New Fishing Boats from the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Though FLIBS had to downsize this year, many builders debuted brand-new boats and displayed their most popular 2020 models.

2020 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show overhead
This year's Fort Lauderdale International Boat show had to downsize and sanitize, but organizers say it was a success, with lots of qualified buyers on site.Courtesy Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Although this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show looked and felt significantly different, due to the pandemic, nothing could stop the parade of new fiberglass aimed at a flourishing boating market.

Our staff members who attended noticed reduced crowds, at least during the week, and masks were mandatory. With fewer exhibitors, show managers dropped the Broward County Convention Center as a venue. Many of the fish-boat builders were moved to the main show location at Bahia Mar Yachting Center.

Despite the obstacles, many builders debuted brand-new boats. Others brought still-new-for-2020 models. Here are 13 great center- and dual-consoles and fisharounds we saw at the docks and under the tents. (Boats are listed alphabetically by builder.)

Boston Whaler 280 Vantage

Boston Whaler 280 Vantage at the dock
Whaler’s most recent Vantage model features a family-friendly dual-console layout with dedicated fishing features such as fishboxes, a transom livewell and multiple rod holders as well as a portside boarding door. It carries 185 gallons of fuel and can handle up to 800 hp. The LOA measures 29 feet 1 inch with platforms, and it features a 9-foot-6-inch beam.Scott Salyers
Boston Whaler 280 Vantage cockpit
Dual consoles are known for their open cockpit design, which allows plenty of room to fish while your other family members lounge.Scott Salyers

Caymas 401 CC

Caymas 401 CC in Fort Lauderdale
Caymas says this model was designed for serious saltwater tournament anglers as well as weekend fishing families. The leaning post offers loads of rod and tackle storage, and the transom comes with twin 45-gallon livewells plumbed with Hooker Electric pumps and a sea chest. At 39 feet 8 inches, the vessel carries an 11-foot-6-inch beam and handles 1,800 hp (triples or quads). Fuel capacity is 559 gallons. The hardtop features a pass-through hatch allowing access to an optional second station.Scott Salyers
Caymas 401 CC helm
The elevated helm station comes with three-across seating, and the dash accommodates three 17-inch displays or two 22-inchers.Scott Salyers

Contender 44FA

Contender 44FA in the boat show tent
Built from the same stepped-hull mold as the 44ST, the 44FA (Fish Around) comes with a cabin suitable for multi-day trips as well as all the features bluewater anglers want (twin 55-gallon transom livewells and an optional 80- or 100-gallon in-deck well). Its 12-foot beam makes it plenty spacious. It carries 575 gallons of fuel with a max hp of 2,000.Scott Salyers
Helm of the Contender 44FA
The companionway on the port side of the helm leads belowdecks. Cabin amenities include a queen-size V-berth, galley, refrigerator/freezer, electric cooktop, an enclosed head with a vanity, electric marine toilet and standup shower.Scott Salyers

Everglades 235cc

Everglades 235cc at the FLIBS dock
The smallest model in the Everglades lineup, the 235cc is filled with patented features, including this swivel helm seat (pictured), and a hardtop grab rail/rain gutter.Scott Salyers
The helm on the Everglades
At the helm, Everglades installed its patented sliding windshield.Scott Salyers

Invincible 46 Catamaran

Invincible 46 Catamaran with quad Mercury outboards
Invincible’s new flagship is a 45-foot-11-inch multihull with a 12-foot beam and quad power. It features two rows of helm seating, a spacious cockpit and wide walkways.Scott Salyers
Invincible 46 Catamaran transom livewells
The transom holds twin livewells and tuna tubes port and starboard.Scott Salyers

Jupiter 32

Jupiter 32 docked at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show
Jupiter’s 32 actually marks the return of the company’s iconic 31. It features 24 degrees of deadrise aft and carries 300 gallons of fuel.Scott Salyers
Jupiter 32 helm
The sleek helm features a Garmin electronics package. Anglers can opt for a 35-gallon livewell in the transom, and a bait prep station aft of the helm unit.Scott Salyers

Pursuit S 428

Pursuit S 428 on display at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show
A new flagship for Pursuit, the S 428 center console comes with three fish boxes, dual 36-gallon livewells, tackle storage, bait-prep areas, twin hull-side doors and an oversize cockpit.Scott Salyers
Pursuis S 428 with the helm lit up
A companionway to port of the helm leads to the cabin with a forward berth, galley and private head compartment. Cabin windows match hull-side windows so when below, passengers can see out to the horizon.Scott Salyers

Robalo R360

Robalo R360 on its display in the tent
Robalo’s largest build yet, the R360 measures 36 feet 6 inches with a beam of 11 feet 4 inches, and it features a Michael Peters stepped-hull design. The triple-outboard-powered boat carries 350 gallons of fuel.Scott Salyers
Robalo R360 cockpit
The spacious cockpit comes with a tuna door and twin side dive doors as well as twin livewells.Scott Salyers

Scout 425 LXF

Scout 425 LXF ready for a test drive
Scout’s new 425 LXF replaces the current 420 LXF and adds more than just a few updates. The cabin includes a redesigned galley, head and living space. The transom features twin oval livewells, a pullout transom seat and twin tuna doors.Scott Salyers
Scout 425 LXF with three across seating
At the helm, Scout built three-wide helm seating and a second row of seating for two or three.Scott Salyers

SeaVee 450Z

SeaVee 450Z on a boat lift
The largest Z model yet, the 450 is set up so bow and stern can be fished independently of each other, with separate livewells, rod storage, fish boxes and rod holders. At the transom, the boat comes with twin 40-gallon wells and two 200-gallon fish boxes. Side doors flank the cockpit.Scott Salyers
SeaVee 450Z helm with the screens on
The Z’s maxi console is resin infused in one piece and includes an integrated, molded safety-glass windshield system. The dash can accommodate up to three 22-inch displays.Scott Salyers

Solace 41CS

Solace 41CS from the stern
Solace jostled the center-console boat market in 2019 with its innovative 345. Its big sister — the twin-stepped 41CS — expands on that figuratively and literally. The 41-footer features a one-piece dive door, an electric windshield, and a cockpit fighting chair/rocket launcher. It also has magnets embedded throughout the fiberglass to position cupholders or seating cushions and accessories.Scott Salyers
Solace 41CS looking forward from the helm
The helm panel holds twin 22-inch displays, and it comes with an electrically actuated outward-opening windshield.Scott Salyers

Yellowfin 54 Offshore

Yellowfin 54 Offshore tied up at the dock
Yellowfin’s new flagship — a 54-footer — includes 150 gallons of livewell capacity, a 200-gallon transverse fish box in the cockpit sole and a cabin belowdecks with a queen berth, fully equipped kitchenette, wraparound seating and a head.Scott Salyers
Yellowfin 54 Offshore at the helm
The 54’s 15-foot beam allows for an expansive console face and four-across helm seating.Scott Salyers
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