2006 Fall Boat Show Preview

12 new yachts lead the charge at the shows this fall.

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Fall quickens the heart after the dog days of summer, increases our feelings of wonder at the season's changes and encourages us to believe that all things are possible—when we're out on the water, that is. It's showtime, in other words, the rite that ends the year and the boating season for many of us, but also provides a view of good things to come. For 2006, you'll want to take in a show, if only to see for yourself the newest technologies recently integrated into the next generation of cruisers, trawlers, sportsfishermen or day boats, and how they will make our lives afloat more convenient and enjoyable. More than ever, you'll be interested in efficient engines that run more quietly, go farther on a tank of fuel and soothe us with increased reliability. At the helm, it's always mindboggling to see how manufacturers interface increasingly informative electronics and present the data so we can use it. Shows are great for asking questions, for comparing yachts and dreams, and seeing what surprises await us over the next horizon, including the new boats you see here. Azimut 62S With its stunning burgundy hull, the new Azimut 62S will be one of the more recognizable designs on the water this year, especially with the six distinctive square windows located on each side and flooding the master stateroom with light. The 62's aggressive styling, an Azimut-Righini collaboration, closely resembles that of the Azimut 68S; a brace of Caterpillar C18 engines delivers top speeds of 36 knots and cruise speeds of 30 knots. An elegant interior by Carlo Galeazzi blends dark wenge wood and leather upholstery with light Japanese rice-paper-style fabric panels concealing doors and wardrobes. Accommodations include a full-beam master, a VIP guest stateroom in the bow and crew quarters. The large teak-planked cockpit has a comfortable sun platform, bench seating with table and a handy wet bar. A hidden garage houses a tender or PWC, and the swim platform lowers for a larger tender stored aft. Azimut Yachts, www.azimutyachts.com

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Cruisers 390 Sports Coupe With its full glass enclosure and distinctive hardtop, which incorporates a combined sliding sunroof and opening center windshield panel for natural ventilation and access to the foredeck, the new Cruisers 390 Sports Coupe offers season-extending protection from the elements. Even the spacious bridge deck can be climate-controlled. Abundant seating in both the cockpit and the bridge deck area includes an adjustable helm seat with flip-up bolster and a double companion seat on the centerline, which cleverly converts into a cocktail/dinette adjacent to the standard wet bar. Six vertical opening windows with screens admit loads of light and ventilation to the open-plan interior, illuminating the warm cherry wood within. Cruisers Yachts, www.cruisersyachts.com

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Apreamare 60 Apreamare's new 60 flagship was designed in collaboration with Victory Design's Brunello Acampora to pay homage to the classic lines of Italy's historic gozzo sorrentino, yet display a stylish combination of sinous lines and soft curves that are trademarks of the well-know Italian builder. Solid fiberglass hulls are accented with mahogany caprails, external teak decking stem-to-stern and strong yet beautiful stainless components on deck. Belowdecks, the three-stateroom layout includes a full-beam owner's suite with private bath, a VIP double in the bow with twin wardrobes and private head with separate shower, and a larger-than-average guest cabin to port with en suite head. Colorful fabrics and leathers grace the upholstery, while mahogany and cane in matte and glossy finishes add warmth and beauty. Apreamare, www.marinemax.com

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Sessa C52 The new flagship Sessa C52 has three cabins and sports an on-deck design, from a collaboration with designer Christina Grande, that relocates the circular seven-seat dinette and innovative galley under the hardtop on the bridge deck. Sun worshippers will love the 53-square-foot pad aft, as well as the 43-square-foot opening roof panel. A stern platform garage houses a PWC or an eight-foot RIB, and there's a retractable stainless steel passarelle for easier stern-to boarding. Available in an owner's choice of contemporary or traditional cabin furnishings in a spacious three-cabin layout below. Sessa reports that the pair of Volvo Penta diesels produces a cruising speed of 26 knots with a range of 280 nautical miles, and a top speed of 35 knots. Sessa Marine, www.sessamarine.com

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Sunseeker Portofino 47 Starting with the popular 46, the Sunseeker design team developed a longer, beamier hull with increased volume for the new Portofino 47. Depending on the engines selected (up to 1,150 hp total), the Potrofino 47 can achieve top speeds of 32 knots, or cruise at 24 knots with a range of up to 200 miles. Due to its semi-tunnels, the yacht only draws 3 feet 11 inches, including the props. A double helm seat lets someone keep the captain company under way—guests will be drawing straws, as well as appreciating comfortable seating and a well-designed outdoor galley with top-loading refrigerator, wet bar with bottle storage and sink. Owner-selected colors, finishes and veneers add a custom look to the saloon, which adjoins a full galley. The forward master stateroom and aft guest stateroom have en suite heads. Sunseeker International, www.sunseeker.com

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Moloka'i 75 The luxury expedition yacht field gets larger this year with the addition of the new Moloka'i Strait 75, brought to you by American Global Yacht Group, also known for its Outer Reef line of pilothouse motoryachts. This four-deck boat is built to a design from Eric Sponberg, N.A., with a clear foredeck and a rounded stern. A bulbous bow helps reduce resistance. Displacing 315,000 pounds and carrying 6,620 gallons of fuel, this yacht has a predicted range of 4,500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 8 knots. Inside this tough exterior you'll find finely detailed joinerwork, marble and granite tables, and all-stone showers and heads. Molokai Strait Yachts, www.molokaistrait.com

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Hatteras 77C Designed to please the sportsfishermen and cruisers, the new Hatteras 77 Convertible satisfies on many levels. The sky lounge above has twin companion benches flanking the helm, plus an L-shaped settee and wet bar. An oversized L-shaped sofa with rod storage below anchors the luxurious saloon. Three custom bar stools overlook the galley with its upright Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer, ceramic cooktop and microwave oven. The four-stateroom, four-private-head plus crew quarters layout includes a master that can be configured with his-and-her heads, lounge and office area. Touch-pads control state-of-the-art audio and video entertainment options. Mezzanine seating accepts optional modular drop-in freezers, baitwells and stowage. Base engines are twin 1,800 hp Caterpillar C32s, with optional MTU diesels available ranging from 1,800 to 2,400 hp. Hatteras Yachts, www.hatterasyachts.com

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Davis 52 Wider and lighter because of its new resin-infusion lamination process, the Davis 52 Sportfisherman will be stronger, quieter and more fuel-efficient than previous models. It will have an amidships master stateroom with spacious double berth, private head and separate shower stall. The layout also includes a guest stateroom with double berth and a starboard-side guest stateroom with over-under berths. Under-counter refrigerator and freezers are just a part of the galley equipment. Configured for serious fishing, the cockpit includes a large in-sole fishbox, plus bait well and freezer. There's comfortable seating for six on the flying bridge, with a custom electronics enclosure and a centerline helm located just far enough aft for a good view of the cockpit action. Davis Yachts, www.buddydavis.com

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Viking 54 Performance, quality and luxury combine in the new 54 Flybridge Yacht from Viking Sport Cruisers. The deep-V hull offers a comfortable ride in offshore waters, and there's room on the spacious flybridge for six guests to lounge. Slide the triple-panel glass door open and the aft cockpit joins the saloon for entertaining. Under the forward windshield, abundant natural light illuminates the galley, which is equipped with an upright fridge/freezer and other amenities. Excellent views, natural ventilation and light enhance the full-beam amidship master stateroom, which is complete with dressing table, island berth and private head. Viking Sport Cruisers, www.vikingsportcruisers.com

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Uniesse 70 Sport With a low, sleek silhouette that epitomizes style and delivering a top speed range from 37 to 44 knots (depending on engines selected), the new Uniesse 70 Sport is a statement of luxury and lifestyle. Warm teak-planked decks stretch from the swim platform to the bow, connecting two large sunpads. Beneath the aft pad, a garage keeps your RIB out of sight until you're ready to use it. The saloon's sliding roof panel admits light to a sumptuously upholstered settee that faces a state-of-the-art entertainment system. The helm has excellent views in all directions, plus a dinette opposite served by a galley down and forward. Accommodations include an amidships master stateroom and a VIP stateroom in the bow, both with en suite heads, plus a third guest stateroom with easy access to the day head. Crew quarters are located aft of the engineroom. Uniesse, www.uniesse.com

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Cranchi Atlantique 50 ranchi is making a big splash with five models starting at 32 feet, but even so the Atlantique 50 stands out for sleek, ergonomic styling and amenities, a family-friendly three cabins, and a low center of gravity and weight that allow the Volvo Penta D9 575 hp EVC engines to cruise at 30 and top out at 34 knots. Leather Italian furniture and wenge cabinets and bulkheads lend a sumptuous air. The kids will like how the Raymarine E120 imports camera visuals, even from underwater, to LCD TVs. Adults with like the flyinging bridge's sunpad and barbecue. Cranchi Yachts, www.cranchi.com

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Horizon 68 Available in enclosed or open flying-bridge versions, the new Horizon 68 from the drawing board of naval architect Greg Marshall takes advantage of an extra-wide beam to create more interior volume, wide and safe side decks, and added stability for cruising in a wide range of conditions. The accommodations plan includes two large guest staterooms amidships with in-hull portlights and an extra large owners' quarters forward with large side windows. On the flying bridge, the space behind the flybridge helm and companion bench seating is dedicated to outdoor entertaining with a large outdoor galley and comfortable seating—with room left over for dinghy storage and a davit. The main deck features three distinct seating areas with outstanding views, beginning with a raised dinette and adjoining galley forward, a large saloon with massive L-shaped settee, and built-in bench seating with a large table in the aft cockpit that is well protected by the long overhang of the boat deck. Horizon Yachts, www.horizonyachting.com