November 3 marks the opening day of the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, a.k.a. FLIBS. As we do each year, we’re bringing you news of some of the most significant megayachts making their debut. Some of these yachts are global premieres, while others are stateside introductions. Regardless of status, the 10 listed here represent quite a mix of styles, sizes, and purposes.
- Fast & Furious: coming in at 181 feet (55.3 meters), Fast & Furious (below) is a Yacht Support vessel from Damen. Damen is the parent company of Amels, which markets these boats to yacht owners and buyers. Each vessel can serve as a tandem cruiser, carrying loads of watertoys (including ones too big for the main yacht) and additional staff. Or, you can commission one as a rugged primary yacht. As for Fast & Furious, she serves in a complementary role to another yacht. Furthermore, she has 2,422 square feet (225 square meters) of deck space and accommodations for 20 crew and staff.
- Freedom: this Hargrave 95 belongs to a younger buyer than Hargrave typically has, and who also brings new ideas in terms of the general arrangement. These include a tender and watersports garage, unusual for the LOA, plus two VIP staterooms and a king-size master.
- Silver Lining and Chasseur: the two newest deliveries from Christensen Shipyards are nearly identical in size, part of the builder’s 50M Series, but quite different inside. Silver Lining has glossy black walnut, while Chasseur has sycamore.
- Delta 88 Carbon. True to her name, this yacht has a carbon fiber hull. FLIBS marks the stateside debut for this Swedish-built project. She’s said to hit 39 knots with Volvo Penta’s IPS package.
- Just J’s. The largest-ever Hakvoort (200 feet, or 61 meters) belongs to a fun-loving family. Pops of color and even some whimsy are aboard; the latter is especially true of the mosaics in the sundeck pool. Check out the Just J’s photo gallery we published recently.
- Galactica Super Nova. One of the most-visited megayachts at the recent Monaco Yacht Show is coming to America. Galactica Super Nova (at top) employs the Fast Displacement Hull Form for better fuel efficiency and overall performance. Her creature comforts, including a waterfall pool, are striking.
- Sunseeker 131 Yacht: having made her global debut at last January’s London Boat Show, the 131 now comes stateside. Aggressive, sharp styling characterizes this semi-custom model, with hull number one featuring wood soles and a stone-covered bar. In Sunseeker fashion, she’s capable of a reported 25 knots.
- Black Gold: hull number one of the much-anticipated Westport 125 series is making her global debut. The series resulted as a direct request of clients, many who own a Westport 112, feeling the Westport 130, a trideck design, is too big volume-wise and therefore too big of a jump up.
- Horizon E75: designed with an enclosed skylounge, this is hull number one of a new series from Horizon. Three guest stateroom join a full-beam master.
Returning to FLIBS this year is the VIP Experience. By booking a package, you get a concierge’s assistance in arranging private yacht visits. You also benefit from gourmet meals, and receive invitations to select after-hours events. A number of packages are already sold out, so check availability.