The first day began at Alexander Girardi Hall with coffee and registration. Guests were then invited to the auditorium, where the event was officially inaugurated by Shirley Robertson OBE.
BOAT’s editor-in-chief Stewart Campbell kicked off the day with a detailed insight into the state of the superyacht market with data powered by BOATPro. Campbell shone a spotlight on the growth of the fleet between 1900 and 2023, the destination trends of the superyacht fleet around the world, and the future of the market with insights from the Global Order Book. The data indicated a decline in speculative builds suggesting “the appetite for getting on the water as soon as possible is undimmed”. Campbell also provided a closer look at the brokerage market, which shows growth compared to previous years, but isn’t yet toppling the figures of 2021. “I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like 2021,” he added.