Set in the iconic port, Hercules, the Monaco Yacht Show is the most prestigious and prolific superyacht show in the world.
The 25th edition of this yacht spectacular was held in September 2015 and had a record-breaking 121 superyachts (with an average length of 47 metres), and more than 530 exhibiting companies. With over 34,500 visitors, there were times when even the most luxurious yacht would have felt a little crowded.
So in an attempt to cover everyone’s yachting tastes, here are some of the best.
The Australian company SilverYachts had the long, low, arrow-like Silver Fast on display. She is a 77m silver bullet capable of nearly 30 knots – and has a range that opens up the possibility to cruise world- wide. She has a low draught to allow you to fully explore when she gets you to those far-flung destinations.
• Length: 77m
• Shipyard: SilverYachts
• Exterior design: Espen Øino
• Interior design: Vain Interiors
Frers, the German yacht designers, debuted the flagship of Nautor’s SwanLine with the Swan 115 at the Monaco Yacht Show. The first of four to be built, this one is a semi-raised saloon model for an owner who has mainly cruising on his mind. With long lines and a generous beam carried well aft, she has the volume for it. But her carbon construction and rigging, top-spec sailing hardware and deep-draught lifting keel mean she has much more to offer.
• Length 35.2m
• Shipyard: Nautor’s Swan
• Exterior design: German Frers
• Interior design: Nautor’s Swan
Sanlorenzo 460 EXP
Sanlorenzo’s first-ever explorer yacht, designed by Francesco Paszkowski, also made her debut at the Monaco Yacht Show. The Sanlorenzo 460 EXP is a good- looking, go-anywhere yacht. Chock full of luxuries, there is no need to rough it on this explorer. The lower deck includes a beach club with bar, a sauna, fitness area, spa and a contraflow pool (endless swimming pool).
• Length: 42.2m
• Shipyard: Sanlorenzo
• Exterior and interior design: Francesco Paszkowski
How classic a modern yacht can look? Taransay is a thoroughly modern yacht cloaked in classic design and one of the highlights of the show. A hidden hinged platform allows water access, while aft of the wooden wheelhouse is a vast sundeck. While the interior looks as classic as the exterior, designer Alain Tassin of Studio Tassin assures us that all mod-cons are included.
• Length: 39.3m
• Shipyard: Rossinavi
• Exterior design: Rossinavi
• Interior design: Studio Tassin
At 38.7m, Atalante is a Claasen Truly Classic sailing yacht with modern features. She is also a luxurious cruiser with a competitive spirit. The rudder, rigging and mast from Offshore are carbon, but the interior is in the best of nautical tradition.
• Length: 38.7m
• Shipyard: Claasen
• Exterior and exterior design: Hoek Design Naval Architects
If you’re in the market for one of these beauties, or even just mildly curious, the 26th edition of the show will be held at the end of September 2016. Better start making plans!