If speed and luxury are what you seek, find that and more in this list of the top sport yachts featured at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show. With a wealth of styles, these variations on a theme are imaginative dreams put to the test of three dimensions, delivering thrills and luxury in a range of styles. The Best of Yachting’s top 10 list is a good place to review the most intriguing sport yachts at the show.
1. The Palmer Johnson 135 Sport Yacht Dragon may have been delivered in 2007, but you’d never know it after a flawless 2016 refit. Good design genes from the PJ heritage respect almost 100 years of experience with all 200 PJ boats still afloat today. This semi-custom contemporary accommodates 10 guests in five cabins attended by seven crew. Sweeping hull and superstructure lines sparked with flashes of red identify Dragon as she flies past at 33 kts. Naval architecture is by Palmer Johnson and interior design from the hand of Nuvolari Lenard, this fierce beauty is proudly exhibited by Camper & Nicholsons SAM, in space H05 on Quai de L’Hirondelle.
2. A golden child of Italyachts based in Carrara, Italy, Elsea was launched in 2011 with gorgeous naval architecture by Italyachts and Studio Bacigalupo, complemented by interiors from Christiano Gatto. Elsea sleeps nine guests in four cabins accommodated by seven crew. Complementing the gold exterior highlighted with bronze, her style is contemporary yet her feel is a warm and luxurious combination of ebony and leather. Brought to the Show by Imperial Yachts, head to T Central in slip T22 for a closer look.
3. AB Yachts’ AB 100 comes from a company dedicated to design, build, and sell custom vessels located in Viareggio, Italy. The AB 100, delivered in 2016, comes from the mid-range of their line. Delivering a spacious, the AB 100 is an easy-to-manage yacht with room for eight in four cabins, and accommodations for four crew in two twin cabins. Naval architecture and design performed in house is complemented by interiors from Andrew Winch Design. Looking every bit as fast as her 52 kt. clip, view the real thing exhibited by Edmiston & Company at T Central slip T45.
4. The 2007 delivery of Heesen’s Bliss heralded Omega Architects’ exterior styling and Ingilbjörg St. Palmadottir interior design with timeless style and space for 10 guests in five cabins attended by eight crew. Known for yachts that perform while embracing luxurious surroundings, Heesen continues to deliver solid designs from their Dutch facilities. Exhibited by Ocean Independence, Bliss will be on display on the T Central Quai in slip T35.
5. Palmer Johnson’s Blue Ice was delivered in 2009, undergoing a stylish refit in 2014. Notable by her unique blue hue, Blue Ice accommodates 12 guests in five cabins attended by eight crew. As with many of PJ’s yachts, the combination of naval architecture from in house designers with interiors by Nuvolari Lenard make this yacht luxurious and beautiful. Shown by G-Yachts, explore the fine details at Quai des États-Unis, slip E09.
6. Another study in blue, Flying Dragon was delivered by Admiral Tecnomar in 2014, showing off Italian style dovetailed with Oriental influence. In addition to elegant materials and sophisticated award winning exterior design by Luca Dini with interiors by Dobroserdov, Flying Dragon graciously offers accommodations for 10 guests in five cabins with eight crew. Brought to the show by Y.CO, viewing is along Jetée Lucciana in slip L03.
7. A 2016 delivery, Galaxy of Happiness comes from Latitude Yachts, who is the agent also showing the yacht at Slip R02 along Quai Rainier 1er. Launched concurrently with her twin, Galaxy, this 53-meter trimaran power yacht has a futuristic feel, with interiors designed by Latitude in conjunction with Jean-Jacques Coste and Partners. Three cabins accommodate six guests with berths for six crew. A unique build from this Latvian yard, the yacht is a stunning departure from the norm and deserves a curious peek if not a test run.
8. Midnight Sun, launched by International Shipyard Ancona in 2006, was refit to sophisticated standards in 2015. Luxurious accommodations for 10 guests in five en suite cabins make use of crew space for six. The split level, full beam master and convertible guest cabins make her versatile as well as beautiful with Cristiano Gatto interiors and ISA Yachts naval architecture. Shown by Bluewater, Midnight Sun is docked on Quai de L’Hirondelle in slip N10.
9. A project completed by the Italian shipyard CRN in accordance with Zuccon International design, Sanoo was delivered in 2005, with a 2014 refit to her five staterooms accommodating 12 guests, attended by four crew. A respected Italian company started in 1963, CRN established itself as a luxury custom yacht manufacturer, eventually joining the Ferretti Group along with Riva, Itama, Mochi Craft, Bertam Yacht, Pershing, and Custom Line. Shown by KK Superyachts, Sanoo is on display along Quai Chicane, slip C05.
10. A finalist in the World Superyacht Awards in 2015, Princess Yachts’ Solaris is both refined and elegant. Naval architecture by Bernard Olesinski and interiors by Mark Berryman grace the six cabins accommodating 12 guests served by eight crew. The Plymouth, England shipyard was established in 1965, today spread over 1.1 million square feet dedicated to the construction of innovative, technically advanced superyachts generated from their pioneering Deep-V hull designs. Exhibited at the show by Princess Yachts Monaco, view this spacious, intelligently designed yacht on Quai États-Unis, slip E15.