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Boat International May 2019

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

You’ll notice we’ve undertaken a pre-season refresh here at Boat International; tweaks rather than a tear-down. It is the Design Issue, after all – we could hardly dedicate an entire magazine to the best design on and off the water without a little introspection. Of all the amazing design stories this month, Roger Lean-Vercoe’s feature about the creation of Mimi la Sardine, the new CdM explorer (page 166), might be my favourite. Ever heard of anyone designing a superyacht using a social-media platform? It might be the most 21st-century story we’ve ever run. The resulting yacht is very special and picked up one of our Design & Innovation Awards in January. Let’s see how she does at the World Superyacht Awards, which are returning to London in May for the…

3 min

Christopher Whale Christopher learned the ropes on board his Topper dinghy, Chris-Topper, which he sailed in Yorkshire. After art directing at Harpers & Queen, ES Magazine and Tatler he is now creative director at Boat International Media. He oversaw the magazine’s design facelift, which makes its debut this month. What’s the most exciting shoot you have directed at Boat International ? Planing across the sea in Sardinia at a 30-degree heel on board sailing yacht Moonbird with our talented fashion crew, a host of Select models and a pod of dolphins was pretty unbeatable Of all the superyachts you have been on, which is your favourite? Cavalli’s previous pearlescent motor yacht, a sexy black Baglietto now called Ability What’s your favourite aspect of your job? Meeting and working with the very best creatives in the world. I’ve…

1 min
majesty in the making

The doors of Gulf Craft’s sheds have been blown open with new behind-the-scenes photos of the yard’s in-build 53.34m flagship, the Majesty 175. Construction is well under way, with completion scheduled for the end of 2019 – despite the original design being altered during the build, replacing an open sundeck with an enclosed space. Building in fibre-reinforced plastic meant these changes were possible without affecting the technical structure. Naval architecture is by Massimo Gregori Grgič and interiors by Cristiano Gatto, who packed the boat with laid-back lounging spaces. Work continues on spec, with Burgess hoping to secure a sale by the end of the year. gulfcraftinc.com…

3 min
a view on design

The ever-increasing use of glass has been identified as a trend by three leading superyacht designers. The oft-quoted desire to connect inside and outside has led to a significant increase in the amount of glass in exterior design, says Italian designer Giorgio Cassetta. He points to Benetti’s second 100-metre-plus superyacht FB272 (opposite page) which features more than 900 square metres of glass. Cassetta, who worked on the project, says it was “an incredible challenge” but nevertheless predicted the continued rise of glass. “The technology behind glass is evolving and that means we’ll be seeing much more glass panelling in future designs,” he says. Evan K Marshall, designer of Ocean Alexander’s 90R (see page 184) echoes Cassetta’s prediction. “The use of more glass is changing the traditional idea of what interiors and…

1 min
eye opener

On 13 May 1956, the mighty roar of 14 racing-car engines echoed through Monte Carlo. The Monaco Grand Prix has always been a contest of nerve and skill, and from 23 to 26 May this year it will once again attract the world’s best Formula One drivers to its tight and twisty road track. This image from 1956 shows one of the greatest drivers of all time at the wheel. Juan Manuel Fangio had already won three F1 titles and was closing in on his fourth. Here, he leads his Scuderia Ferrari team-mate Eugenio Castellotti into the notorious Gasworks hairpin – the spot where, just a year earlier, Italy’s former world champion Alberto Ascari swerved off the road and plunged his D50 Lancia into Monaco harbour. A cool and collected Stirling Moss,…

3 min

Firing up the Dragon The 80m Columbus Classic superyacht Dragon has launched at the Palumbo Group’s yard in Ancona, showing off stately lines and monochrome style. Sold in 2016, the five-decker is the biggest the yard has produced. “We wanted to have a classic modern design, something that could last,” says Sergio Cutolo, exterior designer and naval architect at Hydro Tec. The yard describes the lines as having an “almost Renaissance inspiration”. Interior design, in a style described as “elegant sobriety”, is by Francesco Guida. But sober looks do not mean old-fashioned living spaces. “In the main saloon, we have four windows which are 5m by 1.8m,” Cutolo says. “The saloon is 20m long, without pillars.” At the aft end of the 2,150GT boat, three platforms flip down to double the beach club…