Whilst there was one fewer boat ordered this year, the 2015 Global Order Book does reveal that the total length of superyachts under construction has increased. Like last year, the historic yards have more orders and we have a record number of very, very large superyachts in build. With 734 yachts on the order books, the average size of superyachts under construction is 41 metres.
There are some trends highlighted in the 2015 Global Order book: one is the continuing desire for semi-custom production, which is growing in the UK and China. Another is the appetite for expedition super yachts, orders for which are up on the 2014 numbers and – for the first time – are more popular than open yachts.
All signs point to a positive view of the superyacht industry, with solid numbers supporting this positivity.