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Italian Express Cruiser To Debut in Fort Lauderdale


Express cruisers don’t typically make the editorial cut for speedonthewater.com, but the new Wider Yachts 32′ Express Cruiser could be worth a look—at the very least for its unusual lines—for performance-boat enthusiasts headed to Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show at the end of the month. Easy to spot thanks to their “axe” bows and sleek Italian styling, two Wider 32-footers—one featuring an orange hull and the other in green—will be showcased in the water at the Wider Yachts USA display, located at Face Dock 5, south of the Bahia Mar Yachting Center tower.

With a top speed of slightly more than 42 mph—37 knots—the twin 260-hp MerCruiser diesel engine-powered model, which was designed for use as a “primary boat” as well as a sleek super yacht tender, isn’t going to blow anyone’s hair back. Stylistically, however, the 32-footer is sure to be an attention-getter on the water and at the docks. The boat was designed by noted Italian yacht designer Fulvio De Simoni.

According to a press release from the company, the 32′ Express Cruiser is built with a “high-tech sandwich hull construction process incorporating GRP skins, closed-cell PVC core and vinylester resin, cured via a high-tech vacuum lamination by infusion system for a superior strength-to-weight ratio.”

As a custom builder, the company offers an array of options and features for the boat.”Wider encourages owners to customize their new 32′ pretty much to their heart’s content with different equipment, cockpit configurations and colors,” said Darren Datson, the president, Wider Yachts USA, in the release. “In fact, the boat we’ll have on display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show has been fully customized with its new owner’s selections.”