Yards launch bigger, better and more standout superyachts every month and now that the summer season is in full swing, there are plenty of new models making their way to the Med for some time spent cruising ahead of the upcoming boat show season...
In June 2023, Sparta emerged from the shipyard and overthrew the 60.6-metre Lusine as the Dutch builder’s largest steel construction to date. Exterior and interior styling are by Winch Design, whose studio opted for a low exterior profile alongside a hull accented in “Venetian red” and metallic grey. Her elemental interiors include an earthy main saloon upholstered in real palm leaf and an airy master cabin with mother-of-pearl inlays, soft fabrics and hazy Tai Ping carpets.
Bad Company Support
Builder: Damen Yachting
Bad Company Support is the first unit in the Dutch shipyard’s new YS53 support vessel series, built for legendary sportfisherman Anthony Hsieh. As Hsieh’s largest yacht, she will be joining his expansive fleet offering game fishing expeditions and supporting marine conservation projects in some of the planet’s most unchartered waters. All of her design and naval architecture were completed entirely in-house by Damen Yachting.
Bad Company Support is expected to be delivered later this month.
Highland Fling XVIII
Gunboat's flagship catamaran is expected to be one of the fastest in its size bracket, capable of exceeding true wind speed at just six knots. Highland Fling XVIII’s striking scarlet exterior is owed to French studio VPLP with interiors by Chedal Anglay Design – who plotted them with the help of virtual reality. She is currently undergoing sea trials in La Grande Motte, France, joined by her racing team who plan to put her performance to the test.
Highland Fling XVIII is expected to be delivered in August 2023, with her racing debut scheduled for the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo.
Builder: Golden Yachts
With a contemporary-style plumb bow and trapezium-shaped windows, O’Rea carves a more modern profile when compared to her predecessors O’Pari and O’Ptasia. Her distinctive exterior is courtesy of Stefano Vafiadis, with interior styling also handled by Vafiadis in collaboration with Italian studio Massari Design. More than 250 finishes are claimed to have been used throughout, including polished marble and precious stones. The yacht will be also home to a collection of contemporary artworks, curated by Vasilis Dragnis in collaboration with Anna Chatzinassiou.
O'Rea is expected to be delivered later this month and will make her global debut at the Monaco Yacht Show later this year.
Builder: Vanquish Yachts
Originally commissioned in 2020, this anticipated build launched in May and will be the largest member of the Vanquish fleet upon her delivery to the Hamptons. Manu is one of the fastest aluminium yachts on the water, delivering a top speed of over 40 knots thanks to a combination of three MTU Rolls Royce engines. Befitting her eye-watering speeds is a sporty, streamlined exterior designed by Guido de Groot.
Manu is expected to be delivered this month.
Builder: Crescent Custom Yachts
Danzante Bay is the largest superyacht to be built in Canada and marks the first new launch by Crescent Custom Yachts since Crescent Lady in February 2020. Commissioned by an American owner, she was named after his Mexican resort and golf course. The yacht is built from a composite hull bought from Christensen Yachts with exterior design owed to Gregory C. Marshall and interiors by British studio H2 Yacht Design.
Danzante Bay is expected to be delivered in August 2023.
Akula is Italian shipyard Rossinavi’s first-ever explorer yacht. Ice-classified, her stand-out scarlet hull and white aluminium superstructure is designed by Gian Paolo Nari. Interior design is by Ancona-based FM Architettura, with the yacht’s layout optimised to support marine research and philanthropic projects. In particular, she can store various diving equipment and two six-metre containers that can act as transportable science labs.
Akula is expected to be delivered in September 2023.
Builder: Baltic Yachts
Named after an ancient Caribbean deity, this sloop-rigged sailing yacht was commissioned by a highly experienced family with around-the-world cruising in mind. Zemi was designed by Malcolm McKeon and features his trademark wrap-over teak decking, as well as multiple headsail options for various weather conditions. Interiors were completed by Andreas Martin-Löf in his yachting debut and feature warm walnut and limestone veneers bonded to lightweight honeycomb structures.
Zemi is expected to be delivered this month.
Builder: Columbus Yachts
With exteriors and interiors created by Marco Casali of Too-Design, Anjelif’s brass colouring is far from her only stand-out feature. She also boasts several technical innovations, such as a hybrid diesel-electric propulsion system and onboard sanitisation that incorporates cold plasma for the elimination of airborne viruses and bacteria. An impressive recreational highlight is the touch-and-go helipad on the bow, which can convert to an open-air cinema when not in use.
Anjelif is expected to be delivered in August 2023 and will debut at this year's Monaco Yacht Show.
Riva 82 Diva
Builder: Riva Yachts
This unit is the debut of Riva’s brand new flybridge series, which aims to “open a new chapter” for the Sarnico-based builder with its “revolutionary approach to the use of space”. Designed by Officina Italiana Design in conjunction with Ferretti Group, the Riva 82 Diva features one of the largest flybridges in its category at 40 square metres. Two large bulwarks fold out to create overwater terraces, expanding the yacht’s six-metre beam by an additional three metres.
The Riva 82 Diva is expected to be delivered in September 2023 and will attend the Cannes Yachting Festival that same month.