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Strong Turnout For 2012 Monaco Yacht Show

by Lorys Charalambous,, Cyprus

27 September 2012

A total of 103 superyachts and megayachts were exhibited at the 22nd Monaco Yacht Show, with exhibitors from 37 countries calling at Port Hercules, Monaco on September 19-22, 2012.

Shipyards from 17 countries touted their latest offerings, and over 500 companies, predominantly from Europe, hosted exhibitions. A strong representation was in particular observed from the UK industry despite the show coinciding with the Southampton Boat Show. A major presence was also seen from Italy, France, the Netherlands and Germany, as well as the United States.

A special exhibition area this year was dedicated to yacht designers, which saw presentations from Philippe Briand (who notably designed the sailing yacht Vertigo), and Claydon Reeves, who unveiled EXO, a sailing yacht concept in collaboration with Dykstra Naval Architects. Meanwhile, Dubois Naval Architects exhibited Mondango (via Dubois Yachts) and showcased the project of a 101-metre sailing yacht at its stand.

The 2012 show saw an impressive 73 superyachts over 40 meters, and a record six megayachts docked for show in Port Hercules, with an average length of 80.11 meters. A substantial proportion were new builds, with many yachts making their world debut at the show.

The largest megayacht at the 2012 MYS was ATHENA (Dutch shipyard Royal Huisman, 90m, delivered in 2004), which had a ticket price of EUR72m (USD93m), and has capacity for 12 guests and 22 crew on board.

Meanwhile, the largest delivery this year on show was Nirvana (Dutch shipyard Oceanco, 88.5m, delivered in 2012), which also made its debut in Monaco. Designed by Sam Saorgiovanni, the megayacht features impressive volumes, notably with six decks, a 150m squared owner’s suite, five guest cabins, a crew of 26, a fully equipped gym or a 3D cinema. The garage hosts a large array of tenders and water sports equipment, including: two 11m tenders, one 8.5m ski boat, six jet skis and four wave runners. Adjacent to the garage is a water sports storage area with diving equipment.

Perhaps the most visually impressive superyacht on show was the 67.2m vessel Vertigo, launched in 2011. The concept was developed by prominent French designers Philippe Briand and Christian Liagre, best known for their interior home design, and produced by New Zealand shipyard, Alloy Yachts. Vertigo received praise earlier this year at the 2012 Showboats Awards, scooping three accolades.

Also of particular note was the world premier of the La Pellegrina, by French Shipyard Couach. The La Pellegrina's 50m hull comprises of the largest composite and Kevlar hull ever moulded in France using a one piece infusion process, with a total of 160,000 working hours required for the striking build.

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