With an array of luxury, sport, racing and custom vessels to choose from, learn which vessels to look out for in 2019 in this short review thats fit for the average fishermen, marine electronics enthusiasts, leisure cruise aficionados and watersports hobbyists.
What will ultimately be considered the foremost luxury ship in the world following its inaugural cruise throughout the Caribbean in 2019, is the Lurssen Kismet. With an elegantly and meticulously crafted Reymond Langton interior, industry leading navigational technology, and its impeccably refined spectrum of salons (each with custom lighting to elicit specific emotions) – the Lurssen Kismet is being hailed as a maritime marvel, akin only to the most prestigious mega-yachts in the world (we’re looking at you Al Mirqab). Designed by Espen Oeino, arguably the most famous naval architect in the world, the Lurssen Kismet was built as an “upgrade” to a prestigious client’s original 223 super yacht. Beyond the decadent owner’s cabin, the ship features six distinct staterooms (with customized lighting of course) that support 12 guests. Each room is appointed with a spectrum of elegant textiles, exotic woods, leather and marble. Ready for a tour? Check out this stunning glimpse of the interior and guest amenities.
If you’re feeling ambitious and that only a trip aboard the Lurssen Kismet will satisfy your thirst for seawater, we have good news. The ship will be available for charter in the Caribbean this spring, starting at a base rate of $1.6M dollars per week. Access to the helipad is included in that rate.
If you’re a student of maritime history, then you’re no stranger to the legacy of the Dutch Navy. Considered the most capable ship builders in Europe during the 17th century, the Dutch were revered as the foremost powerful fleet in the world. Their renaissance in naval architecture would ultimately go on to influence how ships would be built for another two hundred years. Today, the Dutch remain among the most respected ship builders in the world – and the Amels Kamalaya is a stunning example of generations of maritime engineering come to life. With a range of 4,500 nautical miles, this ship evokes the spirit of expedition. Featuring an exterior design by Tim Heywood and an interior design by Remi Tessier, the ship can lavishly support 12 guests (not including crew). Hailed as a genuine globetrotter, the Amels Kamalaya has made it to the Arctic Circle and back.
CL Yachts CLA 76f
With more than a century of ship building experience, Hong Kong’s very own Cheoy Lee is world renowned for producing several of the most elegant sailing yachts ever built. Their legacy is imbued with south pacific style and their world class reputation remains a mainstay of the yachting industry. Their new venture, CL Yachts, is the culmination of an effort to engage a new generation of yacht owners who thirst for seaborn adventure, but demand the distinctive South China Sea image that only Cheoy Lee can deliver.
The CLA 76f, designed in collaboration with Jozeph Forakis, is a flybridge yacht with all the amenities one could expect from a luxury focused sail boat builder. As a new class of power yachts, this particular vessel is 76’6” long, featuring a lower-deck full-beam master stateroom, a VIP salon, and a guest cabin with two twin berths (let’s not forget the crew quarters, in addition to the guest accommodations). The main lounge, galley, dining area, foredeck, secluded aft-deck and distinctive retractable beach platform all flow along the main deck. The flydeck features a stunningly appointed flybridge, a shaded L-shaped sofa, not to mention a custom BBQ and stainless steel refrigerator.
Riva Corsaro 100
Established in 1842, the Riva boat yard was originally situated on Lake Iseo in Saranico-Italy. Their history spans an incredible three generations of master boat builders and has remained world renowned for luxury vessel construction for a century and a half. Now owned by Ferretti, Riva is producing some of the most captivating sport yachts in the world, and the Riva Corsaro 100 is no exception. The vessel carries a commanding presence and an iconic bow. With a low, sleek profile, the decks are accentuated by the finest teak (as well as other exotic wood) money can buy. At 98’ overall, with an insanely wide 22’ beam, the Corsaro 100 has a range of 320 nautical miles and a top cruising speed of 27 knots. The top deck looks more like a lavish Manhattan penthouse than a sun lounge, accented with stainless steel, crystal, glass and furniture that should be in a modern art museum. For discerning yacht owners, the Riva Corsaro 100 is fitted with meticulously custom crafted hardware, intelligent interior/exterior lighting systems and state of the art climate control.
Scout 530 LXF
Is it a yacht? Is it a mega-center-console? We’re not sure, but the Scout 530 LXF which debuted at the 2019 Miami Yacht Show is one of the most outrageous luxury sport vessels ever built. Scout boats, known for their mid-range sport fishing/cruising center consoles has exploded onto the yacht scene with their 530 LXF, powered by a jaw-dropping 5 (yes, five) 425 horsepower Yamaha XTO engines (with a custom configuration of 6 outboards available on new builds). If the 14’ 8” beam doesn’t provide enough stability at anchor, fear not, the vessel is outfitted with a SeaKeeper gyro (the secret of perfect yacht stabilization at sea) to ensure no queasiness finds its way into the stomach of would be owners. The epoxy infused hull using carbon fiber/E-Glass provides super structural stability and strength, which means wave crushing capability in any sea condition. A dual electronically-actuated hydraulic “beach” platform was designed specifically to enable exceptionally easy access to the water. When fully deployed, the platform extends the beam to 17’, which is absolutely unheard of in a mega-center-console. The digital helm commands a state of the art Garmin Navigation system, with a control pad that looks more like a star ship interface from the year 2080, which controls almost every aspect of the vessel. Including the outdoor air conditioning.
SunSeeker 74 Sport Yacht
If you frequented the yacht scene (or maybe the Columbus Day Regatta) in Miami between 2005 and 2009, it was nearly impossible not to feast your eyes upon the fleet of blue hulled sport boats by SunSeeker that invaded Biscayne Bay. With opulent teak decks, sexy European style, and enough power to throw a rooster tail across stiltsville, SunSeeker made a name for itself among the elite water sports enthusiasts who just had to make an impression when cruising past Brickell Key, or Nixon Beach. For all their enduring glory, this British yacht builder debuted their new 74 sport yacht at the Miami Yacht Show. It is an absolutely stunning vessel. Sporty, sleek, and wonderfully spacious – SunSeeker’s latest sport yacht is a Bond villain’s dream ride. With a 17’ 8” beam, a cruising range of 330 nautical miles, and a staggering top speed of 38 knots (that is wickedly fast for a 74 yacht), SunSeeker has produced a sport yacht that is almost unparalleled in its class. True to their original style from the early mid-2000’s, the 74 Sport Yacht was designed to feel “open,” with panoramic windows, an open-air helm, and unobstructed 360’ views from within the salon. The VIP stateroom feels more like a W Hotel suite than cabin quarters. As much as the SunSeeker 74 is ripe with British refinement, it is right at home in the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay. ■