Thus far, 2021 continues to be a banner year for everything yachting and with summer upon us, many people are out on the water enjoying their yachts around the globe. Northrop & Johnson has its finger on the pulse of the industry and has rounded up the hottest highlights of superyacht news — from the latest yachts sold to the newest yachts for sale to the top charter yachts on the market — from the last 30 days.
The yachting industry continues to go from strength to strength, with interesting new models arriving on the market. Notably, United Arab Emirates-based Gulf Craft just launched the largest composite production yacht ever built, a 780-gross ton, 175-foot (53.3m) superyacht. Designed by Cristiano Gatto, hull one will have seven guest staterooms and six crew staterooms.
We are sad to report that the German shipyard Nobiskrug recently filed for insolvency. This shipyard has built several iconic superyachts, such as the 469-foot (142.81m) sailing yacht A and the 303-foot (92.4m) TATOOSH. However, some positive news has emerged as the insolvency administrators have appointed PWC to search for potential new investors.
In Turkey, the RMK shipyard has announced a new project in collaboration with the Dutch design firm Vripack. RMK has built several diverse yachts, such as the 171-foot (52m) sailing yacht NAZENIN V and the 148-foot (45m) superyacht CALLIOPE. With Vripack, the shipyard started construction on a 120-foot (37m) explorer yacht named SEVEN SEAS. The yacht is being built for long-distance cruising with a steel hull and a boat deck for two 24-foot (7.5m) tenders — she is sure to be a significant addition to the RMK fleet.
The brokerage market continues to show strength with an astonishing 84 sales recorded in the last 30 days. Northrop & Johnson is delighted to have brokered a number of these deals, including the 120-foot (37m) Benetti motor yacht TANUSHA, two Pershing yachts LOUNOR and AMJU, the 130-foot (39.7m) classic superyacht ARIONAS and many more.
Noteworthy industry sales for the month include a 190-foot (58m) new build project named T580 from the Italian shipyard Tankoa, which has a scheduled delivery for April 2024. Also, at 190-foot (58m), the Abeking & Rasmussen superyacht AMAR has just been sold. She was formerly named LADY SHERIDAN and was asking $34,950,000. In addition, the 147-foot (45m) Sunrise yacht ATOM was sold with a final asking price of $12,900,000. Built in 2014, the yacht will now be called AUDACES.
With such a hot market, it is no wonder why the yachts-for-sale fleet is growing. Several noteworthy additions include, the 190-foot (58m) Royal Huisman sailing yacht NGONI is now for sale and asking €45,000,000. Launched in 2017, this yacht is an iconic vessel designed by Dubois. Another iconic yacht now for sale is the 282-foot (86m) Oceanco superyacht SEVEN SEAS. Launched in 2010, she was designed by Nuvolari Lenard, has seven guest staterooms with a capacity for 28 crewmembers. The superyacht has an asking price of €131,000,000.
Another notable new addition to the sales market is the 190-foot (58m) Feadship HALO. Built in 2015, it is rare to find a Feadship of this size and age available for sale. Northrop & Johnson yacht brokers recently inspected her and are ready to give their feedback. Her asking price is €64,000,000.
Several interesting yachts entered the charter fleet recently. At Northrop & Johnson, we are pleased to welcome the 130-foot (39.7m) classic gentleman’s yacht ARIONAS to our charter offering. Showcasing five staterooms for up to 10 guests, the yacht has a crew of eight and is priced from €75,000 per week, plus expenses in the low season and €90,000 per week, plus expenses in the high season. She will be available in the Western Mediterranean.
The 139-foot (42.43m) Heesen LIFE SAGA also joined the world’s charter market. Accommodating 12 guests in five sumptuous staterooms and featuring a crew of eight, the yacht is currently lying in Italy and available for charters in the Western Mediterranean. The yacht charters for €110,000 per week, plus expenses in the high season and €100,000 per week in the low season.
The largest yacht to join the world’s charter fleet in the last 30 days is the impressive 201-foot (61.5m) Sanlorenzo CLOUD 9. This sensational superyacht offers an array of water toys and can accommodate 12 guests in seven staterooms. Delivered to her owner this year, CLOUD 9 charters from €525,000 per week, plus expenses.
As we move through the summer months, more and more people are entering the world of yachting either by buying their first yacht or by chartering for the first time. It’s a good sign for this industry, and all this activity is keeping our sales and charter brokers around the world very busy. We look forward to continued opportunities to help you enjoy your time on the water and hope to see you out making waves this summer.