Boat International US Edition

Boat International US Edition June 2020

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
10 期号


editor’s letter

There’s nothing like a spot of self-isolation to inspire novel thinking. When we saw boat show after boat show being canceled in the face of Covid-19, we decided to launch our own, the Virtual Boat Show – take a look at boatint.com/vbs . Here you’ll find stories of new-build superyachts, insight from brokers and, most importantly, plenty of beautiful boats to inspect – all from the comfort of your couch. Meanwhile, when in-person interviews became impossible, we started a video series featuring conversations with owners and industry CEOs – head to boatint.com/athome for more. We’re constantly innovating online, but it’s still comforting in these turbulent times to feel the heft of a copy of BOAT International in your hands. The winners of our annual Ocean Awards certainly deserve the consideration…


Claire Wrathall London-based Claire writes about art, design, philanthropy and travel, mostly for the Financial Times and Christie’s Magazine. For this issue, she gives us the lowdown on the winners of our Ocean Awards (page 74). What impressed you the most about this year’s winners? They’re all inspiring, but I do think Eric Quayson of Wildseas deserves a special mention for risking his life to save a leatherback turtle from being slaughtered What would you change about the superyachting world? In a perfect world we’d see the end of diesel, and motor yachts would run on hydrogen fuel cells The most interesting subject you’ve ever interviewed? Francis Ford Coppola, a giant among men, with whom I discussed a huge range of subjects: Russian literature, Italian films, Central American jungle, family, food and winemaking The most remarkable trip you’ve…

let there be light

More than a year after Luminosity got a taste of the Mediterranean Sea in Tuscany, builder Benetti is lifting the veil on this 351ft six-decker with a volume of 5,844GT. The inspiration was a beach house with bright, art-filled interiors and panoramic views. The beach club ( pictured ) features two pools, a gym and a hammam, and elsewhere the yacht is filled with cutting-edge tech that operates everything from interactive art to security and diesel-electric propulsion. The exterior, a collaboration between Azure Naval Architects and Zaniz Jakubowski, was refined by Giorgio Cassetta. Don’t miss a deeper dive into this ambitious project in our summer issues. benettiyachts.it…

smooth sailing ahead?

The market for sailing superyachts has been under pressure for some time; their market share in the new-build sector is currently just six percent. In 2019, 21 yachts with a total length of 2,310ft were delivered to owners. Back in 2010, that number stood at 41 yachts (5,069ft) and in 2012 it was 38 (4,380ft). By 2014, it had fallen to just 24 yachts (2,605ft), and in the last three years, an average of 22 yachts per year have been delivered. This is a trend that doesn’t look to be changing: according to BOAT International data, between 2020 and 2023, 59 sailing superyachts will be launched. However, Michael Schmidt, former owner of Hanse Yachts and founder of YYachts, believes that a counter-trend will soon set in. “We are increasingly attracting younger,…

eye opener

Jason deCaires Taylor’s underwater sculptures are alive with meaning – and they’re alive in a more literal sense too: created beneath the sea in locations across the world, his “museums” double as artificial reefs. The British artist’s work draws on the Land Art movement of the 1960s, which created art in and from the natural environment, and also embodies the concept of art as a form of activism. Taylor’s work certainly represents man’s destruction of the marine environment in a conventional way – with sculptures such as Photo Op , shown here at his underwater Museo Atlántico in Lanzarote, Spain, representing society’s obsession with documentation and how that bleeds into voyeurism. It’s an issue that afflicts reefs as tourists crowd in and gradually destroy the very wonders they came to see. But…


Up, up and away The latest yacht to emerge from Abeking & Rasmussen is 223ft Soaring , which was handed over to her owners in a small ceremony after completing sea trials in the North Sea. The German shipyard managed to adhere to its delivery schedule while implementing workarounds that satisfied the need for added safety of staff, subcontractors and guests during the Covid-19 pandemic. The custom-built yacht ( pictured left ) got its first taste of the water in January, when its original and distinctive lines penned by German design firm Focus Yacht Design were revealed. Focus also handled the interior. The firm’s previous work includes the elegant, modern interior of Irimari . It designed Soaring as a “custom-made floating home that leaves nothing to be desired by her owner”…