Three yachts for fun on the open seas

Wave-sensitive pool table? Submersible scooter? Nicole Garcia Merida looks at luxury yachts – and the toys to go with them.

Classic design from an Italian luxury yacht maker

Italian boat builder Benetti has sought to “reconnect with yachting heritage” by combining elements of classic design with modern-day expectations in its 37m Motopanfilo model (pictured above), says Rory Jackson on SuperyachtNews.

The yacht has a range of about 3,800 nautical miles at ten knots and there are five guest cabins for up to ten people, with an additional four cabins for up to seven crew members. The large panes of glass “amplify the sense of space” inside and there is a hot tub, an intimate viewing deck and plenty of space for entertaining.  €15.5m, benettiyachts.it

San Lorenzo SX112 © San Lorenzo

A relatively subtle superyacht 

Slightly more subtle than your usual “towering gigayacht”, but retaining an inevitable “wow factor”, is the 112ft (34m) San Lorenzo SX112, says Michael Verdon in the Robb Report. It features a “unique stern area that fuses the open transom with an inner salon” to create a spacious, extendable “beach” area.

The open transom features a central platform that drops into the water for scuba diving or swimming and the yacht has two lounges, a “modern but subtle” interior mixing bespoke and high-end furniture, two top decks and open aft mezzanines from which to enjoy the view. The boat can accommodate ten people and five crew and has a range of about 1,500 nautical miles. €12.5m, sanlorenzoyacht.com 

X95 Superfly © Princess Yachts

An unusually luxurious ferry

In 1965, most British boatbuilders were targeting the newly prosperous middle classes, making speedboats that could be towed behind the family Ford Cortina, says Alan Harper for YachtsCroatia. David King in Plymouth had other ideas, making boats that cost the same as a family home. Princess Yachts continues to take “bold  and courageous steps” with this X95 Superfly three-deck superyacht.

The innovative design vastly increases the amount of space available – it has six cabins in total, including two for crew – with “astonishing” results. Out at sea, it displays “all the unflappable dependability of an unusually luxurious cross-Channel Ferry” and has a range of approximately 2,000 nautical miles. About £8m, princessyachts.com  

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Bugatti pool table © Bugatti
Who's for pool?

It’s obviously impossible to play pool on a table that is not level, so that makes a game out at sea somewhat problematic. Luxury car maker Bugatti has the answer. Its latest high-tech pool table makes playing on a yacht as easy as it is at home. The table is fitted with a gyroscopic sensor that automatically adjusts its legs to level when a change in balance is detected. The system adjusts in just five milliseconds and is silent and free of vibrations. Only 30 will be produced and pricing starts at €250,000; bugatti.com

Inflatable paddleboard © CoolSurf
A paddleboard to explore the coast

This kit by CoolSurf comes with everything you need to begin your paddleboarding adventure. It includes two inflatable paddleboards that are light and easily stored, a pump (though they retain air for several months at a time so you won’t need it often), a repair kit, paddles and a nylon fin that helps improve stability. From £399.99, cool-snow.co.uk

WhiteShark Sublue underwater scooter © Amazon
A scooter for underwater adventures

The WhiteShark MixPro by Sublue is an “underwater scooter” with a double propeller system that can reach speeds of up to 4mph and dive up to 130 feet below the surface. You can fix a smartphone to its waterproof camera mount to record your adventures. Available on Amazon for £799

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