Yacht Speed Ahead

The demand for yachts in Miami is so huge it requires separate, yet complementary, boat shows: The Miami International Boat Show and The Yacht & Brokerage Show. Whether you prefer to commission a custom vessel or are seeking a deal on a used boat, you’re search starts here.
Text by Bill Lindsey Photos Courtesy of Respective Brands | May 28, 2018 | Luxury

Sea Ray 470 Sundancer
Sea Ray’s all-new 470 Sundancer is an ideal yacht for the family that enjoys spending time on the water, but without the need to compromise on creature comforts. When equipped with an optional joystick system, this 47’ yacht is easier to tuck into a tight dock space than a 13’ Boston Whaler. Owners have their choice of Zeus or V-Drive propulsion systems, both of which greatly enhance the performance and handling of the vessel. Sea Ray owns this segment of the market due to beautiful exteriors and practical yet luxurious interiors, coupled with operating systems that allow even a first-time boater to quickly and easily master this big yacht. Two staterooms and a convertible sleeper in the salon allow ample room for the entire family for overnight or weekend cruising. The well-equipped galley flows seamlessly into the salon, thanks to Sea Rays’ SkyFlow Design that incorporates huge hull-side windows to ensure ample natural light and stunning vistas of the water;

Sunseeker 75
It’s hard not to feel like James Bond when you’re at sea on the elegant Sunseeker 75. From the sunpads forward, past the airy flybridge to the huge aft cockpit, the 75 is the ideal way to spend bright sunny days out on the water. It shines after dark, too, with a gracious dining area in close proximity to the gourmet-quality galley. The 50” TV in the salon is huge, but will be ignored as guests gaze out the “z”-shaped glazing and panoramic hull windows. Laid out with a trio of staterooms with private heads, the 75 is the perfect choice for entertaining large groups for extended periods. State-of-the-art nav systems allow this to be an owner-operated yacht. The exterior lines will draw admiring stares whether the 75 is alongside the dock or cutting across to Nassau to pick up Mr. Bond at his Lyford Cay home (it’s just a few blocks over from The Bacardi Estate, in case you get lost);

Arcadia 85
If asked to sum up the Arcadia 85 in one word, it would likely be “stunning.” From the lavish, bespoke interior which ensures that no 85s will ever be alike, to the sweeping exterior lines that hark back to elegant oceanliners of the 1920’s all the way to the solar panels that keep the electronics humming without the use of fossil fuels, the Arcadia creates unique categories in which it’s the sole occupant. The semi-planing 67-ton hull can be configured with up to 4 exquisite staterooms and a salon with floor-to-ceiling windows, all supported by a gourmet-quality kitchen (a yacht this size is too large for a “galley”) plus a toy garage large enough to house a 4m tender and a jetski. Powered by massive MAN turbodiesels, the Arcadia’s uniquely-shaped hull delivers an ocean-crossing range of 850 nm and an impressive top speed of 18.5 knots. Designed to serve as a family yacht, the Arcadia would be most accurately defined as a sea-going estate, with all the amenities the term demands;

Viking 52 Sport Tower
Viking’s new flagship is an awe-inspiring 92’ beast of a sportfisherman. However, while you’re working your way up the excruciating 18-month waiting list, consider spending some time aboard their most popular model, the 52’ Sport Tower. The standard for large sportfishermen, the 52’ utilizes a tournament-winning hull wrapped around an interior that ensures creature comforts whether out angling or on an extended family fishing, diving or island-hopping vacation. Set within a 3 stateroom configuration, the galley is designed to keep the crew and guests fed for weeks at a time, while the home theatre system keeps them entertained. When powered by a brace of MAN V12 turbodiesels, the 52 Sport Tower will get you from Miami to Bimini in just over an hour. A beam of 17’ 6” ensures a smooth ride even if the seas are choppy. And with a full load of 1,200 gallons of fuel, the 52’ has the range to explore the lesser-traveled waters that lie far beyond the range of lesser sportfish;

Otam 58HT
Do you need all the creature comforts of a yacht, but have limited patience for how long it takes to get to your destination? Here’s your solution: The Otam 58HT. Powered by twin 1,724 hp Cat C32 Turbodiesels, the Otam 58HT has a top speed in excess of 50 mph. In a boat of this size, that’s pretty much as fast as you can go without your clocks suddenly running backwards. The interior and exterior of every 58HT is unique, each crafted by Christiano Gatto Design to fit the individual tastes of the owner. The 3-stateroom, 2-head layout is accented by an airy salon with an expansive L-Shaped settee that doubles as a berth for guests. The well-equipped galley has every amenity you have at home, including a 16-bottle wine cellar. The exterior can be painted or wrapped in whatever design you can imagine. In fact, a recent 58HT was wrapped in a carbon fiber motif to achieve a blacked-out look. “Express your individuality and get there fast” should be Otam’s motto;