This year’s extravaganza at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show was slated to be one of the most spectacular representations of luxury and grandeur the industry has ever seen. It was no disappointment! For 57 years, hundreds of boat makers and enthusiasts have gathered to show off their private luxury yachts and premiere charter boats. This year, the superyachts hailing from Europe are finally sailing into port and showing off their unique designs. Even the compact vessels in attendance had state-of-the-art navigation and video equipment.
Names like Christensen Shipyards introduced more than one of the most expensive yachts you will find in 160 and 164-foot lengths. These luxury yachts offer tremendous cutting-edge upgrades. With more than 100 boat types in attendance, the event was rewarding beyond words. Christensen’s Chausser boasts a neutral interior design highlighted with magnificent green onyx tiled bathrooms and rosewood backdrops. Although the Chausser is the model with the silver hull, the Silver Lining is just the opposite with a deep, rich Walnut interior that invokes a rich ambiance. Boat lovers have long awaited these additions.
Other companies like Westport and Ferretti Yachts each with ammunition of their own. Their yachts for sale stole the show for a moment with the new 125-foot behemoth from Westport, and the 850 Ferretti. The 125 has all the speed of a large boat while maintaining the look and feel of the 112 version with breathtaking mahogany accents. The 850 has a stunning saloons with remarkable hardwood floors that provide depth and character to the brand. Huge windows, granite countertops, and many splendid details adorn the vessels from large to small. Dynamite really does come in small packages with these boats!
Other big names showed up in splendor too. Viking announced their presence with four brand new models. Many felt that the 72-foot Convertible was the ultimate winner between the beauties with elegant touches like crown molding and a second saloon when the enclosed bridge option is chosen. The stately bedrooms are dressed in velvety gray backdrops with sleek contours, earthy wood tones, and plush beds. The closed bridge comes with a wet bar and entertainment zone to keep guests happy when out of the water, but there was plenty of play on the water too.
One thing we noticed on the luxury yachts were some of the toys they had onboard. There were the usual tubes and water ski’s, but a welcome site would be a motorized board from Jetsurf. These zany jetboards are powered by gas and run on a rechargeable 3.4 AH Lithium Ion battery. They let riders tackle the big swells, and our the perfect addition to family yachts and charter boats because everyone from amateurs to avid racers can ride these Jetsurf boards.
The 655 Coupe from Astondoa may have been small in size to some of the superyachts, but it was well-designed with features like sunbathing areas on the upper levels of the boat. Panels fold out on to provide even more room to tan, if necessary. These thoughtful additions make the yacht seem much larger. The teak and leather furnishings provide a welcoming vibe that is evident in every nook and cranny of this vessel. This model has a saloon with a convertible table that serves as a dining room table or a coffee table depending on the number of guests. The main cabin doors slide making access to the lower deck much easier than traditional boat design.
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