icon_arrow_down icon_arrow_left icon_arrow_left_large icon_arrow_right icon_arrow_right_large icon_arrow_up icon_bullet_arrow icon_call icon_close icon_facebook icon_googleplus icon_grid_off icon_instagram icon_login icon_mail icon_menu icon_message icon_minus icon_pinterest icon_plus icon_quote_end icon_quote_start icon_refresh icon_search icon_tick_on icon_twitter icon_video_play icon_youtube

Sign up to our mailing list for the latest Boat International & Events news.

SIGN UP

Missing your newsletter?

If you’ve unsubscribed by mistake and would like to continue to hear about the latest Boat International & Events news, update your preferences now and let us know which emails you’d like to receive.

UPDATE NOW
No, thanks
'Premium Superyachts To Enter Market Following COVID-19', Burgess CEO Claims

'Premium Superyachts To Enter Market Following COVID-19', Burgess CEO Claims

Some of the industry's top superyachts could be listed for sale as a result of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, Burgess chief executive Jonathan Beckett has said.

Beckett spoke with BOAT International as part a new series of informative interviews titled At Home with BOAT. In episode one of the new series, BOAT International editor Stewart Campbell sat down with Beckett to discuss how the pandemic is affecting the brokerage market.

At Home With BOAT - Jonathan Beckett, CEO Burgess

While acknowledging the difficulties arising from the pandemic, Beckett emphasised throughout the discussion one positive result of the outbreak: that buyers can anticipate some top superyachts to enter the sales market over the coming months. Speaking to Campbell from his home, Beckett said “interestingly, we listed about seven or eight boats for sale last week”, adding that for people who might have been thinking about selling before, “the virus was the trigger”.

Beckett clarified that this influx of sales was due to superyacht owners realising that “they’re clearly not going to be using their boat for the next couple of months”. And while the charter market may stay quiet for the time being, Beckett confirmed that buyers can expect that “some good boats are coming on stream”.

Adressing the issue of superyacht charters amid the coronavirus pandemic, Beckett admitted that although “Med charters were 10% up from any previous year” at the end of February, “charter, as we know, has sort of fallen of the edge of a cliff. No one wants to be on a boat right now."

However, Beckett said that Burgess was managing a few charters lasting between eight and 10 weeks for families wanting to isolate on a superyacht. “It’s a great place to go, to anchor somewhere in an exotic location with your family, even if you can’t move the boat around." Beckett also revealed that a number of Burgess' crew are still quarantined at sea during lockdown and said the broker had issued advice to crew.

Speaking specifically about Burgess, Beckett said that although the current climate is “obviously extremely disturbing from a health point of view and from a business point of view” the brokerage firm, which has offices in the US, Australia and Asia, was already well set up for remote working.

Beckett implied that the superyacht event season could be disturbed up until the Monaco Yacht Show in September and suggested the industry might be permanently changed by the coronavirus crisis. "When we come out of this, we are all going to be working in a slightly different way and probably a smarter way," he said.

For more episodes from At Home with BOAT, click here.

Upgrade your account
Your account at BOAT International doesn't include a BOAT Pro subscription. Please subscribe to BOAT Pro in order to unlock this content.
Subscribe More about BOAT Pro