Palm Beach 55 | Cruising Cuba | Sailfish 245 DC - 10/02/2019
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Palm Beach 55:
Grand Style in a Bespoke Build

Palm Beach 55

The bespoke hardware found throughout the Palm Beach 55, blending seamlessly into her solid Burmese teak toe rail, is a mark of the care and craftsmanship found throughout this beautifully-engineered express. Her running surface is equally well thought out. Deadrise at the transom is only 8-degrees, as opposed to 16 to 19-degrees for most boats in class. This not only makes her fast and fuel efficient, but it also adds beam stability at rest and displacement speeds. Her hull is designed to stay in the water at full speed. Combined with a sharp forefoot, this keeps the ride smooth. See a complete walk-through here...

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Intrepid 407 Panacea:
Custom Interiors in a Multi-Mission Design

Intrepid 407 Panacea

The Intrepid 407 Panacea can be ordered with pretty much any interior layout and features the buyer wants, allowing each boat to be well-fitted to the mission the new owner enjoys most, be it fishing, diving, dayboating, weekending or a combination of all. Shown here is a model with a full-featured on-deck galley behind the helm seating, with a pull-out refrigerator and freezer plus a huge ice chest on a roll-out shelf. Above, under the cover is a sink, electric grill and food prep area. Note how the hardtop supports are integrated smoothly into this feature. More...

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Sailfish 245 DC:
Ready for Family Dayboating or Offshore Fishing

Sailfish 245 DC

In our opinion, few builders do a cockpit in a 24-something DC better than Sailfish. The result is that the Sailfish 245 DC is a boat that lends itself to family dayboating. But she would also make a good trolling platform for a mid-range pursuit of king mackerel, blackfins and sails, or perhaps blues and stripers in the Northeast. She has all of the necessities including plenty of rod holders, tool racks, an aerated baitwell, tackle storage and an insulated fishwell. At 1000 rpm and 5.5 mph, she got 4.8 mpg -- which means she can troll for many hours without making much of an impact on the 110-gallon (416 L) fuel tankage. At a cruise of 4500 rpm, she ran 35.7 mph and got 2.2 mpg. More...

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Formula 37 Performance Cruiser:
Upscale Weekender w/Multi-Purpose
Swim Platform

Formula 37 Performance Cruiser

There’s a lot going on at the transom of the Formula 37 Performance Cruiser, where the large swim platform extension forms a teak beach that will be everybody’s favorite hang-out during swimsuit weather. Note the heavy stainless-steel railing that acts as a grabrail for swimmers as well as protection for the fiberglass around the dock. A swim step, rather than the usual ladder, makes boarding much easier for those in the water. There’s a sidemount pedestal base for the optional grill on the starboard side, plus plenty of beverage holders, stereo speakers with a remote, and a freshwater washdown. More...

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Riviera 52 Enclosed Flybridge:
Ready to Party, Ready to Fish

Riviera 52 Enclosed Flybridge

The Riviera 52 Enclosed Flybridge has the bones of a bluewater sportfishing battlewagon, but she definitely leans more toward leisure cruising and entertaining. These days, she really doesn’t have much competition, as most boats are either fishing machines or they’re not. For example, how many convertibles have features like a swim platform off the transom complete with removable guard rails. The aft galley with a large swing-up window is designed with party time in mind more than bait-rigging, as is the mostly enclosed flybridge. But, step aft on the bridge and you’ll find a secondary control station that is positioned just right for the captain to back down while chasing a marlin or a bluefin. More...

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A Cruising Destination
Closed to Americans

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In Varadero, Cuba, a new and modern marina has room for 940 yachts. But this January, only four were there.

While the U.S. government prohibits most of its citizens from traveling to Cuba, the rest of the free world is allowed to go there. The island is particularly popular with Europeans because of its resorts, sunny climate, and beaches. Boaters from Canada are most in evidence, but there are also long-distance sailors who make Cuba a stop on a Caribbean exploration. More...

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