Now in its 29th year,
Yachts Miami Beach (Feb. 16–20) is bigger than ever. Literally. Instead of being limited to the mile-long stretch of docks across from the Fountainbleau and Eden Roc hotels, next week’s show will return to the marina at Island Gardens Deep Harbour on Watson Island, roughly a half hour away.
Since Island Gardens can accommodate boats up to 500 feet, that’s
where the biggest yachts will be stationed this year, including the jaw-dropping and the brand-new 11.11 Quinta Essentia. The caveat? You can gain access to the Island Gardens marina only if you’re actually interested in buying or chartering a superyacht—and have the financials (or a broker) to prove it.
Quinta Essentia (180 ft.)
The newest entry to the Miami Yacht Show is this all-aluminum, 180-foot stunner with a hammam and helipad—and she’s selling for just under $40 million. Nearly every detail was handcrafted and custom-designed, so be sure to look for the waterfall seating around the pool and deep soaking tubs hewn entirely from wood. And if you notice a unique shade of red throughout the décor, word has it that it’s a reference to the grapes in the owner’s vineyard, Montemaggio, in Tuscany.
Axioma (240 ft.)
This three-year-old, 240-foot beauty sleeps 12 guests and 20 crew, with three VIP berths and a top-line speed of 14 knots. Her crowning features? A mezzanine that looks onto a sprawling living room, for duplex-style entertaining, and a supersleek movie theater for relaxing nights in.
Double Down (213 ft.)
If all the glossy wood paneling in this yacht looks as though it has barely been touched, that’s because the 213-foot
Double Down was renovated just last year. More impressive is what’s outside: a massive Jacuzzi on the deck, outdoor grilling spaces, and a twin fleet of jet skis that you can use to zip around St. Barts. ( A winter Caribbean charter goes for $495,000 per week in high season.)
Source: Yacht Charter Fleet
Huntress (180 ft.)
Elegant without being stuffy, spacious without sprawling, the 180-foot, 10-guest
Huntress is all about getting the best of both worlds. Formal spaces have glossy white finishes that are equally suited to convivial dinners or impressive soirees, while recreational options such as an inflatable trampoline and banana boats make her fit for families and well as friends.
Source: Northrop & Johnson
Madsummer (182 ft.)
Not many yachts sport a traditionally nautical style—surprising, considering how well it works aboard the recently redone, 182-foot
Madsummer. Continuing the theme of the décor: a spacious swim platform, with a built-in fishing chair and all the rods and tackles you’d ever need.
Source: Moran Yacht & Ship
Martha Ann (230 ft.)
After being refit in 2014, the 230-foot
Martha Ann is up for sale—and last summer her price was cut by $10 million, to (just) $79 million. That’s where the price sits ahead of Yachts Miami Beach, where her François Zuretti interiors, including a baby grand player piano, will be on full display.
Passion (173 ft.)
You can be the new owner of this 173-footer if you’ve got $12 million to spare. What you’ll get: masculine interiors that look fit for a Russian oligarch, a top-of-the-line gym, and an unusual range of indoor entertainment (think karaoke machines and an arcade room). In other words: the perfect floating man cave.
Skyfall (190 ft.)
Skyfall, which we climbed aboard last year, is back. At 190 feet and rates that start at $294,000 per week, she's a midrange option by the standards of the Island Gardens show. The superlative she does claim? A crazy-fast top speed of 21 knots. Also good for thrill-seekers: wakeboards, paddleboards, waveriders, water skis, kneeboards, and seas bobs—all toys that come with the price tag.
Photographer: David Steinlauf
Step One (180 ft.)
Designed by the British mastermind Tim Heywood, the 180-foot
Step One is for true lovers of the outdoors—or at least outdoor entertaining. (That might give you a clue about GoPro Chief Executive Officer Nick Woodman’s interests; he was reportedly her original owner.) She has multiple al fresco dining rooms in varying levels of formality, wraparound wooden decks, and floor-to-ceiling windows for when you actually have to go inside.
11.11 (206 ft.)
Few yachts become overnight icons, but that’s what the Italian-built, 206-foot
11.11 did when it was revealed just over a year ago. Everything from her unique shape to her Art Deco furnishings is meant to turn heads. So maybe it’s surprising that the beauty here is really in the details: shimmering mosaic tile in the spa-like bathrooms, decks that let you dip your feet right in the water, and more built-in tenders than you’d ever know fit on a boat.
Source: Yacht Charter Fleet
And the biggest yachts you can see ...
If you can’t get into Island Gardens, prioritize these five yachts at the main show, listed here in order of size:
Katya (151 ft.), Status Quo (150 ft.), The Princess (131 ft.), Happy Day (130 ft.), and Aquasition (124 ft.).