Fall Boat Show Preview

There's nothing better than a sneak peek at some of the best new boats expected to make their debuts at the fall shows. These 20 yachts, all 40 feet LOA or longer, are a few of our favorites.

The Mangusta 92 falls between the 80 and 105, and is modeled after the 108 (“Gold Standard, June 2001). Twin 2,000 hp MTU 16V 2000 M91s push her to a cruise of 32 knots with a 36-knot top end, according to the builder. Two arrangements and custom interiors are available. Rodriguez Group, (011) 33 4 9343 9933;;

Cruisers 4370

Unveiling new models at a breakneck pace (see the new 4050 Express Motoryacht, page 86), Cruisers Yachts displayed its new 4370 Express and 3970 Express at the company’s dealer gathering last summer. They fit nicely in the 28- to 53-foot line, with sleek profiles, easy-to-board swim platforms and layouts designed for entertaining. The 4370 sleeps six. Her LOA is actually 46 feet, 9 inches, and she has a 400-gallon fuel capacity. Cruisers Yachts, (920) 834-2211;

Cabo 40

The 40 Express Sportfisher is the first of two new models expected from Cabo Yachts, with a three-stateroom 48 Convertible soon to follow. The 40 Express has a deep-V entry and a 15-foot, 9-inch beam. Her base price of $567,000 includes twin 660 hp Cummins QSMIIs. Fuel capacity is 565 gallons. The cockpit includes bait prep, rigging board, tackle stowage and two fishboxes. Cabo Yachts, Inc., (760) 246-8917;;


Eastbay 54

Naval architects C. Raymond Hunt Associates designed the new Eastbay 54 Hardtop Express as part of Eastbay’s 38- to 58-foot line. She has a modified deep-V hull that, powered by 800 hp 3406E Caterpillars, has a cruising speed of 27 knots and a top end of 30 knots, according to the builder. Two staterooms and two heads are belowdecks. Handcrafted teak cabinetry and joinerwork should be of the quality for which this Grand Banks line is known. Grand Banks Yachts, (203) 845-0023;

McKinna 58

The 58 Pilothouse Motor Yacht is based on the 65 Pilothouse Motor Yacht and is meant to complement McKinna’s more traditional 57 Pilothouse Motor Yacht. The 58 has a wider beam (17 feet, 3 inches), a faster cruising speed (24 knots) and more standard equipment. The average price for this “little big boat is $1.35 million, about $500,000 more than the 57. McKinna Yachts, (888) 625-4662;;

Viking 45

Replacing the 43 Open, the 45 Open is the third recent design from the New Jersey builder. Her 119-square-foot cockpit has a molded nonslip sole. The interior is available in one- and two-stateroom layouts. Power packages include twin 700 and 800 hp MAN diesels. Base price is $709,000. Tuna tower, outriggers and a fiberglass swim platform are options. Viking Yachts, (609) 296-6000;


Tiara 4400

The 4400 Express falls between Tiara’s 4000 and 5200 Express models. She is built with the same epoxy resin and vacuum-bagged construction as the 5000 Open (On Board, June). Power options range from 535 hp to 700 hp. Standard equipment includes an integrated hardtop. Tiara Yachts, (616) 392-7163; ;;

Nordhavn 47

The Nordhavn 47 has layouts with two or three staterooms forward, a separate pilothouse and a spacious saloon abaft the pilothouse. Equipped with 1,450 gallons of fuel, the 47 can cruise more than 4,000 miles. Standard power is a single 170 hp Lugger providing an efficient cruising speed of 8 to 9 knots, according to the builder. PAE, (949) 496-4848;;

Sea Ray 500

Following the recent debut of its 420 Sundancer, Sea Ray is launching the similarly styled 500 Sundancer. Standard power will be a pair of 635 hp Cummins QSM-11 diesels, with optional 680 hp MAN diesels. Expect a top speed in the low 30-knot range with standard power, according to the builder. A fiberglass hardtop with enclosure is standard. Sea Ray, (800) SR-BOATS;


Swan 45

The Swan 45 is a race boat in cruising garb-or a cruising boat in racing trim. She’s light in weight, relatively luxurious below and powerful. Though her appendages resemble those of IMS racers, she really owes nothing to current rating rules and will race one design in the new Swan 45 Class. OY Nautor Ab, (011) 358 6760 1111;;

Aicon 56

The Aicon 56 is the first of three models expected to make their debuts in late 2002 and early 2003, part of a new line from Aicon S.p.A. The Italian company, which has worked with European builders on interior fit and finish for two decades, hired Fulvio De Simoni to design this three-stateroom, three-head motoryacht for the U.S. market, including components from familiar manufacturers such as Caterpillar, Raymarine and Glendinning. Also look for the Aicon 52 this fall, and for the Aicon 64 this winter. Aicon USA, (954) 786-0211;;

Pershing 76

Pershing’s new 76 falls nicely between the 65 and the 88 in the builder’s line. The new model does away with the lower saloon, assuming many owners prefer to use the helm deck saloon. The change affords the space for a three- or four-stateroom layout. The galley is under the helm deck, between the engineroom and master stateroom. Surface drives should propel the 76 to blazing speeds. eMarine, (954) 618-0440;


Ferretti 760

Among Ferretti’s four new boats for 2003 is the 760, with sleek styling and a luxurious interior. The first 760 to arrive in the United States is expected to have a Marty A. Lowe Inc. custom interior. She has four staterooms and crew quarters for two. Twin 1,420 hp Caterpillar 3412 diesels provide a 28- to 30-knot cruising speed with a 33-knot top end, according to the builder. The new Ferretti 810 will also be at the fall shows. Allied Richard Bertram, (954) 462-5527;

Uniesse 55

This new 55-footer is the second in Uniesse Marine’s motoryacht line. A smaller sibling of the 72 M/Y, the 55 has a beam just shy of 17 feet and a draft of about 5 feet, 5 inches when fully loaded. Twin 800 hp MANs push her to a top speed of about 34 knots, according to Uniesse. Her interior has the sleek look you would expect from this Italian builder, with cream-color leather, rounded settees and corners, and Botticino marble in the galley and heads. Global Yachts International, (305) 371-2628;

Veneti 56

At an LOA of 58 feet, the Veneti 56 continues the sleek tradition of the line, only this time built by Navigator Yachts. She has two staterooms and two heads. Engineroom highlights include twin 700 hp Volvo D12s and Racor fuel filters. Walnut is used in the interior, and wraparound windows should make visibility superb. Base price is $797,202. Navigator Yachts, (909) 657-2117;;

Morris 46

Derived from the Morris 47 Reindeer and the 456 Firefly, the new 46 RS (raised saloon) is more cruising boat than racer. Her performance won’t disappoint anyone, though, save the speed demon. Her deck design puts the house and cockpit farther forward and a trunk cabin over the after stateroom. A skeg-hung rudder and shallow cruising keel replace the deep keel and rudder of her racier siblings. Morris Yachts, (207) 244-5509;;


Meridian is a new line from U.S. Marine, the Brunswick Corporation builder that makes Bayliner, Maxum and Trophy fishing boats. The 580 Pilothouse and her smaller sibling, announced this summer, are built to target yachtsmen looking to move into an upscale design. The 580 has an LOA of 59 feet, 5 inches, a beam of 17 feet, 4 inches, and a draft just shy of 5 feet. She sleeps six or eight, and has a whopping 6 feet, 10 inches of headroom in her main cabin. Meridian Yachts, (866) 9-YACHTS;

Huckins 58

After launching its Ortega 44 this summer, Huckins Yacht Corp. is introducing this Linwood 58-the first Linwood to be built since the 1970s and the first to be constructed of fiberglass. The 58 has the same looks as her predecessors, designed in the 1950s, and rides on the same Quadraconic hull Frank Huckins designed in 1928. She has a 16-foot, 4-inch beam and a 4-foot, 1-inch draft. Twin 660 hp diesels are specified. There are queen berths in cabins fore and aft, with upper-and-lowers in the mid-stateroom. Huckins Yacht Corp., (904) 389-1125;;

Symbol 54

This Jack Sarin design is half of Symbol’s 54 and 58 series, which are smaller versions of yachts in the 62, 66 and 72 series. She is available with a two- or three-stateroom configuration, galley up or down. Draft is 4 feet, 8 inches, thanks to prop pockets, and standard power is a pair of 450 hp Caterpillar 3126s. LOA is actually 56 feet, 6 inches, with a 17-foot, 6-inch beam. Symbol Yacht,

Rivolta 90

This yacht came to life in the fertile mind of Piero Rivolta, heir to the design brilliance of his father, Renzo Rivolta. Renzo was among the first automotive designers to marry American V-8 power with an Italian chassis and artful body. An avid sailor, the younger Rivolta wanted a high-performance cruising yacht that would permit him to cruise in relatively shallow waters. To that end, the 90 has a lifting keel, twin rudders that are no deeper than the retracted keel’s ballast bulb, twin auxiliaries and a traditional arrangement plan. Rivolta Marine, Inc., (941) 954-0355;;