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Express Cruisers

For sleek looks, performance, and just plain fun on the water, we think today’s express cruisers are better than ever. 

Princess V39The Princess V39 is on hand, a great starting point for this British builder to introduce a number of quality models to American boaters. The company is also showing a new 57 and other motor-yachts you don’t want to miss—keep reading.

Riva has long brought a heightened sense of style to American shores. The new Riva 63 Virtus is no exception: From her striking radar mast to her seductive hull, she draws the eye and stimulates the senses. The company’s 86 Domino and 27 Iseo will also be at the show.

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That crowd gathered at the docks may be around the Atlantis 58, which can have a striking color scheme that highlights her sharp design. And she’ll have her 38-foot sibling in tow. Meanwhile the Zeelander 44 creates a stir with a profile springing from the art deco period with the paint job to match.

The Cruisers 41 and 45 Cantius show up with layouts ready to entertain, while the nimble 380 Express is certainly worth a look for the sporty set.

Hullside windows catch the eye on the Riviera 500 Sport, and performance will catch the heart. The Sunseeker 48 Portofino puts the owner’s suite aft, while scissoring single berths in the bow open up the accommodation options. Meanwhile the new Sea Ray 510 Sundancer adds an optional third stateroom into the mix. Sea Ray has new 37- and 35-footers to show off as well. 

Sea Ray 350For spirited performance, the Uniesse 55 Sport hits 35 knots with a standard pair of 800-horsepower MAN diesels and the new Lazzara 64 LSX reaches the same mark with twin 900-horsepower Volvos matched to IPS1200s. Meanwhile the Pershing 92 is said to hit a rollicking 41 knots with her Arneson surface drives turned by two 2,638-horsepower MTUs.

The Maritimo 43 comes with standard Volvo stern drives, but traditional shafts and nontraditional pods are also offered. However, the real choice lies in the accommodations plans, where there’s an option to sleep six below.

Put the people first and you may end up with a boat like the Tiara 4500, where the size of the swim platform and a gaping sunroof make for enjoyable days on the water. Meanwhile, Regal’s 42 and 46 make great boating days hard to beat with an open-air layout and plenty of room for sun-drenched get-togethers. 

The Sealine SC38 heralds the British builder’s continued return to this side of the Atlantic after a corporate-enforced ten-year hiatus. The 38 is an update of the 35-footer that set European hearts aflutter, and she’s accompanied by a pair of larger models, the F48 and C48

Fairline’s 50 Targa GT uses a huge sliding sunroof to open the entire saloon space to overhead breezes, and multiplying overall enjoyment. Need ten more feet? Fairline’s got a 60 Targa GT to show off as well.

The Prestige 500S is equipped with many features carried on much larger yachts. It starts with a tender garage and numerous hullside windows, but the list gets long by the time the three-stateroom layout is added.Prestige 500S