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Boat International April 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
editor’s letter

I remember seeing the designs for BOLD a few years ago and being taken aback by her almost brutalist styling. Up close and personal, she’s much softer than she seems, but still packs all the passage-making punch promised by those no-nonsense lines. In fact, while still extreme, her styling seems to fit right in with a modern crop of superyachts that really push the design envelope. Just look at the latest Excellence , whose owner, Herb Chambers, is interviewed in this issue. Could this spell the end of the wedding cake look? Not likely, but it’s great to see boat owners being braver in their design choices. These decisions are often enabled by technological advances, especially, in recent years, in glass. The huge areas of structural glazing on board Excellence…

3 min

Robert Johnston Robert is a London-based journalist with over 30 years’ experience. He has written for titles including The Times , The New York Times and the Financial Times . For this issue, Robert considers the best clothes for travel ( page 82 ). On which journey do you find the best-dressed travellers? They’re in Business Premier on the Eurostar between London St Pancras and Paris Gare du Nord – though the passengers speaking French tend to be the more stylish The most ridiculous thing you’ve seen worn on a plane? Flying back from Girona in Spain I sat next to a man wearing a helmet. That was weird What’s the most over-dressed you’ve ever been? I’ve been sat in a pew at a wedding dressed in a morning suit while the person next to me was…

1 min
she’s electra

The sheds have been emptying at Heesen after two superyachts hit the water in February. The Dutch yard remains on track to deliver the second 5000 Class, 49.8-metre Project Electra, to her owner this month, while the Steel Class 49.8-metre Project Triton was due in February. Triton’s bold profile, inspired by classic car design, comes courtesy of Clifford Denn. Her Reymond Langton-penned interior meanwhile is described by the yard as “contemporary”. Electra’s exterior is by Omega Architects and Cristiano Gatto designed the interior. heesenyachts.com…

2 min
starters’ orders

No question, there are some owners whose first yacht measures 70 metres. But the classic yachting “career” looks more like this: an owner starts small and “grows up” with their boats, gaining a few metres every few years until they reach the superyacht segment and buy a semi-custom boat between 24 and 30 metres. Of the 10,863 yachts longer than 24 metres that have been delivered, 4,165 (or 38 per cent) belong to this segment. The average length of these yachts is 26.4 metres and only 8.6 per cent are sailing yachts. “For many owners, the first large yacht with crew is between 24 and 30 metres long,” says Peter Hürzeler, managing partner of Ocean Independence. “Later, many of these buyers move up and acquire a larger format. That’s why we take…

1 min
eye opener

The 1954 Disney blockbuster 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea pops up repeatedly in the interior design briefs for 21st-century explorer yachts (see our November 2019 cover boat Scout for recent evidence). It’s little wonder: the proto-steampunk aesthetic of Captain Nemo’s submarine Nautilus is pure adventure. The film also provided Kirk Douglas, who died in February at the grand old age of 103, with one of his most iconic roles – as pugnacious harpooner Ned Land – as well as one of his most unusual female leads. Esmeralda, the pet sea lion, did not feature in Jules Verne’s original 1870 novel, but Disney added her to its cinematic version for comic relief. In the final act of the film, Ned rescues Esmeralda from the sinking Nautilus along with scientist Professor Aronnax and…

7 min

EVENT 27 MAY 2020 YACHT CLUB DE MONACO Explorer Yachts Summit 2020 The Explorer Yachts Summit, a collaboration with exploreryachts.com, is the only international event dedicated to this rapidly expanding sector. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with owners, industry leaders, designers and suppliers at the forefront of expedition yachting. Topics include the state of market, groundbreaking projects, the new frontiers of superyachting, prepping for adventure and expedition security. For more information and tickets, visit boatint.com/explorersummit New moon rises The 99.95m Feadship superyacht Moonrise has splashed to take the mantle as the yard’s largest yacht by waterline length. Moonrise ’s exterior design by Studio De Voogt sports “sleek and sensual lines” with a “modern masculine profile”, according to the yard. Key exterior details include a superstructure clad in glass and a helipad on the…