Given that a fair few of us have dreamed of getting away from it all in the middle of the Indian Ocean over the last year, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that versatility is at the forefront of yacht design right now and that some of the world’s most important manufacturers are adapting to owners’ needs. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at four particularly versatile new designs cruising their way to a marina near you. Royal Oak unfortunately not included.
Azimut 25M Magellano
If an evening of gazing out across the waves in a natural harbour, ideally with a glass of champagne in hand, is your idea of perfection, you and Azimut are on a similar wavelength. The Italian brand has created the 25m-long Magellano for just that kind of purpose. As well as a completely re-arranged cockpit to better make the most of the copious glass surfaces, the Magellano offers flexible spaces and furniture to get the most out of lounging aboard. To that end, it also comes with a ‘hotel mode’, which switches to a zero emissions mode while at anchor, letting you soak in the atmosphere without background engine noise or movement. Time for a top up.
More details at Azimut Yachts.
Ferretti Yachts 1000
The new flagship of Ferretti Yachts more than deserves the title, measuring in at an impressive 100 feet in length and one of the most versatile vessels in its class and not entirely due to its size. In fact, while there’s plenty of space, Ferretti have taken new approaches to using it, with a host of innovative design solutions to make the most out of life on board.
Inside, the Ferretti 1000 offers 40 square metres of living space, easily on par with most superyachts, and thanks to the unique flow of movement around the boat – not to mention the more-than-spacious flybridge and beach club – it feels a class above. It’s also available in two distinct flavours: contemporary or classic. Depending on your tastes, the choice completely changes the mood of the yacht. For us, it’s all about the cooler, darker hues of the contemporary palette, but to each their own.
More details at Ventura Europe.
Sunseeker Predator 74 XPS
If you’re looking for a yacht that, while still luxurious, offers a decidedly more performance-oriented experience, look no further than the dramatically styled, aggressive-looking XPS limited edition version of the already great Predator 74 from Poole’s own Sunseeker. The 74-foot boat can zip around at up to 40 knots and, thanks to its sleek, pillarless windows will give you a nautical driving experience that few yachts of this size can manage. Glass in fact is a defining feature of the Predator, as the entire salon is covered in a panoramic sliding roof, flooding the interiors with natural light. Combined with the XPS styling, you won’t find another yacht quite like it.
More details at Sunseeker.
Another home-grown yacht, the Princess X80 is sister to the brand’s imposing X95 and, while a touch smaller, is built around the same super flybridge concept, offering unprecedented usable space and the kind of al fresco living that means you likely won’t be taking the new yacht into British waters if you can help it.
The various outdoor-indoor spaces can be arranged in a good number of ways, allowing an impressive level of versatility across the board, whether that be dining on the large main deck or in the sky lounge. Paired with the design expertise of Olesinski and Pininfarina, the X80 is more than just a downsized X95; it’s proof positive that Princess’ innovative approach to yacht design works – and works well.
More details at Princess Yachts.