The 32nd annual Palm Beach International Boat Show kicked off yesterday for its four-day run. More than $1.2 billion in yachts and boating accessories will be on display during the show. Here is the list of top 9 yachts on display in Palm Beach, created in order of descending length.
Lurssen - Martha Ann 70.2m
70.2m Martha Ann was built for Warren E Halle and is the latest of three yachts commissioned by the American entrepreneur from Lurssen. Refitted in 2014, the yacht is classified by Lloyds and MCA compliant. Her 6 cabin-layout can accommodate 12 guests in a full beam master cabin, a VIP on the upper deck and four double cabins on the lower deck. From a technical standpoint, Martha Ann is powered by twin Caterpillar engines of 2,010 hp each giving her a maximum speed of 15.5 knots and a range of 6,000 nautical miles at 13 knots. For maximum comfort, this yacht for sale is fitted with zero speed stabilizers.
Codecasa - Double Down 65m
Designed by the Codecasa team, Double Down features a high-quality stabilization system to ensure maximum stability while cruising or at anchor. Twelve guests are accommodated in 8 staterooms, including a master suite, five double staterooms and three twin cabins. The main deck’s salon is home to a grand piano, accented by rich mahogany and sumptuous furnishings. She accommodates 20 crew members. Her alluring features include a four-deck glass elevator, fully outfitted gym, movie theater, upper deck dining area with bi-fold sliding glass doors allowing 270-degree views, eight-person Jacuzzi, large sun beds and shaded lounging on aft bridge deck.
Trinity Yachts - Skyfall 57.91m
Built in 2010 by Trinity Yachts and featuring an interior by Patrick Knowles, Skyfall is described as “urban contemporary with overtones of Zen.” Her all-aluminum exterior with a shallow draft allows for access to shallow waters that yachts of her size typically cannot reach. Her interior sleeps 17 guests in seven rooms, including a split-level master suite, VIP stateroom and five guest staterooms. In addition, she can carry up to 13 crew. Her alluring amenities include a spacious entertaining areas on all decks, touch-and-go-helipad, splash pool and spa tub on sundeck, split-level master suite with panoramic vistas, gym, basketball hoop, state-of-the-art stabilization system, 42” TV screens and en-suite bathrooms in all cabins, 30’ TBC tender and 18’ Novurania tender and tender garage, beach club.
Feadship - Madsummer 55.5m
Madsummer, built by Feadship in 2005, features accommodation for 10 guests in five spacious staterooms, as well as a crew of 14. Her amenities include open deck areas, Jacuzzi, master suite with study and walk-in wardrobe, two waverunners, two kayaks, water skis and tows, swim platform, flat and plasma screen TVs.
Admiral - Quinta Essentia 55m
The all-aluminum Quinta Essentia can accommodate up to 12 guests over 6 generous staterooms, including a large owner’s suite on the main deck, a VIP cabin with a 180 degree panoramic view on the upper deck, and 4 cabins on the lower deck. The owner and guests will get to enjoy a pool on the main aft deck plus a spa below decks. The spa contains a hammam, a sauna and a massage area. Powered by twin MAN engines, she reaches a maximum speed of 16.5 knots, with an impressive range of over 6,500 nm at a speed of 9.5 knots.
Feadship - Huntress 54.86m
Huntress is a 54.86m luxury motor yacht built by Feadship in 1997. With a beam of 9.58 m , she has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. She is powered by CAT engines of 1270 hp each and a cruising speed of 12 knots. The motor yacht can accommodate 10 guests in 5 cabins and an exterior design by Terence Disdale.
Amels - Spirit 54.3m
Spirit is a 54.3m motor yacht built by Amels in 2011. The yacht's interior was designed by Nuvolari & Lenard and her exterior styling is by Tim Heywood Design. With a beam of 9 m and a draft of 3.5 m, she has a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. She is powered by MTU engines of 2100 hp each and a cruising speed of 12 knots. The motor yacht can accommodate 11 guests in 5 cabins.
Swedeship - Passion 52.7m
Passion accommodates up to 12 guests in six cabins and 14 crew in separate quarters. The master stateroom and primary VIP stateroom have king-sized beds and en-suite bathrooms. On the lower deck, there are four additional rooms. Passion has a fully outfitted gym featuring a full bath and steam shower.
Feadship - Blu 470 49.68m
Built by Feadship, Blu 470 is a vessel offering six staterooms with a completely new interior. She features refit with design by Adam Voorhees.
In the spotlight throughout a long-running case around Malaysia's sovereign wealth fund 1MDB, the 91-meter Equanimity is now being auctioned for a nine-figure sum by Malaysia's government. Built by Oceanco, the superyacht was delivered with one of the largest spas ever seen onboard a yacht.1MDB was created in 2009 as a sovereign wealth fund with over $4 billion under management to invest in strategic projects. After a series of investments in energy and real estate, a controversy around the fund began as to whether funds had been misappropriated throughout this period by management and government officials.Later investigations led to asset seizures spearheaded by the US DoJ, amongst which was Equanimity. It was then claimed that her owner, financier Jho Low, had ordered the yacht using profits that were connected to 1MDB's real estate dealings and off-shore accounts totalling over $250 million for the yacht's purchase and upkeep.Financed also in part through a loan by Sotheby's financial against art works, Equanimity was delivered in 2014 and introduced at the Monaco Yacht Show later that year where she won the award of finest yacht. Amongst her main highlights was an extensive spa area that spanned a large part of her lower deck.Following developments in the 1MDB case, the DoJ moved to seize Equanimity in June 2017 as part of their effort to recoup an estimated $400 million in alleged profits from Low. The yacht was eventually seized in Indonesia at the request of Malaysian authorities. According to a spokesman for Equanimity (Cayman) Ltd, this was done in violation of Indonesian and American court rulings. Following the seizure, the yacht was transported to Malaysia where finance minister, Lim Guan Eng said an auction of the yacht was to take place. It is now understood at least nine figures were being sought for the yacht at the auction, which is expected to be completed by March 2019.Equanimity was, however, famous across the yachting community, well before being pushed into the limelight by this case, for its extensive spa area on the lower deck, plunge pools and highly customised interior. At 2,998 gross tons of interior volume, the yacht still sits as the 65th largest yacht in the world.The 91-meter's spa is akin to that of a megapolis' 5-star hotel. Incorporating plunge pools, massage areas, saunas, experiential showers, hammams, jacuzzis and a gym all designed with the most precious of materials, it directly connects to a beach club from which guests can swim out into the ocean.Equanimity's 5 decks are connected by a grand staircase coupled with a glass elevator. Accommodating up to 22 guests in 11 cabins, the yacht was the first one to be built to comply with the new Passenger Yacht Code. Carrying a crew of 31, the yacht can cruise for up to 5,000 nautical miles at a speed of 15 knots, with its top speed at 18.5 kn.Aft of its second deck, Equanimity features a large helipad, typically covered with lounging sofas and sun beds when not in use. Forward of the helipad is a 20sqm spa pool sitting in front of the entrance to the yacht's spacious main salon. Throughout the deck, guests are kept within the atmosphere of a luxurious, relaxing spa.Inside, across the yacht's lounges and cabins can be found a continuing theme of the sea rendered through a clever use of sculptures, ornaments and glass. Centred around a clear colour scheme with tall windows throughout, Equanimity's interior almost acts as an extension of the sea wherever the yacht cruises.Equanimity's staterooms, styled like a luxurious, modern hotel, are spread out into a master cabin with a study, which can be converted into a double cabin, a VVIP suite, 3 VIP cabins, as well as an additional 2 double and 2 twin cabins spread out throughout the yacht's main deck, giving good views to all guests.Fully-equipped, the 91-meter's gym can be used underway but is best enjoyed when at anchor, with a fold down platform that opens up onto the sea and lets guests exercise practically on the water. Equanimity also comes complete with two custom-designed, 10-meter Hodgdon tenders to ferry around her guests in style.Malaysia's auction will see qualified buyers making sealed bids for the yacht in view of a sale that is set to complete by March 2019. Whilst the exact asking price is for the moment unknown, officials are looking for a 9 figure number according to various press reports. This becomes the 2nd high profile yacht auctioned off this year, following the 95-meter Oceanco, Indian Empress, which was sold earlier this year for €35 million during an auction in Malta.
December 9, 2018
Equanimity, the 91-meter superyacht caught up in legal pursuits led by the United States' Department of Justice over the 1MDB fund, is now going to be auctioned off for a nine figure sum in March 2019. This follows the yacht being seized earlier in 2018.The sale of the yacht, which is being handled by Burgess on behalf of the Malaysian government, is happening at the request of the Sheriff of the Admiralty Court of Kuala Lumpur. According to statements made by government officials, interest in purchasing the yacht has already been recorded.This development comes as part of a long saga that started with the US DoJ moving to seize Equanimity back in June 2017. This was being done as part of an effort to recover $1.7 billion that were allegedly misappropriated from the 1Malaysia Berhad Fund according to the DoJ. Of this figure, $400 million were being sought from Jho low, a Malaysian businessman who took delivery of Equanimity in 2014. The yacht cost him over $250 million according to court fillings, including its upkeep.After eventually being seized by Indonesian authorities, the yacht was moved to Malaysia in view of a public auction for the yacht that was to take place according to Malaysia's finance minister, Lim Guan Eng. A spokesman for Equanimity (Cayman) Ltd, the yacht's owner, then commented that this move was done in violation of Indonesian and American court rulings.Launched in 2014, Equanimity was built by Oceanco in the Netherlands and debuted at the Monaco Yacht Show, later that year. Amongst her main amenities area a large spa area spread throughout the yacht's aft.
December 7, 2018
Hakvoort, the Dutch-based shipyard, has confirmed the launch of its largest project to date, the 63.72-meter Scout. Designed by H2 Yacht Design, the yacht is expected to be delivered to her owners in Spring 2019. She was previously known as Project Brio.Launched on December 1st, the yacht started construction under a different ownership, changing owners early on and shifting the project to the steel and aluminium explorer that it is today. "The owner’s brief called for a rugged explorer style yacht intended to look like a conversion from a commercial vessel." commented H2's Jonny Horsfield. "We placed the tenders on the bow, leaving them exposed to add to the utilitarian aesthetic. There is a helideck and a forward observation lounge in addition to an expansive sun deck."Scout features 4 guest cabins on the main deck as well as an owner's deck in addition to 2 staff cabins on the lower deck. Sold by Fraser Yachts to her current owner, Scout will become the largest yacht built by Hakvoort, topping its 61-meter Just J's delivered in 2016.The owner's previous yacht was a 45-meter RMK Marine also named Scout. Delivered in 2012, she was sold asking $15.9 million and has since been renamed Calliope.Powered by twin CAT engines, Scout will cruise at 12.5 knots and reach a top speed of 14.8kn. Her maximum range will be at 4,800 nautical miles once delivered, coupled with an ice-class hull.
December 7, 2018
Promise, the 51-meter yacht launched earlier this year, has now been delivered according to the Dutch shipyard. First yacht built by Feadship to be ice-classed, the 51-meter is now being shipped to the US according to the yard.Penned by Studio De Voogt with an interior by Bannenberg and Rowell, Promise was created as the first Feadship to fit ice-class notations, hinting that the yacht will cruise in polar regions for some portion of time. Powered by twin Caterpillar engines, she will have a top speed of 14.5 knots and a range of 4,500 nautical miles.Spread across a large beam of 10.8-meters, the 51-meter custom built yacht has been shrouded in secrecy throughout her build. Notable features from the outside are her large helipad aft o the upper deck, as well as tall windows in the main lounges suggesting panoramic views.Photos via Feadship
December 7, 2018
Maritime union Nautilus has confirmed that near $1 million in overdue salaries were paid to the crew of Indian Empress, now known as Neom. This follows the 95-meter yacht being abandoned in Malta in 2017 and recently sold at an auction for €35 million.The yacht's previous owner, Indian billionaire Vijay Mallya, left the yacht in Malta in September 2017 amidst controversy over his Kingfisher Airlines and debts of over $1 billion. Known for his former Formula One team, Force India, as well as his United Spirits alcohol distributor in India, which he sold in 2014, Mallya was also active in Indian politics until 2016.After crew members of Mallya's Indian Empress, as well as several other creditors, the largest of which was Melita Power Diesel with an outstanding payment of over €650,000, demanded the yacht be sold to cover expenses, it was put up for auction in Malta. After several failed attempts, the yacht was sold for €35 million and renamed Neom.The latest developments sees the maritime union securing a payout for crew members, which averages at $20,745 per crew members, of which there were more than 40 reportedly unpaid since September 2017.Built in 2000 by Oceanco in the Netherlands as Al Mirqab, the 95-meter yacht remains one of the most iconic on the water. Refitted in 2006 and renamed to Indian Empress, the yacht was made available for charter throughout the past 10 years from €650,000 per week. She is now known as Neom.
December 7, 2018