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Elegant New CL Yachts 72, a 31-Knot Cruiser, Makes a Debut in Miami

CL Yachts, a new brand under the Cheoy Lee Shipyards umbrella, unveiled its first two yachts at the Miami Yacht Show – a CLB76 and a just-sold CLB72. The new owner of the 72 celebrated the sale with a champagne toast for his family and friends; he plans to cruise in Florida and the Northeast. The new 72 (pictured above) is a four stateroom, four-head cruiser, with a two-berth crew cabin and head aft. It carried a listing price of $3.95 million. Powered by twin 1,000-hp Volvo diesels with IPS1350 pod drives, it has a top speed of 31 knots…

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Fast, Safe, All-Weather SARGO 33 Cruiser Launched in Seattle

The all-weather, 40-knot, easy-riding SARGO 33 was just introduced at the Seattle boat show. The two-cabin, one-head cruiser is made in Finland, but it would be just as much at home in the Pacific Northwest, the coast of Maine, on Georgian Bay or other parts of the Great Loop. Full disclosure: Several years ago Billy Black, the photographer, and I spent a few days (and nights) on the 31-foot version of this boat, cruising in mid-coast Maine. We found it comfortable, seaworthy and easy to handle in a great variety of conditions, including navigating through Maine’s infamous fog. As opposed…

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New Head-turning 48 Wallytender: First Boat Under the Ferretti Group

Yes, I know this isn’t the typical cruising boat that we usually cover, but a pretty boat is a pretty boat, and this one has a fairly unusual heritage. The new Wally 48 Wallytender, just announced at the Düsseldorf Boat Show, is the first boat in the new partnership of Wally and the Ferretti Group, along with the news that the Ferretti Group (Ferretti Yachts, Riva, Pershing, CRN and Custom Line) is buying Wally. The 48 Wallytender is being built at the Ferretti plant in Forli, Italy, with the first boat scheduled to be launched in June. The new Wally keeps…

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Vicem Introduces New Cold-Molded, Long-Range, 22-knot 67 Cruiser

Vicem, the high-end Turkish builder, is starting work on a new long-range, cold-molded, three-stateroom, three-head 67 Cruiser that it will introduce at the Newport International Boat Show in September. The Vicem 67 Cruiser will have twin 600-hp Volvo diesels with a cruising speed of 18 knots and a top speed of 22 knots. Vicem says the new 67 is designed for the way cruising people live today, with a series of social spaces throughout the boat. The flybridge, protected by a hardtop, holds the upper helm, a forward-facing companion seat, a U-shaped settee and a galley. The salon has a…

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Jeanneau To Launch New Owner-Friendly NC 37 Coastal Cruiser at Miami Show

The new Jeanneau NC 37, a one-level family cruiser with a hull designed by Michael Peters, will make its North American debut at the Miami International Boat Show starting Feb. 14. With its panoramic side windows, large sunroof and fully opening glass door aft, the new Jeanneau is a light-filled, French-styled coastal cruising boat that makes living on board easy underway or at anchor. You can step aboard from a large teak swim platform and enter the cockpit via a stainless steel gate on the starboard side of the transom. The cockpit is built for lounging, with a large L-shaped…

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Palm Beach To Launch New Fast and Elegant GT50 Open at Miami Show

The new, striking Palm Beach GT50 Open, with its low lines, long sheer and elegant tumblehome, will make its U.S. debut at the Miami Yacht Show, running from Feb. 14 through 18. It comes on the heels of the successful introduction of the Palm Beach GT50 Salon Express, which was named Best New Powerboat at the Newport International Boat Show last September; the judges said the beautiful, fast and light new Palm Beach yacht was just plan “sexy.” Palm Beach developed the new GT series after it found a void in the high-performance market – a luxurious cruiser with a…

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The Favors Keep Cruising: Now Down the Historic Trent Severn Waterway on Their Ranger 29

Many cruisers consider the historic, pastoral 240-mile Trent Severn Waterway the most beautiful part of the entire 5,000-mile-long Great Loop. Connecting Trenton on Lake Ontario to Port Severn on Georgian Bay, the waterway runs through small villages,  farmland and lakes, and has no fewer than 44 locks. Jim and Lisa Favors, two experienced cruisers (they’ve already completed the Loop, for example), now write about their north to south passage on the Trent Severn, including their transit of the Peterborough lift lock, which is so unique it has been designated a Canadian National Historic Site. Built in the early 1900s, the…

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Zeelander Building New Z72, a 40-knot Dutch Cruiser with a Down-East Touch

Zeelander, the Dutch company that builds boats reminiscent of the classic 1930’s commuter yachts on Long Island Sound, is working on a new 72 flagship that will be launched early next year.  Leonardo van den Berg, Zeelander’s commercial director, says the new 72 carries “a sportier look” than the company’s existing 55- and 44-foot models. The bow is a bit more prominent than in previous boats, but the new 72 carries the company’s signature low profile, long sheerline, reverse transom and suggestive tumblehome that have marked the earlier models. Zeelanders have always looked a bit more Down East than Dutch.…

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New Pardo 50 To Be Launched at Cannes, Following Success of Last Year’s Pardo 43

The new high-performing, head-turning Pardo 50 will be launched at the Cannes Yachting Festival, starting Sept. 11, exactly a year after the Italian builder’s first boat, the Pardo 43, was introduced there to wide acclaim. Indeed, Pardo has already sold 33 of the 43s, a significant number for a brand-new offering. Although Pardo itself is new (the company was founded in 2016), it is an outgrowth of Cantiere del Pardo, the high-end yard that has built more than 4,000 Grand Soleil sailboats since 1973. It wanted to get into the luxury, high-performance powerboat market, so it first developed the 43…

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Schaefer Yachts Launches New 580 Without a Steering Wheel, Just Volvo IPS Joystick

What’s missing from this picture? Here’s a close-up look at the helm station of a new Schaefer 580 yacht with just a Volvo Penta joystick. There’s no steering wheel at all on this new boat that made its debut at the recent Rio Boat Show in Brazil. The twin 670-hp Volvo IPS800 diesels and pod drives are totally controlled by the joystick. Marcio Schaefer, CEO of Schaefer Yachts, Brazil’s biggest builder, said there was considerable interest in the wheel-less 580 at the show, calling it the biggest nautical event in South America. He said Schaefer will continue to use joystick-only…

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