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Monaco Yacht Show 2021: Return of the superyachts

Superyacht Azzurra II flanked by jetskies

A pivotal event in the global yachting calendar, all eyes are on Port Hercule for the return of the Monaco Yacht Show this week, after the cancellation of the 2020 event.

Running September 22 to 25, the trade show provides a unique platform for superyachts, yachting services and shipyards, offering industry professionals the opportunity to showcase the luxury yachting lifestyle to their enthusiastic clients.

This year sees the introduction of  two new exhibitions. The first, at Quai l’Hirondelle, is a dedicated sailing yacht area highlighting the merits of sail. The second is a Yacht Design and Innovation Hub exhibition, showcasing new build projects, complete with designer gallery. 

The mood looks likely to be upbeat, as exhibitors report brisk business.

Toby Maclaurin, Sales Director of superyacht brokerage company Ocean Independence says that its charter revenue figures for 2021 have now exceeded that of 2019. The Ocean Independence team, in attendance with Azzurra II (pictured below), say the yacht sales and purchase market continues to perform very strongly, with new build delivery times getting longer. 

 “The yachting market demonstrates again it does not know what normal is, let alone a new normal! We have a sensibly reduced yet strong team at this year’s Monaco Show; we feel ready for anything, but only at the end of the show will we know more for sure. There are interesting days ahead…”

“The yachting market demonstrates again it does not know what normal is, let alone a new normal!”

  • The Azzurra II cuts through the surf
  • Lunch onboard the Azzurra II
  • View from the sundeck on the Azzurra II

Denison Yachting  will be showcasing the 47m Heesen M/Y ASYA, even as it announces plans to open an office in Monaco as part of a larger European expansion.

Italian boutique shipyard Tankoa Yachts will unveil an all-new project at Monaco, penned by Alberto Mancini, while

Reflecting the bubbling market, Tankoa recently confirmed the sale of the 5th unit in its all-aluminium 50-metre series. A motor yacht with exterior lines by Francesco Paszkowski and interior design by Giorgio Cassetta, the project was started on speculation and now is 40 per cent complete. Delivery is scheduled for summer 2022. 

Tankoa’s all-aluminium 50-metre motor yacht -due 2022

The European client was introduced to Tankoa by Jean-Claude Carme of TWW Yachts, an experienced yacht brokerage based in Monaco. 

Carme will also oversee the construction of the new 50-meter on behalf of the owner.

“The hull already under construction and the proposal for a layout that included two guest suites on the main deck were decisive in completing the signing of the contract,” says Giuseppe Mazza, Tankoa Sales & Marketing Manager. “In addition, our usual flexibility in satisfying customer requests, such as the installation of a swimming pool in the bow and the jet black and whisper grey paint scheme, made the negotiation ‘smoother’. I would also like to thank Jean-Claude Carme for introducing the customer and for helping to finalise the sale.”

Vincenzo Poerio, Tankoa CEO, said: “This is yet another confirmation of the success of our S501 project. For Tankoa it’s the third yacht sold in the same year, something that has never happened in the history of the company. With the market so active, I’m sure it won’t be the last order of 2021.”

TThe stylish Wally WHY200 superyacht powers through the sea
The spectacular Wally WHY200

Looking to push the envelope when it comes to design, Wally’s first full-wide-body model, the WHY200 is certain to attract admiring glances, with its enhanced living space and stability. The WHY200 combines the comfort and space of a much larger displacement yacht with the speed and performance of a semi-displacement.

Onda Tenders is also introducing the all-new Onda 371GT at the show, with diesel outboard engines.

Finally, integrator Videoworks is promising an exclusive look at a ‘Pop Up Speaker’, hailed as an innovation when it comes to audio in external areas…

About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, and editor of The Luxe Review, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, Yahoo UK, Home Cinema Choice, Games Radar, Ideal Home, Louder Sounds, Channel News and Boat International. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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