October 17, 2023

The 5 Italian Yachts You Need To See During FLIBS 2023

Everybody knows the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is renowned as the largest and most exciting boat show in the country. But when you’re buying or selling a yacht, it’s the stuff you might not yet know that can make all the difference. That’s where IYG comes in. We are industry experts with the inside edge to make your transaction go exactly how you want it to.

We invite you to come walk the docks at Lauderdale with us, checking out all the latest launches and trends. “We have the deepest knowledge in the industry of the Italian brands as well as the strongest relationships,” says Boomer Jousma. “We’ve sold Rivas, we’ve sold Bagliettos, we’ve sold Sanlorenzo and Mangusta and Azimut, nobody else can say that. If you come check out this show with us by your side you will see the IYG difference firsthand.” Jousma points to a number of Italian boats that have him excited for this year’s show, including the AB 80, Ferretti 1000 Skydeck, Sanlorenzo SD90, Benetti Oasis 34M, and the Azimut Grande 26M.

Let’s take a closer look at what these yachts bring to the table.

AB 80

AB is a Viareggio, Italy-based builder known for building exceptionally fast sport yachts, and this 80 is no exception with a sizzling top end cresting 60 mph. She also has plenty of space for toys in an outsized garage that holds two PWCs with an easy-to-use launch and retrieval system.

Ferretti 1000 Skydeck

The Ferretti 1000 Skydeck is a 98-foot motoryacht with a fully enclosed skybridge with openable slats overhead for exceptional airflow. This Skydeck, along with Ferretti’s new Infynito range, shows the builder’s reenergized focus on blending exterior areas with the interior, making for a truly wholistic experience aboard its yachts.

Sanlorenzo SD90

The SD90 from Sanlorenzo is an excellent choice with style provided by her designers Zuccon International Project and space enough for eight guests and four crew. Her top speed ranges up to 17 knots, while she cruises most happily at 13. The yacht is notable for a massive salon meant to induce long conversations among guests and an exceedingly comfortable time spent aboard.

Benetti Oasis 34M

Benetti has met great success with its Oasis concept and the 34M is an excellent example of why. The yacht has the Oasis models’ trademark beach club with an infinity Jacuzzi at the transom. It’s really difficult to walk by this inviting setup at a boat show and not envision yourself relaxing in what is really a spectacular design element.

Azimut Grande 26M

Benetti’s sister company Azimut also has an enticing entry at FLIBS in the form of the Grande 26M. With three decks on an 85-foot yacht plus a glass transom on the cockpit level, this model has the overall effect of feeling much larger than she is—perhaps more like a 100 footer than her actual LOA. It’s a feat of design that can be chalked up to Azimut’s long and storied history of yacht building.

At IYG we are looking forward to checking out all these new boats plus many more at this year’s FLIBS. And we can’t wait to bring you along with us for an insider’s view on the exciting world of Italian yacht building.


2015 Sanlorenzo SL96
location icon Aventura, FL
Year 2015
Cabins 4
Builder Sanlorenzo
Length 96 ft/MM
August 29, 2023

Wherever A Mangusta May Roam It Is Always The Center Of Attention

Very few builders can claim to make the statement that a Mangusta does when it pulls into port. Large, fast, and designed with exceptionally sleek lines, there is good reason that owners of some of the world’s largest and most glamorous mega yachts also keep a Mangusta in their fleet. Oftentimes when these yachts dock alongside a 250-footer, it’s the Mangusta that is the star of the show.

IYG likes working with Mangusta for various reasons. For one, the builder is family owned and run with multiple generations of the Balducci family still at the company, which has yards in Viareggio and Pisa, Italy. Secondly, IYG has found that Mangusta is remarkably serious about its market research, meaning that the products it puts out match well with what their clients actually want and need in a yacht. And thirdly, Mangusta keeps an office in America, in Miami Beach—a relative rarity for Italian builders—meaning that buying, operating, and maintaining an American-owned Mangusta is that much easier.

IYG also admires Mangusta for its customizability. While the yachts are semi-production, interiors in particular are very malleable to a customer’s tastes. For example, whereas some competitors might offer a few different types of woods to choose from, Mangusta doesn’t put a cap on the kinds of woods it is willing to use. “They will do what it takes to make you happy,” says IYG co-founder Boomer Jousma.

And of course, the boats are fast—like fast fast. The Mangusta 165 Rev is a 40-knot boat, with quadruple 2,600-hosepower MTUs matched to twin KaMeWa jets. She’s also one of the largest boats in the world built with a fiberglass hull.

Mangusta offers boats ranging from 108 feet to 165 feet, with three different lines including the Gransport, Maxi Open, and Oceano. Contact Boomer Jousma at Boomer@theiyg.com if you’re ready to up your game and purchase one of the most impressive boats on the water today.

May 10, 2022

2018 Sanlorenzo SL86 “Akula” SOLD

The 26.76-metre Sanlorenzo yacht Akula sold and was renamed Squalo in an in-house deal at the Italian Yacht Group, with Vittoria Santarone representing the buyer and Boomer Jousma standing in for the seller. The Italian-built yacht was delivered in 2017 as part of the Sanlorenzo SL86 series.

Squalo, meaning shark in Italian, features interior and exterior design by exterior design by Officina Italiana Design (Mauro Micheli). Her light and spacious saloon makes use of pale wood and white furnishings to emphasise the space and light within the room.

Squalo is able to sleep up to eight guests with four ensuite staterooms consisting of a master suite, one VIP stateroom and two twin staterooms. The lower deck hosts the eight crew with accommodation of two cabins.

Squalo is powered by twin MTU engines that provide her with a top speed of 30 knots and a comfortable cruising speed of 26 knots. She had a last known asking price of $5,500,000.