It was 'game on' at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show.
If you weren’t among the estimated 33,000 who attended the 24th Monaco Yacht Show in late September, suffice to say, you missed a good one. More than 100 yachts, including some 40 new builds, lined the show docks in the Principality’s main port. As many as 100 more yachts up to 300 feet in length, not in the show, were anchored off—some brokerage, some in the charter fleet and some there just to take in the event. The sum of the parts made for a sumptuous display of superyacht grandeur.
Standouts included the 73-meter (240-foot) Picchiotti/Perini Navi motoryacht Grace E, which won the Monaco Yacht Show Award for Best Interior. Other winners of show awards were the 85.5-meter (290-foot) Lürssen Solandge for best exterior, the 47-meter (154-foot) Admiral Entourage for the RINA Green Plus Yacht Award and the 91.5-meter (300-foot) Oceanco Equanimity for Best of Show. After years of turmoil following the economic crash of 2008, builders, designers, brokers and suppliers reported a strong uptick in sales and activity.
Top New Yachts Showcased at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show
Solandge | 279ft. 2in. (85.1m) | Lürssen
Having years of experience aboard their previous, smaller Lürssen, the owners of Solandge knew exactly what they wanted in a new build. Their brief to their interior designer was to “have every inch be special and have meaning.” Rodriguez Interiors did its best to comply, and the result is a colorful, exuberant interior. Exterior styling is by Espen Øino.
Yalla | 239ft. 5in. (73m) | CRN
Yalla’s exterior design is by Omega Architects in collaboration with CRN, and interior is by Droulers Architecture/CRN. One of CRN’s largest yachts, she has a sporty profile with a contemporary interior style enhanced by a multitude of special materials.
Grace E | 239ft. 5in. (73m) | Perini Navi/Picchiotti
The third in the Philippe Briand-designed Picchiotti Vitruvius series of Perini Navi motoryachts features a new-generation diesel-electric propulsion system with two Azipod fixed-pitch propellers by ABB. Slick, contemporary interior design is by Rémi Tessier.
Granturismo | 218ft. (66.4m) | ISA
This full-displacement yacht is the biggest custom yacht in terms of length built to date at ISA. She has four decks with a steel hull and aluminum superstructure designed by Andrea Vallicelli. Interior is by Alberto Pinto. Naval architecture was developed in-house by ISA’s technical department in conjunction with BMT Nigel Gee. The color scheme is a black metallic hull and silver metallic superstructure.
Invictus | 216ft. (65.5m) | Delta
Her ice-strengthened steel hull and composite superstructure were the work of Delta Design Group. Johnson, Wen, Mulder & Associates, Architecture collaborated with Diane Johnson Design on the stylish interior. She has a tremendous amount of volume over six decks. With a variety of dining and entertaining spaces, she is well-equipped for charter.
Saramour | 201ft. (61.3m) | CRN
The steel-and-aluminum superyacht is designed inside and out by Francesco Paszkowski, and CRN’s technical department is responsible for naval architecture. She is the first CRN built on the 60-meter platform to feature an extra deck between the upper deck and sundeck. CRN calls this a fly deck, and on Saramour the space is a spa and well-being lounge, hosting a gym and hammam.
Perseus^3 | 196ft. 10in. (60m) | Perini Navi
This is the second yacht and the first sloop in the new-generation 60-meter series designed in collaboration with Ron Holland. She sports a carbon bowsprit and a towering 246-foot (75-meter) carbon fiber mast and carbon fiber rigging. The combined sail area is 107,639 square feet (10,000 square meters).
Jade 959 | 169ft. 11in. (51.8m) | Jade Yachts
Designed by JC Espinosa with naval architecture by the yard and interior by Central Yacht, this five-deck, ice-class motoryacht was built with charter in mind. She was designed with stellar accommodations for two principal charter guests and total guest accommodations for 12.
Mangusta 165E | 163ft. 7in. (49.9m) | Overmarine Group
This is the eighth unit of the Stefano Righini-designed Maxi Open Mangusta fleet and the first of the builder’s E series (E stands for evolution). New features include a new side window and a large, single-pane window in the main salon, as well as a more modern and aggressively designed flybridge.
Polaris | 160ft. 9in. (49m) | Rossinavi
Both the interior and exterior design of Polaris are by Enrico Gobbi of Team for Design, and her naval architecture is by Arrabito Naval Architects. The all-aluminum luxury yacht has twin 3,460-horsepower MTUs that allow a 19-knot cruise at half-load. Top speed is 24 knots.
Wisp | 156ft. 3in. (47.7m) | Royal Huisman
Wisp is a fine example of revival naval architecture by Hoek Design. This classic cutter-rigged sloop sports a stained oak and wenge interior by Rhoades Young Design and project management by MCM. She was designed to perform well without excessive heel. Her hull form with its spoon bow allows for sea-kindly sailing.
Blush | 155ft. (47.3m) | Sunseeker
Launched this summer, Blush is Sunseeker’s new flagship. This trideck is the largest and most advanced yacht ever produced at Sunseeker. She accommodates 12 guests and 10 crew.
Entourage | 154ft. 2in. (47m) | Admiral/The Italian Sea Group
This Maxima 47, designed by architect Luca Dini in collaboration with Admiral Centro Stile, is a three-deck yacht with a steel hull and aluminum superstructure that provide generous functional spaces. Attention was paid to maximizing natural light in the interior. The yacht has a range of more than 6,000 nautical miles.
Como | 151ft. 7in. (46.2m) | Feadship
With naval architecture by Dubois, this semi-displacement motoryacht features a modern bow and whaleback sheer. There are numerous large windows in the hull and an extensive use of glass in the superstructure. Unusual for Feadship, Como is a two-and-a-half deck yacht, while most of the yard’s builds tend to be four- and five-deck yachts.
Baglietto 46m | 150ft. 10in.
(46m) | Baglietto
This year, Baglietto celebrates its 160th anniversary. The 46m is the first hull of the builder’s displacement series and the first yacht to be launched within its 43- to 53-meter (141- to 174-foot) range currently under construction at the yard. Francesco Paszkowski designed the exterior profile and collaborated with Margherita Casprini on the interior, which was inspired by pure minimalism and nature.
Trident | 150ft. 10in. (46m) | Sanlorenzo
A flagship of Sanlorenzo’s super-yacht fleet, the 46 Steel has three decks on a steel displacement hull with an aluminum superstructure. The vast stern area houses a beach club and fitness area.
FlyingDragon | 147ft. (44.8m) | Admiral/The Italian Sea Group
The Regale 45 is a planing yacht designed by architect Luca Dini in collaboration with Admiral Centro Stile. She is a two-deck aluminum yacht with a raised pilothouse that makes for extremely large spaces, especially on the main deck. She boasts a triple-engine configuration with water-jet propulsion.
Wintree | 147ft. (44.8m) | Sunrise Yachts
Just under 500 gross tons, Wintree has a full-displacement steel hull with aluminum superstructure designed by Studio Scanu and a contemporary interior by Franck Darnet Design that features light veneers and leathers.
Columbus 40S Hybrid | 136ft. 2in. (41.5m) | Columbus Yachts/Palumbo Group
The 40S Hybrid is a semi-displacement, all-aluminum yacht powered by an advanced hybrid propulsion system that reaches a maximum speed of 22 knots, but with reduced environmental impact. Naval architecture is by Hydro Tec and interior design with large windows and eco-friendly materials is by Hot Lab Yacht and Design.
40 Alloy | 133ft. 10in. (40.8m) | Sanlorenzo
The 40 Alloy features a fast aluminum, semi-planing hull designed by Francesco Paszkowski with fold-down terraces.
Sunseeker 40m | 131ft. 4in. (40.1m) | Sunseeker
This trideck accommodates up to 12 guests and epitomizes Sunseeker style.
Nono | 122ft. 4in. (37.3m) | Admiral/The Italian Sea Group
The Impero 37 Raised Pilot House features naval architecture by Admiral and design by Luca Dini in cooperation with Admiral Centro Stile. She is all-aluminum and can reach a top speed of 17 knots. Her interior design emphasizes natural light.
Dreamline | 111ft. 6in. (34m) | DL Yachts
This innovative new yacht features what the builder calls a “lama chine waveless hull.” Naval architecture is by Arrabito Naval Architects. Fuel consumption is purportedly 19.8 gallons per hour at 12 knots with a range of 3,500 nm. In semi-planing trim, the yacht can achieve a top speed of 30 knots. Exterior design is by Enrico Gobbi at Team4Design.
WinWin | 108ft. 3in. (33m) | Baltic
Designed by Javier Jaudenes with an interior by Design Unlimited, she is a high-tech racer/cruiser with a displacement of only 82 tons. A great deal of emphasis was placed on noise reduction using advanced insulation techniques.
Farfalla | 104ft. 3in. (31.8m) | Southern Wind
With naval architecture by Farr Yacht Design and interior and exterior design by Nauta Yacht Design, Farfalla is the first raised salon version of the SW 102. Special features include a flush deck and a tender garage for a 13-foot (4-meter) tender.
BlackLegend | 97ft. 9in. (29.8m) | Sunseeker
This is Sunseeker’s first 101 Sport Yacht and is the successor to the 108-foot (32.9-meter) Predator. She sports a black and red color scheme with a red pirate flag skull decal on her black hull.
WallyAce | 86ft. (26.2m) | Wally
With styling and interior design by Wally/Luca Bassani, this new Wally motoryacht offers expansive open spaces and lots of light below. The owner’s suite has direct access to the sea via a private terrace. There is a garage for a 19-foot-8-inch (6-meter) tender and numerous toys.