Burgess in the thriving US market at the Palm Beach International Boat Show 2024

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Why the US is one of the most buoyant markets in the superyacht world

13 March 2024 • Written by Dea Jusufi and Hannah Rankine for Burgess

Since Burgess first opened its doors on US soil in the late 1990s, the firm has proven it has American interests at heart. Of its 14 international offices, three are in the United States, with a brand-new office in New York soon to be unveiled. That said, the team at Burgess has been serving American clients since its inception almost 50 years ago.

Success in the US

Burgess reports that 30 per cent of its sales since the 2023 edition of the Palm Beach International Boat Show have been to US clients, showcasing the firm's strong foothold and success in the American market. Additionally, in the charter sector, the firm's US clients now account for over 50 per cent of bookings each year, exemplifying the growing popularity and trust in Burgess' services amongst American clientele.

Last year saw an astonishing $1.3 billion in sales reported, including the 74.5-metre Lady E (now Felix) and the 60-metre Luisine. What's more, sales broker Grant Henderson was recently elected president of the International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA) – a testament to the expertise of Burgess' team as well as the firm's unstoppable expansion across the region.

"Burgess is a leader in the yachting world," says Henderson. "[And] it is imperative that we support IYBA’s goal of promoting professionalism and cooperation among its members while maintaining the highest of standards while facilitating yacht transactions."

The Palm Beach lineup

In a triumphant end to the American yachting season, Burgess showcased a stellar selection of superyachts at the Palm Beach International Boat Show 2024. BOAT takes a closer look...


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A testament to Burgess' strong presence in the US charter market, 90.1-metre Nero earned widespread acclaim after her extensive refit in 2021.  Led by Laura Pomponi, the refurbishment balanced a fresh aesthetic whilst “keeping the soul of the vessel”. The result is a beautifully finished, modern superyacht that maintains all her classic elements. Nero proves to be an excellent choice for charter enthusiasts who love classic yachts, offering a fully equipped gym, beauty salon, advanced AV/IT systems and an extensive toybox featuring an inflatable waterslide and five box-fresh Seabobs.

Nero is available to charter from $497,000 per week.

Talisman C

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A World Superyacht Awards finalist, the 70.6-metre Talisman C has a roster of renowned designers behind her build, including H2 Yacht Design and Hydro Tec. Scenic sightlines set this superyacht apart – her crow's nest, in particular, offers endless ocean views from its set of sunbeds. Accommodation is for 12 guests across six cabins, including an owner's "boudoir" with voile curtains, crystal chandeliers and a private library. Other impressive features include a wellness area with a gym, massage table and beauty salon and a formal dining area adorned by a glass-thread chandelier.

Talisman C is asking €55,000,000 (EU VAT paid).


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The 65-metre Seanna has a classic Benetti design sure to draw the crowds when docked in West Palm Beach. Fittingly, her interiors (by RWD and Susan Young) also possess an Italian flair, including the use of region-specific leathers, rich walnut woodwork and nickel inlays. Other noteworthy features include an elevated observation deck which, positioned above the sundeck, hosts an enclosed party room. Below, the lower deck houses a gym and spacious beach club, whilst inside is the main saloon which can be converted into a cinema room. Accommodation is for 12 guests across seven cabins.

Seanna is asking €49,500,000.

Ice Bear

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From classic to vintage, this 52-metre Feadship was designed by the venerable De Voogt and has only been privately used since her delivery in 1988. Ice Bear can sleep a total of 10 guests across five cabins, including a full-beam owner's cabin with a private study, his and hers en suite bathrooms and a walk-in wardrobe. There is ample space for guests to relax, from the main deck dining room to a satin-finished sky lounge and observation deck. On the aft deck are two fixed fishing chairs complemented by a range of seating.

Ice Bear is asking $11,500,000.

Gran Finale

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Gran Finale is a 44.8-metre custom tri-deck yacht built in GRP by the Seattle-based shipyard Delta Marine. Only ever used privately, she has been meticulously maintained by her owner and returned to her original build yard in 2018 for extensive upgrades. She boasts ocean-going performance, having cruised all over the world with a range of 4,000 nautical miles at passage 12 knots. Accommodating 12 guests in five cabins with separate quarters for eight crew, she features spacious onboard living areas.

Gran Finale is asking $14,950,000.

Big Easy

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Big Easy's sundeck is the perfect place to spend a languid afternoon, arranged with plush sofa seating, al fresco dining and a hot tub flanked by sunbeds. The 44.6-metre also benefits from a main saloon "perfect for entertaining" and six bright and spacious cabins, including a full-beam master with its own private lounge. Her refined interiors – classic wood, neutral tones and the occasional splash of colour – are owed to the renowned studio Winch Design.

Big Easy is asking $15,400,000 (US duty paid).

Muchos Mas

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Muchos Mas is a head-turner with her striking gun-metal grey hull and white superstructure. The 43.9-metre features inviting outdoor areas, earning her an enviable reputation on the charter market. Notably, the sundeck offers a barbecue, day head, large sunpads forward, two misting systems for cooling off on hot days and a unique corner waterfall Jacuzzi with an impressive 54 jets and a swim-up bar.

Muchos Mas is asking $24,499,000.


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The 28.5-metre Zuma was delivered in 2022 with several technical and AVIT upgrades and extras. She's a thoroughbred Italian, designed inside and out by Bergamo-based Officina Italiana Design with Ferretti Group overseeing naval architecture. Her smaller build necessitates a versatile design, as seen in the dual-purpose sundeck lounge and sit-up bar, a dining table that can be converted into a sunpad and removable awnings. Accommodation is across four cabins, including a split-level owner's cabin with huge picture windows, a vanity table, a walk-in wardrobe and an en suite.

Zuma is asking $7,950,000 (US duty paid).


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Trim, athletic and capable of reaching 57 knots, Incentivized cuts a commanding silhouette when out on the water. The 25.2-metre is an AB 80 and sports the series' strategically positioned sunpads, as well as walkaround decks and al fresco dining. Contemporary interiors are courtesy of Acube Design, whilst an underwater lighting display proves her exterior was designed to draw the gaze. Accommodation is across four cabins accessible from the main deck lounge, with the yacht's impressive 81GT volume allowing for a full-beam owner's cabin with an office area and spacious en suite.

Incentivized is asking $10,495,000 (US duty paid).

To find out more about the firm’s full-service offering, contact the team at Burgess today.

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