The Miami Yacht Show celebrated its 30th edition in February, with a boatload of North American debuts from yacht builders around the world. There was a boat for everyone. Here are highlights on yachts that made statements at the show.
1. Azimut’s 35 Metri
Azimut’s 27 Metri is a bold departure for the Italian builder. Designer Stefano Righini created a forward-looking masterpiece with the 88-footer’s exterior, combining features like a snub-nose bow and square stern with arguably the most glass in its class, including a huge picture window in the master suite. Azimut also took the unusual step of hiring one of the world’s most sought-after residential architects, Achille Salvagni, to create a gentle, flowing interior that stands in counterpoint to Righini’s muscular exterior. Using natural light, soft curves, and custom furniture, Salvagni created such a wonderful sanctuary that the orders were much higher than anticipated. Of course, Azimut also contributed to this breakthrough yacht with an all-carbon-fiber superstructure that let it expand the size of the flybridge without slowing the yacht down. The Azimut Grande 27 Metri will reach 27 knots. The yacht at Miami show has a four-stateroom layout, though there is the option of a fifth; and quarters for two or three crew.
2. Custom Line Navetta 33
The interior of the Custom Line Navetta 33 was designed by the company’s in-house design team, along with direction from Antonella Ferrari, granddaughter of Enzo Ferrari of the Italian car dynasty. The Navetta 33 was a special launch this fall for the Italian yacht maker and its Ferretti Group parent, basically because it symbolized a new era for its long-revered Navetta series. Instead of a traditional naveta, think the Italian version of a down-east trawler but more stylish, Custom Line wanted to inject cosmopolitan and residential elements into the interior, while also being mindful that many people like to spend weeks aboard.
At the very heart of the project was the desire to combine the yacht’s big interior volumes with liveability and sleek, contemporary lines. That approach is more typical of yachts with quite different features and performance levels. In other words, think custom superyacht rather than a series build like the 108-foot Navetta 33.
The contemporary design, however, blurs the line between the two. The interior design goals were to remove as many structural obstacles as possible between the interior and exterior. That involved using large windows with no interior partitions, fewer bulkheads, and clearer lines of sight from one end of the interior to the other. The ceiling and black-walnut bulkheads follow an orderly pattern of geometric lines that works well with the modern decor. With Antonella Ferrari’s guiding interior design, Custom Line used custom furniture by Poltrona Frau, Paola Lenti, Zimmer + Rohde, Poliform, Casamance, Elka Design, Dedon, and Mariaflora to help establish the high-end residential feel. The very straight edges and clean look of the bulkheads and parquet floors look more waterfront home than traditional yacht. The designers also made sure to place contemporary paintings in the main lounge and master stateroom, with their own dedicated lighting systems, in positions where they can be viewed from all angles. Navetta is a floating art gallery.
3. Riva 56 Rivale
Riva’s new 56 Rivale is the ultimate ocean cruiser, with a high, protected bow and planning hull that can reach 38 knots with twin 1,200 hp MAN engines. The intricate, open cockpit is exceptionally well-designed. The double-size white sun bed at the stern, surrounded by teak stairs on either side, carries the Rivale’s simple, elegant look, while, further forward, two white lounges sit along the port side of the hull. A wet bar and exterior galley are along the other side. Like all Rivas, details distinguish the brand.
The Rivale’s helm station has an all-glass, touchscreen cockpit, stainless steering wheel with a white leather cover, throttles placed discreetly along the side, and air-conditioning vents for hot weather. The slender, black roll bar with a black radome on top is equal parts artistic and functional. Teak defines the cockpit and walkways to the bow, leading to another double sun bed. Even the 56’s bow is fine art, with a sculpted steel horn and teak panel on the foredeck with a beautiful angular pattern.
The Rivale 56 also has technical details that are complex to engineer but do not impede the simple look. The swim platform submerges beneath the water to allow the tender to be unloaded. When the platform is down, steps designed into the port-side hull allow people to climb up from the water. This simple but ingenious solution allowed Riva to do away with the ladder that typically clutters the stern. In the same way, an electrohydraulic bimini top slides in and out from the sides for instant shade, disappearing when not needed.
The Rivale’s interior is defined by dark mahogany, lacquered hardwoods, dark leather coverings, and white fabrics that convey a sense of richness without being flashy. The two staterooms employ similar colour schemes and include white-leather-covered headboards and dark leather bedside tables. The crew quarters can be replaced by a third guest stateroom by owners who operate their own Rivali.
4. Arcadia Sherpa
Unlike the shadow vessels of old that were repurposed commercial supply ships, the 55-foot Arcadia Yachts Sherpa was conceived from the ground up and designed to be flexible. Depending on its layout and furnishings, the Sherpa can serve as a superyacht’s shadow boat for toting tenders and toys, a support vessel for an oceanfront villa, a fishing boat, a party boat with all that deck space, or a family-style cruiser with plenty of space for sunning.
Named for the Nepalese people who are often hired to guide and support mountain climbers in the Himalayas, the Sherpa is available in two superstructure configurations: an open deck, which is suited to carrying gear and other utilitarian purposes, and a saloon deck, which features a glass-enclosed living space on the main deck. The below-deck area can be configured with one, two, or three cabins, and the glass-enclosed upper deck includes the bridge, galley, and dining area.
The Sherpa is constructed with lightweight materials to enhance fuel efficiency, and the solar panels that are built into the superstructure power most of the onboard systems. The boat has a top speed of 25 knots and cruises at 20 knots, and the Volvo IPS propulsion allows you or your captain to easily manoeuvre up to and away from the dock.
5. Frauscher 1017 Lido
Frauscher has stood for tradition and quality since 1927. For three generations now, it has been building yachts that inspire boating professionals and enthusiasts all over the world.
The virtuosic design, impressive performance and excellent quality are a joy to all adventurous spirits. A lot has happened since Engelbert Frauscher set to realise his lifelong dream in 1927. With innovative ideas, excellent craftsmanship and a passion for boatbuilding, he created a legacy that would endure.
Frauscher’s aim from the outset was to launch two different models in the 1017 project. The 1017 Lido is the “open-hearted sister” of the powerful Frauscher 1017 GT. She is a joy to handle and offers maximum comfort with its functional fittings. The versatile on-deck equipment has the simple stylishness of typical Frauscher design, giving the Frauscher 1017 Lido a uniquely elegant lounge style. She has charms of her own, offering a superb mix of comfort and performance for both crew and passengers.
Climbing into the water and back on board is easy with this premium bathing ladder with three retractable teak steps. The ladder can even be extended from the water. It is one of the standard fittings on all Frauscher boats. The is fitted good sound system. Frauscher also offers customised entertainment solutions to meet the needs of all boating audiophiles.