By Michelle Jameson
Photos courtesy Sea Ray, Prestige and Grady-White
When you are cruising Lake Lanier this summer, don’t be surprised if you see a few luxury boats slip past you. The latest and greatest will be out on the water for 2018. Go ahead, throw a little shade — there’s enough sun for everyone.
Prestige 460 S
The Prestige 460 S is a luxury yacht which features immense sliding glass doors, large power sunroof and an L-shaped cockpit. The 460 S boasts an enhanced living exterior space when fully opened and a protected living space when closed.
With sleek lines, this hunky boat is more than just handsome. Part of the Flybridge line, the 460 S has a main deck, a lower deck and a flybridge deck. At nearly 47 feet long, the boat has plenty of luxury amenities. With a hull of 41 feet, the 328-gallon fuel tank will do a cruising speed of 25 knots. She sleeps six with two full beds and two twins. And after those exhausting parties, there is always a full sectional and a couch.
The yatch integrates the concept of the L-shaped cockpit, which allows for maximum use of space. Transformable into a very large aft sundeck, this cockpit can also house a fully equipped skipper cabin.
She’s lined on the outside deck with teak flooring and there is plenty of room to lounge. The main deck features a full kitchenette — with stovetop and refrigerator — and retractable television. There’s a sunpad on the bow with three loungers and a pop-up umbrella while the flybridge holds the grill for those many kabobs, plus another sunpad and more seating. The lower level houses two heads.
The contemporary layout of the exterior galley located to the aft opens onto an immense swim platform. With optional air conditioning and a mega-watt sound system, the boat offers ultra-modern décor and fixtures. Even the most inviting waters may not be able to drag you out of this luxurious surrounding.
Sea Ray 400 SLX
Winning the National Marine Manufacturers Association 2017 Innovation award, the Sea Ray 400 SLX combines a digital helm with creature comforts and classic features.
The helm station features an intuitive Digital Dash with standard twin Raymarine glass displays. Enjoy effortless docking and precise maneuvering courtesy of Axius joystick control, and relish the sweet sound of free-flowing conversation thanks noise-quashing Quiet Ride technology.
It has a convertible swim terrace to maximize entertainment space while turning the cockpit into an on-the-water patio. A retractable sunshade deploys electronically from the hardtop to extend sun protection far aftward. An additional sunshade provides coverage for the bow. A plush sunpad extends the width of the transom and features a converting backrest that opens to face the swim terrace.
An enclosed storage compartment accommodates two full-sized stand-up paddleboards. (Never again settle for lashing your SUP awkwardly to the tower or hull.) Additional storage throughout the boat keeps your belongings safely out from underfoot. A well-appointed wet bar features a refrigerator, sink and available dual grills, ensuring top-notch refreshments and happier happy hours. There’s room enough for a party of 12 for a day out on the water.
The 400 SLX has a full sleeper and a roomy head with a table and seating for six on the bow. The social bow accommodates a crowd with ease. A row of forward touring seats features armrests and cupholders, while additional forward benches surround the bow table .
Grady-White Freedom 235
We didn’t forget you fisherman! The 23-foot long Grady-White Freedom 235 was the Boating 2017 Boat of the Year. The dual-console boat has luxurious seating and an oversized, enclosed head. It also has plenty of stow space for picnic items and dive gear and, of course, for your freshly-caught fish. Fish boxes and insulted ice boxes drain directly overboard by gravity.
There’s room for plenty of rods with additional racks. And there are several safety features including nonskid surfaces, handholds everywhere you need them, a heavy-duty fiberglass transom door and safety windshield.
The Freedom 235 is self-bailing with a foam sprayed hull for extra flotation. It has a kicking sound system, flush mount electronics and comfortable seating with a patented foldaway aft seat for more room in the cockpit.
With room enough for 10, the Freedom 235 has bow seating with dry storage and an insulated box, optional wet bar with sink and removable cooler, and deluxe companion seating with electromechanical lounge seating. There’s also swim and dockside boarding platforms.
And there’s also an optional 15.5 gallon live well for a long day of doing what the boat does best.