This year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which ended yesterday, proved to be a wonderful showcase for superyachts new and not so new, with everything from ground-breaking concepts and 2013 launches to brokerage classics on show.
Among the new yachts catching the eye was Trinity’s Finish Line. Boasting a full-beam kitchen diner forward on the main deck, this 37-metre with an interior by Yacht Next, is set to be cruised as a private yacht. Canados’s flagship 120 Far Away was making its US debut, and her contemporary interior by Francesco Paszkowski certainly struck the right note. Featuring quirky touches – such as the ‘fireplaces’ in the VIP suites and the unusual configuration of two VIPs and an owner’s office below – this is another yacht that will be cruised privately.
The brokerage side of the show was as strong as ever, with many brokers reporting record levels of viewings from serious buyers. Positive early news from the show was the sale of Mazu, the wonderful Cheoy Lee explorer that debuted at the show last year.
There’s always an eye-catching toy or two at the show and this year’s must-see was the Skyrunner para-car. The stylish single-seater buggy reaches 115mph on land, but once the rear-mounted prop is added the car generates lift at 35mph, deploying a para-kite to keep it in the air. It’ll be a great toy for a superyacht garage.
With the poor weather that has dogged the previous two shows replaced by blue skies and record November temperatures, this year’s event boasted healthy attendences each day. For more images, click here