Cannes and Monaco Yacht Show Review | TJB Super Yachts

Our top tips from the September boat shows

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We’ve got the wind in our sails now that we’re back from two of the world’s most prestigious boat shows. The Cannes Yachting Festival and the Monaco Yacht Show mark the end of the summer yachting season and the start of the winter yachting season. It would be fair to say that much of the focus this year was on size. In Monaco, AHPO was the largest yacht ever exhibited, and at 115m she dwarfed her neighbours in Port Hercules. CORAL OCEAN had a similar effect at Cannes, with all 70m of her polished hull sparkling in the sunshine. 

Cannes and Monaco highlight the extraordinary calibre we can expect from the yachting industry for 2023 and beyond. For TJB Super Yachts, these yacht shows are opportunities for our brokers to get on board hundreds of yachts and personally inspect the yacht sales and charter market for our clients. We met Captains and their crew, shipyards and industry colleagues to hand-pick the perfect selection of yachts and designs that meet the individual needs of our clients. It was also a chance to arrange private yacht viewings with our clients, advising them on the yachts on display. 


Cannes and Monaco left no doubt that we will continue to experience longer than usual waiting times for new-build yachts. The reality is that we are unlikely to see many new builds available before 2024 or even 2025. Demand for new-build yachts spiked to unprecedented levels during the pandemic, and there are no signs that demand is waning. That said, we are seeing some new-build cancellations occurring more recently, so please do reach out to us if you are interested in new-build


The excellent news for pre-owned yacht sales is that our brokers inspected several fabulous yachts available for purchase today. If you are considering cruising the Caribbean this winter or the Mediterranean next summer on your very own dream superyacht, some stunning superyachts are looking for owners right now. We suggest getting in touch soon before they are sold, as these yachts are fantastic for private use and as investments to charter out. 

We loved DAMOON at the Cannes Yachting Festival. The Sanlorenzo SL 96 Asymmetric 29m yacht is a new boat (she was delivered in 2021), and she is in immaculate condition. Our Sales and Charter Broker, Angus Cook, spent an hour on board talking with her captain and inspecting each cabin with a fine tooth comb. 


In the last couple of years, interior designers in the yachting industry have moved away from traditional dark wood and heavy interiors. Owners are looking for contemporary designs, and charter guests want to board a yacht that is not overpowering in its idiosyncratic detail. We were mesmerised by many of the yacht interiors at Cannes and Monaco this year. Designers such as Pulina Exclusive Interiors, the team behind the stunning interiors of the 62m superyacht, RIO, are opting for a sophisticated beach vibe, that perfectly balances the joy and colour of sun-drenched sailing. 

NORTHERN ESCAPE stood out to us at Cannes as one to watch. The 40m Benetti is new to the fleet this year, and she is one of our favourite yachts to charter for 2023. Designer Bonetti/Kozerski has maximised the natural light that floods in from floor-to-ceiling windows and given her pockets of charm with stunning artwork but left enough room for guests to make their own interpretations. Charter guests can step on board and feel immediately at home. She is almost fully booked for yacht charters in August, but there is still space for July. Get in touch quickly! 


The adventure area and innovation design hub at the Monaco Yacht Show were brimming with tantalising designs and water toys. We loved the lineup of submersibles uniquely designed for the yachting sector so that anyone can take the helm after just a couple of weeks of training. Private submersibles allow guests to reach new underwater worlds 100 – 2300 metres below the surface of the ocean, and the technology has come in leaps and bounds in recent years. 


What stood out to us at Monaco was the unmissable link between innovative yacht design and a more sustainable future for the yachting industry. With a dedicated sustainability hub next to the innovation exhibition, the two concepts will work together to improve our impact on marine life. Sustainability is a core value at TJB Super Yachts, and we gathered important contacts and intelligence from the Monaco Yacht Show that will help us improve how we operate more consciously as a company and how we design yachting adventures for our clients. 


Between our international team of brokers, we inspected nearly 100 yachts at Cannes and Monaco, so refining our list to just a few favourites is an impossible task (but we’ll try). 

GIRAUD stood out to Jamie Swaine, our Sales Manager as a fantastic opportunity for a yacht purchase. He was impressed by her contemporary interiors, beautiful artwork, and exceptional living spaces. She has a brilliant crew, and Jamie couldn’t fault any aspect of this stunning 40m superyacht for sale. He was also extremely impressed with the 60m Amels, COME TOGETHER. She is for sale, and a stand-out example of the new 60m range from Amels. 

Elandess, Lind and Soaring grabbed the attention of our CEO, Tim Johnson in Monaco. He loved their faultless designs and beautiful interiors.

The talk of the Monaco Yacht Show might have been AHPO, the colossal 115m motor yacht that shadowed anything close to her in Port Hercules. However, for Jeroen Out, our Head of Operations and Partner, it was KENSHO that stole hearts and minds. Our team agreed, and they braved the choppy waters on a bumpy tender ride to view her at anchor – it was worth every drop of ocean spray. We also had plenty of fun on PINK GIN, the world’s largest carbon fibre sloop-rigged sailing yacht.

For your next yacht charter in the Mediterranean, our Charter Broker, Charlie Bush loved K2. She is new to the charter market and in excellent condition. She has five large and stylish cabins and plenty of deck space for entertaining and soaking up the Mediterranean sunshine. Charlie inspected her top to bottom and was impressed with her design inside and out. 

In Cannes, Angus Cook agreed that the hype behind CORAL OCEAN was worth it. He loved her soothing interiors by the British Design team Bannenberg & Rowell, and fabulous outdoor spaces. 



Tim Johnson, Jamie Swaine, Nicole Haboush and Megan Cashmore will be in Florida for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show from the 26th – 30th of October. Get in touch to arrange personal or virtual yacht viewings. 

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