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 Okean 55 Sport
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2020 Okean 55 Sport

Brazilian builder Okean came out swinging with a contemporary styled 50-footer that quickly got the attention of the industry vets at HMY Yacht Sales, who subsequently backed them in the States. With the 50’s initial success, Okean could’ve built a line of handsome, semidisplacement boats in varying LOAs based on her brief. But the boat…

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 Belize 66 Sedan
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2020 Belize 66 Sedan

Once Riviera’s new Belize 66 Sedan was well beyond the Port Everglades jetties, the sea state settled into a succession of sun-washed, white-capped 6-footers. Just the sort of weather the Aussies on board were totally cool with. We were heading east, into the rollers, loping along at 20 knots, with nary a drop of seawater…

2020 Absolute Navetta 68
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2020 Absolute Navetta 68

Location, location, location. It’s an old saw that has been embraced by realtors and the HGTV set alike, but it can just as easily be muttered by boatbuilders jockeying for venue space at a major show. Perhaps the fiercest competition for real estate is during the Ft. Lauderdale show. Tucked into the south corner was…