Making Waves: Picchio Boat
This 71-foot catamaran by designer Christian Grande may well be the yacht world’s response to the slow-food movement. It celebrates going slow and making time to enjoy nature and family. Nothing will escape guests on board this boat. Even the floor is put to good use to showcase the elements.
Fort Lauderdale 2012: Chris-Craft Catalina 29 Sun Tender
Low-profiled and sleek, the Catalina 29 Sun Tender is a speedy center console from Florida-based Chris-Craft. With U-shaped bench seats both in the bow and stern plus two seats forward and aft of the center console, this compact tender is more than capable of ferrying a group of friends and family.
Fort Lauderdale 2012: Sealine 42
UK-based builder Sealine has new owners, a new CEO and an exciting new line of boats. We had the luck of testing a couple of the new models and fell head over heels for this 42-footer, an absolute gem for fun in the sun. Docked for a few days at the Marriott Marina in Fort Lauderdale earlier this year, the boat became party central and it is no wonder.
Fort Lauderdale 2012: Prestige 500 Fly
Part of French boating group Beneteau, Prestige showcases this attractive 50-footer that combines harmonious design, power and safety. Wide side decks, a sun pad forward, a spacious aft deck sheltered by the nicely appointed flybridge, a swim platform and a hydraulic gangway facilitate life outdoors.
Fort Lauderdale 2012: Sessa Fly 45
The first hull of the 46-foot flybridge model debuted in Cannes last year and was shown at the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami in 2012 when we had an opportunity to get aboard. Equipped with a hydraulic swim platform, this compact flybridge yacht boasts a particularly large flybridge, which was extended aft and is capable of hosting 10 guests.
Fort Lauderdale 2012: Riva Virtus 63
The Riva Virtus is a superb dayboat loaded with amenities. With an LOA of just 64 feet, the boat features amazing spaces inside and out. The main deck has two sun pads—one fore, one aft—and plenty of seating surrounding the helm controls but, in case of bad weather, an electro-hydraulically operated bimini top provides shelter.
Fort Lauderdale 2012: Lazzara LSX64
Lazzara Yachts introduces the newest model in its express-style yacht series, currently ranging in size from 64 to 92 feet. Following in the footsteps of its first yacht in the series, the LSX 76 (now LSX 78), the 64 features great styling, bright decks and IPS Volvo propulsion.
Fort Lauderdale 2012: Horizon E56
A US debut from this Taiwanese builder, the E56 is an attractive and compact yacht that boasts great use of interior space. The generous aft deck leads into a salon, dining area and open galley. A large windshield and side windows allow lots of natural light to pour inside and keep the boat open to the sea.
Fort Lauderdale 2012: Cerri 102 Flyingsport
The Rodriguez Group introduces the latest Cerri 102 “Flyingsport” from an Italian boutique shipyard building production yachts in composite. This particular model features a very attractive main deck with high ceilings and plenty of windows and skylights to provide a sense of space.
Fort Lauderdale 2012: Delta - Arianna
Custom-ordered projects are always a challenge, but Delta’s latest launch shows the yard has the power to bring an owner’s dream to life. With a South Seas-inspired interior and space for 12 guests, Arianna will provide the owner and guests—or 12 lucky charter guests—an unforgettable journey.
Fort Lauderdale 2012: Copasetic
Copasetic, at 141 feet (43 meters), was built in 2006 in Canada. She is a proven high-endurance world cruiser combining the character of a commercial research vessel with the luxury of a private yacht. A global range of 8,000 miles enables journeys to remote and exotic locales, all of which can be viewed from the open-air dining on the main aft deck.
Making Waves: Three’s Company, According To Guido de Groot
Will this be the year of the trimaran? The recent delivery of a tri-hull project in China made quite a bit of noise throughout the yachting industry and other three-hulled projects are in the works. Yacht designer Guido de Groot has been working with Mobimar in Finland to develop a yacht application for the trimaran that the shipyard is building for commercial use.
Johnson 103 RPH Diamond Girl: Sleight of Hand
In a famous World War II-vintage photograph by Yousuf Karsh, Winston Churchill’s image is captured in a characteristically hulking pose, looking for all the world larger than his true height of 5’7”. By virtue of its megayacht-like posture and proportions, Johnson Yachts’ newest offering, a 103’ raised pilot house design by fellow Brit Bill Dixon, creates a comparable illusion.