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Top 10 in Miami: Hot New Boats and Gadgets

Posted by at 18 March, at 23 : 53 PM Print

Top 10 in Miami: Hot New Boats and Gadgets

The 2013 Miami International Boat Show and Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show is the time when everyone from boat builders to electronics manufacturers displays its best new yachting products. This year’s shows featured many yacht debuts and product launches to add to your list.


Italian builder Ferretti Yachts debuted its new Ferretti 870 in Miami. An evolution of its 830 model, the 870 adds four feet to the length overall—specifically on the aft deck, growing the opportunities for outdoor entertainment. The new model features many updates recently seen in the Ferretti lineup, such as the bronze dome over the bridge and large windows across the entire main deck. The Ferretti 870 also features a redesigned full-beam master stateroom and large guest staterooms.

Ferretti 870

Proven production builder Westport brought its 2012 launch 130-foot Cityscape to show in Miami for the first time. The Westport 130, introduced in 2001, was recently brought up to date with naval architecture by William Garden and exterior styling by Taylor Olson and Westport. The tri-deck yacht features a five-stateroom layout with an on-deck master.

Westport 130

Marquis Yachts took owner feedback from its current models to improve its current 720 model, introducing the newly redesigned Marquis 720 Portofino Edition in Miami. An expanded beam, now 18 feet, four inches, lends to an unexpectedly spacious interior. Marquis tasked designers Nuvolari-Lenard with going back to the drawing board to give the 720 an all-new layout and interior styling. The motif is high-end yet comfortable and the customizable stateroom layout was shown with a full-beam master and three ample-size guest staterooms.

Marquis 720 Portifono edition

Hargrave Custom Yachts has introduced a new breed of yachts with a fast hull design, and the Hargrave 76, which debuted in Miami, is the latest and smallest in the lineup. Designer Jack Sarin has designed the new high-performance hull, designed to give the yacht speed while retaining renowned Hargrave seaworthiness. The interior design is by Shelley DiCondina. Stay tuned for an in-depth future on this game changing yacht.

Bad Elf GPS Pro proves that good things do come in small packages. The pint-sized GPS is water-resistant and compact—truly handheld—making it an easy add-on for any size vessel. And it is an Apple-approved accessory; the Bad Elf links via Bluetooth wireless technology to up to five iPad, iPod touch or iPhones, allowing multiple users to share direct satellite GPS data in real time. $179.99

Bad Elf GPS Pro

In the “wish list” category, Cigarette debuted its Cigarette Mercedes AMG Electric Drive sports yacht—and matching Mercedes car. The sporty pair stole the show in an electric yellow paint job, but it’s the Electric Drive that really makes this go-fast yacht and supercar stand out. With an output of 2,200 horsepower and a maximum torque of 3000 Newton meters, Cigarette claims this as the fastest electrically driven motorboat. The yacht is priced at $4 million, and the Mercedes electric drive car is in limited production and available in Europe for €1 million.

Cigarette Mercedes AMG Electric Drive Sports Yacht

The venerable, “unsinkable” Boston Whaler showed off four new models with an eye to the future in Miami. The new 350 Outrage center console is designed for offshore fishing and adventure. The 270 Dauntless is the largest Dauntless yet, and designed for fishing and family comfort with a new seating area forward. Boston Whaler also introduced a brand new series in with the 230 and 270 Vantage, a dual-console boat that is equally suited for family cruising, fishing or towing a water-skier.

Boston Whaler 350 Outrage center console

Chapman Transition Tenders are designed to make the transitioning on and off the tender a breeze. The custom-built boats—currently available in 22-foot, 25-foot and 28-foot models—feature a built-in bow ramp that descends to beach level to ease beach landings for passengers of any age, help crew load gear and provisions and offer handicap accessibility. The outboard engine option—single or twin—has proved the most popular, but the Chapman is also available in stern drive or diesel jet power.

Chapman Transition tenders

The FLIR MU-Series is designed for yachts 80 feet and up and utilizes military-grade technology never before available to the public or recreational yachtsmen. The heart of the MU is a high-resolution thermal camera that allows for extreme long-range viewing—all the way to the horizon. Other cameras provide images in low light and video, with the ability to play multiple feeds at once, and a gyrostabilizer keeps all images on the level. Prices start at $196,000.

FLIR MU-Series

The latest in Viking Yachts’ stable of hardy sportfishing yachts is the Viking 62 Convertible, which debuted in Miami. A graceful, unbroken sheer and nearly eight feet of freeboard give her striking lines. The 62 Convertible is offered in a three- or four-stateroom layout with yacht amenities. But this girl is here to fish, and powered by twin 1,925-hp Caterpillar C32-A delivering speeds of up to 42 knots, she can get you to the fishing grounds in no time.

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