Next week sees the inaugural edition of The Superyacht Show, a consumer-exclusive event pledging to change the way buyers and charterers learn about their options. Nearly two dozen superyachts will be rolling out the red carpet for them to do so, too.
The Superyacht Show takes place May 2 to 5 in Barcelona. It’s a buyer and charterer event because members of the Large Yacht Brokers Association (LYBRA), a trade organization, wanted customers to have more quality time with them at a show. While plenty of yacht shows exist, they’re b-to-b as much as they’re b-to-c. In addition, the event is only open to clients of the nine LYBRA member companies. (Those members are Burgess, Camper & Nicholsons, Edmiston, Fraser Yachts, IYC, Merle Wood & Associates, Northrop & Johnson, Ocean Independence, and Yachtzoo.) This keeps the overall crowds manageable.
So, too, does keeping the number of yachts purposely limited. Here are five of about 20 yachts expected to be on display.
1. Alfa Nero. As of press time, Alfa Nero is the largest yacht set to appear at The Superyacht Show, available for charter. LOA is 267 feet (81.27 meters), which was strikingly large for her era. Delivery took place in 2007, from Oceanco. Similarly, several other aspects about Alfa Nero caught people’s attention, and continue to do so. For one, there’s her performance, capable of a reported 20 knots. In addition, while we all expect to see pools aboard big yachts these days, a decade ago it was anything but common. Furthermore, Alfa Nero’s pool occupies significant deck space. It’s 23 feet (7 meters) long and 11’5” (3.5 meters) wide.
2. Joy. The 230-foot (70-meter) Joy (above) might just inspire someone to commission his or her first superyacht. Why? Because she’s her owner’s first yacht. For charter, Joy reflects the art of architecture as much as the sheer fun of life afloat. If you get aboard at The Superyacht Show, ask about how the owner and guests indulge in a game of pick-up basketball on the foredeck. Also ask about how the beach club doubles as a disco.
3. Saint Nicolas. The same LOA as Joy, Saint Nicolas shows off classically elegant interiors for 12 passengers to enjoy. She’s solely a private yacht, something making her extra attractive to extra-discriminating potential buyers. Her captain could probably take you on a tour while he’s blindfolded. He’s been in charge of her for the past nine of her 11 years afloat.
4. Okto. The 218-foot (66.4-meter) Okto (at top) is one of the most popular yachts we’ve ever featured on MegayachtNews.com. In fact, our article on Okto’s delivery in 2014 was among the most-read stories that year. A few things make her stand out. For example, when ISA Yachts came up with the concept of a maxi open on a displacement hull, no one had ever seen it. The idea was to blend the alfresco benefits of a maxi with the comfort and range benefits of a displacement yacht. Also, despite her profile, she’s four decks high.
5. Aphrodite A. Lest we forget about sailing superyachts, The Superyacht Show will have at least one, Aphrodite A. Vitters Shipyard delivered her in 1999. Featuring a bright red hull, this sloop is nearly 141 feet (43 meters) in length. A cozy lower saloon and upper saloon, the latter with the formal dining area, let guests spread out when they’re not outdoors.