Dutch super-yachts held firm in so-so years
LONDON _ After 4 iffy years, the super-yacht market is back. Boat International says Q4 of 2013 saw 107 super-yacht sales _ 50 in December alone, the highest monthly tally in 4 years. In all, 2013 yielded 353 sales, 81 more than in 2012. Of the world’s top 7 makers of custom-built super-yachts, 4 are Dutch: Amels, Feadship Royal Dutch Shipyards, Oceanco and Heesen Yachts.
“New construction is rosy, with 706 super-yachts under construction on Jan. 1, 2014, up from 680 on the same 2013 date,” says BI’s 2014 Global Order Book. “For the first time since 2009…the number of new (super-yacht) projects is higher than the previous year.”
In project numbers, Italy remains the world’s Nr. 1 builder, followed by the Netherlands and Turkey. The U.S. retains 4th place, but is losing ground to the U.K. New kids on the block: Taiwan (49 projects on Jan. 1; av. length: 31m) and Greece (5 yachts, av. length 82m).
The 2014 Global Order Book also shows that:
_ orders for +100m yachts rose from 14 in 2013 to 19. They include 4 sailing yachts (110.9 to 146.9m).
_ Dutch flagship projects include Feadship’s largest ever: a 102m motor yacht; Hakvoort Shipyard’s 63m explorer yacht and Oceanco’s 109.7m motor yacht and a 108m sailing yacht.
_ while large yachts catch the eye, they are “a small part of the yacht market.” In 2014 new orders in the 80-99ft segment will rise to 246, from 213 in 2013 _ up 15.5%!
_ While affluent Asians prize the quality of international builders, Chinese yards benefit from “prohibitive” taxes on imported yachts. “While this new market in Asia is good news for worldwide shipyards, it also means increased competition from new domestic builders.”
- Amels: 9 projects; total 580m; Av. Length: 64.3m
- Feadship: 8 projects: total 555m; Av. Length: 69.5m
- Heesen Yachts: 10 projects: total 477m; Av. Length: 47.8m
- Oceanco: 5 projects: total 498m; Av. Length: 99.7m