Platinum List 2015: Powerboats
Photo courtesy of Scout Boats
Coastal homeowners invariably have long wish lists when it comes to waterfront living: an expansive deck for taking in the ocean views, a pool for lazy summer afternoons, a sliver of beach for walks at sunrise or sunset, an outdoor kitchen for alfresco dining.
But there’s one accessory that adds an exclusive and exciting dimension to coastal living that’s hard to beat – a sleek and sexy powerboat designed by one of America’s expert boatbuilders.
We were spoiled for choice when it came to judging Ocean Home’s Platinum List 2015 winners:
Intrepid Powerboats’ motto is “One of a kind, one at a time,” which means every Intrepid from 24 feet to 47 feet is tailored for its owner. Speed and seaworthiness are primary, but judges liked that Intrepids are also built for fishing, diving and family fun. The 475 Panacea is a big center console that can run from Miami to Bimini for lunch or weekend comfortably off Nantucket. intrepidboats.com
Scout Boats has built its reputation on luxury sport- fishers, and the judges loved its recently launched flagship, the 420 LXF. A center console with hardtop, it has quad outboard power for speeds of more than 70 mph. Its walk-around layout features seating for three at the helm and a forward dinette and sun pad; below are a spacious berth, galley and head with shower. scoutboats.com
Danalevi Powerboats combines European style with American muscle car performance in its new 24-foot Furina, a pocket rocket for fun on the water. The boat won the judges’ praise for its 380hp Volvo Penta DuoProp sterndrive, which powers the deep-V hull to easily top 60 mph. Twin swivel bucket seats are behind a custom dash, and guests can enjoy a full-width lounge aft with optional air-conditioning. danalevi.com
Photo courtesy of Everglade Boats
Everglades Boats was honored with Best Fishing Boat (Under 30 Feet) at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show for its new 255 center console. The vessel features a patented sliding windshield, flexible helm seats, a forward console and twin outboards offering speed and reliability. evergladesboats.com
Photo by Gilles Martin-Raget
Beneteau is the world’s largest boatbuilder, and its Monte Carlo line is devoted to luxurious yachts such as the MC4 flybridge cruiser. Judges were impressed with its full-beam master suite and spacious cabin, each with private heads and showers, designed into the 45-foot hull. Other features include Volvo Penta pod drives and a dinette and barbecue for entertaining on the bridge. beneteauamerica.com