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The World’s Yachting Elite Converges in Cannes

Michael Verdon

Cannes, France, home to the famous international film festival, is also the host city for the first major boat show of the European season. At this year’s Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes (www.salonnautiquecannes.com), 580 yachts, tenders, and sailboats of all types and sizes were on display. Some 150 of these vessels made their Mediterranean debuts at the show. And as usual, the yachts looked as elegant, dramatic, and classy on the water as actors do on the red carpet. Here are some of the new vessels that caught our attention.

  • Wajer Osprey 37: This 37-foot Dutch-built cruiser features a red interior, sweeping foredeck, and large curved windshield. With a deep-V hull and twin 435 hp Volvo D6 diesels, the boat can reach 45 knots. Its IPS600 dual-pod propulsion system enables joystick control for docking in crowded marinas. The boat’s elegant lines and judicious use of teak and mahogany helped the Wajer Osprey 37 stand out at the show. (www.wajer.nl)
  • Pershing 62: The motor yachts from the Italian builder Pershing combine stunning interiors with fast hulls and curved superstructures, making a muscular but refined statement on the water. The new Pershing 62, with its MTU 10V 2000 diesels, reaches 46.5 knots. Its interior is an elegant pied-à-terre, complete with a sunroof and three belowdecks guest cabins. (www.pershing-yacht.com)
  • Moonen Sofia: This 138-foot custom motor yacht is Moonen’s largest yacht to date. The Dutch shipyard created something special with this vessel, which features a contemporary interior from Art-Line Design. The yacht blends expedition and traditional styling, with items like zero-speed stabilizers, thermal cameras, and a military-grade satellite communications system, plus a three-person submarine stowed on the aft deck. (www.moonen.com)
  • Baglietto MV13: The Italian superyacht builder Baglietto launched this wild-looking 40-foot motor yacht. The yacht’s assault-vessel-like shape draws on Baglietto’s traditional military ships, skillfully harmonizing the battleship-gray aluminum hull with a teak foredeck and cockpit. (www.baglietto.com)
  • Baglietto Monokini: Baglietto also displayed its 144-foot yacht Monokini, the third launch in the yard’s “fast” superyacht line. Francesco Paszkowski’s exterior was inspired by modern aviation, with a streamlined jetliner look. The modern interiors by Alberto Mancini employ wood, steel, and leather. The yacht lives up to its go-fast lineage, with a top speed of 30 knots—impressive for a vessel of this size. (www.baglietto.com)
  • Dominator 780 “Fashionstyle”: The ultramodern design on this Italian-built yacht—the company is based in Austria, but its shipyard is in Italy—was one of the most striking at the show. Long leather lounges, wooden floors with marble inlays, a custom leather recliner, and banks of large windows give the impression of sitting in an oceanfront villa rather than on a 78-foot motor yacht. Dominator worked wonders with this interior, giving the yacht a feel of a much larger vessel. (www.dominatoryachts.com)

     

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