After another outstanding edition of the Monaco Yacht Show, YachtCharterFleet reflects on all of the highlights from the most prestigious event in the yachting calendar.
Over the past four days, Port Hercules has been a hive of activity as 120 superyachts, almost 600 exhibitors and thousands of attendees descend on Monaco for the world’s most revered boat show.
Based on our intelligence data and fleet analysis, the show enjoyed a highly successful 29th year. 2019 marked the first year to host two superyachts measuring over 100m, and represents the youngest fleet ever to go on display in Port Hercules.
As ever, the YachtCharterFleet team was on the ground in Monaco to tour this year’s superyacht showcase and bring you exclusive reporting live from the show.
2019 marked the first year to host two superyachts measuring over 100m, and represents the youngest fleet ever to go on display in Port Hercules.
The show was inaugurated with the 6th annual Monaco Yacht Show Superyacht Awards, which took place at the Yacht Club de Monaco on 24 September.
Charter yachts stole the show, with Lurssen’s 111m/365ft motor yacht TIS scooping up a trophy for her Winch Design interiors and Abeking & Rasmussen’s 80m/262ft superyacht EXCELLENCE awarded in two categories: Finest New Superyacht and Best Exterior Design.
Doors opened on 25 September, with day one dawning bright and sunny. A light swell made it challenging to access the 99 superyachts berthed out at anchor opposite the Monaco coast, but by Thursday it was business as usual.
A light swell made it challenging to access the 99 superyachts berthed out at anchor, but by Thursday it was business as usual.
The YachtCharterFleet team was lucky enough to tour plenty of yachts in the top tier of luxury design and craftsmanship, including Oceanco’s 90m/295ft motor yacht DreAMBoat.
While her interiors are still strictly under wraps, the YCF team had the privilege of being shown around by the Terence Disdale design team, who were able to give us first-hand insight into all the spectacular on-board details.
Alongside DreAMBoat, plenty of other vessels were turning show-goers’ heads. The complex curves on the exterior of Feadship’s brand new 77m/254ft charter yacht ‘Syzygy 818’ drew in admiration from the docks, and YachtCharterFleet can confirm that her interiors are equally elegant.
The complex curves on the exterior of Feadship’s brand new 77m/253ft charter yacht ‘Syzygy 818’ drew in admiration from the docks.
Berthed along the harbour wall, SilverYachts’ 85m/279ft expedition yacht BOLD was on display following her maiden voyage from the Australian shipyard. Espen Oeino was on board throughout much of the show, on hand to answer questions and show off the innovative design of the brand new all-aluminium flagship.
As well as the yachts in show, the editorial team also headed out to get a better look at some of the yachts at anchor; we stepped on board 91.5m/300ft superyacht TRANQUILITY and 88m/289ft sailing yacht ‘Maltese Falcon’ to name just a few.
Back at the port, there was plenty to peruse and the boardwalks were bustling with visitors. Prospective clients were in attendance, alongside industry players and key media representatives.
Last year’s new layout, which allows brokerage houses and designers to exhibit alongside their representative yachts, was back this year, and once again provided a more seamless show experience for attendees.
The new layout, which was introduced last year, once again provided a more seamless show experience for attendees.
The stands were livelier than ever this year, with Feadship debuting a full-motion model of Syzygy 818 and a custom-built sculpture of glass fragments each representing one of their yachts.
Other top shipyards used the opportunity to unveil new concepts at the yacht show. Benetti caused a stir by announcing their first foray into ‘compact expedition yachts’, while Tankoa revealed a brand new 70m Paszowski-designed project named Next70.
Top shipyards used the opportunity to unveil new concepts at the yacht show.
The Toys & Tenders zone was invariably popular again this year, with more state-of-the-art gadgets and cutting-edge water accessories on hand for visitors to play with.
Alongside the Toys & Tenders zone, the prestige car deck generated plenty of attention, as did the Luxury Gallery. Having these two sections has been an integral part of the Monaco Yacht Show’s success over the years, putting everything a consumer might need all in one place.
This year’s Monaco Yacht Show was an exhilarating success for all involved, with 2019 representing the most expensive fleet of yachts for sale at the Monaco Yacht Show.
Based on 2019 intelligence data, the total asking price of yachts in attendance is $2.5 billion- a huge leap from 2018 and 2017, when the total asking price was $2.1 billion.
If you’d like to know more about the superyachts in attendance, you can check out our intelligence report; Monaco Yacht Show 2019 in numbers.
For more details on any charter yachts that attended the show, speak to your preferred yacht charter broker.
Alternatively, view all superyachts at the Monaco Yacht Show 2019.