It's fall, show season, a time for quickening hearts and shallow breathing. While some dream of reds and golds, yacht owners are swept away by flag blues and gleaming white, by warm teak plank decks and curvaceous leather-covered seating. No matter how satisfied you are with your current yacht, the arrival of show season gives you that long-awaited opportunity to see the next big thing from your favorite builder, or to hear about the new advances that will make your time on the water that much more enjoyable. For your viewing pleasure, we've gathered information on 30 of this fall's newest designs.
Afficionados of fast express yachts will appreciate the Aicon 72, a sleek and sexy cruiser with a beautifully arched hardtop that features an opening section to bring fresh air and sunshine down into the forward section of the main deck, where the helm and dinette are clustered. Teak-covered side decks connect the large sunpad forward with the partially covered aft cockpit. A massive sunpad with safety rails and bolsters for lounging is prominent on the aft deck, mounted atop a garage for a RIB, with plenty of room for a table and chairs for those who want to dine alfresco. The 72 will accommodate six people in three luxurious cabins, including a full-beam master, a large VIP stateroom forward and a guest cabin. Crews quarters are found between the master and the engine room. The saloon abaft the helm offers magnificent views out the side windows and the all-glass aft bulkhead; it can be furnished with a serving bar. The cabins are finished in high-grade woods, leathers and designer fabrics, all part of Aicon's customary top-notch European décor. Aicon Yachts, www.aicongroup.it.
Azimut Yacht's new 40 will be the smallest in a range of a dozen or so of the company's well-regarded flybridge and open yachts on display at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show and, like its sister ships, will pack a host of features that enhance the builder's reputation for quality. For example, the designers created an open cockpit by storing the hinged table beneath the bench seating, ready for service at a moment's notice. Teak decks provide good footing on weather decks, including along the side decks, on top of the central-mounted passarelle/davit, the swim platform and the stairs to the flying bridge. Azimut includes two helm stations to help extend and enjoy your time on the water in a range of conditions. In the cream-and-deep-blue interior, all furniture is lined with cedar and finished in fine cotton or silk. The double-cabin, twin-head layout features a master forward with a queen berth, teak flooring in both heads and separate round showers with stylish Plexiglas doors. Azimut, www.azimutyachts.net.
Breathtaking performance and precise maneuverability come together in the new Baia 63 Azzurra. Global Yachts will show the 63 Azzurra equipped with twin MTU diesels and Arneson ASD 12 Surface Drives turning five-blade Rolla props, capable of a 55-knot top speed. Other engine options are available for enhanced performance. With a draft of less than 3 feet, the 63 can cruise safely where others can't, and can even pull up to some beaches for exploration or a picnic. Standard features include a passarelle/lift, large on-deck entertainment area with sunpad, and hydraulic lifts for engine access. With the touch of a button, the fiberglass roof opens completely, turning the coupe into the cabriolet. Baia Yachts, www.baiayacht.it.
The new Bertram 360, offered as an Open outfitted for serious fishing enthusiasts or as an Express with a large fold-away aft bench seat for those who require flexibilty for entertaining and fishing, is the answer to the question many owners have been asking: Will Bertram enter the market with a smaller design that will challenge the reputation it gained with its renowned 31? A joint project involving Ferretti Group, Zuccon International and Bertram Engineering, the 360 is designed to provide comfort when running in the open sea, a Bertram hallmark, with wide chines for optimal planing and attitude control, and a deep-V hull that can handle the speed of twin CAT or Volvo Penta diesels up to 575 hp. Her cabin is laid out for overnighting two adults, with a forward stateroom that is private yet partially open to the saloon. A hand-crafted cherry interior, luxurious seating and a stylish galley complete the accommodations. Bertram Yachts, www.bertram.com.
The new Cheoy Lee 95 Sport Motor Yacht, from the board of M. G. Burvenich, and with an interior by Lisa Pirofsky designs, is one of the first to be delivered by the vaunted builder's new, state-of-the-art shipyard in Doumen, China. A trideck layout with 22-foot beam, the 95 offers remarkable interior volume. Fine mahogany, granite or marble blend with contemporary designer fabrics to please the eye in every cabin. All appliances are U.S. brands, shipped by the Ft. Lauderdale office to the builder for installation. In keeping with the builder's well-earned reputation for quality and reliability, the engine room and mechanical spaces are well organized and precisely installed. Standard twin CAT C-32 diesels should provide a top speed of 26 knots and a cruise speed of 23 knots. Cheoy Lee, www.cheoyleena.com.
The Chris-Craft Corsair 33, the company's latest modern classic, looks to be another in a long line of standard setters that stretches back in company history to 1874. This easy-on-the-eyes cuddy cruiser follows the design cues-classic flared bow, deep-V hull, sculpted tumblehome aft-that have defined the Corsair line as a force to be reckoned with in the marine industry. Standard twin 280 hp Volvo Penta 5.7Gi Duoprops offer cruise speeds in the mid-30 mph range and a top speed in the mid-40s. Optional power includes MerCruiser or Volvo gas engines, or a pair of Volvo's D-6 diesels. Double-wide helm seats and a wraparound U-shaped aft bench will host eight in comfort, served from an entertainment center with wet bar and optional refrigerator or icemaker. Sun worshippers will appreciate easy access to the foredeck through the center-opening windshield. Below, there's a cherrywood interior with sleeping accommodations for four adults, a modern galley with stainless steel appliances, and an enclosed head with Tecma head. Chris-Craft, www.chriscraft.com.
The fall shows should see the debut of the much-anticipated Cranchi Mediterranee 47, an express cruiser of Italian ancestry customized for the U.S. market. Early photos show a cozy cockpit with modules that define functional areas: a centerline helm with molded wood consoles that is art itself; a helm seating module with three comfortably padded chairs, backed by a semi-circular wet bar; and a large sunpad aft with enough volume to hold a RIB or PWC. Interior photos are equally intriguing, showing contemporary seating, gleaming wood floors and a galley that stylishly hides appliances until they are needed. Preliminary specifications call for twin Volvo Penta D9 diesels producing 500 or 575 hp. Cranchi Marine, www.cranchiflorida.com.
Cruisers Yachts 477 Sports Sedan, the first new flybridge sedan in a number of years from this well-regarded builder of express yachts, is a well-considered design with the sleek, contemporary look of tomorrow's luxury cruiser today. From the waterline to the standard hardtop, the look is futuristic and sleek, and the ride is exemplary thanks to its deep-V hull, stepped chines and your choice of twin Volvo Penta 500 or 575 hp D9 V-drives or the company's new twin 370 hp IPS system-all mounted aft for optimal performance and increased usable volume. Two spacious staterooms with queen-size island berths and theraputic foam mattresses, an enormous "pantry" beneath the saloon cabin sole to hold stores for weeks of cruising, and a very livable saloon with dual-level windows for outstanding views of the world outside the yacht are all part of the livability planned in this spacious design. Ultraleather Flexsteel incliners and a sofa/sleeper, a 20-inch LCD TV and five-disc CD/DVD home theater and a galley with home-like amenities are just some of the standard features. Cruisers Yachts; www.cruisersyachts.com.
Combining comfort, pleasant onboard living and the performance of a planing hull, the Custom Line 128 is a trideck motoryacht from the highly regarded CRN technical team and Zuccon International. One recent example is Xs of London, notable for its well-protected aft cockpit, a "terrace on the sea," with couches for relaxing with friends or entertaining. Going forward on the main deck, ivory leather couches and a hideaway 42-inch plasma screen invite guests to relax indoors with sweeping views of surrounding waters. Cherry and Pacific madrona briar, bird's-eye maple briar and ivory alcantra gleam among luxurious marbles, fabrics and upholstery. The owner's suite is forward on the main deck, while below-deck accommodations are available for 10 guests and seven crew. Twin MTU 12V4000M90 engines offer a top speed of 26 knots and a cruising speed of 23 knots. An aft garage with innovative side openings houses a Castoldi waterjet tender and an Avon Sea Sport Jet 320. The upper deck will be popular in good weather, with features like a sun-protected lounge area, Jacuzzi, sun lounges and storage for two PWCs. Custom Line, www.customline-yacht.com. www.marinemax.com.
Tournament fishermen and their families will appreciate the new Egg Harbor 50 Sport Yacht, the largest design from this well-known New Jersey builder. The Michael Peters-designed next-generation bottom and a carefully engineered composite structure combine with a pair of CAT 700 hp C-12 or 1,000 hp C-18 high-performance diesels for an excellent open-water ride with outstanding range. The flybridge is roomy enough to please family and guests, with an amidships helm for excellent visibility all around. Cockpit fishing features include bait prep center with tackle drawers, sink, cutting board, freezer, large lift-out fishbox with macerator, live well with pump and much more. Accommodations for six include three spacious staterooms, two heads and a comfortable saloon with galley. Egg Harbor Yachts, www.eggharboryachts.com.
Originally debuted at last year's Genoa, Italy, show, the Fairline Targa 47 GT drew rave reviews for its beautifully engineered hardtop with sliding roof, spacious and livable cockpit and bridgedeck areas, as well as sparkling performance-top speeds from 32 to 35 knots depending on engine selection, which includes Volvo Penta's twin 480 hp TAMD 75P or 575 hp D9 diesels. The sunny aft cockpit has wraparound seating for six to eight people, plus a well-equipped meal preparation area. The bridgedeck has a large twin bench at the helm and an adjoining J-shaped lounge for those who want to enjoy the view ahead. Down below, a large saloon with comfortable seating for six features an entertainment system; a fully equipped galley and twin cabins with en suite heads offer a quiet getaway at anchor. The tender garage will accommodate a RIB or PWC. Fairline Boats, www.fairline.com.
The new Ferretti 550, 731 and 830 will be on display in Ft. Lauderdale this fall, bringing some of the best of Italian yachting to U.S. owners. The brand new 550 features a nifty table and large sofa next to the helm. The contemporary interior features open-port, varnished light oak, with wenge tiles in the galley and heads. The 731 boasts a splendid full-beam owner's cabin on the lower deck; Ferretti's designers also bring the sunshine in with two large ports in the hull. Luxurious opaque teak furnishings in the saloon are at once beautiful and comfortable. Besides providing a rakish accent, a forward-raked radar arch offers shade to those lounging on the flying bridge of the 830; meanwhile, a saloon below has a plasma TV, plus dining for the eight adults accommodated in the staterooms. Ferretti Yachts, www.ferretti-yachts.com. www.marinemax.com.
A new classic in the making, the Grand Banks 44 Heritage EU closely resembles the famous 42 Europa with covered side decks in profile, but features a Sparkman & Stephens modified deep-V hull with tunnels and underwater exhaust designed to run at a top speed of 25 knots with optional 500 hp diesels. Outstanding visibility from the saloon, galley up and lower helm is a given, but with its wider beam, living spaces will be even more comfortable. Interior styling by the U.K.-based Design Unlimited will be contemporary and light. Granite countertops and top-flight appliances will make the galley a pleasant working space. The layout includes a spacious, airy master stateroom forward with large island berth and en suite head, and a handsome guest stateroom with twin beds, which can also be configured as an office, across from the day head. Grand Banks, www.grandbanks.com.
Legendary offshore reliability and sophisticated luxury merge in the new Hatteras 64 Convertible, a three-stateroom, three-head design that includes a full-beam master-unique for its size range. A custom U-shaped sofa and 42-inch plasma TV in the saloon take relaxation to a new level, while the adjoining galley and saloon are close enough to stay in touch with the crowd. A 164-square-foot cockpit is rigged for serious fishing with a mezzanine deck that features a modular mix of freezers, live wells and insulated storage that can be configured to fit the owner's needs. The 186-square-foot flybridge features a helm positioned to keep close track of the action in the cockpit that includes plenty of rod storage below with wraparound seating for guests and observers. Electronics are concealed in a hydraulically controlled console, and the bridge can be fully enclosed as an option. Power options include twin CAT diesels from 1,550 to 1,800 hp, and 1,500 hp MTUs. Hatteras Yachts, www.hatterasyachts.com.
Gilman Yachts will show the new Horizon 70, a flybridge motoryacht with a 1,670-gallon fuel capacity and carrying 410 gallons of water for distance cruising. Beautiful high-gloss cherry and other exotic woods are used generously throughout the interior, which can be configured with three to five cabins plus a crew cabin. Wide side decks, well-placed stainless safety rails and an uncluttered teak swim platform with twin staircases leading up to the aft cabin make boarding and moving around on deck easy. The forward pilothouse spans the width of the deckhouse and has long side windows for good visibility to the sides and aft. Gilman Yachts, www.gilmanyachts.com.
The new Mochi Craft MaxiDolphin 74 is a flybridge cruiser meant for medium to long cruises, and as such is equipped with two helms to prevent unnecessary interruptions due to inclement weather. Accommodations for up to eight adults are provided in four cabins, including spacious master and VIP guest cabins with en suite heads. The cockpit is laid out with two sofas and a fixed table for dining in the open air, yet it is also low in profile-an interesting design achievement when you consider the garage beneath for a tender or a PWC. Elegantly styled and executed under the retro influence of classic 1950s design, the MaxiDolphin 74 is Mochi Craft's largest example of a lobster boat that is thoroughly Italian. Mochi Craft, www.mochicraft-yacht.com. www.marinemax.com.
Robust construction and reliable, long-range systems are a given on the new Nordhavn 55, but the surprising aspect of this new full-displacement design is the emphasis on enhanced interior accommodations. Comfort underway means more living space, and Nordhavn's designers have responded with an asymmetrical main saloon with plenty of comfortable seating and beautiful teak joinery that makes use of the port-side walkway space, while maintaining the same-level connection with the aft cockpit and starboard walkway. A high bow and freeboard provide excellent buoyancy and safety at sea, as well as more interior living volume and room for a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Broan trash compactor, GE dishwasher and top-loading freezer, fuel and water tankage and a large engine room. An efficient 330 hp John Deere diesel provides a 3,000 nautical mile range at 8.25 knots, or 1,500 nautical miles at 9.5 knots. Nordhavn, www.nordhavn.com.
Proudly poised at the top of the company's vaunted range of luxurious, production sportfishermen, the Ocean 73 Super Sport possesses an enviable standard equipment list that addresses life aboard as carefully as it does serious fishing needs. The four-stateroom, four-head layout features a full-beam master stateroom in the center of the boat, where motion is greatly minimized; two guest staterooms flank the center walkway and a VIP guest room forward. The saloon and well-equipped galley are trimmed in teak or optional cherry, and the cockpit includes a protected mezzanine deck for those waiting to fish or just watching. An enclosed flybridge is available, but the view from the top remains spectacular in either configuration. Power choices include twin CAT or MTU diesels from 1,570 to a whopping 2,000 hp. Ocean Yachts, www.oceanyachtsinc.com.
The Pershing 62 is a sophisticated express cruiser that can transport up to 16 people for entertaining or comfortably accommodate six in style and luxury. In the master cabin, livability and privacy are paramount, with features like a built-in vanity and a king-size island bed with remote-control inclining backrest. There are also quarters for a professional crew. Twin 1,550 hp MAN diesels turning Arneson Surface Drives can propel this deep-V hull to an exhilarating top speed of 46 knots when the conditions are right, and cut down the amount of time between desirable destinations. The main deck houses the upper saloon with helm forward, opening overhead hatch, twin sport seating to starboard of the helmsman's chair and curvaceous couch seating with excellent views all around. A large sunpad sits atop the garage, sized for a RIB stowed sideways. Pershing Yachts, www.pershing.com. www.marinemax.com.
For those who want to make a statement, the Riva 52 Rivale is most emphatic. From its sharply sculpted design lines to its congenially intimate cockpit, the 52 Rivale is every inch a Riva. Twin MAN 900 hp diesels are standard, giving a projected maximum speed of 38.5 knots and a cruising speed of 35 knots. Optional MAN 1,100 hp diesels raise those figures to 41 and 37 knots, respectively. Sophisticated woods and fabrics invite the owner and guests to enjoy the comforts of an ultra-contemporary saloon, and retire to the very private master forward and guest stateroom aft. Crew quarters aft can double as another guest stateroom, or an optional layout offers two aft cabins. Riva Yachts, www.riva-yacht.com. www.marinemax.com.
The new Silverton 45 Convertible joins four other multi-mission models ranging from 34 to 48 feet that are designed to satisfy your cruising, entertaining or fishing needs-all in one trip. Flybridges are configured tournament style, with loads of space for fishing and navigation electronics, comfortable seating forward for family members and guests, and a centerline helm set well enough aft to keep a close eye on the fishermen in the cockpit. This three-stateroom, two-head layout will sleep the family in comfort as easily as it will entertain a crowd in the large saloon and wide-open cockpit. The saloon features Ultraleather seating, a Bose 3-2-1 sound system and rich cherrywood joinery. Corian countertops, Sub-Zero undercounter refrigerator and freezer and a microwave/convection standard support the chef's efforts in the modern galley. Silverton Marine, www.silverton.com.
Style and performance are paramount in Sunseeker's Manhattan 66, Predator 72 and Predator 82-all of which will debut in Ft. Lauderdale this fall. Like its 50-foot sistership, the Manhattan 66 is a built-to-order, semi-custom yacht that lets owners choose the equipment, layout and interior design option that best fit their requirements. The new Predator 72 and 82 will embody luxurious accommodations and outdoor entertaining, but will keep the focus on performance with twin 2,000 hp MTU diesels turning Arneson Surface Drives that can top out at 45 knots. Sunseeker, www.sunseeker.com.
Heart Marine will display its Symbol 45 Fast Trawler, a Jack Sarin-designed Symbol 88 Raised-Pilothouse motoryacht, and Jannace 430 Convertible sportfisherman. The 45 Fast Trawler, a mid-year introduction, will appeal to those who want to cruise efficiently as well as those who want more speed between ports. This well-equipped two-stateroom cruiser can be configured as a single- or twin-engine yacht, drawing on 750 gallons of fuel. The 43 Convertible is a new venture into the sportfishing market, a deep-V hull designed by Charlie Jannace, who also did Blackfin's designs. Twin 700 hp CATs give 30-plus knot speeds, the 110-square-foot cockpit is fully rigged for fishing, and the two-cabin interior features a state-of-the-art entertainment package and top-quality galley appliances. Heart Marine, www.heartmarine.com.
For those who think fishing can be a family affair, the Tiara 3900 Convertible offers a perfect blend of serious fishing features and family amenities. The flybridge features a pod-style helm console with seats for the helmsman and navigator, plus forward-facing bench-seats for those who appreciate a heightened view ahead. The cockpit is filled with standard fishing features, including integrated bait prep center, tackle drawers and trays and in-floor storage boxes. The main cabin offers two L-shaped lounges, one of which converts to a double berth, plus an entertainment center with a 26-inch flat-screen TV, and large tinted side windows to cut down glare. An optional forward window is engineered to be as sturdy as the hull itself. The galley has voluminous storage above and below the sole, and a full complement of appliances for cruising vacations. Two cabins below and forward accommodate four adults comfortably, while the head includes a cylindrical shower compartment. Tiara Yachts, www.tiarayachts.com.
Manufactured in precision molds made with its own five-axis router, the new Viking 68 Convertible achieves additional strength and integrity that only close tolerances can permit. The bottom derives from Viking's proven modified-V running surface, with a 15-degree deadrise at transom and prop pockets that help minimize draft and lower the engine and shaft angle for more efficient propulsion and optimal weight distribution. Designer fabrics and hand-finished teak grace the interior of this four-stateroom, four-head layout. Granite countertops, sturdy pull-out drawers and Sub-Zero undercounter refrigeration top a list of standout galley features. When the crew tires of looking at the beauty outside through large frameless windows, there's a 42-inch plasma TV, part of a sumptuous-sounding home entertainment system, to keep them occupied. An observation mezzanine in the cockpit provides stowage for tackle and other fishing gear, a large bait freezer and engineroom access. Viking Yachts, www.vikingyachts.com.