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Boat International August 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

1 min
editor’s letter

Everyone in this business is saying much the same thing right now: God bless America. Not because, secretly (or even not so secretly), there’s a big Trump constituency in superyachting, but because US buyers are very, very active right now. The headlines may be dominated by big-name NFL team owners and their huge new yachts, but across the spectrum we’re seeing good activity, from 24 metres upwards. I think I speak for us all when I say let’s not rock this boat (Donald...). One shipyard benefiting from these good times is Westport, which, without fuss or fanfare, gets on with the job of building superyachts that its mainly US clientele loves. I think it’s up to hull No 61 on the Westport 112 now. Incredible. But it’s hull No 3…

2 min

Risa Merl Risa grew up living on a sailing boat and has written about yachts for 15 years. When she’s not in the office, you can find her teaching yoga – often on board. On page 26 of our 12/24 supplement, Risa looks at the differences between superyacht and smaller production yacht design. During your research for this feature, what surprised you most? That superyacht designers who also dabble in production yacht design see the many constraints of production builds – budget and size, etc – as a welcome challenge rather than a limitation What would you change about the superyacht industry? We need more diversity, in terms of crew and onshore professionals. A fantastic organisation called She of the Sea is helping women get into captain and deckhand roles Hairiest moment at sea? I was watching…

1 min
adventure playground

The first SeaXplorer 77 has hit the water at Damen’s Galati facility on the Danube River. Named La Datcha, the 77-metre yacht boasts a spectacular inventory of expedition kit, including a helideck and hangar for two helicopters, a dive centre and two tender garages. Commissioned by an owner passionate about surfing, diving and heli-skiing, this six-deck, 2,560GT yacht can carry enough supplies and fuel for 40 days at sea, along with 12 guests and 25 crew. See the September issue of BOAT International for our exclusive interview with the owner. damen.com…

2 min
home comforts

American superyacht yards are being shielded from the sting of EU levies on US imports by a buoyant market at home. The EU acted in June 2018 in response to US-enforced tariffs on steel and aluminium. Thom Dammrich, president of the US National Marine Manufacturers Association, warns that there are more issues on the horizon regarding imports into the US, and that these could affect shipyards. “Costs are rising not only for basic inputs like steel and aluminium but for many of the parts that are imported from China,” he says. “There will soon be 25 per cent tariffs on everything coming into the US from China.” Dammrich is also concerned about the effect of the European levy on exports, claiming it is having a “devastating effect” on yards that rely on…

1 min
eye opener

An unknown photographer captured a glamorous Hollywood couple, Nancy and Ronald Reagan, aboard a yacht in California in 1964. Little did anyone realise at the time that Ronald was on the cusp of his not insignificant second career. Two months after this photo was taken, the actor gave the speech that launched his political journey. In support of presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, “A Time for Choosing” thrust Reagan into the national political spotlight overnight. While Goldwater ultimately lost to Lyndon Johnson, Reagan swept his first race two years later and became governor of California. The rest, as they say, is history. Reagan’s relationship with yachting in general was intertwined with his philosophy of smaller government and greater freedom. As he wrote in his 2001 book Stories in His Own Hand: The Everyday…

5 min

CANADA CLEANS UP Plastic bags, cutlery and plates are set to be banned by Canada as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledges to rid the country of “harmful single-use plastics”. The ban, which will come into force as early as 2021, will attempt to cut down on the three million tonnes of plastic waste created by the country each year. BOOK OF THE MONTH Innovative projects aiming to save the oceans have been captured by York Hovest in Heroes of the Sea, published by teNeues in September. Hovest follows the efforts of scientists and activists to expose the sea’s fragile health. £45, teneues-books.com In pursuit of Excellence The “iconic and futuristic” 80m Abeking & Rasmussen superyacht Excellence (above) has been photographed heading into the Weser River near Bremen to begin sea trials. The move follows the…