UPDATE, FEBRUARY 4, 2016: Show Management, the organizer of Yachts Miami Beach, has finally revealed that 25 megayachts will be at the Island Gardens Deep Harbor marina. You can also now search the event website, using the Yacht Finder tool, to discover which ones will be at that venue. Access to the yachts will be primarily appointment only, however, made through the brokerage firms exhibiting them. If you have an appointment with your yacht broker, you will have use of a complimentary private car, to and from the Collins Avenue displays, upon request.
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As mentioned previously, the Miami-based boat show long known as the Yacht & Brokerage Show is now called Yachts Miami Beach. As we have also mentioned, this year’s show, running February 11 to 15, includes a planned expansion of its displays. We can now confirm that this expansion, at the Island Gardens Deep Harbor marina on Watson Island, will see about a dozen megayachts in the water.
Under development specifically to attract megayachts, Island Gardens finished its first phase of construction in December. That phase saw the completion of floating docks for 50 yachts. The marina officially opened last month. Later this year, the ground breaking for retail space, restaurants, hotels, and residences should start, for completion in 2018.
The Yachts Miami Beach website has an Island Gardens site plan available for download. While it does not list which megayachts will be there, the following nine are among those inaugurating Island Gardens. We’ve listed them in alphabetical order:
- Centinela IV. Thirty-four years young this year, Centinela IV is a 137-footer (41.7-meter) meant for 10 guests. A nice feature: a climate-controlled aft deck that can additionally be enclosed.
- Copasetic. This 141-footer (43-meter) is quite the explorer. She mixes entertaining parties of 12 adventurous souls with scientific expeditions. Indeed, Copsasetic has hosted a handful of marine researchers seeking to further their knowledge of sea life. Furthermore, she’ll have a super-cool superyacht toy onboard for you to check out: the DeepFlight Dragon personal sub.
- Lady Lola. Back in the hands of her original owner, Lady Lola has been an active charter yacht for most of her life. She was built in 2002 and underwent a significant refit prior to the 2012 cruising season. The sundeck becomes an outdoor cinema, and the owners’ suite has two lounges, plus of course tremendous views. LOA: 205 feet (63 meters).
- Natita. Another charter yacht, Natita measures 217 feet (66 meters). A cascading pool on her upper deck elicits plenty of oohs and aahs. A grand piano and a cinema keep everyone entertained inside.
- Silver Fast. The aptly named 253-footer (77-meter) Silver Fast (above) is the second-largest yacht attending Yachts Miami Beach. (The largest is listed farther down this page.). She’s capable of top speeds nearing 29 knots and transatlantic voyages nearing 22 knots. Eighteen guests can enjoy the spa-equipped beach club, among other amenities.
- Skyfall. This 190-footer (57.9-meter) was rechristened in honor of the same-named James Bond movie by one of the most famous and prolific yacht owners, John Staluppi. She was launched as Mi Sueno and features a welcoming, contemporary interior, including a main-deck spot that can be closed off for cocktails.
- Solandge. Solandge (pictured at top) measures 279 feet (85.1 meters) and marks the largest megayacht at Yachts Miami Beach. Highlights include a VIP suite that can be split into two staterooms, a sauna, and and fold-down steps at the transom leading straight into the water. Those steps are essentially an extension of the stairs taking you down from the main aft deck.
- Sovereign. A 180-footer (54.9-meter), Sovereign is surely the largest megayacht by volume at Yachts Miami Beach. At 1,100 gross tons, she rivals much larger projects. So, too, do her amenities. They include two owners’ suites: one on the main deck with large oval ports, the other on the upper deck with panoramic views.
- 11∙11. This is the newest yacht among the Island Gardens exhibitors, delivered about six months ago (by Benetti). LOA: 207 feet (63 meters). A family yacht, she has a children’s cabin next to the owners’ suite. She carries a custom tender built by Benetti, too, a first for the yard. 11∙11 should be particularly striking at night, thanks to 46 underwater lights rimming her hull.
You can reach the Island Gardens facility via shuttles from the Collins Avenue displays. VIP packages, which include scheduled yacht tours and a Yachts After Dark yacht hop, are also available. Check the Yachts Miami Beach website for details.