For 28 years, the big guns of the nautical industry have congregated on the pocket-sized Principality of Monaco every September. The Monaco Yacht Show 2018 will be no exception, where 40 new models are to be presented in a world debut alongside hundreds of superyachts vying for your attention as they park tightly on the postcard-perfect Port Hercules.
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Here are some things you can expect at the highly anticipated Monaco Yacht Show 2018, happening from September 26-29:
Visitor count and exhibition space size
On average, around 30,000 visitors from around the globe converge on the Cote D’Azur hotspot for this annual event. This year, the show will host 580 exhibitors and 120 superyachts within roughly 9,000 sq m of exhibition space.
The main location undergoing a restructure by the Principality of Monaco is Quai des Etats-Unis. This quay, which saw a variety of other yachting-related companies in the past, will now be dedicated to naval architects, shipyards and brokers right next to their yachts on display in the water.
Average yacht lengths and average age
The Monaco Yacht Show has a longstanding rep for showcasing great quality superyachts each year that average close to 50m in size overall. About 60 of the yachts exhibited are less than two years old, according to Gaëlle Tallarida, general manager of the Monaco Yacht Show.
The largest of them all?
The 90m Oceanco superyacht they’ve christened Dar (formerly known as Shark). Built in Netherlands at the Alblasserdam shipyard, she was recently delivered to her owner but will make her way to the Show for display only. According to Oceanco, Dar will not be available for public viewings. Viewings can be arranged for potential clients who express an interest in purchasing the megayacht model.
Bigger and better Tenders & Toys zone
The brand-new exhibition area, launched just last year, is devoted entirely to yacht tenders and the trendiest water toys on the market. This year, the display will occupy a bigger space as it takes on three times more exhibitors, where yacht owners and future clients will be able to choose their tenders from among a variety of products.
The Sapphire and the Summit
The Sapphire Experience is the VIP package of the Monaco Yacht Show, and it will provide tailored services including a tour of the Monaco Bay by private boat, invitations to exclusive events, such as the Monaco Yacht Summit and Opening Gala, and a concierge service to organise private visits to superyachts of your interest.
2nd annual Monte Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean
The Monte Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean will return after a successful, star-studded first run in 2017. Taking place on September 26 to coincide with the Monaco Yacht Show, the 2018 Gala will see familiar faces such as Orlando Bloom, Hugh Grant, Pierce Brosna, Goldie Hawn and Madonna. Last year’s VIP was none other than conservation buff Leonardo DiCaprio. The Gala supports the work of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, which funds marine conservation projects and schemes to help fight plastic pollution.