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Yachting Pages announces record sales at Monaco Yacht Show 2014

October 21, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Yachting Pages Media Group, the company specializing in offering products as well as services to the superyacht market, has announced record sales at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show (MYS). Having participated in the event year on year, Yachting Pages saw a 93% increase in sales, in comparison to the last year’s show.

Port Hercule, a glamorous Monaco yacht holiday destination, during MYS 2014

Port Hercule, a glamorous Monaco yacht holiday destination, during MYS 2014

Sarrah Macey, global events manager for the company said, “I think this reaffirms that although visitor numbers saw a slight decline compared to previous years, the quality of attendees has increased.

“We sent a smaller sales team than ever, but saw our best sales at the show.  I think this is down to our developing product range meeting gaps and needs in the market and also the level and relevance of attendees, most likely due to the entrance fee hike to €150 per day.”

Yachting Pages exhibiting at MYS 2014

Yachting Pages exhibiting at MYS 2014

Monaco Yacht Show 2014 showcased a record 115 superyachts and 510 exhibiting companies over the four days and welcomed 32,921 visitors.  Organisers are confident that they will maintain their 90% renewal rate for exhibiting companies in 2015.

The sun shone over the four days of the show, ensuring last-minute ticket sales and offering a busy, bustling atmosphere. There were 76 superyachts available for sale and charter, with many viewings taking place at MYS.

Speaking to superyacht crew and captains at MYS 2014

Speaking to superyacht captains and crew at MYS 2014

Sarrah added, “We were happy with the footfall at our stand and enjoy welcoming visitors with a drink and a smile.  We also ran a couple of competitions at the show in partnership with Global Marine Communications and Veritais, giving away iPad minis and Go Pros, which went down well, as you can imagine.”

Monaco Yacht Show celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015 and to celebrate, they are reconfiguring the layout to welcome megayachts up to 120m along the quay Rainier III and repositioning Darse Nord on the Quai Antoine 1er.

New superyacht projects for Rondal

October 21, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Rondal’s status as a leading producer of high performance custom superyacht rigs is already well established, but prominent new orders for breath-taking superyacht projects emphasize the growth not only in business, but in recognition of the company’s outstanding technical capabilities.

58m Sloop by Dubois and Royal Huisman - Photo by Hand Westerink

58m Sloop by Dubois and Royal Huisman to feature the complete rig package by Rondal - Photo by Hand Westerink

Powering ‘The Beast’…

The latest order is the complete rig package for a radical 58m sloop from Dubois Naval Architects – described at its Monaco Yacht Show unveiling as “The Beast” due to its unswerving commitment to exceptional performance.

The rig features a 71m/233ft five-spreader carbon fibre mast and performance boom to store a flat head mainsail. In addition, Rondal will supply captive winches, feeders, deck hatches and entrances.

The build is being undertaken by Royal Huisman.

58m Sloop by Dubois and Royal Huisman - Photo by Hans Westerink

58m Sloop by Dubois and Royal Huisman - Photo by Hans Westerink

…as well as an illustrious fleet of in-build projects

The Dubois 58m superyacht project is the latest addition to a very high quality fleet of superyacht projects that have chosen Rondal to supply them with high performance spars and rigs. Setting aside ”The Beast” order, they total some 300m in combined rig height:

–          37m/123ft classic Dykstra Sloop at Royal Huisman

–          70m Contemporary Ketch C2227 at Perini Navi: the complete package includes

Superyacht C.2227 by Perini Navi

Superyacht C.2227 by Perini Navi

–          73m/ 240ft main mast, 59m/ 194ft mizzen mast, booms, spreaders, standing and  running rigging, and load monitoring system

–          43m/142ft Frers Performance Sloop at Royal Huisman. The rig features a 58m, four-spreader carbon fibre mast and a ‘styled to order’ carbon fibre furling boom.

–          47m/156ft Tripp Design Performance Sloop at Holland Jachtbouw. The rig features a four-spreader ‘Panamax’ carbon fibre mast, a ‘styled to order’ carbon fibre furling boom and composite standing rigging.

Tripp 212 Yacht

Tripp 212 Yacht

The industry increasingly seems to agree that Rondal rigs are a sailing force to be reckoned with – as are the people who make them!

Three luxury superyachts by Sunseeker displayed at Monaco Yacht Show 2014

October 20, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Sunseeker International was delighted to attend the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show, which ran in the glamorous Mediterranean yacht holiday location – Monaco from September 24 to 27. During the event, the prominent British shipyard displayed its ’40 Metre Yacht’ motor yacht THUMPER, ‘115 Sport Yacht’ luxury yacht ZOZO, as well as ‘155 Yacht’ superyacht BLUSH.

Three luxury superyachts by Sunseeker on display at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show

Three luxury superyachts by Sunseeker on display at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show

With the breathtaking Riviera acting as the backdrop for this fantastic boat show, Sunseeker’s elite selection of yachts were certainly at home in Monaco. What’s more, the yachts on display have been carefully chosen to highlight the ‘Bespoke’ design service offered by Sunseeker.

Luxury yacht Blush, the 155 Yacht on display at the show, was commissioned by a long-standing client.  It is of particular significance to Sunseeker as it is not only is the biggest project the British manufacturer has ever undertaken, but it also takes the concept of a series build with personal customisation even further.  The modular build methodology allowed the client to have a direct input on the interior design and layout of the yacht, as well as on the actual superstructure.

Motor yacht Blush boasts spacious and stylish private accommodation, which is one of the most appealing features of Sunseeker’s flagship yacht.  The yacht also offers an expanse of entertaining space with the upper deck alone featuring a stunning sky lounge which can be dedicated to private entertainment.  The interior of Blush exudes style and sophistication and this is further enhanced by its unique design palette which blends grey, blue and green tones to create an overall chic ‘aqua’ feel.

Sunseeker 155 Yacht BLUSH

Sunseeker 155 Yacht BLUSH

Thumper superyacht, the most recent 40 Metre created by Sunseeker, beautifully showcases the level of personalisation a yacht can undergo.  The owner of this stunning yacht wanted to push the boundaries of what had previously been created and the end result is a fabulous yacht like no other in the world.

While bespoke design is certainly common on the interior of many yachts, the 40 Metre Yacht takes personalisation one step further thanks to a fully customised exterior. Its streamlined exterior has been further refined courtesy of its customised decks and upgraded railings.  The yacht’s grand exterior entertaining spaces exude luxury and the bespoke furniture amplifies this by offering unprecedented comfort and style. The in-house Sunseeker designers, working alongside an independent interior design team, created a tranquil haven for the owner and their guests to enjoy. The colour scheme is made up of neutral tones with hints of colour to create a light and airy feeling, enhancing the spacious yet luxurious feel of the yacht.

Blush and Thumper yachts appeared alongside the 115 Sport Yacht, which boasts a powerful presence which can be felt from all angles. It effortlessly combines high-speed cruising with spacious accommodation.

The full-beam master stateroom is an impressive feature usually only found on larger yachts but thanks to its clever layout the 115 Sport Yacht delivers maximum space and dramatic impact. Four further guest cabins are located on the lower deck.  Both the two double cabins and the two twin cabins feature the large Sunseeker trademark port lights, which add to the spacious feel thanks to the natural light they provide.

Sean Robertson, Sales Director at Sunseeker International commented: “Monaco not only provided a beautiful setting, but also a truly engaged audience.  So it was the perfect place to showcase the breadth of the Sunseeker range and the many possibilities available from our dedicated ‘Bespoke’ team. Blush and Thumper highlight just how much is possible when it comes to truly bespoke design and how hard our team works to create the perfect yacht for each individual customer.”

Below is a gallery for the luxurious charter yachts built by Sunseeker.

Video: 68m mega yacht ICON 68 at Monaco Yacht Show 2014

October 20, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Originally launched as the 62m ICON 62 by ICON Yachts, mega yacht ICON 68 has been recently lengthened by her home yard. Luxury motor yacht ICON 68 now boasts 68 meters in length in total and features a large swimming pool on the aft main deck. Below is an amazing video showing this beauty during the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show, released by ICON Yachts – Dutch Master Yachtbuilders.

Below deck, an unparalleled wellness spa and beach club with Haman, sauna, massage and fitness gym were created around the famous beach club, opening to the swim platform.

A very successful Monaco Yacht Show 2014 for Wild Group International

October 17, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Wild Group International was present at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show, showing the art of vinyl film application to all visitors. Among various exhibits at Monaco were the 50m Proteksan Turquoise superyacht Double Trouble that received a full hull transformation from white to blue and the 28m Sunseeker motor yacht Merrick, displaying a total interior and exterior transformation using matt metallic silver.

50m luxury yacht Double Trouble after full hull film finish by Wild Group

50m luxury yacht Double Trouble after full hull film finish by Wild Group

“We have been overwhelmed with the amount of enquiries following our exhibit at Monaco Yacht show and so pleased to see that the industry is now seeing the benefits and gaining confidence in vinyl films for interior and exterior transformations,” comments Greg Hoar, Managing Director.

28m superyacht Merric after Titanium full wrap and superstructure at Solent Refit by Wild Group

28m superyacht Merric after Titanium full wrap and superstructure at Solent Refit by Wild Group

A very successful Monaco Yacht Show 2014

October 16, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

This year’s Monaco Yacht Show, hosted by the glamorous Monaco yacht charter destination, nestled in the Mediterranean, featured a record exhibition of 115 superyachts afloat and 510 companies. The extension of this prestigious event met the strong demand of the industry and presented its best “yachting” offer to the visitors of the show.

Monaco Yacht Show 2014

Monaco Yacht Show 2014

On the docks, the exhibitors all underlined the evolution of the attendance levels: a slight decrease in visits (32 921 participants against 33 730 in 2013) but with no doubt of a far better quality as to contacts made, with many more owners and potential clients visiting. The MYS has been for several years an important part of the selling process of a yacht, but indeed the success of a participation in Monaco is materialised by the signature of contracts, if not on site, within the following weeks.

In fact, the real challenge for the MYS organisers was to affirm and confirm the ultra high-end quality of the professional and private visitors. “We have re-orientated the positioning of the show so as to attract a new end clientele and initiate it to the ‘superyachting’ culture”. The MYS must be a major ambassador and bring about the whole industry for promotion among potential clients,” says Gaëlle Tallarida, Managing Director of the MYS, before adding: “Last June, we carried out in Shangai a promotional campaign for superyachting, among the Chinese elite that we invited to the show. We have also developed collaborations with luxury conciergeries or private clubs in order to organise VIP clients visits to the show, and meetings with our exhibitors.”

Luxury superyachts on display at MYS 2014

Luxury superyachts on display at MYS 2014

Although the increase of the entrance fee to 150 € per day could have had an influence on the number of visitors, the attendance levels remained quite stable with nearly 33 000 participants this year. A statistic that confirms the initial objective of the MYS, which was to boost the exhibiting companies which attended with a lot more representatives, and that is significant as to the B2B and B2C commercial stakes of a participation to the MYS. “With nearly 90% of stands renewal each year, the MYS can be compared to a club where everyone knows each other but above all where they all strongly invest to meet in a common business atmosphere in Monaco. In the capacity of organisers, we are responsible for the quality of the exhibition, for the services offered to the exhibitors as well as for the means implemented to maximise the return on investment of their participation,” according to Ms Tallarida.

The trend towards a better quality of the visitors was also confirmed by the presence of prestigious partners: Ulysse Nardin, the Swiss watchmaker, exhibited his limited edition of “MonacoYS 2014” fine watches for the 7th successive year as an official sponsor. Baccarat, the French glassworker, celebrated its 250 years and fitted out the show VIP area and the Upper Deck Lounge, once more with the interior designers Sabrina Monte-Carlo and Paola Lenti, or with the Opera Gallery art gallery. Porsche, the automobile constructor present for the first time as a partner, came to reveal the fabulous 918 Spyder whereas Avakian, the jeweller, showcased some of its most elegant jewels collections.

Aerial view of MYS 2014

Aerial view of MYS 2014

The superyachting celebration

Among the 115 superyachts present this year, nearly half of them were less than two years built, and specifically 38 had been delivered in 2014. An anew exceptional fleet, awaited by the buyers, was exhibited by the brokerage companies and included 76 superyachts available for sale or charter.

Some of the units have been dedicated to the first ever MYS Award Ceremony organised on the 23rd of September last in the new Monaco Yacht Club.

Mega yacht Grace E (73m, 2014), from Perini Navi-Picchiotti shipyard, won the award for the best interior design and mega yacht Solandge (85,5m, 2013, Lürssen) the one for the best exterior design. The award for the best 2014 launch exhibited at the MYS was granted to the 91,5m spectacular mega yacht Equanimity by Oceanco. The reception also rewarded explorer yacht Yersin with the Monaco 2014 trophy and the superyacht Admiral with the Green Plus Yacht award given by the environmental classification company RINA. An honorary award ceremony that rewarded the exceptional work carried out by each winner, in front of an audience of decision-makers and personalities from the yachting world.

Mega yacht Solandge by Lurssen

Mega yacht Solandge by Lurssen

The MYS 2014 also welcomed the captains and crews of the superyachts in the brand new MYS C&C Lounge that was exclusively dedicated to them during the four days of the show. Obviously, MYS high standards services were offered all day long. The show had to be the celebration of the ‘superyachting’ way of life, whether it be a shipowner or a crew member.

This 24th edition has thus been characterised by the quality of the visitors and the legitimate ambitions of each exhibitor to present its best offer on the docks and afloat in the Port Hercule.

This edition also underlines a new historical cycle for the MYS, as for its 25th anniversary in 2015 the show will present a new configuration of the exhibition area, with in particular the capacity to welcome megayachts up to 120m long along the quay Rainier III and mainly the repositioning of the Darse Nord tents on the Quai Antoine 1er. Nevertheless, do not worry, the organisers work closely with the Monegasque government aiming to place each stand as logically as possible and keep the commercial synergy developed among the exhibitors over the years.

Asia Pacific Superyachts Tahiti discusses new approach to regional yachting industry during MYS 2014

October 16, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Asia Pacific Superyachts (APS) Tahiti’s Etienne Boutin was present at the last month’s Monaco Yacht Show 2014. During the event, NZ Marine, Superyacht Australia, as well as professionals from the South Pacific islands discussed a new collaborative approach to marketing the region as a united superyacht destination.

Motor yacht Ultimate Lady in the fantastic French Polynesia yacht holiday location - Tahiti (Photo Courtesy of Asia Pacific Superyachts)

Motor yacht Ultimate Lady in the fantastic French Polynesia yacht holiday location - Tahiti (Photo Courtesy of Asia Pacific Superyachts)

Mr. Boutin reports that following a first approach made at the last Sanctuary Cove show in the Gold Coast of Australia, the matter was further discussed at Monaco with APS members Jeanette Tobin and Duthie Lidgard of APS New Zealand also in attendance. Topics included:  Stronger regional cooperation at yacht shows, better sharing of data, joint actions on charter regulations, collaboration with media releases, and uniting under a common destination tag name.

“More meetings will be necessary to agree on a joint strategy but I salute the fresh spirit of this initiative.” Etienne continued, “It is so easy for us involved in day to day business to only see the neighbor as a competitor. However, we all need to have a greater vision able to pool our energies for a smarter and eventually wealthier regional yachting industry”.

A great success of Swan 105 RS sailing yacht TI-COYO by Nautor and beiderbeck designs at MYS 2014

October 15, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

It has been a very successful Monaco Yacht Show 2014 for the majestic Swan 105 RS sailing yacht Ti-Coyo. She was received with great fascination by both international as well as local professionals visiting and exhibiting at the event. Mixing up a splendorous home with highest comfort, utmost functionality and cutting edge design, Nautor’s Swan superyacht Ti-Coyo has been entirely designed by beiderbeck designs, with naval architecture by German Frers.

Swan 105 RS superyacht Ti-Coyo - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Swan 105 RS superyacht Ti-Coyo - Photo by Dijana Nukic

The strict separation of operational and recreational areas allows for the owner’s privacy on and below deck if the Swan is sailed by a crew – even though she can be operated easily single-handed. The aft master stateroom features a sliding glass panorama door allowing bright daylight to enter while opening onto the transom, which can be used as a terrace and swimming platform. Warm Xelogen lights underline the timeless elegance of the interior furniture.

Luxury yacht Ti-Coyo - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Luxury yacht Ti-Coyo - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Ti-Coyo Yacht - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Ti-Coyo Yacht - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Both guest cabins, one equipped with a king-size bed, the other with two single beds, each have separate shower baths. The main saloon in front of the cabins follows the same design as on the open deck: there are two u-shaped, spacious sitting areas on either side, a large one furnished with a side table for glasses and a very large one with a dining table. This is where the yacht’s beam of almost 25 feet (a good seven and a half meters) is not only visible but also useful. And when seated (!), the guests can enjoy the breath-taking panorama view of the horizon – and not only the sky. When it’s dark outside, this is enhanced by light strips integrated into the side deck.

Aboard Ti-Coyo superyacht - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Aboard Ti-Coyo superyacht - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Superyacht Ti-Coyo - Exterior - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Superyacht Ti-Coyo - Exterior - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Sailing yacht Ti-Coyo - Exterior - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Sailing yacht Ti-Coyo - Exterior - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Almost the same comfort can be found in the crew cabins which are completely separated towards the bow and can be accessed via two doors through the galley. Both fore cabins are divided by a central piece of furniture with a sliding partition wall.

Luxury yacht Ti-Coyo - Galley - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Luxury yacht Ti-Coyo - Galley - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Ti-Coyo Yacht - Saloon - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Ti-Coyo Yacht - Saloon - Photo by Dijana Nukic

From their area, a separate companionway gives the crew access to their own small cockpit situated in front of the mast from where the Swan 105 RS yacht Ti-Coyo can be entirely manoeuvred under engine, e.g. for boat transfers. In front of this cockpit, the dinghy is recessed into the deck.

Ti-Coyo Yacht - Owners Stateroom - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Ti-Coyo Yacht - Owners Stateroom - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Super yacht Ti-Coyo - Owners Stateroom - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Super yacht Ti-Coyo - Owners Stateroom - Photo by Dijana Nukic

From the twin steering system in the aft sailing cockpit, the skipper can operate all relevant elements at the push of a button. The 300m2 fully-battened mainsail can be furled into the main boom. Both the self-tacking jib (210m2) and the semi-permanent code zero (490m2) are supplied with a headsails furling system.

Sailing yacht Ti-Coyo - Guest Cabin - Photo by Dijana Nukic

Sailing yacht Ti-Coyo - Guest Cabin - Photo by Dijana Nukic

The owner of Ti-Coyo yacht may also sail his super-yacht from the interior helm stand from where a door leads onto the side deck. This allows the skipper to contact people outside without delay and to quickly access the foredeck without having to go through the main saloon.

Super yacht Ti-Coyo - Head - Photo by Dijana Nukovic

Super yacht Ti-Coyo - Head - Photo by Dijana Nukovic

The open saloon situated outside on the upper deck between cockpit and bridge is a living room of its own. Depending on the weather conditions, it can be closed completely or shaded partially with the electrical sliding elements of the bimini roof. Even the windshield can be lowered using a remote control.

Ti-Coyo superyacht - Crew - Photo by Dijana Nukovic

Ti-Coyo superyacht - Crew - Photo by Dijana Nukovic

Technical Specification of Swan 105-002 super yacht Ti-Coyo

Length overall: 31.69 metres

Length of waterline: 29.37 metres

Beam: 7.57 metres

Draught: 4 metres

Displacement (empty) approx. 83 tons

Hull construction: carbon-reinforced glass-fibre sandwich construction

Deck: carbon-fibre sandwich construction

Sail area close-hauled:  510 square metres

Mainsail: 300 square metres

Jib: 210 square metres

Code Zero:  490 square metres

Engine: Cummins QSL 9 (330 PS)

Overall concept and design: beiderbeck designs GmbH

Interior design:  beiderbeck designs GmbH

Naval architecture:  Frers Naval Architect

Structural calculation: Gurit (supported by Nautor & beiderbeck)

Yard: OY Nautor AB

Sunseeker Germany announces sale of Sunseeker 75 Yacht and Sunseeker 86 Yacht

October 15, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The last month’s Cannes Yachting Festival, Monaco Yacht Show, as well as Southampton Boat Show have been quite successful for Sunseeker Germany. Within a few days, the company sold two yachts measuring over 70 feet in length, a 75 Yacht and an 86 Yacht.

Sunseeker 75 Yacht on display at the 2014 London Boat Show

Sunseeker 75 Yacht on display at the 2014 London Boat Show

The climate in the motoryacht industry is picking up, Sunseeker Germany is looking very positively towards the upcoming show “boot 2015” in Dusseldorf. “We are already approached by customers regarding the latest model of the Predator series, the Predator 57, which will celebrate its debut in January at Dusseldorf boat show… the interest on customer side is tremendous”, comments Torsten Sieckmann, Director of Marketing & Sales at Sunseeker Germany.

Sunseeker 86 Yacht

Sunseeker 86 Yacht

The approximately 18 meters long yacht delights especially by its price-performance value. Features like the hydraulic patio glass sliding door, hardtop or the hydraulic swim platform come as standard. With already 19 boats sold worldwide, even before its premiere at boot 2015, the 57 Predator makes an excellent start.

Below is a choice of the superb charter yachts built by Sunseeker.

Video: 70m motor yacht Project KOMETA (YN 17470) by Heesen Yachts

October 14, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The prestigious Dutch shipyard, Heesen Yachts attended this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, introducing their all-new 70m motor yacht Project Kometa (YN 17470) – the largest Heesen project to date, scheduled for delivery in 2016. With a sleek, elegant profile by Espen Øino International, interior by Sinot, and the revolutionary Hull Vane technology by Van Oossanen Naval Architects, mega yacht Kometa is the perfect combination of speed, space and style. Below is a video from the presentation of Kometa at MYS 2014, released by Heesen Yachts.