These five large yachts are the new frontier in boating? There are many reasons for that: they range from the need to find new market segments to that to differentiate the type of offer. Above all, however, there is the need to have more and more (indoor and outdoor) spaces onboard without adding meters to the overall hull length. Until recently, the only option was represented by motor-powered catamarans, increasingly more popular and successful on the market. At least until today. Widebody yachts, in fact, are a good alternative, halfway between a traditional fly and a motor multihull. A good option to have more volumes, without however renouncing the pleasure of sailing, even at high speed, on a mono-hull vessel.
The seed of what can be defined as a real trend today was planted by Arcadia Yachts and Francesco Guida’s design vision. It was 2008, a difficult time seriously affected by the economic recession caused by Lehman & Brothers’ bankruptcy. A dark period, but at the same time fertile from a creative point of view, because it motivated many nautical companies to propose something different and never seen before. Officially presented in 2010, A85 can be considered as the progenitor of a new nautical “species”. The rest is history. Ten years later and with six models launched and 30 units sold, the Italian shipyard returns to the fore with the Sherpa XL. Developed in collaboration with Hot Lab, this hull offers a 220-square-meter surface of livable areas.
THE WAIT HAS FINALLY BEEN COMPENSATED. Once in the water, the X95 has confirmed the quality of a project that definitively breaks the mold. Behind the acronym lies the first model of a new product range that introduces some important innovative elements. Starting from the flybridge, which exploits the full length of the hull, thus dedicating additional surface to open-air activities. It is not a casualty.
The design research work has gone in the direction of offering even larger spaces compared to those found on boats of the same size. This effort, in the case of the X95, has translated into more 10 percent of outdoor spaces and an increase of 40 percent of the internal areas, to the full benefit of livability on board. All within an overall length of just 28.96 meters, reduced to 23.95 meters at the waterline, thus remaining below the threshold in order to fall within the classification of pleasure craft.
The X80 will soon follow the X95, a sure protagonist at the next boat shows. It is the confirmation that Princess is serious and confirms the intention by the Plymouth shipyard to continue on a route that, in recent times, has also been taken by other manufacturers.
The range has been recently completed by the new Extra 130 Alloy, Extra 93 and Extra 86 Fast. The three models together make up the range, signed by Francesco Guida, of Extra Yachts, part of the Palumbo Superyachts Group. In detail, the 86 Fast combines innovative and generous spaces with a top speed of 30 knots.
Cetera is also in the running to carve out a leading position in this market segment. Once again, the new 60-foot project brings the inspiration and creativity of Francesco Guida to the fore. The inspiration comes from the Chris Craft Aqua-Home, a boat that, in the 70s, introduced the idea of conceiving the sleeping area and the living area on one level. A concept now proposed in an updated key on the Cetera 60.
Always from the States, Lazzara Yachts Group, under the Elada Yachts brand, has developed a new range distinguished by generous volumes. The EX 87 will be the first unit, later followed by the bigger EX 125. Finally, the Turkish shipyard Serena Marine, in collaboration with German Frers, has launched a range of motor yachts from 58 to 88 feet whole design philosophy fully embraces the concept of large spaces.
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