Salt Water Sportsman has the newest boats at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, but there also were many boats that made their debuts at previous shows yet still remain head-turners for the fishing and boating industry. Here are some of the ones our editors found.
The 26-footer from Avenger comes with an 89-gallon fuel tank, 12-gallon forward livewell, two 27-gallon stern livewells, port and starboard rod lockers, dual battery switch, deluxe aluminum lean post, and more. Additional fishing features include an insulated 260-quart forward fish box and insulated 180-quart rear fish box, 96-quart front-step cooler, four flush gunwale rod holders and two rear deck rod holders.
This sport-fishing boat has been popular since its unveiling in 2016. Pulling from its 31-foot predecessor, the boat has cockpit seating aboard the two engine boxes where the Caterpillar C7.1 engines are located. The Bertram 35 can hit 40 knots and the modern-looking galley has cook tops as well as refrigerated storage.
Carolina Skiff 21 Ultra Elite
The Carolina Skiff 21 Ultra Elite includes hydraulic steering, a power-grip steering wheel, 200hp Suzuki outboard, bow table, console livewell with LED lighting and more.
Contender 39 Fisharound
A 460-gallon fuel tank, 1,600 maximum horsepower, top speed of 68.2 mph and more are just a few of the appealing aspects of the Contender 39 Fisharound. A pair of 40-gallon livewells in the transom, and a full galley and stand-up shower in the cabin, are more of the features.
HydraSports 5300 Sueños
The 5300 Sueños from HydraSports has been around for a while, but the tender model is increasing in popularity among superyacht owners.
Another boat that is still hot well after its initial debut, Salt Water Sportsman reviewed the 31-foot center console from Regulator earlier this year. A 150-gallon fuel tank, twin Yamaha F300 outboards and the boat's 53-mph top speed are some reasons this boat remains popular.
Sea Vee 207Z Bay
The next boat in Sea Vee's 270Z series features front and rear fish boxes, two rod lockers and vertical rod storage in the leaning post, a front bait well and the ability for two more by converting the fish boxes, a roomy helm for an impressive electronics setup, pop-up seating in the stern and three power options for the single-outboard setup, ranging from 300 horsepower to 400 horsepower with a top speed of 61 mph.
Wellcraft 302 Fisherman
The new 30-foot boat from Wellcraft has a 268-gallon fuel tank and a long list of noteworthy features, including a transom folding bench, self-baiting cockpit, captain's chair, baitwell and livewell and more.
World Cat 280CC-X
World Cat's still-talked-about 280CC-X from World Cat features twin 89-gallon fish boxes and a 30-gallon livewell for hardcore anglers. The boat is 27 and a half feet long, carries 220 gallons of fuel and is available with up to 400 horsepower. Add in the 50-mph top speed and there's no wonder this boat is still hot.