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Boat International May 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

You never think you’ll have to reference a novel coronavirus when introducing a superyacht magazine, but it’s impossible to ignore – the elephant in the main saloon. Firstly, the thoughts of all of us at BOAT International are with anyone in our industry and beyond affected by Covid-19. March went by in a blizzard of event cancellations and postponements, our own included – the World Superyacht Awards, due to take place in May in London, have been pushed back to September. It’s clear we’re going to be living with the effects of this for some time, but as the good news does eventually start to trickle through, we’ll do our best to keep you updated on our website. I only hope this storm passes as quickly as it arrived and…

3 min

Tory Kingdon Tory is a contributing editor at BOAT International and the editor of our annual Superyacht Interiors book. For this issue, she explores the latest rug designs ( page 94 ) and the world of collectables ( page 89 ). What makes the perfect rug? Something antique with a strong colour palette. I love a beautiful, bold rug that has faded over time; it seems to tell a story What’s the trick to gauging the future collectability of a piece? I think if it’s well designed and exceptionally crafted and you love it, someone in the future will too Who’s your all-time favourite interior designer? Probably David Hicks for his bravery with colour and his eclectic style – he was the first to combine both antique and contemporary pieces What’s the best piece in your own home? A…

1 min
into the water

I Amels’ first Limited Editions 206 superyacht has hit the water as the Dutch yard’s first launch of 2020. The 62.5-metre yacht will now undertake sea trials and commissioning ahead of delivery, scheduled for later this spring. Build captain Fraser Gow says it was a “wonderful build milestone to see her outside. Everyone’s done an exceptional job, particularly on the finish, which you can really appreciate now she’s outside.” Based on the Limited Editions 199, the 206 features exterior design by Tim Heywood, while the 1,161GT interior was styled by Laura Sessa. Key details include a 35m2 beach club and a huge 23-metre-long sundeck. amels-holland.com…

2 min
sweet harmony

Superyacht interior design is shifting its focus from spaces designed to impress, towards informal, homely styling. As Julia Dean, senior interior designer at Winch Design, says: “Ten years ago, there was a trend for real stand-out, bold pieces and now we’re moving to more harmonious and fresh palettes with neutral furnishings.” Whereas owners used to opt for “a wow factor in every room”, yachts now sport “a harmonious theme that flows throughout”, she says. For interior design supremo Terence Disdale, this approach is nothing new. “Our mantra has always been to avoid the ‘wow factor’ as it is the fastest dating aspect of any space,” he says. “Our success revolves around avoiding that aspect of interior design and creating interesting interior environments that are relaxing and detailed in a cohesive manner…

1 min
eye opener

Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour is normally a busy channel for passing ships, ferries and even the odd superyacht – but giant inflatable artworks are more of a rarity. Last March, American street artist Kaws chose the harbour to exhibit his signature character, Companion . Weighing 40 tonnes, partly owing to the steel pontoon it was fixed to, the inflatable sculpture is pictured here being gently lowered into the sea at a shipyard in Tsing Yi. The 37-metre Companion dangles above the water, its arms outstretched in a relaxed repose that was an important part of Kaws’ vision. “I was thinking of all the tension in the world, and I wanted to create work that would make people think about relaxing,” says Kaws. “And there’s nothing more relaxing than lying on…

4 min

Benetti makes a splash An expansive owner-dedicated upper deck is the star attraction on the 70-metre custom Benetti superyacht FB273, which has launched in Italy. Exterior details include a vertical bow, touch-and-go helipad and “futuristic” stern, according to the yard. Inside the Laura Pomponi-penned interior, the upper deck features a 120m2 cabin at the bow, a private lounge overlooking the helipad, his and hers bathrooms and a “breakfast corner”. This deck also has a cinema, an office and a gym with a massage room. Benetti recently launched two other yachts: the 40.2-metre Happy Me , the 14th hull in its Classic Supreme 132 series, and the 29-metre BD106, the sixth hull in its Delfino 95 series. benettiyachts.it Coronavirus disruption The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has caused widespread disruption to the superyacht industry. Some shipyards…