|10 Best Lessons Learned at the 2012 MYBA Charter Show in Genoa, Italy|
The charter market is starting to show signs of improvement after several years of global economic downturn. The majority of yachts at this year’s show already had several weeks of charter booked for the upcoming summer season.
Tai Ping silk carpets are a new must-have megayacht décor item. They were seen aboard at two of the biggest new builds at the show, the 196-foot CRN Darlings Danama (with Camper and Nicholsons International) and the 242-foot Nobiskrug Mogambo (with Hill Robinson).
Great charter yachts never go out of style. The 144-foot Palmer Johnson motoryacht Four Wishes, a 2004 build with Fraser Yachts Worldwide, has so many repeat clients that they represent 80 percent of all bookings each year.
Cool charter opportunities are out there. The 102-foot JFA expedition motoryacht Axantha II is currently for sale, and Neo Yachting says the owner is looking for charter clients who want to test the yacht out over long distances in unique destinations.
There is something for everyone in charter. The 176-foot Admiral motoryacht Sea Force One, with Ocean Independence, looks like a floating Museum of Modern Art thanks to an eclectic, neon-filled interior décor.
Great chefs turn heads. Top brokers were raving about a six-course tasting dinner aboard the 194-foot Benetti motoryacht Meamina, with YPI Group. The Pecorino Toscana cheese course was apparently out of this world.
You can look sexy in Spain this summer. The 70-foot Sunreef powercatamaran Abuelo is legal to charter in the Balearic Isles and will absolutely turn heads with her unique, bright-red hull.
Art can be a serious investment in time. The owners of the 169-foot Alloy sailing yacht Prana (ex-Kokomo, through Fraser Yachts Worldwide) hired a Russian artist to live aboard for nearly a month to get the vibe of the new interior décor and produce artwork that is worthy of the yacht’s new style.
A motoryacht’s name can be misleading. The 163-foot Benetti motoryacht Platinum, with Burgess Yachts, is actually filled with gold. That includes a more than 2-foot-tall, 24-carat gold panther in the main salon, where the cat wears a Swarovski crystal collar and leash.
Brand names can also be misleading. The 111-foot sailing yacht Annagine, with Ocean Independence, was built by a little-known entity called J.O.M. It’s actually a company formed by the owner right up the street from famed Dutch shipyards Holland Jachtbouw and Jongert, from which the owner “borrowed” craftsmen during the recession.