When it comes to buying a superyacht, mostly owners will start with smaller yachts and progress in overall length towards owning production yachts; followed by their eventual goal of overseeing their personal custom-build.
Some owners get a head start having purchased superyachts on the brokerage market, but very few get to the top in one quick leap.
For some, boat ownership is something inherited in childhood. Small children grow up enjoying the boating business on a yacht owned by their parents.
Owners find their way to ownership in various ways. Some have been dinghy sailors while others have gone fishing off the beach in a rib. Other owners admit to walking the docks in the marinas of the Cote d’Azure and being struck with boat envy after seeing others enjoy using their craft in the warm Mediterranean waters. Others have no idea they are even interested in boats when the sudden desire to own one hits them.
The bug that infects those who have a desire to own a yacht can take a quick and dramatic effect, but in other owners the condition can take longer to become apparent. One family were serial charter guests repeating with the same Captain every year even though he moved from yacht to yacht. Those same charter guests eventually ended up buying the yacht and retaining the services of their favourite Captain. As a team they are still together even though the latest yacht is 80 metres.
Perhaps one of the best ways is to visit the Monaco Yacht Show that this year will unveil an outstanding fleet of 120 superyachts. This year visitors coming to Monaco will also find around 40 new luxury yachts making their world debuts.
From 26 to 29 September 2018, visitors will find an exhibition fully dedicated to the superyacht lifestyle: the majority of top superyacht builders, the leading yacht designers and brokerage houses will exhibit on the water; the luxury manufacturers and top-ofthe- range service suppliers will showcase their knowhow.