6 Must-See Owner-Operator Yachts

From flybridge motoryachts and dayboats to catamarans and angling machines, these are six yachts that will catch your attention.

Bayliss 67 Overtime
Overtime is intended to fish hard, so much so that the interior companionway has a built-in tackle display and stowage. Courtesy Bayliss Boatworks

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Bayliss 67 Overtime: Custom Fishing Machine

Bayliss Boats in North Carolina started construction on Overtime in August 2020. The yacht was completed in November 2022, two months ahead of schedule. Overtime has standard equipment, such as a Seakeeper stabilizer, Furuno’s Omni sonar and Northern Lights generators, while custom features include what Bayliss calls “an elaborate live well circulating system” that the owner plans to use for a substantial fishing program based out of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Inside, Overtime is the second Bayliss constructed with a walnut interior, which the yard calls “sleek and bold.” There’s a three-stateroom, two-head layout for longer itineraries, and the tackle room is designed like a showroom, with walnut, granite and a cork wall.

Riviera 46 Sports Motor Yacht
The Riviera 46 Sports Motor Yacht has a 660-gallon fuel capacity. Courtesy Riviera Yachts

Riviera 46 Sports Motor Yacht: Made For Family Fun

The Riviera 46 Sports Motor Yacht is an owner-operator-friendly vessel with hand-laid fiberglass construction, notable performance, and fun and function to spare. These yachts are intended to be used for family cruising as well as adventurous getaways, with a cockpit that’s set up for entertaining, with amenities such as an electric grill, a wet bar, a sink and stowage. Just forward is a covered alfresco deck that extends the interior salon’s living space into the outdoors. Accommodations include three staterooms and two heads for comfortable family voyages, with air conditioning throughout.  There are two power options for the 46 Sport Motor Yacht—both from Volvo Penta: a twin 600 hp IPS800 or 725 hp IPS950 diesel. 

Invictus TT420
Invictus Yachts says the TT420 has enough seating capacity for 14 people to head out on the water. Courtesy Invictus Yachts

Invictus TT420: Christian Grande Design

The Invictus TT420 made its debut in January in Europe, joining what is now a four-boat TT model range from the Italian builder. The boat’s lines are based on its bigger sibling, the TT460, with an integral glass windshield. Note the high bulwarks all around for safety on board, as well as the folding tables amidships that can convert into a relaxation area protected by the hardtop. Owners can opt for a hydraulic device aft to help launch the tender, a feature not commonly found aboard boats in this size range. Power is twin 440 hp Volvo Penta D6 engines in a sterndrive configuration. Look for the Invictus TT420 to become available in a new color, vogue white, which will also be available on the TT460 going forward.

Hylas M49
The Hylas M49 was scheduled to make its debut at the recent Miami International Boat Show. Courtesy Devin Conway

Hylas M49: Ready To Roam

Hylas Yachts, long known for its Taiwanese-built sailboats, now has three powerboats among its offerings. The M49, shown here, joins the M44 and the M58 in the power lineup. The M49’s design is by New Zealand’s Salthouse, whose background is in Down East vessels with a commercial-fishing and offshore-angling heritage. Hylas says the helm station has no blind spots from stem to stern. Amenities for onboard entertaining include a refrigerator, a barbecue and a dinette. Accommodations include two staterooms and two heads, with an optional washing machine for couples or families that expect to be on board for longer cruising itineraries. Power is a pair of 370 hp Yanmars, and the boat has a fuel capacity just shy of 240 gallons.

VisionF 60
The VisionF 60 will be built of GRP, unlike its larger sistership, which is constructed in aluminum. Courtesy VisionF Yachts

VisionF 60: Coming In Spring 2024

Turkish builder VisionF Yachts is adding a VisionF 60 power catamaran to its offerings, which also include the VisionF 80. The yard is promising a wealth of options for the 60’s layout, with the galley on the main deck or in one of the hulls, and with three or four staterooms for overnight accommodations. One of the staterooms can be outfitted as a gym, and crew quarters can be included at the stern or the bow. Solar panels can be added to the roof for more eco-friendly cruising. Note the platform that’s aft between the hulls; it’s a high-low design that can be used for swimming or to raise the tender out of the water. Power for the mothership will be a pair of 360 hp Volvo Penta IPS600s, with the builder projecting a top speed of 21 knots. 

Azimut S7
The Azimut S7 pairs sporty performance with fuel consumption that’s reportedly 20 to 30 percent lower than similar boats. Courtesy Azimut Yachts

Azimut S7: Triple Pod Propulsion

Azimut’s S7 is designed for lower fuel consumption than competing models. To help make that possible, the Italian builder used carbon fiber for  construction on quite a bit of the upper part of the yacht. The idea was to preserve the S7’s center of gravity (and, thus, guest comfort on board) while reducing the vessel’s overall weight. The result, according to Azimut, is a 30 percent reduction in weight as well as a 15 percent reduction in typical roll momentum. The S7’s layout includes four staterooms, thanks to extra interior volume that the use of space-saving IPS engines affords. There’s also a cabin for a crew member. Azimut says that with the triple 800 hp Volvo Penta IPS1050s installed, the S7 has a reported maximum speed of 35 knots. 

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