Last Thursday the second Antibes Yacht Show opened its doors. compared to last year, the show doubled in size, more than 40 yachts over 30 meters were on display. The SYT team visited a couple of dozen yachts over 30m and, after long consideration, compiled a list of the ten yachts that we think were the 10 most impressive yachts on display. Ten yachts that stand out from the crowd by means of design, construction, or by individuality. In no particular order we present you the ultimate SYT10!
With 6 Leopard 31's cruising around the world (mostly in the South of France), and another 5 on order, you might not expect a Leopard 31 to make it onto our list, but Friday certainly impressed us by all means. The all white interior is a far cry from traditional nautical styling, but it works perfectly well on this fast sportsboat.
Friday cruises at a staggering 35 knots, and can do top speeds in access of 40 knots. Friday accommodates up to 9 guests below, in comfortable cabins.
The cabins, like the rest of the interior, are all completely white, with the exception of the bathrooms, in which the showers are completely black. It is good to see that even a "production" boat, can be this individual, and stand out like Friday does. This Leopard 31m is offered by Edmiston at €9.500.000
Impressive, not only by sheer size, but also by quality of finish, is Felicita West. Offered for sale by Camper & Nicholson (ask for Neil Cheston), she is among the world's largest sailing yachts in the world. For a sailing yacht, she has an unusually large interior volume, comparable to that on a motor yacht. Don't be fooled though, this is a true sailing machine, that offers fantastic sailing performance, and can reach 17 knots under sail. Her 1.800 square meters of sail unfurl automatically, and over 500 sensors ensure that she is trimmed to perfection.
The size of the owner's cabin is amazing, utilizing the full beam of the hull (12.5m!), the area includes a seating area, walk-in closet, large bathroom with bath, and also includes a treadmill for those guests wanting to work out whilst onboard.
Four more guest cabins are located forward, two doubles and two twins. Although the overall interior style might be slightly too classical for our taste, the detailing that has gone into it is superb, and will surely be appreciated by all that sail her. Offered at €39.900.000.
The second sailing yacht that made the SYT10, is Fleurtje. Why? Because of her unrivaled charm, and for her unusual layout. (which other sailing yacht offers a bathtub in each guest cabin?) Built in 1960, and constantly updated by her current owners, who owned her for well over 20 years, she is in excellent condition today.
Gerard Dijkstra, the acclaimed naval architect (think Athena, Maltese Falcon), was brought in a few years ago to optimize sailing performance of this three masted schooner.
Special features? Three wooden masts, a unique forward facing galley, the wooden (winged!) wheelhouse raised half a deck, and the asking price; only € 15.000.000
The author's personal favorite; La Mascarade. By far not the biggest yacht on display at the show, in fact, lengthwise La Mascarade is at the bottom end of the scale on SYT. However, this 1997 'pocket sized' Feadship is among the best maintained Feadships available today.
La Mascarade is unique in many ways, it’s the only fly bridge (or raised pilothouse yacht) produced by Feadship in over 20 years (although technically speaking Sussurro is also a raised pilothouse design), she is the smallest Feadship in recent years, and the owner and crew have kept her in as-new condition.
Designed by De Voogt, and styled by Terence Disdale, she will appeal to many. Her warm interior is both inviting, and stylish. The attention to detail is tremendous. Hand-woven wool and silk carpets, fossil inlaid side tables, gold leaf wash-basis pedestals in the bathrooms; all just examples of what one can find aboard La Mascarade.
La Mascarade is offered through Edmiston, at €7.950.000. In the competitive flybridge market, La Mascarade really stands out.
Madhuri made the SYT10 list for many reasons. Her exterior design is sleek and beautiful, her pearlescent paintwork is pleasant to the eye, and the lack of portholes makes her almost mysterious. It is however the extraordinary interior that makes the 37m Madhuri really stand out.
We were expecting to find an ultra modern interior to match the exterior, but what we found onboard couldn't be a bigger surprise. It's difficult to describe the extremely luxurious interior of Madhuri. Words as personal, extravagant and daring come to mind.
It's not just the styling that sets her apart, the layout as well is somewhat different from anything else we have ever seen. On the main deck, she features a salon and a large open galley, that separates the salon from the pilothouse. Forward and below the pilothouse there is another salon, which is a perfect spot to watch TV, or to enjoy a drink by the fireplace. Yes, that’s right, a fireplace. Aft of this salon is the owner's cabin.
It is however the area in-between that makes it all a bit unusual. A large open space, covering the entire beam of the yacht, with a single washbasin to one side. The way the ceiling has been styled in this part of the yacht, the lack of portholes, and the black and white floors in this room almost makes you forget you are on a ship. The owner's cabin features an open bathroom, that includes a stunning washbasin and shower. Another 3 guest cabins are placed forward of the TV room.
Powered by twin 1790 HP MTU Diesels, Madhuri reaches a top speed of 30 knots. Camper and Nicholsons offer Madhuri for a competitive €10.000.000
Rumor had it she was the best bargain of the Antibes Yacht Show, and with a price tag of just $12.500.000 she is indeed a great buy. Reason for us to have a closer look at this Swedish build superyacht.
An interesting, even unique, feature on board Griff can be found at the bottom of her spiral staircase, in the guest lobby. A circular glass bottom allows guests to enjoy the underwater life underneath the yacht, a great feature when cruising tropical waters (not so great when docked in the port of Antibes though).
In recent years the main deck conference room, located all the way forward, was transformed into a beautiful light and airy master cabin, allowing views over the bow of the yacht through sloped forward facing windows. Another similar sized master cabin is located on the bridge deck.
When launched in 1994, she was equipped with a powerful gas turbine, but that has been removed a couple of years ago. What remains in her engine room are two powerful 2883 HP MTU's, powering her twin waterjets. Griff has a successful charter history, and her recent modifications make her even more popular amongst charterers. She is offered by Camper & Nicholsons.
Spirit of the East
The third and last sailing yacht on our list. Spirit of the East, until now a relatively unknown yacht, is special in many ways. Designed by her owner, who has a lot of experience with space planning, she has an excellent layout, and offers an owner's cabin, and four (!) more guest cabins on the lower deck, as well as 3 crew cabins. All of this in a 30.48m yacht.
The layout alone would be enough to ensure a place in the SYT10, but the overall styling on board, which is very relaxed and informal, is another. On board the atmosphere is that of a tropical beach house, not of a luxury hotel. One instantly feels at home.
Large windows in her deckhouse create an unusually light salon, as well a provide a great view. We believe that at € 3.950.000 she is a great buy, with lots of charter potential. Her friendly and professional crew will surely contribute greatly to her future charter successes. Spirit of the East is offered by Julian Calder of Fraser Yachts in London.
A true explorer yacht, Dardanella has taken her first owners around the world and back. In 2006 she had a refit at the Jongert yard in Holland, and is currently in great condition.
This go-anywhere yacht has a comfortable interior, that offers accommodation for 10 guests. Owner- and guest staterooms can all be found on the lower deck, the most comfortable deck to place cabins, where the ship's motion is the least.
Many yachts these days are offered as explorer yachts, but few are as well maintained, and with her high bow, as safe as Dardanella. We strongly believe Dardanella is one of the best expedition yachts available on the market, we absolutely had to include her in the SYT10.
Dardanella, asking €7.950.000, is a CA of Jan-Jaap Minnema of Fraser Yachts.
Offered by Ocean Independence Cavendish White, at $24.995.000, Ionian Princess made the SYT10 thanks to her extremely luxurious (over the top) high gloss varnished mahogany interior, and her very large sundeck. She has proven to be a very successful charter yacht, no doubt thanks to these features.
She has Luxurious accommodations for twelve guests, in six elegant cabins, including two master cabins, one on the main deck, and one on the lower deck. Both master cabins have similar bathrooms, one in blue, and one in red marble. For a yacht her size, her sundeck is unrivaled, and includes a Jacuzzi, sun loungers, dining area, barbeque area and even leaves room for a tender.
For yachting enthusiasts such as ourselves, seeing a yacht like Absinthe, which until recently was rarely seen in Europe, is always a great pleasure. It was without doubt that she would have to be included in the SYT10. She has a strong ship like shape, huge interior volume, and a young and colorful styling.
Her interior volume is such, that one gets the impression of being on board a yacht, even larger than the 61.3 meters she measures. The layout is playful, and functional, a combination rarely seen. Amongst her many features are a media room, a library, a massage room, and conveniently located next to her guest staterooms, an internet corner.
The master stateroom is located aft of the bridge, and can be reached via a private circular staircase. The adventurous charter yacht is now offered for sale by Edmiston, at $15.950.000.
Built as Nefertiti in 1973 in Spain, she has undergone quite a transformation since. Her aft deck swimming pool was removed, her main deck superstructure was lengthened, and a helideck was added. Today, Absinthe is still in top condition, and with a range of 5700 nautical miles, she is the perfect platform to take you on a world cruise.