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Henry Craven-Smith Sales Broker, London ARE SAILING YACHTS REALLY OLD FASHIONED? Right now, for the first time in the history of superyachting, there are an unprecedented number of sailing megayachts under construction. While activity is slow in the 50 to 70 metre range, above that, something incredible is happening, with no fewer than seven sailing vessels over 80 metres currently contracted or under construction. These massive projects are pioneering new rig design, new technology, new materials. There are very exciting times ahead in the top sector of the sailing yacht market. It might seem counter-intuitive in the current climate, but growth in this segment proves that there are still people who are intent on making a statement. The cutting edge technology of today’s mega sailing yachts certainly adds to their appeal, and there might be a green agenda at play too, with these wind-powered giants. Another factor is that shipyards are offering some attractive incentives. “There are some good value build slots and short lead times available now,” says Craven-Smith. “If you have been contemplating a new build, there has never been a better time.” DREAM ON 38.1m (125.1ft) URSA YACHTS, 2008 €8,250,000 KESTREL 32.4m (106.3ft) AGANLAR, 2012 €6,250,000 DEEP STORY 45.2m (148.2ft) ORKUN YACHTING, 2012 €17,495,000 MARI CHA III 44.7m (146.7ft) SENSATION YACHTS, 1997 US$12,950,000 GLADIUS 38.7m (126.9ft) CANTIERI DI PISA, 2007 €7,000,000 PENDENNIS CUSTOM #3 29.1m (95.5ft) PENDENNIS SHIPYARD LTD Price on application BIG ZIP 43.3m (142ft) TRINITY YACHTS INC, 2010 US$22,000,000 { 43 }


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