With its popularity among high-performance powerboat builders still very much on the rise, the upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Oct. 31-Nov. 4 will host boast a stronger-than-ever contingent of high-performance center consoles and sport catamarans. Cigarette Racing Team, Fountain Powerboats, Donzi, Mystic Powerboats, Nor-Tech Hi-Performance Boat, Sunsation Boats and Wright Performance Powerboats are among the significant brands that will be represented during the event.
Nor-Tech and several other major builders from the high-performance powerboat world will have a strong showing at the Fort Lauderdale event, which kicks off at the end of the month. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
Based in Washington, N.C., Iconic Marine group will showcase the Fountain and Donzi brands. “We are going to have two exhibits, one on land and one in the water at Bahia Mar,” said Martin Rusin, the company’s media/public relations manager. “On land, we’ll have a 38 Sport Fish Cruiser, a 39NX and a 34CC (from the Fountain line). “In the water, we’ll have a Donzi 41GT, and Fountain 39NX, 38LS, 38CC and 34CC models and a 32 Cat.”
The new Donzi 41GT will make its Florida debut at the Fort Lauderdale event. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
Performance Boat Center, which is headquartered in Osage Beach, Mo., but opened a facility in Fort Lauderdale earlier this year, is bringing a healthy cross-section of models from the go-fast powerboating world.
“We’re going to exhibit a Wright Performance 360 catamaran, Sunsation 32 CCX and 40 CCX (a new Sunsation offering that debuted at the dealership’s Osage Beach location in August during the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout) and a Cigarette 42X sportboat powered by Mercury Racing 860 engines,” said Brett Manire, who co-owns the dealership with Mark Waddington. “The show is very high class and has a great flow of customers who are capable and ready to buy.”
Performance Boat Center will exhibit a Wright Performance 360 sport catamaran as well as two Sunsation center consoles and a Cigarette Racing Team sportboat. Photo courtesy/copyright Brad Glidewell/Brad Glidewell Photography.
Based across the state in North Fort Myers, Nor-Tech will have a heavy presence of high-performance center consoles anchored by 390 Sport CC No. 200. In addition to the 39-footer, the builder will exhibit two of its 34-footers, as well as its 392, 450 and 452 offerings.
“Lauderdale has always been a great show for the industry, but last year was the best for Nor-Tech as we contracted more than 11 new boats with deposits at the show,” said Geoff Tomlinson, the company’s director of dealer development. “We’re really looking forward to this year’s setup and we’ll have a few cool changes in our exhibit as well.”
Mystic will exhibit its 42- and 38-foot center consoles. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
Based up the road in DeLand, Mystic Powerboats will showcase its strong two-punch center-console lineup with an M4200 powered by quad Mercury Marine Verado 350 outboard engines, an M3800 with triple Mercury Racing Verado 400Rs and a Seakeeper stabilization system and another C3800 powered by twin Verado 400Rs.
Showcasing the its smallest and largest offerings—and something in between—MTI is bringing a 340X sport catamaran, a V-42 center console and a V-57 center console.
MTI is bringing two center consoles and a sport catamaran to the show. Photo courtesy/copyright Tim Sharkey/Sharkey Images.