Attracting over 125 superyachts (over 40 of which are new launches making their worldwide debut), Monaco Yacht Show kicked off in suitably opulent style, as the Principality welcomed builders, brokers and buyers alike down to the dock. It is a far cry from the very first edition of the Show, held back in 1991, where there were just 31 yachts moored in Port Hercules!
According to one yachting executive at the Show, the thinking behind this year’s event was “…to attract people who are new to yachting, as well as retain our existing client base, but at the end of the day, we target HNWIs. I think that whenever a show targets very affluent people, it should offer an experience in keeping with their lifestyles.”
In-keeping with the expectations afforded by such lifestyles, visitors to the Show can get behind the wheel of some of the most prestigious classic and customised vehicles on the market, at the Car Deck exhibition. Next door, in the aptly named Tenders & Toys exhibition, the fun continues with a range of “accessories,” from electric surfboards to mini submarines.
However, the real reason for a visit to the Show is the yachts themselves, and there was no reason for guests to be disappointed. New launches announced include Heesen’s Project Akira, the first model in its new 5700 Aluminium class. The 56.7 metre, four deck yacht features exterior design by Frank Laupman’s Omega Architects, and interior design by London-based studio Harrison Eidsgaard. Akira’s floor to ceiling glass windows open out onto a sky lounge to create the feel of indoor/outdoor living, while her sharp angles are balanced by clean, elegant lines. There is also an option for the purchaser to personalise the design of the yacht at any time during the build, without affecting the delivery time.
Meanwhile, Wally has revealed the 165 Wallypower, the brand’s latest concept since it became part of the Feretti Group earlier this year. Designer Espen Øino teamed up with Wally’s founder, Luca Bassani, to develop the 50-metre superyacht. The Mediterranean cruiser boasts a large saloon and dining area on the main deck, complete with fold-down balconies, leading to an outdoor swimming pool with staircases on either side to take you down to a seating area right at the water’s edge.
Other projects include Italian yard Wider’s 54-metre Wider 180 superyacht; the build of which has already started, with delivery scheduled for early 2020. The exterior design, by Rome-based design studio Andrea Vallicelli & C Yacht Design, incorporates a 160-metre large beach area boasting a seawater swimming pool and a spa.
Today – possibly more than ever before – Monaco Yacht Show is about promoting the superyacht lifestyle to a high-end clientele through dedicated, tailor-made experiences, and through the exceptional craftsmanship and level of detail from some of the best yards in the world.