New Launches

Here's a sneak preview of 20 great new boats scheduled to make their debuts at this season's shows.

October 4, 2007

The Beneteau 57 and Swift Trawler 42 are two of the latest designs from Beneteau. The 57 was penned by Farr Yacht Design, and the builder is excited about her level of fit and finish and lengthy list of features. The 57 has a beam of 16 feet, 4 inches, 47,400 pounds of displacement and 1,777 square feet of sail, with a 140 percent genoa. The interior is cherry-stained douka. The trawler-style Swift 42 should reach cruising speeds in excess of 15 knots, according to the builder. Beneteau USA, (843) 805-5000;

With 160 square feet of cockpit and a choice of three or four staterooms below, the Bertram 630 will be appearing soon at a tournament near you. Optional 2,000 hp MTU engines will cruise the new yacht in the mid 30-knot range, according to the manufacturer. A larger bridge and additional components are just a couple of noteworthy improvements over previous builds. Her draft will be just north of 5 feet. Bertram Yacht, (305) 633-8011,

Tom Fexas designed the Cheoy Lee 68 Sport Motoryacht with walkaround side decks, his-and-her heads, an on-deck head, a pilothouse with dinette and an optional enclosed raised pilothouse. Speeds up to 32 knots are expected with the 3412 Caterpillar engine package. The 68 is cored and has all-fiberglass tanks. The mufflers also are fiberglass, with underwater exhausts. The master runs the full beam, and a crew cabin is optional. Cheoy Lee Shipyards North America, (954) 527-0999;


Those looking for enhanced cruising capabilities will prefer the 6-foot shoal keel of the Discovery 55. Bluewater types will favor the 7-foot-plus version. Her displacement is 49,500 pounds, and sail area, including main, blade jib, staysail and 140 percent genoa, is nearly 2,600 square feet. A full-beam owner’s stateroom is aft, and two guest cabins are forward. She has a walk-in engineroom. Discovery Yachts Ltd., (011) 44 23 8086 5555;

An all-new Formula 34 PC makes this year’s circuit. She has an 11-foot, 6-inch beam, carries more than 200 gallons of fuel and has 18 degrees of deadrise at the transom. A forward stateroom has a centerline berth and hanging lockers. An after cabin has a privacy enclosure for those sleeping on the double berth. Expect her to be fitted with the latest electronics, including flat-screen TVs. Formula Boats, (800) 736-7685;

The long-awaited Hatteras 80 M/Y will make her debut this fall. She has four staterooms with additional room for crew cabins. All cabins are outfitted with en suite heads and plasma TVs. Particulars include a beam of 21 feet, 3 inches, a draft of 5 feet, 4 inches and a displacement of 189,000 pounds. The standard 1,550 hp C30 Caterpillars have 2,158 gallons from which to draw. Twin 1,800 hp MTUs are optional. Hatteras Yachts, Inc., (252) 633-3101;


Built by C.W. Hood Yachts in Europe, the Hood 50 Motor Yacht, from the design stable of Zurn Yacht Design, is a real looker. She has a tall pilothouse atop a hull with a gentle, uninterrupted sheerline from stem to her tumblehome transom. Deadrise at the transom is 15 degrees, and she needs 3 feet, 5 inches under her to move. A pair of 700 hp MANs will push this three-stateroom, two-head yacht to a cruising speed of 28 knots, according to the builder. C. W. Hood Yachts, Inc., (781) 631-0192;

Powered by a pair of MTU 16V 2000 engines, the Kaitos 76 will be a menacing sight when she hits her reported top speed of 56 knots-her Arneson drives and six-blade propellers will create quite a ruckus. This futuristic express design has a range of 400 miles, according to the manufacturer. Cantieri di Pisa, Hideaway Marina, (954) 943-3200;

The steel-hull Moloka’i Strait 65 is built for long-range cruising. She comes in two- and three-deck versions, one with a separate pilothouse. A single 440 hp 3406 Caterpillar is the main power. At 8 knots, the boat’s range is more than 3,500 miles, according to the manufacturer. Independence Cherubini Co., (410) 268-0295;


New to the manufacturer’s line of sleek sportfishermen is the Ocean 50 Super Sport. The 50 SS replaces the 48-footer and is available with two deck plans and power options up to 1,015 hp. Her beam will be 61 feet, 9 inches, and she will draw 4 feet, 5 inches. Her fuel capacity will be an estimated 780 gallons. A hardtop with a three-side enclosure is standard; an upgrade to EZ2CY is optional. Ocean Yachts, Inc. (609) 965-4616;

Howard Apollonio is the man responsible for the design of the Pama 540XL, a pilothouse design with power plant options up to twin 700 hp engines. Expected cruise is in the 27-knot range. The three-stateroom, two-head layout comes complete with a davit, electronics and an inverter system. Her draft is a short 3 feet, 2 inches. Premier Yacht & Ship, (561) 627-4646;; Adventure Yachts, (206) 283-3010;

The Pearson True North 33, from Pearson Yachts, a division of TPI Composites, is an entry-level model capitalizing on the same foundation as the company’s 38: low maintenance, functional systems, SCRIMP molding and a seaworthy design. Powered by a single Yanmar six-cylinder diesel, the True North 33 should be an economical performer. A hull motor pod allows installation of her engine below the cockpit deckhouse sole, eliminating the need for an abovedecks motor box. Pearson Yachts, (401) 247-3000;


After quite a coming-out party last year, the Rybo 42 will launch this fall. The 42-footer is a Don Blount design. Rybovich went back to the boards to design this cored composite boat. A pair of 660 hp Cummins QSM-11 engines will power her 15-foot, 4-inch-wide hull. The walkaround sportfisherman will be outfitted to the extent one would expect of this custom builder. Rybovich, (561) 844-1800;

According to the builder, a demand for “lobster-style” yachts prompted the birth of the San Juan 48. With an LOA of almost 52 feet, the 32,000-pound composite build is powered with a pair of 825 hp Detroit Diesel 60 series engines. The package will push her to a 30-knot cruise, according to the company. She has a traditional flare forward and a tumblehome stern. San Juan Yachts, (360) 299-3790;

New from Sea Ray is the 420 Sedan Bridge. She is a handsome design with a 14-foot, 3-inch beam, an 18-degree deadrise and a fuel capacity of 350 gallons. Cummins diesels are standard on this two-stateroom sedan; the master has a dedicated head and shower. Sea Ray Boats, (800) SRBOATS;

Not too long ago, Yachting tested the Hunt 36. Now, the builder is offering up the Surf Hunter 29. She shows every indication that she’ll be another entry in the line of fine-running boats from Hunt’s stable. A single 320 hp stern drive will give the 29 a range of 250 miles, according to the builder’s specs. Hunt Yachts, (508) 994-2000;

The Symbol 64 has a raised pilothouse, three staterooms and two heads. Jack Sarin penned the moderate V-hull, which has a 1,200-gallon fuel capacity, twin 800 hp Caterpillar 3406s, a 16kW generator and twin holding tanks. The 85,000-pound displacement has a 4-foot draft; her beam is 18 feet, 6 inches. Heart Marine, (800) 457-7888;

The Tiara Sovran 3600 is a cruising yacht that will sport the company’s standard integrated hardtop. Gas and diesel options are available. Her composite fuel tanks can be filled from either side of the vessel. As with other builds from Tiara, the 3600 should have plenty of seating, a spacious saloon and comfortable staterooms. Tiara Yachts, (616) 392-7163;

Viking’s 75 Motor Yacht is the latest addition to the company’s line of sport cruisers. The five-stateroom, five-head layout includes a full-beam master suite with portholes that open for cross-ventilation. Crew quarters are accessed from the afterdeck. With twin 1,300 hp MAN 2842-404 diesels, the 75 can reach speeds up to 32 knots, according to the builder. Higher-horsepower engines also are available. Viking Sport Cruisers, (609) 296-6000;

For more information on any of these boats, contact: (866) 922-4877;


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