With less than two weeks to go before the Miami Yacht Show, exhibitors are making final preparations, and yachts are preparing to arrive. Thanks to the addition of Island Gardens Marina on Watson Island, there are more, and larger, megayachts to see.
Rather than simply list the biggest of the big, though, we’re doing something different. In fact, we spotlight the five largest along with five more never-before-exhibited stateside. First, in size order, here are the five biggest.
1. O’Mega. At 270’7″ (82.5 meters), the lavish O’Mega is the queen of the show, now that the Amels 272 Here Comes the Sun is no longer attending. (She will be hosting charter guests instead.) O’Mega is notable for being among the largest charter yachts around, catering to big parties. Thirty-two guests can stay aboard. That makes her well suited to corporate gatherings, but she is equally adept at catering to families. In fact, kid-size waterskis are included among her toys. So, too, are towables.
2. Grace E. Five years old, this 240-footer (73-meter, pictured at top) is no stranger to American waters. Indeed, she turned heads in New York Harbor within a year after delivery. Grace E has a serene interior by Remi Tessier, with a not-to-be-missed wellness area on an upper deck. Hydrotherapy, massage, as well as steam and dry-heat treatments are all part of it.
3. Mine Games. Picture yourself working out at the open-air gym on the sundeck aboard. Then imagine hosting elegant dinner parties amid the high-gloss interior. The 203-foot (62-meter) Mine Games welcomes guests with intricately inlaid marble soles, bronze statues, and more. Inquire about her floating driving range, complete with biodegradable golf balls.
4. Skyfall. Despite her LOA of 190 feet (about 58 meters), Skyfall has a Bahamas-friendly draft. That’s another compelling reason why we say she’s among the megayachts to see. Her sundeck is the place to be when cruising among those islands, with a plunge pool and adjacent hot tub. She can accommodate quite the crowd, with a seventh stateroom added in 2015 during a refit.
5. Gene Machine. At 180 feet (55 meters), Gene Machine (above) is one of several Amels 180 Limited Editions deliveries over the years. She stands out on the horizon with her colorful nameboard and dark-gray hull. Gene Machine is famous, too, even though she has never attended any yacht show before. Besides having an owner who has cruised the world extensively onboard, Gene Machine has a terrific crew who biked aboard for charity during an ocean crossing. They even assisted a rescue squadron early last year in Portugal.
The majority of megayachts to see at the Miami Yacht Show are in the sub-150-foot size range. These five are making their American debuts—with some making their global debuts, too.
1. Princess Yachts 30M. Despite the 30M (above) premiering in Europe a few years ago, this is her North American debut. The 100-footer is semi-custom, with a flexible below-deck layout and a main-deck master stateroom. In keeping with Princess’ tradition, the 30M offers good speed, up to 25 knots depending on engine package.
2. MCY 96. Having made her world premiere in Venice, Italy, the MCY 96 is making her American premiere. Monte Carlo Yachts offers six different layouts, quite unusual. Not unusual, though, is the sporty performance to complement the sporty looks. She should hit 27 knots with standard power.
3. Viking 82 CMY. Another global premiere, Viking created this model to suit cruisers who like to fish and anglers who like to cruise. The cockpit motoryacht provides plenty of fish-fighting space, while simultaneously welcoming those who simply want to sit and relax. High-gloss walnut lines the interior, where you can have an open or closed galley, plus an open or enclosed bridge.
4. Astondoa 80 Flybridge. Following her introduction at last September’s Cannes Yachting Festival, the Astondoa 80 Flybridge is appearing on American shores for the first time. Commissioned by a Latin American client, she’s among the megayachts to see because of her open, expanded entertaining spaces. You can view right out to the bow from the saloon entry.
5. Horizon PC74. Though just shy of a megayacht by definition, we’re including her because she boasts the interior volumes of one. How? She’s a catamaran. Consider her beam: 28’4”, well more than that of 100-footers. The Horizon PC74 (above) is marking her worldwide premiere at the show.