It sure has been tough to keep up with the activities of David Marlow over the past 12 months. The 97, however, stands out as a very worthy accomplishment of this entrepreneurial boatbuilder. The new vessel embraces Marlow’s “small ship” mentality, where everything is overbuilt and meant to overperform. Indeed, the 97, now the flagship of the Marlow line, is built to tough Bureau Veritas standards, and uses Marlow’s own Full Stack Infusion process to reduce weight and add strength. It has six staterooms and four heads, plus an enclosed skylounge, and can cruise at 25 knots. Dial back to 9 knots and the range is 4,000 nautical miles.
Meeting the needs of boaters in the U.S. has some builders around the world scratching their heads, but not Rio Yachts. This Italian builder knows what works and what doesn’t, and adds a creative touch and fine finish to differentiate its product from lots of other boats out there.
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