The Miami boat show stands divided. The popular Yachts Miami Beach—rebranded the Miami Yacht Show—continues to attract new models to Collins Ave., while the Miami International BOAT Show at Virginia Key continues to grow steadily.
We break down where some of the most popular models and debuts will be located.
Absolute Navetta 73
You may be surprised to find out the new Absolute Navetta 73 is powered by the 1,000-horsepower Volvo Penta IPS1350s—the first boat to lay claim to that installation. The best part: This design makes the most of it, with smooth acceleration, crisp turns, and nearly 26 knots at the top end. —Jason Y. Wood
If I had to describe this boat in one word it would be performance. Yes, her visible carbon-fiber construction looks sleek, but it’s the weight savings that material lends the S7 that adds up to an exceptionally fun experience at the helm. —Daniel Harding Jr.
Originally launched in 2011, this popular model from a brand owned by Riviera Yachts has been refreshed and is making the rounds at the U.S. shows. Now with a pair of 600-horsepower Volvo Penta IPS 800s—and impressive access to them—I expect to hear people in Miami saying, “Did you see that new 54 from Belize?” —Daniel Harding Jr.
Beneteau Gran Turismo 50
Making her U.S. debut at Virginia Key, the GT 50 is the new flagship of Beneteau’s family of sport cruisers. The 50 boasts an elegant profile, a planing hull, Volvo Penta IPS 600 power, and a hardtop with a retractable sunroof. Two available layouts offer a large salon or an extra cabin, giving future owners plenty to like. —Simon Murray
Boston Whaler 380 Outrage
At 60 years young you might expect Boston Whaler to be slowing down a step, but the 380 Outrage proves the builder is hungrier than ever to serve serious boaters. From its climate-controlled helm to the illuminated rod stowage below, this boat is loaded with features cruisers and anglers alike will appreciate. —Daniel Harding Jr.
Cheoy Lee 72
Interested in a motoryacht with commercial-grade engineering and a level of dockside maneuverability that encourages owner operation? Check out the Cheoy Lee 72. Not only does she boast shippy features like a single fuel tank, a sea chest, and two automated gensets, but she’s also got Volvo Penta IPS. —Bill Pike
Cruisers 42 Cantius
This sporty, luxury cruiser first made her debut at Ft. Lauderdale, where her sleek exterior lines caught the eyes of Editor-at-Large Pete Frederiksen. What he, and others, found most impressive about the 42 Cantius is her sliding glass door that opens fully to reveal a free-flowing entertainment space that extends from the cockpit to the helm. —Simon Murray
Hatteras 90 Panacera
There’s nothing like a big, bodacious motoryacht that talks back to you, literally. Thanks to her new HattCON ship-management system—with an interface that’s as user-friendly as an iPhone’s—the M90 Panacera reveals every ongoing detail of her expansive, expertly crafted, joystick-facilitated existence. And it’s all good! —Bill Pike
I’m not a psychic, but here’s a prediction for you: The FD85 from Horizon Yachts will be a heavily trafficked commodity along Collins Ave. Designed by Cor D. Rover, the 85-foot FD85 is a big yacht that feels bigger, thanks to a 23-foot 3-inch beam and expansive cutaways in the bulwarks that offer striking sightlines through the floor-to-overhead salon windows. —Simon Murray
Intrepid 407 Panacea
The metallic blue paint job on this newcomer to the Intrepid fleet will be the first thing that catches your attention. Next will be the level of finish. Then you’ll learn this 40-footer has a 61-plus-knot top end and what Intrepid is calling its “best running hull yet.” You might just find yourself signing up for a sea trial. —Daniel Harding Jr.
Kadey Krogen 50 Open
It’s one of a few boats to debut in Miami this year—and debuts are exciting, of course, especially when the debutante is totally new, not just a mere modification. Open? Yup, there’s absolutely no bulkhead that seals off the wheelhouse as with other Krogen yachts. You gotta check it out! —Bill Pike
The Lagoon Seventy8 may be the dream upgrade. She’s got the deck spaces of a 115-foot monohull, according to the builder, but also a 20-knot top speed with a pair of 580-horsepower John Deere diesels, and a 4-foot 2-inch draft—not to mention a fold-out balcony in the master suite. Dream away. —Jason Y. Wood
A newcomer to the U.S. market, the Okean 50 turned heads when it debuted in Lauderdale thanks to enormous fold-down gunwales and 360-degree (really) sightlines. We expect this fresh face from Brazil—and represented in the U.S. by HMY—will continue to garner widespread attention. —Daniel Harding Jr.
Prestige has been really inventive lately in putting more and more usable space in its layouts, and the 630S is no exception with three staterooms. The amidships master spans the full beam and has its own entry companionway opposite the galley, giving a sense of solitude that I am accustomed to seeing on larger yachts. It’s a game changer. —Jason Y. Wood
Pursuit DC 365
Aimed at the boater who is just as likely to fish with friends as they are to overnight with the family, the 365 comes equipped with features for both. Cockpit door, livewell, insulated fix box, plenty of stowage, A/C, a compact galley, and so on. Triple Yamaha F300s should lend this versatile platform a 43-plus knot top end. —Daniel Harding Jr.
Sabre 45 Salon Express
This is a smart cruiser for two people. You know, adventurous types who love to go places, with guests, albeit occasionally. Two staterooms. Two heads. Made-in-the-USA construction, with Down East cachet. From a company with a knack for building excellent sea boats. See for yourself on the 45 Salon Express. —Bill Pike
Yacht designer Bill Dixon uses light as a tool to set the Sealine C430 apart. Large windows in the topsides and huge expanses of glass allow sunlight into the salon, and change the lines of sight on this Volvo Penta IPS-powered 43-footer. A retractable cloth section in the cockpit hardtop overhang lets the owner choose sun over shade. —Jason Y. Wood
Sea Ray SLX 400
Admit it—you’ve always been a little into the whole Transformers thing. So, hey! You gotta investigate the Sea Ray SLX 400. It puts out more significant wow-factor than Optimus Prime! There are fold-down, deck-expanding coamings, seats that spin and unobtrusive (invisible) paddleboard storage. All this and a top hop of 40 knots? Yeah! —Bill Pike
Sunseeker 76 Yacht
Sunseeker piles on the superlatives with reckless abandon as the British builder continues to disrupt the marketplace with models that create buzz at all the boat shows. The 76 Yacht is no different, with a useful flybridge and foredeck paired to a four-stateroom layout, all in a yacht that can hit 32 knots, according to the builder. —Jason Y. Wood
Do you like a Tiara with outboards? Three 300s? Or maybe three 350s that are capable of doing—well, we’re hearing 43 knots from TiaraLand. Of course, such uncharted territory deserves a good look, and don’t worry. The day-boaty, center-console-inspired Tiara 38 LS (Luxury Sport) offers all the craftsmanship, engineering expertise, and class that Tiara’s famous for. And then some. —Bill Pike
Viking 93 MY
On my list of boats to see at Ft. Lauderdale was Viking’s new flagship. It didn’t disappoint. At 93 feet 5 inches LOA, the 93 MY is the largest offering in the boatbuilder’s history—and every inch is impressive, from the enormous forward galley to the five-stateroom layout to the sunny skylounge. —Simon Murray