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27 September 2017

Top 5 must-see Superyachts at the Monaco Yacht Show 2017

The Monaco Yacht Show 2018 is nearly here! Daedalian Glass Studios Managing Director, Joe Walmsley has picked out 5 must-see yachts for all those attending.

In making this selection, I have looked for yachts that offer something different. I have looked beyond a comparison of length to access other characteristics or special features that make a vessel stand out.

My view is that it is most important for a superyacht to offer something unique. Length is not the most important factor because new builds are getting larger and larger. Somebody will always have a larger vessel – and if not it will probably soon be built!

To illustrate the increasing speed at which the record for length is now being beaten; the longest yacht was El Mahrousa from 1865 until the launch of Prince Abdulaziz in 1984.  The record stood for 119 years, and this new record stood for 22 years until Dubai was launched in 2006. However, in the 13 years since it has been beaten twice – in 2009 by Eclipse and in 2013 by Azzam.

Here are my Top 5 picks for vessels at the Monaco Yacht Show that offer something unique:

77.4m M/Y Legend

ICON Yachts | Diana Yacht Design

This superyacht was built as a Class 1 Icebreaker in 1974 and roamed the Baltic Sea during the cold war. Following her conversion into a superyacht a few years ago, she has a really unique offering for the yachting community. She can travel to South America, Antarctica, Greenland, the Norwegian Fjords and the Arctic circle whilst still providing all the luxuries we expect from a modern superyacht.

69m YSV Game Changer


Superyacht support vessels allow owners to take more and larger tenders with them as well as providing additional crew quarters (without losing their privacy on the main vessel). YSV Game Changer offers 110 SQM of below deck storage space, a dive centre (with a decompression chamber), a helicopter deck capable of landing larger aircraft with a larger range than most superyachts, and storage for aviation fuel, diesel, and fuel for the owners tenders.

85m M/Y Areti

Lürssen | Winch Design

M/Y Areti was built at Lürssen’s Rendsburg shipyard under the construction codename ‘Sasha’. She was delivered this year and spent her first season cruising the Med. Little is still known of her interior but Lürssen and Winch Design are two of the top companies in their respective fields. The Monaco Yacht Show offers a chance to find out more about this superyacht so this is a definite must-see!

92m M/Y Aquarius

Feadship | De Voogt | Sinot Yacht Design

This yacht features an archetypal Feadship raked superstructure and conventional bow shape. Sinot worked in close collaboration on the interiors with the Owner, Steve Wymm’s design team. Steve Wymm is a fine art collector and notable for his involvement in the American luxury casino and hotel industry. I chose this yacht due to this collaboration on the interiors that pairs Sinots experience in yacht design with Steve Wymm’s extensive luxury hospitality experience (and access to his fine art collection).

43.7m M/Y Cyclone

Tansu Yachts | Diana Yacht Design

I am a fan of this 43.7 metre military styled superyacht from Tansu Yachts – I think it offers something different in terms of design. It is very minimalist with its exterior straight lines, rectangular portholes and silver topsides. It is unpretentious.

Joe Walmsley

Managing Director

Daedalian Glass Studios