Returning for its highly anticipated 46th edition, the Cannes Yachting Festival consistently delivers one of the finest displays of luxury yachts in the world. The lineup also tends to include several world-class premieres from shipyards eager to present their latest designs, and this year is shaping up to be no different. Here are some of the hottest debuts to look out for across Port Vieux and Port Canto when the show kicks off on 12 September...
Builder: Southern Wind Shipyard
Meaning "home" in Swahili, Nyumba is the fourth SW96 model to hit the water but the first hybrid sailing yacht ever built by Southern Wind. She was commissioned for an experienced yachtsman with globetrotting aspirations and has spent the summer warming up with a 7,500-mile maiden voyage from Cape Town to Malta. To aid in her performance, an advanced energy storage system allows for zero-emission cruising, extended range under power and silent nights in hotel mode.
The BGM75 model is the first multihull design from Sanlorenzo’s sister brand Bluegame and has the ethos of a “motor yacht that by chance has not one hull, but two”, according to the yard. With the appearance of a monohull, BGM75 delivers the benefits of a catamaran such as increased stability, large volumes, and reduced fuel consumption. With the option to install solar panels on the deckhouse, the futuristic yacht is also capable of generating 5kW of green energy.
Canados Oceanic 143
Having completed sea trials in August, the long-awaited Canados Oceanic 143 arrives as the flagship explorer for Italian shipbuilder Canados. Her strength lies in her ability to balance speed and distance, capable of hitting top speeds of 23 knots and covering over 6,000 nautical miles at 8.5 knots. Rome-based designer Michela Reverberi has handled the yacht’s interior, which features an owner’s suite that spans the entire upper deck, while the twin-stepped hull is courtesy of Arrabito Naval Design in collaboration with the shipyard's chief naval architect Giovanni Senatore.
Builder: Arcadia Yachts
Inspired by a growing demand for wellness, the A96 focuses on promoting a sense of tranquillity for guests by establishing multiple points of contact with nature. Massive floor-to-ceiling windows create a sense of fluidity between the yacht's Igor Lobanov interiors and the outside environment, providing unobstructed views thanks to a pair of fold-down bulwarks to port and starboard. Guests are then ushered onto the aft deck through sliding glass doors, where another section of the deck unfolds to connect the seating area with an expansive beach club.
With a sporty profile, the GTX flagship took inspiration from the Gran Turismo automotive imagery while also boasting signature Pershing performance. Two hulls have been released by the shipyard so far, with the first set to appear in Monaco and the second headed to Cannes in September. In a departure from the previous hull, the second GTX116 features four – as opposed to five – guest cabins and has been upgraded to include triple MAN 2,000hp engines over the standard package with three 1,800hp equivalents.
Builder: Cantiere delle Marche
While her aesthetics are well-suited to Mediterranean cruising, the RJ 115 Stellamar boasts some impressive explorer credentials, such as a 5,500-nautical-mile range and an "invisible crane" for the launch and recovery of toys and tenders. Launched earlier this year, she joins her bigger sister, an RJ 130 named Nuri, on the water and is the first of three RJ 115 models currently in development. Both the interior and exterior of Stellamar were designed by Francesco Paszkowski with added input from the shipyard and her owner, who pushed for a nature-themed interior with neutral tones throughout.
Details of the SX100 have been kept tightly under wraps since the yacht was introduced in Cannes last year. One year later, Sanlorenzo is expected to lift the lid on its brand-new addition to the highly successful SX crossover range. Key features include signature fold-down terraces to pair with the generous lower deck beach club, as well as a massive lounge and sunbathing area forward. According to BOATPro, the first SX100 model is due to arrive just in time for its debut in September, with three additional units to follow in 2024.
Marking a "new chapter" for the Sarnico-based builder, the Riva 82 Diva inhabits both form and function owing to a reimagined use of space. The flybridge, for instance, boasts 40 square metres of useable deck space, with well-defined areas including a protected lounge with a dinette and bar in the centre, a sunbathing area forward and another lounge area aft. Also worth mentioning is the yacht's beach club, where two large bulwarks fold out to create floating terraces, expanding the yacht's six-metre beam by an additional three metres.
Builder: ISA Yachts
Unmistakeable in her appearance, UV II has a sporty profile designed by Enrico Gobbi - Team for Design with a plumb bow, aft-leaning radar arch and curved superstructure line built in the image of a modern sports car. Equally impressive are her Luca Dini interiors, featuring a gold and turquoise colour palette to go along with the yacht's playful atmosphere. Some of her onboard highlights include an extra-wide beach club, a Jacuzzi on the main deck and an expansive sundeck fitted with a custom bar, grill and large sunpads.
Builder: Wally Yachts
This new model builds on the success of its bigger sister, the wallywhy200, and expands Wally's range of offerings in the motor yacht segment. Luca Bassani, the Wally-Ferretti Group Engineering department and A. Vallicelli & Co put their heads together to create unparalleled interior volumes for a yacht of her size, with wraparound glazing offering a 270-degree view in the forward owner's cabin. Outside, guests can walk nearly the full length of the yacht on the sundeck, which offers separate areas for sunbathing, dining and socialising within a shaded lounge.
Builder: Nautor Swan
Nautor Swan is expanding its motorboat range with a new model called the Swan OverShadow. The weekender yacht was designed by returning Finnish collaborator Jarkko Jamsen, who also created the brand's initial Swan Shadow tender. Unlike her sister, the Swan OverShadow is powered by an inboard engine, which allows for longer-distance cruising and larger deck spaces. The yacht also benefits from a rear platform that is able to be raised, lie flush with the main deck or be lowered into the water for easy access to the sea.
Designed in collaboration with Ken Freivokh, this latest addition to Azimut's Magellano line was created for owners who enjoy long voyages at sea in a proven and economical package. The new 60 is built on the brand's second-generation dual-mode hull, which the brand says delivers up to 20 per cent less fuel consumption at cruising speeds than a comparably sized yacht on the market. The Magellano 60 also made headlines earlier this year when the model was selected to trial the HVOlution biofuel during its maiden voyage from Savona to the Sicilian city of Taormina.
Builder: Aegean Yacht
Aegean's 26-metre motor yacht Ukiel will make its debut boat show appearance in Cannes, marking the first instalment of the yard's Aegean Explorer series. Powered by two MAN 650 HP engines, the 187GT yacht can achieve a maximum speed of 12.7knots and has a range of over 3,500 nautical miles. All of the yacht's design, naval architecture, and marine engineering have been completed in-house by the Turkish shipyard, leveraging 50 years of experience into a capable and adept long-range cruiser.
Italian shipyard Centounonavi relied on the proven partnership between designer Manuela Lucchesi and naval architect Marco Arnaboldi to create Vespro, a powerful cruiser with an efficient hull design. Twin 1,200hp MAN 8V engines paired with the yacht's water jet propulsion system deliver a blistering top speed of 56 knots and an equally impressive cruising speed of 50 knots. Similar to the yard's other ranges, the new Vespro model features a convertible aft deck with foldable bulwarks for a variety of activities on the water.
Builder: Ferretti Yachts
Courtesy of exterior design by Filippo Salvetti, the infinite views afforded by an all-season terrace is how the InFYnito series gets its name. The al fresco space on InFYnito 90 is found forward on the main deck and tucked in the bow, offering a concealed spot for unwinding which fits the brief for a "balanced, cosy and sophisticated" ambience that feels like an extension of the home. The interior is the work of Ideaeitalia, which continues the calm aesthetic with soft lines and neutral tones.
Builder: Ocean King
Venetian shipyard Ocean King is better known for its commercial boats, but its venture into the yachting realm has so far been triumphant. Making her debut at the Venice International Boat Show 2023, Vãyus marks the first in the Ducale 120 series. Although she departs from the rugged explorer styles Ocean King is best known for, she retains an impressive estimated range of 5,500 nautical miles.
Known as hull 10238, the 52-metre model is the flagship hybrid model in Baglietto's sporty T52 line. The hybrid propulsion system allows owners to opt for more efficient cruising modes, consequently minimising consumption and lessening the yacht’s environmental impact. Interior design is by Francesco Paszkowski Design, working in collaboration with Margherita Casprini, where a fresh and natural décor is created through teak, lacquered surfaces and Botticino marble.