2016 will see many new superyachts start their cruising lives. SuperYacht World has a look at 10 of them.

1. Lion Spirit, 57 metres, Sunrise Yachts

Based on Sunrise’s 50-metre platform, the steel-and-aluminium yacht has been lengthened and configured for an experienced owner who wants to cruise with his family, and features some noteworthy solutions, including azimuthing electric pod drives, a main deck ‘photographic studio’, a sundeck owner’s suite along with a ‘crazy room’, and an innovative indoor/outdoor use of sliding glass panels to open up the accommodation areas.


10 launches to look out for in 2016

2. Project 370, 116 metres, Kleven

Built as a sistership to 107-metre Ulysses for the same owner, these two expedition superyachts are heavy-duty explorers, with a huge range of equipment and toys.


10 launches to look out for in 2016

3. Sybaris, 70 metres, Perini Navi 

The yacht enjoys a host of new technology to enhance the guest experience and her performance on the water. Designed in house by Perini Navi’s technical and design office, with naval architecture consultation and sailplan optimisation by Philippe Briand, the aluminium yacht is the second-biggest Perini Navi sailing yacht ever built.


10 launches to look out for in 2016

4. D4, 36.6 metres, Dynamiq

The first of the Dynamiq Gran Turismo range. With aluminium hulls, a shallow draught and a top speed of over 20 knots, the superyachts will be flexible cruising machines, with Monaco to St Tropez reached in just over two hours or Miami to the Galapagos on one tank of fuel. Currently in build at the NCA shipyard in Carrara, Italy, Dutch naval architects Azure developed the efficient hull with a vertical stem, with further optimisation by Van Oossanen. She is due to launch in the summer.

10 launches to look out for in 2016

5. Support vessel, 46 metres, Echo Yachts

Last year we heard that the largest Australian superyacht to date was in build at Echo Yachts for an experienced owner. This support vessel for the 84-metre trimaran is also in build, a 46-metre catamaran, and is due to launch early in 2016. The big tri follows in 2017.


10 launches to look out for in 2016

6. CRN 74, 74 metres, CRN

Signed for an undisclosed sum to a long-time client by Burgess, this high-volume, long-range performer has exterior styling by Studio Zuccon International and an interior by Andrew Winch – his first collaboration with CRN Ancona. Burgess Technical Services is project managing.


10 launches to look out for in 2016

7. Project Freefall, 74 metre, Amels

The first Tim Heywood-designed Amels Limited Editions 242, which sold in 2013. The yacht features a huge aft deck pool, a dedicated owner’s deck, and a full-beam spa on the lower deck. Andrew Winch is styling the interior, which will include two VIP cabins situated on the main deck, with each including an office, guest suite and dressing room. Moran Yacht & Ship brought the client.


10 launches to look out for in 2016

8. Illusion, 88.8 metres, Pride Mega Yachts

In build on China’s Yantai peninsula, Illusion is the largest yacht ever built in China. The auspiciously dimensioned 88.8-metre boasts naval architecture by Azure, exterior styling by Rainsford Saunders, and an interior by Sinot.


10 launches to look out for in 2016

9. Project Cecilia, 50 metre, Wider Yachts

The 50-metre Wider 165 has been created by designer Fulvio De Simoni in collaboration with Wider’s founder and CEO Tilli Antonelli and the in-house design team, with a brief to enhance the owner’s contact with the sea. She has a diesel-electric propulsion set-up of a 544kW/h lithium polymer battery bank and azimuth pods, and four variable-speed diesel generators. A range of 3,500 nautical miles is expected at a cruising speed of 13 knots, with a zero emission speed of five knots.

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10. Benetti Mediterraneo 116, 35.5 metres, Benetti Yachts
The first yacht in Benetti’s new range has an interior by the yard. The GRP 116 sleeps ten guests and seven crew. Much emphasis has been placed on the outside spaces, with a six-metre-wide cockpit, and open area on the foredeck that includes a hot-tub, and a sundeck with bar and alfresco dining. Benetti announced the sale of the 116 late last year.