Broward is on the comeback trail.
New ownership, new styling, and a whole new philosophy should make this venerable brand once again a force to be reckoned with in the yachting world. New owner Tom Lewis has reinvigorated the company, envisioning an upscale series of offerings from 120 to 155 feet. The first of these is the 120-foot raised pilothouse model, and her looks alone portend great promise for the builder's resurrection.
Part of the new philosophy is having Broward's in-house design team collaborate with outside designers. For this project, U.K.-based designer Evan Marshall has styled a dramatic profile with gracefully curved glass panels sweeping the entire length of her deckhouse. Dominating the forward portion of the deckhouse, the sumptuous master suite boasts dramatic vistas, a king-size sleeping area, and an oversize his-and-hers head. Amidships is a large country kitchen-style galley with direct access to crew quarters forward on the lower deck. Farther aft on the main deck, the saloon and formal dining room extend full beam to achieve maximum interior space. (Hull No.1, to be introduced at the 2006 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, will have the layout shown here; Hull No. 2 will offer walkaround side decks.)
On the aft deck, a U-shape bar and an alfresco seating area are sheltered by the extended flying bridge. To keep guests comfortable even in humid climes, 36,000 Btus of air conditioning can be ducted down onto the aft deck, lowering the temperature by about ten degrees. A circular stairway leads from the aft deck up to a sun lover's haven on the bridge deck, offering a plethora of open-air seating and sunning areas, along with a full bar and circular hot tub.
While her styling and amenities are certainly notable, there's much more to the story of the new Broward. Engineered in collaboration with naval architects at the Winchester Design Group, her aluminum hull and deckhouse are built to ABS classification standards, and the builder has gone to great lengths to make the interior as quiet as possible. Sounddown acoustic insulation is applied throughout the hull, and insulated panels are installed between staterooms.
This article originally appeared in the July 2006 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.