Some 170 boat manufacturers gathered to show off their lines for the Progressive Insurance 2018 Miami International Boat Show on February 15. Among the impressive lineup of new fishing boats, innovation and technology we found the cream of the crop, of special interest to anglers in the market for a new boat. Fishing features, comfort and family appeal have never worked so well together as they do in this year’s roster.
Regal 33 SAV
Transom rocket launcher and livewell with a clear lid.
Aft food prep and entertainment area with TV, electric grill, fridge and storage drawers.
Smaller footprint leaning post-style helm seating with tackle storage, rocket launcher incorporated in the backrest, and slide-out cooler underneath.
Vertical rod racks on both sides of the console.
Blackfin 242 CC
Ample bow seating with dry storage underneath and wide gunwales with recessed stainless grab rails.
Aluminum-frame leaning post with flip-down bolsters and removable cooler below. Plus, hardtop with lighting and rocket launcher in back.
Blackfin 272 CC
Bow seating with insulated storage underneath and a removable pedestal table to turn the front into a dinette.
Hardtop with LED lighting, electronics box and aft rocket launcher.
Twin tackle storage hatches with trays and drawers on both sides of the helm-seating module.
Bait-prep station behind helm seating with cooler bait tray, cutting board, sink and storage drawers.
Aft food-prep station with electric grill facing the cockpit.
Aft stowaway bench-style seating with storage in back, large twin in-floor fish boxes to port and starboard and huge access hatches to the bilge and electrical systems.
Mezzanine seating with storage underneath behind the helm seats. Plush upholstery everywhere.
Bait-prep and tackle storage center behind the helm seats.
U-shaped bow seating with storage, removable backrests for lounging and pedestal table that can also bridge the gap between the seats to double as a casting platform or sunning deck.
Large cockpit with side door, flip-up bench and large livewell on the transom.
Sea Force IX 41.5
50-gallon livewell with viewing window and clear lid hides under the transom bench.
Triple racing-style helm seats with flip-up bolsters and pull-down arm- and footrests and drink holders in between.
Integrated hardtop with powder-coated aluminum frame.
Sink, cutting board and ice maker (makes 540 lbs. per day) behind helm seating.
Grady-White Canyon 456
Cobia 240 CC
The Cobia 240 CC is a great family fishing machine.
World Cat 280DC-X
The World Cat 280DC-X offers numerous fishing amenities and spacious seating.
The 280DC-X features an incorporated hardtop and summer kitchen with grill.
Yellowfin 34 Offshore CC
The Yellowfin 34 Offshore CC mixes hardcore fishability with many luxury amenities.
There's a finished step-down console compartment.
Tideline 365 Offshore
Tideline's 365 Offshore offers a wealth of fishing options.
Jupiter 43 SF
The Jupiter 43 SF is an amazing blend of sportfisher and center console.
There's room at the helm for three 22-inch MFDs, and a full-cockpit sunshade to keep your crew cool.
Aluminum frame T-top keeps the console and helm seats in the shade.
Twin jump seats on the transom corners fold flush and convert into small casting platforms. Each one features two flush-mount rod holders adjacent to keep rigged rods at arm's length.
Leaning-post-style helm seating with flip-up bolsters incorporate a rocket launcher on the backrest and a large livewell below.