The 2023 Palm Beach International Boat Show (PBIBS) takes place this week, from Thursday March 23rd through Sunday March 26th. The event will be held on Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach, just across the Intracoastal Waterway from Palm Beach Island. Visitors can expect to witness the newest advancements in boating, yachting and marine technology, creating an energetic atmosphere in downtown West Palm Beach. With over a billion dollars worth of yachts and accessories the exhibition highlights the debut of new boats, revolutionary marine products, electric boats, hybrid technology, fishing boats, day boats, family cruisers, luxury superyachts and various family-friendly activities. Here are some of the hot new boats that we're most excited to see.
Zeelander 5 - World Debut, Palm Harbor Marina
With an enhanced exterior, modern design elements, and a spacious, semi-customizable interior, the Zeelander 5 is the latest iteration of the renowned Z44. Spanning 48.3 feet in length, this newest addition to the Zeelander model range is the outcome of an exciting collaboration with designer Cor D Rover, featuring a sleeker, curvier profile and a more athletic, S-shaped shearline.
Numarine 26XP Fast - World Debut, Ramp 5, Denison
Numarine's latest offering, the 26XP, is an 85-foot motor yacht that defies the conventional notion of an explorer vessel by boasting a top speed of 32 MPH. The vessel's unique expedition-style design features an angled pilothouse, almost-vertical bow shape, and a full displacement-hull design. Powered by twin 1,800-HP MAN diesel engines, the 26XP incorporates vibration and noise-reducing technology from Dutch acoustic company Van Cappellen, and also offers optional rooftop solar panels.
Wallypower 58x - World Debut, Ramp 4, Ferretti Group
Based on the innovative Wallypower58 platform, the Wallypower58X incorporates new features specifically designed for outboard propulsion. This is the first Wally yacht to be equipped with the powerful 600hp Mercury V12 Verado engines, configured with four of them to provide a staggering 2,400hp on the transom and reach a thrilling 50 knots. Despite its performance, fuel consumption is low, and the additional tankage provides a range of 300 nautical miles. The reduced draft of the new Mercurys makes the boat suitable for shallow waters, while the joystick maneuvering system ensures precision docking in tight spaces. The Wallypower58X offers ample storage capacity and flexible accommodation for one or two couples, making it ideal for comfortable day sailing or overnighting.
Intrepid 51 Panacea
Intrepid Powerboats has launched its largest and fastest center console yet, the flagship 51 Panacea, and she'll be debuting at PBIBS 2023 this week. The new 51-foot vessel is a sibling to the builder's more cruising-focused 475 Panacea and features has an all-new stepped hull, wider beam and more deck space. The additional length has allowed for a second row of seating, a large hardtop with a wraparound windshield, and an outdoor galley in the cockpit. The 51 Panacea also includes a roomy cabin with side access, a forward V-berth, and a head with a shower to escape the sun. The base engine package is five Mercury 450 Racing outboards, but it is also available with four Verado 600 V12s.
Vicem 37 CC
Vicem, the Turkish wooden boat expert, is venturing into the fiberglass center-console market with the debut of the Vicem 37 CC at the Palm Beach show. Vicem worked with Turkish designer and avid angler Murat Iyriboz and Virginia-based DLBA Naval Architects to create the new 37 CC, which will be offered as both a center console and an express cruiser. Buyers can select from dual or triple outboards, with a total possible horsepower of 1,000 HP and projected top speed of 45 knots.
Princess Yachts Debuts: F65, S72, X80 - HMY Docks
Princess Yachts will be debuting three new models: The F65, S72 (North American Debut) and the X80 (U.S. debut). The Princess F65 is now the flagship of the F Class range, featuring unique extended knife-edge hull windows, sculpted surfaces, additional styling lines, and an accented color styling blade. The Princess S72, designed by the Princess Design Studio in collaboration with Olesinski and Pininfarina, boasts a sweeping profile with full-length hull windows and twin MAN V12 engines delivering dynamic performance at speeds of up to 36 knots. The Princess X80 is designed with an open-living concept, featuring large and distinctive spaces that seamlessly connect with each other, providing a flexible and adaptable experience. Equipped with advanced twin MAN V12 engines, the X80 offers extended cruising capabilities, thanks to the option of an 8,800-liter long-range tank. With a sound-insulated engine room and optimised engine mounts, the X80 delivers a smooth and quiet cruising experience, staying true to the hallmark Princess comfort.
Horizon PC68 Power Catamaran
Horizon's new PC68 power cat, making its debut in Palm Beach, is equipped with two 850-hp MAN turbo-diesels, providing a cruising speed of 20 knots for this 68-foot vessel. The boat has a fuel capacity of 1,500 gallons and a beam of 24 feet, resulting in ample interior and deck space. She offers a four-stateroom layout with the option for an expansive open-plan salon or an on-deck master stateroom. Each of the hulls has a king-size master suite and VIP guest cabins with twin beds that can be joined to form a king-size bed. The flybridge deck is also spacious, with a walkthrough windshield to a Portuguese bridge and an open deck area offering stunning views.
"Calex" Benetti Superyacht
To showcase the exceptional boatbuilding skills of the renowned Italian shipyard, Benetti, the striking 219-foot superyacht Calex is making an unexpected appearance at the Palm Beach show, a mere year after being delivered to her California-based owner. Designed by Giorgio Cassetta, Calex features a sleek, low-slung silhouette, with a steel hull and aluminum superstructure. Below deck, the vessel comprises of seven cabins, capable of accommodating up to 14 guests, including a massive 1,770-sq-ft owner's deck. The owner's deck features the master suite, lounge, bar, and office, in addition to a private sundeck equipped with a gym, spa, and gas fireplace.
"Honey Fitz" - Presidential 93-foot Wooden Yacht
The Honey Fitz, a 92-year-old yacht originally built by Defoe Boat and Motor Works in 1931, has served five U.S. presidents including Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and John F. Kennedy. The yacht, which was once owned by Montgomery Ward tycoon Sewell Avery, has undergone a historic restoration by its current owner, Charles R. Modica. The three-year restoration project has incorporated original elements from its 1931 build, World War II, and presidential eras from 1945 to 1971, with a focus on the Kennedy Administration. The vessel will be unveiled to the public at the Palm Beach International Boat Show.
150-Foot "Nadan" Superyacht by Burger
Edmiston will showcase the 46-meter (150-foot) "Nadan" superyacht during the show. A beautiful and elegant vessel, she features exceptional craftsmanship along with a blend of modern and traditional technologies. Up to 9 guests can be accommodated onboard the superyacht, with accommodations for 7 crew members as well. The vessel has an aluminum hull and superstructure and is powered by 2 Caterpillar engines giving her a top speed of 13.0 knots while she carries 12,110 liters of fuel.
Other Notable Boats And Products
HMY will have the new Nimbus T8, W9, T11 on display, as well as the recent Valhalla V55 (along with other numerous vessels).
Nautical Ventures will debut several products, ranging from the innovative Axopar 45 XC to the Windy SR44 SX. Powered by triple Mercury V8 300 Verado engines, the Axopar 45 can cruise at speeds between 19 and 35 knots while remaining in the most cost-effective range.
Sunseeker will also display a range of impressive vessels including the Sunseeker 90 Ocean, Predator 65, Manhattan 68, and 76 Yacht.
Lift Foils will be debuting the LIFT4, company's most cutting-edge eFoil yet that is touted as the quietest eFoil ever created. It features what the manufacturer is calling a technological breakthrough in battery life allowing riders to be out on the water longer than ever before at a fraction of the charging time of any other eFoil available on the market.