The new site will have a new design, marina guide, user-friendly search function, and an easier ability to contact the advertiser and to place an advert on the site.
The growth of websites such as this, globally, nationally and regionally are becoming of increasing importance as berthing space becomes of growing demand. The company identified some key trends in the berth, slip and mooring market. Co-founder, Daniel Wilde explained, “Traditionally the majority of enquiries on ultimateberths.com for superyacht berths have been in the Med. However, over the past couple of years and recently we have seen a rise in the searches/sales of berths in the UAE, Asia and Australia.”
This activity is in part spurred on by traditional hotspots approaching capacity and also developing superyacht infrastructure and facilities in marinas that are exempt from the milk-run, as they aim to attract superyachts to their waters. In both instances, there is an overwhelming need to accommodate this growth.
“Growth in the charter market and guests wanting to charter boats in more exclusive/private locations, has led to the development of new bespoke marinas catering exclusively to the 30m plus market in places such as Asia and South America,” Wilde said.
Wilde explained that there is evidence to suggest that most of the enquiries made for berths in new developments are to rent and not to buy, whereas the Med still favours the option to buy instead of rent.
He continued, “Overall we have seen the number of berths for sale on ultimateberths.com rise by about a third in the last 12 months and over the last 18 months that the average time that a listing remains on the site has dropped considerably, which suggests that there is a demand growing in the berth sales and rental markets.”
In addition, Wilde said "there has been a rise in berths being listed on the site for larger yachts in non-traditional marinas. And these marinas are offering incentives such as discounted prices, tax advantages and reciprocal rites to attract buyers."
Mooringspot, a mooring database for the Mediterranean, has claimed that Antibes has the largest concentration of yachts over 30m and state, “developers all over the Mediterranean are currently preparing for a new rush for berths. Despite the financial crisis and the downturn in yacht sales and new construction projects that followed September 2008, marina developers and owners are showing great confidence in what the future may bring.”
The rise of boat shows in Asia, the Middle East and South America, are also key to the development of marinas and berthing spots as this too will factor into the demand for berthing and will remain something, which the Mediterranean will continue to battle with as the stalwart yacht shows continue to grow.
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