When it comes to new-model debuts, there’s no bigger stage than the Miami International Boat Show. No consumer event boasts a brighter spotlight and a broader audience. That applies to high-performance V-bottoms, catamarans, and center-consoles, of course. This year’s event Feb. 16-20 at Miami Marine Stadium Park on Virginia Key will be no exception. But it will be exceptional, at least on the go-fast boat side. Here’s a quick look at five new speedy beauties including one “mystery model” you don’t want to miss:
Cigarette Racing Team-AMG Surprise
We’ll start with the mystery model. Skip Braver, the owner and chief executive officer of Cigarette Racing Team, never reveals in advance what his vaunted Opa-Locka, Fla., sportboat and center-console company’s collaboration with Mercedes-AMG will be. But here’s what we do know. First, the boat will be inspired by a recently introduced Mercedes-AMG automobile. (Last year’s collaboration, a 2,200 HP center-console, took its aesthetic cues from the heart-thumping GT3 super car.) Second, it will be something particularly spectacular given that 2017 marks the tenth anniversary of the marketing partnership between the high-performance powerboat and automobile giants.
Outerlimits SL 41 OB
Having taken the performance center-console and sport catamaran worlds by storm, it was only natural that Mercury Racing’s Verado 400R outboard engines would find their way onto the transom of a true offshore sportboat. Enter Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats’ SL 41 OB, which will arrive in Miami powered by a trio of the 400-hp supercharged outboards. Dan Kleitz, a representative for the Bristol, R.I., company estimates the 41-footer will top 100 MPH, which seems likely given that a 1,400 HP stern-drive SL 41 reached 116 MPH last year.
Mystic Powerboats M4200 RF
While Mystic Powerboats principal John Cosker and sales representative Scott Sjogren still maintain that the M4200 luxury performance center-console will never be a “hardcore” fishing machine, they’ve also said that customer demand has driven them to release a “Recreational Fish” version of their popular 42-footer. The Mystic M4200 RF has multiple rod holders, including a removable set on the transom, plus outriggers, a live-well, and an in-sole insulated fish locker. Triple Mercury Marine Verado 350 outboard engines will keep the 42-footer true to its performance roots.
Skater 368 And 388
Even marginally in-the-know Skater catamaran fans know the company’s legendary 368 isn’t a “new” model. However, the Douglas, Mich., company will unveil its first Skater 368 cat powered by twin Mercury Racing Verado 400 ROS (Race Offshore) outboard engines in Miami. More than being the first Skater cat with the outboards developed for the X-Cat racing circuit, it’s the first boat to be equipped with the engines in the United States. On the stern-drive side of power and propulsion, the company will also display its first 388 catamaran with new-for-2017 1,100 HP engines from Sterling Performance.