Most Exciting Models from Cannes Yachting Festival 2023

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Once again, we visited the prestigious Cannes Yachting Festival, an event that attracts all lovers of the sea and yachting as much as does the venue itself, the uniquely charming French Cote d’Azur

Over the course of six days, in two locations, Vieux Port and Port Canto, we jumped into the world of nautical excellence and innovation that presented everything from powerboats, sailboats, monohulls, multihulls, and elegant yachts and superyachts. This year’s edition of the event presented an exceptional fleet of almost 700 vessels, ranging in length and style in an impressive manner. Regardless of personal taste and style, Europe’s largest outdoor yacht show, as always, offered something for every visitor. In the ever-evolving nautical world, sustainability has taken center stage. Electric boats and catamarans with solar panels were once again presented as a committed solution to the environmental impact of yachting. We bring you an overview of the few world debuts we saw in Cannes this year.

Sanlorenzo SX100

A unique brand that takes your breath away every time with its design and ideas, Sanlorenzo with the SX100 model presents a crossover yacht where space and function are combined with close contact with the sea. The result of the builder’s constant dialogue with the client, the new SX100 fits effortlessly into the revolutionary SX series, taking its styling cues and innovating them to further optimize content.

An expansive saloon with large floor to ceiling windows affords panoramic views, minimising the division between the interior and exterior of the yacht. Up to eight guests can be accommodated in the four-cabin lower deck layout, which is divided into an owner’s cabin, a VIP cabin and two twin guest cabins.

Princess Y80

Princess Y80 brings a whole new dimension to outside entertaining with a focus on space, elegance and flexibility throughout her beautifully de signed exterior decks. Crafted in the brand’s home of Plymouth, England, the all -new Y80’s exterior styling follows the direction and design language of the Y Class range with a continuous window line graphic and elegant ‘S’ shaped hardtop, seamlessly connecting the flybridge to the main deck.

Princess Y80 exterior

Below deck, four en -suite cabins sleep eight, supported by crew quarters with two further cabins and a crew mess. The elegant master stateroom, accessed via private stairway fro m the main deck, makes full use of the yacht’s impressive beam, with large double bed, dressing area, starboard sofa and vanity unit.

Riva 82 Diva

Riva 82 Diva offers a new concept of both interior and exterior space, in which each environment is masterfully designed to optimise its use of space and functionality. The outdoor areas are undoubtedly the key focus of this yacht, designed to put guests in close contact with the sea and let them enjoy the cruising experience in spaces of unprecedented dimensions for the category, starting with the 40-square-meter flybridge, one of the largest for this size of yacht.

Yacht Riva 82 Diva

Thanks to these generous dimensions, each living area on Riva 82’ Diva flybridge has its own dedicated space: the lounge with dinette and bar in the centre, protected by a carbon fibre hard top with glass panels, the sunbathing area forward and another lounge area aft. The lower deck has 4 cabins – 3 guest cabins with ensuite bathroom and the full-beam owner’s cabin aft – accommodating up to 8 guests.

Pershing GTX116

The sleek and streamlined profile is emblematic of the brand’s sporty personality, which is pointed up in the bow area by a signature style feature referencing luxury SUV automotive imagery and identifying the new Pershing GTX116 as an SUY or Sport Utility Yacht. This yacht in the new range is painted a new shade of grey, with a special shade of blue for the deckhouse, while the generous glazed surfaces flood the interiors with natural light.

Pershing-GTX 116

This truly unique yacht, which has a hull over 35 meters in length and 7,70 meters in the beam, has a remarkable 150 square meters of outdoor areas seamlessly connected to the water, amplifying onboard liveability.

Azimut Fly 72

The New Fly 72 enriches the Fly Series, the iconic Azimut line that recalls the revolutionary spirit of the past for the avant-garde of tomorrow, offering the timeless emotion of gliding over the waves, suspended between sky and sea in absolute freedom. The latest addition to the Series features exterior lines by Alberto Mancini and interiors by architect and designer Fabio Fantolino.

Azimu 72 Fly 2023

Fabio Fantolino makes his debut in the nautical world with Azimut’s New Fly 72. The architect and designer with studios in Turin and Milan stands out for the strong identity of his work, the result of creative sensitivity and global thinking. His possession of made-to-measure design culture has led him to embrace interior design projects for residences and hospitality.

Fountaine Pajot 80

The new 80ft Fountaine Pajot offers large spaces for socializing and relaxing in the fore and aft cockpits, each with double direct access to the saloon. The interior layout is oriented around the salon, with a well-equipped element for preparing drinks and food, a navigator’s corner and an interesting table with leather details and carefully crafted decorative seams.

The cabins, dressing rooms and bathrooms are thoughtfully designed, similar in style to many modern yachts: the bathrooms are reminiscent of a spa, and the owner’s cabin even has a spa bath, for added indulgence. In keeping with Fountaine Pajot’s design philosophy, the roof lines and large windows provide a panoramic view of the sea, and the glazed surfaces extend below the edge of the deck.

Absolute 52 Fly

52 Fly is the latest model in the Flybridge range, and it is a truly revolutionary yacht. By means of Absolute’s state-of-the-art design and engineering, the 52 Fly presents the brand’s extraordinary liveability in this more compact dimension. It is a truly innovative work of marine architecture, a dazzling highlight even in this particularly crowded area of the market.

Absolute 52 Fly 2023

It offers all the spaces that have become hallmarks of Absolute’s range, such as a flybridge with a stern terrace, a spacious cockpit terrace linked to the saloon and galley, foredeck with settee, table and sunbed, full-beam master cabin in the bows, two guest doubles midships, and a versatile crew cabin.

Greenline 58 Fly

Greenline Yachts 58 Fly aims to expand the company’s range of innovative yachts. The 58 Fly offers a flexible layout to meet various needs. It includes an extended hydraulic bathing platform with a 500kg lift capacity and a cockpit with a unique seating arrangement. The interior comprises three cabins, two bathrooms, and walk-in wardrobes for the master and VIP ensuites.

The yacht is equipped with 10 solar panels that generate 4kW of peak power. It also features the newly developed 6g H-Drive system with two 25kW motors combined with two Cummins 715hp.


The Icon, the electric hydrofoil derived from a cooperation between BMW and the Tyde boat builder, is capable of reaching a speed of 30 knots. It is powered by two 100 kW electric motors, combined with six 240 kWh batteries from the BMW i3. With this configuration, the boat has a range of 50 miles and a cruising speed of 24 knots. To increase its range, comfort and speed, the Icon is equipped with foils that reduce energy requirements by up to 80% compared with a conventional hull.

Bmw Icon Cannes Yachting Festival

Angled glass doors provide access to a lounge area which, with its artistically designed furniture on a luxurious carpet, brings to mind a kaleidoscope. Every piece is formed from sections of metal sheeting whose granular surface structure reflects the sunlight onto the floor like waves on the sea. The 360° rotating seats are at the core of a user-focused experience, with all essential features – including a tablet-based infotainment system – arranged within reach.

Lancia Aprea 52

Lancia Aprea 52: a project by the new generation of Cantieri Aprea family in Sorrento, heirs of a long tradition that elevated to art the world- famous Gozzo Sorrentino. Lancia 52 has two versions: one for the Mediterranean market and one for the American one.

lancia Aprea 62 Cannes Yachting Festival

The differences primarily concern the main deck, which in the Mediterranean version has a large sundeck at the stern, while in the US configuration the sundeck disappears to make room for a piece of furniture designed for fishing activities, with a fish tank and a large sofa. Another difference is the engine, which in the American market version is equipped with 4 outboard engines while for the Mediterranean market has two MAN i6800 engines.

Photos Azimut, Absolute, Riva, Pershing, Icon, Lanica & Princess

Video Fountaine Pajot, Sanlorenzo & Greenline

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