Monaco Yacht Show 2013: Update From Best of Yachting

As expected, the display of design and talent at the 23rd edition of the Monaco Yacht Show exceeds precedence. Any trip to Cap-d”Ail is exquisite, but mix in hundreds of the world’s most exclusive superyachts and the collective air proves simply intoxicating.

My good friend Christian Blakewell, an associate with Merle Woods, met my flight and promptly brought me up to speed during a delicious Mediterranean lunch. Christian shared industry news aplenty, including an update on a 50m build at Christensen Yachts scheduled to launch in early 2014.

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After a quick trip up a charming hillside overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, I arrived at the Hotel de Monaco. Restored to contemporary perfection while retaining impressive qualities that one expects from a Swiss Hotel, Hotel de Monaco is a most pleasant, thoroughly relaxing choice for those wanting to experience this destination as a local. Set in a gracious neighborhood just west of the exhilarating pace and glamour of the principality of Monaco, Cap-d’Ail sits quietly upon the same gorgeous coast, with breathtaking sweeps of sea, harbour, hillside, and architecture.

Once settled, I reviewed the week’s schedule, focusing on up-close and personal tours of several superyachts, including Columbus Yachts’ new 40m Sport Hybrid, the CRN 60m motor yacht Jade, Admiral Tecnomar’s 40m motor yacht Cacos V, Heesen’s revolutionary 65m Fast Displacement Hull motor yacht Galactica Star and Benetti’s new 55m motor yacht Ocean Paradise, to name a few. The Heeson yacht, by the way, features some truly stunning, innovative, and attractive design features worthy of review. On the Benetti Ocean Paradise, suffice it to say that the Italians invented sleek, sexy design, and this will not disappoint.

As I headed down to Port Hercules for a first glimpse of the yachts in the harbour, I again lost my heart to the view. Magically suspended by water so clear it paints nature’s reverse tromp l’oeil. I slowed my pace. Appreciative of the display, I assessed the inventory, taking in Palmer Johnson’s striking contemporary 64m motor yacht Lady M, Feadship’s classic 65m motor yacht Wedge Too, and dozens more.

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Feeling like a child anticipating Christmas, I held back a bit, turning my attention toward my meeting with Columbus Yachts and their newest marine masterpiece, the 40m Sport Hybrid motor yacht. Hybrid, you query? With the mains off, the yacht can cruise along peacefully at a fixed rpm on the generators alone, lowering sulfur and nitrogen oxides, SOx and NOx, while underway. While significant, that is not the half of it.

Surprisingly spacious inside, the interiors make intelligent use of light, colour, and windows. Gracious spaces, expandable by side panels, further engage the outdoor environment. The yacht accommodates eight guests in three cabins plus a well-appointed owner’s suite.

The spacious, high-ceilinged main salon of Columbus Yachts’ 40m Sport Hybrid

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Expandable side panels on board Columbus Yacht’s 40m Sport Hybrid

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Columbus Yachts’ 40m Sport Hybrid spacious owner’s suite

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While boats are traditionally regarded as feminine, the masculine profile of the Columbus Sport Hybrid is both fitting and appropriate for a younger audience. Big and tall professional athletes, as well as those who appreciate elegance and room to breathe, will be grateful for the impressive ceiling height throughout the yacht. Should this yacht be placed into charter, it would find a ready audience in Best of Yachting’s professional athletes, as well as those who seek excellence in the marine environment, for its many exceptional features.

With so much more to see, I will be posting regularly to update Best of Yachting readers with important news from superyacht industry experts at The Monaco Yacht Show, 2013.


2013 Monaco Yacht Show:
Cap-d’Ail, France:
Hotel de Monaco
Port Hercules, Monaco:
Columbus Yachts’ Sport Hybrid:
CRN J’ade:
Admiral Tecnomar Cacos V:
Heesen’s Fast Displacement Hull:
Benetti’s Ocean Paradise: