Next week, the annual Palm Beach International Boat Show returns, having taken a hiatus last year. Although the footprint will be a bit smaller than usual, there will still be plenty of boats, watertoys, and more tfrom March 25 to 28. Our Palm Beach show megayacht preview will help you in your planning.
1. Quantum of Solace. The queen of the show, Quantum of Solace (below) is a Turquoise Yachts delivery from 2012. (Her name at launch was Vicky.) LOA: 238 feet (72.6 meters). In the Palm Beach show megayacht brokerage display of Worth Avenue Yachts, she has an atrium-like main saloon. Further noteworthy, she has a bridge-deck master suite and main-deck guest staterooms. Don’t miss the stone-laden spa, either. Interior design is by H2 Yacht Design.
2. Thunder. Another Palm Beach show megayacht brokerage offering, Thunder is an Oceanfast from 1998. The 164-footer (50-meter) has distinctive styling by the late Jon Bannenberg. Her performance matches her sleek, swift looks, with a reported 34-knot max speed. Look for her at Denison Yacht Sales’ exhibit.
3. Ocean Alexander 36L. Longtime collaborators Ocean Alexander and Evan K. Marshall created this largest semi-custom model in the Legend series. LOA: 116’6″ (35.9 meters). Sliding-glass doors to port in the dining area combine with oversize glass throughout for a light, bright ambience. The two-level master suite is a treat, too.
4. Princess X95. Marking her global premiere, the Princess X95 (top) has a nearly 72-foot-long (22-meter-long) flying bridge. The British builder reconfigured long-standing superstructure styling and design, in fact, with the Pininfarina and Olesinski studios. The end result is more usable space, by about 40 percent.
5. Horizon FD92. Though not a debut, the yacht is nonetheless the latest in the FD series for Horizon. The trideck series is a hit with U.S. customers, too. Look for an open flying bridge and enclosed skylounge, along with five staterooms inside, including a main-deck master. To get a better sense of the spatial relations, you can compare her to the first FD75, which will be in the water at the Horizon display, too. The FD75 is making her U.S. debut.
A scaled-down show due to coronavirus safety measures and related lockdowns keeping some non-American exhibitors from attending, the show layout is entirely open air. If you intend to go, note that you need to purchase tickets in advance. Masks are mandatory, too, as are temperature checks on arrival. Additionally, four entrances and marked foot-traffic patterns will aid in social distancing. Furthermore, more cleaning and disinfecting will take place during show hours, with deeper cleaning overnight.
See the show website for full details.
Palm Beach International Boat Show pbboatshow.com