10 of the Best New Boats at the 2022 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
The biggest boat show in the world is fast approaching! We’re picking the best boats to hunt down at the 2022 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.
The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is tall. Really big. To give you an idea of the size, last year’s show had 1,300 boats from 1,000 exhibitors, representing 52 countries.
That’s before you even think about how you’ll navigate the 90 acres of exhibit space or the 100,000 attendees that throng.
But don’t be afraid, MBJ is here to help you choose from the routine and find the best of the best. These are the boats worth spotting at the 2022 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.
The Best New Boats at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show 2021
Astondoa 677 Coupe
With its impudent ax arch, sweeping superstructure and jaw-dropping rear end, the Astondoa 677 Coupe looks like an automotive art installation.
Inside, too, it’s littered with sculptural fixtures and fittings that, from cleats and air vents to doors and even toilet roll holders, look more like thought-provoking fireplace curiosities than they do. to functional yacht accessories.
She’s still a practical cruiser, with large lounging areas fore and aft, plus plush six-berth accommodation and a choice between IPS drives and MAN V12s on straight shafts for easy performance at 34 knots.
Whether through the vast hull windows or the extravagant sectional bulwarks, there are grand views everywhere you look. And with a choice of three or four cabins and an upstairs or downstairs galley layout, it’s very easy to tailor it to your needs.
While the corrugated-textured orange leather wall trim is likely to divide opinion, this spectacular new limited-edition cruiser isn’t one boat you can ignore.
CL Yachts CLX96
Here’s what’s claimed to be the world’s first SAV, short for Sea Activity Vehicle, a rugged 96ft that its builder, Hong Kong-based CL Yachts, describes as ‘not just another pretty boat’.
Make his international debut at Fort Lauderdale Boat Show 2022This Rambo-esque CLX96 is CL’s new flagship owned by Cheoy Lee, and comes from the drawing board of Milan-based industrial designer Jozeph Forakis, who did both the exterior and interior.
Love it or hate it, it definitely has a presence. With that polarizing plumb bow, reverse-angled deckhouse and matching pilothouse-cum-skylounge perched atop, it deserves CL’s description of the yacht as “workboat chic”.
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50 GLS Cruisers
Wisconsin-based Cruisers Yachts knows that when you build a spacious 52-foot weekender on steroids, you’re going to have a small army of friends and family begging to come aboard.
That’s why the outdoor galley on this impressive new Cruisers 50 GLS – the new flagship of the yard’s expanding GLS series – features not one, but two electric grills, two fridges – three if you add the one below deck – and an ice maker and two sinks.
Completed just in time for its 2022 FLIBS debut, the 50 GLS joins a lineup that includes last year’s new 34 GLS Cruisersthe 38 GLS and 42 GLS.
Galeon 375 GTO
It’s a swashbuckling Galeon worth your eight pieces. The brand new Galeon 375 GTO from Poland Galleon Yachtsis the second model in the automaker’s emerging GTO range following the 2020 debut of its super-successful Galeon 325 GTO.
This feature-laden 37ft is the latest from the drawing board of 20-year-old British yacht design and Galeon legend Tony Castro.
Along with the new Galeon 375 GTO debuting at the 2022 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, he is also behind the all-new Galeon 800 Fly joining him at FLIBS.
Call it fantastic light. The newly splashed Horizon FD110 – the largest in the Taiwanese yard’s Fast Displacement (FD) series – floods its cabins on all three decks with so much light you’ll probably need sunglasses in the bathroom.
From the drawing board of prolific Dutch designer, Cor D. Rover, this head-turning 110ft superyacht boasts huge floor-to-ceiling windows the entire length of the main deck, hull windows almost to the waterline, and a pilothouse-cum-skylounge almost entirely enveloped in dark tinted glass.
With a top speed of 21 knots from her 1,600hp Cat C32 twins, she’s not only fast, she looks fast. Rover gave the Horizon FD110 a bold, axe-shaped bow with towering knife-like, wave-piercing sides, and a long, low cockpit with a stealth, reverse-angled front window.
From Miami to funky Nassau in the Bahamas, it’s 180 miles in a straight line. At the new Mystic M5200 rocket’s top speed of 80 mph, or 70 knots, you’ll be there in just over two hours. Get there for lunch, be home for dinner.
Fuel bill? What fuel bill? The tank holds 650 gallons – over 2,400 liters – although most pilots will probably run more efficiently at the boat’s 40 knot cruising speed.
She’s Mystic Powerboats of Florida’s latest speed demon, a 52-foot taper nose Central console with a quartet of 600 hp Mercury Verado V12 hanging from the crossbeam. Yes, that’s 2,400 total horsepower.
British boat builder Pearl yachts showed us renderings of his new Pearl 72 in September last year at Cannes Yachting Festival. Rumor had it that they would present the finished thing in the Old Port this year, but alas that was not the case.
Instead, Pearl chief executive Ian Smallridge is aiming to woo a few US buyers. It will therefore pull the silk off the new Pearl 72 at the 2022 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, beating out its domestic rivals. sun seeker and Princess Yachts.
Pursuit OS 445
call it him Pursuit of happiness. The joy of owning a boat that is first and foremost a lean, mean, capable fishing machine. Then, a close second, a well-equipped and versatile weekend cruiser.
The Pursuit OS 445 is the new flagship of the OS-for-Offshore fleet, and the largest boat of any type to date from the prolific Florida-based builder who released their first boat in 1977.
The 445 fishing boat the references are impressive. It has a deep and wide cockpit and more rod holders than the Andrea Gail.
Sunseeker 88 yacht
The Sunseeker 88 yacht uses the same basic hull mold as the Sunseeker 86 but with a whole new look, both outside and inside, as well as a very different layout on deck.
The exterior features all-new hull windows and inset glass in the bulwarks which not only brightens the exterior appearance, but also lets light into the main deck and enhances the sea view.
Around the stern there’s a whole lot going on too – a brand new molding on the back of the boat gives the Sunseeker 88 Yacht an almost Transformer-like capability.
Vicem 55 Fly
Talk about a Turkish delight! The latest from Istanbul-based Vicem Yachts takes the yard’s beautiful Vicem 55 Classic hardtop and places such an elegant flybridge on top.
Debuting at the 2022 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, the new Vicem 55 Classic Flybridge looks even more like the traditional, salty Down East Maine lobster boat that inspired it.
Along with the new cover, the big news here is that unlike other Vicems, it will be constructed purely from fiberglass and not the cold cast mahogany the yard is famous for. It seems plastic construction means faster builds and less maintenance.