Even for veteran visitors the Monaco Yacht Show can be overwhelming. Boats of all shapes and sizes, everything to go with them and some stands there just for the hell of it, there’s far too much to see in a single visit. To narrow it down, here are the things you should make a beeline for.
HOME by Heesen Yachts
The most silent yacht in the world is a beautifully crafted piece of engineering inside and out. Hopefully Heesen will actually get to run the engines, which is when you’ll hear why it’s on this list. A little silence makes all the difference.
If you love the ocean but don’t fancy all that tedious swimming, this is for you. Seabob specialists Cayogo will be unveiling their latest model, the Cayago AG, which can transfer captured underwater footage directly to your smartphone. You’ll be the Poseidon of Instagram.
Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design’s Mega Sloop
Looking like a cool Scandinavian single-floor house made seaworthy, Malcom McKeon’s 78m sailing yacht is also beautifully luxurious. It makes exceptional use of space with a 7.5m swimming pool and 150m square owner’s cabin but still has the sailing speed to make it all worthwhile.
Seamagine’s Aurora-6S Personal Submarine
Tenders? Boring. Jet Skis? Everyone has five. A yacht-based personal submarine? Now you’re talking. Seamagine’s new Aurora-6S personal submarine takes even this extreme to the extreme, with space for six passengers and the ability to dive to 1,000m. Beware the giant squid.
Claydon Reeves’ Aeroboat S6
Plenty of tenders claim to be the ‘Rolls-Royce’ of their class but the Aeroboat S6 can say that without a trace of hyperbole. Designed in collaboration with the famed marque, the 19.8 metre tender concept will be getting it’s Monaco debut, where you can try out its flexible deck first-hand.
If you thought smarthomes were the extent of your potential connected world then think again. Italian tech and design company Eggzero will be showing off everything you can do aboard from a single app, from lights and video to atmospheric control.
Mauna Kea by Roberto Curto
Some yachts are worth seeing for technical advancements. This should be seen for sheer scale. At 101m, it’s one of the largest participants this year and makes flawless use of that scale with some impressive if spatially inefficient cascading staircases.
Ulysse Nardin Showroom
This is always Ulysse Nardin’s time to shine. They’ve been sponsoring the Monaco Yacht Show for years and if anyone has the cache for the position it’s them. When you’re tired of mega-yachts and submarines, you can find them and their marine-inspired and haute horology masterpieces in the show’s lifestyle section.
Pollux by Amels
This massive 20-guest, 48-crew, 111.7m behemoth might be one of the more traditional designs – if you’ve invested that much you want it to remain timeless – Yet British specialists H2 Yacht Design have had their hand on every aspect to create something timeless. And big. Very, very big.
Monaco Yacht Show Inaugural Gala Party
Who doesn’t like a good party? The official kick-off celebration of the 27th Monaco Yacht Show is the only place you need to be seen. It also doubles as the 4th award ceremony, giving you a few hints of what to head for when the yachts arrive the next day. Still, if you do miss it don’t worry overly; there are parties throughout the four days of the show. By the end, you’ll have had more than your fill of champagne.