Megayacht builders reserve slips at the world’s highest-profile yacht shows for some of their more impressive projects. The upcoming Cannes Yachting Festival in September promises a number of premieres. They’re coming from shipyards in Italy, The Netherlands, Turkey, and more.
Also, the Cannes Yachting Festival is famous for letting builders offer sea trials. This makes the show quite attractive to serious buyers. Since different builders conduct sea trials at different times, inquire for their schedules.
Here’s a partial list of the planned premieres:
AB Yachts’ Spectre. Spectre is the first AB 100 model from AB Yachts. She’s a flying-bridge design, and like all of the builder’s boats, she emphasizes head-turning speeds. Spectre reportedly can hit upwards of 50 knots. Imagine experiencing that off the coast of Cannes.
Arcadia 85S. If you’ve seen the Arcadia 85, you know she emphasizes single-level living without compromising relaxation space. Arcadia Yachts decided to tweak the design by adding an upper level. The result: the Arcadia 85S, with “S” meaning “sky lounge.”
Baglietto 46 Fast and Unicorn (above). The Cannes Yachting Festival marks a double premiere for Baglietto. Both also bear styling by Francesco Paszkowski and interiors by him with Margherita Casprini. The 46 Fast measures 151 feet (46 meters), while Unicorn is 177 feet (54 meters). The Baglietto 46 Fast is an all-aluminum megayacht made for a bit quicker than customary cruising: 28 knots. Her low-profile looks hint at that speed, too. Meanwhile, Unicorn is a steel-hulled displacement megayacht. That means longer range and more leisurely travels.
Benetti Mediterraneo 116. A party of 10 can enjoy the newest Class Displacement series. The master suite naturally sits forward on the main deck. Nearly 10-foot-high ports line the saloon, while opening glass in the dining area yields access to the side deck, for a balcony-like feel.
Cantiere delle Marche’s Narvalo (above). Narvalo is a Nauta Air 108, with a bit more flair than you’d expect of a go-anywhere traveler. She is among the biggest explorer yachts from the builder so far. (A 112-foot custom explorer was recently signed.)
Mangusta Oceano 42. This is the first steel displacement megayacht from the Overmarine Group, better known for its maxi opens. She should see a 4,000-nautical-mile range at 11 knots, in keeping with the growing desire for longer range and better fuel economy. The series keeps with Overmarine tradition in permitting customization.
Sanlorenzo SL78. A spec project, the entry-level model for Sanlorenzo’s fiberglass planing-yacht range. She bears the signature of Officina Italiana Design, the studio renowned for its work with Riva. Most details are under wraps, but look for a forward cockpit ideal for conversations or cocktails (or both).