More than doubled compared to two years ago, hundreds of luxury yachts crowded the waters of the Costa Smeralda illuminating after sunset wide stretches of crystal clear waters and becoming a precious frame of the Costa Smeralda. Besides Alisher Usmanov's Dilbar and Andrey Melnichenko's Sailing Yacht A, here are the novelties of the summer 2021. One is the North, built in 2021: it's 142 meters long, has a helicopter on board and can accommodate 64 people. It's worth $500 million, and per year it costs 40 to 50 million to operate. The owner is Alexei Mordashov, the richest man in Russia. Then there is Solaris, also built in 2021: almost 140 meters long, it accommodates 96 people (36 guests in 18 cabins and 60 of the crew in another 30 cabins). It's worth $600 million and costs $50 million to $60 million per year to operate. The owner is Roman Abramovich, chairman of Chelsea soccer.
'2021 is the magic year of boating. The idea of freedom that the boat gives you, the idea of safety and the possibility of doing everything that is precluded to you, from moving, traveling, staying late, being together makes the boat an object that has never been used so much by owners as in this summer.' Alberto Galassi - Ferretti Group CEO
Also in 2021 Italy is the world leader in the superyacht sector. Italy confirms also for 2021 the world leadership in the superyacht sector. The Global Order Book, elaborated by Boat International, places the Italian industry at the top for orders of yachts over 24 metres, with 407 yachts under construction out of a total of 821 at global level. The Italian share therefore represents almost half of world orders, 49.6% with an increase of 9 units compared to 2020, corresponding to a growth of 0.3%.