The forthcoming spring is going to be an extremely lively one for AB Yachts: for a start, the new AB80 is about to depart, headed to the American East Coast.
This yacht, which has a 25.40-metre LOA but is still officially below 24 metres in length, is the entry level in her range and shares the captivating design and state-of-the-art technologies of all other AB Yachts models. She can glide on the water at a maximum speed of over 55 knots and a cruising speed of 45; she can cruise in shallow waters; she delivers impressive performances and manoeuvrability, keeps consumption extremely low thanks to her reduced displacement and her efficient construction approach and propulsion, and can be easily driven by her Owner, who is free to decide whether to enjoy a long cruise with his family and friends or use her as a luxury day-boat.
All onboard areas have been custom-designed and fitted out exclusively by the Group’s Centro Stile to the taste and requirements of her Owner and with an eye to the yacht’s specific intended uses.
This AB80 has a very practical layout, without the slightest detriment to volumes, brightness and style. The galley – fitted with “heavy duty” appliances – is on the main deck and opens, on one side, onto a dining area seating 8 guests, on the other directly onto the aft cockpit. The result, thanks to fully conceivable sliding doors, is a uniquely versatile space, ideal not only to cook food, but also to make cocktails or sip a beer with appetizers while watching a football game on the huge TV screen installed in the saloon. A comfortable custom-made sofa completes the lounge area, while the up-and-down TV system divides it from the pilot house, enabling guests to enjoy great entertainment as well as privacy.
This main-deck configuration has allowed to arrange 4 guest cabins on the lower deck: an aft full-beam master stateroom, a VIP suite – also full-beam (nearly a second master cabin!) -located forward, and two twin cabins amidships, one of which featuring two sliding beds that can be easily, just pushing a button, be converted in one double size bed.
The large sunbathing areas in the aft and fore cockpits and on the fly, as well as a 12,000-Watt stereo system will offer truly unforgettable moments – be it a party with other yachts on one of Miami sandbars, at anchor or on a beach in the Bahamas, or a pleasant cruise in the Hamptons, this yacht has been developed and built to make the most of music, friends, and performances.
Not to mention water toys: the large aft garage is equipped to store two ski-jets, which can be easily lowered into and recovered from the water thanks to a slide system, and to always have at hand everything needed to enjoy the sea to the fullest.
The AB80 is this year’s first AB Yachts model built for the American market. It will soon be joined by the AB120, a brand-new model that will make its official world debut just in the US.
Next Yacht Group’s CEO Gennaro Candida De Matteo comments as follows: “The secret of AB Yachts’ success in the USA is certainly our great focus on the specific needs of American Owners in terms of functional and versatile layouts and technical solutions aimed at making the most of their lifestyle and offering maximum comfort both when cruising and at anchor. Owners are, however, increasingly attracted also by the ’emotional’ style we capture in our products: the adrenaline of speed, maximum safety and manoeuvrability even in the steepest turns, a very limited draught – a crucial feature to cruise in Florida or literally ‘rest the bow’ on a beach in the Bahamas -, and the sense of wellbeing that pervades the bright, welcoming interiors. All features that reflect our core mission: to stir emotions”