Fort Lauderdale is the “Yachting Capital of the World,” and during the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, that title is well-earned. Every year, yachters from around the world flock to South Florida to gawk at the newest, most luxurious yachts.
This year, 89 superyachts were on display during the November 1-5 show, including some newcomers and refits, and it was a truly spectacular showcase. The team from Worldwide Boat was on hand for the annual event, and we had the opportunity to experience and inspect the best charter yachts from around the world. Here are a few of the most luxurious yachts that we saw:
The winner of the unofficial “Most Head-Turning Award” has to go to the 237-footer Cloudbreak. This motor yacht, designed by famed Norwegian architect Espen Oino, wowed us. From its endless array of water toys, to its immaculately appointed, “ocean chalet” interior, Cloudbreak offers the best of the best in luxury yachting.
The yacht’s interior certainly puts out an inviting, mountain chalet vibe: High-end wood finishes and modern furnishings, mixed with spa amenities like a sauna and walk-in showers. Plus, Cloudbreak offers the most extensive array of water toys in the charter yachting industry: two pairs of sit-down and stand-up jet skis, kayaks, kiteboards, a yacht blob, stand-up paddle boards – chances are you’ll find what you need in Cloudbreak’s garage.
Chasseur – a 160-foot yacht built in 2016 by Christensen – took home the Super Yacht Society’s Best Design award for its class. And it makes sense. Inside and out, Chasseur packs a punch. From its upscale, ultra-contemporary interior (featuring Onyx-designed bathrooms and modern wood finishes), to its duo of al fresco dining options, Chasseur is like a floating penthouse.
Inside, the yacht features six cabins – with an abundance of space for up to 12 guests – as well as a home cinema with surround sound in the master suit. Outside, the tri-deck layout provides plenty of space for entertaining, including outdoor bars, a Jacuzzi, and ample sun-lounging space – all of which are wrapped in a timeless, ultra-chic design.
The largest yacht built in the U.S. since the 1930s, the Derecktor yacht Aquila underwent a masterful refit in 2017. And the Super Yacht Society took notice, honoring the 280-foot yacht with its Best Refit Award. Inside, designer Susan Young added all the bells and whistles, with dark wood and nickel finishes and high-end furnishings. Yet, the real star of the interior is Aqulia’s cascading chandelier. It flows through four decks and features 800+ hand-blown glass adornments – the most opulent chandelier you’ll ever see on a yacht.
Aqulia also received plenty of deck upgrades. The yacht now features a party deck, complete with professional lighting and AV systems and a DJ booth, as well as revamped al fresco dining spaces and an updated forward sun deck (with a day bar, Jacuzzi and new treatment room).
A number of newly built yachts were also showcased at the 2017 FLIBS, and Muchos Mas was one of our favorites. The 145-footer, built by Crescent Yachts, features an ultra-sophisticated, 5-cabin interior matched with richly appointed decks.
Outside, the yacht features dual spas, including a moon Jacuzzi on the sundeck, as well as a pool with a swim-up bar. Simply put, Muchos Mas feels like a floating beach resort, complete with jets skis, stand-up paddleboards and on-board snorkeling equipment.
Another newcomer, the IAG Yacht Serenity 133 (not to be confused with the 236-foot yacht sharing the same name) puts on a show inside and out. The 113-foot yacht’s interior features a vibrant and contemporary interior, including a main salon with panoramic views, along with sleek and comfortable decks. The main aft deck, for instance, features an al fresco bar and dining area.
Serenity 133 also features plenty of water toys for your charter vacation, including a slide, water skis, SeaBobs, and snorkel gear.
Take 5 would fit right in the Hamptons. In fact, the 131-foot yacht’s interior is wrapped in a “Hampton’s Beach House” aesthetic, including a 900-square-foot stateroom with a two-person rainfall shower. And the guest rooms sit right at water level, providing panoramic ocean views. Take 5 – which was built by Sunseeker – also features a new beach club at water level, providing the perfect place for sunlounging and enjoying the water on charter.
Built by Benetti in 2017, Skyler is a yacht built for leisure and entertainment. Inside, you’ll find plenty of space to entertain. Interior designer Redman Whiteley Dixon has created an ultra-modern, inviting interior, replete with a sprawling main salon and boutique hotel-inspired guest rooms. The upper salon can also be transformed into a cinema.
Skyler also packs a lot of fun into its water toy garage. The 125-yacht offers a range of toys including stand-up paddleboards, sea kayaks, SeaBobs, wakeboards and waterskis. Plus, the tri-deck layout provides plenty of space for relaxing in the sun, or dining al fresco.
Sugaray, another motor yacht introduced in 2017, is a versatile yacht. With its multi-deck layout, Sugaray offers a space for every occasion, whether its family dining, entertaining, or intimate affairs. You’ll find space to relax on the gorgeous aft deck, which features al fresco dining and an outdoor bar.
Plus, the interior of this 112-foot Ocean Alexander yacht, which was designed by Evan K Marshall, is crisp, comfortable and decidedly upscale. With 5 cabins and space to accommodate up to 11 guests, Sugar Ray is the perfect vessel for your charter vacation.
Interested in booking one of these Fort Lauderdale Show standouts for your next charter vacation? Contact Worldwide Boat today.
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