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Formula, Axis, Yamaha and Grady-White announce new models


Formula adds to SSC series

Formula Boats has expanded its Super Sport Crossover line of boats with the 400 SSC. The new model is powered by quad outboards and measures 40 feet, 11 inches LOA with a 12-foot beam. It has a full-height windshield and coupe top design that encloses the width of the cockpit. Formula’s SmartZone concept has the bow, cockpit, helm deck, outdoor kitchen all on the same level, which encourages interactions among passengers. Belowdecks, the cabin has a convertible dinette/berth, plus an aft stateroom, a private head compartment and a galley with sink and microwave. Click here for more information.


Axis updates the A22 for 2019

Axis Research has unveiled the latest version of one of its most popular models, the A22 for model year 2019. The manufacturer says the redesigned model “hits the sweet spot of size to make a big wake without a big footprint.” The 22-foot model seats 15 people and has a pickle-fork bow, a Wake Plus hull design, upgraded stereo, a new Surf Gate and the sliding Axis Skybox seat with an optional backrest. The driver travels in a redesigned helm seat that facilitates interaction with the passengers. “The quality matched with the advanced, new technology was perfectly crafted for everyone to have an unforgettable time on the water,” said Eric Bondy, vice president of sales and marketing for Axis Research and Malibu Boats, in a statement.

Grady-White’s Canyon 456 makes debut


Grady-White’s flagship 456 Canyon made its maiden voyage at the 2018 Hatteras Marlin Club Release Tournament. The new 45-foot model, with a 14-foot beam, went three for three on Blue Marlin, catching and releasing fish on each day of the tournament. It finished fourth place out of 40 boats in the tournament. “The Canyon 456 is a great boat to fish,” said Cameron Boltes, captain of the Lady Grady, in a statement. “The design and layout has everything we need, and the performance of the Yamaha HelmMaster and new 425 hp engines was awesome.” In addition to the quad Yamaha 425-hp outboards with HelmMaster and Set Point system, the boat was equipped with a Seakeeper stabilizer.


Yamaha Introduces 19-foot center console

Yamaha has redesigned its 19-foot center console jet boats for the 2019 model year. Removable backrests for the port and starboard jump seats are new and the livewell is larger and relocated forward for easier access. With the propulsion system mounted under-deck, the aft cockpit is open for fishing. The bow has larger storage boxes that open wider than on previous models. Plano tackle trays are integrated into the portside locker and the mini compartment to starboard opens a larger storage area. The boat has a total of 14 rod holders and the Sport version adds four more rocket launchers on the T-top. Yamaha’s 4.3 touchscreen Connext control system features a new user interface. “We rethought the design from the ground up and matched our concepts with customer research into how they use our boats to create the most functional and efficient design we’ve yet to offer in this segment,” said Mike Ricciardi, Yamaha’s product planning manager, in a statement



AMI Hosts Pre-Conference Sessions

The sessions on leadership and marina management, and a tour of a nearby marina and boatyard operation, precede today’s official kickoff of the group’s annual conference.


Boating’s Greatest Thingamabob

The Seattle Boat Show kicks off next week with nearly 300 exhibitors, 800 new boats and the construction of a 100-foot Rube Goldberg boat machine.

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