Well, it’s that time again. The Yachts Miami Beach boat show began this morning with frosty temps but plenty of enthusiasm. While tooling around the show, I encountered some pretty interesting stuff. Check it out:
Kadey Krogen celebrated its 600th yacht with a 44-footer owned by happy campers Sue and Bill Ewing (far right). Annapolis sales exec (far left) and vice president of sales Tucker West officiated.
Tucker West also introduced a very very new model for Kadey Krogen: the 50’ Open. With expedition-style good looks outside and an entirely new (for Krogen) layout on the inside, the 50 is expect to launch in roughly two year’s time.
Among other things, the Nimbus 365 Coupe (a Swedish-built boat debuting at the show) offers a single Volvo Penta diesel encased in a thick, insulated soundbox. This feature is said to make the boat exceptionally quiet. It also spiffs up the ER a good bit as well.
The Aquila 44 from MarineMax is a very popular powercat, with four staterooms and bulbous-bow-enhanced performance. But what’s this? A stateroom transformed into a walk-in closet? For owners who plan to live aboard? The same folks also specified a stacked washer and dryer (shown here) in the adjoining head. And office space (also shown here) in the master stateroom forward.
Check out the Polish-built Galeon 500’s rotating stern lounge module. Wanna watch the sun go down? Aim the settee aft. Wanna watch the TV in the saloon. Aim the settee forward. Other features include fold-down “balconies” along the hullsides, an ample garage for a tender, and heavily-framed side windows that lower in automotive fashion.