Several builders share upcoming models

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The 65-foot Estrella from HCB Center Console Yachts will debut at FLIBS.

The 65-foot Estrella from HCB Center Console Yachts will debut at FLIBS.

Boatbuilders and dealers touted models that are slated to debut at fall boat shows during the coming weeks.

Sabre Yachts is working on a new 58-footer powered by twin Volvo Penta IPS 950s. It’s expected to cruise at 27 knots, with a top end in excess of 30 knots, said Bentley Collins, vice president of sales and marketing.

The boat has a full-beam master stateroom and two additional staterooms, each with their own head and shower. The galley is adjacent to the cockpit, creating on large social space from the helm to the cockpit, Collins said.

Floe International is launching a new brand, Varatti Boats, with the debut of a 22.5-foot multisport towboat, said Brian Ploeger, who also works with Floe on its Afina brand. Floe International holds more than 50 patents on the docks, trailers and lifts it manufacturers.

The Varatti was designed to fill a market void in the towboat segment.

“Our idea was to make a great surf boat that you could also ski behind, barefoot behind or wakeboard behind,” Ploeger said. “There’s areas like Minnesota and the Northeast where groups still are hanging on to slalom skiing.”

The Varatti website should go live sometime next week, Ploeger said, and the boat’s debut is being teased on the company’s Facebook page.

The boat is powered by MerCruiser V drives and has Axius joystick steering, Ploeger said.

“Inboards are notoriously hard to dock and run in reverse because the rudder’s behind the propeller, so we’ve done bow and stern thrusters so anyone can dock it very easily,” he Ploeger.

Mag Bay Yachts will introduce a 42-foot inboard sportfish express in 2019 , said David Monte, with Oyster Harbor Marine. It will be an additional line for the relatively new company, adding to the 33-foot center console it introduced in 2016.

HCB Center Console Yachts will debut its 65-foot Estrella at the upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Robin Brendle, annex sales manager for the company, told Trade Only Today at the Newport International Boat Show earlier this month.

The boat is designed to fill a void in the fishboat market, the company said. This summer the prototype made its way up the East Coast, visiting Charleston, S.C., Baltimore and New York, Brendle said.

“By the time the first boat showcases at FLIBS, we will have put over 400 hours on it,” said Mike Yobe, vice president of product strategy. “There has been an incredible amount of testing during that time from sea trials and fishing in Nassau and the Exumas to the two-day excursion from Islamorada, Fla., to the Chesapeake — it literally took only two days to run up the coast.”


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