Why European-Built Motor Yachts Are Hot In 2019

Why European-Built Motor Yachts Are Hot In 2019

By HMY   February 8, 2019


As a consumer, you want options and you want the best. Luckily for motor yacht buyers, since the rise in popularity of European-built motor yachts in the U.S. in the late 1990s, luxury yacht builders on both sides of the pond are constantly trying to out-class the competition through design and performance innovations.

The result is a vibrant motor yacht market that can satisfy the needs and desires of any yacht owner.

While there are many incredible yacht builders in Europe, here we’re focusing on some of the best Italy and the U.K. have to offer—Azimut Yachts, Princess Yachts, Sunseeker Yachts, Pershing Yachts, and Ferretti Yachts.



This Italian builder of elegant luxury yachts celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019. Through the years, Azimut Yachts continually defined new styles and industry standards that would go on to revolutionize the yacht-building industry, including such common traits now as large frameless windows that let natural light in and add to the feeling of openness.

Azimut uses this to perfection on their motor yachts. Whether inside in the salon or galleys, or outside on the decks or flybridge, each space is designed for maximum use of the square footage which is enhanced by large windows that allow copious amounts of natural light to flood in. The pristine 2014 Azimut 70' Flybridge "WINE KNOT" is a perfect example of this concept and one you don’t want to miss.



After several years of selling their yachts in the U.S. under the Viking Sports Cruisers brand, these striking yachts produced in the U.K. are now selling like hot cakes under their original Princess name. Leading that charge is HMY, who was recognized as the #1 North American Princess Yachts dealer in 2018.

Princess motor yachts are known for their sleek, low-profile designs, which hide surprisingly spacious interiors inside. Gorgeous vessels like this highly-customized 2015 Princess 60' Flybridge "Stella Blue" are sure to please even the most discerning owners.

Always pushing the limits, like the other builders on this list, Princess recently made waves in the yachting industry with what some considered a risky proposition—the envelope-pushing R35. By all measures the boat is a success and one thing’s for sure—it’s a work of art.



Another of the more popular U.K.-based yacht builders is Sunseeker, who are known for building spacious cruising yachts for long-range comfort and performance. The Manhattan line particularly was well received and brought home numerous awards.

Beauties such as this 2005 Sunseeker Manhattan 82 "My Medicine" rarely last long on the market and it’s easy to see why—she is elegant, stylish, a performer, and extremely spacious, rivaling many hundred-footers in the market.



You have a need for speed? You need a Pershing yacht. This Italian-builder produces luxurious, speedy motor yachts that continually ooze with innovation. One look at this 2014 Pershing 92' Motoryacht "Neverland" and you’ll understand.

Like their European-builder brethren, Pershing developed game-changing technologies over the years that have shaped the motor yacht industry. Most notably, perhaps, are the surface propellers that ensure outstanding performance in all conditions, putting all that power to maximum, efficient use.



As speed is to Pershing, flybridges are to Ferretti. Ferretti’s line of flybridge motor yachts, from 45-96 feet, can satisfy the needs of all owners and “epitomizes quintessential Italian nautical intelligence and embodies the exceptional standards for which it is renowned.” That includes the captain-maintained 2010 Ferretti Yachts 510 "King of the Seas" that’s been kept with an open checkbook by her owner.

Ferretti Yachts has also created numerous pioneering features that have shaped the yachting industry and set new benchmarks, such as their F-tdr (Ferretti Trim and Drag Reduction). Looking forward, a main innovation aim of Ferretti’s is improving the interface with and usability of yachts.

Contact HMY today at 561-510-6200 to learn more about these European masterpieces and to arrange viewings of these motor yachts for sale. They won’t last long. 

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