Yacht Showcase: The best vessels on the water

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Arcadia 85
The Arcadia 85 combines luxury yachting with environmentally friendly features for an experience the company calls EcoLiving. Large solar panels form the roof of the deckhouse, providing power for most on-board accessories as well as creating an airy and open feel. The 85-foot, semi-planing hull is optimally designed to yield hydrodynamic efficiency, quiet operation and excellent sea-keeping qualities. There’s even an optional hybrid propulsion system that can sail up to 8 knots with zero emissions in complete silence. Arcadia 
Yachts S.r.l, Napoli, Italy, arcadiayachts.it

Custom Line 108
Ferretti’s Custom Line 108 breaks the rules:  a 108-foot maxi yacht isn’t supposed to be “sporty,” but that’s the feeling aboard this striking luxury craft. A genuine planing hull lets the 108 achieve a top speed of 26 knots. Aft, a large “beach club” is achieved via Ferretti’s patented dual-mode transom (DMT), which creates a float-in garage for tenders and watercraft and provides a submergible swim platform. Generous use of large, frameless windows throughout the interior keeps the entire ship bright and airy. The owner’s stateroom reaches beam to beam and would challenge any penthouse for luxury. Four guest cabins (two aft, two at the bow) offer luxury accommodations with great views and privacy. Ferretti
 Group, Forli, Italy, customline-yacht.com

Grace E
Aluminum, steel, silent and spectacular all describe the Grace E, a 73-meter (240.5-foot) collaboration between Vitruvius Yachts and Picchiotti Spa. With a specially designed hull to maximize efficiency and diesel generator/electric power, the environmentally friendly Grace E is almost silent in the salon at 16 knots cruise speed: 42.5 decibels! That’s somewhere between the noise of a humming computer and a running refrigerator… not what you expect from a yacht underway. This superyacht beckons the owner to explore worldwide, thanks to a 7,500 nautical mile range and just about every comfort one could imagine. Vitruvius Yachts, London, vitruviusyachts.com

Lürssen Kismet
It’s difficult to top an international award-winning custom yacht, but that’s what the owner charged Lürssen to do when he commissioned the 95.2-meter (312-foot) Kismet, replacing his 68-meter Lürssen yacht. The new Kismet was designed to be the ultimate entertainment vessel, with corporate charter clearly in mind. Two helipads, full-height video walls, a glass lift and multiple fireplaces are just a few of its luxuries. A secluded owner’s retreat fulfills the yacht’s other purpose: to be a welcoming family retreat. Power, electronics, stabilization and efficiency are all state of the art, and the Kismet has already racked up numerous awards in its predecessor’s tradition. Lürssen Yachts, Vegesack, Germany, lurssen.com

Azimut 42
A part of the Azimut Yachts Flybridge Collection, the new Azimut 42 combines ultra-efficient use of space, fine materials and noteworthy special touches, like an exclusive up/down swim platform and a built-in barbeque at the stern, to make life aboard comfortable and extraordinary. Berths for up to six, two heads and a 31-knot maximum speed make the 42 a family boat that can efficiently travel almost anywhere. Azimut Yachts, Italy, azimutyachts.com

Filippetti S75
The Filippetti S75 is about speed, comfort, power and light. The cockpit, cabin and even the shower feature windows to the sky via large glass panels that are tinted enough to filter bright light in the daytime, but still offer a view of the stars at night. Sleek and refined, the S75 utilizes the finest wood and natural materials, and the MTU diesels (topping 3,600 hp) can carry those materials across the waves at an impressive 45-knot maximum. Filippetti Yachts, Mondolfo, Italy, fillippettiyacht.com

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