Boat International US Edition

Boat International US Edition December 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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editor’s letter

We’re often blinded by the big stuff in this business – so keen to get on board the latest, newest, biggest boat that we forget that there’s some really impressive innovating going on at the smaller end of the market. The Azimut S10 is a case in point, and was rightly one of the stars of the Med’s boat show season. Bravely giving a pair of talented young designers free rein, Azimut has reinvented what’s possible in a 94ft platform, creating spaces and uses of those spaces that make you think, “Why didn’t anyone do that before?” Go see her for yourself in our exclusive feature on page 80. Of course, it’s not all about new boats, and there’s ample inspiration this month for anyone thinking about upgrading their existing…


Lalalimola Lalalimola is the pseudonym of Spanish illustrator Sandra Navarro. She has worked for GQ, WIRED, The New Yorker, Tatler and Vanity Fair, and now illustrates our new regular back-page feature, The Bitter End (page 192). What do you like the most about being an illustrator? You start from nothing and, once you’ve found a solution, you often have no idea what happened in the creative process. It’s magical! What’s the key to making an illustration entertaining? To enjoy yourself while doing it If you hadn’t become an illustrator you’d have been... An art director. I enjoy working with people, learning from each experience and the ever-changing nature of the creative sector What’s your most memorable at-sea experience? Seeing blue whales on a whale-watching tour in Húsavík, Iceland Claire Wrathall Claire writes about art, design, philanthropy and travel for the Financial…

lonian at last

In December 2018, six months after 285ft Lonian was launched in the Netherlands, the yacht’s domes peeked over coconut palms at Fort Lauderdale’s Bahia Mar marina, a few feet away from Feadship’s US office. That would be the last sighting at a dock for a while per the wishes of the yacht’s water-toy-loving owner, who prefers to spend time at anchor. A nice fleet of watercraft is concealed within this complex floating home, which includes a glass-bottom pool as the ceiling for an extensive beach club, a helideck and poolside cinema. The envelope for this beautiful funhouse with a range of 5,000 nautical miles is by Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design. The Dutch studio was also responsible for the private interior created in collaboration with Richard Hallberg Interior Design of West…

the rise of the refit

Business is booming for the global refit market. This increase is most apparent in the 230ft-plus bracket, with the number of yachts undergoing refits increasing every year since 2010. In 2019 alone, 45 yachts over 230ft are set to be refitted, an 18 percent increase on the 38 reported in 2018. Superyacht shipyards are reacting by opening refit divisions and expanding their existing facilities. Royal Huisman acquired Holland Jachtbouw’s Amsterdam yard in May but its refit division, Huisfit, is already looking for another facility to keep up with demand. “In Amsterdam, we’re completely booked full at the moment,” says Huisfit sales manager Marc Jan Koperdraad. “Refits generally run for eight to 12 months, which means we are basically booked until March 2020.” Similarly, last year Feadship launched Feadship Refit & Services, a…

eye opener

Shemara was the original boat that rocked. Almost immediately after she was launched at JL Thornycroft in Portsmouth, England, in 1938, the Admiralty requisitioned her for war. Her owners, Sir Bernard and Lady Norah Docker, more than made up for the absence when they got her back, holding legendary and eccentric parties on board through the 1950s, attended by heads of state, film stars and even coal miners from Yorkshire. They were banned from swathes of the Côte d’Azur in 1958 because Lady Docker tore up a Monégasque flag, furious that her son had not been invited to the christening of Prince Albert. Luckily the yacht had more exotic climes on her itinerary, such as this Tahiti trip in 1959, when Belgian industrialist Maurice Solvay chartered Shemara for a round-the-world…


Sequoia’s second term Former presidential yacht Sequoia arrived in Maine this fall to be restored at the French & Webb shipyard. At 104ft she’s an original Trumpy design built in 1925 by the Mathis Yacht Building Company in New Jersey for a private owner from Philadelphia. She was subsequently bought by the US government in 1931 and served US presidents until 1977, when she was sold at auction. Sequoia has had several owners and many ups and downs since then, including repairs and several legal battles over large bills. But the rich history contained within her planks has kept interest buoyant. The most recent settlement over the yacht’s fate has opened up the way for a new and extensive refit. The boutique shipyard in Belfast is embarking on what Michael Cantor, managing…