Before last year’s Fort Lauderdale Boat Show we told you about five hot new boats that premiered, and now it’s time to take a pre-show gander at boats that will be making some serious waves at the Lauderdale show for 2016. If you plan to attend the show be sure to check these models out, and if you won’t be there, stay tuned to boats.com to learn more as we roll out reviews and videos of these news-making vessels.
1. Bertram 35
The Bertram name is nothing less than a legend in the boating world, but this builder had a difficult time during the recession and is now under new ownership. Their first task? Introduce an all-new Bertram that incorporates traditional Bertram looks into a modern package. We got a sneak-peek at the 35 when it appeared at the Annapolis boat show, and while cautioning that we haven’t sea trialed the boat yet, at first glance the 35 looks like a grand-slam home-run. It does, in fact, retain the vintage Bertram look—but it’s also modern on the inside and has a unique cabin design which feels light, airy, and open. Old-time Bertram lovers are going to go gaga over this boat—and it’s bound to bring some new fans into the fold, too.
For more information on the Bertram 35, visit Bertram.
2. Fairline Squadron 48
The Squadron 48 comes to the U.S. for the first time from long-established UK builder, Fairline, and while Europeans have had a chance to see the 48 before, Fort Lauderdale will give us our first glimpse of the boat on this side of the Atlantic. Equipped with touches like a submersible swim platform, an extended flybridge, and a full-sized refrigerator/freezer, this is a boat that treads into yacht territory. Plus, it’s powered with IPS pod drives, which means it handles like a dream and hits surprisingly swift top-end speeds—32 knots, with a pair of 550 HP IPS700s.
For more information, visit Fairline.
3. Formula 430 SSC
At 43’ long the new 2017 Formula 430 SSC becomes this builder’s flagship model. This is a day-boat with plenty of protection from the elements, thanks to a large hard-top with multiple sunroofs, and entertaining areas both fore and aft. It features cutting-edge construction and design, incorporating digital switching, Raymarine wireless iPad control, multiple USB charging ports, Wi-Fi lighting control that can synch to the beat of your music, and electronic shift and throttles. It also has a monster swim platform, one of the largest we’ve ever seen on an outboard-powered boat, with 50 square feet of surface area. Yet Formula still found room for a cabin, which features a galley, dinette, enclosed head, and sleeping quarters.
For more information, visit Formula.
It’s not only powerboats being shown to the world, at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. Leopard is also churning the waters with their new 45’ sailing catamaran. Like the Leopard 40 we reviewed upon its introduction last year, the 45 is designed with an eye towards merging the indoor and outdoor zones of the boat, via a huge sliding doors and windows that open the cockpit to the saloon. And while the 40 has only a small opening to the bow, the 45 is large enough to support a full-blown bow cockpit with a dinette plus a bow lounge. Other highlights include a choice between triple or quadruple stateroom layouts belowdecks, easy piloting from an elevated helm station, and an extended saloon hardtop that shades both the aft and forward cockpits.
For more information, visit Leopard Catamarans.
The Maritimo M64 is a larger version of the M58 we looked at in 2012, and shares the enclosed flybridge and convertible-style design. Beyond that, however, there aren’t too many similarities. This new model can be configured with three or four staterooms (including a full-beam master), runs on a pair of 900 HP Volvo Penta D13 diesel inboards, and offers three different choices of transom style: Euro-styled, “Island” style, or sport fishing style. One of the features we like the most is also one of the simplest: the Maritimo M64 has wide side-decks ringed with a sturdy bowrail, an important safety feature which far too many convertibles eschew in favor of a sleeker-looking profile.
For more information, visit Maritimo.
These five boats are a mere sampling of the many new models that will be introduced at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, but all are hot new models, sure to make their mark. If you can find your way to sunny south Florida and see the entire range, you’re in for a real treat. And if you’re still trying to catch up on all the news from the 2015 show, never fear—take a look at our recap from one year ago, Top 10 Boats at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.