FrontRunners: Shooting Star

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    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 130-foot yacht includes both modern and traditional design touches…
    Designed to emulate a grand tourer sports car, the yachts have sleek lines and long ranges…
    The new sailboat, christened Watermark, can do double duty as a cruiser or a competitive racing...
    The versatile boat can be reconfigured to meet the needs of a variety of owners…
    With the largest steel hull of its kind, this expedition yacht yearns for extreme latitudes…
    A host of helm controls and creature comforts set on high help elevate this 70-foot cruiser…
    A cinema, double-deck gallery, and massage room are just a few of the vessel's myriad...
    The boat offers endless options for play at sea, including fishing, diving, kayaking, and...
    The 116-day cruise stops in 25 countries including New Zealand, India, and Greece...
    The sailing yacht will be built from materials that increase its rigidity while reducing its weight…