Most superyachts aren’t particularly exciting to look at—if you’ve seen one oversize standard-issue party flotilla, you’ve seen them all. But a new generation of elegant luxury vessels, like the visually stunning Adastra trimaran from Shuttleworth Design and Palmer Johnson’s 48M SuperSport, is casting traditional yacht architecture overboard and bringing high design to the high seas.

The Adastra

John and Orion Shuttleworth’s groundbreaking hydrodynamic design adapts the high-powered trimaran concept into the most versatile luxury yacht on the market. Built for long-range cruising, its speed and stability will get you through the choppiest of swells. And what the 140-foot-long Adastra lacks in superyacht space it makes up for in comfort and style, with a lounge, bar and dining area enclosed in panoramic windows that allow for stunning views. It can even be controlled from a distance with an iPad.

Palmer Johnson 48m Supersport

A golden sword piercing the blue waters of Miami, the 161-foot Palmer Johnson 48M SuperSport is the Bugatti of the sea. With a water-level beach club in back, sky lounge, sundeck and sprawling salon, the angular superyacht is less a muscled cruiser than a floating private nightclub from the future. Designer Berkeley March chose carbon composite for the hull and superstructure, giving the high-tech,  lightweight ship an affinity for speed: She tops out at 32 knots.

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