The Monaco Yacht Show boasts more than 180 vessels from 5m to over 95m and 78 of these are brand new, being unveiled for the first time. In case you don’t have time to visit them all, we asked Monaco-based superyacht expert Patrick Coote to give us his “Top 10 Must-See Yachts” launched in 2018.
OCEANCO – DAR 90m
Quite apart from her impressive size it is DAR’s stunning exterior design by Luiz De Basto that really makes her stand out from the crowd. Beautiful, flowing contemporary lines have become a bit of a hallmark for Oceanco and DAR is no exception. The interior design by Nuvolari Lenard incorporates some of the latest advances in glass technology and her superstructure is completely finished in reflective glass.
PRIDE MEGAYACHTS – ILLUSION PLUS 88.5m
Illusion Plus is the largest yacht ever built in Asia and she’ll be unveiled in Monaco for the first time. She’s been a long time coming but everyone is eager to see the quality that’s been achieved by the Chinese yard with their team of European project managers. The yard has very competitive prices and is hungry for new orders. If the quality levels are high then we may well have a viable new superyacht shipyard to consider, ready to keep the European shipyards on their toes.
TURQUOISE – GO 77m
Ten years ago, Turkish yachts were generally deemed poor quality in comparison to those from Holland and Germany. No yard has done more to dispel that belief than Turquoise Yachts. So much so that Dutch builder Oceanco stepped in and bought a significant stake in 2014. The 77m GO is the largest yacht built by the yard to date. She has elegant, flowing lines and was designed inside and out by H2 Design in London. She represents a landmark achievement for the yars that just keeps going from strength to strength.
ABEKING & RASMUSSEN – ELANDESS 74.5m
The elegant, contemporary and low profile of ELANDESS clearly bears the signature of London-based design company Eidsgaard which was responsible for both her interior and exterior. Her dark hull, white superstructure and striking plumb bow make her instantly recognisable. Abeking & Rasmussen is not the biggest superyacht builder but their build quality is exceptional. Look out for the “Nemo Lounge” with its spectacular views both above and below the waterline.
MANGUSTA – Gransport 54m
Overmarine have been building yachts in Northern Italy for over 30 years and helped to pioneer the development of high performance, fast, open boats. They’ve come to dominate this sector over the years and my goodness they do it well. If you want breakfast in Portofino, lunch in Monaco and dinner in St Tropez then this is the way to do it in style. The all-aluminium yacht can reach 29 knots at full speed and yet still offers a range of 4,200 nautical miles.
HEESEN – Irisha 51m
Heesen is one of those yards that just seems to get it right every time. Irisha may not boast crazy new technology or unusual features but if you want to see a solid example of high-quality Dutch yacht-building then look no further. Another design from Eidsgaard in London, she can sleep up to ten guests in five staterooms with nine crew to look after you. The interior styling is relaxed, timeless and elegant, while her exterior offers generous deck areas for relaxing or entertaining, making her an ideal charter yacht.
CONRAD – VIATORIS 40m
If the phrase “Polish-built superyacht” makes you splutter into your breakfast cereal then you obviously haven’t seen the new 40m from Conrad in Gdansk. From her Reymond Langton exterior profile to her sumptuous interior design she is every inch a quality yacht. Even down in the engine room and technical spaces one is continually impressed by the workmanship and level of detail. With her unique sundeck offering vast sunpads, pool, gym and sauna, she is well worth a visit if you’re looking for Northern European quality at a competitive price.
EVADNE – ROCK 24m
The phrase “small is beautiful” couldn’t be more appropriate for Evadne’s brand-new pocket-sized explorer yacht called ROCK. One of the smallest yachts in the show at just 24m, she is a whole lot of boat, wrapped up in a striking contemporary design by Vripack Yacht Design. They’ve applied their big boat design expertise to create a staggering 170 m² of interior space as well as 140 m² of exterior deck. She can accommodate eight guests and boasts an owner’s cabin on the main deck with panoramic windows.
BRABUS – BRABUS SHADOW 800 11.2m
Brabus is a name usually associated with luxury automobiles but here they’ve taken the latest 11.2m chase boat from Axopar in Finland and they’ve pimped it to the max. The limited run of just 20 boats used the 37 Sun Top as the base vessel (designed by the hugely talented Jarkko Jamsen) and then piled on a long list of enhanced features including black paint, red leather and carbon fibre on the outside, as well as more leather, custom lighting and a 42” television in the spacious cabin. If you’re going to do 52 knots, you may as well do it in style.
PASCOE – ELANDESS 10m OPEN LIMOUSINE
Limo tenders are staple items on pretty much every new superyacht over 60m. It’s no longer about simply getting from the shore to the yacht on an inflatable RIB. Now it’s all about arriving in privacy, style and comfort, safe and dry in a luxurious tender. Pascoe have made great strides in recent years, developing boats for guest transportation that are well designed, good quality and competitively priced. This is their latest delivery, fully customised to complement the mothership and well worth a look.
Patrick Coote is the CEO of NAUTIQ Family Office, based in Monaco.