The 35th edition of the Festival de la Plaisance, better known as the Cannes Boat Show, ran from September 10-15 in two harbours facing each other across the Boulevard de la Croisette on the French Riviera. With over 500 boats on display, many of them new models from iconic builders, the event was one of the first major gathering of the European yachting season.

Monte Carlo Yachts 70

MCY 70
On the Monte Carlo Yachts (MCY) 70 the large area for entertainment between the cockpit and the internal living space is connected in a natural and seamless manner that is seldom found on other yachts.  Another feature that really sets this yacht apart is the large and carefully designed area for entertainment and relaxation on the bow, providing privacy and intimacy that is not normally achievable when moored stern-to.

Add to this the comfortable space and visibility from the flybridge and the overall aesthetics, including the look and feel of the materials and fabrics, and you know you’ve found a boat that is truly different. For a look at the MCY 70’s big sister, read Monte Carlo Yachts 76: A Flybridge Yacht with a Pedigree.

Photo courtesy of Gilles Martin Raget.

Wally Ace
The 26-metre WallyAce external profile suggests a really imaginative use of space, and in such a distinctive manner that you immediately think Wally. This innovative design provides huge open spaces and interior volume with a degree of light not available in any yachts of its class, with a total of 128sq m of outside social space as well as a 50sq m interior saloon area.

There are three decks: the 60sq m sun deck equipped with a full bar and seating for 8-10 guests on stools and sofas; the 120sq m  main deck with its two social cockpits, and the 95sq m guest and service deck in the lower level. Wally’s design innovations extend to both power and sail. For a look at one of the more distinctive sailing vessels around, read New Wally 50m Better Place is set to stun.

Helia 44 underway

The Helia 44 lives up to its name.

Helia 44
Two new catamarans drew a lot of attention. The first was the Helia 44from Fountaine Pajot. Helia means ‘sunshine’ in Greek, and both the exterior and interior design were designed with this in mind, providing lots of natural light and ventilation. There’s a helmsman’s bench that allows for three people to be with the skipper and enjoy the experience.

The protected cockpit is integrated with the lounge deck on one level, providing a large and comfortable 50sq m dining and entertainment area with seating for 8-10 people. This version had two double cabins in addition to the owner’s suite, and all feature double beds, private ensuite heads, and large windows. There is also a four-cabin version available.

Sunreef 82 underway

The Sunreef 82.

Sunreef 82
The second eye-catching cat was the Sunreef 82 – a huge double-decker sailing catamaran featuring a streamlined deckhouse topped with a giant 35sq m flybridge complete with the main helm station, bar with barbecue and ice maker, large dining table, and comfortable deckchairs, as well as a coffee table. The double-deck concept provides for one very spacious owner’s cabin forward, and a large and bright saloon with an internal helm station and sea views.

The owner’s suite is arranged over two levels, and occupies the entire forward section of the yacht with a master cabin, Jacuzzi, and vanity on the main deck, and a walk-in wardrobe and head compartment located belowdecks in the port and starboard hulls respectively.  It is worth noting that Sunreef believe double-deck catamarans have a chance to become the superyachts of the future because of their comfort on board and relatively low fuel consumption resulting from shallow draft and reduced drag.

Grand Banks 54EU

The Grand Banks 54EU.

Grand Banks 54EU
The 54EU is the newest “Europa-style” model in the Heritage Series of trawler motoryachts from Grand Banks. It features a modified-V hull which is the same hull Grand Banks designed for its 53 Aleutian RPmodel. That hull form, built for a pair of V-drives that put the engines near the stern, opens up room for more generous accommodation. There’s a large VIP cabin forward with a queen island berth, which can also be entered via the companionway by guests using the third cabin to port.

The large master stateroom sits amidships with a queen-sized berth. The main deck provides a very generous amount of living and entertaining space that flows smoothly on one level from the helm station back through the galley, dining area, and saloon, then out to a large cockpit complete with built-in settee. The extended flybridge deck also provides plenty of room for family enjoyment with two settees. New for the Heritage Series, the 54EU foredeck features built-in seating around an adjustable cocktail table.

Swift Trawler

The newest Swift Trawler from Beneteau.

Beneteau Swift
The newest in the Beneteau Swift Trawler range, the Swift 50, incorporates pod propulsion to enhance performance and maneuvreability at slower speeds. It has also freed up valuable space amidships making the boat feel larger and more spacious. The boats’ semi-displacement hull is strong while remaining lightweight, which enables quick planing with less power.

Prominent chines lessen rolling in heavy seas and also make turning easy with a minimum of heel. The design innovations continue below, which is spacious and airy. Owners will appreciate being able to choose between three double cabins (six berths) or two double cabins together with an office and an extra bed (five berths). The choice of some beautiful materials and the predominantly wood finishes give this boat an added touch of luxury living. For more on the Beneteau Swift range see Beneteau adds to Swift Trawler range.