Fort Lauderdale, Florida, known as “Yachting Capital of the World“, hold the 56th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The show started on the 5th of November and finishes today, after 5 days exhibiting the best from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts, making it possible to get everything from the biggest luxury yachts to outfits that teach you to free-dive or use your drone.
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is the biggest superyacht show in terms of calendar importance and dimension, with its 280,000 square-metre site. The largest luxury yachts were displayed at Sails Marina, while the mainly multitude of exhibitors could be found around Bahia Mar Yachting Center on the oceanfront. And now that the boat show is almost over, it’s time to rewind and remember the 10 best superyachts that were present on this year’s show. Luxury Yachts are just amazing…
1. Logica 147
Builder: Logica Yachts
Exterior design: Brenta Design
Interior design: Martin Kemp Design
Logica’s premier boat, the Logica 147, has a long hull and narrow beam for efficient cruising. This should come as no surprise as the yacht’s designer,Brenta Design, has extensive experience with sailing yachts. Highlights here include the mosaic-lined foredeck pool and a highly detailed interior décor, including such things as optical fibres woven into the rugs. Logica recently introduced two smaller models – the 120 and 135 – that share the same efficient hull designs and low-profile superstructures.
2. King Baby
Builder IAG Yachts
Exterior and Interior design: Evan K Marshall
Still relatively new on the superyacht scene, IAG has launched its largest yacht to date. King Baby, built in China, is highly customised to suit her owner’s wishes. In addition to her Evan K Marshall styling and interior design, this high-volume yacht (its gross tonnage is 499GT) packs an advanced A/V system, including more than 20 TVs. Her owner loves to entertain and the yacht will eventually join the charter market.
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3. Westport 40m
Exterior design Gregory C Marshall
Interior design Westport
Tweaked a few years ago to incorporate features from the 50-metre version, this Westport 130 series introduced in 2001 continues to impress. The newest in Westport’s 40-metre series has a contemporary interior, with dark veneer, stylish grey fabrics and lighter floors. The main deck master suite is one of five luxurious cabins. With a hull by William Garden, advanced composite construction and twin MTU engines, she has a top speed of about 24 knots.
Builder The Italian Sea Group
Exterior design Luca Dini
Interior design Admiral Centro Stile
This aluminium semi-displacement yacht exemplifies The Italian Sea Group’s new direction. Nono shows a fresh interpretation of the raised pilothouse design, with modern shapes by Luca Dini. A smart design connects a main-deck pantry with the galley and the crew area below deck. The master cabin is located forward on the main deck with private access, and comfortable spaces for lounging and dining abound.
5. Sanlorenzo SL118
Exterior design Francesco Paszkowski
Interior design Marty A Lowe
The flagship of the Italian yard’s planing-hull range, the Sanlorenzo SL118, currently for sale, is blessed with both good looks and speed. A nicely sized flybridge is dedicated to relaxation as tender and toys fit in the stern garage and/or swim platform. With teak flooring throughout, the atmosphere is elegant and relaxed for all 10 guests. Top speed is about 27 knots and she cruises in the lower to mid-20 knot range.
Builder Cantiere delle Marche
Exterior design Hydro Tec
Interior design Simon Hamui
As part of the Cantiere delle Marche Darwin Class, you would expect this yacht to have a knack for discovery. And that’s exactly what her owner intends her for: to venture into the rough waters that surround the South American continent. Designed by Hydro Tec, this all-aluminium explorer yacht, recently launched by Cantiere dell Marche and named Acala, has a cruising speed of 13 knots, a range of 5,900 nautical miles and she dedicates proper space to a first-rate engine room. Custom touches include a dive locker, a large garage for the six-metre custom McMullen & Wing tender and a modern interior by Mexican designer Simon Hamui.
7.OCEAN ALEXANDER 100 SKYLOUNGE
Builder Ocean Alexander
Exterior & interior design Evan K Marshall
As the designer of Ocean Alexander’s larger 120, Evan K Marshall adapted some of the same features inside and out to great effect on the 100, which was introduced last year. This year, the builder unveils the Skylounge version, augmenting this already spacious yacht with an extra lounge space. The open flybridge has a large curved bar, a dining table for eight, sun pad and spa pool.
8. CUTTING EDGE
Exterior design JB Hargrave Yacht Design
Interior design Yacht Interiors by Shelley
This boat is well named: the latest from Hargrave Custom Yachts is filled with state-of-the-art technology. A raised pilothouse design, Cutting Edge has room for four spacious cabins with en suites and a country kitchen for an informal gathering, plus a fully equipped flybridge. She also has a pleasant modern edge in her styling, with continuous windows at main deck level elongating her profile, and she boasts custom paint on the domes.
9. Riva 88 Florida
Exterior and interior design Officina Italiana Design
The newest born from Riva and Officina Italiana Design is the first luxury yacht that can claim to be a true convertible. Fully automated, the roof lifts up, slides forward and fits neatly on the foredeck to transform the yacht into a dayboat. A modern, streamlined interior ensures the great style carries through to the cabins and saloon. And she can reach 38.5 knots.
10. ASTONDOA 80 GLX
Exterior design Astondoa Group
Interior design Cristiano Gatto
The Astondoa 80 GLX exemplifies a new direction for the builder, with more modern and edgy styling than recent models. The designer behind the new look is Cristiano Gatto, winner of a 2014 ShowBoats Design Award for his work on the Cosmo Explorer I-Nova. Each luxury yacht has a custom interior built in-house at the Spanish yard’s advanced carpentry shop. Four cabins are below, and a smart superstructure design widens the flybridge aft to create a nice sunbathing area. The yacht has a top speed of around 33 knots.