Whether or not you’re in the market for a new boat, the fall boat shows are a great opportunity to inspect some of the finest new models and boating products on the market. Peruse our 2019 Fall Boats Preview below, then check them out on the docks at an upcoming show near you.
Quad Mercury Verado outboards give the MJM 53z the benefits of a small boat—fast, sporty fun with easy handling and maintenance—while dual master staterooms below and space for parties on her flush deck give her the feel of a larger vessel.
The MJM 53z is scheduled to debut at the Newport International Boat Show. The Doug Zurn-designed, Down East-style hull with epoxy composite construction has a slippery 3.5-to-1 waterline length-to-beam ratio for stability at higher speeds, which include a top end of nearly 45 knots. She’s built for all-weather cruising and offshore itineraries, with exterior finishes and deck hardware that should keep maintenance to a minimum. mjmyachts.com
GRAND BANKS 54
A descendant of the Grand Banks 60 models launched last year, the GB54 is scheduled to debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival. She’s available in a two- or three-stateroom layout and is finished in what the builder calls golden blended teak from sustainable sources. The hull is fully infused, with a sharp forefoot and a semi-displacement warped shape intended to stay low in the water and slice through it. Standard twin 725-hp Volvo Penta D11s deliver 1,000 nautical miles at 10 knots, with a fast cruise around 27 knots, according to Grand Banks. grandbanks.com
LEOPARD 53 POWERCAT
Leopard will launch its new 53 Powercat from Robertson and Caine. The 53-footer becomes the flagship of The Moorings’ fleet of power catamarans as a "Moorings 534 PC," accommodating up to nine guests in four en suite staterooms with individual climate controls. The interior has a contemporary, open-concept layout. Features include a watermaker, two 100-watt solar panels, underwater lights, a wet bar and an electric grill on the flybridge, and an electric winch-style dinghy lift platform. The Moorings is accepting bookings for the 534 PC for summer 2020 yacht charters. moorings.com
BELIZE 66 DAYBRIDGE
The Belize 66 Daybridge by Riviera Australia is scheduled to make her world premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, following up on the 66 Sedan that debuted last year. The Daybridge is a classic design with a single-level main deck, penned by Steve Ford in collaboration with the Riviera and Belize design team. The most obvious deviation from the Sedan model is the added living space of the flybridge, which has a wide helm console with a sports wheel and twin companion chairs; U-shape seating with a dining table; a dedicated grilling area; sun lounges; and an optional hardtop that spans nearly the entire deck. Standard power is a pair of twin 1,000-hp Volvo Penta D13-IPS1350 engines delivering a reported top speed around 33 knots. The 66 Daybridge’s interior is available in a three- or four-stateroom layout. rivieraaustralia.com
VICEM 67 CRUISER
Vicem Yachts will launch its 67 Cruiser, which is being marketed as a traditional cold-molded motor-yacht for modern long-range cruisers. Certified as CE Category A (open ocean), the 67 Cruiser is designed for bluewater aspirations. Accommodations include three staterooms (two masters and one guest) plus a cabin for two crew. Twin 600-hp Volvo Penta D8s push her planing hull to a top speed of 22 knots, according to Vicem; at an 18-knot cruise speed, her range is 1,550 miles. For longer hauls, the builder says, she’ll cruise at 10 knots for almost 4,000 nautical miles. vicemyachts.com
BRUCKMANN ABACO 47
Modeled on the Abaco 40’s performance and seakeeping characteristics, the Abaco 47 has a larger platform with more guest space for extended cruising. She’s a Mark Ellis design that reportedly can plane at speeds as low as 12 knots, and that has a cruising speed of 30 knots. Accommodations include two en suite staterooms (the master is forward). There’s an open galley, a pilothouse, a dining area that converts to a double berth, and a cockpit for dining or lounging. bruckmannyachts.com
OUTER REEF 640
Scheduled to make her debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival, the Outer Reef 640 Classic Azure Motoryacht is the first of the series to have a galley-aft layout, with a lowering glass window to the aft deck for alfresco dining and entertaining. Based on a semi-displacement hull design and built to CE Category A (open ocean) classification, the 640 has a cruising range of 1,000 nautical miles at 10 knots. Top speed is 14 knots with the standard engine package; optional power plants let her reach 20 knots.
What the builder calls a “bridge viewdeck” is forward of the flybridge helm station with seating for two, wind protection and a 180-degree view forward. outerreefyachts.com
BALI 4.3 MOTOR YACHT
The 4.3 Motor Yacht is the first model in a new range from Bali Catamarans in Croatia. It has a flush-deck living area free of bulkheads, and a total living space of 323 square feet with panoramic views. The interior is designed to be bright and airy, with direct access to the forward sunbathing areas. The Bali 4.3 Motor Yacht is scheduled to make her North American debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. bali-catamarans.com
SABRE 58 SALON EXPRESS
Sabre Yachts is set to launch the 58 Salon Express for fans of larger Down East express cruisers. The three-stateroom boat will include design elements of the Sabre 45 Salon Express and the flagship 66 Dirigo, but with larger windows, an electric sliding sunroof, and single-step access to the salon and helm deck. The 58’s galley-up configuration places the galley aft and to port, open to all the onboard action. The 58 will be powered with twin 725-hp Volvo Penta D11-IPS950s. sabreyachts.com
Conceived for the offshore cruiser or occasional weekender, the Michael Peters-designed Outback 50 combines the deck space of a 70-footer with the simplicity of a day boat. Powered by a pair of 4-cylinder diesels, her prop-pocket design is reportedly capable of nearly 20 knots. At 8 knots, her range is estimated to be around 1,000 nautical miles. The Outback 50 has a contemporary, uncluttered interior. Get a closer look at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. outbackyachts.com
BENETEAU SWIFT TRAWLER 41
The Swift Trawler 41 replaces the Swift Trawler 44 with an aggressive profile and contemporary fit and finish. Designed for long crossings, the 41 has a newly positioned galley aft that opens to connect to the cockpit. Another new feature is a rotating helm seat, which adds to the deckhouse lounge seating. The Swift Trawler 41 is available in flybridge and sedan versions. Catch her at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. beneteau.com/us