Five best superyachts expected at the Cannes Yacht Show 2016
As the world's most esteemed yacht show opens its doors, here's five of the largest and the best new additions
Azimut 66 Flybridge
\nThe latest from designer Stegano Righini. The 66 shares the same characteristics as its earlier siblings – the 50, 80 and 72 versions – including shark-fin winsows, a large flybridge and multiple seating areas. This time, however, the bow has been transformed into a mammoth lounge area.
Benetti Mediterraneo 116
\nThe latest from the shipbuilder's Class Displacement series. Styled by one of Italy's hottest new yacht designers – Giorgio Maria Cassetta – it's more straight-edged and linear than other custom yachts in the same series, but maintans Benetti's classic lines. There is a 20-foot-wide cockpit at the stern, along with an 860-square-foot upper sundeck perfect for a cocktail party.
\nThe Italian builder Sanlorenzo partnered with Officina Italiana Design to make its newest model its most design-centric yet. There is a redesigned bow area – with lounges, table, sunbathing areas and a sun-shade, as well as an upper deck that can be turned into a functional social area after hours. The designer also included larger windows in the hull, to increase natural light.
Sunseeker 116 Yacht
\nThe Sunseeker 116 is based on the hull of the shipbuilder's previous 115 Sport yacht. It shares the same muscular profile, but with a reconfigured main deck that provides it more interior space and natural life. A new living room area has floor-to-ceiling windows, and there's two lounges at the rear that create a relaxed social area. The 116 has a top speed of 26 knots, and a range of 1,250 nautical miles.
\nWhile announced in May, the Cannes Yacht Show will be the first proper introduction to Moonen's new 99-foot Bijoux. The first of the highly customizable Matica series, Bijoux has a steep bow for offshore travel as well as limited draft – meaning it can also traverse shallow waters. The fact that Matica is the name of an island off the Caribbean, should probably tell you where Moonen expect's Bijoux's owners to spend most of their time.