2013 saw an increased demand for larger tonnage yachts from clients, and as such it is not surprising that the largest five yachts sold were mostly within the 70m range.
The largest yacht also carries the most interesting sales process as it was sold at auction back in April. Completed in 1973 at Schichau GmbH Bremerhaven, and refit in 1997, 77.7m Lone Ranger was the only yacht to be sold at the Prestige Yacht Auction which took place at the Antibes Yacht Show (which SuperyachtNews.com covered here). After completing two round-the-world trips with her owners, she received a number of bids before going to her new owners.
March saw the sale of 2006 Delta Marine built Laurel. Measuring in at 73.15m, she was listed through Stuart Larsen and Josh Gulbranson of Fraser Yachts and sold in house with an asking price of $79,500,000.
Following close behind is the 72m Red Square. Completed by Dunya Yachts in 2012, she was listed through Russell Crump of YPI and Dunya Yachts, at €63,500,000. She was one of the largest yachts on display at the Monaco Yacht Show this year and was sold on site through the YPI team.
Rounding out the 70m+ range was the 2000 Benetti built Reverie. Measuring 70m, she was jointly listed through Michael White and Peter Thompson of Ocean Independence, Burgess and Merle Wood & Associates. Priced at $49,500,000, Penumbra Marine introduced the buyer in the deal.
Narrowly missing the 70m category is 69m Tu Moana. Built in 2003 at Austal, she was listed through Russell Crump of YPI, Burgess and Seaminds. With an asking price of €6,500,000, Burgess and Seaminds represented the buyer in the transaction.
While the industry awaits the final sales of 2013, brokers are remaining optimistic for further growth and stronger sales in 2014.
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