Not long after Robert Beebe quit navigating aircraft carriers for the U.S. Navy and jumped into recreational boats with both feet, the first truly viable, bluewater globetrotter—Beebe called her Passagemaker—was born. And since Beebe’s fabled Passagemaker made her many voyages years ago, crossing oceans in comparative comfort and with considerable efficiency, an entire genre of boats has been born, some following in Beebe’s wake, others staying a little closer to the coastline. In any case, whether she’s a coastwise cruiser or a true ocean-crosser, such boats stir the imagination, and often the heart.
If you want to step aboard a true greyhound of the seas, capable of traveling around the world on her own bottom, while providing safety and comfort for her crew, check out the Nordhavn 76. A northwest-styled vessel, with an after pilothouse and shoreboat stowage (with crane) on the foredeck, the 76 is both elegantly finished and seemingly as rugged as a salvage tug. One warning, though. Stay too long onboard this beauty and you’ll develop a bad case of wanderlust.
While Kadey-Krogen Yachts launched the Krogen 58 a couple of years ago, the model on display at this year’s Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show is brand new. Moreover, like her predecessors, she offers an owner some very interesting—and very inspiring—statistics: 6 knots—5,690 nautical miles; 7 knots—3,840 nautical miles; 8 knots—2,590 nautical miles; 9 knots—1,780 nautical miles; 10 knots—1,240 nautical miles. All the range numbers are based on a 10 percent reserve, of course. Care to take a boat ride?
While Marlow Yachts enjoys the highest rating available for CE Ocean Class vessels, they additionally feature “Unrestricted Navigation” certificates from Bureau Veritas, a fact that testifies to their strength, durability, and true oceangoing capability. Marlow will have two new models on hand, the Marlow Explorer 58E and the Marlow Explorer 80E. And additionally, the builder will display hull No. 1 of the Marlow Explorer 66E as well as the Marlow Explorer 97E. All Marlows are dry-stack infused, meticulously finished, and carefully engineered. And here’s a little bonus. David Marlow, who’s acquired and re-energized Mainship as well as the Merrill Stevens shipyard in recent years, is expected to announce “a new project” during the show. It seems Mr. Marlow never sleeps.
Put naval architect Michel Joubert, designer Pierre Frutschi, and a Beneteau engineering team together and you get a very special watercraft—the new Swift Trawler 50, a boat that boasts all the features of other, smaller, albeit highly successful, Beneteau Swift Trawlers, plus a raft of innovative goodies to boot. A matched set of 435-metric-horsepower Volvo Penta IPS600s provides the motive power. And while you’re looking over the 50, why not take a look at the Swift Trawler 44 and Swift Trawler 34. They’ll be at the show as well.
Some Grand Banks offerings on display will include the 65 Aleutian, the 43 Europa Heritage, the 54 Europa Heritage, and the 47 Classic.
Of course, Ocean Alexander has extended its repertoire into the realm of very large vessels in recent years and the company’s offerings during this boat-show season reflect that fact. On hand at Lauderdale will be the 120 Megayacht, 72 Pilothouse, 78 Motoryacht, and 90 Motoryacht. All Ocean Alexander models share in a host of engineering virtues, among them solid-fiberglass bottoms, carbon fiber and aluminum I-beam reinforcements, and reinforced bulkheads.
The Greenline 40 is, quite possibly, a harbinger of the future. Some experts think that hybrid or diesel-electric powerplants (see “Future Shock,” in our October issue) will some day predominate the realm of yacht propulsion. Besides its hybrid prime mover, the 40 also sports other green features galore, like a super-efficient hull form, a considerable expanse of solar panels, Lithium-ion battery banks, and a light displacement a la resin infusion.
President of Paragon Motor Yachts Scott Robinson spent some 25 years as a yacht captain before founding Paragon. Noted for their exceptional sound-and-vibration-attenuation programs as well as a super-practical but thorough approach to engineering, the yachts today fit into 86-, 94- and 102-foot envelopes, although each vessel is custom built. A new 94 will be at the show.
Ready for the dual-mode hull? That’s what Azimut calls the running surface that undergirds its Magellano series of yachts. The point, the folks at Azimut say, is to capitalize on efficiency at displacement speeds and, thanks to comparatively flat after sections, facilitate planning speeds when necessary. Magellanos also offer some nifty features, like UV-resistant film on windows (very practical, we say) and an optional Xenta Joystick for easy dockside maneuvering. It’s expected that a Magellano 50 will be on hand at the show and perhaps other models.