The Sport Fishing and Salt Water Sportsman editors were on-scene at the 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show for two days. During that time, they saw some of the best new boats from the industry’s top manufacturers. See for yourself in our photo gallery showing some of the highlights of this year’s show.
Bahama’s new 41-foot center console holds 580 gallons of fuel, plus a 65-gallon fresh water tank and 60-gallon livewell in the stern. There are three forward seating options in the bow, plus a fish box beneath each seat, and the boat comes with up to 1,700 horsepower.
Blackfin 272 Center Console
With a long list of fishing-mindful features, Blackfin’s new 27-foot center console comes with six pull-up seats, plus power-assisted steering and a removable bow seating with removable backrests. A large anchor storage with an overboard drain and dedicated stern anchor slot, four gunwale and three transom rod holders, and a Yeti carry-on cooler are a few more of the many appealing aspects of this boat, which can hold up to 21 gallons of water and 180 gallons of fuel. As for power, the 272 Center Console is rated for up to 600hp, although the standard model has twin 200hp Mercury engines.
Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless Pro
Boston Whaler’s new 24-foot boat is perfect for inshore and nearshore fishing. It boasts a 38-gallon livewell, 9-inch Raymarine electronics and navigation package for the helm, stereo system and an integrated tower with a second station that’s part of a redesigned console. The fuel tank can hold up to 90 gallons and is powered by a Mercury White 350XL Verado Four-Stroke engine.
Cobia 320 Center Console
Cobia unveiled its new 32-foot center console, with a 275-gallon fuel tank and a hard-top design to go with the kingston grey color scheme. The boat’s additional features include a Garmin electronics package and twin Yamaha F300XCA outboards.
The new 37-foot center console from Edgewater comes with a Garmin electronics package, triple F300 Yamaha engines, and more, all adding up to an impressive resumé. The boat can hold up to 385 gallons of fuel, providing super range. A 187-square-foot cockpit area, wrap-around bow seating with a back rest and an advanced twin-step hull design are more of the features.
This new 32-foot center console from Everglades has a maximum horsepower of 700 and holds up to 306 gallons of fuel. The 37-gallon livewell and 131-square-foot cockpit area are more of the fishing amenities. Everglades offers numerous options, including Optimus joystick steering, a removable bow backrest, additional cup and rod holders, docking lights, an underwater camera and more.
Grady-White 325 Freedom
Grady-White’s newest 32-foot boat continues its Freedom line. The boat includes two insulated fish boxes in the bow and 32-gallon livewell, plus four rod holders, 288-gallon fuel capacity, an on-board stereo system with two bow speakers and four more on the hardtop among its many features.
Intrepid 407 Panacea
Intrepid’s new 40-foot boat can hold up to 483 gallons of fuel and 60 gallons of water. Other features for this center console include a large cabin and an impressive amount of cockpit space.
Invincible 40 Catamaran
The new line of catamarans from Invincible Boats made its debut at the boat show with the 40-footer. The boat was designed by the multi-hull architects at Morelli & Melvin and comes with a list of appealing features, including an 800-gallon fuel tank, zero-degree turning, narrow gunnels and more.
Jupiter 25 Boca Grande
This new 26-footer from Jupiter features a Yamaha 300F four-stroke engine, a teak floor, JL Audio stereo package, a Garmin electronics package for the helm, and up to 90 gallons of fuel.
Mako 19 Pro Skiff Top Drive
Built on the popular platform of the 19 Pro Skill, the new model features a tower with an elevated helm. The boat also includes a forward-console seat with molded-in grab handles and a 72-quart cooler underneath the seat, plus a second cooler (85 quarts) and a 25-gallon livewell on the 19-footer.
Pursuit DC 365
The new dual console-style boat from Pursuit is nearly 38 feet in length. Features include a 325-gallon fuel tank, 22-gallon holding tank and the ability to hold 42 gallons of fresh water.
Robalo’s new 24-footer holds 150 gallons of fuel and comes with a Yamaha V6 four-stroke F300 engine. Other features include three insulated fish boxes in the bow, two insulated livewells with blue LED lights and more.
Scout 355 LXF
The new boat in the LXF series was showing off its redesigned aluminum framework at the boat show. The boat is nearly 35 feet long and now can fit a Seakeeper 3 under the aft-facing bench seat. Other features include a 310-gallon fuel tank and the ability to hold 23 gallons of fresh water, plus triple Mercury outboard engines.
Sea Fox 248 Commander
Sea Fox’s new 24-foot center console is powered by a 300hp Yamaha outboard and has 115 gallons of fuel capacity. Additional features include a fish box in the bow, six rod holders and a 30-gallon pressurized livewell.
Southport 33 FE (Family Edition)
Southport’s new 33 FE, which is 32 and a half feet long, comes with a 75-gallon fish box in the deck and an insulated console front-seat cooler, plus more family-oriented features that distinguish it from others in the line. For hardcore anglers, the boat features four rod holders aft of the helm and twin Suzuki 350hp outboards.
Stamas 392 Tarpon
Stamas’ new 39-foot boat can hold an impressive 410 gallons of fuel and 40 gallons of water, and comes with a long list of features aimed for hardcore anglers. Along with triple Yamaha 300hp outboards, the boat has a 120-quart transom baitwell, two 347-quart forward fish boxes, four rod holders and a gunwale storage box.
Yamaha 210 FSH Sport
The new 21-foot boat from Yamaha Boats features a 50-gallon fuel tank, t-top design with four rod holders, customizable helm station, spacious bow seating, multiple storage options in the console for rods and other gear, and more. The boat can seat 10 people, good for big-group fishing days or family outings, and has a weight capacity of 2,250 pounds. Additional features include a bow fish box and a cooler beneath the leaning post.
Yellowfin 21 Bay
Yellowfin’s new 21-foot bay boat did not have any additional information about the boat at the company’s show booth.