The 41st annual Palm Beach International Boat Show starts today. Owned by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County and produced by Informa Markets, the PIBS will be taking place along Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach, directly across the Intracoastal Waterway from Palm Beach Island.
An analysis of the boat show from 2022 showed that the event has an estimated total statewide economic impact of over $1.05 billion. With over 55,000 visitors attending the show in previous years, this has contributed to over $725 million in total sales resulting from the show. This year's edition will feature 600+ exhibiting brands and over 800 vessels, more than $1.2 billion worth of yachts and accessories. Here is the list of the yachts worth seeing.
Arrow was delivered by Feadship in 2020, and hit the market for the first time, listed for sale by Fraser. The 75-meter is a full displacement superyacht built in steel and aluminum and Lloyd’s registered. Her exterior and interior were penned by London-based H2 Design. She can accommodate 12 guests in six spacious cabins, including an impressive full-beam owner suite complete with an office and his and her dressing room; and a VIP stateroom on the main seck. Arrow features the latest generation of Feadship hybrid technology – enabling the most efficient use of energy with the lowest possible impact.
For the 67-meter vessel it’s an American debut. This tailor-made superyacht was delivered to her Californian owner in 2022. With a steel hull and an aluminum superstructure, Calex testifies to the shipyard’s ability to build superyachts that perfectly reflect their owner’s personality. Calex’s sleek, modern exterior styling was made by Giorgio Cassetta, while the interiors were drawn by Benetti Style Department. The yacht provides accommodation for 14 guests across seven staterooms. Her notable features include a private sundeck with gym, spa and gas fireplace.
The Amels 60 Come Together is the first of a new generation of Amels Limited Editions and was delivered to her owner in Spring 2022. This 60-meter features the Espen Oeino exterior design. Her custom interiors, with a relaxed and natural theme and a subtle masculine edge, have been created by Winch Design. With an 830 GT, a large sun deck and folding owners suite balcony as well as hybrid power and propulsion technology, this first Amels 60 retains the sought-after Amels Limited Editions DNA now shaped for future. The yacht has a touch-and-go helipad, a DJ booth, and a spacious beach club.
Numarine will present for the first time the fastest 26XP with a planing hull, built for the US market. The Numarine 26XP is a large-volume motor yacht that can be customized with either a displacement hull or a planing hull with bigger engines, as well as with a 4- or 5-cabin layout. The 65 sqm flybridge is one of the biggest in the market. With twin MAN 560 engines, the 26XP Fast can go up to 3000 nautical miles and has an impressive speed of 31 knots.
For Horizon’s PC68 the 2023 Palm Beach International Boat Show is the global debut. The new, ultra-spacious Horizon PC68 model has been meticulously planned to meet and exceed the cruising needs of discerning boaters. She offers a four-stateroom layout with the option for an expansive open-plan saloon or an on-deck master stateroom. The debuting PC68 features an Open Salon layout, which offers an expansive saloon area and a large seating and entertainment space on the main deck.
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This legendary wooden yacht was originally built in 1931 and has been used by five U.S. presidents: Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and President John F. Kennedy. She has been carefully reconstructed by her current owner, Charles R. Modica, and will debut at the show after three years' restoration.
For Zeelander 5 the PIBS 2023 will be an international debut. The curvaceous Zeelander silhouette is still instantly recognisable, but compared to the Z44, the shearline is more voluptuous than ever, and now follows an elongated ‘S’ shape. The yacht features bigger windows in the wheelhouse and in the hull. The Zeelander 5 has a maximum speed of 40 knots courtesy of three Volvo Penta IPS-650 drives and at the same time manages to be 2dBA quieter than its predecessor.
The Arksen 28 is one of the latest models in the Adventure Series, and a perfect day boat. Her aluminum deep-V hull makes her perfect for a safe and stable ride, the 360 views from the saloon and helm station provides panoramic views on the way to and at anchor. The boat has a day-bed, pantry unit and toilet. The top speed of 40+knots makes her perfect for a day adventure.
Credits: Arksen; Benetti; Damen Yachting; Feadship; Horizon; Numarine; PIBS; Zeelander
Omega Architects has lately unveiled its concept, the impressive 83.5-meter superyacht named Seasar. Designed by studio founder Frank Laupman, Seasar represents a "rational" evolution of Omega Architects' integrated hull-and-body design philosophy, seamlessly blending the two components for a visually cohesive superyacht.Crafted from a combination of steel and aluminum, Seasar features a masculine exterior characterized by a graceful arch that breaks up the horizontal lines and creates a captivating transition to the aft exterior spaces. The yacht boasts six decks, each thoughtfully designed to serve different purposes, enhancing privacy and ensuring a logical flow throughout the vessel. The lower deck is dedicated to the crew, while the main deck caters to guests and tender storage. The owner's deck offers exclusive accommodations, and the wheelhouse deck is focused on yacht handling and management. Finally, the observation deck provides unrivaled panoramic views from an elevated vantage point.Accommodating up to 14 guests, Seasar features five double cabins and a luxurious owner's suite. The owner's deck incorporates a unique glass window that maximizes interior freedom. It is equipped with a built-in heat barrier, ensuring a cool and comfortable atmosphere. Among its notable features, Seasar showcases a spacious swimming pool on the upper deck, offering enhanced privacy while in port, and an elevated beach-club style lounge area on the main deck, providing a delightful space for relaxation.With a gross tonnage of 2,000GT, Seasar offers the flexibility to be powered by fuel-cell or biofuel generators, allowing for a quieter and more environmentally friendly cruising experience. The yacht is optimized for exploration, featuring 150 sqm of toy storage to accommodate four Jet-Skis, a 9.6-meter limo tender, a five-meter rescue tender, and a submarine. The helideck is strategically designed without interior spaces below, providing a dedicated area for helicopter operations and seamless reception for arriving guests.Technically, Seasar boasts a moderate 3.2-meter draft and an impressive transpacific range of 5,000 nautical miles. The yacht is capable of reaching a top speed of 18 knots, with a comfortable cruising speed of 16 knots. Laupman emphasizes that the welding of Seasar's steel structure will be executed with meticulous precision, requiring minimal fairing while maintaining the impeccable finish expected of a superyacht.Credits: Omega Architects
June 5, 2023
The iconic sailing yacht Maltese Falcon has been revitalized through an extensive refit. This 88-meter superyacht, commissioned by Tom Perkins and built in 2006 by renowned Perini Navi, with naval architecture by Gerard Dijkstra and interior design by Ken Freivokh, has undergone an impressive transformation at Lusben Shipyard. The meticulous refit, involving over 80 dedicated professionals collaborating seamlessly with the yacht's crew, spanned more than six months.“It was a challenging project for all of us, not least because the sheer size of this sailing yacht required us to design and build a special system to accommodate the vessel in dry dock. We worked in synergy with the various teams involved in the refit work and with the customer, satisfying their wishes and at the same time suggesting improvements with a view to increasing efficiency and energy savings. It was an honor for all of us to be able to carry out this modernisation work on such an iconic boat, one that has made international yachting history,” said Gianni Paladino, Lusben Commercial Director.Lusben successfully transformed the owner's vision into reality by orchestrating a range of aesthetic and functional enhancements. One of the most challenging tasks was the meticulous repainting of the entire hull, restoring the distinctive 'Perini Blue' color to its former glory.Following the hull's transformation, Lusben's expert teams meticulously carried out maintenance work on the yacht's intricate onboard systems, including generators, main engines, and propellers. Notably, the mast handling system received careful attention and a delicate overhaul.Embracing the growing significance of sustainability in the boating industry, Lusben prioritized eco-conscious upgrades during the refit process. The generators were replaced with superior-class units that boast enhanced efficiency and reduced fuel consumption. Additionally, the main engine mufflers were exchanged, resulting in considerable environmental benefits and reduced noise levels for the comfort of guests. The propellers were inspected, with the shafts, blades, and bearings disassembled and serviced to optimize fuel efficiency for years to come, reflecting the collaborative efforts between Lusben, the captain, and the crew.The most vital and delicate system of the Maltese Falcon, its sail rig, underwent extensive work to ensure optimal performance. Developed by UK-based Insensys, the pioneering Dynarig system features three rotating carbon fiber masts capable of deploying an impressive 2,396 sqm of sail. This remarkable rig allows the yacht to reach top speeds of 25 knots with a displacement of 1,240 tonnes. During the refit, the teak deck was replaced, and the interiors were refurbished, with a particular focus on the cabins and bathrooms to enhance comfort and provide a more welcoming night area. The galley was also fully appointed to meet the highest standards. Energy-efficient LED lighting was installed, resulting in substantial energy savings. Routine maintenance, including hull cleaning and valve overhauls, was also diligently executed as part of the commission.The yacht now returns to its captain and crew as a testament to exceptional craftsmanship and a commitment to sustainability in the yachting industry. “It was a challenging job and an effort that involved everyone, because of the high expectations around the project and the complexity of its planning and execution, but the result is more than satisfactory thanks to the support of the yard and Lusben’s team. The Maltese Falcon can now return to the sea in all her splendor, regaling her guests with new and unforgettable experiences,” said Pierfrancesco Cafaro, captain of Maltese Falcon.Lusben was founded in 1958 in Viareggio. The shipyard has over 60 years of experience in the yacht refit sector. Credits: Lusben
June 2, 2023
Van der Valk Shipyard has announced the commissioning of two new superyacht projects: Project 111.11 and Project Samba. These vessels, based on the proven hull design of Lady Lene, will embody the vision and preferences of their respective owners, with every detail meticulously tailored to their desires.35m Project SambaThe 34-meter Project 111.11 and the 35-meter Project Samba will feature distinct exterior profiles, expertly crafted by the esteemed designer Guido de Groot. Guido de Groot will also lend his creative touch to the interior of Project Samba, while the interior design of Project 111.11 will be skillfully executed by Carla Guilhem. The clients for Project Samba were introduced to Van der Valk by Will Noftsinger from Denison Yachting.34m Project 111.11Both yachts have been ordered by experienced owners. Project 111.11 will be full displacement with twin Volvo Penta 750 hp continuous duty engines and a top speed of 14.4 knots. In contrast, Project Samba’s fast displacement hull and twin MAN 1450 hp diesels will ensure top speeds around the 17-knot mark.Project 111.11Project 111.11 will have the sky lounge with an asymmetrical semi-full-beam layout in order to stay under 300 GT volume. This allows the vessel to be built under full commercial charter class without requiring a rescue tender/davit and also gives a sidewalk from bridge to aft deck to avoid crew having to go through the lounge. The full beam master suite will have a large walk-in wardrobe aft that includes a chute which leads directly to the laundry station on the lower deck. The lower deck has a very large washer/drier capacity and a walk through from the laundry into the guest corridor, requiring a watertight bulkhead door for damage stability reasons.Project SambaProject Samba will have a large aft deck that includes a relaxation lounge zone featuring an aft-facing sofa and a formal dining table for alfresco lunches and dinners. The lower deck will feature a beach club with a chill-out area, sauna, day head and lots of washer/drier capacity for towels. Extra space will become available in the garage once the William Sportjet 395 tender is launched. Van der Valk is a family-run company building comfortable, innovative and efficient (semi) custom motor yachts from 18m to 45m. From its humble roots in the 1960s, Van der Valk today has a global fleet of over 1000 motor yachts. Credits: Van der Valk
June 2, 2023
Azimut Benetti Group and Eni Sustainable Mobility Lead the Way in Sustainable Yachting with Biofuel Partnership
Eni Sustainable Mobility, a trailblazer in sustainable energy solutions, has joined forces with Azimut Benetti Group in an unprecedented partnership aimed at revolutionizing the yachting industry's environmental impact. The collaboration centers around the supply and use of HVOlution, an innovative biofuel made entirely from renewable raw materials.S7HVOlution, derived from 100% Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (HVO), is produced at Eni Sustainable Mobility's state-of-the-art biorefineries in Venice and Gela. This advanced biofuel is manufactured using waste raw materials, vegetable residues, and non-food crop oils, adhering to a circular economy model that promotes sustainability. HVOlution offers remarkable emissions reductions of up to 90% compared to traditional fossil blends, depending on the specific raw materials utilized.Azimut Benetti Group will introduce HVOlution as a substitute for conventional fossil fuels in various aspects of yacht production and operation. Beginning in summer 2023, HVOlution will power the technical testing, sea trials, and prototype handling of new Azimut and Benetti models. Moreover, owners will have the opportunity to receive their newly acquired Azimut yachts with HVOlution biofuel already in the tank.HVOlution EniThe collaboration will be inaugurated in early June with the inaugural voyage of Azimut's highly anticipated Magellano 60, which will journey from Savona to Taormina for its international debut at the prestigious "Yachting Gala" event, hosting over 600 esteemed yacht owners from around the world.Stefano Ballista, CEO of Eni Sustainable Mobility, expressed his enthusiasm for this significant milestone in the recreational boating sector's decarbonization journey. He highlighted the partnership with Azimut|Benetti Group as an initial stride towards broader integration of HVOlution in the maritime industry.“For Azimut|Benetti Group, this agreement is a tangible step forward on the course we have charted out to reduce CO2 emissions. It is a result that enables us to extend our area of action in emissions reduction by involving the supply chain, with a focus on energy decarbonisation. At the present time, over half of Azimut’s fleet is made up of Low Emission Yachts, while Benetti has built the world's largest hybrid yacht as well as winning the ‘Green yacht of the year 2022’ award with the 37-meter B.Yond,” said Azimut Benetti Group President Giovanna Vitelli.Magellano 60As the partnership progresses, Azimut Benetti Group and Eni Sustainable Mobility plan to expand the distribution network, providing yacht owners with enhanced access to HVOlution and the opportunity to refuel with this eco-friendly biofuel. Initially, Azimut|Benetti Group marinas across Italy will serve as primary supply points for private individuals, with future plans to extend the network globally.Azimut|Benetti Group was founded in 1969 by Paolo Vitelli, who is still the main shareholder today and Giovanna Vitelli is the President. The Group’s Azimut Yachts and Benetti brands produce over 45 models of yachts and megayachts. With value of production of €1 billion in 2021/2022 and 1.2 billion in 2022/2023, over 2,000 employees, six shipyards and a network of 138 points of sale and service worldwide, Azimut|Benetti Group operates in the European, American, Middle Eastern and Asian markets. Credits: Azimut Benetti Group
June 2, 2023
Sunreef Yachts has announced a new 33-meter electric Sunreef Explorer Eco yacht. The Polish shipbuilder called it ‘a game changer with bold architecture and a fresh approach to travel’. The vessel has been designed to take owners to the most remote places in complete silence without any smoke and vibrations.The 33m Sunreef Explorer Eco is a transoceanic electric superyacht made from aluminum and advanced composite materials. Its design is aimed at maximizing the use of solar energy: solar panels are integrated into the hull, superstructure, bimini roof and bow deck across the entire width of the vessel. The photovoltaic system of the catamaran provides a power of 50 kW/p.Inside catamaran has spacious and light-filled interiors that can be adapted to any navigation plan and lifestyle, including an indoor cinema, spa, library or gym. She features a large master suite with private terrace and spacious guest staterooms. Decors are custom made using an endless variety of recycled and recyclable materials and fabrics.The 33m Sunreef Explorer Eco has state-of-the-art water heaters, water-saving faucets, a rainwater harvesting system and an ultra-efficient heat recovery boiler, the catamaran provides the best possible water management.She also has space for e-bikes, e-reels, sailing dinghies and tenders. This space connects to the yacht's full-beam aft cockpit, where there are plenty of sunbathing areas and a spa pool with panoramic ocean views.Sunreef Yachts was founded by Francis Lapp in 2002 in Gdansk, Poland. Since then, the shipyard has been designing and manufacturing luxury sailing and power multihulls. Credits: Sunreef Yachts
June 2, 2023