The Top 5 Most Luxurious New Yachts From The 2015 Cannes Yachting Festival

The Cannes Yachting Festival has emerged as a showcase for the world's premier luxury yacht manufacturers – and a magnet for well-heeled yachting types in need of a bigger, better, more brag-worthy boat.                     

Benetti Crystal 140

There are yachts and there are super-yachts, and the new Benetti Crystal140 is most definitely of the latter category.

Boasting bold exterior styling by Stefano Righini, the Benetti Crystal 140 features four spacious guest cabins on the lower deck, a sumptuous owner's suite with private entrance located forward of the main deck, and cutting-edge engine technology tuned for strong and near-silent running. (yacht image via Azimut Benetti

Fjord 48 Open

“The Fjord 48 Open is the ultimate of modern times,” according to Fjord France, “and will startle you with its daring vision of the future.”

Much more of a “personal” yacht compared to super-yachts like the Benetti Crystal 140, the Fjord 48 Open features a pair of Volvo Penta IPS 600 (435 HP each) engines, two cabins (each with its own bathroom), and a high-performance sound system. (yacht image via Mazer Yachting)    

Otam Millennium 80 HT "Mr Brown"

A “minimalist luxury yacht” might seem to be a contradiction in terms but in the case of Otam's 84-ft Mr. Brown sport yacht, superfluous frills take a back seat to high-speed thrills.

This sleek cruiser can hit 54 knots courtesy of its V-shaped, Kevlar hull and a quartet of MTU 2600-hp diesel motors. That's not to say Mr. Brown is all work and no play: guests won't fail to be impressed by the yacht's Achille Salvagni-designed interior decked out in ebony, teak, and leather. (yacht image via Robb Report)    

C.Boat 27 SC "S Version"
The new C.Boat 27 SC "S Version" is stated by Italian yacht-builder C.Boat to be “the only yacht with a 4-year warranty” though that fact may not have one-percenters salivating with desire. It's also 95% recyclable – imagine that, a sustainable yacht!

On the other hand, the triple-deck SC "S Version" was designed to be a virtual sea-going vacation villa boasting five cabins, each with its own bathroom and shower. (yacht image via Canoe)     

Azimut Magellano 66

“Azimut reinvents the trawler, combining an all-weather with the best Italian design.” Though the word “trawler” doesn't exactly evoke the luxury and exclusivity most yachting types associate with the breed, there's a method to Azimut's madness. “While the usual trawlers do not offer the design and finishes typical of a luxury vessel, the Azimut Magellano 66 makes these its strong point.” Now we're talking!

Two cozy VIP cabins coddle guests while two 800-hp Volvo diesel engines provide a cruising speed of 9 knots with a top speed of 22 knots. A highlight of the Magellano 66's design is the extra-large fly bridge which features a built-in dining table, a sun pad, space for lounge chairs and an awning to provide shade during long stints at sea – the yacht's nominal range at cruising speed is a whopping 900 nautical miles! (yacht image above via Europa Yachts, at top via Luxury Yachts)