The Monaco Yacht Show never disappoints. Once again this year, there were plenty of megayachts present. The lion’s share was taken, as always, by the Italians. In fact, all ten of the boats we chose have something tricolour about them: the yard or the designers. Here they are in order of length. (Here all our posts about the Monaco Yacht Show)
Monaco Yacht Show: Lürssen Ahpo
The show’s flagship was Ahpo, a 115-metre built by German yard Lurssen with interior and exterior design by Venetian studio Nuvolari Lenard. Characterised by a sleek and powerful bow, it has exterior lines that encapsulate the stylistic features of yacht design from the last thirty years.
For example in the belt that runs from the stern down to the bow,” explains Carlo Nuvolari, who continues: “but also in the fact that all the lines, which are completely curved, have been drawn by hand as they used to be.
If you draw them on a computer, the end result is always more approximate than you imagined. And then it tends to standardise’. In order to distinguish Ahpo and make it immediately recognisable, a modern line that descends decisively towards the stern was opted for, giving the whole thing momentum and movement.
Another characteristic feature of Ahpo is the funnel above the last deck. The interior is decidedly distinctive. “It’s a boat that has contrasting interiors,” explains Valentina Zannier, chief interior designer and partner at Studio Nuvolari Lenard, “there are extremely formal areas, others more relaxed, familiar and convivial, and still others extremely intimate and private. Needless to say, it was the most admired and most visited of the show.
This 75-metre yacht built by The Italian Sea Group has exterior design by Azure Yacht Design who worked in collaboration with archineers.berlin, and interiors by Paris-based studio Jouin Manku. Actually, Kensho was not moored at the quays of Port Hercule, but showed off in the roadstead where it could be reached thanks to its tender.
The exterior lines are characterised by a slightly recessed and imposing prow, cantilevered stern terraces and the profile of the sun deck descending to connect with that of the upper deck. The interior has a layout never seen on a megayacht because it has been designed so that the sea can be seen from almost every point of the hull. Large sea-facing corridors fore and aft distinguish both the upper and sun decks, while the lower deck enjoys a truly unusual water view aft. The décor is thought out in every detail and is quite different from that of any other yacht.
The Jouin Manku studio, after all, is on its first yacht, but is famous for having rendered unique furnishings for important places such as the Van Cleef & Arpels shops around the world, the Mamounia hotel in Marrakesh, all of Alain Ducasse’s restaurants and the renovation of the Gare de Montparnasse in Paris, to name but a few.
When you say ‘a yacht with character’ you cannot help but think of Triumph, the 65-metre Benetti with exterior lines by Giorgio M. Cassetta and interiors by Green&Mingarelli design.
Cassetta has, as always, succeeded in giving a sleek look to the hull as a whole despite the fact that the latter is built on no less than six decks. The elegantly opulent interior is a hymn to art and design. Scattered around the yacht are in fact some of David Yarrow’s most beautiful photographs, but also a real Triumph motorbike which is part of the owner’s collection and which, being his favourite and having won many races, has been turned into a work of art.
This year the mega yacht M/Y Triumph 65M also took the top step of the podium at the World Superyacht Awards in the Displacement Motor Yachts, 1,000GT to 1,499GT category.
Monaco Yacht Show: CRN Rio
A world premiere at the Monaco Yacht Show, Rio is a 62-metre CRN with exterior lines designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects and interiors by Pulina Exclusive Interiors and Zago, a Ferretti Group company.
Characterising her exterior lines is the large owner’s deck that extends to the bow, exploiting an area normally reserved for manoeuvres, and the two large open arches that connect the upper deck to the lower deck, framing the stern of the main deck.
On this yacht, the owner has not just an area, but an entire private deck (the upper deck) that covers an area of 323 square metres and features a master suite whose windows offer a 180° panorama to be enjoyed from a custom-made king-size bed. The latter is embellished with a white leather headboard worked in 3D effect with vertical inserts in petrol green leather.
The bathroom is made of precious materials, such as Calacatta Vagli Oro marble on the walls and Crema d’Orcia marble for the floors, and has, as a further touch of uniqueness, a bathtub placed next to the windows, to enjoy the scenery while immersed in water.
Steel hull and aluminium superstructure for Sanlorenzo’s 62-metre that was on display at the Monaco Yacht Show. The second 62Steel unit after Cloud Nine, this yacht has exterior lines designed by the yard and interiors by Officina Italiana Design.
The latter are modern and elegant, yet extremely soft and have a palette that ranges from grey to beige and brown with contrasting darker touches. Spread over four decks and with a Gross Tonnage of 1291, Alchemimist is characterised by the fact that she has a deck entirely reserved for the owner, with no less than 215 square metres of space, directly connected to another 114 square metres of outdoor cockpit.
Also noteworthy is the large beach club that offers plenty of space thanks to the side garage that accommodates tenders. Powered by a pair of MTU 16V 4000 M53 diesels of 2,502 hp each, Alchemist reaches a top speed of 17 knots and cruises at a cruising average of 15 knots.
Monaco Yacht Show: Mangusta N1
Highly anticipated, the new Mangusta Rev 165 was one of the most admired boats at the Monaco Yacht Show. Designed by Igor Lobanov, with interiors by m2atelier this 50-metre yacht stands out for its originality and innovation, bringing a breath of fresh air to the world of yacht design.
The first example of the 165 REV sports an aggressive profile with rounded shapes in pure Mongoose style. Its taut and snappy lines have taken inspiration, as the designer himself explains, from the sports cars of the 1930s, but the feature that makes it unmistakable is the bow area arched towards the sea which, once on board, gives an incredible sensation of movement and a breathtaking view. The interiors are innovative, to say the least, with the owner’s cabin of almost 100 square metres located forward of the main deck.
A true open space loft on two levels designed around the aggressive side windows. An environment dedicated to maximum privacy in which there is a lounge area and an exclusive office for the owner. This then leads to the sleeping area with a full beam bathroom. But a Mongoose always remains a Mongoose. This is why N1 is fitted with four 2600 HP MTU engines and four Kamewa waterjets, allowing it to reach a maximum speed of 34 knots while maintaining limited consumption.
Monaco Yacht Show: Riva 130 Bellissima
The Ferretti Group’s second world premiere at the Monaco Yacht Show, the 130 Bellissima is the shipyard’s new flagship and is designed, as always, by Officina Italiana Design. The Riva 130′ Bellissima is the first planing flybridge in the range to be developed on three real decks, entirely wide-bodied, yet still managing to stay under 300 GT.
Carbon fibre, steel and crystal are the distinctive elements of the exterior design. Riva 130′ Bellissima is characterised by three simple lines along the profile: the windshield is made of spherical crystal and has the typical counter-curvature, while the hull window design is generated by a black line along the silver side that goes up towards the deck.
Large windows emphasise the abundance of natural light in the main deck and upper deck areas, providing wonderful panoramic views and grandly luminous interiors. At the stern, the all-glass side powers that enhance the vessel’s aerodynamics tell of charm and elegance. The air intake grilles and carbon fibre details recall the tradition of car design, while the hard top, with its sporty character, lends dynamism and style.
Baglietto presented in Monaco, as a world premiere, Enterprise, a 38-metre custom design for which a completely new platform was developed that could become the first of a long series.
With a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, Enterprise is designed by Francesco Paszkowski Design and features a straight bow and a large side window in the shape of a rhomboid parallelogram. The interior, on the other hand, was created by the owner in collaboration with the shipyard’s interior design team. Externally, Enterprise is vaguely reminiscent of an explorer, but to consider her as such would be limiting.
Its best description, however, is the one given by the owner himself: “we did not want to build a recognisable boat but to create something unique and innovative. We started with a simple sketch on a piece of paper: a villa by the sea, which is now a reality. A yacht that will make a difference wherever it goes. Bold, surprising, elegant.
The style of an explorer, starboard bow, three decks, transatlantic range, 440 Gross tonnage. A 38-metre yacht with these volumes has never been built. I’m sure it will create excitement wherever it goes and everyone will wonder what it is, and they’ll know it’s a unique model, they’ll know it’s a Baglietto!”
Monaco Yacht Show: Southern Wind Sørvind
The fifth Southern Wind 105, Sørvind is yet another demonstration of how the same boat can have different interpretations depending on the owner’s wishes.
Compared to the previous 105s, this 34, 59-metre has the same designers (Farr for the exteriors and Nauta for the interiors) but features a new deck design, particularly on the deckhouse where the chamfers have been softened into wider radius curves to give Sørwind a sporty and elegant look.
In addition to the usual Southern Wind construction in carbon/epoxy with a Corecell core and obsessive weight control, Sørvind combines a synthetic teak deck and stanchions, pulpits, bollards and fairleads all in titanium, again in pursuit of maximum lightness. Also new are the interiors, the décor of which was entrusted to the Dutch studio Hermanides, which collaborated with Nauta and created a style defined as Nordic Cool.
A style in which the dark tones of grey and brown, representing the long nights of the north, are masterfully combined with light tones reminiscent of snow to create a warm and welcoming environment just like a chalet.
Cantiere delle Marche Acala
Cantiere delle Marche arrived in Monaco with a 43-metre full custom commissioned by an owner who already owned a slightly smaller one.
Acala has exterior design by Horacio Bozzo and interiors by Mexican architect Simon Hamui. The profile, imposing and severe with a beautiful bow and a superstructure with harmonious volumes, perfectly interprets the spirit of the explorer, combining it with an elegance that will overcome the challenges of time and fashion.
All the shapes and lines compose a harmonious geometry and the generous volumes enclose spacious and comfortable interiors for both guests and crew, as requested by the owner who is planning long voyages to remote destinations. Acala has an original layout with six guest cabins, four of which occupy a large part of the main deck.
These include a large owner’s stateroom to starboard and three VIP cabins for the family. Two double cabins are on the Lower deck. In all, Acala can accommodate 12 guests.