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Boat International December 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

It’s been interesting, 2020, but it’s almost time for you to shuffle off. But before we tie a knot in this year and hide it in that dark place behind the sofa, let’s at least try to finish it with a bang. The twice-delayed World Superyacht Awards finally had their moment on 13 November – yes, that’s Friday the 13th of November. Talk about tempting fate. However, as I write this ahead of time, preparations for our first ever virtual awards ceremony are going well. I hope you tuned in to see the winners - all of whom are revealed in this issue. I’d like to extend a massive congratulations to all the worthy recipients of a Neptune this year. As I never get tired of saying: these awards matter…

4 min

Mark Mason Mark is a writer and journalist whose work has appeared in The Spectator, The Times and the Daily Mail. For this issue, he compiled our annual quiz (page 151). Which is the toughest question in your quiz this year? Probably the one about the region of the sea whose name is an expression for “feeling miserable”. Though toughness isn’t what quizzes are about – they should entertain you and teach you things. This year’s will teach you about everything from Hindu greetings to the iPhone’s design secrets The most memorable quiz you’ve compiled to date? A political quiz I once did for The Times was great fun. It gave me the chance to use the fact that Vladimir Putin had released his own perfume. Apparently it has notes of lemon, bergamot, blackcurrant and…

1 min
a tall tale

With a mast taller than the Statue of Liberty, Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design’s 85-metre sailing superyacht concept Apex 850 would, if built, be the largest sloop in the world. Designed in collaboration with Royal Huisman, Apex 850 is “the most ambitious and inspiring concept” to come from the partnership yet, says the Dutch yard. Key features include an all-glass superstructure housing a 200-square-metre social space, retractable keel and twin high-aspect rudders. rqyalhuisman.com; malcolmmckeonyachtdesign.com…

1 min
eye opener

“I think what makes a picture is a moment that is completely spontaneous and natural and unaffected by the photographer,” award-winning and long-time Life photographer William E. “Bill” Eppridge once said. This philosophy certainly underpins the unguarded moment that he captured in 1965 while focusing his lens on the 51-metre yacht Southern Breeze in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. Mia Farrow, just 20 years old, is in her bathrobe, basking in her budding love affair with Frank Sinatra, nearly 30 years her senior. There was no suppressing the public’s thirst for news of America’s number- one crooner and his luminous new love interest. They met in 1964 after Farrow, daughter of actress Maureen O’Sullivan, became a household name at 19 by joining the cast of the popular television soap Peyton Place. When she…

7 min

Metal Shark’s cool cat hits the water The first 48-metre aluminium catamaran explorer yacht by US builder Metal Shark has been launched. Built on an Incat Crowther hull form, the cat, named Magnet, has three decks and a range of 11,000 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 10 knots. “I can travel quickly to faraway places, and everyone on board can enjoy the adventure,” says owner George Wallner. metalsharkboats.com BOOK OF THE MONTH Glossy hardback tome The Iconic American House shines a spotlight on the best in American residential architecture since 1900. Penned by design writer Dominic Bradbury, with original photography by Richard Powers, the book celebrates 50 influential and inspirational American architectural masterpieces such as Edith Wharton’s 1902 home The Mount and Rick Joy’s Woodstock Farmhouse. £50, thamesandhudsonusa.com Recognising and rewarding those…

1 min
monaco’s club class

A total of 200 people attended a Covid-secure four-day event at the Yacht Club de Monaco in September, with an estimated 20,000 people later watching online. The club says this audience for Monaco: Capital of Yachting Experience reflects the club’s position as “the epicentre of the luxury yacht sector”. Held in collaboration with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the event included an early screening of a film by adventurer Mike Horn about his Arctic voyage, a lively debate on hydrogen as an alternative to diesel, the launch of the Superyacht Eco Association (SEA) Index to rate superyachts’ environmental credentials and a Captains Forum. The latter comprised a discussion on how Covid-19 is impacting the yachting industry and was attended by a number of medical experts, including Virginie Guillerm, director of…