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Boat International September 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

The inaugural Explorer Yachts Summit took place in Monaco in May. It goes to show the interest in this expanding sector that the room was full and organisers were turning people away. It’s important not to get too carried away – the number of what we classify as “explorers” being built is still a small proportion of the Global Order Book, and just how many of these yachts will ever spend a season in the high latitudes or coasting some remote equatorial archipelago remains to be seen – but still, there’s a clear trend that’s hard to ignore. The overriding message from the summit, however, wasn’t that you need an ice-class hull, or tight heli ops, or even that an explorer yacht without a submersible should never pass Gibraltar. It…

3 min

Ruby Fresson Flag and map enthusiast Ruby has created illustrations for The New York Times, Monocle, The Guardian, GQ and The New Yorker. Inspired by the print processes of early 20th century comics, she hand-draws in pen and ink, then colours digitally. For this issue, she illustrated our feature on the Northwest Passage (page 145). What was the toughest thing about illustrating our feature? Figuring out how to make the map reflect the cold and unforgiving environment – yet keep it visually appealing at the same time What do you love most about illustrating? I love it once I have a rough sketch nailed down. I can place it on the light box, get a fresh sheet of paper on top, then plug in some music and lose myself in the line work If you weren’t…

2 min
a game of two halves

Brokers have responded positively to the superyacht industry’s half-year (H1) results, shrugging off news that the first half of 2019 saw the lowest number of sales since 2016. A total of 204 sales closed on the brokerage market in the first six months of the year, down on the 230 of mid-2018 and the 217 of H1 2017. Two brokers argued that the buoyancy of the market is more evident in the value of sales than the quantity. And it is true that while the number of sales has decreased, the combined asking price of sales has crept up, from €1.83 billion in mid-2018 to €2.03 billion in 2019. “We should really consider the total value of sales – one 150-metre deal can be worth as much as seven to ten…

2 min
eye opener

Norwegian ethnographer Thor Heyerdahl was an academic in the Indiana Jones mould. He’s most famous for his 1947 Kon-Tiki expedition, in which he sailed 6,900 kilometres from Peru to French Polynesia on a traditional Peruvian balsa wood raft. Heyerdahl believed that similarities between the two cultures implied long-forgotten contact, and he wanted to prove that ancient South Americans could have made the journey across the Pacific, using the vessels they had at their disposal. Two decades later, the Ra expedition, named after the Egyptian sun god, aimed to establish a similar cultural diffusion between the ancient Mediterranean and South America. Heyerdahl’s boat design was informed by Egyptologists and tomb paintings, constructed by boatbuilders from Lake Chad and made of papyrus. (While ancient Egyptians also used more sophisticated wooden boats, reed vessels…

4 min

103 knots: the top speed of Technohull’s latest RIB, the 38 Grand Sport BOOK OF THE MONTH In Tales from the Roads Less Traveled, Dutch photographer Pie Aerts visits the most remote corners of the planet to capture the unfiltered reality of the people who live there. From the jungles of West Papua to the mountain villages of the Himalayas, Aerts portrays a rich tapestry of unseen life encompassing people, wildlife and nature. €60, teneues-books.com Artefact uncovered Artefact, the biggest volume 80m superyacht in the world, has hit the water in Germany. The extraordinary glass-centric design, which was penned by Gregory C Marshall, launched at Nobiskrug’s Rendsburg facility. Sporting 740m² of glass, which weighs almost 60 tonnes, the 2,990GT yacht features quirky hull windows and a three-deck-high section of floor-to-ceiling glasswork. Artefact will make…

1 min
spotlight: new to the market

MAN OF STEEL $7.25 MILLION The 37m motor yacht has been listed for sale by Ocean Independence. Designed by Omega Architects, she was built by Heesen and delivered in 2005 with a refit in 2013. LIFE OF REILLEY $7.65 MILLION The 34.49m motor yacht has been listed for sale by IYC. Built by US yard Burger Boat to a design by Don O’Keefe, she was delivered in 2003 with her most recent refit in 2018. L’ALBATROS €5.5 MILLION The 43.59m motor yacht has been listed for sale at Fraser in Monaco. Built by Nishii Zosen-Sterling, she was delivered in 1986 and has had several refits, most recently in 2018. SO’MAR €7.9 MILLION The 37.92m motor yacht has been listed for sale at Thompson, Westwood & White. Built by Tansu Yachts, she was delivered in 2014 and won…