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Open Water: The Hottest Yachts for 2021

Open Water: The Hottest Yachts for 2021

  • Whether you have a need for speed or aim to cruise along the waves, take in the salty ocean air aboard these luxe nautical vessels.
Azimut Grande Trideck

SUPERYACHTS: THE LAP OF LUXURY

Grande Indeed

The Azimut Grande Trideck is the flagship for the Azimut Grande series. It features an extra partial-deck level, aptly named the Sea View Terrace due to it being like a mezzanine perched above the water. This adds to the already-ample alfresco space. The interior offers excellent views of the water, too, and is available for personalization. azimutyachts.com

LENGTH: 125 ft., 5 in.
BEAM: 26 ft., 2 in.
DRAFT: 6 ft., 9 in.
ACCOMMODATIONS: 5 staterooms
ENGINES: Twin 2,400-mhp MTU engines or twin 2,600-mhp MTU engines
TOP SPEED: 24 knots

Beach club aboard the Majesty 175
Beach club aboard the Majesty 175

Your Majesty

Among the world’s largest semi-custom yachts, the Majesty 175 naturally has ample relaxation and entertainment areas, including a private infinity-edge pool out on the deck and an enclosed sky lounge that can be converted into an open-air, super-chic lounge. A relatively shallow draft means you can access idyllic anchorages that other yachts of these dimensions cannot. majestyyachtsusa.com Whether you have a need for speed or aim to cruise along the waves, take in the salty ocean air aboard these luxe nautical vessels. majestyyachtsusa.com

LENGTH: 177 ft., 2 in.
BEAM: 31 ft., 6 in.
DRAFT: 6 ft., 8 in.
ACCOMMODATIONS: 7 staterooms
ENGINES: Twin 2,012-hp MTU engines
TOP SPEED: 17 knots

 

SAILING YACHTS: SAIL AWAY

Below deck on the Baltic Yachts 68 Cafe Racer
Below deck on the Baltic Yachts 68 Cafe Racer

Electrifying Fun

Baltic Yachts created the 68 Café Racer to employ a number of ecofriendly systems and construction materials, including sustainable wood, electric motors and solar panels. Simultaneously, the shipyard designed the yacht as a “day sailer with attitude,” much like the Café Racer era in the 1960s, when British motorcyclists modified their bikes for speed over short distances. balticyachts.fi

LENGTH: 68 ft.
BEAM: 18 ft., 5 in.
DRAFT: 13 ft., 1 in.
ACCOMMODATIONS: 2 staterooms
ENGINES: Twin 15-kW Oceanvolt electric motors

A day of sailing on the Swan 58
A day of sailing on the Swan 58

Finnish Finery

With three different interior design moods named Swan Soul, Scandi Vision and Velvet Vibe, the Swan 58 leaves no doubt that it’s as pretty as it is practical. The coachroof style is just one of several designs never seen on a Swan of this size. In fact, Nautor’s Swan has never had a 58 in its history. nautorswan.com

LENGTH: 58 ft., 9 in.
BEAM: 17 ft., 3 in.
DRAFT: 7 ft., 2 in. to 12 ft., 4 in. depending on keel configuration
ACCOMMODATIONS: 3-4 staterooms
ENGINES: Single 150-hp Volvo Penta engine

Salon and galley on the Hylas H57
Salon and galley on the Hylas H57

Bluewater Beauty

The Hylas H57 is built to the design details of two highly respected studios: Bill Dixon for naval architecture and Hot Lab for the beamy, beautiful interior. Capable of being handled by just two people, this sailing yacht also offers a choice of interior arrangements, ideal for long voyages with small groups of friends. hylasyachts.com

LENGTH: 59 ft., 6 in.
BEAM: 17 ft.
DRAFT: 8 ft., 2 in.
ACCOMMODATIONS: 3-4 staterooms
ENGINES: Single 150-hp Volvo Penta engine

 

MOTORYACHTS: POWER PUNCH

The view from the Sirena 68
The view from the Sirena 68

Going the Distance

Anchorages as much as 1,000 nautical miles away are within reach aboard the Sirena 68, made for efficient cruising as well as performance. You can entertain several family and friends in the elevated yet comfortably casual ambience, where the aft-positioned galley can serve meals to everyone outside as easily as inside. sirenayachts.com

LENGTH: 70 ft., 2 in.
BEAM: 19 ft., 4 in.
DRAFT: 4 ft., 3 in.
ACCOMMODATIONS: 3 or 4 staterooms
ENGINES: Twin 900-hp or 1,000-hp Volvo Penta engines
TOP SPEED: 26-28 knots (depending on engine package)

Sunseeker Predator 74 XPS
Sunseeker Predator 74 XPS

On the Prowl

Dramatic styling and speeds approaching 40 knots characterize the Sunseeker Predator 74 XPS, a luxury performance yacht with a limited-edition design package. From the electrically lowering cockpit table made of carbon fi ber to a panoramic glass sliding roof, you can enjoy life on the water with an extra edge. sunseeker.com

Docking the 43 Wallytender X
Docking the 43 Wallytender X

X-tra Cool

The 43 Wallytender X is quintessentially Wally, super-sleek and superflexible for different uses. It has a cockpit with wraparound glass for wind protection, plus expansive side-opening platforms greatly increasing usable space. The engine options promise wickedly fast speeds, too. push-button-deployed fenders, a standard Wally feature, keep the profile clean underway and at anchor. Wally.com

LENGTH: 48 ft., 11 in.
BEAM: 14 ft., 5 in.
DRAFT: 3 ft., 6 in.
ACCOMMODATIONS: None (dayboat or superyacht tender)
ENGINES: Quadruple 300- or 450-hp Mercury Verado V8 engines
TOP SPEED: 55 knots depending on engine package

 

SPORTFISHING YACHTS: GONE FISHING

Bertram Yachts’ 30 CC
Bertram Yachts’ 30 CC

Look What’s Back

The 39 CC is the first in a new line of outboard-powered fishing boats from the famous Bertram Yachts. It’s also the first center console from Bertram in more than 30 years. Four helm chairs mean you’re always in good company at the wheel, while a queen berth lets you take a break when the bite is off. bertramyachts.com

LENGTH: 40 ft., 4 in.
BEAM: 13 ft., 2 in.
DRAFT: 3 ft., 4 in.
ACCOMMODATIONS: 1 stateroom
ENGINES: Triple 300-hp Mercury engines
TOP SPEED: 47.5 knots

Scout 425 LXF
Scout 425 LXF

Large Lookout

Since the center-console market shows no signs of slowing demand, the Scout 425 LXF fills the desire for a bigger-than-usual boat, pledging big fun, too. It combines the expected benefits of center consoles with little luxuries you never find on them, like a comfortable berth and cooking area inside. scoutboats.com

LENGTH: 42 ft., 2 in.
BEAM: 13 ft., 1 in.
DRAFT: 2 ft., 3 in.
ACCOMMODATIONS: 1 stateroom
ENGINES: Various twin to quadruple Mercury or Yamaha engines
TOP SPEED: 54-67 knots depending on engine package

A day of fishing aboard the Blackfin 302CC
A day of fishing aboard the Blackfin 302CC

Center Console Control

Boasting plenty of power to get offshore, the Blackfin 302CC has a cockpit big enough for a few adults to fish, plus storage for nearly two dozen fishing rods. A dive door, meanwhile, is ideal for hauling in the big one. Of course, you can simply enjoy a cruise, too, with guests seated right up front. blackfinboats.com

LENGTH: 32 ft., 8 in.
BEAM: 10 ft.
DRAFT: 2 ft., 8 in.
ACCOMMODATIONS: None
ENGINES: Various twin Mercury or Yamaha engines
TOP SPEED: 48 knots

 

YACHT CONCEPTS: CONCEPTS TO CONSIDER

Rendering of the Project Fury
Rendering of the Project Fury

Fiercely Devoted to Luxury

One of the biggest challenges for superyacht designers is providing owners and guests with large spaces without compromising on performance. Project Fury, a joint concept between Van Geest Design and Rob Doyle Design, strikes the right balance. In fact, it offers 40% more usable space than anything currently on the water of this length. vangeestdesign.com and robdoyledesign.com

LENGTH: 206 ft., 7 in.
BEAM: 43 ft., 8 in.
DRAFT: 36 ft., 6 in.
ACCOMMODATIONS: 6 staterooms

Rendering of the Sunrise
Rendering of the Sunrise

Sunny Days at Sea

If her massive length doesn’t get your attention, Sunrise’s projected speeds to 24 knots will. Proposed by designer Roberto Curtò, the concept yacht’s sleek appearance is as practical for the intended speeds as it is pleasing to the eye. An abundance of structural, floor-to-ceiling glass makes her Japanese-inspired interior feel more connected to the outside environment. superyachtsmonaco.com

LENGTH: 443 ft.
BEAM: 62 ft., 3 in.
DRAFT: Not available
ACCOMMODATIONS: 11 staterooms
ENGINES: Owner’s choice of engines
TOP SPEED: 24 knots

 

YACHTING INTERIORS: MUST-HAVE AMENITIES

Beach club on the Columbus Yachts Dragon (Photos by Giorgio Baroni)
Beach club on the Columbus Yachts Dragon (Photos by Giorgio Baroni)

Beachy-y Keen

Beach clubs are lounge areas at the waterline, making boaters feel more connected to the ocean. Builders, designers and owners have gotten creative in outfitting them on yachts from about 70 feet on up, making the clubs as casually comfortable for adults and kids clad in bathing suits as they are for enjoying pre- or post-dinner drinks and entertainment.

Spa aboard the Lurssen Ester III (Photos by Klaus Jordan)
Spa aboard the Lurssen Ester III (Photos by Klaus Jordan)

Wellness on the Waves

While onboard spas were popular before, they’re even more important and in-demand now. Some charter yachts have staterooms that convert to massage rooms, with crewmembers trained as masseuses. Others have dedicated massage areas and steam baths/saunas. Several large superyachts, meanwhile, have full-fledged, multi-room areas that rival the finest spas on land. 

This story is from the Fall 2021 issue. Read the magazine here.

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