25 knots.

Location: HOF • LOA: 112ft. (34.1m) Beam: 23ft. 9in. (7.2m) Engines: 2 x MTU 16V 2000

Sanlorenzo 104

One of the latest yachts in the SL104 line, introduced in September 2009, debuts here. Built in composite at Sanlorenzo’s Ameglia shipyard near La Spezia, this planing yacht features a balanced and elegant profile by Francesco Paszkowski, and a nice-size flybridge with space for dining in the shade and plenty of room for sunbathing. The main deck features a sun pad forward and another dining table with comfortable seating just outside the salon doors. The décor by American designer Marty Lowe is alluringly modern and casually elegant. The main deck is dedicated to an open salon, professional and elegant galley, and helm station. The lower-deck staterooms offer appealing retreats after a day in the sun. This is one of several new yachts ranging in size from 72 to 104 feet.

Location: Bahia Mar, Face Dock 13 • LOA: 104ft. (31.7m) Beam: 23ft. 4in. (7.1m) Engines: 2 x MTU 16V 2000 M93

Ferretti Custom Line 100

This new Custom Line features simple European elegance. By owner’s request, the open salon and dining area features a sliding-glass door that opens onto a fold-down balcony, further opening the already airy space. Simple lines and a no-frills décor put the emphasis where it should be: on the large windows and views available from almost every room on board. The full-beam master suite includes a small study, sitting area and ensuite bathroom. The four remaining staterooms (all ensuite) are on the lower deck. Twin MTU 16V 2000 M94 engines drive the flybridge yacht up to 27 knots, but she cruises comfortably at 24 knots.

Location: Bahia Mar, E Dock 500A-N • LOA: 100ft. 5in. (30.6m) Beam: 23ft. 9in. (7.25m) Engines: 2 x MTU 16V 2000 M94

Marlow Yachts 97E

The newly delivered Marlow 97E makes her Fort Lauderdale debut. Built in the Marlow Norsemen shipyard in Xiamen, China, this is a much larger yacht than what Marlow has built in the past—truly a megayacht. Irish Rover is quite impressive with its ondeck master suite with ensuite bath, carved out of single block of stone, and six more cabins below. Full crew accommodations are accessible through the transom door. Meticulous attention to finishes, including impeccable woodwork, styling and innovative construction are all in keeping with the Marlow pedigree. Each Marlow features a custom interior and Hull No. 2 is expected to have a slightly different configuration. The long-range cruiser, the Marlow Voyager 76E, is also expected to be back.

Location: Bahia Mar, B/C Dock 1 • LOA: 100ft. 11in. (30.7m) Beam: 21 ft. (6.4m) Engines: 2 x Caterpillar 32 @ 1,760hp

Mangusta 92

This is Hull No. 27 of Overmarine shipyard’s successful Mangusta 92 line. A new design philosophy is evident is this latest example, which shares her predecessor’s perfect proportions and speed. Her twin 2,600-horsepower diesels and KaMeWa 56 jet drives give her a 37-knot top speed, and with a draft of less than 4 feet, she is ideally suited for quick jaunts to the Bahamas or islands of the Caribbean. Modern furnishings fall short of being minimalist with elegant wengé flooring, oak veneers and fine leathers. Three spacious staterooms and an entertainment room are located on the lower deck. A garage accommodates water toys. With a true open yacht philosophy, this is an ideal yacht to enjoy sea and sun.

Location: Bahia Mar, F Dock, 604-606 • LOA: 92ft. 8in. (28.24m) Beam: 21ft. 7in. (6.58m) Engines: Power: 2 x MTU 16V 2000 M94 @ 2,600hp each

Paragon Motor Yacht Tenacity

A former yacht captain founded Paragon Motor Yachts in 2000. Based in Newport Beach, Calif., the company has quietly carved a niche on the West Coast of the United States. It began construction of three 102-foot Pilot House cruising yachts in 2003, which were promptly sold. Paragon, which builds composite yachts currently ranging in size from 86 to 94 feet in various configurations, this past year sold three 94-foot yachts to owners on the East Coast. One of them, the 94-foot Tenacity is a classic composite pilothouse motoryacht, with a 6-foot draft. Twin Caterpillar C32 diesel engines give Tenacity a top speed of 20 knots and a 14-knot cruise speed.

Location: HOF, F/G Dock 46 • LOA: 94ft. 3in. (29m) Beam: 21ft. 7in. (6.6m) Engines: 2 x Caterpillar C32

Benetti Delfino 93

Fitting everything an owner would expect from a yacht into less than 94 feet isn’t exactly easy, but with the Delfino 93, Benetti has managed to do just that. Sun pads, Jacuzzi, full bar, informal alfresco dining space and helm station make the sun deck the perfect place to enjoy the sun while cruising. For extended cruising, the professional bridge offers the perfect vantage point for the captain and guests. This yacht is remarkably quiet under way in the spacious salon or the lower-deck suites, decorated in a choice of classic or modern styles. A hidden garage holds both a tender and a Jet Ski. Powered by two CAT C18 ACERT engines, the Delfino 93 cruises at a top speed of 14 knots, and coasts comfortably at 13 knots.

Location: Bahia Mar, Face Dock, 14 A-C • LOA: 93ft. 6in. (28.5m) Beam: 23ft. 1in. (7.03m) Engines: 2 x Caterpillar C18 ACERT

Riva Domino 86

This sporty Riva yacht easily draws the eye to her sleek lines. Perfectly balanced on the line between a superyacht and a day cruiser, the Domino 86 provides eight guests the perfect relaxed cruising environment at any speed. The four staterooms include a full-beam master suite, a VIP suite and two double twin suites, one of which can easily be converted to a double-bed stateroom. Additionally, the yacht offers plenty of options to enjoy the outdoors. At the bow sits a large sun pad and a dinette for informal alfresco dinners while another, even larger sun pad occupies most of the sun deck. Domino is powered by two MTU 16V 2000 M93 engines, which give her a top speed of 38 knots and a cruising speed of 34 knots.

Location: Bahia Mar, E Dock, 500 • LOA: 86ft. 7in. (26.4m) Beam: 20ft. 4in. (6.2m) Engines: 2 x MTU 16V 2000 M93

Numarine 78HT

This sporty hull, designed and built by the innovative Turkey-based Numarine shipyard, is the first ever to be shown in Fort Lauderdale. The yacht is a true “open,” with large windows, skylights and a retractable sunroof that flood the main salon with light. The outdoor spaces are designed purely for the enjoyment of the sun. The lower deck holds four staterooms—a master, a VIP and two twins, all ensuite—as well as a full galley and crew quarters for two. The 78 Hardtop offers two power packages, each with two MAN V12 engines that provide either 1,224 horsepower or 1,550 horsepower. Depending on the engines, the 78 has top speeds of up to 38 knots and cruising speeds as high as 34 knots. The Numarine 78 exhibits excellent maneuverability and seakeeping abilities.

Location: Bahia Mar, G 717 • LOA: 78ft. 6in. (23.98m) Beam: 19ft. (5.8m) Engines: 2 x MAN V12 @ 1,224hp

NISI 2400

“Every so often, a boat comes along that really stands out from the crowd,” so states our article in the April 2011 issue of Yachts International magazine, which featured the NISI 2400 before her Fort Lauderdale debut. This boat may be built in composite (advanced Kevlar composite, to be precise), but the NISI team broke the mold when they built it. The 2400 is truly an innovative yacht through and through, and stylish to boot. The builders wanted to build it to superyacht standards, and made it so the yacht would meet MCA and RINA class requirements, a very seldom occurrence on a yacht this size (LOA is 78 feet). Zeus pods, a Skyhook system, a range of 1,500 nautical miles at 9 knots and a supremely stylish interior complete the attractive package.

Location: Bahia Mar, F/G Dock • LOA: 78ft. (23.6m) Beam: 19ft. 10in. (6.04m) Engines: 3 x Cummins @ 1,800hp

Sunseeker 73

The new Sunseeker Manhattan 73, part of Sunseeker’s and dealer Nautikos’ large display, features a generous beam. Three lower-deck staterooms, including an ensuite stateroom with large portholes, feature large beds and ample headroom. The main deck boasts an attractive open space. The large flybridge helm station has a nice console with companion seating. Sunseeker offers owners multiple options to customize their yachts, from power options—giving it a speed range of up to 34 knots—to a wide selection of interior finishes. It is one of several models new to the American market, including the Manhattan 53 and a new Predator 64, equipped with IPS drives.

Location: Bahia Mar, Face Dock 2A-H • LOA: 74ft. 2in. (22.6m) Beam: 18ft. 10in. (5.73m) Engines: various options

Ferretti 720

This attractive flybridge yacht—designed by Studio Zuccon International Project, Advanced Yacht Technology and the team at Centro Stile—offers owners many of the same innovative features found in the Ferretti 800 (also on display) in a slightly smaller package. The lower deck’s four staterooms include a full-beam master suite with two large windows—and crew quarters for three. Galley, formal dining and salon all reside directly behind the bridge in a flowing floor plan that makes the most of the available interior space. Sliding-glass doors open onto a dining area aft, and a staircase leads to the sun deck with a large sun pad. Ferretti offers two engine packages, which give her a maximum possible speed range of 31 to 33.5 knots and a cruising range of 28 to 30 knots.

Location: Bahia Mar, E Dock 500 • LOA: 71ft. 6in. (21.79m) Beam: 18ft. 8in. (5.7m) Engines: 2 x MTU 10V 2000 M92 @ 1,381hp or 2 x 10V 2000 M93 @ 1,524hp

Bertram 64

Somehow combining sleeker lines with a style that is a throw back to the early model Bertram sportfishers, the new Bertram 64 offers fishermen a delicate balance of speed, agility, strength and safety. Bertram offers several engine packages, but when powered by CAT C-32 Acert engines, the 64 tops out at around 40 knots. She also comes with standard features that will appeal to any serious fisherman, be he hobbyist or pro. The 194-square-foot cockpit offers plenty of workspace and storage including extra-large in-floor fish boxes, built-in bait well, spacious refrigerator and freezer space and ample rod storage to make sure you always have the necessary tools on hand.

Location: Bahia Mar, E Dock 500 • LOA: 67ft. 6in. (20.6m) Beam: 18ft. 5in. (5.62m) Engines: 2 x Caterpillar C32 @ 1,676hp or 1,825hp or 2 x MTU 16V 2000 CR M91 @ 2,001hp

Princess 60

This is the latest edition of Princess Yachts’ new 60 flybridge. Not the least of the yacht’s features is a very pleasing profile, with a flybridge extended aft to provide plenty of space for lounging up top and shading the U-shape seating area on the aft deck below. Nicely sized hull windows provide great views from the full-beam owner’s stateroom, one of three cabins to share smartly allocated space on the lower deck. Another nice feature is a large swim platform, which can be lowered for launch of a personal watercraft. Several engine options provide top speeds in the upper 30s. The Princess 60 is part of a large display featuring several other new models ranging in size from 42 to 85 feet.

Location: Bahia Mar, D Dock • LOA: 61ft. 1in. (18.61m) Beam: 15ft. 10in. (4.83m) Engines: various options

Horizon PC58 Catamaran

A very interesting new model by Horizon Yachts, this 58-foot catamaran, built in composite, features plenty of space and is packed with innovation. Horizon offers owners the ability to customize the interior finishes. The extra-wide beam allows an interesting layout with a salon, dining and open galley design, with plenty of room forward for a full-beam master suite, plus two cabins below. Up top, a flybridge has space for dining and sunning. Designed for fuel efficiency, the yacht has a draft of less than five feet, providing access to a variety of cruising areas.

Location: Bahia Mar, F Dock, 622-624 • LOA: 59ft. 9in. (18.22m) Beam: 24ft. 6in. (7.47m) Engines: 2 x Cummins QSM 11 @ 705hp each

Azimut Magellano 50

Cozy and comfortable, the first of this innovative RINA-classed mid-range cruiser was introduced in Genoa last year. Builder Azimut offers options for customization, and this particular one (presented by Azimut’s US dealer MarineMax) was appointed for the American yacht owner with an attractive leather interior. Gifted for navigation, the Magellano 50 has two wheelhouses, one on the main deck and one up on the flybridge next to the sunbathing/alfresco dining area. The lower deck accommodates two or three cabins with the remaining space devoted to either (or both) a study or a salon.

Location: Bahia Mar, E Dock • LOA: 51ft. 4in. (15.64m) BeAM: 15ft. 3in. (4.65m) Engines: 2 x Cummins QSB 5.9 @ 425 mHP

Prestige 500 FLY

Prestige is a motoryacht line that is part of French boating group Beneteau, which includes Monte Carlo Yachts and luxury sailboat builder CNB. This attractive 50-footer 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. Inside, the boat features a surprising three cabins, including a full-beam master suite with private access and great ocean views through large hull windows, plus a crew cabin aft. The boat has two helm stations for ease of maneuvering, and its IPS Volvo 600 engines provide a speed range of 24 knots (cruising) to 29 knots (top speed).

Location: Bahia Mar, F/G Dock • LOA: 49ft. 1in. (15.2m) Beam: 14ft. 11in. (4. 5m) Engines: 2 x IPS Volvo 600 @ 435hp each

Wider 42

Featured in our Innovation and Design section this summer (Yachts International, July 2011), the Wider 42 literally unfolds to provide passengers with additional lounging space. Belowdecks is an air-conditioned salon, which by night is the perfect sleeping quarters for two. A small head also fits here. Next to the helm on the main deck, a kitchenette and dining area rise straight out of the deck. The small stern garage holds a Jet Ski and, when not in use, becomes an additional lounging space. To top it all off, Wider will get you where you’re going without delay: the two Yanmar 8LV 370-horsepower engines give her a top speed of 46 knots.

Location: Bahia Mar, F/G Dock • LOA: 42ft. 4in. (12.9m) Beam (opened configuration): 21ft. 6in. (6.6m) Engines: 2 x Yanmar 8LV @ 370hp

Riva Iseo

This 27-foot runabout has the kind of grace that has earned Riva so many fans. The style harks back to gentlemen’s boats of years back, but is completely innovative through and through. This small yacht also easily adapts to the weather with either an electro-hydraulic bimini top or an automated convertible-style waterproof soft top by OPAC. Riva offers several engine packages, which provide a top speed range of 36 to 41 knots and a cruising speed range of 30 to 35 knots. The Riva Iseo also comes with a hybrid engine, ideal for cruising on a lake.

Location: Bahia Mar, E Dock 500 • LOA: 27ft. (8.24m) Beam: 8ft. 2in. (2.5m) Engines: various options

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