Almost two days in, and the Monaco Yacht Show has got off to a typically busy start, with owners, brokers, industry insiders from all aspects and journalists keen to see the key players at this event.

Monaco Yacht Show 2012

The bunting is out for one of the biggest superyacht events of the year

Popular yachts at Monaco

The largest boat at the show this year is the Oceanco Nirvana, at 88.5 metres, which going by the constant swarms around it is the ‘it’ yacht to get on board this year. Other key yachts include VSY-Viareggio Superyachts’ Stella Maris, out at anchor but already being visited frequently by potential owners and charter guests, and the 77-metre Hanseatic Marine Smeralda.

Oceanco Nirvana

Oceanco Nirvana - The 'it' yacht at Monaco

Big events at Monaco

Other big stories emerging from the Monaco Yacht Show include:

–    Heesen revealing four new projects and a brand new technology that harnesses wave power to increase a yacht’s efficiency by upto 30%

–    An evening drinks event on the aft deck of Lady Linda, held by Burgess Yachts. This yacht’s striking interior features lots of glass, hidden doors, guest cabins themed around different colours and a welcoming main salon of blue leather and different marbles.

–    An astonishing new timepiece, a collaboration between Thomas Mercer and Andrew Winch Designs. A marine chronometer, shaped like a winch and featuring intricate carved sketches of past ships as well as an eight-day clock, so far only ten have been made.

–    The announcement of Marina Port Veil, a new city centre marina in Barcelona which its managers hope will become a top destination for yacht owners and charterers.

Check back to over the next few days for more updates from the show!