Superyachts and yachts are synonymous with luxury. Boat Trader takes a look at different boat classes, from pontoons to speedboats, catamarans, superyachts, and classic boats. We pinpoint which features make the most elite versions of each boat type unique to their market.
Luxury Pontoon Boats
As a rule of thumb, deviations in pontoon designs are often negligible these days, due to the plethora of options, features and layouts available in such a competitive market. Virtually every modern model of pontoon boat can be highly customized these days, with manufacturers offering modular models to suit the owners lifestyle and hobbies. But even in this landscape, there are still those that stand out as truly luxurious.
Luxury pontoon boats are by definition created for boat owners who want to enjoy a truly relaxing day on the water to the utmost. Therefore, the most luxurious lines offer customized interiors, numerous creature comforts and usually include big engines (up to 425 horsepower). They often dedicate a large amount of deck space to big loungers, recliners and even beds. Many even have barbecue grills, high-end sound systems and TV’s.
Furniture arrangements can differ quite a bit from one model to another, but the focus is really on enjoying time with fellow passengers rather than engaging in water sports or fishing. These boats are great for sightseeing, sandbar parties and family gatherings on the water. Pontoons can measure up to a 31-feet in length and facilitate up to 22 people. That is one big party, folks!
Some of the best brands offering premium luxury pontoons are Tahoe Pontoons (Grand Tahoe rear lounge windshield), and Barletta Boats (the slide out EX23Q is expands from 8’6” to 14’10” wide, adding a whopping 128 square feet- a floating dance floor for those to like to party!). And of course there is Bennington (buyers should be sure to check out their Q class for head-turning elegance), SunCatcher (the Diamond Elite Series has series aesthetic appeal) and Manitou’s near legendary X-Plode – a vessel that has some serious attention to detail (not to mention performance).
Of all of those models mentioned, we might suggest the Premier Escalante takes the cake as one of the leaders in luxury. She’s a huge (31 feet) pontoon with a whopping 10’2″ beam that can handle 800 horsepower and comes complete with an upper deck and water slide for the ultimate experience in family fun.
Premier Pontoons Stunning Double-Decker 310 Escalante Luxury Pontoon boat retails at $146,800. Photo: Premier Pontoons.
Spread across two floors this is a pontoon completely dedicated to entertainment. The stairs rise through to the upper deck leading to the waterslide and perch with 360-degree views of everything around – a perfect layout for large family gatherings on the water.
Prices for the most luxurious premium pontoon lines available will generally cost between $150,000-$200,000. These luxury pontoons are best suited to those who want to regularly entertain large parties. In summary, some of the features you can expect from a luxury pontoon can include:
- Capacity for 24 people;
- Up to 800 horsepower (using two/three-engines);
- Premium upholstery;
- Impressive two screen touchscreen displays;
- Exceptional handling at every turn;
- Added protection from the elements;
- High-end audio systems;
- Additional storage;
- Ergonomic furniture;
- Additional lounging and social areas;
- An abundance of storage.
Offshore power racing offers luxury by combining superlative performance and comfort to a superior standard. Cigarette boats have over fifty years of experience in designing speed boats and are one of the world’s premier builders of performance boats. Cigarette Racing boats offer a wealth of features that contribute to an enhanced user experience, enjoying cruising at neck-breaking speeds without compromising comfort. Users’ every need has been carefully considered, there are integrated cup holders, glove box compartments, multi-density foam seats, wind flairs and wind doors for protection from the elements, and the list goes on.
Who needs dramatic lighting on a footrest? Nobody- but it’s these finer details that make riding in a Cigarette a fun and entertaining experience. Although the price tag is higher (a mid-range speed boat will cost approximately $75,000), you pay for the high finish and finer details, such as the multifunctional displays that lay entirely flush on the dashboard.
Prices for Cigarette Racing boats start at $100,000 used and can cost up to $2,000,000.
Cigarette 42’ Auroris racing. Image credit: Cigarette Racing
Fountain Powerboats Performance Series line is another speed boat manufacturer that screams luxury. Passengers can enjoy optional dual multifunction displays, ergonomically low profile bolstered bench seats, Italian leather, zero-effort controls, complete audio systems, twin-step hulls and windshields for comfort and protection.
Fountain Powerboats. Fountain 34 Thunder Cat. Image credit: Fountain Powerboats
Luxury has many components, but where Catamarans are concerned, space and efficiency are valued highly. SILENT Yachts catamarans have redefined the luxury catamaran market. Not only does SILENT’s catamaran’s harness the power of natural energy, but they are low maintenance, run on electric propulsion, have an unlimited range, and the interiors are akin to a luxury hotel. Furthermore, silent cruising and the absence of noise, fumes, and vibrations enhance a passengers connection with the natural environment. On the 80 tri-deck space is abundant and the sky-high views provided by the third deck are worth writing home about. The cost for a SILENT yacht starts at $6,000,000.
SILENT yachts 80 loft version. Image credit: SILENT yachts
Browse SILENT Yachts listings on YachtWorld.
The inherent nature of yachts means that every inch is dedicated to leisure. An ultra-luxury yacht is generally defined by its size, combined with the wide breadth of recreation areas onboard. Superyachts and mega yachts are perceived as the most luxurious yachts on the market. Owners choose bespoke interiors and exteriors, working alongside shipyards to create something completely unique. Yachts interiors will be finished to an exceptionally high standard, and either the shipyard’s in-house design team will fit out the yacht, or a renowned interior designer will be commissioned.
While many superyachts have hot tubs on the aft, swimming pools are generally a luxury due to the amount of space they take up. Some of the leading luxury shipbuilders producing superyachts and megayachts include Benetti, Amels, Feadship, Princess, Camper & Nicholsons. But the most prestigious shipbuilder hailed for their ultra-luxury design is German shipyard Lurssen. Lurssen has produced some of the most exclusive celebrity yachts to enter the water including the Flying Fox, Venus and Octopus (to name but a few).
Octopus is the epic megayacht of the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Image credit: Lurssen.
The explorer vessel is for sale through Yachtworld and is on the market for just shy of $300 million. You can also view our yacht listings here.
Luxury Wooden Boats
The most iconic and luxurious classic boat models have been delivered by the Italian shipyard Riva, the preferred choice among royalty including H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, Princess Grace of Monaco, and many more. The roots of classic Riva yachts go back to 1842, when a young Pietro Riva began repairing and building yachts on Lake Iseo in northern Italy. The Riva Tritone is one of the most famous models of the Riva line. The Tritone is widely considered the most beautiful Riva model of all time. The shallow V-shaped hull offers the right mix of comfy suspension in a slight chop while providing a rail-like grip when taking a turn at speed. Riva is the leading flagship classic boat brand. Riva yachts’ grassroots date back to 1842, when a young Pietro Riva began repairing and building yachts on Lake Iseo in northern Italy. The most luxurious and iconic luxury wooden boats to date are:
2. The Ariston
3. Riva Aquarama
Classic boats are generally perceived as collectables. Repair and restoration costs can add up quickly and could easily equate to up to four times the boats selling value, even if beautifully and adequately restored. Classic wooden boats are best suited to day-sailing or river cruising in freshwater, hence their popularity among the European lakes, especially in Italy. Before you commit to buying a classic boat, there are some key points that you will have to consider. Owning a classic boat is not for everyone- most boat owners have a strong passion for fine craftsmanship. If you like classic boats, but you do not have the time of passion to make them your hobby, you are better off renting out a boat.
A classic luxury boat in Lake Como. Image credit: Como Classic Boats
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