An international partnership comprised of Boston Boatworks in the US, North American yacht designer Doug Zurn, and UK-based interior design firm Winch Design has come together to develop the new 17m (57ft) Boston Boatworks 52 Offshore Express Cruiser (BB52). Anticipated to be launched at the 2024 Miami International Boat Show (MIBS), the BB52 takes advantage of Boston Boatworks’ efficiencies as a limited-run manufacturer of series yachts, softening the boundaries between a production boat and a semi-custom project.
A spokeswoman for Winch Design told IBI that the new boat was initially being built on spec but that there are a number of prospective buyers for the craft. Depending on the level of interest, the BB52 could become the first in a series.
Prospective owners are able to choose from several options of interior configuration and finishes developed by Winch Design, addressing a wide range of functions and lifestyle needs. The offshore-capable day boat is fast and distinctive, with a flexible two-cabin interior that feels contemporary yet authentic.
The lightweight interior captures the spirit and colors of Nantucket, taking inspiration from the blue of the open waters and the orange glow of sunset cruising, across leather detailing, feature furniture and surfaces. Winch designed the space to be light and spacious, incorporating a multitude of elegant and intelligent features to enhance the lifestyle on board.
“We are excited to work together with the team at Boston Boatworks and Zurn Yacht Design on our very first American offshore cruiser,” says Jim Dixon, managing partner and creative director at Winch Design. “As a brand that is all about lifestyle, we are delighted to be involved in a project that resonates with us and our clients.
“In every design we create we strive to create a comfortable home on the water,” he adds. “A client should step on board and feel the harmony between interior and exterior, experiencing a high level of comfort and build quality. The BB52 achieves all that – and more.”
Scott Smith, founder and CEO of Boston Boatworks, says: “The BB52 embodies our 27 years of experience building the best high-performing offshore yachts, with some of the world’s most knowledgeable and avid boaters. This is the boat we’ve always wanted to build, for the dedicated express cruiser owner-operator that we know best.
“The fit, finish and functionality included in our inaugural offering reflect everything we’ve developed from building over 350 boats, and we have concentrated the best solutions into one design to call our own.” The BB52 continues the long-standing collaboration between Boston Boatworks and Doug Zurn, the founder of Zurn Yacht Design. He remarks: “The BB52 is the culmination of years of experience building lightweight, efficiently driven powerboats combined with contemporary, timeless styling to appeal to discriminating yachtsmen.”