Where: Port Hercule, Monaco
When: 25-28 September 2013
Contact: +377 93 10 41 70
There's no question that of all the spectacular events hosted by the Principality, the one which most perfectly sums up the glamour, celebrity and sheer sunseeking pleasure of its renowned two-and-a-half-miles of coast is the annualMonaco Yacht Show.
The 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. And this year’s must-see yachts could be even more extraordinary than last year’s.
The 88-metre 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. The self-contained private space for the owner and his family includes the owner’s suite, his and hers bathrooms and office, ands two children’s cabins.
The 42-metre yacht Sofia, built by Dutch yard Moonen, is fitted with a bathing platform built to take an easily-deployed three-man submarine.
Bringing the outside inside is a growing trend. 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 Engelberg, there are terraces and balconies that fold down on each side from the main salon or owner’s area, which 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. And 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.
Italian yard CRN, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary, brings its own flagship yacht at 80 metres in the shape of 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 innovative exterior shape, with a vertical bow, will ensure it stands out at the show.
For more information, why not visit the official website atwww.monacoyachtshow.com