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The Quint43 under way. Photo courtesy of Midnight Express
The Quint43 under way. Photo courtesy of Midnight Express

FLIBS Center Console Preview

Anyone visiting the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show in November will see a wide array of yachts from coastal cruisers to mega yachts towering over the floating docks. The show also provides docks full of ever more popular, powerful and luxurious center consoles. These stunning craft boast double, triple quad and even quintuple outboards and are furnished with luxuries previously only found on the most expensive yachts. Some of these boats are proudly designed and built in South Florida.

One builder that will show off such craft is Midnight Express. The family-owned business operating out of its 40,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Fort Lauderdale is well known for its high performance multi-engine luxury center consoles. The new model being unveiled at the show and being kept under tight wraps, is sure to be a showstopper. If the technologically advanced Quintessence 43 introduced earlier this summer is any indication, the debut will certainly turn heads. The Quint43, a 43-foot center console with a 12’5” beam, may be pushed by up to 5 – that’s right, 5  – 400 hp Mercury Racing Verado Outboards and controlled with a revolutionary new simplified dual lever control system known as ErgoEngine Control. Capable of 90 mph speeds, this center console will get you there at incredible speeds while you enjoy an amazing ride with simple operation. Midnight Express will have several boats on display, such as the stunning Ulysse Nardin edition, along with their debut model. Stop by and check out their latest beauty that “involves innovation at the highest level.”

A Ulysse Nardin Midnight Express. Photo Courtesy of Midnight Express
A Ulysse Nardin Midnight Express. Photo Courtesy of Midnight Express

Another South Florida offshore center console builder with a reputation for great  quality, solid performance and excellent customer service is Bahama Boat Works of West Palm Beach. Visitors to the show will be able to view the newest member of the Bahama family, the Bahama 34. Offered as a “more nimble and affordable” version of the larger B37 and B41 models, the 35’1” center console with a 10’ 6” beam is capable of over 50 mph speeds with twin 300 hp outboards. It has an engine capacity of up to 1050 hp and a 400-gallon fuel capacity. Although smaller than the other models offered by Bahama, it is a very capable and roomy offshore fishing craft chock full of standard features including 6’6” headroom in the console cabin. With an extensive options list, this model can be configured exactly to the client’s needs. Built to very high standards using the latest technology and with safety being the first design criterion, the Bahama 34 can offer her pilot confidence offshore aboard this new model.

The Bahama 34. Photo courtesy of Bahama Boat Works
The Bahama 34. Photo courtesy of Bahama Boat Works

YachtEZ, no stranger to the luxury yacht market is the world marketing agent and consultant in the building of ADRENA-LIZER Boats of Miami. With a long history in the high performance center console market and as worldwide broker of luxury yachts, Mark Gianassi, Managing Director/Broker Of Record, is building a line of full custom high-end center consoles for discriminating clients. His production staff consists of craftsmen with vast experience in high quality performance boat building, critical in producing custom craft of the finest quality. Visitors to FLIBS can check out the new ADRENA-LIZER AD400, a solid boat made with a fiberglass/Kevlar blend along with an extensive list of equipment standard on this custom 40’ deep-v monohull that would be extra options with other manufacturers. The AD400 is capable of a dry, efficient ride and can reach speeds of 70 mph powered by an array of engine possibilities. With a 500-gallon fuel capacity this boat is built for serious offshore escapades but with the refinements of a mega yacht tender. Equally at home fishing or entertaining guests, this boat is designed for those demanding a custom one-of-a-kind craft.

Courtesy of YachtEZ
Courtesy of YachtEZ

If you are in the market for a solid, functional and luxurious center console, or just want to dream a little, there will be plenty to see at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, including some fine examples of South Florida craftsmanship.

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