As the sun begins to set on summer on the French Riviera, the annual Cannes Yachting Festival played host to nearly 700 luxury boats from 5 to 50m in the ultimate display of opulence and innovation. This year’s yacht show, held at the picturesque Vieux Port and Port Canto, brought together enthusiasts, industry leaders, and curious onlookers for an unforgettable display of maritime magnificence.
A key takeaway this year were several indications of an increasing consumer appetite for larger yachts. The event showcased a prevailing trend of increasing size in new yacht models, both in terms of length and overall volume. This trend extended to smaller-sized segments as well, as several brands announced plans for new models nearing the 24-meter mark. For instance, Italian shipyard Cantiere del Pardo unveiled designs for a 22.3-meter Van Dutch flagship, scheduled to make its global debut at the 2024 Cannes Yachting Festival.
INNOVATIVE TECH: NAVIGATING THE FUTURE OF YACHTING
The marriage of technology and yachting reached new heights at this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival. A boundary-breaking development met with enthusiasm is the integration of artificial intelligence and smart automation systems into yachts which has been promised to make yachting safer and more enjoyable. Imagine a yacht that could anticipate your preferences, adjust climate control, and even chart the perfect course based on weather conditions.
Many exhibitors showcased prototypes and concepts that hinted at a greener future for the yacht industry. In addition, advancements in hull design and materials promised enhanced fuel efficiency and speed, making for more exhilarating voyages.
NEW WATER TOYS: THRILLS BEYOND THE HORIZON
For those seeking excitement beyond the confines of the yacht, the show presented an array of ever-increasingly sporty, technical and eco-friendly water toys on display.
Seabob’s latest and most powerful of F5 models, the F5 SR, stole the show with its sleek design and advanced technology. With a top speed of 20 km/h and a diving depth of 40 meters, this is a thrilling choice for fun underwater exploration. Meanwhile, Flite’s new Flitescooter diversifies their range further, offering even more stability for new riders who want to leisurely cruise.
Sales and Charter Broker, Valentina, spent time onboard CORAL OCEAN. ‘An incredibly luxurious onboard experience is the result of one of the industry’s most impressive refits. Aside from extensive entertainment facilities and an outstanding crew of 22, she is widely known to house an incredible selection of latest toys. Being onboard was a joyous celebration.’
NEW DEBUT YACHTS: ELEGANCE AND INNOVATION IN HARMONY
The Cannes Yachting Festival is renowned for being the grand stage where the world’s most illustrious shipbuilders unveil their latest creations which push the boundaries of design and technology, and 2023 was no exception.
For Tatiana, one such marvel was Ferretti Yachts’ 1000 SKYDECK. ‘Centered around the exclusive upper-deck lounge, this debut model is the embodiment of distinction. With seamless access from the upper aft-deck to foredeck, she has been designed for unparalleled outdoor living and wellbeing.’
The Cannes Yachting Festival 2023 proved to be a resounding success, captivating visitors with its display of new debut yachts, innovative technology, and thrilling water toys. The event showcased the industry’s dedication to crafting unforgettable experiences on the open seas, setting the course for a future where luxury, sustainability, and adventure intertwine seamlessly. Whether you’re a seasoned yachtsman or a dreamer on the shore, this festival was a testament to the enduring allure of life on the water.