FrontRunners: Shooting Star

    Carbon fiber is proving to be a gift to speedboaters. The material, bonded with epoxy resin, pre­sents a significant alternative to fiberglass, allowing boatbuilders to create stronger, lighter vessels that are the nautical equivalents of racecars. One of these, the 51-foot Outerlimits GTX, debuted at the Miami Boat Show in February. The powerboat, from Outer-limits (www.outerlimitspowerboats.com) of Bristol, R.I., reaches a top speed of 138 mph when equipped with twin 1,200 hp Mercury Racing SCi engines. The 51-foot GTX, which begins at about $1.1 million, is the latest in a series that includes 39-, 42-, 44-, and 47-footers. Also at the Miami Boat Show, Outerlimits introduced the 50-foot Cat, its first power catamaran, which begins at $1.5 million.

    The $1.2 million offshore powerboat can reach a top speed of 135 mph…
    The event saw several debuts from top yacht builders, including Azimut, Riva, Ferretti, and more…
    The 278-foot yacht features a full-size pool, an outdoor cinema, and enough stowage for a seaplane…
    The 125-foot yacht is the most environmentally friendly in its class...
    Beautiful, hand-finished wood detailing is found throughout the 147-foot megayacht…
    Photo by Marc Paris
    A song provides the spark for a Baglietto-built superyacht’s crisp and polished interior design...
    The 164-foot yacht has a sky lounge and a 1,000-square-foot owner’s suite…
    The new yacht has a reworked layout for the U.S. market…
    Photo by Dick Holthuis
    The ship’s interiors were conceived by the Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat…
    Photo by Jeff Brown
    The 141-foot yacht uses both diesel and electric motors…