Cue the music. … the winner of the 2012 World Superyacht Awards in the sailing category is the 220 ft Vertigo from Alloy Yachts. And she is a knock out. Internal aesthetics, functionality and comfort were entrusted to the renowned French design house of Christian Liaigre. With custom designed furnishings, glossy woods, stainless steel kitchen appliances, chromed fixtures, modern lighting, sumptuous leather accents, tinted walnut and black sandblasted wood floorboards and the latest in technology, the yacht feels more like a tricked out Manhattan penthouse than a sailboat. Her mechanical ability, thanks to Philippe Briand the bSoat’s creator, is likewise impressive. Vertigo 220 is powered by a pair of 1400 hp main engines that combine with bow and stern thrusters for a massive amount of thrust to compliment the wind at its sails. Beauty and power makes for one sail-sational mix.
Louis Vuitton is offering a fabulous way to earn your style stripes this season. Designed for sailing enthusiasts or urbanites seeking a nautical style, the products in the new Louis Vuitton Cup collection include ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes and accessories. Each meticulously developed product, true to the standards of excellence of the brand, boasts technical subtleties inspired by the world of sailing: water and salt resistant, ease of movement and finely-worked finishings. In or out of the water, this collection is set to make a sartorial splash.
Boasting circular lines, minimal fittings and room to comfortably host 12 people throughout five guest cabins and a master suite, Ferretti Group’s CRN 60m, mega yacht Darlings Danama can rightfully claim its dainty moniker. The vessel was designed with great attention to space and detail, making it discreet, elegant and timeless. With a slim, sleek bow and wide spaces extending over the sea, the cream-colored yacht bears the signature of Studio Zuccon International Project. Not only is Darlings Danama turning heads for its top-of-the-line tech finishings; the boat, exuding an art deco spirit, was recently awarded the Yacht & Sail and Industrial Design Association’s Nautical Design Award in the interior design category. Created by Cristina and Alexandre Negoescu, Darlings Danama is nothing short of its “floating palace” status.
Show Time: The Miami International Boat Show cruises into the Magic City Feb. 14 – 18, 2013, showcasing more than 3,000 boats and 2,000 companies from all over the world in three locations – Miami Beach Convention Center, Sea Isle Marina & Sea Isle Marina and Miamarina at Bayside. Highlights of the 2013 edition will include complimentary hands-on sailing and power boating classes through the Take the Helm with Discover Boating & Sailing program; hundreds of hourly boating clinics for seasoned captains and new boaters covering sailing, big game fishing, Boating 101 and DIY for boaters; fun from deck to dock with a chance to scuba dive at the DEMA ‘Be a Diver’ pool, free sailboat rides along the bay and live music.