FORT LAUDERDALE — Responding to consumer demand for flybridge yachts, Numarine introduced its 60 Fly at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The Turkish company showed the boat with its new U.S. partner Bradford Marine.
Bradford, a family-owned business in Fort Lauderdale, will handle sales and after-sales service for Numarine in the United States and Canada. Third-generation Bradford Marine family member Jack Nitabach has taken the helm of Numarine USA.
I chatted with Nitabach and Numarine sales and marketing director Antonio Caviglia at the show and walked through the yacht, which has a full-beam master stateroom and a bright, contemporary interior design.
“We’ve had a great response from consumers at the show,” said Nitabach. “Sometimes they’re leery of buying overseas. That’s why this partnership is going to be effective. It will build consumer confidence and help grow the brand.”
Numarine also had a 78 Fly on display. Nitabach on the first day of the show had already sold a 60 Fly, which will be a new build, not the 60 Fly on display (which belonged to an owner).
The last five Numarine yachts sold in the United States have been flybridge models, said Caviglia. Numarine uses the resin infusion process to build light, but strong cored hulls, he said.
Numarine, based in Turkey, is a production builder, but it takes pride in customizing some areas of its yachts at the owner’s request, said Caviglia.
This sporty long-range cruiser runs with a standard propulsion package of twin IPS950s. Optional power includes IPS1200s or 1,000- or 1,200-hp MAN inboard diesels. The boat at the show had the 1,200-hp MANs, which push the yacht to a top speed of 37 knots and a 31-knot cruise.
She holds 845 gallons of fuel and has a range of as much as 450 nautical miles. With the MAN 1,200s or IPS1200s, the yacht starts at $1.575 million and is $1.475 million with IPS950s, said Caviglia.
Numarine and Bradford solidified their partnership in June. Numarine USA will now begin establishing Numarine dealers in the United States and Canada.
Caviglia also said Numarine has just launched a line of explorer yachts — the XP series (24 XP, 32 XP and 40 XP), which consists of yachts from about 82 to 131 feet.
The 32 and 40 models are displacement hulls; the 24 will be offered in both displacement and semidisplacement. A 32 XP will be the first boat in this fleet to be built and is expected to be finished in the summer of 2017, said Caviglia.