Notes From The Editor

Week Ending 25th of February 2011

(Eclipse photo by Amund Hestveen)

I think it’s safe to say that this week has presented us with a very interesting and very positive set of events. As witnesses to these occurrences over the last week or so, we can already piece together a number of industry firsts that have occurred for both the superyacht industry and Superyachts.com.

Just one example of what I mean by the term ‘industry first’ is the brand-new line of 32m-46m luxury vessels from Vicem Yachts. By beginning construction on these sleek and sporty designs, Vicem is a shipyard which has entered into the superyacht market in style by embracing the construction of larger yachts.

Sanlorenzo proudly announced to the world that they had sold their first yachts of the year, four of them to be precise, at the first two yacht shows of 2011.

An update from New Zealand informed us that the Southern Hemisphere’s largest sailing yacht was launched this week, offering spectators a unique sight as the 67m record-breaking yacht, Vertigo, entered the water for the first time.

However, the truly remarkable superyacht Eclipse returned to the front-pages this week and offered the biggest news of all. For the first time ever, the largest and most secretive yacht in the world was made available for charter through SuperYachtsMonaco – a major industry movement as the charter market has now added a brand-new string to its bow.

Speaking to Jim Evans from SuperYachtsMonaco in their Monaco office a few weeks ago, he informed me that the demand for vessels of this stature is high. I can’t speculate the kinds of individuals who will be aiming to charter Eclipse around the Caribbean this summer, however I can only assume that this particular superyacht will draw a lot of attention.

At the crux of industry firsts is the 2011 Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show. It wasn’t the first edition of the show, not by a long shot; however it was the perfect place for Superyachts.com to host their very first event aboard the incredible 49m superyacht Remember When.

After launching in December 2009, we have come a long way from the days of our inception. Due to the success of the first Superyachts.com event, we are now planning more events, going to more boat shows and working to bring you the freshest updates, the best content and the most comprehensive insight into the superyacht industry.

(Eclipse photo by Amund Hestveen)

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    By: B. Roberts
    Published: 25th Feb 2011

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