As my neighbors in Connecticut spend the day digging out from yet another slugger of a snowstorm, I’m happily looking at a very different kind of white landscape: miles and miles of gleaming fiberglass lining the docks at the Miami International Boat Show. Featuring more than 3,000 models, this event, which opens today, is one of the largest shows in the world, and many builders use the venue to debut some of their best new products.
New Models for Anglers
The Regulator 23 is what its North Carolina builder calls the biggest 23 in its class. With an Armstrong outboard bracket, LOA is 27’6”, although with an 8’6” beam, the boat is trailerable. Like all Regulators, this one rides on a proven deep-V hull by naval architect Lou Codega that will eat up the rough stuff off the coast.
Edgewater's 280 Center Console is designed to run with twin four-stroke outboards (600 hp max). One of the hot features: The integrated hardtop with skylight and tempered glass windshield are engineered to provide great sightlines.
For anglers with a passion for performance there’s the Intrepid 475 Panacea powered by quad or triple outboards. Like all Intrepids, this 47’6”-long model is built to be multipurpose, which is why features like a plush cruising-style lounge at the bow mix well with lots of deck space aft to work lines.
There’ll be a few surprises in Miami for the angling set, too, including one from Grady-White. The 251 Coastal Explorer is a hybrid and a boat with a look that’s new for the company. It can be fished inshore in skinny water and still offer more offshore capability than other models in its class. It’s for backwaters, beaches, sounds and inlets, yet has the robust offshore-style construction that’s a hallmark of the brand.
New Models for Cruisers
For dock walkers with dreams of cruising, new models to float those fantasies include the Cranchi Eco 53. While this Italian builder is best known for its express cruisers and flybridge yachts, it now wants us to think of it as a trawler company, too. The 53 will run long-distances efficiently with Volvo IPS 600s. We like the interior, which is modern and not what everyone expects to see on a boat built for the slower lane.
The Fairline Targa 48 built in the U.K. makes its U.S. debut in Miami. It’s the first Fairline specifically designed around Volvo’s IPS drives, and the first to employ weight-reducing, performance-enhancing resin-infusion lamination techniques. Top-end speed should clear 30 knots.
For those in search of a downeast-style cruiser, navigate your way over to the Back Cove booth, where their new flagship Back Cove 41 will be tethered to the dock. The 41 is one of the prettiest s on the water. Designed with two cabins and two heads, this model is a good fit for couples or families with plans for long-term cruising as it rides on a stable planing hull form powered by a single, fuel-efficient 600-hp Cummins QSC 8.3 diesel.
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