Several years ago if you were walking into the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show to check out the latest and greatest from the likes of Sunsation Boats, Nor-Tech Hi-Performance Boats and Marine Technology Inc. (MTI), you’d expect to see some impressive, high-powered offshore V-bottoms and catamarans. Today things are quite different. Visit the three companies mentioned, as well as Statement Marine, next week during the five-day show (Oct. 31-Nov. 4) and what you’ll find is an exceptional group of center console offerings from the go-fast boat builders.
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been reporting on the boats being prepped to make it to South Florida in time for the 54th annual show in a special “Countdown to Lauderdale” series on speedonthewater.com. Between Sunsation’s latest 34 Center Cabin Xtreme, Nor-Tech‘s 29-, 34- and 39-footers, Statement’s 350 and 380 SUV models and MTI’s game-changing V 42, I’ve learned that a concentrated effort on the center console market is what this year’s show is all about.