The 2023 MYBA Charter Show took place last month in the yachting hub of Barcelona. With an impressive fleet of 27 charter yachts on display, the show provided the ideal opportunity for Moravia Yachting’s retail charter team to survey the latest and greatest yachts on the market ahead of the Mediterranean summer season.
For Charter Broker Lea Tintaud, the 61.5m (201’9″) Amels CALYPSO stood out from the rest. “She has a magical soul,” Lea explains. “The explorer feel, double-level master cabin, spacious sundeck where the whole family can gather and vast array of toys on board make her an incredible charter yacht. The crew bring her to another level with engaging and fun activities – I felt at home and I’m sure clients would too.”
“The explorer feel, double-level master cabin, spacious sundeck where the whole family can gather and vast array of toys on board make her an incredible charter yacht.”
The 51m (167’4″) Feadship EMERALD was arguably the biggest surprise of the show. Lea had visited her when she was named MQ2, but now under new ownership and having completed an extensive 16-month refit, she is making her debut onto the charter market as an entirely different yacht. “What the new owners managed to do with the refit is truly impressive and it feels like she has regained her Feadship elegance and panache,” Lea comments.
Another attending yacht debuting on the charter market following a refit was the 63m (206’8″) Benetti ARTISAN. “With her sleek exterior lines and beautiful asymmetric interior design across 1,257 gross tonnes, she is classy yet cool and super spacious,” adds Lea. “You can tell that the crew are happy on board, which is the key ingredient to a successful charter!”
“You can tell that the crew are happy on board, which is the key ingredient to a successful charter!”
Such a congregation of charter yachts, central agents and brokers also provides a chance to gauge the latest dynamics occurring in the market. As the industry continues to face restrictions with certain nationalities, KYC procedures are a particular challenge for charter brokers to navigate. “Clients want a memorable holiday and sometimes it feels like an invasion of privacy with all the documents that are required to sign a contract,” advises Lea.
In terms of availability for this summer, there is still healthy availability for charters in the western Mediterranean compared to Greece or the Adriatic. “The lower VAT rates and absence of restrictions on anchorages mean clients and captains are more relaxed about chartering in Greek and Adriatic waters, which has translated into the best yachts being fully booked this summer,” concludes Lea.
For more details on any of the yachts mentioned, or to discuss your charter needs, please contact the Moravia team: email@example.com