Round-up of superyacht design trends at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show
Written by Sarah Rowland
Last updated: 24/10/2016
Held annually, the Monaco Yacht Show is one of the largest and most anticipated shows in the yachting calendar, and a favoured opportunity for yacht designers and builders to unveil exciting concept designs and new launches.
This year, the 26th edition of the Monaco Yacht Show was bigger and better than ever, welcoming some 34,000 visitors and 600 exhibitors across four days, each to marvel at some of the industry’s leading innovations and influential designs.
Yachting Pages rounds up the design trends showcased at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show.
Which yachts were at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show?
With extra berths added to the Monaco Yacht Show in 2015, the 26th edition welcomed some 125 superyachts to Port Hercule. Furthermore, there were around another 140 yachts at anchor in the Bay of Monaco, and an array of amazing concept designs on display at shore-side stands.
Notable attendees included some of the recent creations of the world's luxury yacht builders, including Feadship with M/Y Kamino, Heesen with Galatica Super Nova and the Perini Navi ketch Sybaris.
Superyacht design trends at MYS
Large yachts were on the up again
Providing the welcome opportunity to display some of the largest and most innovative designs that the industry has to offer, yachts in attendance at MYS 2016 were once again larger following the previous years’ decline in yachts in the 40m+ bracket.
In fact, this year MYS welcomed more superyachts than ever in the 65m+ category, with a total of 10 compared to the five that displayed in 2015.
Measuring in at 90m LOA, this year’s largest exhibiting superyacht was the Royal Huisman schooner S/Y Athena (pictured below), which, even without her additional 11m of bowspirit stands at 79m, overshadowing last years’ largest display yacht - Silver Yachts’ 77m M/Y Silver Fast. Athena was also the largest yacht overall at the 2012 Monaco Yacht Show.
According to figures released by the Monaco Yacht Show, the size breakdown of yachts in attendance at MYS 2016 was categorised as follows:
- 3 superyachts at 20 to 30m LOA
- 35 superyacht at 31 to 40m LOA
- 38 superyachts at 41 to 50m LOA
- 29 superyachts at 51 to 60m LOA
- 14 superyachts at 60m+ LOA
The concept design portfolio was also bigger and better than ever, with offerings from a broad range of luxury yacht builders. Notable designs included Van Geest Design’s dazzling 90m Moonstone, Pride Mega Yachts’ 92m M/Y NinetyTwo, the 111m M/Y Ascendance from Andy Waugh and Oliver Stacey’s sail-assisted motoryacht, Norse.
There was a noticeable increase in sailing yachts
The 2016 Monaco Yacht Show showcased further great promise in the sailing superyacht sector, with the market continuing to gather pace. Not only were there a total of 19 sailing yachts on display, including the aforementioned sailing superyacht Athena, who took the title of the largest yacht at the 2016 show, but news of more high profile launches and sales were also revealed.
The most-anticipated sailing yacht on display at the show was arguably Perini Navi's 70m ketch Sybaris (above), which was the second largest sailing yacht delivered in 2016.
Explorer yachts got smaller and less prevalent
With the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show seeing a surge in explorer yacht design, dubbed by some as the prime year for this trend, 2016 saw these rugged vessels get smaller and few and far between. This was with the exception of Kleven’s 107m mammoth Ulysses (below) of course, which although not displaying was in attendance in the Bay of Monaco as the current fourth largest explorer superyacht in the world, and the largest yacht to ever attend the Monaco Yacht Show.
Inside the show, the second hull of Sanlorenzo’s new 460EXP series was on display 'X', alongside many motor yachts that take influence from explorer and expedition yacht design, such as the Damen 5009 Fast & Furious and Lynx YXT 20 yacht support vessels.
Emphasis was placed on function over form
Although it cannot be said that function was more important than form in the superyacht designs of this year’s show, exciting talk was definitely taking place around promising technologies.
Conversation was focused on augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), with superyachts likely to feature mixed-reality experiences in the future.
The most future-forward superyacht on display at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show was arguably Kleven's 107m-expedition yacht Ulysses (pictured above), which successfully utilises an advanced bridge systems and explorers.
Exhibitors were also out in force with their latest technology offerings: Team Italia demonstrated their new i-Bridge with transparent head-up display and touchscreen chart table; Kymeta’s flat metamaterials antenna was being used to provide internet via satellite to The Superyacht Owner’s VIP Lounge; and Oculus Technologies showcased transparent displays that provide more interactive experiences to exploring yacht systems.
Beach club is best
Beach clubs continued to be a big focus in the superyacht sector at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show: They were not only more prevalent, but larger and more innovatively integrated into the space on board.
Heesen’s Galatica Super Nova demonstrated a clever beach club design, with two fold-down sections that add 44sqm of space to the already large 146sqm beach club, while ICON’s self-named 67.5m motoryacht utilised a fold-out transom for additional lounging space, just metres from the waters edge.
Many showgoers were perhaps most impressed by Wider Yachts’ transformer superyacht Genesi however, which somehow manages to fit an ample beach club into its 46m hull simply by relocating the engine room into the bow.
There were new solutions for yacht glass
Natural light and awe-inspiring views have always been a priority for the superyacht owner, and as such cleverly integrating or exaggerating large windows and yacht glass has always been among the big focuses for yacht designers.
At MYS this year, we saw Feadship’s Kamino offering a record amount of glass for any Feadship to date, as well as new solutions in superyacht glass; from the large windows and sleek wrap-around glazing of the Custom Line Navetta 37, flagship of the Ferretti Group, to Arcadia Yachts’ 85S M/Y Triton, which utilises ample double-reflecting glass for a bright interior throughout.
Ouranos by Admiral Yacht also showcased a two-tier central glass window, and Overmarine’s Mangusta Oceano 42 a swooping sheerline, revealing floor-to-ceiling glazing in the main saloon.
Submersibles are here to stay
No superyacht is complete without a garage full of exciting tenders and toys, and submersibles were again prominent at the 2016 Show. Submersible experts Seamagine, Triton, DeepFlight and U-Boat Worx were all in attendance at the show, with models accommodating between two and six passengers - each with their own unique design features and dive capabilities.
The superyacht industry is going from strength to strength
Overall, the Monaco Yacht Show is a great indicator of the health and prosperity of the superyacht industry. With more yachts and concept designs on display than ever before, it seems there is no worry about the wellbeing of the industry, which is going from strength-to-strength following the 2009 financial crisis.