Return of the Yacht Show: Best Superyacht Debuts of 2021
After the flurry of cancellations and postponements of 2020, 2021 marked the return of the in-person yacht show. Despite a lower turnout at seminal events such as the Monaco Yacht Show due to lingering travel restrictions, this year’s yachting calendar was studded with a few exceptional debuts from world-class superyacht builders.
VIVA - Monaco Yacht Show
Although this year’s Monaco Yacht Show played host to a series of outstanding debuts, it is the 94m Feadship superyacht VIVA who we feel best encapsulates the spirit of large superyacht build today. One of the largest yachts at the show, VIVA’s advanced hybrid propulsion system was born from her owner’s desire to maintain the same environmental output as on his 62m Feadship. Symbolic of all that shipbuilders can do to offset the carbon footprint of the large superyacht sector, VIVA is also fitted with an onboard waste treatment plant and effective heat recovery systems. Her eco-conscious philosophy makes no dent on her sophisticated exterior design of course, which is penned by Azure and Feadship de Voogt.
VICTORIOUS - Monaco Yacht Show
At 85m, VICTORIOUS became the largest Turkish built superyacht when she was launched earlier this year by Akyacht, seizing the top spot from 80m Bilgin Yachts’ TATIANA. Available for sale and charter with Burgess, VICTORIOUS was undoubtedly one of the most unforgettable superyachts debuting at the show, flaunting an effortlessly cool explorer profile by Michael Leach Design. After being picked up in 2016 as an unfinished project that first began in 2007, supercar aficionado Vural Ak founded Akyacht in order to complete the build and realise VICTORIOUS’ full potential. Ak’s automotive enthusiasm shines through the yacht’s Formula 1-themed cabins, and of course the convertible Bentley Continental perched atop her bow for the duration of the show.
BOARDWALK - FLIBS
Proving 2021 an outstanding year for the Dutch shipyard, Feadship’s 77m BOARDWALK is our top pick for best debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this October. Delivered in 2021, BOARDWALK was amongst just a few of the large superyachts exhibited by European shipyards at this year’s show due to travel restrictions, and exhibits a different side to Feadship’s shipbuilding personality that rarely gets to shine. Eschewing the latest trends and opting for a more classic design, BOARDWALK nonetheless enjoys the best in modern amenities including a certified helipad, beach club gym and owner’s suite.
TRIUMPH - ACYM
The largest superyacht at the Antigua Charter Yacht Show this year, Benetti’s 65m full custom superyacht TRIUMPH undoubtedly turned heads as she made her show debut after launching earlier this year. Penned by Giorgio Cassetta, TRIUMPH is a purpose-built charter yacht with an interior akin to an art exhibition. Sold earlier this year by Royal Yacht International’s Manuele Thiella, TRIUMPH features original artwork by celebrated British photographer David Yarrow, large curved windows and six decks of decadence - offering more volume than previous Benetti launches in the same size range.
"The owner’s ‘less is more’ philosophy has influenced every aspect of the design inside and out, with an abundance of clean lines."