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Minncraft Boatworks to debut “Summit 26” Runabout at the Miami International Boat Show in February

Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Minncraft Boatworks has announced the completion and highly anticipated unveiling of their first edition Summit 26 Runabout. The launch of Hull #1, the first Summit 26, will be in January 2016 and will be showcased for its first public viewing at Miami International Boat Show, scheduled for February 16-20, 2017.  The Miami-born event is regarded as “The Ultimate Boat Show. An Epic Event.” The venue this year is new; Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin. Minncraft Boatworks will be showcasing the Summit 26 onsite at its in-water slip at the Old Marine Stadium, reception booth 560.

Minncraft Boatworks hand-crafts their stately, powerful motorboats in the USA. Each features timeless design aspects reminiscent of a classic nautical era, complemented by high-end technology and the lush appointments of the present. The Summit 26 was conceived with the idea to craft a collector’s showpiece; a Magnus opus vessel where precision meets luxury. “The hull has sleek modern lines yet it evokes that nostalgic feel of the Great Gatsby or Camelot age of long carefree weekends by the sea with classic runabouts gracing the horizon,” Minncraft Boatworks founder Rob Sheppard muses. “Indulgences abound— designed for the soul of a Maritime connoisseur we have integrated technology and contemporary embellishments with the spirit of timeless nautical legacy.”

The vision of Minncraft Boatworks, said Sheppard, “is to craft custom, completely hand-built wooden boats. Committed to building and launching limited edition hulls, our attention to detail will always be peerless. We offer our customers something no one else in the world does:  a finely hand-crafted, custom designed, luxury runabout featuring the finest boatbuilding materials available, along with the integrated technology of iPad®/smartphone automation.”

Specifications are impressive; amenities are abundant. The direct drive propulsion allows for cruising virtually incognito or slicing through the water at commanding speed. V8 power and integrated touchscreen technology top the long list of features. Some notable specifications highlight the Summit 26’s luxury. The design includes a hand-planked wood composite hull with white oak frames, cold molded bottom and sides with a solid mahogany and teak top layer finished with fiberglass encapsulation, and a blueprinted bottom. Its engine power is from a Mercruiser 5.7L 330HP with multi-point electronic fuel injection. Custom metal work and hand-laid teak add to the beauty of the race-inspired lines. Features include both nine and seven inch Raymarine customized function monitors—one for audio control, digital switching and engine monitoring and the other for navigation and chart plotting—with an integrated iPad control system and a Rockford Fosgate amplifier. A pro-grade 6-speaker sound system delivers exceptional sound all round. Topside features include ultra-premium Phillip Cato designed upholstery, including front and rear bucket seats with side comfort bolsters and featuring dual center consoles with electronic positioning controls.

The highly-stylized hardware and dashboard instrumentation are sleek and highly functional with the iPad touchscreen master control of interior accessories including a motorized upholstered engine hatch cover, a teak cockpit floor with built in insulated cooler featuring a motorized lift to convert it to a dining table. Elegance is understated but discernable with lighting treatments including LED lighting throughout the interior, bulkhead, engine bay, underwater transom and custom built-in rub rail navigation lights.

Early interest in the Summit 26 is spirited. Production updates have whetted the appetite of collectors. In fact, Hull #1 is subject to a gentleman’s competition between two sport boat enthusiasts,” Sheppard gladly admits. He has plans for Minncraft Boatworks to launch others in 2017.  Sea trials of the prototype were “thrilling and rewarding,” and “allowed my team to adjust and fine tune design details for the Summit 26 production line,” he says.

The Minncraft Boatworks Summit 26 will be revealed at Miami International Boat Show, February 16-20, 2017. Its inaugural showing is certain to draw collectors, wooden boat connoisseurs and many other marine enthusiasts. Sheppard and his team are eager to show Miami and the world what they have created. #END#


tags: Boat Show, New Boat Models

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