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13 Must-see new superyachts at the Fort Lauderdale boat show 2015

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is the biggest superyacht show in the US, both in terms of its importance in the calendar and its 280,000 square-metre site. A strong market has lured plenty of other European builders – and their yachts – over the Atlantic, and there are plenty of home-grown boats to contend with.

The largest yachts are on display at Sails Marina, while the main throng is packed around Bahia Mar Yachting Center on the oceanfront. The scale of this show means you get everything from the very biggest pleasure boats afloat to outfits that teach you to free-dive or use your drone.

1. Clarity

The second in Bilgin’s Classic line, Clarity is equipped to entertain, with a large outdoor bar and spacious sunpads. The owner’s suite is on two levels with panoramic windows on the main deck and a marble en suite a few steps below. Below decks are three additional guest cabins.


• Length 48.7m

• Builder Bilgin

• Exterior and Interior design Bilgin

Logica 147

Logica’s premier boat, the Logica 147, has a long hull and narrow beam for efficient cruising. This should come as no surprise as the yacht’s designer, Brenta Design, has extensive experience with sailing yachts. Highlights here include the mosaic-lined foredeck pool and a highly detailed interior décor, including such things as optical fibres woven into the rugs. Logica recently introduced two smaller models – the 120 and 135 – that share the same efficient hull designs and low-profile superstructures.


• Length 44.8m

• Builder Logica Yachts

• Exterior design Brenta Design

• Interior design Martin Kemp Design

King Baby

Still relatively new on the superyacht scene, IAG has launched its largest yacht 
to date. King Baby, built in China, is highly customised to suit her owner’s wishes. In addition to her Evan K Marshall styling and interior design, this high-volume yacht (its gross tonnage is 499GT) packs an advanced A/V system, including more than 20 TVs. Her owner loves to entertain and the yacht will eventually join the charter market.


• Length 42.67m

• Builder IAG Yachts

• Exterior design Evan K Marshall

• Interior design Evan K Marshall

Westport 40m

Tweaked a few years ago to incorporate features from the 50 metre version, this Westport 130 series introduced in 2001 continues to impress. The newest in Westport’s 40 metre series has a contemporary interior, with dark veneer, stylish grey fabrics and lighter floors. The main deck master suite is one of five luxurious cabins. With a hull by William Garden, advanced composite construction and twin MTU engines, she has a top speed of about 24 knots.


• Length 39.62m

• Builder Westport

• Exterior design Gregory C Marshall

• Interior design Westport


This aluminium semi-displacement yacht exemplifies The Italian Sea Group’s new direction. Nono shows a fresh interpretation on the raised pilothouse design, with modern shapes by Luca Dini. A smart design connects a main-deck pantry with the galley and the crew area below deck. The master cabin is located forward on the main deck with private access, and comfortable spaces for lounging and dining abound.


• Length 37.3m

• Builder The Italian 
Sea Group

• Exterior design Luca Dini

• Interior design Admiral Centro Stile

Sanlorenzo SL118

The flagship of the Italian yard’s planing-hull range, the Sanlorenzo SL118, currently for sale, is blessed with both good looks and speed. A nicely sized flybridge is dedicated to relaxation as tender and toys fit in the stern garage and/or swim platform. With teak flooring throughout, the atmosphere is elegant and relaxed for all 10 guests. Top speed is about 27 knots and she cruises in the lower to mid-20 knot range.


• Length 36.5m

• Builder Sanlorenzo

• Exterior design Francesco Paszkowski

• Interior design Marty A Lowe


As part of the Cantiere delle Marche Darwin Class, you would expect this yacht to have a knack for discovery. And that’s exactly what her owner intends her for: to venture into the rough waters that surround the South American continent. Designed by Hydro Tec, this all-aluminium explorer yacht, recently launched by Cantiere dell Marche and named Acala, has a cruising speed of 13 knots, a range of 5,900 nautical miles and she dedicates proper space to a first-rate engine room. Custom touches include a dive locker, a large garage for the six-metre custom McMullen & Wing tender and a modern interior by Mexican designer Simon Hamui.


• Length 31.1m

• Builder Cantiere 
delle Marche

• Exterior design Hydro Tec

• Interior design Simon Hamui

Ocean Alexander 100 Skylounge

As the designer of Ocean Alexander’s larger 120, Evan K Marshall adapted some of the same features inside and out to great effect on the 100, which was introduced last year. This year, the builder unveils the Skylounge version, augmenting this already spacious yacht with an extra lounge space. The open flybridge has a large curved bar, a dining table for eight, sunpad and spa pool.


• Length 30.53m

• Builder Ocean Alexander

• Exterior & 
interior design Evan K Marshall

Cutting Edge

This boat is well named: the latest from Hargrave Custom Yachts is filled with state-of-the-art technology. A raised pilothouse design, Cutting Edge has room for four spacious cabins with en suites and a country kitchen for informal gathering, plus a fully equipped flybridge. She also has a pleasant modern edge in her styling, with continuous windows at main deck level elongating her profile, and she boasts custom paint on the domes.


• Length 30m

• Builder Hargrave

• Exterior design JB Hargrave Yacht Design

• Interior design Yacht Interiors by Shelley

Marlow ME 88

The Marlow Yachts ME 88 has an LOA of nearly 28 metres, including the swim platform. She is the latest entry in the explorer series that Marlow builds in Xiamen, China, and she is also one of the quickest. Built in composite, this yacht – with open flybridge and comfortable accommodation for eight guests plus crew – is expected to cruise at about 30 knots with moderate load.


• Length 28.3m

• Builder 
Marlow Yachts

• Exterior and Interior Design Marlow Yachts


Motor Yacht


Couach Yachts |  37 m |  12 guests |  €3,500,000
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Heesen Yachts |  55 m |  12 guests |  €26,000,000
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Azimut |  34.4 m |  12 guests |  $11,500,000