NEXT Yacht Group's AB 80

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Why the AB 80 is the perfect superyacht for American owners

3 October 2023 • Written by Hannah Rankine for NEXT Yacht Group

In the spring of 2023, the American East Coast welcomed a new addition to its waters – the AB 80 superyacht. Built by AB Yachts, a brand of NEXT Yacht Group, she has a length overall of 25.4 metres and is designed to be driven by the owner themselves, granting the freedom to embark on extended cruises with family and friends or luxuriate in the experience of a high-end dayboat. With a captivating design and cutting-edge technologies, the AB 80 is the perfect entry-level yacht for American owners.

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Design: Where art meets innovation

The AB 80 is a testament to the power of custom design, with every aspect crafted to cater to the owner's tastes and requirements. Custom-designed and exclusively fitted out by the Group's Centro Stile, the AB 80 is a true work of art on the water.

Described as the “Formula One car of the seas”, the yacht can glide across the water with a whopping top speed of 55 knots while exuding a sporty style with its polished grey colour scheme. With a shallow draught of just 1.3 metres, she can cruise in shallow waters such as the Caribbean and the Bahamas, making it an ideal choice for those with a thirst for exploration. Its design seamlessly blends luxury with functionality, creating the perfect environment for a first-time buyer.

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Layout: Space, light and style in abundance

One of the AB 80's standout features is her practical layout, without compromising on volume, light or style. The main deck is a testament to this ethos. Here, you'll find a galley fitted out with heavy-duty appliances, strategically placed to serve both the dining area, which seats eight guests, and the aft cockpit. With fully retractable sliding doors, this space becomes incredibly versatile. It's perfect for cooking, mixing cocktails or enjoying a game of football or baseball on the yacht's enormous TV screen. A custom-made sofa completes the lounge area, while a state-of-the-art up-and-down TV system separates it from the pilot house, providing guests with both entertainment and privacy.

The main-deck configuration has allowed for four guest cabins on the lower deck, including an impressive aft, full-beam master stateroom and a forward VIP suite that is nearly a second master cabin. Additionally, two twin cabins amidships offer comfortable accommodations for guests. One of these twin cabins features two sliding beds that can easily be converted into a double size bed at the push of a button, ensuring flexibility for various guest preferences.

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Entertainment: Unforgettable parties and gatherings

The AB 80 has much to offer party guests. With expansive sunbathing areas in both the aft and fore cockpits and on the flybridge, this yacht is ready to accommodate your celebrations. A 12,000-Watt stereo system ensures that music fills the air, setting the stage for memorable moments. Whether you're anchoring with other yachts on a Miami sandbar, enjoying a beach party in the Bahamas or cruising in the Hamptons, the AB 80 is built to enhance your social experiences.

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Activity: Endless watersports fun

For water sports enthusiasts, the AB 80 comes equipped with a spacious aft garage that can store two Jet Skis. Thanks to a convenient slide system, launching and recovering these water toys is a breeze. This feature ensures that your days on the water are filled with endless excitement and adventure.

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Practicality: Efficiency and performance

When it comes to design and performance, the AB 80 is the epitome of efficiency. With a draught of just 1.3 metres, she can cruise in shallow waters, opening up a world of possibilities for exploration and anchoring in picturesque, less-travelled locales such as the Caribbean and the Bahamas.

Despite her impressive performance and manoeuvrability, the AB 80 maintains an exceptionally low-fuel consumption rate, thanks to her reduced displacement and a meticulously engineered construction approach. Her propulsion system also ensures each nautical mile is covered with minimal environmental impact.

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“The secret of AB Yachts' success in the US is certainly our great focus on the specific needs of American owners in terms of functional and versatile layouts and technical solutions – aimed at making the most of their lifestyle and offering maximum comfort both when cruising and at anchor,” comments Gennaro Candida De Matteo, CEO of NEXT Yacht Group. “Owners are, however, increasingly attracted by the 'emotional' style we capture in our products: the adrenaline of speed, maximum safety and manoeuvrability even in the steepest turns, a very limited draught – a crucial feature to cruise in Florida or literally 'rest the bow' on a beach in the Bahamas – and the sense of wellbeing that pervades the bright, welcoming interiors. All features that reflect our core mission: to stir emotions.”

The AB 80 is a testament to the brand's commitment to providing American owners with a yacht that combines cutting-edge design, innovation and an array of luxurious amenities. And as if the AB 80 wasn't impressive enough, it will soon be joined by the AB 120, a brand-new model set to make its world debut exclusively in the United States.

For more information on the AB 80, contact the team at NEXT Yacht Group today.

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