Each year in early December, charter companies bring their luxury yachts to Antigua for the annual Antigua Charter Yacht Show. For a week, brokers and media sample the wares of each of the yachts so they can share their experiences and guide their clients to the yacht that will be the best fit for their interests and needs. Activities during this week include yacht hops, where guests sample appetizers and cocktails and experience general crew spirit; a chef’s competition, allowing judges to rank the charter-yacht chef’s creations; and more casual onboard lunches so brokers can share the specialities of their yacht’s chef and intuitive crew.

Benetti Andiamo

Launched in 2009 from Italian yard Benetti, Andiamo received a full Patrick Knowles Designs interior makeover in 2017 as well as a new blue hull. Its chef, Caitlin Kennedy, was also the winner of this show’s chef’s competition in the 164-feet-and-larger category.

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This Mega-Yacht has 196 feet and accommodates 12 guests in six staterooms, plus 15 crew. The top speed is 16 knots. For fun, Andiamo tows a 37-foot Intrepid tender and carries two WaveRunners, a couple of Seabobs, wakeboards, kneeboards, paddleboards, kayaks, water skis and other towables, snorkelling gear, and an inflatable swimming pool. If getting out on the water isn’t appealing, Andiamo also offers a gym on the sundeck and a sauna at the water-level beach club.

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McConaghy Adastra

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With its spaceship-looking trimaran hulls designed by John Shuttleworth and built by McConaghy Boats, the 140-foot superyacht Adastra just has to be included in this roundup. I mean, can you imagine pulling into the marina aboard this yacht? Represented by Asia Marine, this long-range explorer houses six guests in three cabins. Adastra’s maximum speed is 23 knots, but it cruises 10,000 nautical miles at 13 knots. Charter guests will appreciate the fishing and snorkelling gear, water skis, and 16-foot tender as well as the paddleboards and kayaks.

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Feadship Broadwater

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Refit in 2017, the 165-foot Feadship Broadwater took part in the Antigua show, as well. The completely new interior designed by Adam Vorhees features neutral tones for a sense of serenity and space—nothing too over-the-top, which will also appeal to a larger charter base. And new this year is chef Stuart Lewis, who sports such awards as London’s 2013 Chef of the Year and Young Chef of the Year in Europe 2014. Guests can prescreen his dishes on Instagram.

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Luxury Yacht Broadwater accommodates 12 guests in six staterooms. For fun, the yacht carries a 21-foot Castoldi Jet tender, a mono-ski, a towable tube, a wakeboard, water skis for both kids and adults, a water trampoline and floating mats, an inflatable island, WaveRunners, and much more. Post-ocean play, guests will appreciate the on-deck Jacuzzi, and the lucky master-cabin dwellers will appreciate their personal hot tub. Broadwater also features satellite TV, Wi-Fi, and a media movie server.

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Crescent Custom Yachts Muchos Mas

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Launched in 2016 by Canadian shipyard Crescent Custom Yachts, the 144-foot Muchos Mas sports a metallic hull on the outside and neutral fabrics, wood, and stone on the inside. The luxury superyacht accommodates 11 guests in five staterooms, including the master suite that features a skylight that looks up through the forward Jacuzzi. In addition to sunning, lounging, and entertainment spaces on the bridge and main decks, the sundeck offers up a bar, barbecue, day head sun pads, shade, and two misting systems to cool things down. The Jacuzzi features a swim-up bar on one side and a soaring space on the other.

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For those interested in water play, Muchos Mas comes with a 32-foot Intrepid tender, a couple of Sea-Doo personal watercraft, stand-up paddleboards, a wakeboard, snorkelling and fishing gear, towables, and all the goods for a beach party.

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Nobiskrug Sycara V

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Cruising the Caribbean and Bahamas this winter, the 223-foot Sycara V was launched by Nobiskrug in 2010. This well-maintained superyacht has room for 12 guests in six staterooms and can accommodate 16 crew.

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Besides ample outdoor lounging, sunning, and dining spaces, Sycara V’s two tenders and WaveRunners are launched from side hatches, leaving the stern free for an air-conditioned beach club. The beach club’s swim platform is the perfect spot from which to climb aboard the stand-up paddleboards, dive in with snorkelling gear, or swim with the Seabobs.

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Tankoa Yachts Vertige

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Built for charter, the 164-foot Vertige from Tankoa Yachts was named after the owner’s favourite varietal of wine. In keeping with that love for wine, the yacht features a large wine fridge along with the hallway outside the owner’s stateroom.

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Francesco Paszkowski did both the exterior and interior design, which can be noted in the yacht’s smooth indoor-outdoor transition. Both spaces use neutral soothing colours, fabrics, and woods and provide a warm and welcoming ambience for relaxing and entertaining. Vertige accommodates 12 guests in six staterooms, including the main-deck master with a hydraulic balcony off each side. Besides the many outdoor lounging spaces, Vertige also offers up a sundeck Jacuzzi, bar, and dining area.

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