A giant question mark might be hanging over the travel industry this year, but it certainly won't stop us from dreaming. Despite the hold-ups caused by Covid-19 throughout 2020, shipyards have continued to make deliveries, which means there's a whole new fleet of yachts raring to go in 2021...
The top new superyachts for charter in 2021
Stats: 49.91 metres, Columbus Yachts, 2021, 11 guests, 9 crew
Exterior deck spaces are a primary focus on board, ensuring there is plenty of space for guests to soak up the sunshine. Her spacious foredeck is equipped with a large Jacuzzi and sun pads for whiling away an afternoon, with a number of al fresco lounge and dining areas throughout for sun-kissed meals or sunset drinks.
A sizable beach club complete with an outdoor cinema offers easy access to the water, and K2 conveniently carries an extensive range of water toys and towables for thrill-seekers to enjoy.
Other highlights within her pared-back interiors include a fully-equipped gym and a formal dining table for entertaining on board whatever the weather.
Offering a 3,000 nautical mile range and a swift top speed of 22 knots, K2 will be able to island hop her way through the western Mediterranean with ease.
K2 is managed by Fraser with a weekly charter rate starting from €270,000.
Stats: 26.2 metres, Extra Yachts, 2021, 8 guests, 4 crew
For the eco-conscious charterer, the Francesco Guida-designed Haze offers luxury accommodations with a reduced carbon footprint.
The 26 metre fibreglass and GRP yacht, designed with sleek and modern penthouse-style interiors by Lawson Robb, is outfitted with photo-voltaic cells that produce green energy for use on board.
Eight guests will make good use of the 50 square metre beach club, fitted with a hydraulic swimming platform and a generous sweep of sunpads, seamlessly flowing into the al fresco dining area and show galley located aft. The spacious aft deck can also be transformed into the perfect spot for entertaining friends and family on board, complete with a projector for movie nights under the stars.
Inside, a full-beam main saloon is bathed in natural light thanks to panoramic windows, complete with a formal dining table and a state-of-the-art entertainment system.
Powered by two Volvo 1,350hp engines, Haze can reach a top speed of 21 knots and offers a range of 1,200 nautical miles at a comfortable cruising speed of 16 knots.
Managed by Fraser, Haze will be spending her maiden season cruising the western Mediterranean, with a weekly charter rate starting from €55,000.
Stats: 55.9 metres, Turquoise Yachts, 2020, 12 guests
Blue II’s retro-chic profile captures the spirit of the swinging sixties, but look a little closer and you’ll find a fine example of a modern explorer with cutting edge comfort and hybrid technology.
The 55.9 metre modern-classic is the latest launch from Turquoise Yachts and hit the water in 2020. Designed to tackle the Arctic with ease, Blue II is built for adventure with a steel hull and 6,000 nautical mile range. Her steamship-inspired exterior, courtesy of Hoek Design, is the studio’s first and only motor yacht project.
Despite her polar credentials, Blue II will be spending her maiden season cruising the Mediterranean. Water toys abound, naturally, complemented by a hydraulic swim platform for swift access to the sea. Guests can start each day with a few laps around the boat atop paddleboards, or for those looking to get the adrenaline pumping there are e-Foils, Waverunners and SeaBobs raring to go. Two large tenders are hidden beneath the aft deck, deployed through hatches, with a custom six-tonne crane that stows almost invisibly into the yacht's superstructure.
Below deck, Blue II’s interiors are bright and understated sporting a simple palette of gloss-finished teak, white paint and soft beige upholstered panels, designed in collaboration with British studio John Vickers. There are two master suites on board - one on the upper deck and the other on the main deck - and the yacht can accommodate a total of 12 guests.
Other highlights include a spa area with a sauna and steam room for those seeking some much-needed rest and relaxation.
Blue II is managed by Burgess with charters starting from €294,000 per week.
Stats: 48.8 metres, Rossinavi, 2020, 10 guests, 9 crew
EIV is one of three custom yachts delivered by Italian shipyard Rossinavi in 2020. Commissioned by an American owner, the 48.8 metre motor yacht strikes the perfect balance of Italian flair and American power. Even in a crowded marina, you can spot her svelte, duo-tone profile, with continuous glazing that runs the length of the main deck and air vent grills, much like the sort you'd find on a sports car.
A minimalist interior welcomes guests with an understated palette of crisp whites, cream leathers and accents of duck-egg blue, while Murano glass artworks, stainless steel, silks and marble add a subtle hint of glamour. The main saloon is flooded with natural light, with two drop-down balconies and a portion of floor-to-ceiling windows that concertina into the superstructure for an indoor-outdoor space.
EIV can sleep a total of 10 guests across five cabins: the first three are found on the lower deck, two of which can be joined to create one large VIP suite, while the master stateroom sits forward on the main deck. Primary guests on board will benefit from a private drop-down balcony as well as an owner's study with a custom-designed 200-bottle wine cellar. An elevator connects all decks.
With warm weather cruising in mind, EIV is home to not one but two Jacuzzis. The first can be found on the bow surrounded by a fan of sun pads, while the second serves as an oversized resistance pool and resides on the sun deck, complemented by loungers.
Stats: 107 metres, Benetti, 2020, 12 guests, 34 crew
Lana is one of Benetti's biggest launches to date and will be available for charter in the Mediterranean this summer.
Lana offers five decks and 3,900GT of superior comfort and luxury complete with a hammam-style mosaic spa, cinema with a state-of-the-art audio system and a supersized sun deck pool surrounded by sun pads on three sides - perfect for those in need of some serious rest and relaxation.
On the upper deck, glass doors open fully to create an indoor-outdoor dining experience with 14 guests seated around a striking backlit honey onyx dining table. On cooler evenings a second formal dining option can be found adjacent to the main saloon.
Active charter guests will benefit from on board gym instructors and a state-of-the-art gym, as well as an arsenal of watertoys and a beach club from which to launch them.
Lana can accommodate up to 12 guests in eight en-suite staterooms including a master suite and seven VIP cabins, each with their own individual colour scheme.
Lana is available for charter with Imperial starting from €1,700,000 per week.
Stats: 68.2m, Royal Niestern Sanderm, 2012/2020, 12 guests and 17 crew
Ragnar isn't your typical superyacht. After a serious stint at Icon Yachts, this former ice-breaker was reborn as a tough explorer with adventure at its core.
She houses an armada of toys and tenders made for every climate imaginable, including a BigBo amphibious ATV, Airbus EC145 helicopter, heli-skiing equipment, four Sea-Doos, four ski scooters, six Seabobs, a multipurpose island and a giant slide.
At the outset, the interior was to be kept simple, but the concept evolved over time, a decision that extended the conversion by a few months but also made Ragnar an even better candidate for charter. British studio RWD was awarded the contract and set out to design a cosy, British pub-style interior with dark walnut panelling, Chesterfield sofas and fireplaces. The owner wanted the feeling of a ski chalet to welcome guests upon their return from heliskiing, ski-dooing or whatever excursion the crew had in store for that day.
Other highlights include an observation deck, the perfect spot for observing breaching whales, an aft deck dominated by a raised pool, and a spa. Ragnar can accommodate up to 12 guests in total across eight cabins with two master suites, four main deck doubles, a twin suite for those with staff in tow and an office that can convert into an additional twin.
Ragnar is manged by Burgess with charters starting from $525,000 per week.
Stats: 95 metres, Golden Yachts, 2020, 12 guests, 28 crew
In July 2020, Greek shipbuilder Golden Yachts delivered its largest yacht to date. The 95 metre O'Pari eclipses that of its previous flagship, the 85 metre O'Ptasia, which was launched in 2018.
O'Pari welcomes 12 guests on board split between 14 cabins with a crew of 28 on hand. A full-beam master suite sits in prime position on the main deck while guest accommodation comprises two VIP staterooms, six double cabins and three twins, each with a Pullman berth. An elevator connects all decks.
Her interior, courtesy of Studio Vafiadis, features a simple and contemporary design with light, neutral shades illuminated by full-height windows offering unparalleled sea views. Guests will find a bar in the skylounge - the perfect spot for a cocktail or two - with al fresco dining offered on the aft terrace.
Up top, a sundeck provides the ultimate setting for a party complete with a DJ booth, a bar, a Jacuzzi and vast lounging areas. Plus, a touch-and-go helipad means guests can come and go in style.
Stats: 40.8 metres, Benetti, 2020, 10/11 guests, 8 crew
Rebeca is the first in Benetti's Oasis 40m series that "rips up the traditional rulebook of superyacht design".
Stepping aboard, guests are greeted by a sweeping aft deck beach club set up with an infinity pool and fold-down bulwarks offering additional sun lounging space. Hydraulic steps down to the sea emerge from the transom at the touch of a button for swift access to the sea.
From the boards of British design studio RWD, fluidity is at the very heart of Rebeca's design with a focus on open space and continuity between inside and out, a concept achieved through large windows, sliding doors and her elongated aft deck. The design began construction on speculation and has proven extremely popular with 12 orders signed to date.
Accommodation is for a total of 10 guests across five cabins, catered for by a crew of seven under the watch of captain Roberto Cuomo.
Managed by Burgess, Rebeca will be available in the Mediterranean next summer 2021 with charters starting from $196,000 per week.
Stats: 77 metres, Damen, 2020, 12 guests, 25 crew
Spanning six decks and built to conquer the coldest regions on earth, La Datcha is the ultimate adventure charter for adventure-seeking guests.
Described by Damen as a "crossover of superyacht quality and finish with serious capability", her ice-classed hull makes traversing polar regions a breeze and she can maintain autonomy for up to 40 days at sea.
A serious explorer requires some serious equipment, and La Datcha is kitted out with a treasure trove of toys and tenders including two commercially certified helicopters, two snow scooters, two expedition RIBs, two beach lander tenders, and a three-person submarine.
Those chartering in the polar regions can seek refuge from the cold in the wellness centre and warm up in the Turkish Hammam, or slip into the Jacuzzi on deck. Alternatively, an invigorating shower beneath La Datcha's ice fountain is the best way too cool off in warmer weather.
La Datcha will spend her first summer season in the Mediterranean before heading to the Indian Ocean for winter 2020/2021, and finally to Russia where she'll fulfil her purpose as a cold climate explorer offering heli-skiing charters from March 2021.
La Datcha is managed for charter by Edmiston with a weekly rate starting from €740,000.
Stats: 55 metres, Admiral, 2020, 12 guests, 13 crew
Outdoor spaces are abundant on board, so guests can take their pick from the wellness-focused sundeck, complete with a gym and pool, the beach club, and the upper after deck with an impressive indoor-outdoor 'Buddha bar'.
Geco can sleep up to 12 guests in a master cabin, full-beam VIP, two doubles and two twins with a Pullman. A private dining room adjacent to the main saloon seats 12 guests beneath a spectacular chandelier, but for al fresco evening meals, the beach club converts into an ambient waterside setting.
Geco's line-up of water toys includes Jet Skis, a Flyboard, an inflatable waterslide and climbing wall, and transparent kayaks. For day trips, her Evo 43 chase boat Khaleesi will be able to whisk guests away to discover hidden treasures along the coastline, or there's a touch-and-go helipad so friends and family can come and go in style.
Geco is managed for charter by IYC with a weekly rate starting from €268,000.