Boat shows aren't just the place to see new launches, they are also a showcase for some of the most interesting yachts that yards have launched or that brokerage houses have on their books. Here is a selection of some of the best to see at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this week.
Why is she so special? Launched in 2014 by Feadship, Savannah’s hybrid technology immediately put her on the map, creating more conversation even than her striking looks from CG Design and metallic paintwork. She was one of the first ten superyachts to be inducted into the SuperYachtWorld Hall of Fame and Flibs is her first boat show appearance.
Look out for Outside of her engineroom, other technical marvels include the Nemo Room, a lower-deck salon port and aft with a huge window that goes from the ceiling to far below the waterline.
DATA LOA: 83.5m. Beam: 12.5m. Cruising speed: 12 knots. Guests: 12. Crew: 22.
Why is she so special? Itasca has just had a $3m price drop. Built by J and K Smits Scheepswerven in Holland in 1961 as an ocean-going salvage tug, Itasca was in commercial service until 2000 before conversion. Since then, she has circumnavigated the world three times and was one of the first yachts to successfully take on the Northwest Passage. She has just completed her Lloyd’s five-year survey. The hull is ice strengthened, but she’s not all about rugged exploration: she’s comfortable, with facilities that include a spacious gym and sauna.
Look out for The range of 13,000 nautical miles. Itasca redefines the meaning of go-anywhere.
DATA LOA: 53.6m. Beam: 10.6m. Cruising speed: 11 knots. Guests: 10. Crew: 12.
Asking price $16.95 million
Why is she so special? Launched as Madsummer in 2009, this Espen Øino design from Lürssen features an Alberto Pinto interior.
Look out for The owner’s deck, with a wonderful suite that boasts a staff/child’s cabin, and an inside/outside dining area aft. This is a yacht that has been intimately configured for family use.
DATA LOA: 78.5m. Beam: 13.5m. Cruising speed: 14 knots. Guests: 18. Crew: 32.
Asking price €92.0 million
Why is she so special? There is plenty of pedigree in this six-deck, steel-and-aluminium Lürssen, with Espen Øino exterior styling, and a rich, sumptuous Aileen Rodriguez interior that includes an impressive dining hall.
Look out for There are too many superlative places on board Solandge, but the owner’s deck with a private Jacuzzi, salon and office is particularly special.
DATA LOA: 85.1m. Beam: 13.8m. Cruising speed: 15 knots. Range @ 15 knots: 6,000 miles. Guests: 16. Crew: 29.
Asking price €155 million
Why is she so special? A recent refit brought this 1988 all-aluminium Heesen up to date. The 32-knot top speed is still punchy.
Look out for The outside deck spaces, including dining on the upper deck for 16 and a sociable sundeck.
DATA LOA: 43.6m. Beam: 8.0m. Cruising speed: 25 knots. Guests: 12. Crew: 7.
Asking price On application
Why is she so special? This 2002 Oceanco benefits from a huge refit in 2012 with an interior restyle, plus constant upgrades from her owner.
Look out for The owner’s suite is something of a sanctuary, boasting a private salon, outside deck area and study.
DATA LOA: 61.5m. Beam: 10.5m. Cruising speed: 12 knots. Guests: 10. Crew: 16.
Asking price €44.9 million
Why is she so special? Built in composite in 2007 at Christensen, Lady Joy has some excellent guest spaces inside and out, and boasts a healthy charter record over the seasons.
Look out for The relaxing interior by Carol Williamson, which creates a real home-from-home feeling. A guest elevator serves all decks.
DATA LOA: 47.8m. Beam: 9.0m. Cruising speed: 16 knots. Guests: 14. Crew: 11.
Asking price $24.5 million