Stainless-steel superyacht ‘tempts billionaires’ at Fort Lauderdale show



The novel Mansion Yachts vessel, which can hoist itself 4.5m above the seabed,  featured in the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

A stainless-steel superyacht – the novel Mansion Yacht, boasting 836sq metres of deck space and equipped with four hydraulic legs that lift the vessel above the water – has attracted the attention of billionaires during its debut at the Florida International Boat Show, says its manufacturer.

Claimed to be the world’s first stainless-steel luxury yacht, the vessel is equipped with four hydraulic legs that hoists the hull 4.5m above the seabed when moored near beaches, and in harbours, lagoons and estuaries.

Mansion Yachts’s Bruno Edwards said that while the first sale had yet to be made, the novel design was attracting the attention of the very rich. The manufacturer is talking to “a few billionaires”, Edwards told FOX Business.

‘A few billionaires’

“It does a whole bunch of other things that a normal yacht doesn’t do, so it doesn’t replace an ocean-going yacht, but it definitely is a great addition to the yacht family,” said Edwards. “This will be the first one that we sell. We’ve already had a lot of interest, so we are waiting on our first contract.”

While cost-effective purchasing may not be the top concern of billionaires, Edwards said that the Mansion Yachts’s stainless-steel construction led to considerably lower maintenance costs. “It is actually 25% of the maintenance cost of a fibreglass boat,” he said.

The precise cost of the luxury yacht has not been disclosed.

Billed as offering a “beach-front mansion yacht experience” the vessel has a Cummins QSL-Turbo charged 440 Hp engine, a 360 Azimuth Drive-36 Screw and two Kubota 30KW generators.

‘Beach-front mansion experience’

The vessel features a three-story structure with five large bedrooms, five bathrooms and five separate state rooms. Outdoors, several large decks are designed for entertaining guests.

The design includes 72 solar panels to give the vessel a reduced carbon footprint.

Unlike the Mansion Yachts, debut exhibitor Majesty Yachts sold its Majesty 100 yacht for $9.9m during the show. The 31.70m luxury yacht displaces 132t and is powered by two 1,900hp engines.

Her sister vessel, the 43m Majesty 140 superyacht won the Best of Show award at this year’s show.

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which celebrated its 60th birthday this year, took place on Florida’s east coast between October 30 – November 3. This year’s event featured the show’s first Superyacht Village.


Mansion Yacht – at a glance

  • Floor space: 836sq metres
  • Length: 26.60m
  • Width: 12.19m
  • Three-story structure with five large bedrooms, five bathrooms and five separate state rooms
  • Four hydraulic legs hoist the hull 4.5m above the seabed
  • Room on board for 145 people

The luxury yacht can accommodate 145 people.