New Models 2022: International Motor Yachts
After covering new motor yachts built in Italy and the UK, YACHT STYLE highlights models produced by builders from around the world in the third chapter of a five-part series.
Galeon 800 Fly
Galeon has celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2022 with several new models including its long-awaited flagship 800 Fly, which had its world premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in late October. The yacht’s standout features include an enormous flybridge that widens aft and extends beyond the cockpit below, while the main deck has an aft bar, spacious saloon, forward galley and dining area.
In September, Galeon staged the world premieres of the 375 GTO and 440 Fly at the Cannes Yachting Festival. The 375 GTO builds on the 325 GTO that launched in early 2021 and spearheaded the new Grand Touring Outboard series, while the 440 Fly is the latest model to utilise the shipyard’s iconic drop-down wings made popular on its 500 Fly and rolled out on other models including the 640 Fly and 400 Fly.
CL Yachts CLB65
CL Yachts staged the world premieres of both its CLB65 and flagship CLX96 (click for Review) at Fort Lauderdale. CLB65 is the brand’s smallest model so far and its first to feature an aft galley between the cockpit and saloon.
CL Yachts CLX96
Designed by Jozeph Forakis, CLX96 is a groundbreaking yacht distinguished from afar by a vertical bow and reverse windscreens on the main and upper decks. Features include an extendable swim platform, enclosed skylounge, and the Terrazza Portoghese and Piazza del Sole forward outdoor zones.
Leopard 46 Powercat
Leopard’s new model for 2022 is the 46 Powercat (click for Review), which debuted at the Miami International Boat Show and was among the brand’s full fleet of power and sailing models at Cannes. Following the 53 launched in 2020, the 46 is the second of a new three-model powercat line-up and its features include the brand’s signature large flybridge and a door to the foredeck.
Prestige’s first world premiere of the year was the X60 (click for Review), which debuted at Miami and showed at Cannes. Like the flagship X70, the X60 also has a swim platform with drop-down sofa, a clear balustrade and long covered cockpit, although unlike its widebody big sister, it does have one side deck, to port. Other new features include a sliding door on the port side of the saloon.
Prestige’s M48 (click for News) was among the most anticipated premieres at Cannes, as one of the first powercats by a leading monohull builder, albeit one with Lagoon as a sister company. Designed by long-time Prestige designer Garroni Design of Italy with French naval architect Philippe Briand, the 14.8m yacht is tall and thin, with just a 6m beam, while options include a full-beam master suite forward.
Jeanneau’s DB/43 (click for News) was another exciting premiere at Cannes as the brand entered the premium dayboat market with its flagship motorboat, reuniting Garroni and American naval architect Michael Peters. Dropdown sides expand the width to 18ft 6in, the flexible aft sofa can fold down to become a sunpad, while the two cabins below include an aft master with a double and a sofa or single bed to starboard.
Jeanneau Merry Fisher 1295 Fly
Jeanneau’s Cannes premieres included the Cap Camarat 10.5 CC and Merry Fisher 1295 Fly (click for News) , which is 7ft longer than the series’ former flagship, the Merry Fisher 1095. The 1295 Fly features three 300hp Yamaha outboard engines, while eye-catching features include a drop-down platform to starboard and three integrated sun loungers on the foredeck.
Beneteau Swift Trawler 48
Beneteau debuted its Swift Trawler 48 (click for News) at Miami before the model was part of the builder’s Cannes line-up. The model by Andreani Design succeeds the 47 as the flagship of the Swift Trawler range of seaworthy passage makers. A MICAD-designed hull helps provide a 600nm-plus range at nine knots with twin Cummins engines, with the 425hp options giving a top speed of 25 knots.
Beneteau Flyer 8 Sundeck
Beneteau’s other new motorboat models launched in 2022 include the Antares 7 (click for News) and the Flyer 8, which is available in Sundeck and Spacedeck versions.
Beneteau Antares 8
The Antares 7 has an overall length of 7.5m (24ft 6in) and a beam of just 2.5m (8ft 4in), so is trailerable by road. The aft cockpit has seating on three sides and a boarding door to starboard, while the interior includes a dinette, adjustable helm seat, and a forward cabin. The model is also available in a Fishing version with a fishing station, a live bait well, rod holders, and storage for bait and tackle.