In its 55th year, the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show maintains its status as the largest on-water show in the world. Opening Oct. 30, running through Nov. 3, the 2014 show features a renovated Pier 66 Marina, with 127 slips, 16 of which are deepwater slips accommodating yachts of 150 feet. The show also features a number of important yachts that should appear on every serious list.
The Admiral Maxima Entourage from The Italian Sea Group is an innovative, full displacement yacht paying homage to high ceilings and natural light. Full length windows, 9-foot ceilings, and spacious interiors only hint at the features this 47m/154ft yacht embraces. An owner’s gym, sauna, and office earn this tri-deck passage-maker desirable status. The Luca Dini exterior and Admiral Centro Stila/Baldo Gjurasic interiors make it stylish and comfortable. Hall of Fame Marina, HOF FD 31-38.
Admiral Sail Wave
Whether power or sail is your oyster, Admiral’s 38m/124ft Sail Wave is mandatory viewing. This Phillippe Briand series, up to 60m, features exceptionally broad deck space, clean, contemporary design, sliding glass bimini, protected cockpit, and spacious owner’s suite, delivering a yacht that is perfect for entertaining family and friends, and simply a joy to sail. This fast, responsive, RINA Green Plus classification yacht will likely dock at the Sails Pavilion, but check the program for final dock assignment.
Feretti Group Riva Mythos
Known for luxurious tenders and limousines, Riva’s 38m/122ft Mythos is one stunning Italian coupe. Debuting her divine syncopation of Riva founder and designer Mauro Micheli and Oficina Italiana Design’s Sergio Beretta, Mythos delivers an aluminum planing hull that masters both comfort and performance. Additional details from Advanced Yacht Technnology and Design, Feretti Group’s Research Style and Production Development Center, and CRN’s interior design and technology department make the unquestionably superb Mythos a timeless choice. Evergreen materials of steel, wood, and leather, and a top speed of 28.5 kts continue to quicken the pulse. Face Dock 7, 7A-D, 8.
Comitti Venezia Sport
What a difference a day makes when it is spent in the luxury of the 28 ft Classic Venezia tender. This iconic runabout, originally designed as a limousine for hotels on Lake Como, Italy, is a true rough water day boat that comfortably accommodates six adults in the cockpit with a full sunbed, head, refrigerator, cockpit table, and cuddy cabin. Stylish mahogany deck and analog dash flash back to a time of quality and luxury in one of the most sophisticated tenders afloat. F/G Dock 7-14.
Sunseeker Predator 92 Series
A stylish trifecta of comfort, luxury, and performance, the Sunseeker Predator 28 m/92 ft motor yacht is a dreamy vision of practicality, whether for living aboard or vacationing. Spacious main salon and owner’s suite, plus four cabins with ensuite baths, foredeck seating and sunbathing, and a mini flybridge helm, make this an exciting option for those with a need for speed of 40 kts. Viewable at Bahia Mar Hall of Fame Dock 2 A-F.
An exceptional design pairing exterior styling of Stefano Righini and interiors by Redman Whitely Dixon, this Benetti Veloce 42.67 m/140 ft planing hull boasts extraordinary details. The D2P, or Displacement to Planing hull, assisted by Rolls Royce Azipull propulsion, draws thrifty, smooth breath while underway. With a 21kt top speed, the yachting experience on board this beauty is further enhanced by a gym on the main deck, with balcony and massage area, dining, hot tub, sky lounge, beach club, and tender garage nicely arranged on the upper and lower decks. Face Dock 14
Geoff Van Aller exterior and Patrick Knowles interiors make this Trinity Yachts 58.22 m/191 ft yacht an exquisite escape for 10 guests and 13 crew. Lovely, light woods, mixed with traditional darker woods and plush interiors, are complemented by the dark blue hull with white superstructure. Stabilizers work underway to reduce roll motion, and at anchor to ensure time on board goes smoothly. With a top speed of 17 kts, and a cruise speed of 14.5 kts, Unbridled’s range reaches to 5,900 nm, making long distance travel a possibility. Hall of Fame Face Dock 31-38
Trinity Lady Linda
Grace and beauty abound on Lady Linda, enhanced with Lalique glass details throughout the salon and appropriate highlight spaces. Heli capable, with a reach of 3800 nm at 12 kts, this is a choice that will accommodate 12 guests in 6 suites, with space for 14 crew on her 56.9m/186ft. The dramatic Hollywood style cinema, lobby, and salon, all come from the hand of London’s Evan Marshall. Face Dock 18 A-H
Hargrave Custom Yachts Gigi II
From American shipyard Hargrave, with delicious interiors by Shelley DiCondina, this 38.1 m/125ft craft cruises effortlessly at 15 kts, easily reaching up to 19 kts when appropriate. Truly spectacular interiors, fashioned from rich, polished walnut, are accented with clean, white furnishings, glimmering glass, and bright metal, exuding a contemporary air. The raised pilothouse, abundant natural light from oversize windows, and the extra high 7’6” headroom make her the perfect choice for 8 guests, in 4 staterooms in a master and three VIP arrangement. Las Olas Marina A Dock 1-10.