There are yachts, and then there are superyachts, differentiated only by the extreme levels of luxury they offer. Superyachts are the Stradivarius of the sea—elite, customized crafts that are docked in the jeweled waters of St. Barts or the Cote d’Azur. These multi-million-dollar vessels are designed for Saudi Princes, oil tycoons, music artists and tech moguls, and are known for luxury to nth degree. But don’t discount the exclusive boats already on the luxury market, the ones private buyers can unmoor and set on a trade wind course to Papeete or Marquesas.
The Wider 42′
Developed by Wider President Tilli Antonelli and yacht designer Fulvio De Simoni, the Wider 42’ is a versatile, open design day cruiser that looks like a combination of a Transformer and a futuristic hovercraft. Wider calls the 42-foot yacht a fusion of strength, cutting edge technology and design excellence. The twin 480hp Cummins engines and lightweight carbon hull and deck enable the vessel to reach a top speed of 44 knots. And oh, how it transforms: with the push a button on the navigation panel, the deck expands, reaching 22 feet in just 12 seconds. It’s the perfect spot for hosting a deck party!
Based in Mount Desert Island, Maine, Morris Yachts have been crafting exquisite sailboats since 1972. Most of their vessels are between 29 and 80 feet, which sums up Morris Yacht’s motto: The superyacht is a frame of mind, not a measurement. Despite being a small, family owned firm, their reputation for luxury is known the world over.
The M-Series is the company’s most luxurious line. The M46 is a stunner, and priced at $1.1 million, the 46-footer is at the top of the market for yachts that size. The M36, on the other hand, is a stylish daysailer. Whether you’re getting a boating license in Ontario or sailing the turquoise of waters of the Biscayne Bay, the attention to detail and quality of workmanship of the M-Series is second to none.
Cheoy Lee’s 87 Alpha Series Express Sportbridge
This boat recently debuted at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The open cockpit and dual platform hull, a configuration created by Michael Peters Yachts Design, are not only ideal for navigation and lounging in the sun, but combine proportion, detail, and form to create harmonious hull and deck lines. Is it pretty? Yeah, you better believe it. There is spacious seating, a hot tub, and twin stairs leading to a swimming platform. The interior of the 87 Alpha Series Sportbridge is a fusion of wood, leather, marble, and glass, and features both a salon and bar, which is perfect for mixing up margaritas when happy hour rolls around.
When you think of high-performance powerboats, chances are manufacturers like Baja and Malibu come to mind. Boat lovers who have a need for speed, however, should be thrilled that Hunton, a renown British powerboat manufacturer, will finally be selling luxury powerboats in America. Hunton has long been called the Aston Martin of the Seas, and if that doesn’t scream luxury, James Bond, and lifestyles of the rich and famous, then nothing will. The first model to be made available is the XRS37. The British are coming, but this time it’s a luxury revolution on the water.