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New Greenline 45 Fly: A Comfortable Hybrid Cruiser

The new Greenline 45 Fly, the latest addition to the Slovenian builder’s hybrid fleet, was just shown at the Miami boat show in February. It has many power options, but with Volvo’s IPS600 pod drives it tops out 30 knots. Under all-electric power, it tops out at 6.5 knots, but those miles go by in peace and quiet, leaving behind zero carbon footprint. The new Greenline is meant to provide lots of cruising comfort, with many social areas, a light-filled interior, and a basic two-stateroom, two-head accommodations plan. The hull and exterior design are by J&J Design in Slovenia, with…

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Beneteau Launches New Gran Turismo 50 Sportfly Cruiser

Beneteau just launched its Gran Turismo 50 Sportfly, the new flagship of its popular sport cruiser fleet. It is the latest iteration of the Gran Turismo 50, which was introduced at the Miami show two years ago. The flybridge adds an entirely new social and navigating area to the boat, and opens up the potential buying market to people who enjoy entertaining and cruising up there. The Gran Turismo 50 Sportfly is designed by the talented Italian team of Nuvolari-Lenard. The basic boat comes in a two-cabin, two-head arrangement, with the galley down. It also is offered with a third…

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New Azimut Verve 47: Italian Style, Outboard Performance

Azimut just held the worldwide premiere of its new sleek, Italian-styled Verve 47 at the Miami Yacht Show in February. The new weekend cruiser turned heads throughout the show, but it really drew praise for its performance on the water, where its four 450-hp Mercury Racing outboards pushed it to a 50-knot top speed. The Verve 47, with a stepped hull by Michael Peters, the Sarasota designer who specializes in fast boats, represents a doubling-down on outboards by Azimut. It introduced its first outboard boat, a Verve 40, almost four years ago. The new 47, with an interior by Francesco…

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Huckins Launches First Sportsman 38 Diesel/Electric Hybrid

Huckins just launched hull number one of its Sportsman 38 Hybrid, and the new cruiser topped out at 35 knots under diesel power and 7 knots under electric. The Sportsman 38 is modeled after the Sportsman 36 that Huckins first launched in 1936 (pictured above), and it still runs on Huckins’ iconic Quadraconic hull. Huckins also is offering the new 38 with outboard power from twin 350-hp Suzukis. The new 38 Hybrid is the first production boat at Huckins, which was founded in 1928 by Frank Pembroke Huckins; his granddaughter, Cindy Purcell, runs the company, in Jacksonville, Florida, today. The…

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Grand Banks Building New Flagship 85, a Long-Range Cruiser

Grand Banks is building its new 85-foot flagship at its factory in Malaysia. The new highly efficient, long-range cruiser is scheduled to be delivered to its new owner by Christmas, in time for him to watch the next America’s Cup in New Zealand next year. The new 85, with its low profile, long sheerline and gorgeous tumblehome, comes after the successful launch of the Grand Banks 60 and 60 Skylounge models. With its 22-foot beam, the 85 will have lots of wide-open space, inside and out, for comfortable living and on-board entertaining. Powered by a pair of 1,000-hp Volvo IPS1350…

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Sunreef Building New Transatlantic 100-Foot Power Cat

If you want to see what’s possible in the growing field of power catamarans, take a look at the new 100 Sunreef Power. It’s simply huge; the salon, making use of the boat’s 44’ 2” beam, reminds me of a New York City penthouse. We don’t have many details about this new 100-footer yet, although the Polish yard says it has already sold one and will start building it soon. All told, the 100 Sunreef will have more than 5,000 square feet of living space. (By comparison, the average New York City one-bedroom apartment has 700 square feet.) The luxurious…

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New Monte Carlo 6: French Flair, Room for Relaxing

The new high-end Monte Carlo 6 flybridge cruiser from Beneteau offers a combination of contemporary European styling, comfortable cruising and luxurious living. With twin 600-hp Cummins diesels and Zeus pod drives, the three-stateroom, three-head cruiser tops out at 28 knots and cruises at 20 knots. The Monte Carlo 6 is designed by the highly regarded firm of Nuvolari and Lenard, and it features large open spaces that you’d expect on a much larger yacht. The flybridge is particularly spacious, and it’s meant to be the major living and relaxing area on board. Most notable up there is a large U-shaped…

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New Sirena 58 Coupe: Made for America

The new, low-profile Sirena 58 Coupe just made its debut at the Miami yacht show, and the boat was made for the American market. It is the little sister to Sirena’s 58 flybridge, the most successful yacht in the Turkish builder’s fleet, and it was designed for buyers who said they wanted an “express” type boat with lower air draft for coastal cruising in the U.S. or even for cruising on the Great Loop. “This yacht is for anyone looking for a sleeker exterior profile or for couples who prefer not to have a flybridge but do admire the build…

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New Aviara 40: More Space Than Ever Before

Aviara, the new brand from MasterCraft, just introduced its flagship Aviara 40 at the Miami show recently. MasterCraft, based in Venore, Tennesee, started the Aviara line last year, and already has a 32 and a 36; the 40 builds on their lines, but with more. And “more” is what it’s all about, as in more space and more seating than is the norm, even on a 40-footer. We usually deal with cruising boats here, but even they are building new ways to find more social space on their boats, particularly in the aft cockpit area. The new Aviara 40 is…

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New Antares 11 Flagship with Twin Suzukis and a Balcony

Beneteau just introduced its new Antares 11, the 36-foot flagship of its outboard lineup and the first with a balcony – part of the bulwark in the cockpit that folds out to create a larger social space there. The new Antares, a family weekend cruiser, is powered by twin 300-hp Suzukis, and speeds are expected to be over 30 knots. The Antares 11 is unusually open and filled with light, from large windows all around the salon and from a super-sized sunroof (which could be replaced with optional solar panels). Glass doors slide open aft to merge the salon and…

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