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Boat International December 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

There’s a running joke in the BOAT International office about me and rivers. Whenever I bring up the idea for a feature on the world’s superyachtfriendly waterways, eyes start rolling like a ship in a big sea, and then the muttering starts: “He’s banging on about rivers again.” But I finally managed to get my way this month after convincing the team that there’s so much more to cruising than coastlines. Sometimes a yawning river mouth will open before you and the itch to explore it is irresistible. Just the idea of nosing your boat into the Amazon... how can you not be seduced by that? We also take a look at the Mekong, St Lawrence and a couple of rivers in Borneo that I bet you’ve never heard of,…

3 min

Mark Mason Mark is a writer and journalist whose work has appeared in The Spectator , The Times and the Daily Mail . His books have taken him into sidelines as varied as writing quizzes and leading guided walks around London. For this issue, Mark compiled our quiz ( page 97 ). How makes a good quiz? A quiz is about entertainment, not sorting out who is clever. It should be fun, and you should be able to work out the answers What do you love about your job? The variety. No two books, newspaper articles, quizzes or guided walks are ever the same What’s your most memorable at-sea experience? I took the 12-hour ferry from Aberdeen to Shetland when researching one of my travel books. It was the first time I’d been on the water for…

1 min
the front seat

Fresh from the boards of Dutch studio Sinot comes Aqua, a futuristic 112-metre hydrogen-electric superyacht concept created in partnership with Lateral Naval Architects. Aqua features an environmentally friendly propulsion system that uses liquefied hydrogen stored in two 28-tonne vacuum-isolated tanks at -253°C. The result is a top speed of 17 knots and a range of 3,750 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 10 to 12 knots. Key features include a massive owner’s “pavilion”, which occupies the forward half of the upper deck, and the Aqua room ( pictured ) which sits in the bow for far-reaching ocean views. Elsewhere, the spectacular staircase at the core of the yacht bypasses the two hexagonal liquefied hydrogen tanks, which sit behind a strengthened-glass screen. sinot.com…

3 min
germany shifts its focus

Germany has always built the world’s largest and most iconic superyachts. Many such giants built in the 1930s are still going strong: take 109.5-metre Sea Cloud (by Krupp Germaniawerft) and 136-metre Savarona (by Blohm+Voss, now part of Lürssen). The average size (and complexity) of yachts has grown over the past decade, with the construction at Lürssen of the world’s two largest superyachts, 180.6-metre Azzam (by length) and 156-metre Dilbar (by volume). The average length of the German fleet (296 yachts from 1870 to 2019) is 56.34 metres. “I have worked for 27 years at Abeking & Rasmussen,” says sales director Till von Krause. “During this period the size of the yachts has continuously grown, especially in the last couple of years.” Others see growth happening in different segments as well. “We have built…

2 min
eye opener

The year is 1984. Don Johnson, aka Sonny Crockett, is absorbed in conversation on a giant mobile phone (the height of technology back then) with his partner, Detective Rico Tubbs, looking on intently. The third character is an alligator named Elvis that is part guard reptile and part assistant detective, thanks to its apparently drug-sensitive reptilian nose. The Miami Vice scriptwriters must have assumed that viewers would suspend disbelief, enraptured by an aesthetic never seen on television before. They did for a while, and during its five-year run the show helped change not only the way television series were made but, more significantly, how Miami was perceived around the world. In 1983, the artist Christo had wrapped the islands off Miami Beach in pink fabric for one of his installations, but Greater…

4 min

BOOK OF THE MONTH In Rolex: The Impossible Collection, timepiece specialist Fabienne Reybaud picks out the most exceptional Rolex models from the past 100 years. They include the Explorer worn by Sir Edmund Hillary on Everest and a James Bond Submariner. €820, assouline.com Ocean Awards London JUNE 2020 EVENT Held in partnership with the Blue Marine Foundation, the Ocean Awards recognise those who have made significant contributions to the health of the marine environment between 1 December 2018 and 31 December 2019. These range from sustainable management of marine resources to sparking public engagement with the oceans. Nominations close on 13 December. boatint.com/ocean-awards #OceanAwards Heesen in overdrive Heesen kicked off a news-packed Monaco Yacht Show with a double announcement. The yard revealed Project Akira, the first model in its new 5700 Aluminium class, and announced the sale…