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
Southern Wind has introduced the newest addition of the successful SW96 family: Liberty, which became the fifth unit of the series. The yacht was launched in Cape Town. Designed by the respected teams of Farr Yacht Design and Nauta Design, the SW96#05 is a further evolution of the successful SW96 series with an additional emphasis on racing.The yacht’s hull and deck are built in sandwich with a foam core and infused carbon skins for lighter weight. Her lightship displacement of 62 tonnes and a tall rig, grant excellent speed in light air. To enhance her performance soul, the yacht has a Hall Spars high-modulus carbon mast and carbon boom as well as EC6+ carbon rigging with double backstay pre-configured to accommodate both pinhead and square top mainsail.SW96#05’s hull has full water lines with straight end diagonals, a wide, low transom and full forward sections. These, together with a fixed bowsprit, a lifting keel (3.4-5.5m) and twin rudder configuration, make her easy to sail and control in a wide range of conditions.Liberty has a raised saloon layout, where a sleek coachroof with panoramic windows floods the interior with light. Additional views and light come through the largest hull portlights in the series. Her deck is the first of the series to feature the latest Southern Wind “Twin Fold” transom.The yacht features a three-guest cabin layout with a wide TV area forward of the saloon and a larger owner’s suite with ample closet space forward. SW96#05 Liberty will now undertake extensive sea trials in the waters of Cape Town before heading to the Mediterranean for her first Summer season. Southern Wind is a boutique bluewater sailing yacht shipyard founded in Cape Town in 1991. Since its foundation, SWS has specialized in the production of semi-custom high-performance superyachts.Credits: Southern Wind
February 27, 2024
An auction organized by Ferretti Group, in support of David Beckham’s 7 Fund for UNICEF, has ended, with the proceeds of the special-edition yacht going towards UNICEF’s work in El Salvador, creating safe spaces for children to learn and play. The Ferretti Group auctioned a Riva Anniversario boat to raise funds, which will go towards protecting children, particularly those living in El Salvador whose lives are often threatened by violence. Riva Anniversario is the special limited-edition boat created by Riva to celebrate the shipyard's 180th anniversary and the 60th anniversary of the iconic Aquarama. Only 18 examples were produced, one of which was destined to support the work of 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund. In 2023, the 7 Fund delivered sports, cultural, and artistic activities to over five thousand children and adolescents in El Salvador. These activities aimed to foster inclusion, eliminate gender stereotypes, and strengthen community bonds, all while addressing the problems that the country faces concerning violence against children. To date, more than 36,000 children in El Salvador have benefited from this programme. “Providing children with safe spaces to learn and play is key to ensuring their enrollment in education and providing them with opportunities to develop their full potential. This is why we are grateful to Ferretti Group for the donation made to UNICEF through the 7 Fund,” said UNICEF Private Fundraising and Partnerships Director Carla Haddad Mardini. “I would like to thank UNICEF for the chance to contribute through our boat to such a noble and deserving cause as the one supported by ‘7 Fund for UNICEF’. It is an honor to have actively participated in this project that offers hope and opportunity to thousands of children and their families,” said Alberto Galassi, Ferretti Group CEO.7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund was launched in February 2015 to mark David Beckham’s tenth year as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. The Fund is a unique partnership between David Beckham and UNICEF that is helping to give vulnerable and disadvantaged children the opportunity to reach their full potential. The Ferretti Group, led by Chief Executive Officer Alberto Galassi, is now one of the world’s leaders in the construction and sale of luxury yachts and pleasure vessels, with a unique portfolio of brands: Ferretti Yachts, Riva, Pershing, Itama, Mochi Craft, CRN, Custom Line and Wally.Credit: Ferretti Group
February 27, 2024
Abeking & Rasmussen Services has announced the arrival of a 70-meter motor yacht Saint Nicolas from 2007 for a comprehensive refit last week. This vessel has chosen A&R Services as its trusted partner for an extensive refurbishment, including a notable extension on the swimming platform as well as a new gym and spa on the sundeck. The project will be managed by the independent family office headquartered in Monaco, Arrow Yachts, aiming to elevate the yacht to new heights of luxury. Undergoing both exterior and interior transformations, the refit will be a collaborative effort between Pascoli International, who will oversee the exterior enhancements, ensuring that the vessel's sleek lines and elegant profile are maintained while integrating modern elements, and Patrick Knowles Design, who will handle the interior works. The swim platform extension has been designed by the American naval architecture firm Murray & Associates. "This refit project represents a significant milestone for A&R Services," said Daniel Reichwald, Managing Director of A&R Services. "We are honored to have been chosen as the preferred partner for revitalizing this iconic motoryacht. Our team is committed to delivering an exceptional job and exceeding the owner's expectations." The refit project is expected to take eight months to complete. The German shipyard Abeking & Rasmussen was established in 1907 by George Abeking and Henry Rasmussen, the company first worked with the German Imperial Navy on several vessels including submarine destroyers and mine boats. Rasmussen then started designing wooden sailing and motor yachts which led to the construction of several pleasure crafts.Credits: Abeking & Rasmussen
February 27, 2024
Heesen has announced the sale of YN 20350, the 50m fast cruiser Project Jade. The all-aluminum Project Jade boasts a sleek and svelte exterior design penned by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects. The contemporary interior is made by Cristiano Gatto. A conceptual and airy atmosphere is achieved through various materials and textures that reflect natural light. Mirrors and tempered glass inspired by the sky, along with bold pops of green from the yacht's namesake stone, Jade, contribute to the overall aesthetic.Accommodating twelve guests in five staterooms, including an owners' suite on the main deck forward, Project Jade ensures a comfortable experience for all. The remaining guest cabins, two doubles and two twins, are on the lower deck. Nine crew members will look after the guests efficiently and discreetly thanks to a very well-thought-out layout, which is the foundation for a successful yachting experience. With a top speed of 23 knots, Jade also boasts a highly efficient hull design, meticulously crafted and engineered by Heesen's in-house naval architects. This efficiency is not merely about speed; it's also about creating a seamless, comfortable experience for those onboard. In addition to its impressive design and performance features, Project Jade is IMO III compliant.This sale marks the third Heesen vessel sold by SuperYachtsMonaco in the past decade, marking a significant collaboration, in particular with Jim Evans, who introduced the client."We are overjoyed to congratulate the client on entrusting our shipyard with building his new yacht. This sale not only showcases the exceptional quality of Heesen yachts but also confirms our strong relationship with the brokerage network," says Mark Cavendish, Heesen's chief commercial officer. Mark Cavendish also extended his congratulations to Jim Evans for his role in the sale, "Jim Evans has consistently been a strong advocate for Heesen, and this sale underscores his deep knowledge of our brand and product. We are grateful for his continued support and look forward to future collaborations."As Project Jade nears launch, Heesen looks forward to commissioning her systems and rigorous North Sea tests before delivering the yacht to her new owners in Q2, 2024. In these challenging times, Project Jade's sale is a positive sign for the industry, highlighting Heesen's strength as a leader in the luxury yacht market.Heesen Yachts is a Dutch ship building company that specializes in custom-built superyachts in aluminum and steel from 30m to 70m in size. Founded in 1978, it has launched more than 170 yachts since its inception.Credits: Heesen Yachts
February 26, 2024
Rossinavi, the esteemed Italian shipyard, has recently unveiled a brand-new marine brand called Nolimits. Breaking boundaries in yacht design, the Nolimits range introduces five aluminum crossovers tailored for transoceanic voyages.Established by the illustrious Rossi family, renowned for founding the Rossinavi shipyard in 1980, Nolimits marks a strategic expansion into a distinct market segment. These crossovers, blending the essence of explorer vessels with the luxury of superyachts, epitomize Rossinavi's commitment to innovation.Crafted by the acclaimed designer Fulvio de Simoni, the Nolimits fleet spans from 30 to 45 meters in length. Constructed entirely in Italy, these vessels leverage Rossinavi's four-decade-long expertise in bespoke yacht construction.Federico Rossi, COO of Rossinavi, expressed, "After a long experience in building yachts from 500 to over 2,000 GT, it is time to carry this kind of technical vision also into yachts from 30 to 45 meters." He emphasized the brand's focus on creating vessels capable of extended offshore journeys while maintaining the hallmark luxury and functionality of superyachts.The inaugural Nolimits lineup comprises the NL30 (98 feet), NL37 and NL37+ (121 feet), and the NL45 and NL45+ (148 feet). The "+” variants feature a raised pilothouse, offering diverse layouts on the upper deck. Notably, the NL37+ boasts an indoor skylounge with panoramic vistas, while the NL45+ features a VIP cabin with a private deck.Designed for stability and comfort, each vessel boasts spacious hulls and lavish interiors, ensuring a pleasurable experience on extended global expeditions. Expansive panoramic windows and commodious sundecks create seamless connections with the surrounding seascape. Sundecks are equipped with pools, bars, BBQs, sunbeds, and windbreakers for enhanced comfort.Performance-wise, Nolimits cruisers feature robust engines, dual stabilization systems, and twin rudders for superior maneuverability. Their impressive fuel capacity facilitates transatlantic crossings, while advanced noise reduction technology ensures a serene onboard ambiance. Moreover, the air conditioning system, with chillers operating at 150 percent capacity, ensures rapid refreshment.Rossinavi is an Italian manufacturer of custom steel and aluminum superyachts 28m in size and larger. The Rossi shipyard was founded in the 1970s and is located in Viareggio.Credits: Rossinavi
February 26, 2024