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Passagemakers

Passagemakers have made serious strides in efficiency as engine and hull technology continue to evolve, and some of these long-legged voyagers may feed our pure escapist fantasies.

Grand Banks 54The Garcia 54 made her debut this September in Europe and now makes her American introduction to show off her robust aluminum hull, get-home backup propulsion, and reported 4,000 NM range.

Grand Banks Yachts arrives with its 54 Heritage EU. After stepping out in Cannes she’s stateside, a solid cruiser with twin Cummins power built on the same, proven hull of the 53 Aleutian. Plus check out the 43 Heritage EU, an update of the Zeus-powered 41.

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If you haven’t seen the Pacific Mariner 85 lately, swing by and check out the intro model from Westport Yachts. With substantial range and an enormous flying bridge, there’s a lot to like. And who wouldn’t want a tried-and-true hull in the passagemaking game? Fleming continues to build its efficient and roomy 55- and 65-footers. Ask about the new 58 and 78. Meanwhile Hampton’s Endurance 680 makes waves among those squinting for the horizon. 

And speaking of efficiency, environmental awareness makes a lot of sense in this segment. The Magellano 50 incorporates a slippery hull that’s capable of some low fuel-burn numbers, while giving the option to goose the speed up to 18 knots. The Beneteau Swift Trawler line also seeks to open up cruising options by combining fuel-sipping cruise speeds with get-out-of-Dodge top hops. The 34-, 44-, and 50-footers will be on hand for inspection.

Ranger Tug 31The Ranger Tug 31 brings that de rigueur foredeck seating area that gives harbor views and privacy with stern-to docking.

The Kadey-Krogen 58 tells owners, “You can take it with you” with a roomy saloon and a galley equipped with full-size appliances. That spacious layout is the result of building a model from scratch.

The Horizon EP69 is the first step to the company’s expedition-yacht line, and she’s worth a look.

Marlow Yachts shows off a 70, a 97, and the 61E Mk 2, a fresh take on a proven hull. Use the boat show to get a sense of a builders’ priorities and see models side by side for comparison.

The Outer Reef 700 is the midpoint of this builder’s seven-model motoryacht line and a great spot to begin the conversation.

And the Nordhavn 47 is true to the builder’s cruising philosophy, with tremendous range and a seakindly hull in a shippy profile.

Outer Reef 700