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Motoryachts

Insider’s Guide to the Boat Shows in Miami - 2013

Jason Y. Wood

Yachts that fall into the motoryacht category strive to be all things to all yachtsmen. And that’s why the resulting combinations of performance, appearance, amenities, and engineering continue to amaze.

Ferretti 870The Azimut 54 uses 730-horsepower MAN diesels matched to V-drives to get impressive performance while freeing up space for accommodations. The 55S goes a different route, with triple 435-horsepower Volvo IPS pods that maximize maneuverability. Azimut’s 70-footer gets an interior makeover that must be seen.

Fairline brings its Squadron 65, as well as the 42- and 50-foot iterations from that line, which exhibit consistent design cues including irresistible flying bridges and plenty of hullside windows. 

The Sessa Sport Fly 54 makes a splash with her U.S. debut, thanks to a flying-bridge galley area and impressive three-stateroom layout. The company will also be represented by the Fly 45, about which Senior Editor Kevin Koenig said: “I ran the performance test from the boat’s flying bridge helm, which is still the optimal place to drive a sun-worshiping vessel like this, no matter how good the sightlines are belowdecks. The topside helm is part of a flying bridge that—mark my words—will leave your guests chattering, namely because of its relative enormity.”

Say hello to the Prestige 620S, which combines a gaping sunroof with a flying bridge. Prestige also brings the 500 Fly and  550 Fly to Miami.

Maritimo shows off its M58, which Editor-in-Chief George Sass Jr. tested for our November 2012 issue and wrote: “During our sea trial of the 58 we hit 31.7 knots for an average top end in a sheltered waterway and then headed out into the Coral Sea to put the boat to the real test. Seas were four to five feet and remained confused from a passing front. Nevertheless, once I got going I didn’t want to turn around. The 58 found a groove that was habit-forming. She rose over each wave like a battleship, and settled into the ensuing trough with triumphant glee, throwing spray well beyond her forward quarter. The variable-deadrise hull took everything I threw at her with ease.” Maritimo also brings its M45 to Miami.

Pursuit boats integrates Yamaha outboards into its design of the SC365i to provide smooth performance and an inboard profile.

Monte Carlo Yachts created its 70 to appeal to yachtsmen with sophisticated tastes, a suitable follow up to the company’s 65- and 76-footers, which will also be on display.

Cheoy Lee’s Alpha line includes the technologically marvelous Express 76 and her stablemate, the 76 Flybridge (tested by Senior Editor Kevin Koenig on page 90). Cheoy Lee also brings her more conventional design, the composite-hulled Bravo 88.

Impressive accommodation spaces are a hallmark of the Carver 54, a true pilothouse design built to go places in style. The C34 is making a big splash, with accommodations for six and a flying bridge in a sleek package loaded with creature comforts.

The Cranchi Fifty 4 Fly and Fifty 8 Fly bring big flying bridges and fashion-forward design to Miami, along with the Sixty 6 Fly, and a striking model nomenclature.

The Horizon E54 and E88 showcase this builder’s commitment to pushing the technological envelope, with such additions as using low-e glass throughout, and a dynamic positioning system at the helm.

The Ferretti 870 makes her debut in Miami, and will surely be worth a look to see if she reminds you of a shark as much as she does us. The 690 will also be shown stateside for the first time, while the 800, 720, and 530 will be on the scene as well.

If you haven’t seen the Absolute 55 Fly, take another look at this month’s cover. Be sure also to check out the 64 STY, a sleek design with a lot of layout for her LOA.

Princess Yachts continues its impressive output of new product, with sport yachts including the V72, V62-S, and V57, and flying-bridge models including the 64, 56, and 42.

Hatteras continues to refine its 80-, 72-, and 60-foot Motor Yachts, built with American ingenuity. And look at the Astondoa 65 GLX and 70 GLX.

Sealine introduces the F42 to America at this show, and also brings along the F48.

Read all about the Pershing 82 on page 76, so you know what to expect when you see her here for the first time. Pershing will also have the 92, 74, and 64 on hand.

The NISI 2400GT known as Diva will be making a splash at South Beach, sporting customization and an airy, open saloon. The latest iteration of the Pacific Mariner 85 will also be on display: This proven hull is sure to inspire wanderlust even as she sits dockside. Riva’s 75- and 86-footers will surely cause a splash. The Krogen Express 52 is a classic design with an enduring profile and range to match. And the Polish-built Galeon sets apart its 70 SkyDeck with creative design elements, such as saloon doors that slide into the deck to meld indoor and exterior spaces.

With her signature get-up-and-go the Maiora 96 will cause a stir on the docks, as will her stablemate, the 116. And Custom Line’s 26-meter Navetta offers semidisplacement cruising with Italian style.

For a consistently spectacular megayacht, look no further than the Westport 112. The company’s 130-foot 40M will also be on hand.

As winner of Best Boat Overall from the AIM Marine Group 2012 Editors’ Choice Awards, the Ocean Alexander 120 should be a show stop on any yacht guy’s list.

Look for the gleaming black hardtop on the flying bridge of the Marquis 630 Sport Yacht. This company takes American construction in new directions, and its 720 Flybridge, as well as 500 and 420 Sport Bridge models show a refinement in design combined with excellent fit and finish.