Top tenders and dayboats at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2017


The sheer variety of yachts on display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show can be overwhelming, so we’ve picked out a small selection of the best tenders and dayboats worth seeking out.

The Aston Martin-designed AM37S is sure to turn heads in Fort Lauderdale this year, with its sharp lines and effortless style. Quintessence Yachts, the British yard behind this 11.1 metre cruiser, has delivered the first two hulls, including one that arrived in Miami earlier this year. A third model is currently under construction for a European client and will be customised to match the owner's Aston Martin Vantage AMR road car with charcoal lacquer cabinetry and grey Novasuede headlining.

Visitors strolling the pontoons of FLIBS should keep an eye out for the new Diavolo Red version of the AM37S (pictured above), which boasts cream truffle leather upholstery and a 50-knot turn of speed delivered via a pair of 520hp Mercury Racing petrol engines.

Azimut Verve 40

Debuted at last year’s show, the 12.97 metre Azimut Verve 40 is set to make a triumphant return to its spiritual home of Fort Lauderdale in November. The Italian brand designed this model specifically for the American market, with plenty of space for socialising on deck and a punchy triple 350hp Mercury Verado outboard engine set-up that delivers thrilling performance at speeds of up to 44 knots.

Evo 43HT

With its transforming tenders turning heads on both sides of the Atlantic, Evo Yachts is returning to FLIBS this year to show off the latest Evo 43 T-top. Unlike the version above, the new 14.8 metre arrival will sport a snazzy hull finish called Enchanted Blue. Visitors can expect a 38 knot top speed courtesy of Volvo Penta’s popular IPS 600 pod-drive system.

Hinckley Dasher

Billed as the world's first fully-electric yacht, the 8.1 metre Dasher is a bold leap into the future for Maine boatbuilder Hinckley, whose history stretches all the way back to 1928. Her innovative powertrain includes twin BMW i3 lithium ion batteries driving a pair of 80hp electric motors for a top speed of 24 knots and a 40 mile range at her cruising speed of eight knots.

Peter O’Connell, president and CEO of Hinckley, said: "The Whisper Drive silent propulsion system combines the latest hydrodynamics, electric power and digital control systems to achieve the performance, handling and maneouverability that discerning clients will expect."


Newport-based MJM Yachts is bringing a wide range of Downeast-style powerboats to FLIBS 2017, the most notable of which being the new 11.58 metre MJM 35Z. Styled by Doug Zurn, this classy cruiser boasts a Seakeeper gyroscopic stabiliser system for a smooth cruising experience, while the port and starboard pilothouse doors ensure free movement on deck.

Photo: Onne van der Wal


As one of the world’s best boat shows, Fort Lauderdale was always going to have a healthy smattering of Riva dayboats. The iconic Italian brand will be well represented this year, but our pick of the bunch is the 11.88 metre Rivamare. First introduced in June 2016, this elegant speedster oozes classical charm, not to mention a 40-knot turn of speed.

Vanquish 26

Another Doug Zurn design sure to turn heads at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2017, the 7.92 metre Vanquish 26 is an outboard powered runabout with a built-in wet bar — ideal for a day on the water with a select group of friends. The Dutch yard will have a wide range of models on display at FLIBS from seven to 14.6 metres.

Photo: Billy Black

Williams Sportjet 395

After its world debut at the Southampton Boat Show earlier this year, the new Williams Sportjet 395 will be getting an American debut at the Fort Lauderdale show. Its compact, yet powerful 90hp BRP Rotax ACE 903 engine promises a sporty ride, and Mathew Hornsby, sales director at the British yard, added: “Our ambition with the latest additions to our range was to create a boat that isn’t just a functional load carrier, but enhances the yacht ownership experience on every level.”

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