By most, if not all, accounts, this year’s Miami International Boat Show, the second at Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin, was a great success. The reason to me is simple—captivating products. Groundbreaking, jaw-dropping, incredibly unique boats, engines, accessories and more. For me, and no offense to the ever-improving power plants from Mercury Racing or the significance of the striking 50’ Marauder celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Cigarette Racing Team/Mercedes-AMG relationship, what catches my attention are the most unique things, the products I’m not used to seeing.
Minncraft’s gorgeous Summit 26 received plenty of attention at the Miami International Boat Show. Photo courtesy Minncraft Boatworks
Stuff like the gigantic MTI-V 57 with four Seven Marine 627-hp outboard engines that blew me away with its incredible detail. Or there was the first outboard-powered sportboat from Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats—the SL 41 with quad Mercury Racing Verado 400R engines—that I saw run beautifully with the Miami skyline behind it and my first in-person sighting of the impressive Formula Boats 430 SSC that is also powered by 400-hp Verados. I have two words for both: So cool.
The intriguing 16-cylinder engine from a group of individuals who have been around the industry for a long time dubbed Sixteen Power was definitely something you don’t see every day. Neither was the new stepped trim tabs being showcased by the team at Livorsi Marine. In trying to organize this column, I landed on three things that I had to share from my list of most unique boat show sightings.
Complete Coverage of the 2017 Miami International Boat Show