Always a grand event, the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show show lived up to every expectation as it welcomed more than 100 yachts, 500 exhibitors, and thousands of elegant guests. Changes to the layout of the venue opened to beautiful sweeping views in every direction, imparting a clean, uncluttered feel all around the show and port.
Dramatic Arrival: Prince Albert II aboard The Yersin
The Yacht Club of Monaco generously arranged a fleet of boats to transport those of us in the press corps out into the bay to view the arrival of His Royal Highness Prince Albert II on board Francois Fiat’s Yersin. Despite an unanticipated delay, it was quite dramatic seeing the commanding exploration-style yacht steam through the waves from a distance, then glide majestically into the harbor, officially opening the 25th anniversary of the show.
Heeson MY Nova
In addition to launching a new branding video, Heeson also found all eyes turned toward a new hybrid project, the MY Nova at the show. Her super silent, efficient operation, dramatic exterior lines, and streamlined interior all add to the enjoyment of this 60-meter beauty.
Ferretti Group’s 72-Meter and 80-Meter Designs
Two new, fully custom projects from the collaboration of Ferretti Group’s CRN and Francesco Paszkowski were presented at a press conference. Both are steel and aluminium builds with exquisite lines.
Stretching 72 meters with a 12.50-meter beam, this vessel embraces six decks and five VIP cabins plus an entire owner’s apartment boasting a private terrace and pool. A two-level owner’s apartment layout is also an option.
The 72-meter project effortlessly blends rounded decks with straight, squared lines on glazed surfaces. The yacht is designed around expansive areas for on board socialization and relaxation as illustrated by several dining areas, an upper deck entertainment area, gym, sauna, and massage room.
Sharing the statistics of the 72-meter yacht, the 80-meter build also sports six decks and five VIP cabins. At 80.10 meters, with a 13.50-meter beam, the layout allows guest cabins to share the main deck, again placing an entire owner’s apartment on the upper deck, with business area, gym, and massage room.
With a focus on the wellbeing of guests, the large aft area features three outdoor swimming pools and a wide beach club with three layout options, one of which embraces a connection with nature through its tropical garden.
Imperial Yachts Trio: Arkley, Event, and Romea
One of my favorite yachts at the show proved one of the trio of Imperial Yachts’ new builds. Of the three, Arkely, Event, and Romea, which all shone for exceptionally high quality of the build, furnishings, and finishes, I preferred the 80-meter Romea. Elegant, comfortable, and luxurious, Romea has all the attributes that make a private yacht charter so enjoyable.
Vitruvius Yachts and Oceanco: Making the Acquaintance
Oceanco unveiled a spectacular concept project with Vitruvius Yachts, the 105-meter Acquaintance. Phillippe Briand designed, the yacht will carry 24 guests in sumptuous surroundings embracing fuel efficiency 20 percent above her peers, a sea level leisure deck with skylight to swimming pool above, and the exquisite lines of this esteemed designer.
Feadship Fabulous Four: Charisma, Falcon Lair, Lady Britt, and Lady Marina
Feadship’s stylish presentation guided press into their small theatre for a preview video. Equipped with surround sound and simulated sea breezes and ocean scents, it set the stage for the group of interesting Feadship yachts. Touring the bay just out of Port Hercules, we viewed an impressive list of Feadships anchored for the show, including Charisma, Falcon Lair, Lady Britt, and Lady Marina.
The 60-meter Benetti Yacht Formosa displayed great volume and interior dimension, expanding on previous designs that characteristically have had lower ceiling clearances. Even on the lower levels of Formosa, I was able to move my 6’10 frame throughout the yacht to enjoy its features with little difficulty.
Overmarine’s Mangusta 132
I absolutely love this yacht. The little brother to the Mangusta 165 I so enjoy, the MANGUSTA Yacht 132 has its own qualities that make it a favorite. It just does everything well, including entertain, relax, and inspire great moments.
Best in Show: Lürssen Solandge
Although I found Imperial Yachts’ Romea incredibly attractive for a number of reasons, my vote has to go to the 85 meter Lürssen Solandge. An indulgent choice, her deck layout, amenities, and generous pool area made me want to pick up the phone, schedule a date, and order party invitations to share this marvelous yacht with my friends and family. Worth the $1M a week charter rate? No question.