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Sunreef Building New 55 Open Power

Sunreef just announced that it’s building a new 55 Open Power, a luxury hybrid catamaran with a blend of speed, stability and comfort. With low-slung, modern, aggressive lines, the Sunreef 55 almost demands that you take a second look. The cabin roof slopes forward to enhance a sense of motion, and the cat is marked by its reverse bows and a slash of windows along the lower hull sides that provide a lot of interior light to the cabins on the accommodations deck below. But it’s when the boat stops that it’s really eye-catching. The bulwarks on both sides of…

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Sirena Starts New Superyacht Range

Sirena Yachts, the high-end Turkish builder, just announced that they’re starting a new line of superyachts that will maximize owner privacy and comfort as well as highlighting a lot of creative spaces for outdoor relaxing. The new Sirena Superyacht Range will start with a 35 Meter (114’), 42 Meter (137’), and 50 Meter (164’), pictured above. During a press conference at the Fort Lauderdale show, Sirena officials said the company is moving into the superyacht category as “a natural progression.” The company now builds yachts from 58 to 88 feet at its yard in Istanbul. “A lot of 88 owners…

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Zeelander Rebrands with a New Sensuous Look

Zeelander, the high-end Dutch yard, is going for what it calls a sensuous new contemporary look, starting with its new almost-56-foot Zeelander 6. It just delivered hull number one with a paint job that matched the color of the owner’s Ferrari Superfast 812. “Our boats still offer the unmatched comfort and performance for which Zeelander is known across the world,” said Sietse Koopmans, who founded the company in 2008. “But with the launch of the first Zeelander 6, we are shifting the dial from retro classic towards a more timeless contemporary design.” After consulting with clients, Zeelander decided to undertake…

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New All-Electric Eelex 8000 Gaining Popularity

The 26-foot X Shore Eelex 8000 is establishing its place as the world’s first mass-production all-electric recreational boat. Indeed, the Swedish company has built more than 40 of them in the past year, and promises to keep growing. Powered by a 170 kW electric motor, the Eelex has almost head-snapping acceleration and a top speed of 30 knots. Dialed back, it has a range of 100 nm and then can be recharged in 70 minutes with fast charging. X Shore, a ground-breaking company in Stockholm, says the Eelex 8000 is a blend of Scandinavian design, Swedish craftsmanship, and cutting-edge technology.…

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Pardo Unveils New 60 Cruiser at FLIBS

Pardo Yachts is unveiling its new Endurance 60 long-range cruiser at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this week. The new Pardo, with its slightly reversed bow, raked windshield, tinted wrap-around salon windows and barely visible flybridge is certainly eye catching, but it’s also an efficient and comfortable cruiser. It features teak walkaround decks with high bulwarks, and two terraces that fold out from the aft deck. Standard power is twin 550-hp Volvo IPS700 pod drives, which give it a 12-knot cruising speed and deliver a range approaching 1,000 nm. Optional 600-hp Volvo IPS800s take the top speed up to…

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Prestige Wins Two Awards in Cannes

Two Prestige Yachts, one a monohull and the other a multihull, won big awards recently in Cannes. Prestige’s X60 monohull won the award for Best Innovation of the Year at the World Yacht Trophies competition, announced at the end of the Cannes Yachting Festival. The Prestige M48 catamaran won the award in the multihull category for Design Innovation; it also was nominated for the European Powerboat of the Year award that will be announced at the Düsseldorf show in January. The Prestige X60  award came just two years after its larger sibling, the X70, won the award for Best Layout.…

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VisionF Black Cat Captures Solar Power

If you’re thinking about a boat that stands out from the crowd, take a look at the new all-black VisionF 80 catamaran from Turkey. The company says on its website that “We create innovative, exciting yachts that stand out with their distinctive designs.” But the black color is more than a cry for attention or a fashion statement. The black color is designed to attract more heat from the sun and convert it to energy, feeding the solar panels that seem to cover the boat. As is, the solar panels provide enough energy to power the black cat’s house systems.…

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Windy To Debut SR44 SX at Lauderdale

The high-end Windy SR44 SX sport cruiser, powered by three 425-hp Yamaha outboards, will make its U.S. debut at the Fort Lauderdale show next week. The new Windy is an acknowledgement of the growing popularity of outboard power here. It has a top speed of just over 50 knots, and provides a fast but solid and comfortable ride throughout the speed range. With its clean, modern, Scandinavian lines, the new Windy is just as likely to garner head-turning attention in Key West and Block Island as it is in Monaco or Ibiza. The SR44 SX is the successor to an…

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Ferretti Launches New 860 Luxury Cruiser

The Ferretti Group just introduced its new Ferretti 860 flybridge motor yacht at the Cannes Yachting Festival, a luxurious, Italian-made cruiser that would be just as much at home in the glamorous ports of the Med or heading to the Keys or Nantucket. Some of the more notable features of the new 860 include floor-to-ceiling windows in the salon, a glass parapet at the stern (so you can enjoy an unbroken view), a sliding glazed door that opens to the port side deck, and an optional jacuzzi for the flybridge. Standard power is twin 1,800-hp V12 MAN diesels. With optional…

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Iliad Unveils New 53 Flybridge Power Cat

Iliad Catamarans just unveiled its new 53 Flybridge in Australia, a blue-water, long-range cruiser with impressive space and performance. The new power cat has high clearance and high freeboard for its bridge deck that helps to keep its ride soft and safe, even in less-than-ideal conditions. The flybridge makes use of the cat’s almost-25-foot beam to create a large social area that offers unobstructed views all around. It has a centered two-person helm seat with a bar on the starboard side and a large U-shaped seating area and table to port. A hardtop, with a sunroof, provides some weather protection.…

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