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The Big and the Beautiful: The 2013 Monaco Yacht Show

Bailey S. Barnard

Every year in late September, the Principality of Monaco—which, at just less than 500 acres, is the world’s second smallest country by area—hosts many of the world’s largest megayachts. This year, for the 23rd annual Monaco Yacht Show, dozens of vessels made their debuts, some of them after several years of delay as a result of the global recession. New builds aplenty captivated the crowded show’s attendees, but only a scarce few of these yachts will be available for charter in their inaugural seasons.

As the industry continues its normalization following several years of instability, the world’s leading shipyards anticipate that buyers in both established and emerging markets will continue signing contracts for new builds, and many of those manufacturers expect to launch existing builds in the months and years to come. What follows are some of the show’s newly launched vessels that we found to be the most noteworthy. (www.monacoyachtshow.com)

  • Galactica Star: At 213 feet, this is the largest yacht built to date by the Dutch shipyard Heesen. The interior design from the experts at Bannenberg & Rowell appears refined and unassuming, yet a closer inspection reveals the interior’s high level of detail and intricacy. One of the yacht’s highlights is the enormous water-level beach club at the stern, which features large fold-down teak-clad doors both portside and aft, as well as a bar with beer on tap. (www.heesenyachts.nl)
  • Ocean Paradise: Delivered by the Italian shipyard Benetti in June, this 180-foot yacht—which is featured in the October issue of Robb Report—stole the show for its eye-catching interior design. The yacht’s owner, who also owns a boutique design-driven hotel in Singapore, conceived the majority of the yacht’s stunning interior design. Ocean Paradise charters through the Monaco-based broker Y.Co. (www.y.co; www.benettiyachts.it)
  • Chopi Chopi: The largest yacht ever built by Italy’s CRN, Chopi Chopi has a length of 262 feet and a staggering 2,365 gross tonnage. The yacht’s massive size enables a wealth of interior space with high ceilings, not to mention enough wall space to accommodate three 103-inch plasma TVs located throughout the yacht. The unquestionable highlight is the dedicated owner’s deck, with a private exterior area toward the bow that features a hot tub and affords incredible vistas. CRN delivered Chopi Chopi to its owner in June.(www.crn-yacht.com)
  • Quattroelle: Delivered back in February, the German shipyard Lürssen’s 282-foot yacht Quattroelle made a big splash at the Monaco show, with striking exterior lines from Nuvolari & Lenard. This yacht is the first that the renowned Italian firm has designed for Lürssen. The massive six-deck yacht charters through Moran Yacht & Ship. (www.moranyachts.com; www.lurssen.com)
  • Seahawk and State of Grace: Perini Navi is among the world’s preeminent builders of sailing yachts. At the show, the Italian shipyard debuted a pair of gorgeous sailing vessels, both following the same hull design from the naval architect Ron Holland. The 197-foot yacht Seahawk and the 131-foot State of Grace are two of the few new launches that debuted in Monaco and are available for charter. Seahawk charters through Perini Navi’s charter division; State of Grace charters through both Perini and Y.Co. (www.y.co; www.perininavi.it)
  • Lady M: This 210-foot motor yacht is the largest that the Sturgeon Bay, Wis.–based builder Palmer Johnson has ever produced. The vessel, which is the first launch in the yard’s PJ 210 sport-yacht series, features Palmer Johnson’s trademark aggressive exterior lines, which for Lady M were penned by the shipyard’s longtime design collaborator Nuvolari & Lenard. (www.palmerjohnson.com)
  • Cacos V: The first launch in Admiral Tecnomar’s Impero 40 series of yachts, this 131-foot motor yacht is—according to the shipyard—the world’s “most silent.” Thanks to superior insulation, guests in the master cabin will experience only 49 dB of noise at cruising speed and just 0.2 millimeters per second of vibration. (The average is about 2 millimeters per second.) Inside, the yacht features an uncluttered design. Cacos V was delivered in July. (www.admiraltecnomar.com)
  • Miss Bubbles: This yacht is the second hull launched in the Italian shipyard Overmarine Group’s Mangusta 94 series (the first launched in June). The yacht’s sporty exterior lines are contrasted with a comfortable interior. At the Monaco show, Overmarine also unveiled the design concept for 138-foot full-displacement yacht, which could launch as early as 2016. (www.overmarine.com
  • Magic Carpet3:The Monaco-based builder Wally Yachts showcased its recently launched competitive sailing yacht Magic Carpet3 at the show and took Robb Report for a quick sail along the coast of Monaco and the South of France. The 100-foot yacht, which is composed primarily of lightweight carbon fiber, is the second launch in the shipyard’s WallyCento series. While at the helm, the yacht’s owner—Lindsay Owen-Jones, a competitive sailor and a former chairman and CEO of the cosmetics company L’Oréal—and his team were able to make Magic Carpet3 tack on a dime, and during recent competitions it has reached speeds beyond 20 knots under sail. (www.wally.com)
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