The 20 Best Boats Under $5 Million From Cannes Yachting Festival 2021


With major boat shows all but canceled in 2020 due to Covid, the world’s best boat manufacturers have been itching to get their newest designs in front of eager buyers and open water enthusiasts – and where better do so than Cannes? The Cannes Yachting Festival – which spans September 7-12 -features 450 motorboats and yachts up to 150 feet at the Vieux Port, with another 108 new launches in the sailing area, as well as 50 brokerage yachts, a ‘Luxury Gallery’ and a dedicated area for electric boats, multihulls, and sea-trials.

Much like Port Hercules during the F1, Cannes is no stranger to superyachts in the harbour or perched on the horizon. However, for the average man, who might not have pockets as deep as Abromovich – who owns the $800m MY Solaris anchored around the corner at Juan-les-Pins – there’s an abundance of exciting options on show.

While the majority of attention will land on the likes of Benetti’s 37m Motopanfilo and 40m Oasis ‘Rebeca’ we featured last month, Cantiere delle Marche’s new Flexplorer ‘Aurelia’, and Mangusta’s first 104REV, we thought we’d focus on boats for millionaires, not billionaires, and highlight some of the best boats under $5m. Versatile open spaces, minimal convertible decks, intuitive spaces, and expedition yachts, optimised for range, are all on-trend in 2021. Here’s our pick of the motor yacht and sailing yacht releases you need to know – just in case you can spare a few million one day. Not a few hundred million.

The prices below are estimates based on direct conversions from Euro & US.

Bluegame BG72 – $5m

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The Bluegame BG72 was designed by Architect Luca Santella as a cross-over of open and flybridge designs, championing performance, comfort, safety, and maneuverability. An enclosed forward pilothouse on the upper bridge offers the captain 360° visibility while maximising space towards the aft for multiple outdoor areas, arranged over three levels, with a flexible main deck providing space for additional entertaining and tender storage.

The saloon, with direct access to the beach club, can be optioned as a lounge or as a grand owner’s cabin, with a further five cabins dressed in Canaletto walnut wood and leather for a sleek and sophisticated aesthetic throughout. The Bluegame 72 is an exciting and progressive design for an owner who desires to lead, not follow. Check out the gallery at Simspon Marine.

ICE 70 – $4.13m

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The ICE 70, designed by Umberto Felci has been conceived for fast cruising and racing at all levels – either with a full or reduced crew. A flat and slender deckhouse complements the yacht’s vast, unobstructed decks giving the ICE70 a contemporary profile, which flows into the cabin boasting sleek, uncluttered interiors across three or four cabins.

Extensive use of carbon fibre for the optimised hull, deck, and structures, ensures great rigidity and efficient performance, and comfortable cruising for longer journeys. A rear tender garage allows space for a 4.2m tender while an optional Cariboni telescopic lifting keel reduces draught from 4.3m to just 2.75m.

Sirena 68 – $3.9m

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Turkish outfit Serina has used Cannes to debut their new Sirena 68 with a three + one cabin layout for an experienced owner-operator or small crew. The expedition-style flybridge cruiser features an open-living main deck with a kitchen, lounge, and dining space, encouraging free-flowing conversation and interaction for families who like to cook and relax together.

A generous bow features a large sun pad and casual dining set up with additional outdoor spaces outside the main saloon and on the flybridge, complete with a kitchenette and full-sized BBQ. At an economy cruising speed of 10knots, the Sirena 68 is capable of traveling over 1,200 nautical miles, which covers Sydney to Auckland on a single tank of diesel.

Grand Banks 54 – $3.7m

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When it comes to building your dream boat, the question of how long is a piece of string is especially relevant – even more so when at Grand Banks. The manufacturer of sophisticated luxury cruisers hasn’t strayed far from the iconic Grand Banks aesthetic but has incorporated carbon and vacuum infusion throughout, reducing weight and adding to the strength, stability, and efficiency of the brand’s V-Warp Hull.

In the Grand Banks 54, speed and a soft ride unite in a meticulously appointed package, boasting elegant woodwork, ample storage, and clever uses of space. A two stateroom configuration is ideal for cruising couples while a three stateroom configuration can be optioned for owners who prefer a small crew.

Bering 70 – $3.68m

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Turkish outfit Bering is packing serious value into their expedition-focused hulls. The debut model for Bering’s contemporary new coastal series, the 70 has been designed for extensive cruising boasting a rounded displacement hull with shallow draft perfect for shallow waters.

Built of steel and aluminum – with a wheelhouse designed for utility and optimized for maximum viewability – there’s a real sense of being on a ship, seamlessly intertwined with clean modern interiors, functional food prep, and dining areas, and epic lounging spaces like the large sun pad on the bow. With accommodation for 6 guests and 2 crew and a huge range of 2500 nautical miles at 8 knots, the Bering 70 is a boat you could spend some serious time on.

Pershing 6X – $3.35m


With the Pershing 6X, the brand continues to push what they do best – speed. Her bold, imposing form will do 48 knots flat and cruise at 42 thanks to twin 1,550mhp MAN V12 1550 engines – perfect for jaunts from Sydney to Pittwater. A high-tech helm dominates the main deck saloon with doors that open onto a large rear lounge area and aft sun pad that continues the streamlined profile.

Downstairs are three guests cabins with three bathrooms and an additional shower room, with a single-person crew cabin and integrated bathroom near the cockpit. The bow features an expansive (and inviting) sun pad configuration, perfect for relaxed conversations and hot days in the sun.

Beneteau Grand Trawler 62 – $3.2m

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Best known for their sailboats, Beneteau’s Trawler designs have been quietly gaining traction as more buyers prioritise comfort and range. Appropriately sized for eager owner-operators, the new ocean-rated Beneteau Grand Trawler 62 will cover 900NM and has been designed to maximize interior volume, across three or four guest cabins, for families that plan to spend lengthy stints onboard.

The impressive 31sqm flybridge is one of the largest in its class and benefits from a guest-facing wet bar and retractable roof, as well as tender storage aft. An optional sliding door allows the main deck galley to be closed off, separating owners and crew, whose quarters are located in the concealed lazarette, alongside additional day heads and shower for post bathing.

Y Yachts Y7 – $3.1m

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Relative newcomer YYachts was founded by Hanse Yachts founder Michael Schmidt in 2015 with a mission to develop yachts ahead of their time, focusing on builds between 60 and 100 feet in length – where owners communicate their vision directly with the shipyard. Cannes sees three YYachts in attendance, with the smallest Y7 presenting incredible value for what is essentially a scaled-down superyacht, you can sail with ease.

Her contemporary exterior continues into the open plan saloon and three or four cabins, screaming modern apartment rather than a sailboat. An aft deck hatch raises on struts to reveal a garage for a 3.45m RIB and toys that remains watertight when the swim platform is lowered. The level of innovation, tech, and style – for the price – will have prospective buyers swooning over YYachts for many years to come.

Nautor Swan 58 – $2.97m

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A brand new number for Nautor Swan, the 58 presents the perfect fusion of safety, comfort, and autonomy in a bluewater cruising yacht, with no more than a couple on board. Designed with both performance and pleasure in mind, the German Frers designed 58 utilises a long coach roof, large windows, and hatches to enhance the feeling of space inside, while a new cockpit design with twin tables connects to form a 10-seat dining table for entertaining larger groups, complemented by an easy access swim platform.

The standard layout offers three guest cabins and three heads, with the possibility to add a guest/crew cabin amidships and an extra crew…


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