Kicking off the Mediterranean season from 27 April to 30 April 2023 is the Palma International Boat Show. Returning to Marina Moll Vell, the season-opening show is set to host an impressive lineup of yachts for sale and charter with some of the finest preloved motor yachts and sailing yachts available to view at Palma Superyacht Village. Here are just ten of the most impressive yachts in show...
Elena of London
Elena of London is a replica of the racing schooner of the same name that took part in the 1928 King’s Cup trans-Atlantic race. During the competition, the original Elena sailed from New York to Santander in record-breaking time. Though a replica, her sailplan is based on her original 1910 drawings by Nathanael G. Herreshoff with two masts – the largest of which stands 42 metres above the waterline – and over 1,800 square metres of sail. She has proven herself as a worthy regatta contender with several wins under her keel including at the Monaco Classic Week and Les Voiles de St Tropez.
Launched in 2021, this Mangusta 165 is the most recent model to have emerged from the Italian yard and is still under Overmarine warranty. AAA is a new and improved model, offering owners flexible accommodation and exterior spaces with two Jacuzzis: one on the sundeck and one aft. Inside, Stefano Righini and Oktavia Design are responsible for the warm interior décor, combining pale woods with onyx marble and cool greys. Four MTU 16V2000 engines, with low hours, deliver an impressive top speed of 38 knots.
At 47.4 metres in length, Gweilo is the second-largest schooner in show, built by Mengi-Yay in cold-moulded epoxied wood. She was delivered in 2009 and underwent an extensive refit between 2021 to 2022. Her traditional style rig and classic lines are the work of Dykstra Naval Architects and she canters along at 16 knots under sail. Gweilo joins the market fresh from an extensive refit, including new rigging and sails.
Flying Manta started life in Australia at the NQEA shipyard in 2004 and was entirely rebuilt under new ownership between 2015 and 2017. Major work included a six-metre extension, a Lloyd's certified helideck with refuelling capabilities, a new swim platform and an interior overhaul with 90 per cent of the existing interior replaced or upgraded. Key highlights include a cockpit that can be fully enclosed with air-conditioning, acting as a winter garden, and oyster and lobster tanks next to a BBQ grill where the catch of the day is prepared and served fresh. She has been used only privately.
Envy is one of the biggest pre-owned motor yacht at this year's Palm Beach International Boat Show. She was built at Lürssen in 1995 with an interior by American designer Patrick Knowles and is offered for sale fresh from a refit completed in 2023. Accommodation is for up to 10 guests with provision for eight crew provision.
Naema was delivered in 2006 by Graafship to the same design as the famous 1930s classic schooner by Alfred Milne named Panda. She underwent an extensive refit courtesy of Hodgdon Yachts in 2014/2015 with an overhaul of her electrical and mechanical systems. Naema is a powerful gaff-rigged topsail schooner with a comprehensive sail wardrobe including a 219-square-metre main sail. Her two masts are made from wood with booms and gaffs courtesy of Spruce Spars. Despite her classic styling, she is fitted with Harken electric winches.
This carbon fibre performance sloop was built by Dutch Vitters to a design by naval architect Bill Tripp, but was reborn in 2018 following an 11-month refit at Pendennis. The boat had the size, cabins and pedigree the owners were looking for in their next yacht, but more importantly, it had a carbon hull with a lifting keel – the material was key to them for both performance and maintenance. Work included a new deckhouse with a large skylight and a transformative interior refit resulting in a light-filled living space with whitewashed oak and grey upholstery.
Price on application with Superyacht Partners.
Builder: Fitzroy Yachts
Constructed by New Zealand Fitzroy Yachts in aluminium to the design by Dubois Naval Architects, Lady M was delivered in 2006 and underwent a comprehensive refit in 2022 by H2. As well as the modern overhaul on the interior, the performance sloop is the proud owner of a completely new set of sails, while 60 per cent of her teak was replaced. Accommodation is comfortable for 10 guests in four cabins with a full-beam master cabin. She has a renowned reputation in the regatta circuit and is ready for a new owner to take the helm.
Alexa of London
Builder: Gdansk Yb
Alexa of London is a classic sailing yacht built in 1992 by Gdansk Yb. She has been meticulously maintained by her owners, with various refits, and carries a reputable and renowned charter history. Her lifting keel is ideal for prime anchorages as well as performance. Pairing powerful gaff yacht sailing with comfort and luxury living and amenities for nine guests in four cabins. Her wide decks are flanked by sun pads and a sun-awning for shaded alfresco dining and relaxation. The fold-out side boarding ladder is perfect for guests to enjoy the ocean.