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Boat International April 2017

Boat International is the number one magazine in the international superyacht market. Launched in 1983 it has been the voice of record charting the superyacht industry for over 25 years and is the globally acknowledged authority in its field. The world's only monthly superyacht magazine, Boat International delivers exclusive and unrivaled coverage of power and sail yachting from the world's best journalists and photographers.

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editors’ letters

Evening laps in the 10 metre swimming pool, a lengthy visit to the spa, a quick cocktail in the underwater viewing lounge before a shower and blow dry, and then dancing till dawn under the stars as the DJ du jour takes to the decks. No, this is not your summer schedule in Ibiza, but a few hours in the life of one of our million-bucks-a-week superyachts. We hope our charter issue inspires some of you to take to the seas this summer – from the megabucks brigade all the way through to the more affordable, there really is something for everyone. And for those who are not sure where to start, our detailed guide will help you through (see page 97). As for where to go – well, that…

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River Viiperi River Viiperi is a model, entrepreneur and DJ who harnessed the power of social media before it was “a thing”. He has worked with Versace, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Armani, GQ and Vogue. He lives in New York but, as a native of Ibiza, he loves to spend time by the water. See him in Human Nature (page 134). What did you enjoy most about the shoot? Spending a day – a weekday at that – on a boat What was your favourite look on the shoot? I enjoy life better undressed so I’d have to say the swimsuit look Are you a regular yacht guest? Absolutely! I spend most of my summers on board How would you describe your onboard style? Casual, comfortable and appropriate Where would you go on your fantasy yacht…

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a giant leap for lexus

Lexus is the latest luxury automotive brand to dip its toe into the water with the launch of the new Lexus Sport Yacht. This 12.7m cruiser was built from carbon-reinforced plastic by the Wisconsin-based Marquis-Carver yard and fitted out with twin five litre V8 Lexus engines. As a result, she has a 43 knot performance to match her drop dead gorgeous looks. There are no plans to put the Lexus Sport Yacht into mass production but, with parent company Toyota already a big player in the Japanese yachting market with its Ponam brand, we can but hope. This month: Sir Ben Ainslie on flying round the America’s Cup course, Eddie Jordan on trashing tenders, and six of the best sundecks…

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lippy from the liffey

I was driving the charter boat and it’s here that my reputation for trashing tenders was born The first superyacht I ever chartered was the three-masted schooner Friday Star. It must have been 25 years ago and back then this boat was a big deal. It held the record for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic under sail, or something like that. We took all the kids and the captain would hang the boom out the side and the kids would jump off it into the water. They’d also jump off the bow under sail, and grab a trailing rope in the water and haul themselves back on board, which, on reflection, seems a little risky – but also very cool. They thought it was the best fun ever. The captain…

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wrapped up in foil

There’s just one month before the first race of the America’s Cup Qualifiers – in our case against Sweden’s Artemis Racing on 26 May. We’ve had our America’s Cup Class boat in the water since the beginning of February and in these final few weeks we’ve been testing and developing to prepare her for racing. This has come down to fine-grained technical work. These America’s Cup Class boats have many “one-design” elements – parts that are strictly controlled by the rules. These include the hulls, crossbeams and wings, so the rudders and daggerboards, and the internal systems that control the movement of the foils and the wings, are the major areas for work. The goal – the key to winning this America’s Cup – is to be able to “fly” or foil…

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explorers go forth

Although a relatively recent evolution in yachting history, explorers are enjoying a real “moment” as the stats to the right identify. Originally, they tended to be former research and commercial vessels converted into yachts: 85 per cent of the explorer yachts launched before 1990 are conversions, as are a decent proportion of those launched after 1990. As John DeCaro, president of All Ocean Yachts, recalls: “I was told that no one would ever want a yacht that looked that commercial. Now every major line of yachts has something they call an explorer.” The real boom in explorers started at the end of the 1990s. Since then, their designs have developed to meet the wishes of their owners. Vasco Buonpensiere, sales and marketing director of Cantiere delle Marche, says: “A few years…