Trending Yachts: Art Afloat

Just as artists push boundaries, these yacht companies are breaking the mold, for good reason. 

By Diane M. Byrne


Unlike many yacht concepts, Prime Megayacht Platform’s Maharani is pre-engineered and, therefore, ready to build. Furthermore, the layout doesn’t follow the same predictable flow as so many others. The team behind Maharani—The New Yachts Company and design studio Vripack—has rethought every space onboard. The 162-footer boasts areas akin to far larger yachts: Two full decks are solely for fun and relaxation. (In fact, the main deck has 10 different areas where you can gather.) All the while, crew and technical areas are still efficiently laid out for safety and convenience. 


Step onboard, turn on the engines and go—without burning lots of fuel. That’s Palm Beach Motor Yachts’ philosophy with the GT50 Express. The carbon fiber vessel features Volvo Penta’s efficient IPS system, which allows cruising at 35 knots while burning just 40 gph. The yacht has two social areas: an open cockpit and a covered helm deck forward with a sliding sunroof. While you’re forward, take note of the single-pane windscreen, designed to look like that of a high-performance car. 


Zeelander yachts are known for showing off classic-meets-contemporary curves. They’re also swift; so when a customer asked for the fastest Zeelander ever built, he got it in the form of the new Z55, whose max speed of 42 knots is a big boost over the 32-knot standard. This is possible because of the most powerful engines in the Volvo Penta IPS range and increased engineering. The Z55 also has a 75-square-foot swim platform and a wide-open deck area with a bar for entertaining. 

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