This year’s Monaco Yacht Show has been lauded another huge success, not least because of its line-up of yachts worth close to €4.3 billion, almost half of which had never been seen before.
The annual Monaco Yacht Show took place from September 27th to 30th, welcoming some of the world’s most iconic superyachts to the iconic Port Hercule. This year, as has been the case for the last few years, the show saw the quality reach what must be its peak in terms of the calibre of visitors.
Having introduced a new format back in 2021 in an attempt to decrease the crowded quaysides, the first day of the show remained an invitation-only event targeting yacht owners and future yacht buyers and charterers. The rest of the week saw higher ticket prices to entice qualified clientele, thus freeing up the quayside and making the overall experience more in-keeping with the luxurious lifestyle that yachting is all about.
117 yachts equating to a value of approximately 4.3 billion worth of yachts were on display, almost half of which had never been seen before. The Yacht Design and Innovation Hub took centre stage, offering visitors an understanding of the industry and featuring presentations by yacht designers including Espen Øino and Sinot Yacht Architecture and Design, while the Monaco Yacht Show Summit saw yachting enthusiasts come together to hear from industry experts.
Underpinning the entire show was the Sustainability Hub – an exhibition space showcasing companies specialising in eco-friendly technologies. Celebrating their 150th anniversary, the Italian shipyard Benetti revealed the 85m PROJECT LIFE during the Shaping the Future press conference, while superb vessels on show included the 83.5m SAVANNAH – Feadship’s first eco-friendly motor yacht; the 46.5m eco-friendly catamaran ART EXPLORER from the Italian Sea Group, and the 24m SUNREEF 80 ECO with an electric engine and revolutionary green technology.
The world’s most prestigious shipyards displayed their latest launches, including the world premiere from Tecnomar (The Italian Seagroup), with the luxury catamaran THIS IS IT. Pushing the boundaries of conventional yacht design, the 43.5m THIS IS IT boasts an asymmetrical design with an aerodynamic profile.
It wasn’t just new yachts in the spotlight as leading brokerage houses displayed their finest sales and charter yachts. The recently refit 97.2m CARINTHIA VII and 90m NERO were amongst the most talked about in the show, while leading brokerage houses, including Northrop & Johnson, welcomed potential clients to view a line-up of the finest yachts in their fleet. Along with yachts for sale and charter, visitors were also wowed by the latest tenders and toys, as well as cars, helicopters and motorcycles for superyachts displayed in the Adventure Area.
Of course, as is customary with the Monaco Yacht Show, the social scene was a flurry of activity with parties held throughout the week, including the annual Northrop & Johnson Signature Evening Under the Stars and the Monaco Yacht Club 007 themed party hosted by IGY Marinas.
With the Monaco Yacht Show 2023 now over, the busy boat show season continues over the pond with events including the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show coming up from 25th to 29th October. The next edition of the Monaco Yacht Show has been scheduled for September 25th to 28th.
For further information or tickets to any of these shows, contact Northrop & Johnson www.northropandjohnson.com.
Main photo by Monaco Life