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The Camper & Nicholsons Superyachting Index

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Posted September 1, 2014 by GC Privé Editor in Insights

Providing in-depth analysis of the industry, the Index uses a cross-reference of industry data. Camper & Nicholsons (super)yachting Index shows the realities of a booming sector that has evolved from a cottage industry into one of the world’s strongest-growing luxury markets.

Developed in collaboration with, the first Camper & Nicholsons (super)Yachting Index was introduced in the Spring of 2008 (covering 2007) and in its four years has been a huge success. The report provides an overview and analysis of the industry’s various sectors including shipyards and designers, the fleet and its distribution, the sale and purchase and new build sector, the charter market, as well as current and historical data and an analysis of the industry, with projections into the future.

We did not produce an Index in 2012 and therefore much of the analysis is based on collative data from the previous few years, focusing on 2009 and 2010 since the market crisis. This look further back in history, rather than only looking at the marketplace in 2011, allowed us to track overall patterns since 2009 and brought forward a glimpse of an industry, which has slowly, but surely, retrenched and consolidated.

Having weathered the particular storm and become leaner and fitter it now also seems better suited to face the rough waters still potentially ahead, whether these come from a Eurozone crisis or a commodity bubble, or some other as yet unforeseen or potential new crisis. The emergence of HNWIs from developing economies has also, to a large extent, filled the gap left by the departure of those yacht buyers that financed yachts on speculation . With this, the horizon looks increasingly positive, and the trend generally upward, even if only gradual and with the occasional hiccup from time to time.

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