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Boat International September 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.

United Kingdom
Boat International Media
R 98,60
R 876,46
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
editors’ letters

I have to admit that field sports have never held any appeal for me. They usually involve cold weather, extreme stamina and somewhat ridiculous clothing – none of which are my strong points, plus the very sight of blood invariably makes me faint. But that was until I realised you could enjoy them by boat (page 82). Who could resist one of Colin Firth’s favourite Tuscan hang-outs, Castello di Vicarello, a mere 10 minute helicopter ride from the nearest marina, and one of the most romantic spots Italy has to offer? Or its Corsican counterpart, Domaine de Murtoli, which is surrounded by mountains, sea and forest, and is only 35 minutes’ drive from one of the most picturesque moorings in the Med, the Port of Bonifacio. In both cases, however,…

2 min

Alexandra Groom Alexandra grew up in Monaco and is a self-professed boat and plane geek. Now living in London, she spends more time in airports than in her own living room. She steps on board Minella , page 188. What was the most impressive thing about Minella ? How well thought out she was, not just in terms of design (amazing flybridge!) but also in terms of her cruising capabilities: multiple redundancies for crucial systems make her a true explorer yacht Where would you take her? To the South Pacific. I’d start in New Zealand and work my way to Australia and then Micronesia, before going across to Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga and French Polynesia What three things must your dream yacht have? Plenty of exterior space, adventurous crew and a garage full of toys! Johnny Davis Johnny is deputy…

1 min
optimal prime

A few years ago at the Monaco Yacht Show, the world was introduced to the Prime platform – a totally reimagined way of laying out a 50 metre superyacht, which gives the entire lower, main and upper decks over to owner enjoyment. The brains behind Prime is Fort Lauderdale’s The New Yachts Company, which has now teamed up with Dutch studio Vripack to create a variation of the platform featuring even more private guest areas and a main deck with uninterrupted views from stern to bow. We were given exclusive early access to the design and you can read all about it at boatint.com/prime This month : first half sales figures are in, our pick of the best yachts to see at Monaco and the 16 coolest explorers in build right…

2 min
so far so great

The total number of sales closed in the first half of 2018 once again proves the global brokerage market is in improving health. Sales have risen year-on-year from 217 in the first half of 2017 to 230 so far this year, although combined asking prices stayed flat year-on-year at €1.84 billion. Industry figures agree the market’s results have been buoyed by the momentum of the “tremendous” Q1 performance earlier in the year. Burgess’s head of sales Richard Lambert says there was “more business in the first quarter of the year which then slowed off ”, while Northrop & Johnson commercial director Cromwell Littlejohn declares Q1 “one of the most positive quarters in years”. While most months in the first half of 2018 performed well, June took a knock and saw just…

1 min
eye opener

Steven Spielberg’s classic shark movie has left generations of moviegoers shaken – but the experience of filming Jaws was also profoundly traumatising for the young director. In a 2007 interview he described the five-and-a-half-month shoot as “horrendous”. Spielberg insisted on an adventurous approach to filming, doing it at sea in Martha’s Vineyard, for realism, rather than in the predictable conditions of a studio tank, as many advised. The water was very real indeed, presenting the crew with either “six foot swells or, worse, flat lake-like conditions, tedious and boring, where the mosquitoes came 12 miles out just to bite you”, the director recalls. Even when nature did play ball, the crew had man-made problems to contend with. This 1974 on-set photograph shows one of three mechanical sharks made for the film…

1 min

New Ulysses set for epic adventures Kleven’s 116m explorer heads for the Med, equipped for long passages and rough waters Four years after Kleven set to work on Graeme Hart’s explorer yacht Ulysses , the build is finished and the 116m globetrotting behemoth has left northern European waters en route to the Mediterranean. And she hasn’t gone alone. Ulysses is designed for long expeditions in rough waters and is now cruising with a fleet of high-speed and day-cruising tenders to ensure passengers are well equipped for every scenario. The entourage includes a 21m Princess 68 yacht, which is stowed on the foredeck, and a Bell 429 helicopter to come and go from the top deck helihangar, which will provide covered storage during long passages at sea. Below decks, Ulysses ’ huge 18m beam…