Here They Come

With fall boat-show season about to begin, new launches are set to premiere in Europe — and many will head to U.S. shores next.

Otam 80HT Mystere
The Otam 80HT Mystere, with a top speed just above 48 knots, is scheduled to debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival.Andrea Muscatello

It almost seems unfair that the Monaco Yacht Show and Cannes Yachting Festival are held ahead of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show each autumn. The Europeans get a first look at some of the newest models while we Americans have to practice our patience.

And yet, if the photos in these pages are any indication, this year's launches from many of the world's top builders are going to be worth the wait to savor, like the long-anticipated dessert in a nine-course tasting. Shipyards are premiering all sizes and styles of yachts, ranging from a Swan 95 fast cruiser to Evo's shape-shifting 42-foot WA to Tankoa's first S501 ­superyacht, the 163-foot Vertige.

Sanlorenzo SX88
The Sanlorenzo SX88, with a top speed of 23 knots.Courtesy Sanlorenzo
Numarine 62 Fly
The Numarine 62 Fly, built with all-LED lighting.Courtesy Numarine
Swan 95 LOT99
The Swan 95 LOT99, with a semi-raised salon.Eva-Stina Kjellman
Tankoa Vertige
The 163-foot Tankoa Vertige, the first hull in the S501 series.Alberto Cocchi
Azimut 60
The Azimut 60, a model update with interiors by Achille Salvagni.Courtesy Azimut
Ferretti Yachts 920
The Ferretti Yachts 920, with backlit overheads.Courtesy Ferretti Yachts
Evo WA
The 42-foot Evo WA, whose aft sections slide out to add deck space.Courtesy Evo
Benetti Fast 125 Skyler
The Benetti Fast 125 Skyler, with opening balconies to port and starboard in the master stateroom.Andrea Muscatello
Otam 80HT
The Otam 80HT, with silk and cashmere carpeting.Courtesy Otam

Technical innovations are expected too. The 62 Fly is Numarine’s first yacht designed with all-LED lighting. Sanlorenzo is debuting its SX88, built with ­low-environmental-impact materials and methods, as well as its first 52Steel, Seven Sins. At 170 feet length overall, she’s the largest-ever Sanlorenzo. The Benetti Fast 125 Skyler has new Rolls-Royce Azipull propulsion developed specifically for the Fast 125 hull — a system Benetti calls “the most technologically advanced on the market.”

Other builders are evolving previous models to expand on what buyers say they like. The Ferretti Yachts 920 is a new hull design with an interior décor updated from the 850, while the Otam 80HT Mystere shows how that model operates with twin 2,600 hp MTUs versus the previous 80HT’s quad power plants. (Otam says Mystere topped 48 knots during sea trials.)

European yachtsmen will get the first taste of these beauties, but Americans will have the last bite come November at FLIBS. For now, let’s savor the anticipation.

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