Between the boat-show debuts in Miami and Palm Beach, Florida, and the European shipyards preparing to launch mega-yachts this spring ahead of the summer cruising season, the waterways from the Mediterranean to the Bahamas are about to become flush with a new crop of head-turning designs.
Perhaps the most noteworthy is Phi, Royal Huisman’s 192-footer (shown above) that is below 500 gross tons, making it by far the longest motoryacht in that category—anywhere in the world. Cor D. Rover designed the yacht, which was delivered to the owner in early December.
Phi will take to the water alongside quite a few other new models in all size ranges and styles. The following offers a taste of the lines and features that yachtsmen will soon be able to savor.
Sunseeker 90 Ocean: Expanded Beach Club
One of the focal points on the Sunseeker 90 Ocean is the beach club, which is just shy of 250 square feet. The space allows for a built-in barbecue, an oversize rain shower, and Sunseeker’s X-Tend sun beds that can transform to face forward or aft, depending on how guests want to use them.
Another notable relaxation area is at the yacht’s foredeck, which has sun pads with adjustable backrests, as well as the ability to transform into an open-air cinema with a 140-inch screen. Inside, the Sunseeker 90 Ocean has accommodations for 10 guests and quarters for four crewmembers. Range is up to 1,800 nautical miles at 12 knots, according to Sunseeker, with the ability to top out at 26 knots, if the need arises to push the boat to the pins.
Columbus Atlantique 47: Designed for Adventure
Hull No. 1 of the 154-foot Columbus Atlantique 47 has been sold, with delivery to the owners expected in 2023. The yacht is intended for adventurous cruising, with a steel hull and a projected range of 3,400 nautical miles at 12 knots. Cruising speed is expected to be 14.5 knots, with a top hop of 15.5 knots.
Hot Lab in Italy is the designer on the project, which has two swimming pools as well as a beach club with foldout platforms. Accommodations are for 10 guests, including a full-beam master stateroom on the main deck, with quarters for nine crewmembers. Columbus Yachts is also promising some eco-friendly design elements, such as onboard water purifiers and a propulsion system with low fuel consumption.
Invictus GT320S: Yamaha Outboard Power
The Invictus GT320S just made its world debut at Boot in Düsseldorf, Germany. The boat comes with twin 300 hp Yamaha outboards but can take up to 900 total horsepower. No matter the outboard configuration, the space that normally would have gone to a sterndrive engine room is instead a relaxation area for guests.
And the GT320S gives owners options in addition to the powerplants: The standard portside door can be replaced with a folding terrace, while the standard Bimini top can be automated or replaced with a carbon hardtop that has integrated lighting. Eight color combinations are offered, and the shipyard has a team that’s dedicated to handling whatever custom one-off requests owners can dream up.
Viking 90C: A New Sport-Fishing Flagship
Building on the legacy of its Viking 92, which saw 21 hulls built in seven years’ time, Viking Yachts in New Jersey is offering a new flagship model: the 90C. Three versions are available (Open Bridge, Enclosed Bridge and Sky Bridge), each with a six-stateroom layout that includes a full-beam master stateroom.
The Open and Enclosed Bridge versions can be outfitted with a tuna tower from Viking subsidiary Palm Beach Towers, and owners can customize the electronics and entertainment systems on all three versions by working with Viking subsidiary Atlantic Marine Electronics. In all configurations, fishing enthusiasts will have a 224-square-foot cockpit whose sole is reinforced for a fighting chair, along with multiple fish boxes. This is the ultimate fishing yacht.