Boats.com's Top 5 Boats to Watch at FLIBS 2017

Kim Kavin of Boats.com gets the inside scoop on the hottest models, latest tech coming to FLIBS

October 2017 Feature, News Web Exclusive

The 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is expected to bring more than 1,000 boats to seven locations November 1-5. Boats.com brought us five new models that are scheduled to be on the docks—and that are likely to cause a stir.


Boston Whaler’s 350 Realm is the first offering of the new Realm model.

Boston Whaler says the new Realm is designed to blend the open cockpit of a center console with the convenience of a cabin boat. Every seat on the helm deck includes a footrest. The open bow has a portside walk-through, a lounge seat forward of the console, and deck seating opposite. A bow table and filler cushion are optional, along with a bow shade. The helm bench, with armrests and flip-up bolsters, turns to face aft, where a mezzanine seat converts to face forward or aft. Beneath the mezzanine seat is a built-in, insulated cooler that’s also available refrigerated. Far aft, a convertible bench seat folds out from the transom.

Cockpit features include in-sole fish boxes and optional rod holders; a standard transom live well; a portside dive door; and a cockpit prep area with sink and grill or optional, additional live well. Canvas curtains protect guests from the weather. At the helm are dual Raymarine wide-screen displays and optional Joystick Piloting for the boat’s triple Mercury Verado outboards. 

Belowdecks are a V-berth that converts to a double, an enclosed VacuFlush head system and vanity sink, a 28-inch flat-screen TV, a microwave and stowage. 

“Our goal was to redefine the current express cruiser market to better meet the evolving needs of the customer,” Whaler President Nick Stickler stated in a press release. “By enabling a variety of activities—entertaining, offshore fishing, diving, long-distance cruising and beyond—the 350 Realm turns the possibility of adventure into an achievable reality.”

For more information, visit Boston Whaler.

Grand Banks says top speed for the new 60 is 35 knots, depending on the engine package

The Grand Banks 60 is likely to surprise fans in terms of appearance, performance and construction. It’s the first model that’s a collaboration between the teams at Grand Banks and Palm Beach Motor Yachts, which acquired Grand Banks in 2014, presenting the opportunity to combine the best of both brands.

The deck and cabin house are infused in carbon fiber, with the aim of increasing strength and efficiency while decreasing weight to 51,520 pounds. A pair of 900 HP Volvo Penta D13 diesels are in Hull No. 1, paired with Twin Disc QuickShift transmissions. Skippers have joystick control for the main propulsion as well as the Twin Disc bow and stern thrusters, and the Express Positioning button automatically holds the Grand Banks 60 in a GPS-set position and heading. Volvo Penta IPS pod drive systems are also available. The high-cruise speed is expected to be 27 knots, with a range of 2,500 nautical miles at 10 knots.

Draft is between 3’ 11” and 4’ 7”, depending on the engine package. For long-range cruisers, the boat has side decks with high bulwarks and handholds, and an extended boat deck that shelters the aft deck. An optional Seakeeper stabilizer is available for added comfort.

Inside is one-deck living, with the saloon, lower helm and aft galley on the main deck. Belowdecks are three staterooms and two heads, including an owner’s stateroom amidships with a walk-in closet.

For more information, visit Grand Banks

The Hatteras 90 is the newest model in the builder’s Motor Yacht series, which offers larger models than its Convertible and Express series 

Panoramic views from the salon are a hallmark of the Hatteras 90 Motor Yacht, with the builder’s first hydraulic side balcony (the boat can be ordered with balconies on both sides of the saloon) and a skylight bigger than the one that Hatteras introduced on the 70 Motor Yacht, for lots of main-deck natural light. Hatteras is touting the design’s spaciousness, thanks to a 22’ 6” beam.

Also new for Hatteras on the 90 Motor Yacht is the HattCon ship management system. It integrates the yacht’s navigation, vessel monitoring and automation systems into a touchscreen interface at the helm.

Four ensuite staterooms are belowdecks, including an amidships, full-beam master with a bathroom and walk-in closet that help to separate the sleeping area from noise in the engine room aft. Owners have a choice of main-deck layout, with either the traditional saloon setup or the dining area and galley aft near the door to the cockpit. Crew quarters are abaft the engine room, separate from the guest living spaces.

Standard power is twin 1,600 HP Caterpillar C-32 Acert diesels, with a fuel capacity of 3,285 gallons.

For more information, visit Hatteras Yachts.

Standard power on the Prestige 520 Flybridge is a pair of 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600 diesels. The builder puts the top speed at 26 knots with a 22-knot cruise

The Prestige 520 is one of six new models for 2018 from Prestige Yachts. The Prestige 520 builds on the 500 and is being offered in two models: the Prestige 520 Flybridge and the Prestige 520 S, which is part of the Coupe line.

On the flybridge model is what Prestige calls its “XXL flybridge,” which extends almost as far aft as the main-deck transom. The main deck has a saloon with L-shaped seating, and a modular cockpit bench seat can pivot to face the salon, creating an indoor-outdoor experience. There’s also a sunpad at the bow. 

Belowdecks, three staterooms and two heads can accommodate as many as seven people thanks to an extra twin berth in the amidships master. Owners can choose either a crew cabin or a tender garage aft.

The Prestige 520 S is intended for sportier souls, with the same power package but a different interior layout. Her main deck has outdoor seating in the cockpit and the bow sun pad, plus an aft galley and an indoor seating area forward of the galley. The belowdecks guest layout is the same as on the flybridge model, as is the optional crew cabin or tender stowage aft. 

For more information, visit Prestige

Nuvolari Lenard, which is known in the superyacht world, did the interior and exterior design on the Adler Suprema 

The Adler Suprema is a 76-foot, carbon-fiber flybridge yacht that, the builder says, is the first ever built with a Hybrid Marine Solutions (HMS) propulsion system—twin 1,150 HP Caterpillar diesels and two 100-kW ATE units. Her fuel-burn numbers are eye-popping: at eight knots, she burns less than 3 gallons per hour, while at 17 knots, she burns 42 gallons per hour.

That’s not the Adler Suprema’s top speed, though; the builder says she can hit 30 knots, with a high-speed cruise of 22 knots. Her ultra-long-range speed is marked at eight knots, where she can go more than 3,500 nautical miles. 

On the main deck are outdoor cockpit seating, a circular dining area that opens to the cockpit, and indoor relaxation space. The flybridge has guest seating along with a bar and tender stowage, plus showers and chilled cup holders. Three ensuite guest staterooms are standard on the bottom deck, with the master far aft, separated by the engine room from the forward accommodations. 

LCD touchscreens control the boat’s air conditioning, heating, lights, privacy glass and curtains—and all systems can be run through iPads as well. Interior décor is up to the owner, with custom choices available.

For more information, visit Adler

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