Miami on the Run

After the huge Miami International Boat Show in February, Yachting's editors assembled a fleet of notable yachts for a test rally. We'll cover some of these boats in detail in future issues, but for now, here are the highlights.

Hatteras 60 Convertible

The latest Hatterascal edition is decked out to the nines with the latest and greatest this premier builder could summon. You'll have to look quickly if you want to see the hint of blue in her distinctive hull; a pair of 1,650 hp C32 Caterpillars is fixed to the stringers beneath the sole. The manufacturer reports a top speed of near 40 knots. The familiar single-lever controls are mounted on a pod-style helm on the flying bridge. Below the waterline are seven-blade propellers and large tunnels, which contribute to her Hatteras ride. Base price, with twin 1,400 hp Caterpillar 3412Es: $2.03 million.

Pearson True North 33

Pearson Yachts' True North 33 shares the performance characteristics of her successful sister, the True North 38. Efficient and easy to enjoy, she has the sweeping sheer, plumb bow and low profile that distinguishes the line. The 33's cockpit-level helm, dinette and galley are steps apart, and she has a V-berth and enclosed head below. Her unique reverse transom/door makes securing a small tender aboard a snap. Light and strong, she is built using the SCRIMP resin-infusion process. She has a cruising speed of 20 to 22 knots with a single 440 hp Yanmar. Base price, with a 370 hp Yanmar: $269,000.

Baia Aqua 54

This big Italian coupe is impressive from all angles, with swooping Euro styling and a dark-blue hull. Even more impressive was the rooster tail from the twin Arneson surface drives as the deep-V hull carved a wake across Biscayne Bay at 45 knots. With sunpads fore and aft and sinuous cockpit seating, this is clearly an alfresco yacht, but the interior is luxuriously appointed with cherry, black granite and an unusual planked sole. The master stateroom fills the bow, while twin guest cabins are abaft the sculptured saloon and compact gourmet galley. Price, with twin Caterpillar engines: $1,475,000.

Rodman 410 Sportfish

Spanish builder Rodman, in putting its own spin on the sportfisherman, created a true dual-purpose yacht. If you are a cruiser or angler, or like to do a bit of both, the 410 should be appealing. Wide walkaround decks, for instance, are not usually found on a yacht with a "sportfish" nomenclature. Another nice feature is the lower station and forward windshield, which washes the saloon with sunlight. Twin 480 hp Volvo diesels give the 410 a top speed of about 31 knots and an honest cruising speed of 25 knots. The builder offers other engine packages, as well. Base price, with twin 430 hp Volvos: $527,624.

Sea Ray 550 Sedan Bridge

Sea Ray's 550 Sedan Bridge features the builder's latest innovations in styling and interior design. Her sweeping reverse sheer and rakish superstructure are accented with an aluminum arch and fiberglass hardtop. Her molded-in swim platform is designed to carry a tender, and a davit tucks out of sight in the transom coaming. The 550's interior includes an open saloon/galley and dinette area and a three-stateroom, two-head layout with a full-beam master. Fitted with a pair of 765 hp MANs, she hits a top speed of more than 30 knots. Base price, with 765 hp MANs: $1,326,500.

Dereli DayTripper 40 Jet

A clear favorite of our traditionalists, the DayTripper has the timeless styling of a lobsterboat, but the yacht-quality workmanship of this Turkish builder is exquisite, from the teak-planked sole to the exotic occume joinerwork and supple fabrics. The hardtop provides all-weather comfort, while the interior has all the luxuries of a weekend getaway, including a private forward stateroom, a head with shower and a full galley. With twin 370 hp Yanmar diesels and Hamilton water jets, she scoots along at over 35 knots, yet can still explore shallow areas, thanks to her 24-inch draft. Price: $498,500.

Legacy 40 Sport Express

The new hardtop version of the Legacy 40 Express has proven so popular that no open models have been built since she was introduced. With a sweet sheer and classic lines, this version of the Legacy 40 protects the bridge deck from the elements yet retains an open-air feel. Below, there is spacious living for long weekends with a private stateroom forward, a fully equipped galley opposite a settee with dining table, and a good-size head with shower. Powered by single or twin diesels, the Legacy cruises in style at speeds up to 27 knots. Base price: $428,933.

Rivarama 44

"Stunning" is the only adjective that brushes the surface of Riva's 44-foot Rivarama. Splendid are the fit and finish of every piece of hardware and joinery aboard. This unique speedster can cruise in the mid-30-knot range and top out near 40. Riva leaves nothing to the imagination or, for that matter, the options list-tools, china, glassware and mooring lines are included. Two-speed ZF transmissions allow the 700 hp MAN engines, coupled to V-drives, to effortlessly bring her from idle to cruise without a fuss. The helm area is a showpiece, as are her saloon and master cabin. Base price: upon request.

Aicon 52

It is hard not to be impressed with the handling of Aicon's newest yacht, the 52. She hopped on plane quickly, even though her new owners had loaded her for a cruise. The 700 hp C12 Cats seem like a fine fit for this yacht. Aicon's attention to sound dampening and the boat's underwater exhaust system kept decibel levels in the saloon quite low. She topped out at 26 knots, with a comfortable cruise of 22 at 2100 rpm. Accommodations are extremely comfortable on this three-stateroom, three-head vessel. Guest cabins have a side-by-side or athwartships twin-berth option. Base price: $950,000.

Hinckley Talaria 44 Flybridge

Hinckley pioneered the Picnic Boat concept a decade ago. Hinckley's Talaria 44 Flybridge, shown in Miami with a hardtop, continues the company's tradition of superb craftsmanship. The Talaria 44 Flybridge will serve nicely as a weekender for a couple or, with an optional guest stateroom, a couple and two guests. Past acres of planked teak in the cockpit, the teak-and-tulipwood sole sets off the cherry interior, which is under layers of glossy finish. Twin Yanmar diesels drive Hamilton jets for shallow draft, pushing the speed to 30 knots, while the proprietary JetStick control makes boat handling a breeze. Base price: $1,175,000.

Cayman 58

This stylish 58-foot express from Cayman might sway more than a few owners in her direction. Many will appreciate her dry ride as she clips along at speeds up to 33 knots powered by a pair of 700 hp Caterpillar C12s. The retractable sunroof opens the bridge deck to the skies. Owners who require more exposure can lounge on the forward sunpad or the cockpit settee. An optimum cruising speed for this yacht is with the tachs set at 2000 rpm; our speed was 26 knots with a fuel burn of 44 gallons per hour. Base price, with Caterpillar C12s: $1.15 million.

Back Cove 29

For many years, people have searched for a small cruising boat with classic Downeast looks and contemporary performance. The new Back Cove 29, built by North End Composites in Rockland, Maine, offers all that and more. She's elegant in her simplicity: easy to look at, easy to use, easy to put away. With a single, straight-drive diesel (a 270 hp Yanmar is standard; this boat had a 315 hp Yanmar), a bowthruster and very comfortable accommodations, the Back Cove 29 is a low-worry, high-pleasure weekender or couple's pocket cruiser. Top end is a quiet 27.9 knots at 3800 rpm. Base price, with standard power: $154,500.

Cranchi Endurance 41

If ever a sport cruiser could be called elegant, it's the new Cranchi Endurance 41, the latest addition to the Italian builder's Offshore class. Luxurious materials and masterful styling define the interior, which sleeps two forward on a big V-berth and two on a queen berth in the mid-cabin. Elaborate headliners and teak-and-holly soles run throughout. Sleek molded parts, high-gloss cherry cabinetry and Corian counters contribute to the sumptuous ambience. Twin 310 hp Volvo Penta sterndrives provide a 26-knot cruising speed and a top speed of 37. Electronic controls, a standard bowthruster and an electrically adjustable helm seat make driving and maneuvering effortless. Base price: $313,400.

ApreaMare 12m

Apreamare showcased several models at the Miami International Boat Show, including the roomy and quick 12m. As it is on all the models from the Italian yard, the woodwork on the 12m is first-rate, and the attention to detail has to be seen to be believed. At more than 16 tons, the 12m is no lightweight, but she can still achieve a top speed of 30 knots. Expect a cruising speed of about 26 knots. Since Apreamare is part of the Ferretti Group, owners benefit from a dedicated service network and an impressive parts division, areas often overlooked by other importers. Price: upon request.

Marlow 78E

Marlow Explorer Yachts continues to launch new builds at a rapid-fire pace, and debuted two new models in Miami. The 78E (shown here) is the largest Marlow Explorer launched to date, and the builder reports it received several orders at the boat show. During the initial sea trials, the 78E easily reached speeds in excess of 30 knots. A clever option is the third engine, which sits on centerline below the swim platform. The Yanmar diesel allows the 78E to cruise at around 9 knots, which is a great speed for exploring inland areas such as the Intracoastal Waterway. The company also introduced the 61. Base price: $2.13 million.

MJM 34Z

Naval architect Doug Zurn and J-Boats president and founder Bob Johnstone joined forces to create the MJM 34Z. The sweet lines are accentuated by the soft tumblehome and flared bow. But this is not just another pretty face. The 34Z can hit a top speed of about 32.3 knots with a single 440 hp Yanmar and cruise in the mid-20-knot range. Better yet, at 2400 rpm, the 34Z will cruise at 23.5 knots and sip about 12 gallons per hour, giving her long legs for extended jaunts. The large windows on the helm deck afford a good line of sight and a pleasant open feeling. A galley, an enclosed head and a settee/berth combination are below. Base price: $375,000.

Fountain 38LX

If you want to get out to the fishing grounds before everyone else, or if you simply want to cruise comfortably with a touch of go-fast class, the sleek, head-turning Fountain 38LX is made for you. With three Mercury V-6 Optimax Salt Water engines putting out 225 hp each, the 38LX lived up to her lineage by hitting 51.4 knots at a wide-open 5500 rpm. The ride at a cruising speed of 37 knots (4000 rpm) was comfortable and secure. There's generous seating forward of the helm station; accommodations include a small galley, full V-berth and a nice head. Base price, with triple 225 hp Optimax engines: $288,457.

48 Altus

The 48-foot Altus is one of two designs in this series by Ocean Alexander. Her teak cabin has a saloon/galley area and an interior helm. Below, she has a master with a queen berth and two guest staterooms, one with a queen and one with upper-and-lower berths. Her two heads have separate showers. The bridge has a seating area, a wet bar and a helm station. She has a cruising speed of approximately 20 knots with a pair of 440 hp Yanmars. Base price: $495,000.

Contact

Aicon Yachts, (954) 786-0211; www.aiconyachts.com.

Alliance Yacht Sales, (954) 941-5000, www.ayacht.net.

Back Cove Yachts, (207) 594-8844; www.backcoveyachts.com.

Cayman Yachts, (954) 941-5000; www.ayacht.net.

Cranchi Florida, (866) 272-6244; www.cranchiflorida.com.

Ferretti Group USA, (800) 695-5096; www.ferrettigroupusa.com.

Fountain Powerboats, (866) 518-9974; www.fountainpowerboats.com.

Freedom Yachts, (800) 999-2909; www.legacyyachts.com.

Global Yachts International, (305) 371-2628; www.globalyachts.com.

Hatteras Yachts, (252) 634-4895; www.hatterasyachts.com.

Hinckley Yachts, (866) 446-2553; www.hinckleyyachts.com.

MarineMax, (888) 71-YACHT; www.marinemaxyachts.com.

Marlow Explorer Yachts, (800) 362-2657; www.marlowmarine.com.

MJM Yachts, (617) 723-3629; www.mjmyachts.com.

Ocean Alexander, (206) 344-8566; www.oceanalexander.com.

Rodman USA, (866) 366-4716; www.rodmanusa.com.

Sea Ray Boats, (800) SRBOATS; www.searay.com.

For more information about any of the yachts in this article, contact: (866) 922-4877; www.yachtingnet.com/yachting/productinfo.