Over 100 super & megayachts from September 25 to 28 in Monaco.
The 23rd annual Monaco Yacht Show is without doubt the most important event in the world of superyachts, showcasing the most exciting new yachts from this ever-evolving industry, in a spectacular four-day event in the photogenic setting of Port Hercule. The event by Informa Group is a key opportunity to bring together superyacht owners, brokers, yacht builders and designers from all over the world.
The New and Different is Possible
The hundred of yachts at the show this year demonstrate the trend among superyacht owners to constantly thrive to do what’s new and different. While ultra high net-worth individuals (UHNWIs) purchase superyachts for many different reasons, including the ultimate privacy that only a yacht can provide, one of the beauties of commissioning a superyacht is that, as long as your idea is within safety regulations, you can create anything you want.
The 42-metre yacht Sofia, built by Dutch yard Moonen, is fitted with a bathing platform built to take a three-man submarine that can be easily deployed. On the largest yacht at the show, the 88-metre Quattroelle, the owner wanted an entire half deck dedicated as a self-contained private space for himself and his family. The area includes the owner’s suite, his ‘n’ hers bathrooms and office, plus two children’s cabins, taking to a new level the concept of having privacy on board closed off from the other guests and the crew. It sees a move away from the previous trend of building yachts that were more neutrally designed, so as not to deter potential charter guests.
Total Ocean Experience, Inside and Out
Bringing the outside inside is also a growing trend, as today’s guests want to be connected to the ocean in as many places on board as possible. The ‘beach club’ areas of modern yachts (a deck area at the aft end of a boat that’s only a few feet up from the ocean) have always been popular places to spend time on board, but now they are becoming larger and more developed, featuring saunas, massage rooms and bars.
On many newly built yachts, for example the Benetti-built Ocean Paradise or the Amels-built Engleberg, there are terraces and balconies that fold down on each side from the main salon or owner’s area – these make ideal spots for breakfasting in privacy and fresh air, looking over the ocean. The 65-metre Lady M (built by Palmer Johnson) is one of the fastest yachts at the show, reaching speeds up to 28 knots, and its design is that of a sportscruiser, a fast boat made to speed at full power through the water, made for an owner wanting to feel the wind in his hair rather than sit serenely on deck sipping cocktails.
Every year at the Monaco Yacht Show, there are a few yachts that every journalist is clamouring to get on board, whether it’s because of their jaw-droppingly innovative design, sheer size or even an intriguing celebrity owner, and this year’s must-see yachts could be even more extraordinary than last year’s. As mentioned, Quattroelle, built by the highly respected Lurssen yard, is the largest yacht in the show and one of the most spectacular. Huge volumes, a sumptuous self-contained owner’s deck, an extraordinary range of bespoke glassworks and different woods, an onboard art gallery and an enclosable outdoor seating area are highlights on board this extraordinary vessel.
Yachts With Special Features
Italian yard CRN, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary, brings its own flagship yacht at 80 metres in Chopi Chopi. Each guest cabin on board has its own outdoor area, the owner’s area has its own private hot-tub, and there is room for 33 crew members. The beach club covers 100 square metres, sure to be one of the biggest in the show. This yard also brings J’Ade to the show, which features a floodable tender garage with a side-opening hatch so guests can easily hop on board the tender for exploring or watersports.
Dutch yard Amels will bring the 60-metre Event from the yard’s 199 series, designed by UK designer Tim Heywood. Its innovate exterior shape, with a vertical bow, will ensure it stands out at the show. The Moonen 42-metre Sofia with its three-man submarine perched on the huge bathing platform will also turn heads. Seahawk, the first 60-metre from Perini Navi, is a sailing yacht that can perform as a racer or be used as a cruiser depending on the owner’s wishes.
For more information visit www.monacoyachtshow.com