• Theme: Motor Boats

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    What can you do with a boat you can no longer sail? Traditionally you’d burn it or take it to the dump. Not the most eco-friendly options. But what’s the alternative? Didier Toqué, creator of Bathô, a program that gives old boats a second life, hopes to change all that. The idea is to reuse rather than recycle old...

    Cutting-edge contemporary design, innovative eco features and exceptional levels of comfort—the houseboat has been reinvented for the 21st century.   Much more than simply floating homes, these pioneering new models are on the water combining aesthetic appeal with high technology to meet the demands of modern lifestyle...

    Sports cruisers are the SUVs of the boat world so the Beneteau Gran Turismo 46, a stepped hull with IPS, should take you most places.   The Gran Turismo range combines style with power. This is especially true for the GT46, the middle sibling in an expanding range including the GT40, GT42 and most recently the GT50....

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    Fast & foiling, sustainable & recyclable—and a wider array of sizes and designs. Here are our impressions after touring the biggest boat show on the planet.   This January, almost 2,000 exhibitors from 68 countries occupied 220,000 square meters of exhibition area in Düsseldorf, Germany. These numbers are huge in the...

    Completely redesigned for 2018, the evolutionary XStar ski and wake boat is also packed with innovative features. Those include a new wake-specific hull design that can be equipped with 4,100 lbs (1,860 kg) of ballast—they claim the most in the industry—plus a new mid-ship ballast tank. They enhance the wake—they also...

    This could constitute the beginning of a new generation of motorboats, initiated by Rand Boats: Lightly driven with lightweight hulls, in this case inspired by sailboats, made for a quiet and relaxed presence on the water, they also have extremely low fuel consumption. Loxo 32 is produced by Pogo, one of world’s...

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    Imagine a fleet of solar-powered rental boats available to all in major cities throughout the world. It’s already happening in six cities, and 150 others are interested. We spoke to Carl Kai Rand, founder of Denmark’s GoBoat.     “You might say that the idea came out of frustration,” said Carl Kai Rand. “I love being...

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    In northeastern France, Boathome is rethinking the houseboat. The company started with the notion that living on the water should open new horizons rather than constituting obstacles to be overcome. The vessel’s catamaran hull supports a platform measuring from 10 to 20 meters long and five to 10 meters wide, with...

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    Beneteau will launch its new Boat Club at the beginning of 2018. Borrowing the idea from the US, the French boatbuilding giant is counting on it to generate significant growth. We interviewed Bruno Lescher, head of the Boat Club.   NauticExpo e-magazine: How will the Beneteau Boat Club work? Bruno Lescher: We’re using...

    Austria’s Kormaran took home the 2017 i-Novo Tech trophy for its K7 transformable three-seater runabout. While standard operation is in catamaran mode, the sleek monocoque vessel also features monohull and trimaran configurations. To shift from one to another, a hydraulic system adjusts the position of the teak-decked...