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New yachts are launching!

October 4, 2007
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The Azimut 74 Solar is a complete restyling of the company’s 70 Seajet, designed by Stefano Righini, who also spearheaded the 74’s design. The result is a crew-friendly stern and engineroom, as well as improvements in interior layout. Guests will be more comfortable in the saloon with two new semicircular sofas and can linger over meals at the repositioned dinette. New fabrics and cherry wood furniture were added under the direction of Carlo Galeazzi. Price: $2,800,000. Richard Bertram Yachts, (305) 633-9761; fax (305) 634-9071; .

The thoughtfully designed Bertram 570 is a fully rigged sportfisherman delivered completely equipped. Included in the package are a prep station, a freezer, tackle lockers, rodholders and more. The 570’s standard power, MAN 1,300 hp diesels, will provide a projected 36 knots, according to the company. Bertram Yacht, (305) 633-8011; fax (305) 635-1388; http://www.bertramfactory.com.

Buddy Davis continues to target anglers who cruise with the début of the Davis 70 Sportfisherman. Beyond the standard Davis amenities, the 70 has a one-piece cockpit that comes with a day head and a top-loading freezer. The master stateroom spans the full 10-foot, 6-inch beam. Price: $2,925,000. Davis Boatworks, (252) 473-1111; fax (252) 473-6222; http://www.buddydavis.com.

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The Hatteras 54 Convertible is built with speed and function in mind. Hatteras designed a new convex hull for the 54 to help the boat achieve a projected 42 knots at WOT, according to the company. Draft is only 4 feet, 2 inches, and rakish lines and a flared bow contribute to sleek exterior styling. There is 195 square feet of living space between the saloon and galley. Base price: $1,335,000. Hatteras Yachts, (252) 633-3101; fax (252) 634-4813; .

Noting that the time is right for bigger, more traditional yachts, Freedom Yachts recently reunited with Langan Design Associates (the same partnership that resulted in the Legacy 28) to create the Legacy 52. She follows in the tradition of New England styling, but with offshore powering capabilities. Her deep-V design and deadrise of 17 degrees at the transom should meet the need for speed and comfortable motion, and her wide chine flats aft are built for stability when cruising at a low speed. The Legacy 52’s deck is designed for three layouts: a flying-bridge model, a sedan model and an express. Base price: $1,100,000. Freedom Yachts, (800) 999-2909; fax (401) 848-2904; .

Followers of Tom Fexas will be pleased with the arrival of the Mikelson 61, a sportfisherman that merges Fexas design with the layout of a pilothouse. The 61 is built to fish seriously and cruise luxuriously. A full-beam master stateroom takes advantage of her 18-foot, 11-inch beam. Guest staterooms are forward. The 1,600-gallon fuel tank should get any family to their favorite fishing grounds and back. Price: $1,422,000. Mikelson Yachts, (619) 222-5007; fax (619) 223-1194; .

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Don’t let the familiarity of the Riva 80 Opera name fool you. She will make her debut this February as a redesigned model with a new canopy top that moves to divide the flying bridge social area from the tender stowage. Two molded-in parallel stairways lead to the afterdeck, and there’s now a private passageway through the galley. Riva Yachts, (011) 39 035 910202; fax (011) 39 035 910202; .

Look for a new Tiara 5000 Open with more than 180 square feet of combined space in the stepped cockpit. The bridge seats eight and has a double-wide, adjustable helm seat. Her interior is designed to be comfortable, with at least 6 feet, 5 inches of headroom throughout, and she should look clean whether you choose Tiara’s standard teak finish or the optional natural cherry. Price: $1,009,850. Tiara Yachts, (616) 392-7163; fax (616) 394-7466; .

The new Viking 48 Convertible has engineering features inherited from her siblings. Centerline fuel and water tanks are made of fiberglass and molded to the shape of the hull to maximize capacity. A 16-foot, 6-inch beam allows for a master suite forward with a large walkaround berth, private head and stall shower. Her well-stocked, 130-square-foot cockpit proves fishing is never far from anyone’s mind at Viking. Price: $925,000. Viking Yacht, (609) 296-6000; fax (609) 296-3956; http://www.vikingyachts.com.

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