Friday, August 19

New Outback 50 Arrives in Miami

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The latest Outback 50, with the company’s unique “infinity deck” aft, just arrived in Miami. Designed by Michael Peters, the new Outback has twin 480-hp Volvo diesels with direct drive that produce a top speed of about 25 knots, while it has a draft of only 3 feet so it can maneuver through the skinny waters of the Bahamas or elsewhere that normally would be off limits to a 50-foot motoryacht.

Outback is the result of a collaboration between Peters and Andrew Cilla, the owner of Luke Brown Yachts in Fort Lauderdale and a long-time cruiser. It’s designed for active owners who want to go places and do things under the philosophy that form follows function.

The form here is an open aft deck that flows into the salon and has enough room to store all the toys or RIBs or dive gear that an owner wants to take along. It also can house lounges and a barbeque and wet bar for entertaining.

The transom is open and has standard security railings that you can remove to create the infinity deck. The Outback is a versatile, efficient and seaworthy yacht, suitable for everything from day cruising to offshore passages.

The running gear is protected by a keel, while the air draft is 15 feet. But you can lower the mast to reduce it to 13’6”, a relatively small number for a 50-foot flybridge motoryacht.

The new Outback has a galley-aft configuration within an open-plan salon. There’s a door next to the helm station so the captain can easily step out to the starboard side deck, and there are windows all around for excellent visibility. The side decks are wide and safe.

There’s an upper helm with two seats on the flybridge, plus seating for eight. And there’s room for a crane and dink on the boat deck aft. That deck also offers weather protection for the aft deck underneath.

Below, this Outback has a master stateroom with an en suite head plus two guest staterooms with twin berths. The guest staterooms share a head.

Outbacks are made at the Kha Shing yard in Taiwan.

Specs.: LOA: 56’3”; Beam: 15’6”; Draft: 3’0”; Disp.: 40,000 lbs.; Fuel: 550 gals.; Water: 150 gals.; Power: 2×480-hp Volvo diesels. Read more at and see the video below:


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