monaco yacht show 2017 highlights
The global superyacht community achors down at Monaco harbour for Monaco Yacht Show 2017
Project Triton: We kick off with a classic, the kind of collaboration that takes years to set up. Aston Martin’s announcement that it is teaming up with long-established submarine manufacturers Triton will stir the soul of that small sub-section of customers looking for a performance kick in the wet and the dry. Aston Martin Consulting has transformed Triton’s three-person sub with dynamic new lines, creating a machine that looks poised, dynamic and – appropriately enough – pleasingly fluid.
Cloud 9: The traditional grand yacht was well represented by Cloud 9, a 74 m yacht styled externally by Studio Zuccon and internally by London-based Winch Design. The whole ensemble was overseen by specialists Burgess and built at CRN Shipyard. Cloud 9 is geared towards outdoor living, with a cascade of rear decks spilling down to the ubiquitous beach club. On-deck accessories include a Teppenyaki bar and a karaoke system (think of all the eclectic party themes you could come up with), while up to 12 guests can be accommodated in the eight cabins.
Rossinavi Endeavour II: We recently featured Rossinavi’s new Aurora, but the Italian shipyard also had another debut at MYS, the Endeavour II. Team For Design’s all-aluminium yacht measures 49.9 m and the Salvagni Architetti-designed interior deploys clean lines and contemporary Italian furnishings, making it feel a world apart from the industry’s still widespread reliance on ’traditional’ style.
Glider Yachts Supersports: You’ll need plenty of space and a strong constitution to trial the Glider SS 18. Promising a frankly outlandish 96 knots top speed, this slender craft is raised up above the water on two rapier-like floats, minimising drag and giving the pilots and passengers the sensation of being in a high-flying sports cabriolet.
M/Y Legend: Expedition yachts continue to proliferate, as the escapism offered by visits to the far-flung corners of the world’s oceans gain traction. We experienced the folksy interior of the M/Y Legend, an (alleged) former Soviet spy ship converted into an ice-class super cruiser with cabins like a 70s dacha, a boatload of reproduction art and a full quota of tenders and toys, including a submarine and helicopter (keeping high maintenance, fast depreciating assets all in one place). Antarctic journeys start with an 80 k charter flight to King George Island, ensuring a truly dedicated clientele. Photography: Quin Bisset
So'mar: Riza Tansu, the designer and entrepreneur behind Tansu, takes a different tack to yacht design. 'Yachts should be like a beach house in Malibu, not a palace in Paris,' he says from the deck of So'mar, a 37.9 m superyacht that majors on style and space, rather than complex hydraulic push-button gadgetry. Tansu likes to chase simplicity, with a smaller crew and a greater sense of being close to the sea. His forthcoming yacht 'Cyclone' pushes minimalism every further. His boats have a robust form that pioneered the current era of straight bow designs. 'They are little ships first, and then yachts,' he says, explaining how he is inspired by aeronautical design and contemporary architecture.
Areti: The Lurssen built Areti has a Winch exterior and interior, although the latter has been given a far more traditional treatment than the sleek superstructure. Beneath the sizeable decks of this ultra-modern 85 m craft is craftsmanship straight out of the interwar heyday of glamorous yachting, all carved wood, gilt and marble.
Home: One of the largest hybrid-powered superyachts, the Perry Van Oossanen-designed Home was built by Heesen Yachts in the Netherlands. Winning the show's award for most environmentally-friendly luxury vessel, the 49.8 m Home has smaller engines meaning more accommodation, as well as the ability to cruise silently on electric power. Italian designer Cristiano Gatto created the appropriately minimalist interiors, using plenty of Paola Lenti furniture.
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