Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) features more than 1,500 boats and yachts of all sizes.
Over the past 58 years, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) has earned a reputation as being the world’s largest in-water boat show. It’s also become a significant superyacht show. While some people claim that megayachts are larger than superyachts, or that superyachts start at 130 feet, pay no attention. The words mean the same thing: private yachts measuring about 80 feet (24 meters) and larger. While this year’s FLIBS, from November 1 to 5, will have more than 1,500 boats and yachts of all sizes, some of the newest superyachts are on the so-called small side of the scale. Here are several projects making their American premieres at FLIBS.
Turquoise Yachts’ Razan. Started on spec, and abundantly tailored by a buyer, Razan shows how features and flexibility more common of super-size superyachts are possible in alternate sizes. LOA: 154 feet (47 meters). This is the first Turquoise new-build on American shores in some time. The timing is ideal, considering Turquoise Yachts’ Fort Lauderdale office recently opened to better serve North and South American clients.
Heesen Yachts’ Home. Like Razan, Home officially debuted at the Monaco Yacht Show last month. The 164-footer (50-meter) is noteworthy for being Heesen’s first fast-displacement motoryacht with a diesel-electric system.
Hatteras M90 Panacera. Marking not just her American premiere, but her global show premiere, too, the Hatteras M90 Panacera has several surprises in store. The atrium-like galley should be a big selling point for buyers who relish a less-formal cruising lifestyle.
Azimut Grande 27 Metri. Measuring nearly 88 feet, this sporty yacht offers a main-deck master, believe it or not. You also can choose three or four guest staterooms below. Azimut worked with Humphree for a trim system to improve planing while consuming less fuel.
Horizon FD85. While hull number one of this fast-displacement series saw delivery last year, she headed to Asian waters. Therefore, the Horizon FD85 at FLIBS is the first that North and South American buyers in particular will get aboard. Highlights include a main-deck master and about 25 percent more interior space for her size range thanks to a vertical bow.
Tankoa Vertige. This 164-footer (49.99-meter) is new to American waters, plus marks Italy-based Tankoa Yachts’ inaugural appearance at the U.S. superyacht show. Named for her owner’s favorite wine, she has several balconies to admire the view. She also has a glass-fronted wine cellar containing her namesake drink.
Jarrett Bay Boatworks’ Jaruco. This long-awaited mega-sportfishing yacht started as the code-named Project Ireland. A 310-square-foot (28.8-square-meter) cockpit is just one stand-out feature. Perhaps most significant, Jaruco features cold-molded construction, plus is the world’s first sportfisherman using carbon fiber.
Sunseeker 95 Yacht. The three-level master suite will surely attract customers’ attention, making her seem far larger. In customary Sunseeker fashion, the 95 Yacht has a good turn of speed. She should cruise around 20 knots.
Adler Suprema. Italy-based Cantiere Alto Adriatico builds Adler Yachts. The Adler Suprema is a flying-bridge-equipped 76-footer with hybrid propulsion. She also employs carbon fiber and Kevlar construction throughout her entire structure.
If you’re planning to visit any of these, or other megayachts, also consider getting tickets for the Windward Club VIP Lounge. It provides a place for relaxing, with an open bar and fine food, near the megayacht and luxury-auto displays. Alternately, you can have private meetings here to discuss and close contracts. Better yet, the Windward VIP Club Experience adds in concierge services as well as meet-and-greet opportunities.