Top 6 trends we expect to see at Monaco Yacht Show 2016

Bigger yachts and more of them

With less than a month to go until the Monaco Yacht Show, the vast majority of the must-see yachts heading to MYS 2016 have been confirmed and a few key trends have started to emerge.

For starters, the yachts themselves are larger than ever before with this year’s largest yacht on display, the Royal Huisman schooner Athena (pictured above) measuring in at 79 metres — 90 metres if you include the bowsprit. Either way, she eclipses the largest yacht at the 2015 show, the 77 metre Silver Fast.

And she’s not alone, with ten more yachts over 65 metres heading to Monaco 2016, up from just five yachts in this size bracket last year.

Sailing yachts on the rise

This year has seen a general revival in the sailing superyacht sector, with several high profile new yacht launches and sales, and that is reflected in the line-up of sailing yachts heading to the Monaco Yacht Show.

The 70 metre Perini Navi ketch Sybaris (pictured above) leads the way, while the 48.15 metre Arzana Navi sloop Nativa is also bigger than last year’s largest sailing yacht at MYS, the 43.31 metre Royal Huisman sloop Sea Eagle.

Beach clubs are a must-have

We expect to see more beach clubs on superyachts than ever before at Monaco, continuing a trend that has been gathering momentum for several years now.

The 67.5 metre Icon (pictured above) is a great example of this, with a fold-out transom that can create an enormous sun lounging space just metres away from the aft-deck swimming pool.

Showgoers will also hope to catch a glimpse of the brand new 70 metre Heesen Yachts flagship _Galactica Super Nova _and her clever beach club design, which features two fold-down sections to create 44 square metres of extra deck space.

And it’s not just the yachts over 50 metres that are getting in on the trend, with the Wider 150 fitting an ample beach club into its 46 metre length by relocating the engine room to the bow.

Explorer yacht design is trickling down

Last year’s show was seen by many as when explorer yacht design came of age, with several globe-trotting superyachts on display. This year we can see this rugged aesthetic has been trickling down to some of the smaller offerings at the show.

Sanlorenzo’s new 460EXP series is a great example of this; with hull number two X going on display at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show. The influence of explorer yachts can also be seen in some of the support vessels heading to Port Hercules, such as Lynx Yachts’ YXT 20 and the latest Damen 5009 shadow boat Fast & Furious.

Designers are thinking big

In keeping with the trend for larger yachts at the show, many superyacht designers have upped the ante with some enormous yacht designs due to go on display.

Notable concepts at the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show include the 111 metre Nobiskrug Ascendance by Andy Waugh (pictured above) and the 92 metre Ninety Two from Chinese yard Pride Mega Yachts.

Huge windows add the wow factor

Superyacht designers are always trying to let in more natural light and the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show will show several different solutions.

Ouranos by Admiral Yachts takes a two-tiered approach to this challenge, with a double-height central window that connects the main deck and upper deck saloons.

Meanwhile, Overmarine has created a more lateral answer with the first Mangusta Oceano 42, which features a swooping sheerline that dips down towards the stern to reveal floor-to-ceiling glazing in the main saloon.