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More From Beneteau, This Time With a Twist

For some time now we've been telling you that Beneteau is targeting the United States in a big way. (We'll be featuring a test of its new Swift Trawler 44 in our June issue.) Now comes word of yet another line coming to America called the Flyer Gran Turismos. It consists of four ranging from 34 to 49 feet, all of which are already popular in Europe. To get an idea of what the 34 and 38 will look like when they debut at this year's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, check out this very hip and high-tech video preview.But the Flyers are about more than just style. Three of the four models that intro at Fort Lauderdale will be equipped with a proprietary hull design called the Air Step. Designed in house by three Beneteau engineers, it's unique in that it uses forward-facing midship hull steps on either side which create an air cushion between the aft running surface and the water. Beneteau says  Air Step "optimizes maneuverability, particularly in curves and turns." Should be worth a test run!