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Boat International February 2018

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

While most of the world can camouflage any post-Christmas bulges in layers of clothes and overcoats, the superyacht crowd has no such place to hide. For anyone whose lifestyle includes endless flights and high-powered jobs, life at sea needs to offer more than just a place to relax. In this special well-being issue we showcase how best to use your superyacht to pursue your sport of choice, be that playing golf along America’s East Coast like Eddie Jordan ( page 160 ), extreme sports ( page 172 ) or conducting your own well-being cruise taking in yoga retreats, panoramic treks and destination spas ( page 53 ). It is staggering to see what facilities are now being offered on board, from basketball and tennis courts to zip wires and yoga…

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Sam Fortescue Lifelong sailor and career journalist Sam used to edit a sailing magazine and has written about everything from dinghies to superyachts. He lives in Hamburg, Germany. In this issue he writes about the Sanlorenzo SX88. What was special about the Sanlorenzo SX88? It has bold, distinctive looks with its reverse windscreen, lowering stern and big open spaces, but it is the interior that steals the show What do you think of Piero Lissoni’s design? Lissoni has superimposed a vision of stylish loft living onto a boat, and the effect is striking Where would you take it? Either Corsica or Sicily with a hull full of water toys Your favourite sport on and off the boat? I love to free dive, so I’m happy anywhere with warm, clear water and lots to see. And…

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bilgin’s double act

When is a semi-custom yacht not a semi-custom yacht? Bilgin seems set on expanding the definition of this category with the 80.1m Bilgin 263. The first two hulls are currently under construction, with hull No 1 (pictured here) recently lifted out in West Istanbul Marina for fit-out, and hull No 2 trailing just six months behind. These two 1,600GT steel and aluminium motor yachts will have countless customisations, but will share the same naval architecture. The identity of the designers – Unique Yacht Design for the exterior, H2 for the interior – also remains the same. When completed in late 2019, the first Bilgin 263 will be the largest yacht entirely built in Turkey. bilginyacht.com See more photos of Bilgin’s forthcoming flagship boatint.com/bilgin This month : what’s hot and happening in the…

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the middle ground

Semi-custom yachts were traditionally the preserve of the sub-30m market but we are seeing a continuing and distinct trend towards larger boats of this type. While the graphic, right, shows the number of superyacht launches remaining stable, it doesn’t show their changing size: the average length of a semi-custom superyacht today is 30.4m, but the average under construction is significantly higher at 33.1m. The 30-40m segment is a big driver of this, with 59 projects in build, but there are 43 semi-custom yachts on order in the 50m-plus segment too. Christos Ramnialis, general manager at Benetti, argues that this trend follows a general move towards larger yachts. “Because custom yachts are getting bigger, so the entry level of semi-custom yachts has increased in length as well,” he says. For Benetti, the growth…

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eye opener biotherm ii

Florence Arthaud wanted "a manly trimaran, not a woman's boat", according to one photographer who knew the sailor and her i8 metre trimaran in the earl y 19 8os. Biotherm II, pictured here in Guadeloupe, was certainl y a serious yacht for a very serious sailor. But Arthaud's career would show that skill rather than sex was the relevant factor when it came to modern sailing. Arthaud was born in a Parisian suburb in 1957. After being paralysed in a car accident at 17, she spent two years in painful recovery before going on to become one of the world's most famous professional sailors. In 1990, some years after this photograph was taken, she returned to Guadeloupe to claim the greatest victory of her career. On the 18 metre trimaran Groupe…

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Lürssen goes exploring German yard reveals new partnership with Kleven Maritime on 100m project As Dörries Maritime puts the finishing touches to 116m U116 in Bremerhaven and one monumental explorer project draws to a close, another one is just beginning. Norwegian builder Kleven Maritime, a commercial yard that now builds explorer yachts, has caught the eye of superyacht giant Lürssen, which has announced a new 100m collaboration. Details are closely guarded at this stage, with no launch date revealed, but it is understood that Kleven will build the hull, finalise the technical systems and begin the outfitting before the new yacht is transferred to Lürssen’s Blohm+Voss facility in Hamburg for the final outfitting stage. This won’t be a one-off either, with Kleven CEO Ståle Rasmussen describing it as a “long-term” agreement. The…