The Cannes Yachting Festival started as a small time, regional boat show that was more popular for its film festival at the time. Now, Cannes is seen as the unofficial kick-off to the international boating season, drawing 50,000 yacht lovers from five continents.
This year’s event showcased 570 yachts—including 166 new launches—lining Vieux Port and the waters of the Côte d’Azur.
And as the festival grows, so to have the superyachts – in both numbers and size. This time around, nearly 40 made their debut.
Here are five designs that caught our eye:
Monte Carlo 105
Winner of the Most Innovative Yacht Trophy, the Monte Carlo came together quickly, in about six months thanks to using processes from the auto industry. The yacht boasts one of the most expansive flybridges in its class and rocks an exceptionally spacious saloon.
Fjord 48 Open
This was easily one of the more futuristic and ambitious yachts at Cannes this year. The company calls the 48 Open “muscular, powerful, and provocative,” though most initial impressions of the boat were, “cool”. Oh, and it’s steered via joystick.
Cantiere Delle Marche Nauta Air 90
This creation from Cantiere Delle Marche was built for an architect who wanted a seaworthy explorer hull, but with an interior that met his own design sensibilities. So he incorporated different colors, textures, and patterns into the interior, while adding a 38-foot-long sundeck and a large beach club at the transom as outside, social areas.
The Amer 94 is the first superyacht of its size to use new high-horsepower IPS engines, a propulsion breakthrough that promises to be incorporated into other 90-foot-plus models. Equipped with this, and other technological refinements, the Amer was whispered to be the greenest and fastest boat in its category.
This yacht houses one of the largest flybridges in the over 100-foot category. The interior is the height of luxury with floor-to-ceiling windows, beautifully crafted wood paneling, and contemporary furniture. The aft cockpit’s features unique seating, able to position around the large tables for meals, or re-positioned so guests can face the hydraulic swim platform that lifts and drops into the water.