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22 Performance Boats to See at the Miami Boat Show

New performance boats making a splash in Miami in 2015

January 29, 2015
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MTI V-42 MIBS

MTI V-42 showing at Miami International Boat Show 2015

Jerry Wyszatycki

The Miami International Boat Show is an annual coming-out party for many performance boats from the biggest manufacturers, and based on what I’ve been hearing, this year’s event Feb. 12-16 will be no exception.

Outerlimits SL 50

Outerlimits SL 50

Outerlimits SL 50

Despite the death of founder (and personal friend) Mike Fiore, Outerlimits Powerboats is continuing to build boats and develop new models. The Rhode Island-based manufacturer will have four new models at Miami: the SL50 powered by Mercury Racing 1350s, the new SL41 with twin Mercury Racing HP 700 SCis, a SC46 cat with Chief engines and an SC 39 Race Cat. Make sure you check out this quartet of new boats.

Skater 30 Cockpit

Douglas Marine, which builds Skater catamarans and V-bottoms, will have three models on display to please a range of enthusiasts. The outboard-powered Skater 30 is targeted at owners who might be getting into their first go-fast cat. With a pair of Goodwin Performance 2,000 hp engines, the Skater 388 might be the sleeper show stealer of 2015, while the Skater 50 with twin Mercury Racing 1350s is guaranteed to draw plenty of oohs and ahhhs.

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Marine Technology Inc. has a reputation for unveiling amazing themed boats at Miami, and 2015 will be no exception. Tim Gallagher, sales and marketing manager at MTI, said there will be a new themed boat at this year’s show but he can’t give out secrets. The company will have on display two catamarans powered by Mercury Racing 1350s and a pair of the company’s center consoles, the V-42 Center Console ( shown at top of this page). There will be one center console in the water at the Biscayne Bay Marriott and one on land set up as a fishing model.

Mystic Powerboats will have two new models at Miami, an outboard-powered Center Console M3900 and an M4400 catamaran with a pair of Mercury Racing HP700 SCis that has run 134 mph in early testing.

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Nor-Tec 36 Flyer

Even though Nor-Tech builds high-performance V-bottoms and catamarans, the company is only bringing outboard-powered boats to Miami in 2015. A 39-foot center console will be powered by four of Mercury’s new outboards, while the company’s popular 36-foot Flyer will have three of the new motors.

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After successfully expanding its lineup to include center-console models, Sunsation Powerboats will have a nice mix of boats in Miami, including the 34 CCX, which has three 300 hp Mercury Verados clamped to the transom, a 29 CCX with twin 250 hp Verados and a 28 SSR traditional performance V-bottom powered by a 430 hp MerCruiser 8.2 MAG HO. The company will also have drawings of its new 32 CCX and a surprise announcement on Thursday, the opening day of the show.

Hustler 29 Rockit

Adhering to tradition, Hustler Powerboats is bringing a full roster of performance V-bottoms, headlined by a 39 Rockit powered by Mercury Racing HP 700 SCis. The Long Island, New York, company will also exhibit a 388 Reloaded with twin MerCruiser 520s under the hatches and a 29 Rockit with a pair of MerCruiser 565s. The company also owns Checkmate Powerboats and will bring a 24-foot closed-deck model, but the power is yet to be determined.

Always an opening-day favorite, Cigarette Racing Team is bringing a full complement of boats to the 2015 edition of the Miami Boat Show, but company president Skip Braver is keeping details to himself, so make sure you hit the Cigarette booth to see for yourself.Meantime, check out this cool Cigarette-Mercedes AMG Concept Boat that will be on display.

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