As the 2023 edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show prepares to return to the Sunshine State, brokerage firms are getting ready to showcase some of the best yachts for sale in their fleet. BOAT International spotlights some of the must-see second-hand yachts across the show's seven locations...
Berilda is one of the larger pre-loved vessels for sale at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and joins the market following five refit and upgrade periods between 2020 and 2022. Her classic De Voogt Feadship-style exteriors complement a traditional interior by John Munford, comprising satin-finished mahogany panelling, "plush carpeting" and pale soft upholstery. Highlights include a big-screen television on the sundeck, where guests can watch TV from the sit-up wet bar or cool off in the Jacuzzi forward. Accommodation is for 14 guests in five cabins, the owner's suite having an en suite children's cabin as well as a study.
Dopamine is the second Mangusta GranSport 33 series and was commissioned by a young American owner. Purpose built for four Volvo Penta IPS pod drives, the yacht has a maximum speed of 25 knots – making quick work of a Miami-to-Bahamas trip. At two metres high, Dopamine's deckheads create a spacious interior with accommodation for 10 guests across five cabins. She also plays host to two al fresco dining areas: one of which is on the flybridge, sheltered beneath the hardtop, and the other on the foredeck, which can be shaded by an awning with a glass-fronted pool nearby.
Book Ends' sporty exterior is owed to Frank Laupman and the team at Omega Architects, who have given her a sharply tapered bow, distinctive bootstripe, and arching aft decks. Interiors are the work of Cristiano Gatto, where oversized windows allow natural light to filter through. The "innovative" saloon design sees curved bulkheads separating the lounge and dining areas and a main stairwell with atriums on all three levels. She accommodates 12 guests in five cabins, including a full-beam (nine-metre) owner's cabin forward on the main deck.
Instantly recognisable thanks to her grey hull and distinctive crimson bootstripe, Atomic has an Espen Øino exterior and can accommodate 12 guests in six cabins with an interior by Franck Darnet Design. Ideal for diving enthusiasts, the yacht features a professional dive centre that is accessed via a folding balcony on her hull.
Builder: Trinity Yachts
One of the largest yachts in the show, Unbridled was built in aluminium by US yard Trinity Yachts to a design by Geoff Van Aller and was most recently refitted in 2019. Her interior is courtesy of Patrick Knowles and makes use of over 20 different types of wood to create intricate styling. She has large deck space on all levels and features accommodation for up to 12 guests in five cabins.
Fresh from a refit, Double Down is showing off her new look on the docks in Fort Lauderdale. Her high-volume interior comprises nine cabins, including a dedicated upper deck owner's suite with private office and deck space. The yacht also plays host to an on-board cinema suite for movie nights at sea.
Builder: Palmer Johnson
Four Jacks is part of Palmer Johnson's popular PJ150 series following sisterships Hokulani and Andiamo and is defined by the same speedy capacities and great on-deck socialising spaces. She is characterised by a sporty profile, courtesy of Nuvolari Lenard, and has had only one owner since new. The Italian studio also created her rich interiors with pops of red and a host of exotic woods.
Blue Ice was built by Italian yard Baglietto in 1999 and her Aldo Cichero design is sure to turn heads in Fort Lauderdale, just as it did the year she was launched. Blue Ice was the recipient of a multi-million-dollar refit in 2016, where she received her jet black exterior makeover, and offers accommodation for 10 guests across five cabins.
Blue Ice is asking $4,299,000 with FGI Yacht Group.
Builder: Palmer Johnson
Traditional interior styling by Patrick Knowles Designs and expert design by Sparkman & Stephens come together on Helios 2, a yacht that has been well-kept by the owner and captain under a "thorough maintenance plan". She accommodates 10 guests across five cabins, including a full-beam owner’s suite found on the main deck. One of the yacht's highlights is her spectacular sundeck – fitted with a hexagonal Jacuzzi and sunpads bordering it. There’s plenty of space aft to soak up the sun, but awnings can be extended for those seeking shade.
Builder: Trinity Yachts
From her deck jacuzzi to her multiple dining arrangements, Sapphire is well-configured to cater to different types of owners. Interior design is from James McFarlane and she was subject to a large refit in 2019, with further work spanning 2020 and 2021 seeing new engines and generators fitted. Impressively, she can accommodate as many as 20 guests across seven cabins, making her the ultimate boat for large family gatherings.
Eurus is one of Benetti's popular Mediterraneo 116 series and presents in fantastic condition with moderate engine hours. A Salvagni Architetti interior makes use of eucalyptus wood and elegant dark ebony, which is illuminated by three-metre-long picture windows in the main saloon. Versatility is ingrained into the design, with an 80-square-metre sundeck that can be fully enclosed by sliding doors, plus a foredeck dip pool and lounge set-up. This 2021 build is one of the newest yachts for sale at the 2023 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Designed with a modern yacht owner in mind, Wiggle Room was built by Taiwanese yard Horizon with a focus on livability and socialising. A five-cabin layout includes a full-beam master suite on the main deck and the main saloon benefits from an open galley that allows a continuous connection between guests. Horizon is well-known for packing plenty of interior volume into their yachts, and Wiggle Room is no exception, offering plenty of space at a reasonable price.
Off the back of a Lloyd’s 20-year survey and a refit that includes fresh hull paint and rebuilt engines, Next Chapter is in fine form for the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. A Stefano Natucci interior includes a full-beam, on deck, split-level master cabin with ensuite and dedicated observation lounge with office facilities, making her ideally suited to owners looking to WFS (work from sea). A 7,000 nautical mile range means she can cruise extensively, too.
Next Chapter is asking $19,900,000 with IYC.
Patience is the dream yacht for outdoor lovers, with plenty of deck space to make use of and a constant connection to the outside world thanks to large glass windows throughout. A Francois Zuretti interior was refreshed earlier in 2022, putting her in pristine condition and ready to welcome guests during FLIBS. The yacht has a five-cabin layout, but there is the option to convert the gym on the upper bridge deck into a sixth ensuite guest cabin.
Patience is asking $11,500,000 with Superyacht Sales and Charter.
A vintage Feadship with a fresh interior, Ice Bear has been well-maintained throughout her life as a private yacht. Five cabins can accommodate ten guests, including a main deck master suite with a private office, his and hers en suite bathrooms, a walk-in wardrobe, and large windows that keep the outside world front and centre. In fact, the yacht has large windows throughout – proving that her build and design team were well ahead of their time.
Builder: Palmer Johnson
With her sunny blue hull and retro styling, 4* Puppies has the charm of a classic with the added benefit of a 2022 refit that saw an interior and exterior refresh. High volume while sitting under the 400GT threshold, this Palmer Johnson has been privately used throughout her life and remains in excellent condition, ready for viewings at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.
4* Puppies is asking $7,900,000 with Fraser.
Most recently refitted in 2022 with the addition of brand new generators and a freshly painted 'Flag Blue' hull, Lady Victoria is a typical “gentleman’s yacht” that offers classic appeal with modern amenities. Her exteriors and naval architecture are the work of De Voogt, while interiors are by Joan Chan. Highlights include an al fresco dining area on the main deck aft, with steps that lead down to a large swim platform. The bridge deck features a large Jacuzzi encircled by sunpads to offer panoramic views behind, with a sit-up bar and lounge chairs amidship.
Hospitality is one of Westport's flagship Westport 164 models and a much sought-after yacht on the charter market. Deck spaces are large enough to host numerous guests with several al fresco dining spaces, as well as a sundeck with a Jacuzzi spa pool and barbecue. Her 4,000+ nautical-mile range makes her ideal for long-distance cruising and she has spent two years exploring the Pacific Ocean from Central America to Australia and beyond.
Hospitality is asking $29,750,000 with IYC.
Bad Company Support
Builder: Damen Yachting
Bad Company Support has spent the last two years supporting a large sportfishing fleet on a global fishing tour along Africa’s west coast. She served primarily as a tender carrier and heli-launching platform but can also accommodate six guests in three cabins with a vibrant, tropical interior. Highlights include a Sea Axe bow, Quantum zero-speed stabilisers and a heavy-duty knuckle boom crane that can lift up to 6.7 tonnes for the launch and recovery of large tenders from the aft deck. Once cleared, the space can be used to land a helicopter.
Mary A is a perfect example of a pedigree Feadship and is offered for sale following an extensive refit completed in 2022. Work included the remodelling of the sun deck, the addition of a his and hers bathroom in the master cabin and engineering upgrades. There are numerous lounges – inside and out – for guests to use at their leisure with a subtle nautical theme that runs throughout the interior.
Builder: Trinity Yachts
This custom all-American build joins the market on completion of a 2022 refit that saw a full Awlgrip paint job, an extensive upgrade of the A/V and Wi-Fi systems and installation of a new ASEA shore power converter. She is a sistership to Trinity Yachts' Mine Games and Norwegian Queen, although with several improvements. Notably, these include a sixth stateroom on the bridge deck, but it's her split-level main deck master suite that steals the show.
Impromptu is asking $24,500,000 with Northrop & Johnson.
Victoria del Mar
Builder: Delta Marine
At the time of her launch, Victoria del Mar was the most voluminous yacht ever built in the United States. She boasts over 700 square metres of interior with the owners working alongside Claudette Bonville Associates to execute an interior inspired by the late Alberto Pinto. The result? A setting with embroidered linens, cashmere blankets and white silk carpets. Highlights include a master suite with a semi-private aft deck that can be enclosed or opened to the sea breeze, dining for 18 on the sundeck and a 100-inch outdoor cinema screen.
Victoria del Mar is asking $24,750,000 with Northrop & Johnson.
American designer Patrick Knowles was called in to create the "zen-like" interiors of Chasseur, which is in top condition thanks to two refits in 2020 and 2022. Large picture windows allow natural light to fill both saloons – with a marble bar and oversized chairs in the lounge. Other highlights include a six-cabin layout with an elevator servicing all decks (including the sun deck), a wine cellar, all new tenders and toys. She is also helicopter-capable.
Chasseur is asking $32,750,000 with Northrop & Johnson.
Builder: Columbus Yachts
Leudin I is a Columbus 40S model and the first 40-metre sport hybrid yacht to earn RINA's "Hybrid Propulsion" and "Green Star Plus Platinum" notations. Sliding side doors in the main saloon paired with fold-down balconies create an indoor-outdoor space at the heart of the yacht, while accommodation is for 11 guests.