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Burgess reports over EUR 2 billion worth of superyacht sales in 2021

Billionaire boom leads to a surge in the superyacht industry

According to the Forbes billionaire’s list in 2020 there were 2,095 billionaires. This grew to 2,755 in 2021, so it stands to reason that industries servicing UHNW individuals should grow too. But did this increase translate over into the superyacht sector? 

For brokerage, Burgess reported a record-breaking year selling superyachts with a combined value of over EUR 2 billion* in 2021. This equates to a 27 percent increase on the previous best year. Of these transactions over 50 percent were yachts over 50m (164ft) in length. 

*In last known asking price

ARETE- Sold

ARETE- Sold

LIND - Sold

LIND - Sold

OLIVIA - Sold

OLIVIA - Sold

TIME OFF - Sold

TIME OFF - Sold

RIBELLE - Sold

RIBELLE - Sold

Jonathan Beckett, CEO of Burgess
Jonathan Beckett, CEO of Burgess

Jonathan Beckett, CEO commented, ‘I have never experienced a year quite like the one we have just seen in my 41 years at Burgess.’ 

With the new build sector at an all-time high too across the industry, and shipyards reporting very few build slots available for the next few years, Burgess New Construction also enjoyed its best ever results with a 39 percent increase on 2020 turn over. 

Burgess Yachts

Looking at the number of yachts in the global fleet, the Burgess charter team reported just a two percent increase in the number of yachts available for charter. When compared to previous years where this figure usually sits around five percent, there are significantly fewer charter yachts available in 2022. Yet the demand is still high. In fact 2021 equalled the team's most successful year ever (2019), and 2022 figures are already promising a bumper year for charter. However, clients will need to book early to secure the yacht they want, at the time and in the destination of choice. 

‘More owners are deciding to keep their yachts private this year, this could be for a number of reasons, but COVID is arguably the biggest driving factor with owners reserving their yachts for exclusive use for the family,’ Richard Lambert, Head of Sales commented. 

Burgess Yachts

Richard Lambert, Head of Sales, Burgess
Richard Lambert, Head of Sales, Burgess

Looking ahead to 2022, Burgess is optimistic for continued success. Charter bookings are already up by 25 percent for the summer which indicates that confidence in travel has been restored once again. With demand far outweighing supply across all sectors it will be interesting to see how this plays out. 

'Fasten your seatbelts – we’re in for another exciting 12 months. There will be some bumps in the road, but if we work hard and concentrate, we all stand a great chance of success,' concludes Jonathan Beckett.

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