2020 Palm Beach 70
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2020 Palm Beach 70

I stowed my gear aboard while photographer Onne van der Wal got settled aboard our chase boat, the auto-inspired Palm Beach GT50—a boat that could easily double as a modern commuter yacht itself. It was time to race. Simon and I shook hands. “3, 2, 1 … GO!”The 70 meandered out of Five Mile River…

2020 Maritimo X50
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2020 Maritimo X50

Based on feedback from Maritimo dealers—who loved the X60 but felt there was a market for something smaller—the X50 is at first glance a more compact version of its bigger sister and retains much of the same layout and styling, including the massive beach club door. Restyled forward quarter panels in the cockpit and a…

2020 Horizon FD77
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2020 Horizon FD77

Just about everything superyacht owners are currently demanding in their new vessels—from a big beach club to a main-deck master stateroom to an ultra-stable ride—is built into the new Horizon FD77 motoryacht, which measures just over 80 feet.“It’s the smallest 140-footer we’ve ever designed,” said Cor D. Rover, the founder of a well-known superyacht design…

2020 Fairline 43 Targa
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2020 Fairline 43 Targa

Speaking of engineering that you can’t see, a lot of attention was paid to designing the hull specifically for its twin Volvo Penta IPS600 propulsion package. As the only power option for the builder’s entry-level model it had to perform, and perform well. “Even though there’s a lot of volume, it’s still incredibly light and…

2020 CL Yachts CLB72
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2020 CL Yachts CLB72

The CLB72, an evolution of the Cheoy Lee Bravo 72, has undergone perhaps the most radical transformation. In order to accomplish this, the builder asked naval architect Howard Apollonio, who designed the Bravo 72’s original hull, to come back to the drafting table. The shipyard also hired composites engineering specialist firm Gurit to carry out…

2020 Solace 345
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2020 Solace 345

Dougherty left open space low in the hull for mounting a standard Seakeeper. The 12-volt Seakeeper 2 obviates a need for a genset, saving initial cost, weight and maintenance. The standard twin Yamaha 425 outboards (buyers can also choose Mercs) have plenty of alternator capacity, and there are hefty battery banks. Moe predicted a top…

2020 Scout Boats 530 LXF
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2020 Scout Boats 530 LXF

Two years ago, Potts challenged his son, Stevie, vice president of development, to “create the best recreational vessel on the water.” What came out of that pursuit is the 530 LXF, rated to handle 2,700 horses, with a projected top speed of over 65 knots. Scout added a $13 million expansion to their yard outside…

2020 Regulator 26XO
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2020 Regulator 26XO

It’s what the Regulator 26XO didn’t have that separated it from the pack at the Miami International Boat Show: dual, triple, quad, quint or hex (yes, a pair of boats boasted six) outboards on the back. You could be forgiven for almost feeling sad seeing the lonely single F300 Yamaha sitting idle without a couple…

2020 Sea Ray SLX-R 350
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2020 Sea Ray SLX-R 350

Like the M cars, Sea Ray has done a careful job curating the 35-footer to emphasize elevated design and performance. The R package demarcation from the base SLX graces the vessel with aspirational, next-level options that set it apart in Sea Ray’s larger dayboat category. However, it retains clever touches that define the model line,…