These are the boats you won't want to miss at the 28th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
The Reymond Langton–designed Excellence V, from Abeking & Rasmussen, is the latest in a series of yachts Herb Chambers has built. Chambers is all about excellence in life, business and yachting.
This is another of Abeking & Rasmussen’s 78-meter custom series featuring the shipyard’s own naval architecture and engineering. Under the leadership of the late Hermann Schaedla, who took over the shipyard in 1959, Abeking & Rasmussen developed and built technologically advanced projects. All of the yachts built on this 256-foot platform include a tender-launching system unique to A&R.
Shortly before its 100th anniversary, Abeking & Rasmussen signed a contract for the largest yacht it had built to date. The first of several hulls exceeding 255 feet was launched in 2008. Originally ordered by Connecticut car dealer Herb Chambers, owner of Excellence III, the yacht was reportedly sold in the last few months of construction and launched by her new owner, rumored to be Russian, as Eminence.
This dark-hulled yacht, project 6479, is Eminence’s sistership. Vanity Fair in one its “New Establishment” Lists (their Top 100) identified the owner as a Forbes-ranked Wharton Business School graduate whose diversified investments have fared well this year (he is a Forbes-ranked billionaire). He previously cruised on a 188-foot yacht.
Amaryllis, a yacht by Abeking + Rasmussen launched in fall 2011, features a Reymond Langton Design. She offered quite a contrast to Mogambo, docked next to her at the Genoa Show. Her restrained exterior styling, with a classic navy and white paint scheme, belies an ornate décor inspired by the French Belle Epoque and Art Déco.
When Alexander Dreyfoos decided to test his next boat he went to one of the world’s windiest, nastiest, most dangerous navigation areas—the North Sea. Three and a half years later he invited us to see his new yacht, Silver Cloud, on much calmer waters in Palm Beach, Florida.