After another edition of one of the most prestigious events in the yachting calendar, YachtCharterFleet reflects on all the highlights from this year's remarkable Monaco Yacht Show.
Alongside a stellar line-up of superyachts, some of the biggest names in the yachting industry attended the glamorous event in Port hercules, including Lurssen, Feadship, Benetti, Azimut and Gulf Craft.
The Monaco Yacht Show maintains its lofty position as the most prestigious yacht show that annually boasts a fleet of beautiful luxury charter yachts and a variety of captivating superyachts for sale. This year, industry players and prospective clients spent four days immersed in the world of yachting, witnessing the latest innovations, technologies and designs.
The show kicked off with spectacular sunshine beaming down over the remarkable fleet and the atmosphere in Monaco was buzzing with excitement as show-goers walked the time-honoured blue carpet.
As the show went on, the weather became windier but despite talks of rain, the weather held off and continued to remain dry and remarkably sunny come Friday and Saturday.
The show creates a buzz of excitement for all the latest superyacht designs, new innovations and technology but most importantly, the luxurious vessels themselves.
With a strong turnout of vessels at this year’s edition, stealing the hearts of many showgoers was, of course, the outstanding 115m (378ft) motor yacht AHPO. As one of the most exciting new yachts at the show and a recent addition to the charter fleet, the Lurssen yacht was eye-catching, unique and extremely luxurious, showcasing her expansive beach club with hydraulic steps that lead you directly into the sea.
On the same dock, freshly delivered this year, Golden Yacht's 88m (289ft) superyacht PROJECT X definitely caused a buzz and soon became one of the most-talked about yachts at the show. YachtCharterFleet stepped onboard to discover her beautiful Massari-designed interiors, as well as her 7.5-meter by 3-meter glass-enclosed swimming pool on her aft main deck and vast beach club which proved to be outstanding.
Sparking a lot of attention was the impressive 75m (247ft) superyacht KENSHÕ, marking her debut onto the charter fleet in 2022, at this year's show, guests took a tender to view her as she was located out at anchor, just off the coast of Monaco. With her sleek profile and eye-catching reverse bow, this superyacht has many stand-out features, from her beautiful waterside beach club to her vast 6-meter glass-fronted swimming pool. Inside, there is a sense of zen-calm Asian-inspired styling designed around the Owner’s love of the ocean.
Some of the team at YachtCharterFleet were lucky enough to step onboard to enjoy a tour around yacht KENSHÕ, among many other yachts in the top tier of luxury design and craftsmanship.
Marking her debut onto the charter fleet in 2022, at this year's show, guests took a tender to view motor yacht KENSHÕ as she was located out at anchor, just off the coast of Monaco.
Back at the port, there was plenty to see and the boardwalks were bustling with people. This year's show boasted a seamless new layout that allowed showgoers to witness the brand-new Adventure Area and Sustainability Hub, alongside its popular Design & Innovation Hub and dockside areas committed to the exhibition of superyachts and tenders. From nautical gadgets, all-terrain vehicles and an abundance of luxury tenders, we viewed a wide range of activities and services targeting the upcoming generation of superyacht clientele.
One of the most popular areas at this year's show was the Yacht Design and Innovation Hub, a place where the world’s most renowned yacht designers convened to showcase their latest projects. Various presentations on design and eco-responsible projects in yachting took place in a conference room upstairs which proved to be informative and eye-opening for all. This year, the Yacht Design & Innovation Hub also welcomed the historic exhibitors of the Designer Gallery along the Louis Chiron bend of Port Hercules.
Back at the port, there was plenty to see and the boardwalks were bustling with people. The new layout of the show worked perfectly, with so much to see and fewer crowds than usual
Introduced for the first time last year, the Sapphire Experience proved to be another successful addition to the show. The experience itself is a bespoke tour program for visitors interested in renting or buying a yacht, with a concierge team dedicated to creating a bespoke program of events tailored to take advantage of all there is to experience at the show in true VIP fashion; including scheduled visits on board yachts, attendance at gala evenings or private cocktails on board various luxury vessels. We also spotted an official Sapphire tender and courtesy car service that provided seamless transport around the show.
In addition, there were also dedicated VIP entrances and lounges for convenience and relaxation throughout the show.
The stands were livelier than ever this year, with a number of top shipyards grabbing the opportunity to reveal their new concepts at the show.
The Dutch shipyard Feadship revealed a revolutionary 85m superyacht concept at this year's Monaco Yacht Show, named SLICE. With the vessel’s initial concept coming from design Studio de Voogt, Slice is designed to “turn the inside out and the outside in”, according to the studio’s lead designer, Chris Bottoms and Head of Design, Tanno Weeda.
The yacht tackles one of the biggest owner grievances in yacht design: long hallways, dark interiors and stacked living spaces. The design incorporates a long glass strip from bow to stern which allows natural light to flow through her multiple decks with the aim to reinvent yacht corridors as enjoyable spaces in their own right.
During the show, the German shipyard Abeking & Rasmussen teamed up with Swiss design studio Valentin Design Sur Mesure to present their 86-meter explorer concept TIME.
Described as "one-of-a-kind", explorer yacht TIME is a seven-deck explorer powered by a diesel-electric propulsion system to venture in both cold and warm water. Designed by Valentin Weigand, the yacht is defined by an inverted bow and is home to multiple features that make her stand out from the crowd. From her extra wide duplex Owner's suite to her submarine and observatory deck, TIME will allow guests to make the most out of every moment spent on board.
The project is one of a kind as it opens the possibility to make the most out of every precious minute one has to spend
Another memorable concept unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show was the 37.5-meter underwater superyacht model, NAUTILUS, a diesel-electric yacht that can function as both an on-water vessel as well as a submarine. Revealed by Dutch submersible specialist U-Boat Worx, NAUTILUS combines the usual trappings of superyacht life with the unique ability to dive down to 200m (650ft) depths.
A particularly fascinating design, NAUTILUS is able to stay underwater for days at a time, with a surface cruise speed of nine knots and an underwater speed of four knots. What happens when the model is not in use? Well, it can be docked at any quay that can accommodate its 6.5-meter draft.
To read more about this unique concept, check out our in-depth news article: U-Boat Worx reveals underwater superyacht concept Nautilus.
Fuelled by a number of exciting changes, the Monaco Yacht Show 2022 was an exhilarating success for all involved, with a number of industry insiders confirming this year's show overall felt a lot more relaxed with fewer crowds and easier access, with a new buyer focus. With over 30,000 guests and prospective buyers persuing Port Hercules over the four days, admiring the yachting industry in all of its splendor, the show remains the industry's leading premier yacht show.
With the dates for next year's Monaco Yacht Show already released, take a look at our Monaco Yacht Show 2023 guide for all the latest on next year's show.