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What’s new at FLIBS Brian K. Lind


The Fort Laud­erdale In­ter­na­tional Boat Show, the largest boat show in North Amer­ica, will kick off its 59th year a few days af­ter this is­sue hits news­stands. For those who are miss­ing out or for those of you who are al­ready en route, here is a pre­view of a few of the new mod­els, new tech, and other news that is be­ing un­veiled at the 2018 Fort Laud­erdale Boat Show.


Three New Nord­havns Nord­havn is known for in­no­vat­ing and im­prov­ing on their ex­ist­ing prod­ucts to bring the best cruis­ing boats to mar­ket. This year is no dif­fer­ent as three new mod­els are sched­uled to de­but in Fort Laud­erdale.

Nord­havn 59 Coastal Pi­lot Mo­to­ry­acht Edi­tion: The Mo­to­ry­acht edi­tion is a sig­nif­i­cant change to the Coastal Pi­lot in­tro­duced in mid-2016. The orig­i­nal 59 CP was Nord­havn’s first ven­ture away from full dis­place­ment boats into semidis­place­ment hull forms. The orig­i­nal CP fea­tured a cock­pit that was per­fect for stor­ing kayaks, SUPs, and dinghies. The new Mo­to­ry­acht ver­sion elim­i­nates the cock­pit and ex­pands the in­te­rior liv­ing space, al­low­ing for a larger sa­loon, gal­ley, and cre­ates space for a stand up en­gine room all the way aft to the stern.

Nord­havn 475: This new yacht fits in the mid­size range for Nord­havn, of­fer­ing some­thing in a 50-foot range while main­tain­ing pric­ing sim­i­lar to the Nord­havn 43. Based on the 43 hull, the N475 not only presents a much dif­fer­ent look from her pre­de­ces­sor thanks to a com­pletely new deck and fly­bridge, she also pro­vides more room through­out the in­te­rior and ex­te­rior of the boat. And she con­tin­ues to of­fer the econ­omy and man­age­abil­ity of a mid-size boat. The 475 gains room over the 43 with a two foot ex­pan­sion in the sa­loon, en­gine room, and lazarette.

Nord­havn 80: This new model is de­signed to bridge the gap be­tween the N76 and the N86 and N96 de­signs. The 80 will pro­vide all of the pas­sage­mak­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties that Nord­havn is

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