2021 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show Must-See Boats
With hundreds of boats on display at this year's Fort Lauderdale Boat Show it's hard to choose which ones to see. Our list of must-see boats helps you narrow it down.
Over 600 boats will be on display at the 2021 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which opens October 27 and runs through October 31, 2021. Here is our must-see fleet of boats for boat buyers. These are certainly not the only great boats on display, but these represent the state of the art in their respective categories, so take a look whether considering one of these boats…or a competing brand.
Blackfin 232 DC
This new dual console model from Blackfin is the consummate do-it-all boat for boaters who desire a great ride, top line fit and finish and pride of ownership. This trailerable boat is 24′6″ LOA x 8′6″ and is rated for up to 300-hp. We will be reviewing it soon. See it in the Convention Center Booth 48.
Monterey 305 SS
Sleek and exuding power, this stylish, performance-oriented bowrider from Monterey Boats measures 29′0″ x 9′0″ and can be powered by twin outboards up to 500-hp. It features a stand-up head compartment and other luxuries. Don’t miss it on H-Dock!
Boston Whaler 420 Anniversary Edition
Boston Whaler may be one of the most recognizable boat builders in the world. It is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and this unsinkable, 42′6″ x 13′0″ 420 Outrage Anniversary Edition, powered by Mercury Marine V12 600-hp outboards, may be just as iconic. Max HP? 1,800. See our review of this Boat of the Year here. See the boat in person at Bahia Mar Yachting Center, C-Dock.
Formula Boats 380 SSC
Powered by twin Mercury Marine 600-hp Outboards, the 40′7″ x 11′6″ 380 Super Sport Crossover from Formula will likely perform to the hilt. The SSC line combines the luxury of a top dayboat with the construction and performance attributes, such as the FASTech hull, borne from Formula’s racing heritage. See it at Bahia Mar Dock H818-H824.
The Grady-White Freedom 325 is a 31′2″ x 10′9″ dual console rated for a whopping 700-hp of Yamaha Outboard power. It can handle so many horses because Grady-White builds extraordinarily safe and rugged boats. This may be the fishable, dayboat-able, bluewater-ready boat some desire. See it in the Convention Center - Booths 2025, 2026 and 2033.
Sea Ray Sundancer 370 Outboard
At 39′9″ x 12′0″, the Sea Ray Sundancer 370 outboard provides room for a large crew during the day, while allowing couples or small families the ability to enjoy overnights in comfort. Outboard power delivers quiet, smoke-free, shallow-draft boating. See our review here: boatingmag.com/story/boats/2021-sea-ray-sundancer-370-outboard/. See it at the Bahia Mar GH Dock.
Tiara 48 LS
This biggest Tiara Yachts model ever, the 48 LS is powered by the impressive Mercury Marine 600-hp outboards. See what happens at the nexus of luxury, power and performance. See this Tiara yourself at Bahia Mar CD Dock.
Chaparral 247 SSX
The Chaparral 247 SSX is primed to deliver the ride and amenities expected of this luxury builder. With new appointments for 2022, an innovative layout and standard features like Twin Simrad touchscreens and the Extended V-Plane Hull make it a must see. Look for our test coming soon. See it at Convention Center 2072.
Jeanneau America Leader
Leader Series outboards from Jeanneau offer style, quality and function. Anglers appreciate these boats, yet multipurpose, multi activity boaters really applaud Jeanneau Leader boats. These outboard boats range from 22 to 40 feet LOA. Visit GH Dock.
Robalo 266 Cayman
The 26′6″ x 9′4″ Robalo 266 Cayman features both bow and aft seating areas that have the ability to convert to casting platforms. The impressive helm setup features the space to add up to 2 large Simrad displays between the stainless-steel LED push button switches. See it in the Convention Center at 2081.
Invincible 33 Catamaran
Designed by Morelli and Melvin, the 33′11″ x 10′3″ Invincible 33 Catamaran can be powered by twin outboards up to 900-hp total. See the finest evolution of the fishing catamaran in the Convention Center at booth 2057.
Wellcraft 202 Fisherman
From the removable T-top to the flexible seating to the attractive price to the specially-tiered bow, the 20′4″ x 8′6″ Wellcraft 202 Fisherman has much to offer. Rated for 200-hp, it comes with a standard galvanized trailer. See it yourself at Booth 2059 in the Convention Center.
Solace 415 CS
This is a brand-new model from Solace. A special collaboration with Volvo Penta sees this boat powered by a unique system a “must see!” We have plans to take this boat on a long voyage and report back. No images are available until show time. For now, take our word you won’t want to miss this boat, especially for the various ways in which it can be powered. See it on C-Dock at the Bahia Mar.
We are fresh off a sea trial of this Pursuit S358. Look for our test report coming soon. Meantime, you can see this impressive 37′4″ x 11′4″ CC that can be powered by up to 850-hp in person on C-Dock.
Four Winns H4 OB
This new Four Winns model comes in Outboard and Sterndrive configurations—there’s even a wakesurfing edition equipped with a Mercury Bravo Four forward-facing drive unit. In our soon-to-be-published test, Randy Vance equates this boat to the best runabouts in the business and notes its unique style and stellar ride. See it at Convention Center 2060.
Beneteau Flyer 9
The Flyer 9 Sundeck is inspired by deck boats, with a bow that’s almost as broad as the boat’s maximum beam. Beneteau used the extra space to provide a wide walkway forward that terminates in an expansive sun pad complete with a Bimini for shade. A real do-it-all boat measuring 9′10″ x 9′9″ and rated for 500-hp. Read our complete test: boatingmag.com/story/boats/2021-beneteau-flyer-9-spacedeck/. See it on GH Dock.
Regal 38 FXO
Outboards! Flying Bridge! This new Regal 38 FXO will surely be garnering crowds. The amenities and liveability of a flying bridge layout are superlative. The ease of ownership, performance and versatility of outboards are unrivaled. We’ll be testing this boat soon! See it on H Dock.
Scout 530 LXF
Talk about taking it to 11 on all counts. The Scout Boats 530 LXF can be powered by three, four or five outboards. But, beyond power this boat boasts luxury and fishability and the sales process is akin to purchasing a jet plane or private island. Don’t miss it on CD Dock.