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Boat International December 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

Miami’s growing reputation as the epicentre of art and design has happened at breakneck speed – not so long ago South Florida’s main associations were an “avoid-at-all-costs” airport, a city ridden with crime and an octogenarian population. Who would have guessed such a place could become a byword for cool? Much of this transformation is thanks to Art Basel’s decision to find a sunnier clime to host its fair – and where artists gather, cultural powerhouses follow. Last time I visited Miami Art Basel, the parties, people and culture that oozed out of South Beach’s single strip rivalled any of the world’s cosmopolitan hubs from Hong Kong to the Hamptons. In our insiders’ guide ( page 155 ), we track down some of the city’s biggest influencers and take a…

2 min

Miranda Blazeby Miranda is the news editor of Boat International . When she is not hopping between yacht shows, she lives in leafy south-west London. This month, she rounds up the best new yacht concepts announced at the Monaco Yacht Show ( page 34 ). What’s your first memory on board? Squabbling with my brother over who got the port or starboard aft cabin on our Sunsail F40 – even though they were exactly the same What was your highlight from this year’s Monaco Yacht Show? The 38.8 metre Pendennis sloop Vijonara . She was even more beautiful in real life If you could charter any superyacht, which would you go for and why? Something old with lots of sails, such as Mariette of 1915 or Fleurtje Dan Annett London-based photographer Dan has worked for numerous clients and publications…

1 min
now you see her...

This new 106m concept from Fincantieri and Van Geest Design takes privacy to the next level – by disappearing into thin air. Appropriately named Mirage, the six-deck yacht will be clad in reflective glass and is the product of Pieter Van Geest and Tracey Canavaggio’s painstaking research into the capabilities of the material. The pair claim Mirage can simply “disappear between the water and the sky”. Glass is just as present inside: a corridor built from it delivers guests through the engine room to a full-beam spa, fitted with electric privacy glass that mists at the touch of a button. fincantieriyachts.it This month : Sunseeker breaks new ground, splashing out on a Pardo 50 and Maltese Falcon dominates in Porto Cervo…

2 min
brokerage bonanza

The number of sales closed in the first three quarters of the year indicate once again that 2018 is on track to become a record year for the industry. A total of 344 superyachts were sold, a significant increase on the 319 closed in the same period of 2017. Combined asking prices have also rocketed year on year, with the €1.2 billion recorded in the third quarter of 2018 far outstripping the €801 million recorded in Q3 2017. Industry figures were quick to emphasise the positivity of the results, with Northrop & Johnson’s commercial director Cromwell Littlejohn declaring it “the best quarter since the [2008 financial] crisis”. Elise Moffitt, US marketing director of Taiwanese yard Horizon Yachts, says the notorious “slow summer” period has disappeared. “We’re based in Florida and have…

2 min
eye opener

When Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) goes under the hammer in a New York auction on 15 November, it is expected to make David Hockney the world’s most expensive living artist. At the time of going to press, the painting’s estimate was in the region of $80 million. The seller is reported to be Joe Lewis, who owns Tottenham Hotspur FC and an awe-inspiring art collection. One of his most valuable possessions, however, floats rather than hangs: 98.4 metre Abeking & Rasmussen Aviva . There’s plenty of crossover between superyacht owners and art collectors; you only have to survey the jigsaw puzzle of monolithic motor yachts crammed into Miami’s docks during Art Basel in December to see that sail cloth is not the kind of canvas that…

2 min

Sunseeker tests its metal British composite specialist looks to the future with its first all-aluminium 49m Sunseeker is breaking new ground with the announcement of the Sunseeker 161, the first foray into metal superyachts for this composite specialist. The 49m all-aluminium boat will be built at Icon Yachts’ Netherlands facility. While involving a completely different method of build, the 161 will retain Sunseeker’s DNA in design and engineering, according to the British yard. It will also feature superyacht staples including a spacious beach club and plunge pool on the main deck. Sean Robertson, Sunseeker’s international sales director, says the move would free the yard to build bigger yachts: “A move into metal means there is no ceiling as to how big we can go in the future.” The first 161 will accommodate…