Written by Frances and Michael Howorth
21 September 2017
Each September, the Principality of Monaco plays host to a yachting showcase like no other. The Monaco Yacht Show (MYS) never fails to present a stellar line-up of extraordinary, one-off superyachts built by the world’s most respected shipyards.
It is undoubtedly the world’s number one superyachting show and a must-attend event for the whole business from builders, designers and brokers to equipment manufacturers, luxury goods firms and yacht buyers intent on keeping up with the latest trends.
If the Principality is the undisputed world capital of yachting then the MYS is its international ambassador, bringing together the social elite and leaders from the industry.
This year, the MYS organisers have introduced the Sapphire Experience, allowing certain industry stakeholders to tailor their clients’ experience should they require privacy or have limited time to tour the show. A concierge is on hand to coordinate VIP tours with brokers to ensure top clients are provided with the optimum experience.
Top yachts to look out for
1. M/Y New Frontiers – Damen
For the first time, Damen’s 55-metre, semi-displacement Sea Axe platform has been built as an owner’s primary yacht. New Frontiers boasts dedicated owner and guest accommodation and she hosts many comfort and design enhancements that distinguish her from predecessors. In total, 11 Damen Yacht Support vessels have been delivered or are in build; but this one has ripped up the rulebook. Daman says: “She is still a Yacht Support vessel, but you can’t put this vessel into one category or another; and that reflects exactly the wishes of our clients. They want their holiday to be about freedom and spontaneity. Whether it’s a weekend dive adventure trip away from their superyacht or enjoying two locations at once linked by helicopter, it’s all about unforgettable experiences and freedom.”
2. M/Y Cloud 9 – CRN
The Australian owner of Cloud 9 – who heads up a private investment company active in global retail, property and beef breeding – is using Burgess to actively market his yacht for charter. Burgess will be exhibiting this all-new 74-metre superyacht in collaboration with CRN, the Italian shipyard that built her. The brokerage house is acting as the yacht’s central charter agent and it expects her to be chartering in the Caribbean and the Bahamas this coming winter.
3. M/Y Aurora – Rossinavi
Built as Longitude 47, and lengthened in build, the now 49-metre Aurora was launched at the Rossinavi facility in Viareggio earlier this year. Fulvio De Simoni styled her exterior, while the interior design came from the drawing boards of Achille Salvagni. Under 500gt, she has accommodation for 12 guests in six staterooms, including a panoramic owner’s suite and VIP suite both located on the main deck. Look out for her large garage with tenders, Seabobs, jetskis, scuba diving kit and other water toys. Powered by two 3,460hp MTU 12V 4000 M93L diesel engines, she can achieve a top speed of 21 knots and boasts a cruising range of 3,800 nautical miles at 12 knots.
4. M/Y Seasense – Benetti
Built for an experienced owner who has chosen the Benetti yard for the first time, Seasense is a 67-metre, fully customised superyacht with a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure. Constructed at the company’s historic Livorno shipyard, her elegant exterior lines are by Dutch designer Cor D Rover who with Seasense is making his debut as a designer for the Italian yacht builder. His brief was to ensure the outdoor areas were as spacious as possible, to offer the maximum possible contact with the sea. In particular, the stern area of the main deck is given over to a big pool with a sun-lounging area connected to the peculiar main saloon that, through the opening of substantial sliding doors, provides even more outdoor space for guests. Powered by twin 1,380kW Caterpillar engines, the yacht has a top speed of 15.5 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots. Her range at a cost-effective speed of 12 knots is 5,000 nautical miles.
5. M/Y Clorinda – ISA (Palumbo)
The 37-metre Clorinda is hull #11 in the ISA Sport 120 series. Her construction began in October last year, at the Ancona yard that has now been acquired by the Palumbo Group. Propelled by three MTU 16V 2000 M96 engines, each developing 1,790kW, coupled to three Rolls-Royce Kamewa waterjets, her performance is both agile and smooth, matched by exceptional comfort. Her top speed is 33 knots, cruising at 27 knots.
6. S/Y Pink Gin VI – Baltic Yachts
At 54 metres overall, Pink Gin VI is currently the largest carbon fibre sloop in the world. The basic concept behind her design was to evolve and improve on the success of the smaller Pink Gin V, also built by Baltic Yachts. The work of naval architects Judel Vrolijk & Co, she offers better performance and elegant, timeless hull and superstructure profiles than her predecessor. Pink Gin VI has a plumb stem, an elegant, long overhanging counter and a deep, lifting keel. The interior layout and styling is from the British-based Design Unlimited team, which has worked with the owner on a number of projects.
The design company says Pink Gin VI has “an interior in which texture and surface treatment play a large part in the design. Carefully selected materials will be used to produce a striking interior countered by an elegance and sense of comfort ideal for relaxing during long world cruising passages. The master stateroom is positioned forward and comprises a large, open-plan suite incorporating an impressive and unusual fold-out private balcony for direct access to the sea. A similar balcony is set into the topsides amidships to port, providing direct access to the yacht’s main entrance lobby.”
7. M/Y Seven Sins – Sanlorenzo
Seven Sins is the first of the Sanlorenzo 52 Steel design to be built. Her Belgian owner loves the shipyard’s signature dark-tinted glazing and the privacy afforded to those in the cockpit while berthed in a marina. He also likes the floor-to-ceiling windows in the two saloons, one on the main deck and another on the bridge deck. A man of great taste, examples of his chosen artwork are displayed in a glass exhibition case that is enclosed within the Carrara marble staircase.
His suite of staterooms on the main deck include a private office, a colossal full-beam cabin and an ensuite bathroom.
Artfully sculpted, the bathroom is appropriately dressed in marble sourced from the same area from which Michelangelo carefully selected his stone.
With twin MTU 12V 4000 M63 engines and traditional shaft drives, her carefully researched naval architecture contributes to the yacht’s impressive 17.5-knot top speed, 15-knot cruising speed and extensive 4,000-nautical mile range.
8. S/Y Seven – Perini Navi
Seven is the third vessel in the Perini Navi 60-metre series. A Panamax aluminium ketch, she is a sistership to S/Y Seahawk and S/Y Perseus 3. The shipyard says that, with her gross tonnage of under 500gt and displacement of around 570 tonnes, her innovative hull lines and technological solutions guarantee speed and performance under sail, along with uncompromised comfort and safety.
9. Majesty 100 – Gulf Craft
Built to RINA Commercial Yacht Charter Class, Cayman Islands LY3 (Short Range) and AMSA’s NSCV Code Class 1E and 2C, this superyacht has been optimised for the Australian charter market. The Majesty 100 is the first in Gulf Craft’s collection to have a partially enclosed flybridge, allowing guests sitting within its spacious lounge area to enjoy stunning views at sea or at anchor. On the main deck, floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural light to flow abundantly through the interior. Two hydraulic, extendable balconies offer charter guests an alfresco experience at the same time as providing access to the yacht’s interior living and entertainment areas. Twin 1,900hp MAN engines enable a top speed of 23 knots via a V-drive propulsion system, with a location that enables increased onboard space and comfort.
10. S/Y Tango – Wally
Measuring 30.5 metres, Tango is the fourth in the Wallycento box-ruled superyacht series and the first to have been developed by Mark Mills of Mills Design. She accommodates six guests, as well as up to four crew. She carries 640 square metres of canvas and under power is able to motor at 11 knots from her 300hp engine. Her all-black exterior and super-flush deck are hugely indicative of the performance lifestyle that this thoroughbred will lead once she is released into the wild.