Supersized yachts aside, sustainable initiatives headline this year's Monaco Yacht Show

Every September, all sails head to the Monaco Yacht Show—an annual gathering of superyachts from the world’s best shipyards. "It comes at the end of the Mediterranean charter season and is undisputedly the most important show on the calendar especially for megayachts," says Paolo Casani, Group Chief Executive Officer of Camper & Nicholsons

Superyachts of all stripes—125 in total—took their place in the sun at the glamorous principality for the show's 29th edition. "This year's fleet is the most impressive we’ve seen in terms of tonnage and worth. There's about 4 billion euro floating at the port right now," says Gaëlle Tallarida, Managing Director of the Monaco Yacht Show. She added that the median length of yachts this year is almost 50 metres and the average price is around 38 million.

Apart from the sheer value of the superyachts, the show is also a time when yacht makers showcase their latest creations and innovations. "We're really happy that they trust us so much so that it has become a platform for the newest and the best," says Tallarida. This year, 44 yachts made their world premiere in Monaco while several improvements were showcased to the global yachting elite. Here are a few highlights of #superyachtlife:

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Size matters: Superyachts are getting bigger by the year

Though there's no fixed definition, superyachts are generally large and luxurious yachts that measure at least 24 metres long. The average length of those in Monaco is already double the minimum, which speaks of the calibre of the yachts as well as the desire for bigger vessels. "Every year we see makers defying the limits to create larger yachts. Clearly, owners want even more space," shares Tallarida.

The undeniable star of this year's show is the 111-metre yacht Tis, built by German brand Lürssen (seen on the anchor picture). With 4 decks, it can accommodate 18 guests in 9 ultra-luxurious staterooms, all of whom can arrive in style as it's equipped with 2 helipads on board.

Eco hour: Sustainability is becoming a central issue

"Yacht owners inherently love the sea, and the yachting community has long been donating resources to the preservation and protection of the ocean," emphasises Tallarida. As such, it's no surprise that there is a greater demand for sustainable production as well as the use of hybrid engines. 

The Bintador by Italian brand Tankoa, another new arrival this year, features a hybrid engine—an innovation that its makers foresee to become a standard in the coming years. Sanlorenzo's newest release, the 64-metre Attila, also favours the green movement. It was awarded the 2019 MYS/RINA Award at the Superyacht Awards Ceremony for being the most eco-friendly yacht by RINA (the Italian marine classification society). 

Toys and tenders are also going the electric route. We spotted Vita Yachts, a new, sleek electric boat that is currently the only vessel of its kind that can be supercharged. The company has the vision of "supercharging the Riviera" and has currently installed its superchargers outside the prestigious Yacht Club de Monaco. How long does it take to charge a Vita? Just over an hour—definitely shorter than a leisurely lunch at Côte d'Azur. 

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Make it mine: Extreme customisation on the rise

Helipads, jacuzzis, walk-in closets, wine cellars—these are par for the course for most superyachts. Owners have begun to invest even more on the design and personalisation, taking bespoke design to another level by stamping their unique perspective throughout.

That is the case with Tis by Lurssen, whose interiors are modelled after the owner's favourite places and hotels like the Ritz Paris and Claridge's in London. Both the streamlined exteriors and classical interiors were created by British firm Winch Design, who brilliantly delivered an ultra-luxurious and extremely tailor-made yacht complete with a Ladurée-inspired tearoom, a comprehensive spa (with hammam), indoor and outdoor cinema, and more (view the spaces in the slideshow above).

Water world: The closer, the better

Essentially all yacht owners are fond of the water, and they demand that their yachts allow them to enjoy it easily. Pop-out balconies from the staterooms, expansive sun terraces, swimming platforms and even beach clubs feature largely on many superyachts at the show. The custom-made 63-metre M/Y Metis yacht by Benetti is a great example of this direction. 

Larger windows have also become a common request, something that seems simple enough but is actually a technically difficult feat given the conditions at sea. The 80-metre Excellence by Abeking & Rasmussen debuted the largest windows ever seen on a yacht—its two-deck foyer is encased in gigantic frameless glass panels—which merited it the Exterior Design Award 2019.

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