BOATS, BOATS AND MORE BOATS

A trip to South Florida is a great cure for cabin fever if your win­ter is cold. Here’s a sam­pling of what’ll be on dis­play at the Mi­ami In­ter­na­tional Boat Show.

Soundings - - Contents - BY GARY RE­ICH

Big boats, lit­tle boats, beamy boats, tall boats, fast boats, slow boats: If it floats, there’s a good chance you can get a look at it dur­ing the Mi­ami In­ter­na­tional Boat Show. Un­der the tents and in the wa­ter will be more than 2,000 boats — all on sunny, warm Vir­ginia Key, a great place to be in the dead of win­ter. The show runs Feb. 15-19.

Among the fresh en­tries are a cou­ple of in­ter­est­ing power cats, a con­vert­ible sport­fish, a French coupe and a hand­ful of ca­pa­ble cen­ter con­soles. And in case you missed them, many of the mod­els in­tro­duced at the Fort Laud­erdale In­ter­na­tional Boat Show will be on dis­play in Mi­ami.

Vik­ing 44 Con­vert­ible

Join­ing Vik­ing’s 44 Open, which made her de­but at the Fort Laud­erdale boat show, is the 44 Con­vert­ible, which the New Gretna, New Jer­sey, builder will take the wraps off at the Mi­ami Yacht Show on Collins Av­enue. “The 44 Con­vert­ible is a com­fort­able tour­na­ment con­tender with the largest fly­bridge in its class, equally ca­pa­ble of gal­lop­ing hard to the canyons on gnarly-weather days or blast­ing over to the Bahamas in 90-de­gree heat,” says Chris Landry, di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Vik­ing Yachts.

The 44 Con­vert­ible has a two-state­room, two-head lay­out. There’s one head with an en­closed shower for the mas­ter state­room and one wet/day head. The mas­ter is sit­u­ated lon­gi­tu­di­nally to port, while the guest state­room is in the bow with criss­crossed berths — one dou­ble and a sin­gle, el­e­vated bunk. Each sleep­ing area has shelf and cubby stowage, as well as hang­ing lock­ers.

The saloon has an L-shaped lounge aft with bar-style seat­ing that is di­rectly above the U-shaped gal­ley. An el­e­vated, J-shaped dinette is for­ward to port. Ex­panses of cabin-side glass give the area a light and airy feel, and rich wood fin­ishes and but­tery upholstery add to the sense of lux­ury.

Out­side in the cock­pit is a mez­za­nine with bench seat­ing on one side and a drink cooler and tackle draw­ers on the other. The steps up to the two sides have con­cealed stowage be­neath them. Twin fish­boxes are ori­ented lon­gi­tu­di­nally to port and star­board, an in-deck stowage lazarette is mounted on cen­ter­line, and a fish­box is mounted in­side the tran­som.

Tucked be­low are a pair of 800-hp MAN diesels with enough ponies to ac­cel­er­ate the 44 Con­vert­ible to 34.5 knots. She cruises com­fort­ably at 30 knots, mean­ing only a few hours’ ride or less to the canyons, in most lo­cales. “The 44C runs on the same pro­pri­etary sur­face as our 44 Open, giv­ing her the high per­for­mance of a Vik­ing ex­press fish­ing boat and the stylish deck­house, ex­pan­sive saloon and lux­u­ri­ous ac­com­mo­da­tions of a Vik­ing con­vert­ible,” Landry says. LOA: 45 feet, 1 inch • BEAM: 16 feet, 4 inches • WEIGHT: 50,132 pounds (stan­dard fuel load) • DRAFT: 4 fee• HULL TYPE: mod­i­fied-vee • POWER: twin 800-hp MAN diesels • SPEED: 34.5 knots top, 30 knots cruise • TANK­AGE: 825 gal­lons fuel, 120 gal­lons wa­ter, 46 gal­lons waste • PRICE: $1M39 mil­lion • CON­TACT: uik­ing Yach• CoM, vikingy­ach•sM­com

Kro­gen 50 Open

Fresh off the ship from the Far East is the Kro­gen 50 Open, which will make its world pre­miere at the Mi­ami In­ter­na­tional Boat Show. “For cus­tomers who have dreamed of a Kadey-Kro­gen with a walk-in en­gine room, Por­tuguese bridge and a main-deck lay­out that is con­tin­u­ous from saloon to pi­lot­house, their dream has come true,” says Larry Pol­ster, vice pres­i­dent and part­ner with Kadey-Kro­gen Yachts.

The 50 Open’s two-state­room lay­out with twin head/shower com­part­ments is ideal for a cou­ple, or a cou­ple with guests. A three-state­room lay­out is avail­able, which in­cludes a shared head/shower com­part­ment to port while re­tain­ing an en-suite head/shower for the mas­ter state­room. The spa­ces be­low are up­hol­stered and trimmed in wood.

The main saloon feels big thanks to a vir­tu­ally bulk­head-free, open­con­cept lay­out. A gal­ley is for­ward of a lounge area to port and has a 30-inch Wolf range and am­ple counter space. A dual-drawer Sub­Zero re­frig­er­a­tor/freezer and wine cooler are ad­ja­cent to the gal­ley to star­board. It’s a sin­gle step up to the bridge deck, which has a helm seat and an L-shaped lounge abaft a teak ta­ble.

For out­door liv­ing, there’s a well-pro­tected cock­pit with a side-deck ex­ten­sion that wraps around the star­board side of the boat and leads up to the Por­tuguese bridge. Ac­cess to the bridge deck is via port and star­board doors, and open­ings in the Por­tuguese bridge al­low fore­deck and dock­ing ac­cess. Above it all is a fly­bridge with a grill and fridge, hard­top-shel­tered helm and dinghy stowage.

A sin­gle 230-hp John Deere diesel pushes the 50 Open to a top speed of 9.4 knots. She cruises ef­fi­ciently at 8 knots. Range can be ex­panded by drop­ping down to 6 knots, giv­ing own­ers 5,000 nau­ti­cal miles with 1,240 gal­lons of fuel on board.

“The Kro­gen 50 Open is revo­lu­tion­ary for our brand and not a re­place­ment for the leg­endary Kro­gen 48s or pop­u­lar Kro­gen 52,” Pol­ster says. “She’s a model all her own for those seek­ing an ocean­go­ing yacht that is as so­cial and open for a large group of peo­ple as an ex­press-style cruiser or tra­di­tional sedan-style might be.” LOA: 52 feet, 9 inches t BEAM: GFFU JODIFT t WEIGHT: QPVOET t DRAFT: GFFU JODIFT t HULL TYPE: dis­QMBDFNFOU t POWER: sin­gle 230-hp John Deere 6068AFM85 EJFTFM t SPEED: LOPUT UPQ LOPUT DSVJTF t TANK­AGE: HBMMPOT GVFM HBMMPOT XBUFS HBMMPOT XBTUF t PRICE: NJMMJPO t CON­TACT: Kadey-Kro­gen Yachts, kadeykro­gen.com

Tide­line 360 Off­shore

Tide­line has been craft­ing smart- look­ing power cats out of its Eden­ton, North Carolina, fac­tory since 2012, when it in­tro­duced the Tide­line 19. The builder’s 235 Hy­brid came next in 2015. The Tide­line 360 Off­shore — the builder’s big­gest cen­ter con­sole cat to date — will be dis­played for the first time at the Mi­ami In­ter­na­tional Boat Show.

“The Tide­line 360 Off­shore of­fers the fu­ture of off­shore sport­fish­ing com­bined with clas­sic style and ap­peal,” says Tide­line co-owner Ge­orge Stronach. “Our newest cata­ma­ran com­bines the per­for­mance, com­fort and fisha­bil­ity of the newest high-end off­shore fish­ing cats with the clas­sic lines and aes­thet­ics of a tra­di­tional, cus­tom-built sport­fish­ing boat.”

An­gling-minded fea­tures in­clude two 45-gal­lon and two 88-gal­lon live wells; more than 2,300 quarts of fish­box ca­pac­ity in two 815-quart deck lock­ers and a 688-quart fore­deck cof­fin-style cooler; and rod stowage on the hard­top and un­der an in­set into the gun­wales.

Lay­outs were not fi­nal­ized at press time, but ren­der­ings show a swim plat­form with tran­som cut-through ac­cess to the cock­pit. An aft-fac­ing bench is shown, along with three bucket seats abaft the cen­ter con­sole. A for­ward-fac­ing lounge with cooler stowage un­der­neath is for­ward of the helm. The builder says this model will be semi­cus­tom, with re­quests wel­come.

Buy­ers can choose among Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda and Mer­cury out­boards, from twin 300-hp and 350-hp con­fig­u­ra­tions to quad Mer­cury Ver­ado 400Rs. Pro­jected top end at wide-open throt­tle and a pair of Yamaha F350s is 52 knots, with a cruis­ing speed of 35 knots. Part of that speed comes from re­duced weight; Tide­line’s hulls are com­pos­ite, and the 360 Off­shore’s pro­jected weight is only 9,200 pounds. LOA: GFFU JODIFT t BEAM: GFFU t WEIGHT: 9,200 QPVOET FTUJNBUFE t DRAFT: GPPU JODIFT t HULL TYPE: DBUBNBSBO t POWER: twin 300- or 350-hp 4-strokes, quad IQ TUSPLFT t TANK­AGE: HBMMPOT GVFM t PRICE: t CON­TACT: Tide­line Boats, tide­lineboats.com

Vik­ing 44 Con­vert­ible

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