FortyMidnight Expressboats and crews gathered atHaulover Marine Centerin North Miami Beach, Fla., for the third Midnight Express Rendezvous, May 13-15. All 40 boats ran to Bimini on Friday. On Saturday the fleet visited the Sapona shipwreck, Honeymoon Harbor, and Beach 360.
A highlight of the fleet was hull #2 of the newMidnight Express 52’ Vitessemodel (pictured above in bottom right), which just debuted at the Miami International Boat Show in February. Designed for day cruising or for use as a weekend base camp, the 52’ Vitesse has a beam of 13' 8" with a center console layout. For lazy days at the sandbar the boat is equipped with a hydraulically actuated swim platform. The bow can be configured as a dining table or converted to a sun-lounging space. The cabin within the console features a master suite, head compartment, salon and an aft kids bunk. This example is powered by fiveMercury Racing 450Routboards, good for a top speed of 84 mph.
On Sunday, 15 Midnight Express boat owners chose to extend the trip through May 18 with a run to Nassau and a stay at the Atlantis, with day trips to Exuma and North Eleuthera. The rest of the fleet returned to Florida on Sunday. For everyone it was a weekend of safe boating and Wide Open camaraderie.