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Express Cruisers

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

Jason Y. Wood

Today’s express cruisers do more than ever before, upping the ante with unheard-of performance while dialing in the comfort level. 

Sealine SC42The Mangusta 92 will impress anyone with her combination of living space and race car performance. Prestige brings its 500S with a sleek design and a showstopping layout. Take a close look at the Cruisers 45 Cantius—you may like what you see.

The Fairline Targa 62 Gran Turismo is ready to take on your next adventure, with flexible space aft that either carries a tender garage or crew’s quarters. Sun worshipers will gravitate to the huge sunpad, while a giant sunroof opens the saloon to the open air. Fairline will also show off the Targa 38 Open and 50 GT.

Beneteau’s Gran Turismo 49 Fly uses Volvo Penta IPS power to bring smart performance and dock-hugging maneuverability. The Gran Turismo 38 and 44 will also be represented at the show, both with joystick-controlled stern drives.

The Princess V39 is an intriguing entry point into the company’s top-flight line.

The Gdansk, Poland-built Galeon 430 HTC and 420 Fly are sister models that share many appealing features.

The Sessa C44 makes her stateside debut with such features as an Americanized cockpit and Volvo IPS power.

The Absolute 40 STL represents the sport line and offers an open dinette with grill area trailed by a massive sunpad. A convertible V-berth in the bow and an amidships master are belowdecks.

The Marquis 500 SC creates a stir with her Nuvolari-Lenard design, punctuated by a round hullside window, and Volvo IPS propulsion system. Her sleek stablemate, the 420 SC, will also be available.

Riva will be well represented by the new 63 Virtus, as well as the 33-foot Aquariva Super and the 27-foot Iseo, which offer spirited performance and fresh breezes.

If you haven’t seen the Sea Ray 510 sundancer, it’s time to get to Miami Beach. Meanwhile the 370 Venture has a secret—concealed outboards.

The Maritimo C43 creates a much larger feel than her LOA would suggest, thanks to well-thought-out cockpit, and a flexible accommodation design. Need more space? Look for the C50 as well.

The Cranchi M44 HT was built for those days on the water marked by soft golden light and calm breezes—a huge canvas panel in the hard top slides back to open the entire enclosed space to those delightful elements.

Make it a point to check out the Sunseeker Predator 80, making her stateside debut.

The Riviera 445 SUV places a large and flexible saloon seating arrangement in a hull that provides a solid feel in a seaway. The company also delivers the Cummins Mercruiser Zeus-powered 5000 Sport Yacht and Volvo Penta IPS-powered 5800 Sport Yacht to the show.

Sealine brings its sporty SC42 to the beach. The Uniesse Sport 55 offers proven performance and layouts that cater both to American and European sensibilities.

The Regal 52 Sport Coupe and 42 Sport Coupe are ready for action with a full slate of amenities including Volvo IPS.