The best new compact superyachts from 20 to 50 meters
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The best new compact superyachts from 20 to 50 meters

From a high-speed «pocketed» superyacht to a 50-metre hybrid with a range of over 5,000 nautical miles.
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This autumn was generous for the bright superyacht premieres. We tell you about the most impressive yachts in the segment from 20 to 50 meters, presented at the exhibition in Monaco.

Bluegame BGX 70

Length: 21.86 m

The Bluegame brand, taken last year under the wing of Sanlorenzo, delighted fans «with an unexpected» novelty - the 21.86-meter BGX 70 from the fresh range of compact superyachts. The project was designed by Olympic sailing champion Luca Santella, the founder of the brand, together with the famous Zuccon International Project studio.

Naval architecture from Luis T. Codega and the top engine allow the boat to maintain a stunning cruising speed of 27 knots and maximum speed of thirty. The layout of the Bluegame BGX 70 is very unusual for a yacht of this size, for example, the salon has direct access to the beach club on one side and the master suite on the other.

Fans of Bluegame's creativity immediately appreciated the new model: the shipyard received orders for the construction of two hulls even before the official presentation of the boat.

Arcadia Sherpa XL

Length: 23.80 m

The launch of the XL version of the popular Sherpa semi-displacement yacht was timed to coincide with Arcadia's 10th anniversary. Attention: the boat consumes 30% less fuel than her classmates, at 12 knots she only needs 6.5 litres per mile. To achieve this fuel saving, the creators of Sherpa XL have worked on the hull design, installed solar panels capable of supporting all «hotel» services on board, as well as insulated windows, energy-saving LED lamps and low energy household appliances.

The other trump card of the boat is its width: 7 meters (vs. the standard length of 6.4) gives it 220 squares of usable space. The Hot Labs studio skillfully managed these areas by organizing the layout of decks in a chess order and combining them with a single staircase.

The cherry on the cake is a 35 square metre skylounge that can be transformed at the touch of a button from an enclosed space to an open space thanks to the fully descending windows.

Ocean Alexander 90R

Length: 27.43 m

The Ocean Alexander 90R is the embodiment of designer Evan K. Marshall's vision to create a «penthouse on the water», so the boat has plenty of open space, huge windows and a free layout. Italian naval architect Giuseppe Arrabito has ensured that the 27.43 metre yacht, with a wide bow and an impressive height above the waterline, can reach 27 knots, is very maneuverable and stable (even in a steep turn the boat enters with a very small heel).

The hull and superstructure of the 90R are made of an unusual material, thermoplastic with shape memory, designed for the wind energy industry. Glass up to 30 mm thick, covering a good part of the structure, is borrowed from the world of racing cars and aerospace technology.

The three decks house a full-beam master suite and three other guest cabins. The boat also had room for a beach club with bar, TV and relaxation area.

Azimut Grande S10

Length: 28.72 m

The Azimut Grande S10 not only looks sporty: two 2,600 horsepower motors accelerate a 28.72 metre carbon and GRP yacht to an impressive 35 knots. The boat's appearance owes its origin to the illustrious Alberto Mancini and its interior design to the equally famous Francesco Guida.

The combo area on the main deck boasts two chips at once. One of them is the vertical raised bulwarks, which become supports for the awning. The other is the sliding doors of the saloon, which allow to combine internal and external space into a huge area for relaxation and communication in the open air.

Four guest cabins are located on the lower deck, including a master suite width from side to side.

Maiora 30 Walk-Around

Length: 30.46 m

New to the Italian shipyard Maiora is a record size for its class: registered as a 24-metre, the boat is 30.5 metres long and 7.5 metres wide, while the 250 giant tons of interior space is more like a 35-metre yacht.

Another feature of the boat is a hull type Walkaround with convenient passages on both sides. Not only can the main deck be circumnavigated, but also a sandwich with a raised wheelhouse in gold in the middle.

On the lower deck of Maiora 30 there are three guest cabins, one of which is width from side to side. On the main deck, the master suite is forward, the saloon with a huge sofa and dining table for 10 people, as well as an open terrace. The sun deck of 120 square meters accommodates a dining room, bar, ten loungers and a glass Jacuzzi overhanging the stern.

Benetti Big Five

Length: 35.5 m

The fifth hull of Benetti's Mediterraneo 116 series is called Big Five. The boat, designed by Giorgio M. Cassetta, consists of a fiberglass hull and a carbon fiber superstructure. The Big Five can't» boast high speeds «- it accelerates to a maximum of 15 knots, but runs up to 3000 nautical miles at ten knots in autonomous mode.

The Owner's suite occupies the entire forward section of the main deck and features panoramic glazing, separate bathrooms for him and for her, a study and dressing room. There are four further guest cabins below deck.

The huge windows of the main saloon and the sky lounge on the upper deck offer spectacular sea views, while the 80 sqm Sundeck offers a bar, barbecue, dining table and many sun beds.

Extra 130 Alloy

Length: 39.7 m

Alloy's 40m 130 is the third boat built by Palumbo Superyachts under the new brand name Extra Yachts. The all-aluminium yacht has become the flagship of the range and is designed to retain it for the foreseeable future. Her appearance and interiors have been designed by none other than the renowned Francesco Guida.

The boat has an impressive capacity for its class of 390 gross tons. These volumes have made it possible to create five guest cabins aboard, including a full-beam master cabin with a large dressing room and study area, as well as relaxation areas for six crew members.

With a pair of 1,800 horsepower CAT engines, the Extra 130 Alloy achieves speeds of up to 17 knots and can cross the Atlantic at an economical twelve knots.

CdM Audace

Length: 42.8 m

The Audace customer had two main wishes: firstly, he wanted a real research yacht rather than a «floating palace full of marble and gilded cranes», and secondly, he wanted the entire upper deck to be at his personal disposal. Therefore, the boat has a brutal appearance, the interiors can safely be called Spartan and the owner's private deck is accessed by only one staircase with an armoured door.

The Explorer's capacity of almost 500 gross tons allowed for four more guest cabins on board, including two VIPs with folding balconies, two disco clubs (one instead of the traditional saloon and one in the beach club) and a galley where you can prepare meals for 250 people at a time. The main deck has two cargo cranes for launching/lifting two tenders, a jet ski, a Land Rover Defender SUV and a BMW motorcycle.

The 6,000 litre Caterpillar C32 Acert SWAC EPA T3 fuel tanks and a pair of engines allow the boat to cross the Atlantic at 10 knots and return.

Mangusta GranSport 45

Length: 45.3 m

Mangusta GranSport 45 by the renowned Alberto Mancini has joined the fast displacement range of the Italian Overmarine yard. The yacht is equipped with three MTU 16V2000 M96L engines and a Rolls Royce watercraft. Powerful propulsion and naval architecture from Pierluigi Ausonio allow the boat to reach speeds of up to 26 knots and a transatlantic range.

Other highlights of the yacht include a 75 square metre beach club opening on three sides and a spa pool with a waterfall on the Fordeca. Five cabins can accommodate up to 12 guests and crew accommodation for 7.

Damen Joy Rider

Length: 45.6 m

Support vessels from Damen have long ceased to be floating warehouses for provisions and water toys, and Joy Rider is no exception. With a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, the 46-metre semi-displacement yacht is ready to comfortably accommodate up to six guests in three cabins, as well as provide them with a large living room on the main deck for their relaxation.

The 8.3 m wide hull and 120 square meters of deck space allowed for a helicopter pad, a 6.7 tonne deck crane and a parking space for tenders, submarines, jet skis and other water toys. On board there are spacious refrigerators and freezers as well as large fuel tanks for the main superyacht.

With a pair of Caterpillar C32 TTA engines, the vessel can reach a top speed of 16.5 knots and travel up to 5000 nautical miles at 12 knots.

Tankoa Bintador

Length: 49.9 m

The all-aluminium Bintador is built on the same platform as the Vertige - the first hull in the 50-metre Tankoa range - but with a number of key differences. First of all, at the customer's request, Bintador received a hybrid power unit. With two 300 kW electric motors and a pair of diesel generators, the boat has an enviable range of over 5,000 nautical miles, and when the engine system is running at full power, it accelerates to an impressive 18 knots.

In addition, the Bintador, unlike its sister, has a helicopter pad and the galley from the lower deck has been moved to the main deck.

The boat is ready to accommodate up to 10 guests in five cabins, including a spacious master suite with office, living room and two retractable balconies. The lower deck has a gym and beach club, the main deck has a huge sun lounge, U-shaped sofa and a folding bar, while the upper deck features a panoramic lounge and another sunbathing area.

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