Walking the seven venues of the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, one can find exotic cars, helicopters, submarines, exclusive art pieces, and great food, but the main attraction is still focused on the boats. From rib tenders less than ten feet in length, to nearly 250 feet of luxury on board one of the world’s most exquisite yachts, the entire show centers on the enjoyment that comes from being on the water.
In passing, however, the gleaming Maseratis, Ferraris, Rolls Royces, and Aston Martins cannot help but turn heads. The helicopter, able to land on the decks of any of the superyachts equipped with pads, seems almost essential. The submersible from U Boat Worx also seems a necessity, as does the personal motorized JetSurf surfboard. All worthy pursuits, and loads of fun in their own right, they just don’t compare to the boats. That brings us to the remainder of the yachts on display at the show The Best of Yachting finds notable standouts.
Hargrave Gigi II
With a raised pilothouse and a full wrap of windows, Hargrave delivered this 125-foot/38-meter yacht in 2013, with stylish interiors by Shelley DiCondina. With space for eight guests in four cabins, served by five crew, she runs easily at 15 to 19 knots. Even better, Hargrave’s instant gratification offer puts boats currently under production into buyers hands within months as opposed to years. She charters starting at $85,000 per week.
Chatting with Luca Dini about the exquisite design elements of the 112.28-foot Imperio Series yacht Nono at the Italian Sea Group party, he volunteered it as his passion. it is no surprise to see the clean modern lines of this distinctive Champagne gold hull with pearl superstructure as his expression of marine beauty. The vertical bow and large windows make dramatic statements, underscored by matte black details. Accommodating ten guests in five cabins served by seven crew, Nono is built for distance, and travels between 17.5 and 20 knots. Delivered in 2014, Nono is not for charter, but is nonetheless a beautiful yacht deserving of your attention.
Azimut Happy Hour
Displayed at the Pier 66 Marina by Gaspard Yachts, the 116-foot/35.36-meter Aazimut Happy Hour showed how comfortable ten guests can be in five cabins served by seven crew. Traveling at between 18 and 24 knots, this Stefano Righini design from 2004 was cleverly refitted in 2014, with a timeless sense of elegance and comfort as the byword. For charter starting at $55,000 per week, her on board amenities include kayaks, water skis, wake board, jet ski, snorkel and scuba gear, BBQ, and a 160 hp Nouvrania tender. Her charter rate begins at $55,000 per week.
Also not for charter, but a fabulous yacht, Insignia is one of Sunseeker’s new Predator line boasting 114.99 feet/35.05 meters of luxurious space. Accommodating ten guests in five staterooms, Insignia leaves others standing still, powering up to 26 knots. Her foredeck “club” and cutaway bulwarks lend a distinctive air to her exterior, while expansive windows brightly light the interiors. Sunseeker displayed twenty yachts, illustrating their diverse range from 48 feet to 115 feet in length. The Predator Insignia is priced at $13,900,000.
Westport Feelin Free
Formerly Lady Lily, this 112.01-foot/34.14-meter Westport raised pilothouse design features accommodations for eight guests in four staterooms, served by five crew. Cruising at between 16 and 26 knots, with a range of 2,500 nm at the lower speed range, she is nimble and enjoyable. Tailored interiors with lush textile treatments in Champagne and red provide elegant interiors, while the array of water toys served by a towed, 32-foot Everglades tender with 325 hp motor. Her charter rate starts at $49,500 per week, plus expenses.
Custom Line Skyler
Another beautiful yacht that is not up for charter, but deserves a few words is the 100.39-foot/30.6-meter Custom Line Skyler built at their yard in Ancona, Italy. The simple beauty of line and design come from Zuccon, creating interiors that are luxurious yet unassuming, casual, and comfortable. Accommodating ten guests in five staterooms, she cruises at between 24 and 27 knots, demanding a quick look at her distinctive windows and aggressive stance.
Benetti Ocean Drive
Displaying the hallmarks of Stefano Righini’s Italian design, the 93.50-foot/28.5-meter Delfino motor yacht Ocean Drive is both sophisticated and casual, owning a superb stabilization system for a smooth cruise experience. Accommodating ten guests in five cabins served by four crew, Ocean Drive cruises at 12 knots with a range of 1,500 nm. Not for charter, but available to appreciate as she cruises, her nimble size and comfortable quarters offer a gentle introduction to the yachting experience.