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Hydra Sports Crushes Fish and Sandbars

I have to be honest with you; I’m not overly familiar with Hydra Sports, the Knoxville-based builder of fast, flashy center consoles. But I’ve been really impressed with what I’ve seen from them in the Convention Center.

Be Prepared

A sudden storm, and electronic failure, and the device that saved the day.

I heard this story at ACR Electronics display at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, celebrating the latest members of ACR SurvivorClub. Yeah, you know what that means.

Everything Old is New Again

A bit of a theme I’ve noticed after the first day of the show that I hadn’t seen (or maybe noticed) before, is companies trotting out vintage models of their boats at the docks. Hatteras has the very first Hatteras ever built, Knit Wits, floating outside of their display, and Fairline has one of their first builds, a classic-looking little riverboat, at theirs. It’s cool to see the evolution of the boats as well as the companies’ ties to their past in these vessels. I’ll be sure to keep my eyes peeled for more.

Monte Carlo Debuts the MC5

Last night Monte Carlo debuted their all-new MC5 stateside with the help of racecar driver Townsend Bell and a whole lot of champagne. The party was, as expected, populated by all of the beautiful people, as well as a handful of marine journalists. The MC5 is the smallest Monte Carlo yet, with an LOA just under 50 feet. She is the first in a line of smaller Monte Carlos, including her sistership the MC5S (an express version of last night’s boat) and the even smaller MC4.

Those Special Show Moments

Big boat shows like the one held in Ft. Lauderdale every year offer a remarkable potential—just when you least expect it, you can find yourself sitting in the saloon of some boat some place with a bunch of people you’ve only read about, or who know way more about boats than you do, or who are well above average in their ability to please and handle an audience.

The Vikings Are Coming

As we were going to press in late September, we caught up with Peter Frederiksen of Viking Yachts to talk about the company’s new, highly anticipated Viking 92, which will make her debut at the 2014 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. Here’s what he had to say about the boat, and other happenings at Viking’s New Jersey plant.

Viking 92 hull