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Is there any more relaxing place than at anchor in a favorite quiet anchorage, with the engines powered down and the chilled beverages served up?
It can be easy, in those moments of bliss, to forget about all the design, engineering and craftsmanship that go into making every onboard detail perfect. Getting an eye on all of those fineries is, instead, what boat-show season is all about: a chance to poke and prod every nook and cranny on new model after new model until you find just the right one for enjoying your go-to harbor.
In this article, we take a look at some of the boats expected to be on the docks at boat shows this autumn. We’re thrilled to report that the designers, engineers and craftsmen have been hard at work coming up with even more ways for all of us to enjoy the best of the boating lifestyle.
wallypower58: Stylish Evolution
Whereas most of the yachts in the wallypower line have taken their styling cues from the wallytender, the wallypower58 draws its inspiration from the wallypower118 that launched back in 2003. “At Wally, we often say that our yachts are 20 years ahead of their time, and, in this case, that’s very much the reality,” Stefano de Vivo, Wally’s managing director, said in announcing the new model. Key features include overnight accommodations for our people; folding bulwarks that expand the onboard space by about 270 square feet; and the option of adding a crew berth, say, if the wallypower58 is going to be used as a chase boat for a superyacht. A hydraulic swim platform is another option; guests can use it as a submerged teak beach.
Benetti B.Yond 37M: A Return to Steel
Benetti Yachts in Italy launched Hull No. 1 of the B.Yond 37M in July. The 121-foot hull is built in steel instead of the more common fiberglass, and it has an E-Mode Hybrid system by Siemens Energy to reduce emissions. The yacht can switch from mechanical to electric propulsion and back again, giving owners four operating modes. In full electric mode, Benetti says, the yacht has zero emissions; in Eco Transfer mode, range is 8,200 nautical miles at 9 knots. For accommodations, owners can choose to locate the master stateroom on the main or bridge deck. Overall, there are options allowing for as many as seven guest staterooms, depending on whether owners want certain gymnasium or crew spaces on board.
Canados Gladiator 571 Blade: 50-plus knots
The Gladiator line from Canados includes seven models from 41 to 96 feet length overall. The Gladiator 571 Blade takes its design cues from the Gladiator 493—one of the builder’s bestselling models—with features such as a central steering position, built-in foredeck lounge pads, and oversize sun pads fore and aft. The design firm Saturia Studio in Rome also added new features, including a reversed sofa at the swim platform for watersports fans, side lockers for fenders in the cockpit, and a larger tender garage. Inboard- and outboard-power versions of the Gladiator 571 Blade are available, with the base-model 725 hp Volvo Penta D11s providing a reported 36-knot top hop. Optional powerplants increase that speed well above 50 knots.
Maiora 30 Eden: A Sizable Flybridge
The latest hull of the Maiora 30 has been christened Eden. It’s a walkaround version of the vessel, with a flybridge that has almost 1,300 square feet of space without any steps or stairs to interrupt the flow of guests. This Maiora 30 is also the first to be fitted with a custom teak-and-glass hot tub that has room for five adults, with infinity-style views all around. Another notable guest space is at the stern, where what the builder calls a terrace connects to the salon for indoor-outdoor entertaining. Tender stowage is forward, with a garage that can hold a tender more than 19 feet long. Maximum speed, according to the builder, is 23 knots, with stabilizers that operate both underway and at anchor for comfort during long-distance cruising itineraries.
Ferretti Yachts 860: Features Galore
The Ferretti Yachts 860 is a flybridge model with numerous features that the Italian builder says are unusual in this size range. There are sole-to-ceiling windows as well as glass fashion plates in the exterior design. Inside is a helical staircase that leads down below from the main deck, with an art deco influence in the styling. There are opening windows in both hullsides allowing for fresh air at anchor, and there are four staterooms, including an amidships master. Crew quarters are separate, with en suite double cabins. Base power is twin 2,000 hp MAN V-12s for a reported cruising speed of 27 knots and a top-end of 32 knots. A pair of 1,800 hp MANs is an option, as is a Seakeeper or Zero Speed system for stabilization.
Custom Line 140: A New Flagship
There’s good reason for the celebration that accompanied the recent launch of the Custom Line 140: It’s the largest yacht the Ferretti Group brand has ever built, and it now serves as the Custom Line flagship. According to the builder, the high-speed displacement hull allows for a top hop of 21.5 knots. Spaciousness is the theme inside, with a nearly 325-square-foot wide-body owners’ stateroom on the main deck. Owners can opt for an opening terrace here to add even more connection to the sea. Four additional guest staterooms are belowdecks, and there are separate quarters for seven crew. Custom Line is also touting the yacht’s level of “acoustic comfort,” with silenced engine-exhaust systems and machinery supports to reduce vibration.
Hinckley SilentJet: A Hybrid Power Upgrade
The Hinckley Company just introduced SilentJet, a hybrid power update to the Picnic Boat 40 S that allows the yacht to operate silently, including without a generator at anchor. The builder has been working on the idea since 2017, when it introduced the electric Dasher model. The Hinckley team worked with Twin Disc to develop the final concept and integrate it with the Hinckley JetStick control system. With the SilentJet system engaged on the Hinckley Picnic Boat 40 S, the company says, the boat can cruise at 7 knots for at least one hour and at 5.5 knots for as long as 90 minutes. Given that this is a hybrid system, there’s also diesel power available. In that mode, the same boat can reportedly achieve a top-end speed of 35 knots.
ISA Classic 65: 212 Feet of Fun
Christened Resilience, the ISA Classic 65 has a steel hull, an aluminum superstructure and a gross tonnage of more than 1,400. There’s a full-beam master stateroom forward on the main deck, in addition to five more guest staterooms. Space can be converted to create a seventh guest stateroom if it’s needed. Aft, the transom door opens to sit flush with the swim platform, adding to the space from opening side doors to allow for more than 1,900 square feet of beach club. Features here include a gym, sauna, showers and massage room. Guests can access the rest of the yacht from here in three ways, including via a corridor that has an enclosed-glass space with views of the engine room and its MTU 12V powerplants.
Riva 102′ Corsaro Super: Top Speed of 28 knots
The Riva 102′ Corsaro Super is a successor to the 100′ Corsaro, which the builder says has been among its bestsellers in recent years. The 102′ has an updated design in the superstructure and hull, creating what Riva calls a contemporary sport concept. Aerodynamics were improved with the addition of glass fashion plates aft. For guest relaxation, gunwales swing out on each side of the main deck to create terraces with panoramic views. Accommodations are for 10 guests in five staterooms. The main deck’s primary living space can be ordered in one of two ways, depending on what owners want closest to the aft deck: a focus on dining with a table at the stern, or a focus on lounging aft that sees the dining space moved amidships.
Pursuit OS 445: Series Flagship
The OS 445 is the new flagship of Pursuit’s Offshore series and the largest boat the builder has ever produced. It’s made for fishing and family cruising alike. Anglers get transom and gunwale rod holders, a transom livewell, three fish boxes totaling 239 gallons, and a setup ready to install downriggers. For cruising, there are yacht-style bulwarks for secure passage to the foredeck seating area, as well as a galley-up design on the bridge deck for entertaining. Itineraries can include weekends on the hook, with a master stateroom that has a queen-size island berth, and a second stateroom for kids or guests. According to Pursuit, triple Yamaha F425 outboards produce a top-end speed above 42 knots, with a range of 349 nautical miles at 26 knots.
Princess Y85: Expanding the Range
Princess Yachts continues to expand its Y Class Motor Yacht range, which includes the Y72 and Y78. The new Y85 is the flagship until later this year, when the Y95 is scheduled to launch. For the Y85, the builder is offering owners various ways to spec out the onboard space. Up on the flybridge, owners can add an optional tender and crane for tender stowage, or replace the sun pad with a hot tub and free-standing furniture. Down in the cockpit, owners can choose a traditional U-shaped dining arrangement, a central table with free-standing furniture or the builder’s “infinity” layout with seating on an electrically sliding mechanism that helps to create more of a beach-club ambience in this part of the yacht.