They call Ft. Lauderdale the boating capital of the world for good reason, and the mammoth Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show fully embraces that notion. On display, Nov. 3-7, 2016, are vessels of all sizes, styles, and purposes, designed with one thing in mind: getting out on the water.
Whether you’re looking for a 300-foot superyacht, a 30-foot sport yacht, or a 3-foot SeaBob, the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show is here to realize marine dreams of every genre. Best of Yachting has covered many of the superyachts that will be on display. Now, it’s time to scan of some of the most interesting options that require a little less dock space, highlighting some builds worthy of attention. Take a look at our top ten options, with seven cool power models and three superb sailors:
The Riva brand turns heads everywhere, whether you’re cruising Lake Como or Ft. Lauderdale’s Intracoastal. Handsome profiles are met with power and quality. From the 27-foot Iseo to the 33-foot Aquariva, the 39-foot Rivamare, the 44-foot Rivarama and Riva Cruiser, and the 52-foot Express, these epic dayboats are the stuff of dreams. If you’re in the market for something a little bigger, check out the 76-foot Perseo, or the gorgeous Riva 88 Florida and the 88 Domino Super. They’re all here, so take your pick. Find the Iseo, the Aquariva, the Rivamare, the Perseo, and the 88s at Bahia Mar LOM E Dock 500 A-I. The Rivarama is at Bahia Mar LOM D Dock 32-39, the Riva Cruiser at D/E Dock 1-13, the Express at LOM D Dock 400-430.
Pershing hallmarks of style and speed are thoroughly embraced with the new Pershing 5x. Borrowing the “x” from the aeronautics industry, identifying elevated performance and technology, everything about this design suggests power. Choose between twin D11 725 HP Volvo Pentas or two 12.9 1000 HP Cats for a top speed of 35 and 45 respectively. Chic in all regards, this gorgeous build will impress from first glance, tethered to Bahia Mar LOM E Dock, 500 A-I.
Sunseeker Predator 57
Sleek styling and lots of glazing make the Predator one of the most popular models in this market. An electric hardtop roof opens to the sky, a door closes off the cockpit and the saloon, a wet bar and L-shaped seating entertain. Three cabins, oversized hull windows without mullions, and top speeds around 40 knots sweeten the appeal. Devour the details at Bahia Mar E Dock 502 A-D and LOM F Dock 48-52.
Ferretti Group 550
An elegant Ferretti profile, the 550 is available in both hard top and open bridge deck/soft bimini versions, with helm station, comfortable C-shaped sofa and table. Sliding glass slips across the aft saloon to control interior climate. A spacious aft deck with sun pads and sofa on the forward deck form a nice little niche that rewards with a great view. Stroll by Bahia Mar Face Dock 6 A-D for a closer look.
Marlow Yachts Explorer 58E
True to Marlow heritage, this explorer says “yes” to just about everything, with redundant systems, improved performance, and more space than her revered Marlow 57 predecessor. Sporting lots of teak, beautiful wood joinery, and walk around side decks, this new model began as the proverbial blank sheet, presenting clean entry and respectable buoyancy, observed quite comfortably from the semi-enclosed bridge. An explorer style yacht with a sturdier look, she will crank up to 27+ knots for a fabulous ride inside and out. Stop by and see the real deal at Bahia Mar, LOM B/C Dock 1-3, 20-21.
Delta Powerboats Carbon 54
The world’s first, large scale production, all-carbon boat, the Carbon 54 has won awards for fashion forward design, efficient performance, and simple comfort. The distinctive profile that comes with an edge leads to expectations for the interior, rewarded with high quality materials and strategic planning. Available in Tuna, Fly, Limo, and Open models, the 54 Carbon dances skillfully along at 24 knots, powering up to a top speed of 35. Lots of teak, Corian, windows, and sky-facing glazing, moveable glass keep things bright and beautiful. Check it out at Bahia Mar, LOM F/G Dock 29-32.
An Italian through and through, the Evo 43 is as innovative as she is beautiful. Minimalist design sees that cleats, anchor, and tender hooks tuck away for a clean profile. Hydraulics perform at the touch of a button, extending the beach club reach by 40 percent more in 30 seconds, controllable via iPhone. The dramatic deadrise hull angle does its part to increase fuel efficiency, running along at a top clip of 38 knots with a 300 nm cruising speed of 30. See this gorgeous import at Bahia Mar LOM F/G Dock 10.
Jeanneau 54 Agua Especial
You know what happens when Philippe Briand and Andrew Winch have a hand in the design of a boat, inside and out. All that superyacht talent has given the Jeanneau 54 advantages beyond her seaworthiness, from a long waterline and careful weight distribution to luxurious materials that lend timeless style and high livability in this well-designed craft. Try this one on for size at Pier 66 Marina C Dock 316.
Versatile and comfortable, this sailing catamaran offers either four or five independent cabin layouts, a well-equipped L-shaped or central galley, and plenty of outdoor space. Gull wing bridge deck, performance-oriented VPLP design, protected cockpit with sliding glass door, and large practical foredeck translate to a smooth sailing experience. See the details in person at Pier 66 C Dock 302.
Simplicity rules, with emphasis on reliability and easy sailing, with or without a crew, on board the Gunboat 55 sailing cat. With speed and style in her genes, this one will race all day long and celebrate well into the night. Two queen berths, galley, lounge, two heads, outdoor dining w SS BBQ and SS fridge drawer, marine audio system, Zeus displays, Vertifrigo refrigerator and freezer drawers, and a custom sail package are all on board. Get better acquainted at Pier 66 C Dock 305.