Interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021, it has been two years since boat builders from around the world gathered in Miami for yachting’s annual February extravaganza—the triple bill of the Miami International Boat Show, SuperYacht Miami, and Miami Yacht Show.
Back this year as a single combined event at six separate locations, the new Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show attracted more than 100,000 visitors over its five-day run, presenting hundreds of new and brokerage vessels of up to 60 metres in length. Despite continuing supply chain headaches for builders, many brands presented new models. Here is a sample.
French yacht builder Beneteau presented its Swift Trawler 48 in Miami, with a interior focused on easy living by Andreani Design. The aft cockpit has room for a table and two director’s chairs that combine with a large transverse bench seat to maximize the indoor/outdoor living space. The foredeck offers the option of a sunpad with forward seating on which to curl up with a drink and a good book, while a spacious salon leads to comfortable overnight accommodations below.
In keeping with the South Florida market, large centre consoles were conspicuous, including in Boston Whaler’s new Outrage 360, announced days before the show opened. Designed from the keel up to maximize interior space and functionality, the 360 Outrage delivers what the company describes as an effortless boating experience with its intuitive helm station, first-of-a-kind Fathom electrification system, and available lithium-ion battery system. Standard power is triple Mercury 300s, with options including triple 450s or twin 600 V12s.
Formula Powerboats also chose the Miami show to introduce two new centre console designs: the fishing-oriented 387 Center Console Fish (CCF) and the entertainment-focused 387 Center Console Sport (CCS). Stretching 38 feet seven inches in length and riding on a 12-foot beam, both feature Formula’s high-performance sport hull form with outboard power options from Mercury ranging up to twin Verado 600s. Both boats also include an electronics suite with twin Garmin or Raymarine 16-inch displays, a Rockford Fosgate stereo with JL Audio speakers, air conditioning, and more.
Pershing Yachts claims the stunning Pershing GTX116, the first launch in its all-new GX series, “redefines the boundaries of the 24-to-40-metre market segment.” The GTX116 features interior and exterior design by Fulvio De Simoni, with an emphasis on onboard comfort and leading-edge technology starting with a composite hull and superstructure. With its 35.24-metre overall length and 7.72-metre beam, the GTX116 offers 165 square metres of outdoor spaces for maximum sunning opportunities. Standard power is three MAN 1,800-horsepower diesels driving Kamewa waterjets.
Regal enters 2022 with a trio of new models topped by its 38 FXO. This outboard-powered weekender can be captained from the bridge for 360-degree open-air views or indoors from the upper salon surrounded by panoramic windows. Standard features include a bow thruster, an automatic fire suppression system, an aft cockpit grill station, a hidden drop-down TV, a Garmin glass cockpit dash, and a huge option list offering endless opportunities to personalize the yacht.
Constructed with a cutting-edge carbon epoxy, Scout’s luxurious 400 LXF is a legitimate feat of innovation. Standards features include a Seakeeper stabilizer system; a unique leaning post that includes a Kenyon grill, sink, and cutting board; a hydraulic port-side beach platform, articulating rocket-launcher-style fishing-rod holders on the top that collapse for deployment of a cockpit sunshade; an electronically actuated hideaway entertainment station; and fully digital helm—just the start of what this premium day boat has to offer.
Tiara Yachts revealed its new EX 60 in Miami, noting it will be its largest inboard-powered model to date. Presented as a semicustom build, the EX 60 allows owners to select from four mid- and aft-cockpit configurations, while the below-deck accommodation features three cabins and two private heads in all variants. Power will come from twin Volvo Penta IPS pod drives, supported by the latest Volvo and Garmin helm technology, including an assisted docking capability.
Valhalla Boatworks also presented a new luxury centre console in Miami with its new V-46. Features include a Michael Peters–designed double-stepped hull, Costa Marine bench seating at the helm with a second row of seating for four additional guests, as well as aft-facing mezzanine seating, air conditioning, teak stair treads, and a spacious interior filled with natural light. Power options range up to quad Mercury V12 600s, giving this big weekender the power to go anywhere.