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APRIL FOOL 61m (200ft) FEADSHIP, ROYAL VAN LENT, 2006 US$59,950,000 If you want the best choice, choose now. A buyer’s market doesn’t last forever. “ BATON ROUGE 62.5m (205.1ft) ICON YACHTS, 2010 Price on application PLATINUM 49.9m (164ft) BENETTI, 2009 €19,950,000 CANDYSCAPE II 61.8m (202.8ft) VIAREGGIO SUPERYACHTS, 2009 Price on application Rupert Nelson Sales Director, Monaco WILL THE SUPERYACHT MARKET EVER REALLY RECOVER? It is only human to imagine that today’s conditions will prevail forever, and buyers may assume that today’s bonanza of yachts for sale will never dry up. Rupert Nelson, who has been brokering deals with Burgess for over 20 years, has seen it all before. “This is the best time in over a decade to buy a yacht. Buyers are in a strong position, but they need to use it, or lose it! There are only so many pedigree yachts, and as each one is sold it makes it harder to acquire the next one.” Nobody at Burgess is predicting a boom, or even a return to pre-2008 levels. But the present situation is surely time-limited. The emerging markets have a growing appetite for brand new, high quality yachts and it is worth remembering that the last boom in yachting began with a surge in demand for the latest new builds. “At Burgess we have bucked the trend,” points out Nelson, “selling more yachts over 40 metres year-on-year in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Yacht ownership is an exclusive club and there are a finite number of boats out there. The sun is shining – go yachting!” superyachts for sale NOT FOR SALE TO US RESIDENTS WHILE IN US WATERS NOT FOR SALE TO US RESIDENTS WHILE IN US WATERS { 36 }


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