Today was the last day of the 2013 Antigua Charter Yacht Show. As I do every year, I’d like to give a special shout-out to the yachts that earned the most buzz on the docks for their excellent showing, terrific chefs, and great charter programs. These are the yachts that stood out, and that are likely to be most in-demand throughout the winter charter season.
Among the new superyachts, the boat that by far had the most buzz was the 196-foot Benetti Swan. The interior decor is filled with fabulous artwork and sculptures (the horse in the foyer by Salvador Dali is memorable), the crew includes a masseuse, and the list of water toys is beyond extensive. If you like Lalique, you will be in heaven; the master bathroom includes backlit sculptures that are right inside the shower and other areas.
When it came to the new sailing yachts, all the compliments went to the 107-foot Baltic Inukshuk. This is a custom, one-off design built for serious sailing, tremendous comfort, and uber-relaxation with an interior decor inspired by eastern Canada and meant to bring the outdoors in. I was especially impressed with the lamps whose shades were made from maple-leaf paper. Creative, beautiful, and original. Really spectacular.
Two yachts had people talking about how much a refit can bring a charter boat back to life. The 197-foot Abeking + Rasmussen Dream (formerly Excellence III) and the 161-foot Feadship Teleost both underwent terrific refits that have the yachts looking contemporary, fresh, and smart. I also heard a lot of compliments about the refit aboard the 130-foot Westport Trisara (previously My Colors).
Last but not least, in the smaller motoryacht range, there was quite a lot of talk about the 131-foot Princess Imperial Princess. I mentioned her earlier this week on the blog after I had a terrific lunch onboard, and based on my unscientific poll on the docks, this was the most talked-about yacht of the week. I would not be surprised if this yacht becomes tough to book for a while, thanks to a spike in customer demand.
On a personal note, I didn’t hear many people talking about the 225-foot Amels motoryacht Lady S, but she was my personal favorite superyacht this year. She’s not brand-new to charter, but she was new to me, and I really loved her. Big spaces, light colors, and a new seaplane to take the charter itineraries up a notch. If I had to choose one superyacht from this year’s show, she would be it; and for me on a personal level, Inukshuk was the nicest sailing yacht in the show. I just liked them both quite a bit in terms of my personal taste.
Kudos to the show organizers for yet another fantastic year of terrific charter yachts, and stay tuned to CharterWave for full reviews of these yachts and more in the coming months.