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Cannes International Boat & Yacht Show 2011


Did you know? Cannes derives its name from a word that means peak in the dialect of Liguria (in nearby northern Italy). It’s not so surprising, considering that the medieval city was built on a hilltop overlooking the spectacular bay. During the late 19th century, and the Belle Époque especially, Cannes went from fishing village to elegant resort town. Influential and wealthy people moved in, building private villas for their holidays. Soon landmark hotels popped along the promenade, including the Carlton, the Majestic and Martinez, which still grace the famous Croisette. This is the background for the Cannes International Boat & Yacht Show. Taking place on the heels of the G-20 economic summit held in Cannes this year, the 34th annual show is September 6 to 11, 2011. Its spectacular location, a plethora of new models from international builders and the possibility of doing sea trials make this a desirable show to attend. Nearby Port Pierre Canto displays brokerage yachts, and the indoor Espace Riviera showcases smaller craft, builders, designers and services. Sailboats, tenders, production yachts, mono- and multi-hulls are on view. Among the hundreds of boats on view, here are a few new boats to consider seeing this year.

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Princess Yachts: Princess 32m

With this new model, the first of its M class, Princess Yachts declares it is ready to tackle the megayacht segment. This composite yacht made her world debut at the London Boat Show where she was displayed on land, looking quite huge from the show floor with a height of 42 feet. With a 105-foot LOA, the yacht has room for four or five suites, depending on chosen layout. Princess Yachts, now part of the LVMH luxury group, has a solid track record of sound engineering and has enhanced and updated its interior design, making this new yacht a must see.

LOA: 105ft. (32m)
Beam: 23 ft. 4in. (7.11m)
Draft: 6ft 6in. (2m)
Engines: 2 x 1,925-hp CAT C32 Acert Optional ranges up to 2 x 2,600-hp MTU 16V2000 M94

Azimut: Grande 120SL

We saw it in the late stages of construction, and this yacht indeed promises to be grand. Big-yacht features include awesome interior volume and ceiling height. A large sliding roof above the salon complements large side windows and a wide-opening aft door, for lots of natural light. Plus, there is an outdoor salon/dining area front, salon/dining area aft and salon on the sun deck. The Grande 120SL is part of a new range of yachts all 100 feet or more. The company has designated Benetti’s CEO Vincenzo Poerio to oversee this new line of megayachts, without losing the Azimut touch.

LOA: 116 ft. 5in. (35.5m)
Beam (max): 24ft. 8in. (7.5m)
Draft: 4ft. 10in. (1.5m)
Fuel capacity: 4,755 gal (18,000L)
Engines: 3 x 2,400-hp MTU 16V2000 M93

Benetti: Crystal 140

Along with its custom yachts, Benetti builds a range of semi-custom yachts in composite. The latest-born in the so-called Class range is the Stefano Righini-designed Crystal 140. It comes on the heels of the very well-received Delfino 93, with which it shares a family look. During winter sea trials in Italy, the yacht reached a maximum speed of 16 knots. However, the Crystal 140 will be appreciated as a long-range cruiser with great exterior decks and a comfortable layout. François Zuretti designed several interiors available around two themes: classic or modern.

LOA: 137ft. 7in. (41.9m)
Beam: 29ft. 9in. (9.05m)
Draft: 7ft. 6in. (2.27m)
Engines: 2 x 1,450-hp @ 2,300 rpm CAT C32 Acert
Speed (max.): 15 knots
Range @ 11 knots: 4,000 nm

Pershing: Pershing 108

This is a first for Pershing: triple engines for additional punch and power. Fulvio de Simoni design in and out continues the Pershing tradition for stylish vessels that will quicken the pulse of most performance-oriented boaters. Latest-generation MTU engines, efficient and compact, leave ample room for a luxurious and comfortable interior. The full-beam master includes a space that can be used as a loft, an office or whatever else the owners desire, and there is still room for three more large cabins. Crew quarters aft include a full galley. Innovative, built-in, convertible loungers on the flybridge and a large sun pad on the bow will entice everyone outdoors.

LOA: 109ft. (33.23m)
Beam: 22ft. (6.7m)
Draft: 6ft. (1.83m)
Engines: 3 x MTU 16V 2000 M94
Speed (max.): 42 knots speed (cruising): 37 knots
Range: about 330 nm

Arcadia Yachts: Arcadia 115

A truly refreshing take on design and an environmental bent characterized this new Italian shipyard’s first yacht—the Arcadia 85. With an LOA of close to 115 feet, the new Arcadia has plenty of additional space inside and out, plus a “green” attitude like her smaller sistership. Optional electric propulsion is available. Solar panels integrated into the yacht’s specially designed glass superstructure supplement the day-to-day energy use. This design feature gives the range its distinctive look. Below the very bright main deck, which accommodates a large owner’s suite, are three to four spacious guest cabins.

LOA: 114ft. 10in. (35m)
Beam: 26ft 6 in. (8.10m)
Draft : 6ft 10in.
Displacement:150 tons
Engines : 2 x 1,224-hp MAN
Fuel capacity: 3,963 gal. (15,000L)

Ferretti Custom Line: Navetta 33 Crescendo

This new fiberglass, semi-displacement model by Ferretti Custom Line integrates features that are in high demand in a 100-plus-foot yacht. This includes the full-beam owner’s suite on the main deck plus four spacious lower-deck guest cabins. The upper deck is split into the wheelhouse and the salon with a living/dining area aft. A great circular glass door opens wide onto the open air, a feature rarely seen in this size yacht. A choice of engines is available for a top speed of up to 20 knots. Range, at 10 knots, is around 1,650 miles. The yacht features Mitsubishi Anti Rolling Gyro stabilizers to minimize rolling.

LOA: 107ft. (32.62m)
Beam: 23 ft (7m)
Draft: 8 ft. 3in.(2.52m)
Engines : 2 x MAN V12 1,400hp or 2 x MAN V12 1,550hp
Speed (max.): 17 knots or 20 knots
Range @ 10 knots: 1,600 nm or 1,650 nm

Galeon: 780 Crystal

Galeon is a Polish shipyard with a knack for innovative and edgy design. In association with British designer Tony Castro, Galeon has developed and splashed a number of interesting vessels, including the Raptor 700, which we tested in its flybridge (or SkyDeck) version. This new 780 Crystal flybridge model is Galeon’s flagship. Among several attractive features are a Jacuzzi on the flybridge and a large glass panel over the two-seat helm station. The layout makes room for four cabins, including a full-beam master. Various options for the main deck layout include one with a formal dining area facing an enclosed galley. The interior design is contemporary.

LOA: 80ft. 5in. (24.5m)
Beam: 19ft. (5.80m)
Draft : 4ft 3in.
Engines: 2 x 1,800-hp MAN V12

Cantiere delle Marche: Darwin 86

A new shipyard and new model rolled into one definitely warrant a visit. Sergio Cutolo designed the Darwin 86, built in Ancona, Italy, as a small go-anywhere ship. The boat features a full-displacement steel hull and aluminum superstructure, long-range ability (how about 7,000 miles?), lots of interior space on three decks, spacious exterior decks, a 21-foot tender for shore excursions or quick trips to the marina, a well-designed engine room and zero-speed electric fin stabilizers. Various interior layouts are available for up to 10 guests and five crewmembers. The Darwin 86 is the first of a series of robust yachts designed for owners who like to spend time at sea.

LOA: 85ft 11in. (26.02m)
Beam: 24ft 4in. (7.43m)
Draft (full load): 7ft 6in. (2.30m)
Engines: 2 x CAT C12 385hp @1,800rpm
Speed (max): 11.5 knots
Range @10 knots: 7,000 nm

Vicem Yachts: Vicem 75 Flybridge

This Cannes debut is one of the most recent examples in Vicem’s Vintage line (52 to 100 feet). This series, built in renewable mahogany encapsulated in epoxy, owes its name to its obvious reference to a different era. Still, its performance (top speed of 30 knots) and systems are completely current. A full-beam salon, fully equipped lower-deck galley and pleasant flybridge with upper helm and room for dining are nice features for a vessel that has a range of 850 nautical miles. Each Vicem is a little different, as the builder is more than willing to customize the interior. Well versed in the handling of wood and cabinetry, the shipyard offers a good selection from ultra classic to more modern veneer finishes.

LOA: 80ft. 4in. (24.5m)
Beam: 18ft. 5in. (5.61m)
Draft: 5ft. 7in. (1.70m)
Engines: 2 x 1,550-hp Man V12
Speed (max.): 30 knots Cruising speed: 24 knots
Range @ 11.5 knots: 870 nm

ApreaMare: Maestro 66

Building upon the qualities of the charming Maestro 65, this model features a Volvo Penta IPS propulsion system. With more interior space, the Maestro 66 boasts a larger master cabin and more room for the crew. With the new IPS system also comes higher top speed and lower fuel consumption. Car-like maneuvering gives easy docking and perfect high-speed handling. With minimal vibration and virtually no exhaust fumes, onboard comfort takes a giant leap forward. A bit more tweaking on the outdoor and indoor area provide improved space for dining and sunbathing. With standard twin Volvo Penta IPS-3 1050s, the boat reaches a cruising speed of 26 knots and a maximum speed of 30 knots.

LOA: 70ft. (21.30m)
Beam: 18ft. 9in. (5.70m)
Draft: 5ft 11in. (1.80m)
Engines: 2 x Volvo Penta IPS3-1,050 800hp or 2 x Volvo Penta IPS3-1,200 900hp
Speed (max.): 30 or 32 knots speed (cruising): 26 or 27 knots

Sessa Marine: Sessa C68-IPS

What has changed on this stylish 68-footer from innovator Sessa Marine is the engine and propulsion package, that is to say, quite a bit. The flagship of the Sessa line, launched in 2009 with twin MAN engines (see Yachts International April 2010), now comes with an optional Volvo Penta IPS propulsion package. At 35.7 knots and 2,370 rpm, fuel consumption is 88.6 gph, but at 22 knots, it is an attractive 47.2 gph. The well-designed C68, tank-tested at the Krylov Institute in Russia, already featured ease of maneuvering, but the IPS joystick operation can only add to this quality. For people who cannot do without a more conventional twin-propeller, twin-diesel setup, Sessa Marine still offers that option.

LOA: 69ft. (21m)
Beam: 16 ft. 6in. (5.1m)
Engines: 2 x IPS 1200 @ 2,300 rpm
Transmission: IPS 3-A
Speed (max.): 35+ knots

Ferretti Yachts: Ferretti 720

The latest flybridge yacht from Ferretti Yachts features a sporty exterior line and generous interior spaces that include a full-beam master amidships. The aft main deck, with teak flooring, accommodates a table for eight to 10 guests, and a cozy flybridge features comfortable sun pads and a living/dining area with grill and fridge. The Ferretti 720 stands out for its ease of handling with the ZF SteerCommand and a ZF Joystick Maneuvering System (JMS), which can be fitted on request. The JMS electronically controls engines, inverters and bow thrusters. Cruising speed is 28 to 30 knots, according to engine option.

LOA: 71ft. 7in. (21.79m)
Beam: 18ft 9 in. (5.70m)
Draft: 6ft 2in. (1.85m)
Engines: 2 x MTU 10V2000 M92 1,380hp or 2 x MTU 10V2000 M93 1,524hp
Speed (max.): 31 or 33.5 knots

Sunseeker: Manhattan 73

The Sunseeker Manhattan 73 was first introduced in London. This flybridge yacht features amazing amenities: a nicely opened main deck and plenty of headroom belowdecks. The master stateroom has large hull windows with an opening porthole and walk-in wardrobe. In addition to four spacious cabins, the yacht has a nicely sized crew cabin. A user-friendly setup characterizes both helm stations, the elegant console on the main deck and the upper helm. The latter, located forward of a nicely appointed flybridge deck with stylish carbon arch, should be especially fun as the yacht reaches 30-plus knots. Companion seating is available.

LOA: 74ft. 2in. (22.6m)
Beam: 18ft. 10in. (5.73m)
Draft (full load): 5ft. 4in. (1.63m)
Fuel capacity: 1,321 gal. (5,000L)
Engines: several options
Speed (max.): up to 34 knots
speed (Cruising): up to 25 knots
Range: up to 325 nm

Riva: Riva 63 Virtus

The Riva 63 Virtus is the product of the long-standing relationship between Officina Italiana Design and AYT (Advanced Yacht Technology), the Ferretti Group’s research and design center. As far as yachts go, this is on the smaller side but compromises nothing in terms of quality and amenities. It even has a tender garage. Inside, guests will find a salon and dining table for six plus three cabins. Back up top, a bimini can be deployed while the boat is running, which it will yearn to do once its twin 1,340-hp MAN 12V engines are on. The yacht delivers excellent performance, with a 40-knot top speed and a cruising speed of 35, not to mention its fantastic looks.

Monte Carlo Yachts: MCY 65

The MCY 65 successfully reprises her bigger sister’s (MCY 76) best features: elegant and functional interiors nicely flowing into the exterior spaces; a high, flared bow; a Portuguese deck and comfortable forward area; an all-carbon T-top and double portholes. Three comfortable lower-deck cabins for six guests plus a full-beam master cabin display a refined décor of walnut and gray oak, with leather inserts, lacquer and fabrics from Armani Casa and Rubelli. That’s a lot to fit on a yacht that is just 65 feet long.

LOA: 64ft. 6in. (19.68m)
Beam: 17ft. (5.20m)
Engines: 2 x MAN V8 1,000hp
Speed (max.): 31 knots speed (cruising): 27 knots