9 of the best new boats to hunt down
The Miami Boat Show is simply huge, with more boats than you could visit in a single day, so here is our pick of the best models on display…
Miami and boats go hand in hand, so for those who’ve never been there, it’s no surprise that the city is home to one of the finest boat shows in the world: the Discovering Boating Miami International Boat Show.
The 2022 version of the Miami Boat Show begins this week (February 16-20) and the world’s top boat builders will converge on the city.
There are four locations on the water (Sea Isle Marina, One Herald Plaza, Museum Park Marina, and IGY Yacht Haven Grande) as well as the Miami Beach Convention Center and Pride Park, so it makes sense to plan ahead to determine which sites to visit first.
So without further ado, here is our selection of the best boats to discover at the Miami Boat Show 2022:
9 of the best boats from the 2022 Miami Boat Show
Azimuth 68 Fly
When it comes to the Azimut Flybridge models, there’s apparently more to choose from than stinky cheeses at the supermarket deli.
Looking for something in the 50 foot range? Choose from the Azimut 50, 53 or 55. For 60 footers, look no further than the Azimut 60 or 66. Want to go bigger? There is an Azimuth 72, 78 and 83. Apparently only rabbits reproduce faster.
Now to fill the gap between the 66 and the 72 comes the new and utterly gorgeous $3 million Azimut 68 Fly that is ready to wow the Miami Boat Show crowd.
Learn more about the Azimut 68 Fly
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Cranchi E26 Classic
Another Italian yard hoping to make a splash at the Miami Boat Show is Cranchi Yachts, with its A46 Luxury Tender and two versions of its entry-level E26 on display.
We drove the Cranchi E26 in 2020 and were won over by its handsome retro styling and impeccable handling. Chief Boat Tester Jack Haines went so far as to call it “a modern classic in the making”.
“There’s not a line out of place on the Classic model, it’s just beautiful up close,” he adds. “And the helm makes you want to drive the boat the moment you drop into the bucket seat.”
Learn more about the Cranchi E26 Classic
Love ’em or hate ’em, Power Cats are here to stay. When tennis ace Rafa Nadal swapped his sleek and sexy Monte Carlo 76 for a 39ft wide Sunreef 80 Power Catamaran, we knew hell was over.
Make no mistake, one of the biggest headliners at this year’s Miami Boat Show won’t be some fancy superyacht or Miami Vice speed demon; it will be the brand new 46PC from the Leopard brand.
How come? It’s all about numbers. You see the Leopard 46PC is built in South Africa by Robertson & Caine, the leading motorized cat specialist.
They build the bulk of the catamarans in the worldwide Moorings charter fleet and will soon begin developing a version of the Leopard 46 badged as Moorings 464 PC. This will represent a lot of boats.
Learn more about the Leopard 46PC
Pardo Endurance 60
A relatively new brand, Pardo Yachts has blossomed since its beginnings in 2018 into a yard capable of producing a truly revolutionary crossover yacht like the Endurance 60.
The aim here is to offer year-round cruising comfort in effortless Italian style, and we recently had the chance to test this model at the 2021 Cannes Yachting Festival.
“The interior is beautifully designed and with three cabins, three bathrooms and a double crew cabin arranged on the lower deck, there is room for extended cruises with family and friends,” reports Jack Hates.
Learn more about the Pardo Endurance 60
Regal 38 Fly
Doctor Who’s Tardis couldn’t take up more space than Regal Boats’ latest flybridge model, the Regal 38 Fly, which makes its world debut at the 2022 Miami Boat Show.
This thing has a cabin amidships with a king-size bed and a comfortable two-seater sofa. Forward there is a queen with easy access from both sides and ample underbed storage to serve as a third cabin.
And another cool feature below decks; a stand-alone shower on the port side, and a toilet and sink on the starboard side. The thought here? It allows two people to prepare at the same time.
Learn more about the Regal 38 Fly
Sunseeker 88 yacht
The Sunseeker 88 is based on the yard’s popular 86 model, but with a few key upgrades to make it stand out in a crowded market.
Chief among these is the eye-catching transforming transom, which can create a beach club, sunpads or even a cockpit balcony at the push of a button.
MBY editor Hugo Andreae had the chance to visit a brand new Sunseeker 88 yacht last year, fresh from the factory, and you really have to see it to believe it.
Learn more about the Sunseeker 88 yacht
True North 34 Speedboat Express
It took Catalina Yachts nearly three years to integrate its design thinking and sailboat production techniques into the True North lobster brand it acquired in 2019.
The newest, newest and best-built version of True North’s trusty 34 Outboard Express, currently the only model it produces at the former Catalina sailboat production facility in Largo on the west coast of Florida, makes its dockside debut at the 2022 Miami Boat Show.
It is an evolution rather than a revolution. There are new, larger side windows for better all-around viewing from the helm and the L-shaped settee inside.
Learn more about the True North 34 Outboard Express
If ever a boat was made for the Miami sun and sin lifestyle, it’s surely the brand new 52ft VQ52 from Dutch builder Vanquish Yachts. You can almost hear Jan Hammer miami vice themed melody pulsing from the VQ’s stereo.
Bridging the small but significant gap between Vanquish’s VQ45 and VQ58 open day boats, this all-aluminum rocket ship, making its US debut at the 2022 Miami Boat Show, has a big selling point: it offers baths of sun, beds and chill areas for a bikini ‘d crowd up to 18.
That, and party-style catering that includes twin sinks, a grill, ice maker, and industrial-grade margarita blender to keep the party going all the way to the Bahamas.
Learn more about the Vanquish VQ52
Wally Yachts founder Luca Bassani wrote the book on modern Italian boat styling and the Wallytender 48 is a prime example.
With the backing of the Ferretti Group, Wally’s offering has become even more appealing in recent years, with exemplary build quality now underpinning those gorgeous looks.
Hugo Andreae took a test drive of one of the first Wallytender 48s in 2019 and reports that its engineering is just as impressive as its cutting-edge exterior design.
Learn more about the Wallytender 48
Additional reporting by Howard Walker.