Plenty of great yachts to see on the 2nd day of the Genoa Charter Show – if only the rain would stop!

The sheer number of yachts at the MYBA Charter Show Genoa this year means that some are docked away from the main harbour, and this morning we travelled to the Molo Fiera to tour several of the yachts there. Visitors shouldn’t miss this area as there are some great yachts here. Baron Trenck, displayed by Camper & Nicholsons, boasts an astounding beam for her length of 43 metres. Because there are only walkrounds on one deck, the others feel hugely spacious and relaxing. and her sundeck – even viewed in the driving rain – was tempting, with a large sunpad, bars, hot-tub, a teppenyaki/barbecue that the owner uses himself, and two huge hinged parasols for shade.

We also had the chance to tour Golden Compass, a 1982 built 46-metre Picchiotti (refitted in 2009), which has just completed an 18-month round-the-world cruise. The owners and crew were welcomed by presidents and ambassadors of some of the smaller countries they visited and Papua New Guinea was a favourite among many with the captain and crew. Décor is in bright, heavy woods giving a traditional nautical air. The crew are very welcoming, ensuring every detail is guest-orientated, and she is up for charter this season through Ocean Independence.

Back at the main marina, Polycarpus’s attentive chief stew showed me round the 35-metre. If it’s more than a cruise you are looking for, this yacht does the trick. Built in 1949, she was totally refurbished in 2003 and has been exceptionally maintained. Artefacts on board could form a museum, with some fossils over a million years old and many nods to the ship’s past as a Rhine tug. The enthusiasm and commitment of the crew and captain shine through, while the chef has worked for the Dutch royal family. The yacht charters through Ocean Independence.

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