Superyacht Market Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Trends, Demand, Overview, Forecast 2026


Superyacht can be defined as a luxury yacht, which is motor powered or sail powered, with a set of professional crew and a loadline length of 24 meters or above used for sailing, charter, or other purposes. Increasing number of small-sized superyachts has led to introduction of terms such as megayacht (~75 meters) and gigayacht (above 90 meter), which has led to limit the elite (100m+) superyachts, among luxury yachts.

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Market Dynamics

Primary factor that impacts growth of the superyachts market is growing wealth of super-rich people in different regions. Increasing demand for charter superyacht by rich tourists propelled by rising global tourism expenditure boosts growth of the market. The number of ultra-high net-worth individuals, with net assets of at least US$ 30m, rose by 61% between 2005 and 2015 to 187,468 worldwide, according to Wealth Report, 2018, by Knight Frank (estate agent).

Increasing number of tourists in Europe and Asia Pacific region is turning to be the major driving factor for growth of the superyacht market

Growing tourism sector is one of the key driving factors for growth of the superyacht market in developed countries of Europe such as UK and Italy. For instance, according to World Travel and Tourism Council, the U.K. Travel & Tourism sector’s contribution to GDP was estimated around 6.2% in 2017, which is US$ 272.9 billion (GBP 214 billion) contribution to the overall GDP of UK.

Additionally, the rising spending in water-sports and recreational activities by international tourist and visitors, and high net-worth individuals in the UK has accelerated growth of the UK travel & tourism industry. According to World Travel and Tourism Council, in 2017, the international tourist and visitors’ spending increased by 7.9% from the spending of 2016. Hence, this growing tourism industry has accelerated demand for superyachts, which is expected to aid in growth of the superyacht market.

Global Superyacht Market Share By Region

North America is expected to hold the largest market share in the superyacht market followed by Europe, while Asia Pacific is expected to witness the fastest growth during the forecast period. Presence of large number of prominent boat manufacturers and boat maintenance & service providers in North America and increasing demand of 40-80 meter sailing and motor superyachts are some of the key factors driving growth of the market. In Asia Pacific, the highest growth can be attributed to the increasing number of tourists from emerging economies of Asia Pacific such as China and India.

Some of the key players operating in the global superyacht market include Amels, Blohm+Voss, Christensen Shipyards, Feadship, Fincanteri, Heesen Yachts, Lurssen, Nobiskrug, Oceanco, Perini Navi, Sunseeker Yachts, Holland Jachtbouw, Royal Huisman, Moonen Shipyards, Mulder Shipyards, and Benetti Yachts.

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About Author

Amy Carpenter is a reporter for Plains Gazette. She's worked and interned at Huffington Post and Vanity Fair. Amy is based in Arlington and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe oyster addiction, she's a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.