Superyacht brokers and shipyards have revealed a positive start to 2016 with strong sales, continued growth and optimism. Burgess Yachts confirmed that greater revenue had been achieved in 2015, compared to 2014, Rupert Nelson, sales director explained, “This is a good sign for the overall market, and another positive factor is that in some cases we’re seeing as much as a 12-month reduction in the sales cycle. This year is looking very strong out of the blocks.” A number of superyacht shipyards revealed strong starts to 2016 including the Damen owned Amels, which currently has 10 Limited Editions superyachts and five SeaAxe Yacht Support vessels in build at its facilities, as of the end of February 2016.
Fellow Dutch shipyard Heesen Yachts, currently has 10 superyachts under construction, ranging from 47m to 70m in length. Speaking on behalf of the builder, Sara Gioanala said, “2016 is going to be a very exciting year for us as we’re going to launch the largest project to date, Kometa, a 70m superyacht.”
According to industry released figures, superyacht sales increased by 40% between 2014 and 2015. In line with this growth trend, Yachting Pages Media Group, Michelle Williams confirmed, “More and more marine businesses want to invest in advertising, because they can clearly see return on investment. Captains and crew are spending large amounts of money on supplies and services and they want to be found. In the newest edition of its annual Wealth Report, property agent Knight Frank also commented not only on the growth of sales in the superyacht industry, but also referred to the perception of yachting among ultra-high-net-worth individuals, “In a world where many UHNWIs are cash rich yet time poor, yachting continues to provide the ultimate sanctuary for privacy and an opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends.”