In the heart of the French Mediterranean coast, the Monaco Yacht Show 2023 took center stage from September 27 to 30. This four-day event is a beacon of opulence, where the world’s most esteemed players in the international luxury yachting sector congregate to witness a mesmerizing display of the largest and most expensive superyachts in the world.
Now in its 32nd edition, the Monaco Yacht Show continues to draw prospective buyers, designers, builders, suppliers, brokers, and superyacht enthusiasts from across the globe, solidifying its status as the pinnacle of the industry.
One of the show’s star attractions this year was the new 50-meter superyacht, Grey, crafted by the renowned Tankoa Yachts. Grey, along with a fleet of 50-meter-plus superyachts, anchored in the bay, making this Monaco Yacht Show a playground for the biggest players in the yachting world.
Johan Pizzardini, head of communications and media for the Monaco Yacht Show, highlighted the significance of this year’s event, stating, “We have 45 yachts that will make their world debut here – new deliveries… Half of the fleet is less than two years old. It’s the peak of the higher segment of the super yachting industry. Something that all of the industry has been waiting for.”
A Shift in Yacht Design
This year’s lineup showcased the evolution of superyacht design, influenced by a younger generation of owners with a fresh perspective. One of the notable vessels, the world’s largest sailing catamaran, the Art Explorer, is designed as a floating museum with a capacity for up to 2,000 visitors per day.
According to Pizzardini, this shift in design represents a change in the mindset of superyacht owners, saying, “Yachting is shifting thanks to the involvement of those new clients that are entering with a new mindset. It’s younger—it’s not the old money generations.”
Sustainability Takes the Stage
The Monaco Yacht Show’s Sustainability Hub returned for its second year, highlighting sustainable solutions and eco-friendly projects. This year, sustainability was a central theme, with many conferences focusing on the issue. Pizzardini noted, “Solutions are more viable and tangible, and the mindset has changed. So it turned from an optional development into the essential component of the building of a yacht today.”
Feadship’s Vision for the Future
Feadship unveiled Project Dunes, a 273-foot-long concept designed to move toward Net-Zero superyachts. This innovative concept combines energy-saving features with efficient technology and a focus on sustainability.
For aesthetic inspiration, the design team drew from undulating sand dunes, creating adaptable, multi-purpose spaces with endless views and a mix of open-plan and intimate areas. The design also prioritizes shaded walk-around decks, providing protection from the elements.
The use of asymmetrical superstructures, circular staircases, and full-height glass windows adds to the uniqueness of this design. Additionally, energy-saving features like the Cool Core Concept and ABB Dynafin™ propulsion ensure reduced energy consumption.
The Future Beckons
As the Monaco Yacht Show 2023 concluded, it left the world wondering which pioneering owner would commit to bringing Project Dunes to life. The show’s platform continues to be a place where vision and innovation merge to create the next wave of superyacht excellence.
During the event, several renowned yacht builders and designers presented their latest creations. Mangusta unveiled the sumptuous Oceano 50 and Mangusta GranSport 33. Camper & Nicholsons showcased a fleet of five impeccable yachts, while Heesen Yachts presented the Van Tom, a 50-meter masterpiece conceived by Francesco Paszkowski and Margherita Casprini.
Benetti made a grand appearance with two world premieres: the Custom 65M M/Y TRIUMPH and the B.NOW 50M M/Y IRYNA, both epitomizing maritime luxury.
Sialia Yachts, a pioneer in sustainable electric yacht design, introduced the world to the Deep Silence, a Sialia 57, highlighting a future where luxury seamlessly blends with sustainability.
The Monaco Yacht Show offers a glimpse into a world where innovation and extravagance combine, setting the stage for the superyachts of tomorrow.
Walking in Wealthy Footsteps
The Monaco Yacht Show boasts exclusivity even in its boarding process, where guests, including royalty, must remove their shoes before boarding the vessels. The show’s accessibility is reserved for a select few, with one buyer for every 100 staff.
The show tour included a visit to the opulent Phoenix 2, designed for the “richest man in Poland,” the late Jan Kulczyk. This 295-foot vessel, on sale for $132 million, mirrors an art deco Manhattan penthouse, complete with lavish amenities and luxurious cabins.
As the Monaco Yacht Show demonstrates, the world of luxury yachts continues to redefine opulence, sustainability, and innovation, setting the course for the future of yachting.
In the radiant wake of the Monaco Yacht Show 2023, we’ve marveled at the convergence of luxury and innovation. From record-breaking superyachts to sustainable designs, this iconic event transcends mere exhibitions. It embodies the essence of a dynamic industry where every wave sets sail toward a future as boundless as the sea.
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