| November 4, 2015 | 8:00am
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The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is coming up this weekend, which means big-ass boats that you'll probably never be able to afford. But that doesn't mean you can't come down and gawk at the gaudy floating hotels known as megayachts. Because that's really what the boat show is all about.
This year's boat show features some gorgeous megayachts that range from simple beauty to exotic to downright huge. And while you'll have plenty of vessels to look over and take selfies with, we've done some of the legwork for you and found the five must-see megayachts at this year's boat show:
5. Sea Dreams (132 feet)
At 132 feet, Sea Dreams is a three-decker beauty of a yacht that features a gas grill for barbecuing, a six-person hot tub for hot-tubbing, and a covered deck for drinking hard, chillin' harder, and entertaining guests with the comfort and style fit for people who love dining in comfort on the open sea. Sea Dreams, which is being exhibited by Chamberlain Yachts, also has three VIP staterooms with queen-sized beds, in-suite bathrooms with showers, and his and hers sinks. Quaint! Also, below deck is a twin stateroom with two single beds and an in-suite bathroom. It's comfort on the ocean. Sea Dreams will be docking at Bahia Mar/Hall of Fame/Las Olas Marina Show 2015, HOF North 317, 319.
4. Katya (151 feet)
Katya is advertised as being built for the "experienced yachtsman who spared no expense to get the perfect boat." And that she is. The Katya is long at 151 feet and gorgeous, with a magnificent interior that'll send yachtsmen reeling. It features a magnificent deck for sunning and getting your complete "I'm on a boat" vibe going. She also boasts an interior that looks more like a hotel suite than a seafaring vessel. Awarded "Finalist in the World Superyacht Awards 2010," Katya is everything you want in a giant yacht with none of the extra frills that get in the way. It's exactly what you want when you think, "Today I feel like eating some lobster, getting a tan, and living like a royal." Exhibited by Florida Yachts International, Katya will be at the Face Dock 13A, Bahia Mar/Hall of Fame/Las Olas Marina Show 2015.
3. Allegria (152 feet)
Allegria means cheerful in Spanish, though it was built in Holland. But that's not the only surprise this 152-footer has in store for yacht lovers. The Allegria is one of the highest-quality megayachts in the world today. The Allegria is advertised as being a vessel "with a cruising range of over 5,000 nautical miles that can take you as far as you can dream." That might be a little overstating things, but then again, not really. Because she's fast and she accommodates ten or 11 guests in five spacious staterooms that all feature fine marble as well as elegant cherry and maple burl woods. So it's kind of like being on the USS Enterprise, but much more ostentatious. Also, there's a movie theater inside, just in case spending time taking in sun and looking out at the vast endless azure ocean gets too boring and monotonous for you. You can see the Allegria, which is being exhibited by Moran Yacht & Ship, at HOF FD 22-26, Bahia Mar/Hall of Fame/Las Olas Marina Show 2015.
2. Meridian (205 feet)
The 205-foot Meridian has a main saloon, large outdoor areas, an owner´s cabin divided in two decks with a direct link to a spectacular saloon where you can check out the scenery. Basically, if you love saloons, this is the vessel for you. In 2013, the Meridian underwent an extensive conversion of the Observation Lounge on the forward upper deck into a second master suite. The Meridian provides wide entertainment areas, both formal as well as informal, along with spacious rooms for privacy. She's simply a fine megayacht, the kind you want to shoot a sweet hip-hop video on, but with lots of saloons. Exhibited by YachtZoo LLC, the Meridian will be displayed at Sails Marina Slip 3, the Sails Marina 2015.
1. Northern Star (247 feet)
OK, so, this is basically more of a floating city than a yacht. At a whopping 247 feet, the Northern Star is the perfect megayacht for the supervillain who likes to pamper himself while he plots to kill James Bond and take over the world. For starters, it features an owner's deck with the master suite encompassing most of the second deck, a 180-degree forward-looking vista from the stateroom, a private owner's study, private owner's bar, private sky lounge, his and her baths, and private foyer/lobby that looks more like the lobby of a five-star luxury hotel. Oh, and it has elevators. Because, yeah. The Northern Star has a classy hot tub area and a wide-open sundeck that doubles as a helipad, for when it's time to make your escape and/or get a tan. If you see one megayacht at the boat show, it needs to be this one. Basically because it's going to take you the entire afternoon to see every inch of this vessel. But also because it's pretty damned awesome. Exhibited by Moran Yacht & Ship, the Northern Star can be seen at the Sybass Slip 3-4, Bahia Mar/Hall of Fame/Las Olas Marina Show 2015.