Now entering its 34th year, the Palm Beach International Boat Show has grown to be one of the largest stateside events on the yachting calendar. From foul-weather gear to fishing boats, you can find it all at the show. Two weeks from today, you can explore the exhibits spanning the downtown West Palm Beach waterfront along Flagler Drive. In addition, the Palm Beach International Boat Show has grown to be one of the most important events on the megayacht calendar. In fact, in recent years, the show organizers have added more dock space for the biggest floating beauties. They have also added special exhibit areas for major megayacht builders from around the world.
This year’s edition of the show runs from March 28 to 31. A number of notable brokerage yachts will be in the water, as will a few brand-new ones. The following five are among the megayachts to see.
- Riva 90 Argo (below). Ferretti Group and Riva clients got an exclusive first look at this new flying-bridge yacht last month, during a private event in Miami. However, the boat-show premieres were always meant for the Miami Yacht Show and Palm Beach International Boat Show. The four-stateroom Riva 90 Argo should appeal to those of you who love speed as much as style. With standard power, she should see 26 knots. One of two other engine options should make her a 30-knot cruiser.
- Angiamo, by Feadship. Way back in 2003, Feadship turned heads with the delivery of the 140-foot (42.6-meter) Andiamo. She was its explorer yacht, commissioned for venturing to places few others traveled. The concept of expedition travel wasn’t even in the vocabulary of most in yachting. That alone makes her among the megayachts to see, in our opinion. But, there’s more. Now Angiamo, she’s in the hands of just her second owner, and as ready as ever to take on far northern and southern travels.
- Excellence V, by Abeking & Rasmussen. The queen of the boat show due to her 197-foot (60-meter) length, Excellence V is the latest in a long line of motoryachts for the same owner. (That owner: Herb Chambers, a car dealer from the Northeast.) Delivered in 2012, she’s also the third the owner commissioned from Abeking & Rasmussen. At 1,600 gross tons, Excellence V is additionally one of the most voluminous megayachts in her size range. One look at the interior, with light-tone sycamore and maple, and you’ll appreciate the sensation of space even more.
- Numarine 78 HTS. In 2017, Numarine announced the 78 HTS would speed to American shores on behalf of a Hong Kong buyer. He plans to cruise stateside, which explains the dual-nation reference. The 78’7” (23.98-meter) 78 HTS is a sporty flying-bridge motoryacht, with a battery pack that can take on some of the hotel loads. Four staterooms are among the areas the owner got to personalize—and you can personalize if you order your own in this semi-custom series.
- Horizon FD77. Despite her model name, the Horizon FD77 is still a megayacht, and therefore qualifies for our list of megayachts to see at the Palm Beach show. Her LOA: 80’5” (24.54 meters). She’s the newest semi-custom model in Horizon’s Fast Displacement line, featuring a special hull design to cut through the water more efficiently. Available as either an open- or enclosed-bridge yacht, the Horizon FD77 is further for owner-operators.
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