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News from the 2011 Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami

Danielle Cutler

Sunny and 70 degrees marked the weather at this year’s Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami—and the mood was equally as bright. Held February 17 to 21, the show saw numerous boat launches, which helped bolster the optimistic spirit. The overall trend showed a breakthrough in midrange models—the 70- to 100-footers—as well as a revisiting of the classic 30- to 40-foot yachts that would make any French Riviera cruiser proud.

This boating enthusiast toured the bulk of the newly launched models and came away with a few favorites: the NISI 2400, the new-to-the-States J Craft, the Riva by Gucci, Ferretti’s 750, Hargrave’s mold-breaking DREAmer, the Zeelander, Mangusta’s 130, and the Princess 72—not to mention Deep Impact’s wild and crazy 77.1-top-speed demon, the 36TE.

The NISI 2400 made her American debut at the show. This 78-foot, Ward Setzer–designed yacht is the first and only yacht less than 78 feet to receive commercial RINA Charters + MCA certification. Additionally, she boasts a light, bright, and playful interior that captivated all in the touring party.

J Craft made a splash with its U.S. entrée, the Swedish-built 41-foot Torpedo featuring classic, French Riviera–friendly styling perfect for speeding between coves and high-profile marinas alike, Volvo Penta IPS joystick-controlled engines, and accommodations for four plus a crew member.

Ferretti Group’s Aquariva by Gucci model is a 33-foot yacht showcasing Riva’s classic mahogany exterior with a silky white finish; Gucci touches include a logo on the outside and the brand’s white cotton bedding for the berth below. A top speed of 41 knots ensures excitement.

Making her U.S. debut at the show, the Ferretti 750 offers up not only incredible Ferretti styling, performance, and sunning opportunities, but spacious interior spaces as well. The master stateroom beats out most in this size range. Particularly noteworthy is the nifty circular shower within the huge-for-this-category master bath; a smaller model can be found in the guest bath. Sliding rice-paper-lined doors throughout encourage privacy while also lending a warm-light ambience.

Hargrave’s 135-foot DREAmer surprised all, with her ultramodern, yet warm, interior styling. The owner—who departed from his usual traditional decor on DREAmer —was heavily involved with this build.

Zeelander’s classy, hand-built 44-foot model is a study in space conservation. Her sporty lines, classic detailing, and rock-solid seaworthiness make this brand worthy of attention.

In the superyacht category, Mangusta’s new, 130-foot hull design under the Overmarine umbrella broadcasts überstyle and performance. With a top speed of almost 40 knots, this yacht houses eight guests in the pinnacle of Italian design.

The Princess 72 also made her U.S. debut in Miami. This LVMH brand showcases Fendi soft goods in its show hull amid its innovative interior, which features a separate dinette and galley that can be privatized from the salon using a sliding screen. The 72’s use of space is impressive, with large staterooms for its category and a thoughtful layout in the common areas. It accommodates eight guests.

Deviating entirely from the yacht genre, the Deep Impact 36TE race boat presented quite a thrilling ride, with an exhilarating sea-trial top speed of 77.1 knots. I mean, girls just wanna have fun, right?

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