Boat show season kicks off next month with the arrival of the Cannes Yachting Festival. The annual event — which takes place from 6-11 September — is set to host one of the biggest selections of world debuts seen in recent years. Founded in 1977, it remains a prestigious event for yacht connoisseurs. This year, there are scheduled to be more than 400 motorboats on show, including 135 world premiers, with the visitor attendance expected to hit a record high.
Despite the disruption caused by the pandemic and supply chain chaos, shipyards have continued to roll out the finest superyachts against all odds, and potential owners are keen to catch the first glimpse of the latest launches from the world’s top shipyards. Here are some boats making world premieres in the French Riviera.
The SP110 is the first in Sanlorenzo’s “Smart Performance” range, representing the shipyard’s entry into the sports yacht market. Featuring a jet-propulsion system, split-level interior and radical design, it’s bound to be a game-changer in the sports yacht category. Besides this, the SP110 is also notable for its top speed of 40 knots, making it the fastest Sanlorenzo to date.
The SP110 is one of two Sanlorenzo boats debuting at Cannes this year. The other is the third model in the shipyard’s semi-displacement SD fleet, the 79-foot SD90.
The new power catamaran model, Aquila 54, is a mega yacht vessel. Sporting a 25-foot, 2-inch beam, the Aquila 54 power catamaran is not lacking when it comes to room for long-distance cruising and entertaining. Elegant and dynamic, “The list of standard features aboard the 54 will impress anyone familiar with vessels of this size,” said Aquila President Lex Raas.
With large outdoor and interior spaces, including a vast beach club, cockpit bar and full-beam master suite, the Aquila 54 has established itself to be one of the world’s best-selling power catamarans.
Fairline Phantom 65
Sporting a majestic profile and sculpted lines, the Fairline Phantom 65 is a boat that focuses on great liveability of the exterior spaces. Based on the technical platform of its Targa 65, the new model marries the streamlined proportions of the Targa series with the generous interior volume of its Squadron. The final design includes sleek lines, large hull windows and a deep-set flybridge for gracious outdoor living.
The designer, Alberto Mancini designed the 65-ft tri-deck with flexibility in mind, it consists of a wraparound galley, oak flooring and a sunroof that bathes the interior in natural light. As the Phantom name suggests, the boat backs up its sporty looks with two engine options — twin Caterpillar C18-1150s with a 31-knot top end, or the Caterpillar C32-1622s with an estimated top end of 35 knots.
Gulf Craft Majesty 120
The new 37-metre tri-deck Majesty 120 is the result of design and engineering work that began in early 2019. Designed by Cristiano Gatto Design Studio, it boasts an impressive 8.1 metre beam and could accommodate up to ten guests in five staterooms and seven crew members.
Stretching over three decks, its stand-out features include a jacuzzi, beach club and vast sundeck. In addition, the Majesty 120 is the first model of the series to feature fully electric-powered onboard equipment, producing much less noise pollution and demanding less maintenance.
Azimut 30 Metri Magellano
In early January, the Italian builder, Azimut, launched the first Magellano 30 Metri, the flagship of the Magellano series, at its shipyard in Viareggio. As the moniker suggests, the superyacht spans 30 metres from tip to tail, featuring a mould-breaking interior by artist and architect Vincenzo De Cotiis along with an exterior by Dutch naval architect Ken Freivokh.
Complete with sleek, modern lines, the 30 Metri sports cast glazed surfaces and teak louvres, which have become signatures of the series. Equipped with more than 750 square feet of glass, the superyacht was designed to be at one with its surroundings, with the Italian builder claiming that seafarers will have a view of both the sky and the sea from every point on the yacht.
The vessel sports a second-generation Dual Mode hull that ensures stability even in tough seas while reducing fuel consumption by 15 per cent compared to a traditional hard-chine planing hull.
Sunreef 70 Power
With the optimised engines and propellers and very performant, marine hulls — as well as solar panels and wind propelled alternators — the expedition version of the Sunreef 70 Power will be able to navigate far with relatively low fuel consumption and reach the range of 8,000 nautical miles while cruising at eight knots, which is certainly an incredible quality for long travels in the most remote spots of the world.
First released in January of 2022, the Sunreef 70 Power is designed for yachtsmen with a predilection for lengthy global voyages. Slightly smaller than her sister, the Sunreef 80, the yacht comes with accommodation for up to 12 guests and features an extensive flybridge, a large main salon and plenty of exterior spaces in the cockpit for guests to enjoy the warm climate.
Baglietto Dom 133 “Attitude”
Baglietto announced the launch of the first unit in its all-new 42 metre DOM 133 series back in May. Named Attitude, it was sold by Camper & Nicholsons and marks the first of at least five units currently sold and under construction at the Carrara Shipyard.
Attitude’s exterior design was crafted by Stefano Vafiadis, with interiors by Ezequiel Farca. Its design is defined as a flexible, split-level beach club with an infinity pool, with the pool’s floor able to be raised or lowered to increase the use of space in the cockpit as needed. Other highlights include a U-shaped seating area down on the swim platform, a second pool placed on the sundeck and an interior layout that is designed to enhance the flow between the interior and exterior with the help of floor-to-ceiling windows. Equipped with a pair of Caterpillar C32 engines, it delivers a top speed of 17 knots.
Attitude hit the water at Marina Di Carrara before being moved to La Spezia to complete outfitting, where it’ll be making its international debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival this September.
After more than six decades of building boats, Wellcraft has unveiled a new model and a new approach with the 355. The company says it’s broadening its offerings with the new Euro-style boat that’s built for adventures. The 50-knot sport cruiser can withstand any weather thanks to the dual-reinforced hull by world-renowned Michael Peters Yacht Design, offering stability and control through the roughest conditions.
Wellcraft teamed up with the renowned yacht designer, Pawel Denert and Camillo Garroni to create a spacious wheelhouse with a fully equipped galley. One of the most extraordinary features of the Wellcraft 355 is the connection between the wheelhouse and the aft: simply open the top-hinged window and entrance door and it creates a seamless feel of an indoor-outdoor space.
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