October 12th 2012. By Louay Habib.

Seven Top Yachts Seen at Monaco

Louay Habib picks out some standout exhibits at The Monaco Yacht Show.

With over 100 yachts averaging 44 metres, the Monaco Yacht Show is unrivaled throughout the world. There are 13,000 square metres of floor area showcasing the world’s finest maritime products. Over 100 yachts make it into the show, and there are at least those numbers anchored outside the marina.

In the narrow streets around Port Hercules, Bugatti Veyron and Ferrari are a common sight. But the hardware at the Monaco Yacht Show makes them insignificant. It’s Europe’s biggest in-water display of super- and mega-yachts, with an estimated total value of $4 Billion.

Here are just seven of the amazing boats that we caught at the show.

Feadship for Einstein

EINSTEIN'S RELATIVITY: Feadship’s design could be described more of an out-of-this-world research facility than a luxury vessel. An auditorium with the latest in presentational technology occupies the base deck, and the Intelligence deck houses state of the art research facilities. Probably the most amazing fact is that this design is not just pure fantasy; an anonymous buyer (code-named Einstein) has apparently commissioned the build.


Princess 40M

IMPERIAL PRINCESS 132ft (40m): Plymouth based Princess Yachts made a bold move into the superyacht world by building the biggest yacht they have ever manufactured, but rumor has it a second has been sold and another yacht is on the way. The Tri-deck 40m Imperial Princess was launched for its British owner back in July and was proudly on display in Monaco.


Princess 40M interior

IMPERIAL PRINCESS SKY LOUNGE: The owner gave a specific layout specification for the yacht, which can accommodate 12 guests and 8 crew in separate quarters with drop down balconies to the main saloon. Twin MTU engines deliver 7000mhp, giving Imperial Princess has a top speed of 22 knots.



AEGIR 82ft (25m): Fresh from winning the Maxi Cruiser/Racer class at the Rolex Maxi Yacht Cup, British owner Brian Benjamin’s Carbon Ocean 82, Aegir was in full luxury trim and was one of the few yachts that actually went sailing for the show. Designed by Rogers Yacht Design of Lymington, Aegir is capable of speeds in excess of 20 knots.

Aegir stateroom

AEGIR STATEROOM: Aegir has four cabins including an owner’s stateroom and master guest cabin. Features include a hydraulic lazarette tender housing and bespoke push button controls, allowing the super fast cruiser to be sailed by just two people. Price tag: $8,995,000


Black & White Sunseeker

BLACK & WHITE SUNSEEKER 112ft (34m): Sunseeker’s 34 metre creation. Black & White was commissioned in 2010 for charter work and can accommodate 10 guests in 5 cabins with separate crew quarters. With individual media systems in each cabin and a 50-inch TV and B&O Lifestyle system in the main saloon, Black & White is the ultimate entertainment platform. With a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 450 miles, breakfast in Monaco, lunch in Barcelona and a night out in Palma de Mallorca are a distinct possibility.


Mangusta Zeus master cabin

ZEUS 164ft (50m) The Mangusta 165 is one of the largest open style sport motoryachts in the world and probably the quickest. The head-turning yacht has an impressive turn of speed, capable of 37 knots. Launched in 2009, Zeus was designed for yacht charters with up to 12 guests accommodated in 5 cabins. The interior includes an expansive main salon with cocktail tables, an impressive bar and state of the art media stations. Zeus’ aft garage contains an extensive list of tenders and toys and opens hydraulically at the push of a button. Two heated Jacuzzis on the aft and foredecks also double as sunbathing pads. Price tag: 27,500,000 Euros.


Lone Ranger at sea

LONE RANGER 255ft (78m) Virtually every yacht at the show is highly luxurious, but there is far more to Lone Ranger than just comfort. With a steel hull it was originally a tug designed to tow oilrigs and stricken vessels across the world’s oceans. The Lone Ranger offers the ideal platform for anyone wanting to explore the farthest flung corners of the world. The rugged exterior conceals superb accommodation for 10 guests and all the luxury trappings to be expected on a superyacht, with a host of tenders and toys. There is an onboard gym swimming pool and even a basketball court! With a range of 31,000 miles, the Lone Ranger is capable of a non-stop circumnavigation at a speed of 15 knots. Price: $20,000,000



FOILED 36ft (11m): The Infiniti 36GT pocket rocket may have been the smallest sailing yacht at the show but it was most certainly eye catching! Lymington based designer Hugh Welbourn is a leading experts on foils, and his Dynamic Stability System is designed to create more righting moment without increasing the weight of the yacht. ‘Foiled’ has been blasting around the Mediterranean all summer. Welbourn has been refining the technology for years, and yacht designers are starting to take the patented new technology very seriously.


We could go on… the range of boats, as ever, was impressive, the interiors were beyond sumptuous, and the designs oozed glamour. What we can say is that James Bond would be very much at home at the Monaco Yacht Show!


Louay Habib

Louay Habib is a freelance journalist and broadcaster based in the UK who writes for some of the most prestigious magazines and clubs all over the world, including the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Volvo Ocean Race.