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8 extravagant yachts to watch ahead of boat show season

There’s always new yachts to cruise on and perfect sailing seasons all year round, all over the world — but when it comes to seeing the year’s newest, biggest boats, you can’t beat the Monaco Yacht Show and Cannes Yachting Festival which kick off boat show season every year. As these shows are just around the corner in September, we’re rounded up some of the best trending models to watch during yacht season, ahead of their Asian arrivals in 2019 and beyond.

Sanlorenzo SX76

Previously dubbed the SX72, the Sanlorenzo SX76 follows on after the successful launch of the SX88 in 2017 as the current second unit of the SX crossover range — blending superyacht with sleek loft design. Muscular on the outside, elegant on the inside, the SX76 boasts the line’s now-famous spaciousness on the main deck, stripped of every standard architectural element save for the thin mullions between floor-to-ceiling windows and an iconic sweeping spiral staircase.

To free up further space, the wheelbase has been shifted upstairs to the flybridge — which can now be fully enclosed for air conditioning — while master cabins are spread out on the lower deck. Enthusiasts can expect to see this build arriving in Hong Kong in early 2019, available for sale at Simpson Marine.

For more information, contact Simpson Marine.

Sanlorenzo 102 Asymmetric

2018 yachts to know - Sanlorenzo SL102

As always, space is a luxury, and Italian builders Sanlorenzo seem to always be pushing the boundaries in order to achieve this. The 102 Asymmetric is the first ever asymmetric yacht in the world, with the passageway from aft to front reserved just for the starboard side — none on the port side, so the main saloon is markedly larger than on any 100ft yacht on the market. One model has already been sold by Simpson Marine, and will be heading to Singapore in February 2019.

For more information, contact Simpson Marine.

McConaghy 46m Frers Trimaran

The idea of a superyacht equipped with a helipad sounds like something best reserved for the aspiring Bond villain characters in the world, but the chic and absolutely spacious 46m trimaran — designed by Argentinian yacht builder Mani Frers for the McConaghy shipyard — is admittedly undeniably attractive (especially for those who can afford the US$26.5 million price tag). There’s plenty of space for alfresco living, from the outside jacuzzi bar to the ample sun loungers. Inside, the master’s cabin is on the top deck — perfect to survey your palace, high above the four ensuite cabins accommodating up to eight guests on the lower deck. With a reduced build period, it’s ready to reach your marina within 24 months from order with Camper and Nicholsons.

For more information, contact Camper & Nicholsons Asia

Numarine 26XP

According to Fraser Yachts Asiamarine CEO Eric Noyel, up-and-coming yachts that are favoured by Asian buyers are all about more travel range, more comfort and less speed — they’re bigger, better, and more capable of travelling distances such as 3,000 nautical miles on one full tank, no sweat. With that in mind, the Numarine 26XP fits the bill: its long range of 3,500 nm allows you to cruise Hong Kong waters as well as reach the coasts of Phuket to Palawan.

Created by Numarine owner Omer Malaz — who spends on average over 150 days a year living on yachts himself — the 26XP boasts a fantastic volume measuring 82 ft in length with a 6.7 metres wide beam, not to mention boasting sleek, comfortable interiors, all built in a tough hull designed to take you smoothly and safely to wherever you please. It can be yours for a small fortune of 3.3 million Euros.

For more information, contact Numarine

Arcadia Sherpa XL

An example of the increasingly popular “pocket superyacht”, this “avant garde floating palace”, as Eric Noyel puts it, is priced at a cool 5 million Euros and requires a two-year waiting list for the privilege of becoming a proud owner. The reason? This state-of-the-art, ultra-luxury Italian build offers enormous space to lounge and sleep in despite a relatively compact 76 ft length and 6.7 metres extra wide beam. Arcadia is also dedicated to ensuring its boats are light on consumption, and this model comes with solar panels and possible hybrid propulsion.

For more information, contact Asiamarine.

ISA Extra 76

Italian superyacht builder ISA knows a thing or two about being extra — and in a luxury industry of more is more, that’s an excellent thing, especially when it comes to more volume, more comfort, and more range. The 76 ft pocket superyacht is the first of a new innovative series, and is currently being exhibited at the Cannes Yachting Festival.

Prized for its wide beam of 6.8 metres as well as setting records for its spacious cockpit and voluminous open saloon, the Extra 76 gives guests direct connection to the sea without compromising on-board comfort. It’s also been known for offering low consumption solutions for its long-range navigation. Plus, panels in the saloon use photo-voltaic cells to help generate clean power, so you don’t have to turn on the generator each time you’re at dock.

For more information, contact Asiamarine

Azimut S6

No doubt a lot of Hong Kong aficionados have eyes on Azimut following the launch of its Grande 27 Metri in the SAR last year. The S6 is among a few yachts that are debuting at Cannes Yachting Festival this year. The sporty, airy model features sleek, timeless interiors, a fabulous sun-drenched saloon and open galley; and exudes an understated, comforting luxury that you’d want to replicate in your own home.

For more information, visit Azimut

Galeon 650 Skydeck

Yachts are increasingly going for that seamless feel of catching 360 degrees of ocean views, and this innovative model from Galeon is packed with nifty features to maximise spaciousness and enjoyment of the sea. The Transformer Wings — two balconies on each side — extend six metres out, and feature transparent plexiglass bottoms to enjoy the sea underfoot. They also hold an indoor/outdoor bar with stools each.

At the bow, the sun deck seating can be converted into picnic tables, while the Magic Door allows you to step out front — yes, through the windshield — without needing to use the side gangways. With three master cabins rather than the traditional setup with VIP and two smaller ones, you and your guests are sure to be sailing in pure comfort. And for less than 1.8 million Euros, it’s practically a steal.

For more information, visit Galeon

Evelyn Lok
Managing Editor
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. At Lifestyle Asia she covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.