Monaco Yacht Show 2021 Review

Sep 27, 2021 | Events, News, Press

By Rebecca Whitlocke

Monaco Yacht Show took place at Port Hercules from 22 to 25 September bringing together the industry’s leading shipyards, brokers, designers, yachting suppliers and superyachts with 300+ exhibitors and over 60 yachts in attendance.

As always, I enjoy writing a wrap up of my week spent at Monaco Yacht Show.  Have a read below and leave me a comment.

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Monaco Yacht Show News & Highlights

SOS Yachting’s sixth Fiscal meeting took place on the eve of the show at Hôtel Hermitage in Monaco, where SOS Yachting’s Fiscal advisors Ezio Vannucci (Italy), Thierry Voisin (France), Miguel Angel Serra (Spain) on the panel and moderated by Jill Bobrow from Yachts International magazine.

The panel discussed the latest VAT and customs developments in the Med with particular attention to talk about the new VAT reduction in France and Italy, duty free fuel and bunkering, YET yachts under TA, French Transport Contract, One Stop Shop (OSS) and new regulations and trends for the upcoming charter season 2022.

Monaco Yacht Show 2021 returned to Port Hercules from 22-25 September (photo: Antibes Yachting)

Must-See Yachts & Upcoming Projects Announced at Monaco Yacht Show 2021

The longest superyacht on display at MYS 2021 was 108-metre IJE, built by Benetti with exterior design and decor by UK-based RWD.  IJE was built for Australian billionaire James Packer and was named after his children Indigo, Jackson, and Emanuelle (IJE).  It was presented by Burgess and Benetti.

Benetti-built IJE at MYS 2021 (photo: Antibes Yachting)

Turkish yards were out in force at MYS 2021:  We saw the 85-metre Victorious by AK Yachts which featured classy interiors with numerous entertaining and relaxation areas.  Highlights included a gentlemen’s club complete with a working fireplace, cocktail bar and humidor, and a vast beach club with 77.5sqm pool, two lounge and bar areas, a gym, a full wellness spa and two sea terraces. In terms of accommodation, she can sleep up to 24 people across 11 staterooms.

Onboard superyacht Victorious at Monaco Yacht Show 2021 (photos: Antibes Yachting)

As well, all eyes were on Bilgin Yachts’, 80-metre Tatiana. In terms of space, the vessel can accommodate up to 16 guests in eight cabins along with 23 crew.  She reaches a speed of 19 knots and has a cruising speed at 12 knots with the power of 2,560 kW twin engines and a generator.

(photo: Antibes Yachting)

Dutch yard ICON Yachts revealed a new 70-metre conversion superyacht, Project Master at the Monaco Yacht Show.  This latest yacht conversion began life as the 66-metre Ocean Ness, built by the Norwegian shipbuilder Kleven in 2001. Despite the total transformation from offshore support vessel to luxurious explorer superyacht, the conversion will retain 95% of the ship’s original platform and superstructure.

“The 68m Project Ragner last year was a true testament to ICON’s capabilities when it comes to complex superyacht conversion projects, and the entire team is excited to build another ICON in Project Master. We look forward to sharing the journey as construction progresses over the next two years.” ICON Yachts CEO, Tony Gale

Heesen’s 55-metre Moskito took a show-stopping place at her berth on the Appontement Jules Soccal.  A 2021 launch, her exteriors were designed by Omega Architects, while the chic interiors were by British design duo Bannenberg & Rowell. The design features the latest iteration of van Oossanen’s ultra-efficient FDHF. Powered by IMO III-compliant MTU 8V 4000 M63s, it offers frugal fuel consumption of just 150 litres per hour at 11 knots, for truly economical passagemaking.

Moskito by Heesen (photo: MYS)

Cloud 9, the first 62Steel and new steel and aluminium flagship of the Sanlorenzo, was one of the debut yachts at this year’s show.   There are five guest cabins on main deck: two twins and two double cabins, plus a VIP cabin forward with an adjoining staff cabin and sofa bed. Naturally, the beach club was a focal point with a glass-bottomed pool overhead, it was a light-filled area equipped with a treadmill, hammam, sauna and bar to keep any guests onboard happy.

ADSB signed a Memorandum of Understanding with SNO Yachts for the construction of NAUTILUS 45, a shadow vessel.  Supported by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and Abu Dhabi Maritime, the state-of-the-art explorer vessel will be built in the UAE by ADSB, while SNO Yachts will carry out the final putting in Italy.

ADSB partners with SNO Yachts at MYS 2021 (photo: ADSB)

This year, there was more discussion about how yacht owners are putting environmental concerns first, impacting change in yacht design, innovation and build.  We heard leading designers including Espen Øino and Sam Sorgiovanni at the Yacht Design & Innovation Hub talk about future developments with sustainability and design.  As well, superyacht concepts drew on the relationship with open spaces and the outdoors:  large interior open spaces in the mid deck, drop-down sides for beach clubs and living / entertaining zones with gardens and water features.

Luxury Lifestyle at Monaco Yacht Show 2021

Regarding luxury lifestyle, Monaco Yacht Show has strived to connect luxury brands to the yachting elite.  The Upper Deck Lounge presented a select group of partners including Sabrina Monte-Carlo, Dassault Aviation and Paola Lenti, while the Car Deck on Quai Antoine 1er gleamed with the latest prestige automotive models from brands including Klassen and Brabus.

Paola Lenti in the Upper Deck Lounge at MYS 2021 (photo: Antibes Yachting)

The Car Deck at MYS 2021 (photo: Antibes Yachting)

The continuation of the Only Watch bi-yearly auction features one-of-a-kind watches produced by some of Switzerland’s most prestigious watch brands, with all proceeds being donated to research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy.  The premium timepieces usually showcase at Monaco Yacht Show as part of a world tour.

The 9th edition of the biennal auction of unique timepieces for the benefit of research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy will take place on Saturday 6 November 2021 in Geneva.  You can see below the Heritage BiCompax Annual Only Watch by Carl F. Bucherer in white gold with a silvered dial and contrasting blue subdials. The back of its case is engraved with the words ONLY Watch and PIECE UNIQUE – clear indications that this is a unique piece.

ONLY Watch 2021 (photo: Carl F Bucherer)

It was great to meet in person with key industry professionals and clients in the yachting industry, here’s looking forward to MYS 2022!

Monaco Yacht Show 2022 will take place 28 September to 1 October 2022.

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