Super Yachts: Trend Spotting at the Monaco Yacht Show

7 September 2022

The Monaco Yacht Show, promoting creative excellence in the world of super yachts since 1991, is the place to be if you’re in the market to purchase or charter a vessel

It may be best-known for its fairytale palace, Grand Prix circuit, and cohort of expat residents, but this month, Monaco becomes a mecca for boating aficionados with its eponymous yacht show at Port Hercule, one of the most glamorous harbors on the planet.

This unmissable event is about much more than good looks and an exotic location, however. “The Monaco Yacht Show was founded to bring together the largest collection of second-hand yachts in the world,” says superyacht broker Chris Cecil-Wright of Cecil Wright & Partners, who has attended every show since the first in 1991. Then, he explains, there was not much more to it than a display of the finest private super yachts afloat: “But now everyone involved in yachting, from submarine engineers to glassware and china suppliers, aims to have a presence.”

"Progressive yacht owners are excited about new materials that are durable, easy to maintain, responsibly sourced, and abundant in nature"
Mark Boddington, Silverlining Furniture

Built in 2013, Giraud, pictured above, measures 39.8 meters and sleeps 11 in five cabins. The yacht is on sale for €12,950,000 VAT paid ($12,907,394). Credit: Stuart Pearce

Mark Boddington, founder of Silverlining Furniture, which has designed for David Bowie, Madonna, and Tom Ford, and kits out some of the finest multi-million-dollar yachts in the water, believes attendance is essential.

“It’s a meeting place for the world’s leading designers, engineers, and other creatives driving innovation and craftsmanship in every aspect of superyacht build—a must for potential or current owners and brokers looking to charter, build, buy, or sell,” says the designer, who will be launching a range of outdoor furniture as well as new finishes for the bespoke interiors, which are de rigueur for today’s superyachts.

So, what will today’s visitors be looking for? The buzzword in new-build yachts is green technology, according to Alex Holden, strategy director at superyacht brokerage Edmiston, who explains: “The industry has changed dramatically in the last two years.”

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Banner image: Monaco Harbor. Credit: Alamy


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