Welcome to the Sunshine State – home to one of the largest in-water boat shows in the world. The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will set sail from 25 to 29 October and will showcase a broad spectrum of yachts never-before-seen in US waters. BOAT International spotlights a selection...
German Frers is responsible for this volume-packed 25-metre cruiser, which hides bags of space across its tri-deck trawler design. Owner flexibility is prioritised in this model, with a flybridge that can be completely enclosed or semi-enclosed to offer a versatile upper deck space with a handy helm station. This is the first Sirena model to offer this kind of forward-thinking functionality – not even the 88 model comes with a fully enclosed flybridge. The yacht makes an exciting addition to the line-up of new yachts at the 2023 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.
Azimut Grande 36M
The little sister of its larger 38-metre model, the Azimut Grande 36M is set apart from its siblings by her extensive use of glazing, open plan layout and eco-friendly performance – including her high-efficiency hull design created by Pierluigi Ausonio of Studio PLANA in collaboration with the Azimut | Benetti Research and Development department. Full-height, electrically operated sliding glass doors on the upper deck disappear completely into pockets in the superstructure when open, creating a semi-walkaround upper deck where the side decks act as terraces.
Designed by the Turkish yard and with Can Yalman, the 37XP features naval architecture by Umberto Tagliavini and interiors by Hot Lab. Its lines are a more refined take on the robust look of the 32XP with flowing softer lines that extenuate its longer length. Highlights come in the form of a 10-metre-long flybridge and space for a nine-metre tender on the upper aft deck that, when launched, turns into a large sunbathing platform.
Gulf Craft Majesty 111
Builder: Gulf Craft
This marks the Majesty 111's third continent following her debut in Dubai and first international appearance at the Monaco Yacht Show. With exterior and interior by Phathom (in the studio's first on-the-water project), a highlight of the yacht’s design is its focus on natural light, with up to 40 per cent more glazing than yachts of comparable size. This is particularly evident in the owner’s cabin, which sits below a glass-floored dip pool that sends cascades of light into the cabin below. The new model slots between the existing Majesty 100 and Majesty 120 models.
Ferretti Yachts 1000
Builder: Ferretti Yachts
Launched in 2021, Ferretti Yachts 1000 showcases a sporty exterior with an excess of glazing, enhanced by the practical beach club aft and spacious flybridge. The yacht's standout features include the "substantial" carbon fibre construction, with both the superstructure and hardtop fully constructed from carbon fibre. The yacht packs impressive interior volume into a modest LOA, and the high-volume Ferretti Group will be making its American debut on the docks at FLIBS.
Riva 76' Perseo Super
First launched by Riva in 2021, the Perseo Super (courtesy of Officina Italiana Design and Ferretti Group’s Engineering Department) is a hardtop evolution of the Italian shipyard’s earlier Perseo model. Distinguished by her upper deck “sport-fly” helm and 40-square-metre windows, she still carries the Riva tradition in the extensive use of mahogany and polished stainless steel. A design highlight is her convertible cockpit, which sees the dining area become a spacious sunpad by lowering the table for eight and covering it with cushions.
Builder: Wally Yachts
First premiering at the Venice Boat Show (and then at Cannes), the wallywhy150's "semi-explorer, semi-fly" design harnesses the same team as her big sister, the wallywhy200. From the drawing boards of Wally-Ferretti Group Engineering team, Luca Bassani and Studio Vallicelli Design, the 150GT yacht boasts a number of unique features, including a 270-degree owner’s cabin located in the bow. She also offers 50 per cent more living space compared to other yachts of her size, according to the shipyard.
Benetti Oasis 34M
RWD-designed, the Oasis 34M is a model for "the modern-day owner" with its open-plan social spaces and signature Oasis Deck. This patented aft-deck design comes with opening balconies that, once extended over the water, are ideal for diving in, getting to grips with water toys, and boarding on or off a tender. Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović took delivery of the second hull in the series, named Unknown, in 2022.
Inspired by the previous Viking 92 and Viking 80 models, the sportfishing Viking 90 yacht has a streamlined profile with the option to have an enclosed or open bridge. There is also a one-piece wraparound enclosed bridge windshield, enhancing visibility. Delivered in 2023, this model is well-suited to serious anglers thanks to its 922-litre live well on the 224-square-metre cockpit, making it a boat that's worth seeing at FLIBS.
Sunseeker Ocean 182
This model is poised to offer something "completely novel" to the British yard's existing Ocean range. Named after its gross tonnage, the Sunseeker Ocean 182 features a newly designed enclosed flybridge and a widebody hull that allows for a 7.2-metre beam and plenty of internal volume. Combine this with a single helm station on the upper deck and you have an open-plan yacht that allows for "easy transition from space to space".
80 Sunreef Power Eco
Known as the comfy cat with solar panels galore, the 80 Sunreef Power Sól is named after the Norse sun goddess and will be showing off her bronzed good looks in Fort Lauderdale. Its ultra-slim “solar skin” – composite-integrated solar panels – is built into the yacht's hull, bimini roof and superstructure, and it also features custom-engineered battery banks with a density of less than 5.2 kg per kWh. The catamaran uses this green technology for fuel-free cruising in total silence and can accommodate eight guests in a custom-tailored four-cabin layout.
Building on the success of the SD96 and SD118, this entry-level model boasts a flexible configuration and optimised hull design. One-way glazing allows the windows on the main deck and lower deck to remain concealed, resulting in a more "harmonious" look, according to the yard. She's designed by Zuccon International and Patricia Urquiola, with Philippe Briand also contributing research into the yacht’s efficient form.
Builder: Princess Yachts
Making her way to North America for the first time is the flagship of Princess' new Y Class series, the Y95. Featuring exterior design by Pininfarina and Olesinski, it has a dramatically different layout to the X Class despite utilising the same hull structure and engineering platform. The change is largely seen in the series' expansive exterior spaces, including an open flybridge area with cleverly concealed crane, a flybridge helm and a raised pilothouse. The Y95 will be part of a five-yacht display that includes the F50, F55, Y85, and the show debut of its "super flybridge" model X80.
Builder: Bering Yachts
Making her world debut at FLIBS this year, Papillon is a steel-hulled, semi-custom explorer primed for prolonged bluewater trips. As such, particular attention was paid to “the crew members’ comfort and safety” according to Bering CEO Alexei Mikhailov, with spacious quarters that include a separate galley and crew resting mess. Her pale-grey hull and red bootstripe recall Bering's 44.2-metre flagship Heeus.
Azimut Grande 26M
The Grande 26M touts a distinctive Alberto Mancini exterior, while interiors are the work of Achille Salvagni – the same pairing that produced the Grande 36M and Grande Trideck flagship. Part of Azimut's pioneering fleet of "Low Emission Yachts", her Large POD 4600 propulsion system, combined with a lightweight superstructure, delivers 20 per cent lower fuel emissions (and therefore CO2 emissions).
Alpha Custom Yachts Spritz 102
Builder: Alpha Custom Yachts
A World Superyacht Award-nominated series, the Spritz 102 exhibits the design work of Giorgio Cassetta and sees several standout features contained within an eight-metre beam. This includes a 2.2-metre-high ceiling, oversized windows and a tiered aft deck with a heated plunge pool and hydraulic platform, all cultivating a "Miami villa" feel on the water. There are only two Spritz 102's currently on the water – Vivace and Saint V and it is Vivace that will appear at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.Read More/The must-see yachts for sale at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show