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Boat International March 2020

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

As any good armchair historian knows, Antony Beevor is the go-to author for an accessible retelling of some of the Second World War’s most pivotal moments. (No letters from Stephen E Ambrose fans, please – he’s great, too.) I devoured Beevor’s book Stalingrad, which brought home the horror of that particular battle. It was with some enthusiasm, then, that I said yes to Lord Ashcroft’s offer to write up his adventure to the city now known as Volgograd. Many owners and captains would look at a journey like that and deem it too difficult. It’s hard to blame them – it took Lord Ashcroft’s captain a year to study all the ins and outs, but the effort paid off with one of the most remarkable superyacht adventures ever undertaken. If…

3 min

Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft, KCMG, PC, is a businessman, philanthropist, author and pollster. He is also a former treasurer and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party. For this issue, Lord Ashcroft recounts a recent cruise through Russian waters (page 64). What’s been the highlight of all your yachting voyages? My fascinating adventure up the historic White Sea–Baltic Canal in 2017 will always be hard to beat The biggest disaster you’ve experienced on your travels? Many years ago we lost a rudder in uncharted waters in the Pacific If you could sail to any place in history, where would you go? I love New Zealand and its people, so I’d like to have been with Captain James Cook when he first sighted the country in 1769 Who’d be your dream circumnavigation companion? Logan Roy, the fictitious tough media boss from…

1 min
nb66 shapes up

She may be incomplete, but you can already trace the flowing decks of Turquoise Yachts’ 74m NB66. The yacht has now been moved to the yard’s Pendik facility in Istanbul where Ken Freivokh’s interior will be installed. It has a central lobby with a “stunning multi-deck atrium and spiral staircase”, according to the yard. Clad in marble, granite and leather, the interior will offer “classical elegance”, Freivokh adds. Other star features include a touch-and-go helipad and a full-beam beach club. The exterior, meanwhile, has “strong diagonal lines creating harmony between the superstructure shapes and the hull”, says design studio A Vallicelli & C. The yacht is due for delivery in summer 2021. turquoiseyachts.com…

2 min
headline figures

Global political events have cooled the superyacht brokerage market, causing a drop in sales in 2019. End of year results show that a total of 398 yachts of 24m or more were sold in 2019, down from the 437 that changed hands in 2018 and the 433 recorded in 2017. The total asking price also took a hit, falling from 2018’s €4.48 billion (£4bn) to €3.69 billion. Industry figures claim the numbers were no major cause for concern, blaming the lukewarm performance on disruptive political events, including the US and China trade war, Middle East tensions and Brexit. “I think most of this is politically and economically driven,” said Fraser sales broker Maarten Ten Holter at time of press. “This is the influence of the US-China trade war and now we…

2 min
eye opener

Photographed in 1934, working deep in the belly of the beast, these craftsmen were creating the most advanced sailing yacht that had ever been built: the 39.5-metre J Class Endeavour. British aviation pioneer Thomas Sopwith ordered the boat for his 1934 America’s Cup challenge and he used his aeronautical know-how to refine her winches and rig. She was the first yacht to use a quadrilateral genoa, offering a huge sail area and power advantage. This input, together with design by legendary naval architect Charles E Nicholson and construction by J Class specialist Camper & Nicholsons in Gosport, helped Endeavour sweep up awards in her debut racing season – an encouraging sign as her raison d’être approached. But just before departure for America and the Cup, Sopwith’s crew went on strike and…

6 min

The latest superyacht concepts, hot launches, yard insights, cool new kit, books, videos and much more 5 number of sales from its XP explorer series announced by Turkish yard Numarine in January A new Dutch master Royal Huisman kicked off 2020 in style by launching the largest aluminium sailing yacht in the world. The 81m Sea Eagle II is also the largest yacht ever built by the Dutch yard. The three-masted schooner has a plumb bow and carbon rigging by Rondal. Accommodation is for 12 guests and 13 crew. “It may look like a contemporary modern sailing yacht now, but in 50 years’ time it will be a classic,” says Dykstra Naval Architects, which worked on the exterior styling with Mark Whiteley Design. Whiteley agreed: “It’s a yacht that will never go out…