FLIBS 2014: Builders roll out new boats in style

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Sea Ray president Tim Schiek

Sea Ray president Tim Schiek

FORT LAUDERDALE — Among the highlights at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this year were the introductions of boats from three big industry names — Sea Ray, Boston Whaler and S2 Yachts (Tiara/Pursuit).

On Thursday night at the Bahia Mar, several hundred people attended a party celebrating the introduction of Sea Ray’s two newest flybridge motoryachts — the L650 Fly and L590.

After the crowd enjoyed about 75 minutes of food and drink, Sea Ray president Tim Schiek climbed aboard the latest flybridge, the L590 Fly — one of six new boats at the show for Sea Ray — and told partygoers that the builder is committed now more than ever to finding out what yacht owners want and delivering it to them.

“You are No. 1!” he shouted from the cockpit of the triple-pod-powered cruiser.

Schiek later told Trade Only Today that he thinks the L650 and L590 Flys are the best boats Sea Ray has ever built, possessing the highest levels of craftsmanship, fit and finish and attention to detail. Both models are part of Sea Ray’s L-Class of luxury motoryachts.

Trade Only also checked out the new 420 Outrage — “the largest, most complex and most innovative Boston Whaler ever built,” Whaler president Huw Bower said Thursday as he introduced the mammoth center console to 75 media representatives at the show.

With four 300-hp Mercury Verados, the boat is also Whaler’s first quad-powered vessel. Three helm seats and a separate leaning post directly aft provide room for six people. A windshield that extends to the hardtop and side windows surrounds the helm station. The demo boat was equipped with a flybridge with a second helm.

The bow has U-shaped seating with pop-up, forward-facing seatbacks and a powered pedestal table. The cockpit has a cushioned bench seat at the stern that flips down. The cabin has twin hull-side windows, a V-berth, a head with a shower, a settee that converts to a berth and a galley.

S2 Yachts, of Holland, Michigan, continues to bolster its fleet with innovative boats for both of its brands — Tiara and Pursuit. At the show the company introduced the Pursuit OS 325 Offshore, which is built on the same hull and uses the same outboard propulsion (twin Yamaha F300s) as the Pursuit DC 325 Dual Console.

The Offshore model has a full cabin (instead of an open bow, like the DC) and a hardtop with a large, gin-clear windshield similar to those on S2’s Pursuit SC 365i Sport Coupe, Tiara 50 Coupe and 44 Coupe. The 44 Coupe and the Tiara 50 Fly also made their public debuts here.

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