Cannes Yachting Festival and Monaco Yacht Show, last held in September 2019, hosted industry professionals and yacht enthusiasts again this year, thanks to the relatively more controlled course of the pandemic and the increase in vaccination.
The stands at yacht fairs were full of the excitement of meeting after a long time and of course the most beautiful boats of the new season. Although there seems to be a two-year recession, we saw with the 2021 autumn fairs that many luxury boats were ordered in this process. After all, the concept of vacation and luxury, which has changed with the pandemic, has pushed everyone to seek a special “island.”
Even though there are disruptions in the supply chain due to the epidemic, the shipyards continue to work at the most intense pace possible. As of March 2020, when the pandemic was most severe, the industry reached the largest sales volume it has seen since the 2008 crisis. It is even possible to talk about 2020 and 2021 as the “golden years” of the last decade, especially since yacht holidays are the most isolated and controlled type of travel. It is also talked about in the backstage of the fair that many shipyards have filled their capacities 100% until 2024, and that for some boats, boat owners are selling their rows for fancy prices.
First, let’s take a look at the most important event of the superyacht world, the Monaco Yacht Show, where only yachts over 30 meters and the service boats and superyacht toys produced for them. This year, 100 superyachts were exhibited at the fair. While the largest yacht was 95 meters, the average length of all yachts was 49 meters. The 40–50-meter range was the most produced length range. The 600 boats exhibited at the Cannes Yachting Festival, on the other hand, created an environment suitable for analyzing the entire industry, with a wide range of boats from small and modest models to superyachts. The Cannes Yachting Festival was just as festive as its name because the absence of a fair for two years significantly increased the number of new models exhibited.
For both fairs, statements from most brands indicate that strong orders are received. It is not difficult to predict that the yachting world will continue to gain momentum in 2022 in the light of these fairs and information. To give priority to Turkish shipyards, let’s come to the yachts that renewed our excitement from this year’s fairs…
Described by Bilgin Yachts as “the most environmentally friendly private yacht produced in Turkey”, Tatiana sailed from the Bosphorus to Monaco on September 11 and took its place at the Monaco Yacht Show with the title “Made in Turkey.” The 80-metre Tatiana that accommodates 12 lucky guests and a crew of 24 including the captain, pampers its owner with a special deck and a suite cabin. With a fully equipped gym, sauna, cinema, private office, or a sports bar waiting for entertainment, Tatiana has everything. The exhaust system has been designed with 100% clean air emissions. With two 2560 kW engines, Tatiana reaches 19.3 knots and consumes 280 liters of fuel per hour at a cruising speed of 12 knots. These features make it a project that is pointed out not only in terms of aesthetics but also in terms of performance. Tatiana’s exterior design was made by the Turkish design office Unique Yacht Design, and the interior design was made by H2 Yacht Design. Tatiana took 164th place in the ranking of “the largest yachts in the world”.
One of the yachts that attracted the most attention at the Monaco Yacht Show is the Dutch superyacht manufacturer Feadship’s Viva. The 94-meter superyacht, owned by a former customer of Feadship, draws attention with its environmentally friendly hybrid propulsion system. Like Tatiana, Viva has a steel body and aluminum superstructure. Viva, the 7th largest yacht built by Feadship, is ranked 81st on the list of “the largest yachts in the world.” It is equipped with IMO Tier III catalytic converter and large batteries. All emissions are under control with diesel particulate filter. The superyacht cruises at 12 knots on diesel-electric power and 20 knots on conventional diesel power. Viva also reduces energy loss with waste and heat conversion systems and increases the efficiency of ventilation systems. Another remarkable feature of Viva, which has spacious interiors with ceiling-to-floor windows on the upper decks, is that it can involve a 14-meter service boat with the largest garage cover Feadship has ever produced. The price of the superyacht, which has 14 guests and 18 crew capacity, is estimated at 175 million dollars.
Artefact is the work of the German shipyard Nobiskrug, which built Sailing Yacht A, the extraordinary 143-meter sailboat of Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko. It draws attention with its innovative design. The 80-meter Artefact, designed by Gregory C. Marshall, is also one of the largest hybrid yachts in the world and has a steel hull and composite superstructure. Nobiskrug emphasizes the goal of producing “sustainable and environmentally friendly yachts that can be used for generations.” The glasswork of the megayacht, which has 223 pieces, weighing in at 70 tons in total, and creating a different style, is definitely a game changer. Artefact’s electrical system, built to the latest IMO Tier III regulations, relies on power from multiple generators and an array of lithium-ion batteries. The electric propulsion power of the megayacht can be sufficient on its own for short distances and maneuvers. The yacht, powered by twin diesel-electric Caterpillar engines, has a cruising range of 5,300 nautical miles at 15 knots with a 260,000-liter fuel tank. The megayacht, which can host 16 people in 8 suites, two of which are VIP, has a crew capacity of 24 people.
The superyacht Virtus 44, built by Mengi Yay Yacht, started collecting awards while it was still in the design phase. Virtus 44, which received an award in “yachts over 40 meters” in International Yacht & Aviation 2019, which is shown among the important design awards of the world, has a steel body and aluminum superstructure. The 44-meter superyacht, built in Tuzla Shipyards Region of Istanbul, is admired for its dynamic and elegant lines. The opening and closing swimming platform (beach club) of the yacht becomes one of the most important places of the superyacht with its 55 square meter area. Virtus 44 hosts its guests in a less shaky environment thanks to four stabilizers and has five guest cabins and four crew cabins. The interiors of Virtus 44 are also very spacious with windows and balconies. In addition to the saloon, the master cabin’s own balcony is just one of the features that will win the hearts of the yacht owner. The superyacht, powered by two 1450 horsepower engines, has a cruising speed of 12 knots and a top speed of 16 knots.
The engineering and exterior design of the Vision F80, which was introduced at the Cannes Yachting Festival, was by Nazmi Bayar, while the interior design was by Seda Ünay. In the cockpit, which we can call the heart of the catamaran type yacht, there is a dining table for eight people, a seating group, and a barbecue bench. There is a master cabin, three guest cabins and two crew cabins on the boat, which gives a feeling of home comfort with its 55 square meter saloon. Vision F 80 can also be preferred with its four-chamber layout. In the saloon, there is a dining table for 10-12 people on the port side and sitting groups on the starboard. It is very pleasant with its flybridge, bar, sitting area and sun loungers. For the spacious master cabin with plenty of wardrobes, different bed and dressing room alternatives are offered to customers. In the bathroom, there is a large rain shower and two sinks. Under-bed LED lighting and specially designed wall coverings stand out as important elements of the F80. It is 23.80 meters long and 9.56 meters wide and consumes 40-50 liters of fuel per hour at an economical speed of 12 knots with its two Volvo Penta IPS 800 engines. With the support of solar panels, Vision F80 can work six hours a day and eight hours in the evening without machine noise. It can cruise in shallow places with a draft of 0.80 meters.
Bering 70, built in Antalya Free Zone, is the first model of the shipyard in the “coastal” series. The 21.20-meter-long boat has a steel hull and composite superstructure. The other important features of the Bering 70, which was designed on the basis of a comfortable life on board for long cruises, are that it can be used by a small crew and its fuel efficiency. The 22.43-meter-long Bering 70 can cruise in shallow waters such as the Caribbean and Bahamas thanks to its efficient hull form and 1.33-meter shallow water section. With a fuel capacity of 6,840 liters and a range of 2,500 nautical miles, the Bering 70 has a cruise speed of 8 knots and a top speed of 10 knots. The yacht, which can accommodate eight guests and two crew members, offers a warm and comfortable living environment with its interior design in light colors and natural materials.
Sirena Yachts that produces and sends boats to all over the world from its factory in Bursa, introduced the model Sirena 68 in Cannes. The boat bears the signature of German Frers. Designed for comfort, fuel efficiency and performance on long cruises, the 21.4-meter boat has a maximum speed of 29 knots. The cockpit of the boat, which offers remarkable spaciousness in the interior spaces with its very wide side windows, is a pleasant resting area with the shade provided by the flybridge. The presence of sun loungers and a very comfortable seating area and table on the forecastle deck seems to make it one of the boat’s most popular spots. There are two separate seating areas and a wet bar on the flybridge. The top of this section can be protected with a hardtop if desired. The large dining area and open kitchen welcome those entering the lounge of Sirena 68 from the cockpit and it makes cooking and gathering around a table more enjoyable. The master cabin, spanning the entire width of the hull on the lower deck, has an oversized bed. In the standard layout with three cabins, there is a laundry and cleaning area on the lower deck, plus a lounge. This area can be designed as a toilet or as a fourth cabin where a single bed or bunk bed can be placed, if desired.
This new understanding of the SL120A, which the Italian brand defines as “asymmetrical”, brought a difference to the interiors, and was highly appreciated at the fairs. Both interior and exterior design of the boat belongs to Zuccon International Project. The main feature of the 35.75-meter yacht, is its asymmetry that makes better use of interior spaces and facilitates access to exterior spaces. In this settlement, which is stated to add 8 square meters of space to the interior spaces, the starboard deck of the saloon is included in the interior space and a large dining hall is gained on one side. The terrace on the other side, whose wall can be opened by sliding down, also increases contact with the sea. Another feature is the access to a 15 square meter outer deck area from the main cabin, which is taken to the fore of the main deck. This particular area also connects the stairway to the upper deck. The SL120A can accommodate 10 guests in its five cabins. The aft garage of the SL120A turns into a 45 square meter beach club with openable terraces. Sanlorenzo 120A, powered by 2XMTU 16V2000M96L engines, has a cruising speed of 11 knots and a top speed of 26.
Ferretti Yachts 1000
The superstructure and hard-top roof of the 30-metre Ferretti 1000, the first boat from Ferretti’s new shipyard in Cattolica, are made of carbon fiber. The yacht, whose interiors can be arranged classically or modernly according to the wishes of the owner, can host 10 guests. Ferretti 1000’s main deck features a “beach club” with direct access to the cockpit, a large saloon, well-equipped galley, and master cabin. In the standard layout, the owner’s suite is located on the main deck and four large double cabins on the lower deck. The Ferretti 1000 has private quarters for five crew members and one more cabin for the captain. Ferretti Yachts 1000 reaches a top speed of 28 knots and a cruise speed of 24 with optional 2638 mHP twin MTU 16V 2000 M86 engines. Fuel capacity is 9,000 liters.
Swan Shadow, first motor yacht project of Swan, which we know for its elegant and performance sailing boats, has very impressive lines. It seems like an interesting choice for such a classic sailboat brand to turn to motor yachts. However, this boat suits the Swan brand, as it combines performance, quality, and high-level design, which are the basic elements of the Finnish shipyard. With a speed of 55 knots, this elegant motor yacht can be used as a service boat for megayachts or as a cool speedboat for water sports and day trips. The movable stern platform of the 13.23-meter boat makes it easier to reach the pier when used as a service boat and to the sea when preferred for water sports. Swan Shadow can be easily used for overnight cruises or daytrip cruises with different placement options. The deep V hull has a spacious cabin and WC. It is offered for sale with 3X225 HP engines as standard. Depending on the 3X250-3X300-3X350 HP engine options, its maximum speed varies between 37-55 knots.