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The first Summit MotorYachts model is a 54-foot flybridge.

The first Summit MotorYachts model is a 54-foot flybridge.

FORT LAUDERDALE — Trawler builder Kadey-Krogen Yachts said it will launch Summit MotorYachts, a luxury performance brand, early next year.

The first Summit model is a 54-foot flybridge dubbed the Summit 54’. Like all future Summit models, it’s designed as a planing hull, and with twin Cummins QSB6.7 engines, the estimated top speed is 26 knots with a cruise of 23 knots.

Rather than build the new series of boats as a model line under Kadey-Krogen, management decided to start a separate company to keep the trawlers apart from the planing designs.

“In no way, shape or form are we dropping Kadey-Krogen,” Larry Polster, the parent company’s vice president, said during an open house with editors from the Active Interest Media Marine Group on the eve of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show last week. “The idea is to get some younger baby boomers and Gen Xers into the fold.”

Summit collaborated with Michael Peters Yacht Design to design and engineer the Summit 54’. Orders are being taken for the 2019 model year.

“We have designed the Summit 54’ to blend uncluttered indoor accommodation with outdoor living, with performance and excellent seakeeping,” Michael Peters said in a statement. “The outcome is a comfortable boat that can get you there quickly in a style which will turn heads for its cleanly modern, yet understated design.”

“The Summit 54’ is the right cruising vessel for the buyer who recognizes that many of today’s motoryachts are purposely designed with ultra-trendy interiors that simply don’t pass the test of time,” said Tom Button, president of Kadey-Krogen. “We introduce to the motoryacht segment what we’ve always done: quality, performance, sophisticated style and great service.”

With a beam exceeding 15 feet, the Summit 54’ has an estimated displacement of 45,000 pounds at half load. Below the waterline, the boat is built with solid fiberglass; foam coring will be used above the chines.

Polster said hull No. 1 has a buyer and additional models also are under contract.

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