Boat International US Edition

Boat International US Edition June 2019

ShowBoats International is the leading magazine for big boat owners in the North American market. Since its launch in 1983 it has established itself as the indispensable guide for discerning, affluent buyers in the multi-billion dollar luxury yacht market. Published 10 times a year from Fort Lauderdale, the heart of the US luxury yachting community, Showboats International is the most authoritative voice, providing the best in luxury yachting and brokerage, written and photographed by the world's leading yachting journalists.

United States
Boat International Media
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boat international us edition

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Sacha Bonsor EDITOR Stewart Campbell CREATIVE DIRECTOR Christopher Whale EXECUTIVE EDITOR Cecile Gauert EDITOR AT LARGE Marilyn Mower LUXURY EDITOR Harriet Mays Powell ASSOCIATE EDITOR Caroline White FEATURES & DEVELOPMENT EDITOR Charlotte Hogarth-Jones TRAVEL & PROPERTY EDITOR Sophia Wilson LIFESTYLE EDITOR Lucia Ferigutti FASHION DIRECTOR Fiona Rubie PRODUCTION EDITOR Simon Ward DESIGN DIRECTOR Samantha Scott ART EDITOR Lee Franklin DEPUTY PRODUCTION EDITOR Trevor Cooper COPY EDITOR David Edwards PICTURE DIRECTOR Doug Rankine DIGITAL CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER Drew Broomhall CHARTER & BROKERAGE EDITOR Malcolm Mac Lean ONLINE LIFESTYLE EDITOR Zöe Dickens NEWS EDITOR Miranda Blazeby DIGITAL WRITER Holly Overton VIDEO PRODUCER Ed Cavendish RESEARCH & DATA MANAGER Raphael Montigneaux PRODUCT MANAGER Markus Lanser DIGITAL ANALYST Cecilia Caceres Rivero LEAD DEVELOPER Ethan Cane DIGITAL DESIGNER Eugenia Fanna MARKET INTELLIGENCE ASSISTANT Lydia Hinxman CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Simon de Burton, Kristin Ducote, Jonathan Glynn-Smith, Mieke ten Have, Risa Merl, Peter Howarth, Graeme Montgomery, Kate Lardy, Grace Trofa, Tory Kingdon, Sam Fortescue, Dan Annett,…

editor’s letter

There’s a lot of noise around ocean health at the moment and it can be a little overwhelming. Is it plastics, acidification or overfishing that does the most harm? Is the solution to the plastic problem one of culture, recycling or lobbying? Should we try to save coral reefs or cod? And so on. It is our view at BOAT International that we need to quieten the noise and harness what we do best. That is why in this issue we have focused on storytelling, celebrating those on the front line of ocean conservation, from the first female PADI instructor in the Maldives to the scientists developing micro-algae for use in the rapidly expanding aquaculture sector – just two of the winners of this year’s Ocean Awards (page 70). We…


Simon Ward Simon joined BOAT International as production editor in 2018 after six years at the UK edition of Wired magazine. To get him up to speed on the superyacht lifestyle, he was dispatched to Hôtel Casadelmar in Corsica to sample its Espa spa and Michelin-starred restaurant (page 125). What was your favorite part of the Corsica trip? Just tuning in to its relaxed pace of life. Sitting in Casadelmar’s herb-scented gardens with a sundowner after a spa afternoon is the definition of relaxation Tell us about a great place you’ve been to by the water Mirissa on Sri Lanka’s south coast has everything: friendly people, gorgeous food and astounding wildlife. We spotted blue whales, dolphin pods and green turtles hatching on the beach, all in the same afternoon Any other trips planned? We’re plotting a family…

and fb275 makes three

Ten years in the making, Benetti’s third and final 100m-plus superyacht, Project FB275, has hit the water. The 354ft yacht, the largest project yet for exterior designer RWD, follows the December 2018 launch of FB277 and FB272 in February. These projects’ combined stats are staggering. According to Benetti, the trio represents more than five million hours of work and a total tonnage of 12,800GT. The launch of Benetti’s largest projects required major investments in time and infrastructure, particularly at the Livorno shipyard on the Tuscan coast, where €18 million ($20m) went into the construction of two new large sheds. benettiyachts.it…

a big ask

Inflated asking prices have been blamed for the sluggish sales results in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019 – but there is a silver lining to this particular cloud. Just 89 sales were recorded during this period, a significant drop from the 112 in Q1 2018, and the lowest figure since 2016. March was particularly lethargic, with 28 sales, down from 42 in March 2018. Industry figures were quick to link the slower brokerage sales to asking prices, particularly in the 35m to 45m (115ft to 147ft) market. Cromwell Littlejohn, Northrop & Johnson’s commercial director, says: “We’ve got several clients making offers, but it seems a number of boats are overpriced and the owners aren’t budging.” Fraser sales broker Maarten Ten Holter agrees, describing many asking prices as “way too high.” But…

eye opener

The ocean was ever present during Titouan Bernicot's childhood. He was born on an atoll in French Polynesia's remote Tuamotus where his parents ran a pearl farm and he spent his formative years surfing and diving the South Pacific’s turquoise lagoons and sprawling coral reefs. As he reached adolescence, however, he began to notice this natural playground disappearing around him as coral bleaching and pollution damaged the reefs. Determined to make a difference, he encouraged a group of teenage friends to take matters into their own hands and launch Coral Gardeners, an NGO aiming to protect the future of Tahiti’s coral reefs. Created in 2017, Coral Gardeners is now helping to save reefs by raising awareness in schools and events around the world and by replanting coral into damaged reefs. Based…