Monaco Yacht Show 2012 defies crisis with record number of launches
The 22nd annual Monaco Yacht Show, September 19 to 22, 2012, one of the most important international events proves once again its defiance of the financial crisis. Organizers expect over 30.000 visitors to the exhibition which will include 100 yachts from 82 feet to 295 feet in length (25 to 90 meters), with an average size of 150 feet (46 meters), to fill valuable dock space in Port Hercules.
More important, the 2012 edition of the Monaco Yacht Show will showcase the world premiere for over 40 new built yachts. Among the superyachts premiering at the 2012 edition are: Mogambo, a 241-footer by the German shipyard Nobiskrug; Viareggio Super Yachts‘ flagship, the 237-foot Stella Maris; Alloy Yachts’ largest to date, the stunning 220-foot Vertigo, Wally’s new 164-foot Better Place and the 180-foot Step One by Dutch Amels.
One of the biggest showstoppers this year will be Oceanco‘s Nirvana, displayed in broker Edmiston & Co.’s new quay. The 88.5-meter boat comes complete with two reptile tanks, containing water dragons, bearded lizards and exotic frogs, and a retractable swimming-pool cover to turn one’s sunset swim into an evening dance floor (price tag: 230 million euros)
Preshow enquiries made to brokers seem to indicate that more people are looking for sailing boats and smaller boats this year. “Sailing yachts have good days in front of them,” says naval architect Jean-Jacques Coste, who says he expects more people will be looking to buy these fuel-efficient boats. “After all, the wind is free.”
Luca Bassani, founder and chief executive of Wally, says the company will be showing three new yachts, including Better Place, the first sail with the RINA Green certification and diesel electric propulsion and the world’s largest carbon-fiber sloop. “People this year are looking less for fast boats and more for comfort and sustainability, with less pollution and noise,” he adds.