The first delivery in 2023 from AB Yachts, a shipyard belonging to the NEXT Yacht Group, is on its way to the East Coast of the US. The model is an AB80, an entry-level model in a collection that also includes the AB100, AB120 (a completely new model of this yacht will soon make its world debut in the USA) and AB787.
“The secret to the success of the AB Yachts brand in the USA,” commented Gennaro Candida De Matteo, CEO of Next Yacht Group, “is undoubtedly the attention dedicated to realising the specific needs of American owners in terms of the layout of functional spaces and their usability, the key technical solutions to enhance their lifestyle on board, and liveability when sailing and at anchor”.
With an overall length of 25.40 metres but falling into the “within 24 metres” category, the AB80 is built in composite materials, reaches a top speed of 55 knots with a cruising speed of 45 knots and, thanks to its 1.30 metre draft, can also sail in shallow water.
Another feature of the AB80 is the large open-air spaces with the various sundecks to stern, the one located at the bow, and finally the one on the fly, which can all bathe in music provided by a 12,000 watt stereo system.
The Group’s Style Centre conceived the interiors, customised according to the owner’s requests with the main deck characterised by the position of the galley overlooking a dining area for eight people on one side and the cockpit on the other.
The sleeping area on the lower deck includes the full beam owner’s suite aft, a VIP cabin also full beam forward and two double cabins amidships. In one of these the two beds can be converted into a double.