Now in its 29th year, Yachts Miami Beach has been bigger than ever. Literally. Instead of being limited to the near two-kilometre stretch of docks across from the Fountainbleau and Eden Roc hotels, the show returned to the marina at Island Gardens Deep Harbour on Watson Island, roughly a half hour away.
Since Island Gardens can accommodate boats up to 500 feet, that's where the biggest yachts were stationed, including the jaw-dropping 11.11 and the brand-new Quinta Essentia. The caveat? Access to the Island Gardens marina was only available if you were actually interested in buying or chartering a superyacht – and have the financials (or a broker) to prove it.
Quinta Essentia (54.8 metres)
The newest entry to the Miami Yacht Show was the all-aluminum, 55-metre stunner with a hammam and helipad – and she's selling for just over $52 million. Nearly every detail was handcrafted and custom-designed, so be sure to look for the waterfall seating around the pool and deep soaking tubs hewn entirely from wood. And if you notice a unique shade of red throughout the décor, word has it that it's a reference to the grapes in the owner's vineyard, Montemaggio, in Tuscany.
Axioma (73.1 metres)
This three-year-old, 73-metre beauty sleeps 12 guests and 20 crew, with three VIP berths and a top-line speed of 14 knots. Her crowning features? A mezzanine that looks onto a sprawling living room, for duplex-style entertaining, and a supersleek movie theatre for relaxing nights in.
Double Down (67.9 metres)
If all the glossy wood paneling in this yacht looks as though it has barely been touched, that's because the 65-metre Double Down was renovated just last year. More impressive is what's outside: a massive Jacuzzi on the deck, outdoor grilling spaces, and a twin fleet of jet skis that you can use to zip around St. Barts. (A winter Caribbean charter goes for $645,000 per week in high season.)
Huntress (54.8 metres)
Elegant without being stuffy, spacious without sprawling, the 55-metre, 10-guest Huntress is all about getting the best of both worlds. Formal spaces have glossy white finishes that are equally suited to convivial dinners or impressive soirees, while recreational options such as an inflatable trampoline and banana boats make her fit for families and well as friends.
Madsummer (55.5 metres)
Not many yachts sport a traditionally nautical style – surprising, considering how well it works aboard the recently redone, 55.5 metre, Madsummer. Continuing the theme of the décor: a spacious swim platform, with a built-in fishing chair and all the rods and tackles you'd ever need.
Martha Ann (70 metres)
After being refit in 2014, the 230-foot Martha Ann is up for sale – and last summer her price was cut by $13 million, to (just) $102.9 million. That's where the price sits ahead of Yachts Miami Beach, where her François Zuretti interiors, including a baby grand player piano, will be on full display.
Passion (52.7 metres)
You can be the new owner of this 52 metre dream if you've got $15.6 million to spare. What you'll get: masculine interiors that look fit for a Russian oligarch, a top-of-the-line gym, and an unusual range of indoor entertainment (think karaoke machines and an arcade room). In other words: the perfect floating man cave.
Skyfall (58 metres)
Skyfall, which we climbed aboard last year, is back. At 57.9 metres and rates that start at $383,261 per week, she's a midrange option by the standards of the Island Gardens show. The superlative she does claim? A crazy-fast top speed of 21 knots. Also good for thrill-seekers: wakeboards, paddleboards, waveriders, water skis, kneeboards, and seas bobs – all toys that come with the price tag.
Step One (54.8 metres)
Designed by the British mastermind Tim Heywood, the 55-metre Step One is for true lovers of the outdoors – or at least outdoor entertaining. (That might give you a clue about GoPro Chief Executive Officer Nick Woodman's interests; he was reportedly her original owner.) She has multiple al fresco dining rooms in varying levels of formality, wraparound wooden decks, and floor-to-ceiling windows for when you actually have to go inside.
11.11 (62.7 metres)
Few yachts become overnight icons, but that's what the Italian-built, 62.7 metre 11.11 did when it was revealed just over a year ago. Everything from her unique shape to her Art Deco furnishings is meant to turn heads. So maybe it's surprising that the beauty here is really in the details: shimmering mosaic tile in the spa-like bathrooms, decks that let you dip your feet right in the water, and more built-in tenders than you'd ever know fit on a boat.
Check out the gallery above to see 10 of the most OTT superyachts at this year's Yachts Miami Beach.