A few months back, Kelly Flory, a longtime public relations associate dating back to my days of putting together the Accessories section of Powerboat magazine in which many of the Martin Flory Group clients’ products were featured each month, informed me that MFG was now working with Jaguar Powerboats. She also explained that the High Point-N.C.-based company, which was founded by decorated offshore racer Jack Clarke and is now run by his son, John, was planning to debut its first 43-foot center console-style catamaran at the 2020 Miami International Boat Show, which takes place next week at Miami Marine Stadium on Virginia Key.
Jaguar Powerboats is excited to show off its new J43 catamaran model powered by twin 627-hp Seven Marine outboard engines at next week’s Miami International Boat Show (check out a video of the boat here). Photo courtesy Jaguar Powerboats
A recent press release sent from Flory opened with a question about whether a 43-foot center console cat with a pair of Seven Marine 627SV outboard engines capable of topping 100 mph could be classified as a family day boat or a hardcore fishing platform, and the answer, which appears to be yes to both, is sure to be proven at the Miami show as well as in the coming months.
According to the release, the new J43 model from the custom boatbuilder draws upon a robust racing heritage while delivering a safe, stable and fuel-efficient ride at any speed. All I know is that I can’t wait to see hull No. 1 at next week’s Miami International Boat Show, where it will be on display and available for demo rides at dock 327.
“Our goal wasn’t to build a full-on raceboat,” said John Clarke, president of Jaguar Powerboats. “While some customers will no doubt take advantage of the J43’s unprecedented speed, it is, first and foremost, a safe boat that slices through rough seas and carves through turns like it’s on rails.”