Superyachts get ready for their big debuts and it’s a pleasure parade not to be missed.
Not that we need an excuse to travel to Monaco this time of year — or any time of year, for that matter — but the Monaco Yacht Show definitely gives us reason to visit the principality. Forty new launches are unveiled in a world premiere each year. The largest megayacht event gets bigger every year, and here, size does matter.
For the September event (Sept. 23-26), the Monaco Yacht Show is delivering its largest ever event on the Port Hercules waterfront. Show organizers are crediting this to year-long events that promoted Monaco as a destination to those in Shanghai and Beijing — such as Monaco Week in those cities this past June and China Night in Monaco. The intention was to create relationships with the burgeoning superyacht owners in the Far East.
In an effort to promote even more exclusivity, this year is the first time for Monaco Yacht Show’s Sapphire Experience, a limited edition series of 100 special invites reserved for the most illustrious clients visiting the show. Have you received your Sapphire pack? The LE includes exclusive boarding of many of the superyachts, lunch, and champagne at the Upper Deck Lounge — the spectacularly designed Paola Lenti VIP area that features Baccarat and Viennese fine silver by Winer Silber. Most notably, the Sapphire Experience offers a special invitation to the private MYS Gala Inaugural Party.
Yet, the real stars of the show are the megayachts. This year’s Trillionaire ones to watch — many making their world debuts — are no exception.
Feadship’s M/Y Kiss and Moon Sand
Kiss’s interiors is one of the most striking. The owner of the 152-foot (46.40-metre) motoryacht, Kiss, requested a master suite with a stateroom penthouse that boasts incredible views. The yacht’s aluminum-plated sun roof retracts to let in more light. A spa tub invites relaxation on the sun deck. An unusual request by the owner, which makes the yacht a stand out, is its metallic paint exterior — black metallic hull with a red stripe at the waterline.
Moon Sand’s owners worked closely throughout the design and construction of the 145-foot superyacht, which was unveiled in April. Three key elements were integral: light, space, and freedom of choice in recreation. Large windows in the bridge deck lounge, main lounge, dining area, and forward owner’s stateroom create the light. The placement of the stairs, moved as far starboard as possible, were an effort to maximize space, as was a spacious sun deck that was designed as a pleasant area to enjoy breakfast with the option to change the space into an entertaining area.
For recreation, the swimming pool features an ingenious lifting floor system, which lowers down to provide a desired pool depth. Lowered halfway, the pool becomes a shallow kids’ pool. For ocean play, there are water toys aboard, including a jet bike, paddle boards, kayaks, and a dive compressor.
Moon Sand is considered one of the most specified ever in its class.
The 279-foot (85.1-metre) Solandge is one of the world’s most talked-about superyachts and the largest at the Monaco show. Six decks provide space for up to 16 guests in eight cabins. While not an unveiling per se, Solandge was such a smash at last year’s yacht show — winning the 2014 La Belle Classe Superyachts Award and Best Exterior at the show — that its return was most requested.
The ultimate relaxation and party boat, the deck is a sun bather’s delight by day, but at night, transforms into an outdoor cinema or party venue. It has a DJ booth, karaoke and lighting system, and a Jacuzzi that converts into a floating dance floor.
Hidden away in the tank deck is an atmospheric, state-of-the-art cinema and 500-bottle wine cellar. A nine-person elevator swiftly takes guests from tank deck to bridge deck.
At 207 feet (63 metres), 11/11 attracts attention with 46 underwater lights.
And when there are those of equal stature on board, the 11/11 can accommodate. This superyacht has two comfortable owner’s cabins, one on the main deck and a second on the upper deck with private access to the pool and solarium deck.
Four guest cabins are on the lower deck.
Silveryachts’ Silver Fast
Silveryachts calls its fleet aerodynamic, eco fuel-efficient yachts that represent the future of sailing. Its new Silver Fast joins the fleet as the fastest, long-range cruising yacht and is most notable for its sleek appearance and sexy exterior lines. But what really is the selling point for Silver Fast is its excellent fuel efficiency, ocean-crossing ranges, and fast speeds.
Silver Fast is anticipated to be able to cruise from Australia to Europe, for instance, in 21 days — without stopping once to refuel.
The 252-foot (77-metre) aluminum-built Silver Fast accommodates 16 guests. The owner’s suite has nearly an entire deck to itself. Its apartment-style configuration features a lounge and private outdoor living area with 3 double, VIP guest suites on deck. Four guest staterooms are belowdecks. A customized sauna and eight-person spa tub lend to the relaxing amenities found on board. There’s also a “winter garden” area, which is glass enclosed and air conditioned for all year, all-weather use, with enough seating for 20.
Aston Martin set to unveil its “gran turismo” leisure powerboat at Monaco.
Potential owners of the new Aston Martin powerboats, which get their official presentation in September at the Monaco Yacht Show, have been getting news of the revolutionary new series of stunning speedboats on a strictly one-to-one basis ever since the British carmaker revealed its plans in May. But that’s all starting to change.
Quintessence Yachts and Aston Martin Dubai gathered invited guests at the Armani Hotel in Dubai in June to talk more in-depth about the new AM37.
This is a powerboat for a modern James Bond.
The first model will be the AM37, which is expected to have a maximum speed of 50 knots or 58 m.p.h., while the sportier AM37 S is expected to reach 60 knots (68 m.p.h.).
“We need to open our world to water,” according to Aston Martin design director Marek Reichman.
Making quite an impression was the powerboat’s unique sliding deck, which allows owners to completely cover the cockpit of the boat at the end of their day out on the water, protecting it from the elements and any intruders.
The deck consists of three carbon panels which can be operated by the electronic command of the AM37 key. With a simple click of a key, owners can close their boats and leave them ready for the next ride.
There are more onboard technologies that wowed the discerning crowd. The boat’s air conditioning, refrigerator, and espresso machine can be started by remote while still at home or driving to the marina.
The AM37 also features integrated navigation, control monitor, and entertainment systems. The user interface of the multimedia and entertainment system is installed in the 15-inch HD touchscreen on the dashboard, which guests can also use. Owners will have their own dedicated displays for monitoring engine status and navigation.
Staying true to its heritage, Aston Martin announced the boats will be made in Southampton in the south of England. Quintessence Yachts is a Dutch manufacturer.
OTHER IMPORTANT YACHT SHOWS
CANNES YACHTING FESTIVAL, Sept. 8 to 13, 2015
Each year in September, the Cannes Yachting Festival welcomes the main players in the world of yachting. Exhibitors, visitors, owners and future buyers come together to explore the two ports of the French Riviera: Le Vieux Port and The Port Pierre Canto.
FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW, Nov. 5 to 9, 2015
The 56th year for the boat show, which takes place in the Yachting Capital of America, covers seven locations and over three million square feet of space and bills itself as the world’s largest in-water international boat show.