Trending Yachts: Making Waves

The industry’s newest and most innovative yachts are destined to turn heads this summer.

By Diane M. Byrne

Custom Convertible

Filippetti has always let clients make changes to its semi-custom models; but when one customer requested significant variations, the builder not only said yes, it created an all-new model. The result is the N26 Convertible, which features an enclosed upper deck instead of an open flying bridge. Sliding glass doors and skylights let the lounge, which is complete with a bar and dining area, become an indoor-outdoor space. Another dining area sits forward on the main deck, which is rimmed with large windows, perfect for relishing terrific views. All that’s left to do is enjoy the 3,000-nautical-mile range. filippettiyacht.com

Come Fly Away

When was the last time you saw fold-down balconies on a yacht this size? Not only does the Galeon 640 Fly have them, but the 20-foot-long features are designed to be overwater cocktail lounges. Between the balconies and the extended flying bridge are relaxation and entertainment spaces that rival those of much larger vessels. The elongated flying bridge gives cruisers more space for dining and sunning, plus a full-size bar. Head forward to the bow area, which features an electric front window, plus two movable settees with integrated folding tables. galeonyachts.us

Think Bigger

The Beneteau Gran Turismo 50, the builder’s largest sport cruiser, is the result of a collaboration with renowned Italian design studio Nuvolari-Lenard. The open main deck features doors connecting the saloon with the aft-deck lounge/dining area, which provides extra room for entertaining and relaxing. Choose from Hardtop and Sportfly configurations; the former boasts drop-down windows and a sunroof, while the latter has a flying bridge with an extra helm station. Whether you opt for the two- or three-stateroom layout, your stateroom will be full beam. beneteau.com

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