New FLIBS boats, day 3

On the third day of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the team Surveys found more new models that have either debuted or been announced to launch in the US in the near future. Here are just a few of the many new products unveiled at this year’s show:

Highfield Sports 900 and 760

The Highfield Sport 900 and Sport 760 are the latest two hardtails from Highfield to debut at FLIBS. Highfield introduced the 700, 660 and 600 to its Sport line earlier in 2023. All five models have new high-strength chrome-plated, military-grade powder-coated aluminum hulls based on the Patrol series hardtails from manufacturer’s commercial quality.

The all-weather 900 Sport is the new flagship of the Sport series. This is a 30 footer that brings up to 52 knots of performance from two 300 hp Mercurys.

The 900 has Orca Hypalon tubing, aft seating and an integrated galley on deck with a Vitifrigo fridge. The forward seating area converts into a large sundeck and there is an additional sundeck aft. A Sunbrella tray, stern table and hand shower on the swim platform are standard. At the helm, there’s room for two 12-inch MFDs. A fiberglass hardtop and stern sunshade are optional.

The Sport 760 is a 25ft that offers speeds of up to 48 knots with a single 300hp outboard. The aft cockpit seating area with face-to-face sofas and a pedestal table can accommodate up to six adults. A drawer-style refrigerator is standard.

Invincible 43 Open Fisherman

Announced in February, the 43 Open Fisherman uses a patented design by Michael Peters that was used for the Invincible 42 (the 43 replaces the 42) and offers six power options from 1,200 to 1,800 horsepower, ranging from quad 300 hp Mercury Verados or triple 425-hp Yamaha XTOs to triple 600-hp Mercury Verado V12s.

The 43 is highly customizable and has an immense number of options available including a hardtop, folding tower with dual station, or a crow’s nest and ladder for the hardtop.

The extended cockpit features two-row seating for six and a dozen other seating options, including a bait prep station with cooler, Llebroc custom triple helm chairs, or fold-down front bench seats.

Other upgrades include a bow thruster, in-console electric head, hull side dive door with ladder or in-hull windlass with custom anchor and bracket.

The 43 Open Fisherman is expected to be available in 2023.

Absolute 52 Fly and 56 Fly

The Italian builder has announced that the 52 Fly will make its debut at the Miami Boat Show in February. Absolute also has a new 56 Fly that debuted in Europe earlier this fall.

The Absolute 52 Fly’s helm station has ergonomic seats and sofas for passengers. The modular furniture on the cockpit terrace is modular and includes modular awnings. The living room has 360 degree views and air conditioning but can be ventilated naturally by lowering the electrically operated windows and has a kitchen and wet bar.

The forward master suite has a double island berth and a marble bathroom. The VIP guest cabin amidships is similar in size. The third cabin can be electrically transformed from twin berths to a double. There is also a crew cabin accessible from the aft platform.

The new 56 Fly is a 58ft triple deck with a modern “galley” and space for a washer-dryer on the lower deck. It also has a full-beam owner’s cabin forward with large windows. The VIP cabin is also full beam and there is a third cabin with single beds plus a double cabin for the crew.

Both models are equipped with two Volvo Penta D8-IPS800.

Galeon 375 GTO

MarineMax introduced the Galeon 375 GTO. The 38ft is the second boat in Galeon’s Grand Touring Outboard range, joining the 325 GTO released in 2020.

Powered by two 600hp Mercury Verado V12 outboards with contra-rotating stainless steel propellers, the 375 cruises at 35 knots and has a WOT of over 48 knots.

From bow to stern, she has 11 forward-facing seats. There is direct access to the bow where there is a table and seats that convert to sunbathing. The cockpit can be enlarged by activating beach mode to lower the port and starboard sides and give the 375 a 17ft 3in beam. The living room has a bar, sink, electric grill and refrigerator. The large side windows and the sunroof open completely at the push of a button.

Downstairs, the cabin has full headroom and has a fridge, microwave, aft cabin with two bunk beds, head and shower, and shower. forward dinette that converts to a full berth.

Jeanneau 1295 Fly

Jeanneau introduced the NC1295 FLY at the 2022 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. The 41-footer has three cabins and is powered by triple 300 horsepower outboard motors.

It has windows in the hull and an electrically operated starboard sundeck. Opposite, a large port door also facilitates access. There are three built-in sun pads on the foredeck and large windows provide panoramic views from inside the cabin.

Suzuki Navy DF350AMD and DF300BMD outboard motors

FLIBS was not just about boats. Suzuki unveiled two new V6 outboard models at this year’s show. The four-stroke DF350AMD and DF300BMD feature twin counter-rotating propellers and are the first Suzuki outboards to offer the benefits of advanced integrated steering. This allows for more streamlined rigging of V6 outboards by eliminating clearance issues that can be caused by the external steering gear.

Suzuki has also designed a new lower gear case for the DF350AMD, DF300BMD and all five 350A/300B Series models to improve durability, increase top speed, improve fuel efficiency and facilitate maintenance and servicing.

The new gear case has been reshaped to provide less resistance and therefore requires less gear oil. It also features a new oil passage that allows users to change gear oil without having to lift the boat.

For Suzuki fans who don’t like change, the DF350A and DF300B models will still be available in their original configuration.

Earnest A. Martinez