The Superyacht Owner
Through clear, concise and topical features The Superyacht Owner cuts through the fog of superyacht ownership issues, from financial and legal topics to tax and asset-management. Alongside weightier issues are inspiring features: 'Off the beaten track' voyages of discovery, owners' unique stories and different ways of enjoying life aboard. Published five times a year and printed to the highest standards, The Superyacht Owner complements the discerning readers' environments, be it business lounge, office or a chair on the aft deck.
Issue 24, September 2016
"Of all the international boat shows, the Monaco Yacht Show has the best setting and draws the best boats and the best crowds. If there is a low point, it's that it isn't longer." Bill Duker, owner of S/Y Sybaris is one of countless owners who'll be attending this year's show - and in issue 24 of The Superyacht Owner, we speak to many of them about why they attend and how to get the most out of it. Many of them will be guests at our Superyacht Owners VIP Lounge, this year in the new venue of Restaurant Joseph. If you haven't registered yet, head to www.superyachtownersviplounge.com before it's too late.
Also in this issue, we chat to racing driver, Joaquin Folch-Rusiñol, owner of 37m Heesen, Buka about owning a yacht which sates his thirst for high speed. Buka is not only fitted with powerful 16-cylinder 4000-series MTUs but the yard drilled holes in all non-structural parts of furniture and interior panels to save significant weight. "Speed is definitely my disease!" Folch-Rusinol admits.
Andrew Colin also talks to us about his 38m Pendennis-build S/Y Tenaz and throws up some interesting points about being a first-time owner. “Buying and owning a boat inevitably involves partnerships - whether that is with the boat builder, designer, broker or crew - and partnerships depend upon trust and confidence. But as a new owner, how do you build trust and confidence with people you don't know very well and who you don't have experience working with?”
Elsewhere in this issue, we speak to Leonardo Ferragamo about taking delivery of his Swan 115, Solleone and the future of the Finnish yacht brand. We also focus on restoration projects and speak to experienced owners about the risk factor in undertaking such a task. Jason Pilalas also chats to our editor on board his 44m yacht Rena, and Alex and James Ballengee report back from their beloved yacht, Polly.
As usual, our editorial bureau also provide opinion and comment, this month covering everything from tenders and toys to the America's Cup. Another regular, The Superyacht Buyer, is also inside, guiding buyers on their journey to ownership.
Issue 23, August 2016
"I told Perini Navi I wanted to see the last 10 boats they built so I could work out what I did and didn't like." Issue twenty-three's cover star, George Economou, the very happy owner of S/Y Baracuda speaks to The Superyacht Owner about helping to create his dream yacht and his many sailing trips around the Greek islands.
Also in this issue, we speak to owner Kim Schindelhauer of S/Y WinWin about choosing wildcard naval architect Javier Jaudenes for his 33m racer cruiser. The gamble has clearly paid off, with the yacht since sailing over 20,000 nautical miles and recently winning the Palma Superyacht Cup."Choosing a designer is a major decision and it can go so wrong, but I had a good feeling in my gut about Javier," says Schindelhauer.
Andrey Lomakin, owner and CEO of West Nautical, also talks us through his first commissioned project - a Mulder 94 Voyager named Firefly while Paolo Scudieri, CEO of Adler Group, enthuses about his forthcoming yacht, the very first Arcadia 100. "I was drawn to Arcadia because of its technological approach," he explains.
Elsewhere in this issue, we head to the Amalfi Coast to explore a superyachting hotspot, speaking to some enthusiastic owners along the way, and we turn to our Intelligence team to help us assess the superyachting landscape for the remainder of 2016. Martin Baum, CEO of yacht insurance specialists, Pantaenius, also talks about his rise to the top and Lulu Trask, editor of sister title The Crew Report, ponders where responsibilities lie when it comes to safety on board.
All this and so much more, including opinion columns from our international editorial bureau and a sneak peak at our new Superyacht Owner's VIP Lounge at the Monaco Yacht Show. See you there!
Issue 22, April 2016
Our cover stars Mary and Mark Shores planned to run S/Y Marae as a successful charter business from the moment they bought her. In this issue, they talk to The Superyacht Owner about what drew them to the yacht and the challenges of standing out in a charter crowd.
"We had a great week. How could we not?" Harry Macklowe, winner of the St Barths Bucket reflects on this year's regatta in our photo story this issue, along with many other owners who were blown away by this year's competition, some of the closest in recent years.
Elsewhere in this issue, we venture to Norway, to find out why many owners are opting to leave behind the warmer climes of the Med in favour of Northern delights. Lord Laidlaw liked it so much he has already pencilled in another trip for 2018! 'Endless bays, lots of pretty red and yellow houses, mountains, waterfalls, green walks to be taken," he says, "gosh, it's just got endless attractions!"
We also head to Barcelona to OneOcean Port Vell to find out why owners and captains are singing the praises of this forward-thinking marina. Back in London, we also speak to Martin Bellamy CEO at Salamanca Group to find out how they spotted its potential and decided to invest. "There was already capacity for smaller vessels around Barcelona," he comments, "but almost nothing for bigger boats."
There's much more too, including an interview with Benetti CEO Vincenzo Poerio, a tour around the stunning S/Y Solis and a conversation with crew about the most frequent owner problems, and crucially, how to solve them!
Issue 21, February 2016
The Hemsleys, this issue's cheerful cover stars, are happily immersed in both the sailing and motorboating worlds, dispelling any myths of tension between the two factions. The couple chat to The Superyacht Owner about their experiences aboard their 30m Feadship La Mascarade and their classic sailing yacht Mariquita - and hint at plans that they are likely to eventually move in the direction of a larger sailing boat.
We also chat to Brian O'Sullivan, owner of 41m Komokwa, who took the radical step of securing his own master's ticket for a circumnavigation. At the time of writing he was planning the 'second leg' of the tour heading to the Caribbean, the US eastern seaboard up to Nova Scotia, Cuba, Cartagena, through the Panama Canal, to Costa Rica and all the way back to Vancouver a year later.
"I started this project because I'm not happy with the status quo in the industry, nor with the yachts available and the way they're sold" The words of Sergei Dobroserdov who also features in this issue talking about his new Dynamiq range of compact yet fast displacement yachts that he says respond to a new type of owner.
Following years of searching for the perfect sailing yacht, the iconic 32m sloop Emmaline - originally Christoffel's Lightouse - has proven well worth the wait for her new owners. The Superyacht Owner steps on board in Porto Cervo to find out more about their buying experience - and reports back for this issue.
Elsewhere this month we talk Thailand charter with owners, captains and industry, we uncover incredible new sailing grounds in Oman and we speak to Feadship's charismatic CEO, Henk de Vries, about his rise to the top.
Issue 20, December 2015
"One of the biggest failures in the world at the moment is that we put politics and money before people. How much do we value human life?" The thought-provoking words of Regina Catrombone, this issue's cover star - who discusses the challenges and rewards of being the first-based sea-based NGO aboard M/Y Phoenix.
Alan Sugar, British businessman, superyacht owner and currently a weekly fixture on UK television as the star of The Apprentice, speaks to The Superyacht Owner this issue about his return to yachting. His striking 55m M/Y Lady A was one of six superyachts built by Japanese shipyard Nishii Zosen K.K in the mid eighties and is currently undergoing a 10-month refit at Burgess Marine.
Superyacht regattas have never been more popular, or safer, thanks to the work of the Superyacht Racing Association. The Superyacht Owner speaks to key figures behind the organization including Ed Dubois and Barry Houghton, learning how it was born out a terrifying accident on board S/Y Salperton.
Perini Navi's first motoryacht is built for an owner with an environmental conscience and his heart set on exploration. Following S/Y Exuma's return from an extensive five-year circumnavigation, The Superyacht Owner steps on board at the Perini Navi Cup.
Elsewhere in this issue, Stefano Tossiti chats about his aims and aspirations for BWA, Spirit Yachts discuss their most recent tender launch and we head Down Under to investigate the Australian charter market.
Issue 19, November 2015
Does the superyacht industry treat all clients equally? That is the burning question in issue 19, with cover star Christine Stiller and many more sharing their views on the matter. By 2030, 60 per cent of all the world's wealth will be controlled by women, so 'ignore them at your peril,' says Milton Pedraza, CEO of the Luxury Institute.
Serial yacht owner John Rosatti discusses his latest purchase, the 65m yacht M/Y Double Down (ex-Lady Lau) and opens up about his temptation to buy an even bigger boat. Speaking of size, The Superyacht Owner also step aboard Saluzi, the largest commercially operating superyacht based in Asia and arguably the most eye-catching vessel at this year's Singapore Yacht Show.
"If someone had asked me three years ago I would have imaged a place filled with candy, rollercoasters and zoo animals." The words of Alex Mayer, whose family own M/Y The Big Blue. He spoke to The Superyacht Owner as part of our Next Big Thing feature, talking to the next generation of owners about their future dream yachts.
James Liautaud, owner of the 60m M/Y Rock.It was once lauded by Feadship's Henk de Vries for his 'between the eyes honesty.' James discusses the build process for this issue, something he embraced so much, that he is already planning his next project. Van Steenderen Mainport Lawyers also answer some of the most pressing questions surrounding the subject of new build.
This issue also sees the launch of The Superyacht Buyer, a brand new project introduced at the Monaco Yacht Show, which aims to support buyers on their journey to ownership.
Issue 18, September 2015
Ahead of their fourth season aboard M/Y Miamaa, this issue's cover stars Luca and Monica Regusci are still totally content with their superyacht. So what is the secret to this rare satisfaction? The Superyacht Owner met the happy couple in Viareggio to find out more. Change is inevitable, and in the yachting world, many owners are constantly planning changes to their current yacht or thinking about their next project. Doug Barrowman is no stranger to this concept, having put M/Y Turquoise through a whirlwind four-month refit last year. While he ponders a hypothetical next project with The Superyacht Owner, Joanne Guardiola, one of the owners of Highander, the refit of Malcolm Forbes' classic Feadship The Highlander, talks about the challenges of restoring and redesigning this Bannenberg icon.
Design duo Lady Tina Green and Pietro Mingarelli of studio Green & Minagrelli talk about the vision behind their latest yacht project, the Benetti M/Y Illusion V and what makes their creative relationship tick, while Van Berge Henegouwen present some of the latest party and entertainment technology for superyachts and key crew members present the benefits of involving them in a new build as early as possible.
The Superyacht Owner was in Mallorca for the first maxi yacht racing event of the season, the Gaastra PalmaVela regatta. Bryony McCabe speaks to three owners of Wally yachts - a brand at the forefront of the racing realm. Andrew Johansson visits Western Australia's Vikal International, the tender company pushing the boundaries and putting Perth on the superyacht map.
We explore Porto San Rocco marina, a gorgeous gateway to the Adriatic, with berthing for superyachts up to 60m, sitting in a pretty seaside town close to Trieste, offering fantastic cuisine and vineyards.
Issue 17, May 2015
Janet Martin, new owner of M/Y Sunshine and cover star of Issue 17, kept creating the perfect family charter yacht within budget in mind when she embarked on the refit of her yacht. She talks to The Superyacht Owner about how she applies her expertise in banking and construction to running her yacht. For owner's rep Joseph Leone of Global Services and Management, the key to any successful refit is to run it as a business. He recounts the experience of completely transforming the owner's yacht M/Y My Seanna into something totally new, based on the most precious component of trust.
The owner of Benetti's Mister Z is used to captaining his previous, smaller yachts, so being hands-on is natural, as is making his yacht a successful business. He reveals his potential fractional ownership model and three experts offer their thoughts on what owners wishing to embark on the fractional route need to know.
From the moment she was launched, S/Y Meteor has cruised and raced all over the world. One of her owners Dan Meyers discusses schooners, sailors and the decision to sell.
The Superyacht Owner visits the newly opened Marina at Christophe Harbour in St Kitts to see what this exclusive community, the passion project of superyacht owner Buddy Darby, will have to offer the market. On the other side of the world, we visit another potential passion project, the historic former presidential yacht USS Williamsburg, before she goes under the hammer in La Spezia in the hopes of finding an owner with vision and deep pockets to rescue her from the scrap yard.
In a new section hosted by the Superyacht Intelligence Agency, we show how knowledge can be power in the world of superyacht ownership, while Issue 17's Manning feature explores whether we can be doing more to ensure that this 'seven-star industry' really offers seven-star service.
Finally, Fincantieri's CEO and senior executive vice president of its megayacht business unit discuss company's strengths and future strategies, and Dickie Bannenberg shares an extract from his new book on his father, the great Jon Bannenberg, that explores the close client/designer relationship between Jon and Gerald Ronson, CBE.
Issue 16, March 2015
High luxury is not a top priority for all superyacht owners. Indeed, some owners eschew the label of superyacht altogether. In Issue 16 of The Superyacht Owner, Francois Fiat (on the cover) is one such owner, commissioning his new yacht M/V Yersin to fulfil three core objectives: adventure, science and education. Luxury takes a backseat for Mariacristina Rapisardi as well, who prefers to conquer the icy reaches of the world on her Royal Huisman, Billy Budd II.
Debra Reuben has designed three yachts with Katharina Raczek, and knows how important a good designer/owner relationship is. They reminisce on their projects and shared passion and what makes their working partnership so special. Owner and shipbuilder Brian D'Isernia takes us on a tour of his own passion project, a lovingly crafted reincarnation of the historic 42m Gloucester fishing schooner Columbia.
Against the beautiful backdrop of the Bay of Islands at New Zealand's Millennium Cup, the owner of S/Y Silencio, who has embarked on a world trip, sits down with The Superyacht Owner to reveal why he crossed the great motor/sail divide. Across the oceans in Antigua, one of the owners of M/Y Golden Compass shares how he and his wife readied their first yacht for a world trip.
Three US brokers give their two cents on the problems with the resale market and what needs to change, while lawyer Albert Van Steenderen examines the warranty issues that surround superyachts and how they may be set to change. Wealth planner Alexander McBarnet lifts the lid on the true cost of ownership and the crucial difference between wealth and income.
We visit the world's longest running yacht club, the Royal Thames Yacht Club and talk to one of its members, Lord Irvine Laidlaw, about encouraging involvement from young members. Finally, we join Billy Smith, Trinity Yachts' charismatic vice president, on the aft deck of the recently relaunched 46m M/Y Attitude.
Issue 15, December 2014
The final issue of 2014 features owners from around the world who, despite approaching ownership from different angles, get equal value from their boats.
Massimiliano Florio made the decision to accompany his crew on the delivery journey of his new Southern Wind Grande Orazio from South Africa to the Mediterranean, an experience that allowed him to get to know his boat, his crew and himself better.
Simon Cardiff, an advisor on ownership, asset management and governance explores how to approach superyacht ownership more intelligently. For Harry Vafias, owner of three superyachts, intelligent ownership comes down to managing your yacht with a commercial sensibility, while former owner of M/Y Perle Bleue Stanley Bey offers his words of wisdom on intelligent ownership and the industry, looking at it from the perspective of someone who was an owner for over 20 years.
The Superyacht Owner also talks to two relatively new classic Feadship owners about the joining the ranks of the Feadship Heritage Fleet and to Bob Eichler, owner of S/Y Altair, about his love of cruising in British Columbia and newfound love of regatta racing. The owner of 61m Hayama tells us about his extensive refit of the former Japanese tuna fishing vessel and his plan to tick a yacht world tour off his Bucket List.
Dennis Jones, owner of M/Y D'Natalin IV and his broker, Christian Bakewell, sit down and tell us about what makes their relationship a success, Elsa Remmen, owner of D'Angleterre II answers our 10 Questions, Slim Bouricha explains the thinking behind the design of his new support vessel range, the Yacht X-Tender, and we look at integrating helicopter operations into your yacht, with a peek at the top five choppers for superyachts.
For sailing yacht builder Nauter's Swan, the connection with the yard doesn't end with the delivery of your yacht. We attended the Rolex Swan Cup to get a flavour of what being part of the exclusive ClubSwan is all about, and also take a look at the new kid on the regatta circuit, the Ibiza Rendezvous.
Following the successful launch of Jim Clark's S/Y Comanche in October, we caught up with his owner's rep and legendary yachtsman Ken Read about what makes this project so special.
Issue 14, September 2014
Ushering in 2014's show season, Issue 14 offers a refreshing look at the different sides of ownership. From Matt Telling's first steps on the ladder with his 26m Nauta Air to the way that the late Ian McGlinn changed how we build and market yachts today, this issue also offers advice on tax schemes, broker commission and auctions.
In anticipation of the Monaco Yacht Show, arguably the greatest superyacht show on earth, we take a look at the new Yacht Club de Monaco clubhouse and also ask a selection of owners and captains about what makes the show special and how newcomers should prepare.
On the cover is Bruce Grossman, proud owner of the new 54m ISA M/Y Forever One. He joins his broker and designer in stressing the importance of kerb appeal. S/Y Escapade is also a lesson in standing out from the crowd. Despite a challenging build process that saw the yard shut down, Escapade is a triumph of style. Her owner takes Ellie Brade on a tour.
In his introduction, Martin Redmayne questions the culture of bigger is better and suggests that it might be more rewarding to purchase two or three smaller yachts than one leviathan. This is a sentiment that owner John Brendmoe shares, having purchased a 30m Princess after years of chartering yachts of all sizes. He tells The Superyacht Owner why, when it comes to enjoying time on board, bigger is not always better.
For Steven and Valery Sablotsky, part of the reason for building explorer yacht M/V Copasetic in the first place was to be able to aid scientific research. The couple explain why, after donating their yacht to a team of scientists to facilitate groundbreaking research into the genomes of sea creatures, they would encourage all owners to give back.
In an experiment in design, we pair four designers with four owners and challenge them to create a yacht based only on the owner's watch. We talk to owner Mark Robba about the seven-year build process behind his yacht S/Y Dunia Baru, co-founder of the Canadian institution Tim Hortons and owner of M/Y Destination Fox Harb'r Too, Ron Joyce answers our 10 questions and CRN's president and CEO Lamberto Tacoli talks building relationships and working with clients.
Issue 13, June 2014
In a happy break from tradition Issue 13 features a superyacht family on the cover rather than a single owner. Midway through a round-the-world trip on board their motoryacht The Big Blue, the Mayer family take time to share stories and some photos from their adventure so far.
As one of the sponsors of this year's St Barths Bucket, The Superyacht Owner had the opportunity to interview the owners of S/Y Twizzle and Marco Vögele, the Swiss owner of S/Y Inouï, on board their yachts during the regatta. Vögele shares his thoughts on yacht design, ownership and the lure of the Med, while the owners of Twizzle talk to us about switching from motoryachts to a sailing yacht, their world tour and the decision to sell.
Many of the yachts at St Barths were raced with professional crews that featured some of the biggest names of the sailing world. One such name at the Bucket was double Olympic gold-winning sailor Shirley Robertson OBE. She talks to The Superyacht Owner about racing the biggest boats of her career and the responsibilities of race crew.
Experienced owner Neville Crichton chats to us on board his new Feadship M/Y Como, Diane Lander shares her passion for M/Y Olympus' incredible 86-year history and the Ducharmes tell us about owning their third Westport Black Gold. We also ask four brokers what questions owners should be asking before they decide to charter their yacht out, look at the realm of fuel efficiency and explore what innovative sporting platforms are being incorporated into yacht designs today.
Finally, we report on the fifth Singapore Yacht Show, visit Palmarina Bodrum, ask a selection of owners, brokers and designers what they would do with 30M euros and speak to Y.CO CEO Charlie Birkett.
Issue 12, April 2014
"Sailing is a disease for life for which there is no antidote" - S/Y Twilight's owner Richard Matthews' declaration not only perfectly captures his passion, but the passion of the other owners featured in Issue 12 of The Superyacht Owner.
Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones, who has owned three Wally yachts, speaks of his strong competitive streak, while Alex Dreyfoos shares tales of his extensive global travels on a Burger, a Feadship and now his custom-design SWATH, M/Y Silver Cloud. Linda and Tony Bakker also appreciate the off-the-beaten track locations and designed M/Y Safira to enable them to explore without boundaries. They talk about their unforgettable maiden voyage to Greenland.
In order to win races and explore beyond the milk run, good design is integral. Sietse Koopmans has designed his perfect explorer using all he learned on a world tour on his yacht M/Y Zeepaard. Francis Lapp, yard owner of Sunreef, has been designing and building the world's most popular luxury catamarans since 2002 for owners who want stability, efficiency and the ability to travel without limits. Staying with multihulls, Issue 12 also presents an owner's guide to the world of multihulls, looking at the unique lure of catamaran and trimarans.
This issue also tackles topics central to the management and running of your yacht, including a look at how fiscal regulations are affecting owners who charter their yacht, creating a realistic operating budget and the world of fuel bunkering legislation.
Finally, in a Q&A with Marcel Onkenhout, CEO at Oceanco, we learn how he intends to assure Oceanco's continued success in the market, and in Aft Deck, Martin Redmayne explains why in today's market of advisors all looking for their next contract, the time has come for data and information to be the ultimate support for the owner.
Issue 11, February 2014
With Issue 11, The Superyacht Owner presents an inspiring instalment to start the New Year and motivate you to make the most of your yacht.
Gracing the cover is Alessandro Falciai, owner of Adamas II, who brings his experience as a seasoned yachtsman to his new role as the proprietor of Italian shipyard Mondo Marine.
The industry is full of big dreamers. Eric Merlin's yachting journey, for example, started in 1999 when he built a turn-of-the-century paddleboat using just an antique postcard. Or there's the driving force behind the hugely successful Porto Montenegro, Peter Munk, owner of Golden Eagle, who saw the potential in a small Adriatic nation to become a superyacht hub. Or there are the owners who dare to push the boundaries of design, like with Adrian Lee, owner of Ocean Paradise.
For those dreaming of adventure, we get into the mind of Harald Orneberg, an owner who shares the highlights of the last six years on board his sloop Carl Linné and we look at how you can become a National Geographic-worthy producer with Marine Conservation Expeditions. David V Johnson talks about his Oil Nut Bay development and we visit Porto Montenegro, a superyacht marina community with a difference.
We also chat to Alberto Amico about his experience in the refit market, and look at issues of unfair dismissal, security, warranty and whether we could be doing more to quantify a yachts value before putting it up for sale.
Issue 10, October 2013
For the final quarter of 2013, Issue 10 of The Superyacht Owner features the owner of 70m Sherakhan Jan Verkerk on the cover. Hands-on and down to earth, he has made Sherakhan a charter success by reaching out to a new, more adventurous breed of charterer.
Looking at regulations, we talk to Peter Southgate from Wright Maritime Group about the increasingly strict world of maritime regulations and ask whether owners can justify building their yacht outside the commercial regulatory bubble. We also investigate whether the introduction of an independent third-party consultant to manage projects would be able to avoid inevitably expensive disagreements.
After selling the 62m Lady Lola, Duane Hagadone thought his days as an owner were at an end, he tells us how a twist of fate saw him buy her back after a chance encounter at 2011 Monaco Yacht Show. Monica and Danny Gold tell TSO how they went from being motoryacht owners to now completing their second sailing yacht, Mondango Three.
Finally, we visit Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) in Porto Cervo, Sardina as a part of The Superyacht Owner's Yacht Club feature and Jan Pachner, secretary general of the YCCS tells us about sister site, YCCS Virgin Gorda.
Issue 9, September 2013
For its ninth issue, The Superyacht Owner talks to the owner of Enigma XK, the 71m ex-fisheries vessel Norna, who has overseen the extensive refit to build a yacht capable of conquering the world's most inhospitable rivers and regions.
Offering a different view of superyachting is cover subject Manfredi Catella, CEO of Hines Italia, the Italian branch of the real estate giant founded by Gerry Hines, owner of the Dubois-designed sloop Lady B. A keen sailor, Catella who has raced at Newport and is about to charter a 20m catamaran, confesses to TSO that he actually prefers the hands-on control that only dinghy sailing can offer. Conversely, Hank Freid, CEO of hospitality company the Impulsive Group, is a motoryacht man through and through. He explains how he transfers stellar service from his land-based business to his fleet of superyachts.
As well as an in-depth look at China as a superyacht destination, and features on Barcelona's Marina Port Vell and Switzerland's Gstaad Yacht Club, there is a definitive guide to the yachts not to be missed at Monaco Yacht Show and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and legal advice on exiting a build contract and the Maritime Labour Convention.
Issue 8, July 2013
Owner of S/Y Viriella, Vittorio Moretti, and cover story for our eighth issue, owned a series of smaller boats before progressing to superyachts. The Italian entrepreneur, owner of multiple businesses, explains his passion for winemaking and yacht building.
Across the pond, businessman Stefan Ackerie is a household name in Australia, thanks to his vibrant rainbow-branded chain of 'Stefan' hairdressing salons around the country. He owns 31m Rainbow Rose and has just launched a new business, Stefan Boating World, which aims to bring affordable boating to Australia.
We talk to other owners about their experiences while exploring the issues of charter, design and dual ownership. A crowded charter marketplace requires owners to have a game plan, so we interview brokers at the MYBA Charter Show in Genoa to get their opinions, we discuss the pros and cons of dual ownership structures, provide lessons in charter exploration from a boutique adventure travel company, and introduce you to this year's Superyacht Owners' VIP Lounge event at Monaco Yacht Show, setting a benchmark in show luxury.
Issue 7, May 2013
For the seventh issue of The Superyacht Owner, and the cover story, we speak with owner Guido Krass about building his own superyacht and setting up his own shipyard, Hanseatic Marine, in Australia. Also we speak to Gerhard Ruether in New Zealand - the owner is midway through what he describes as a "stop start" circumnavigation on board his sailing yacht, Zefiro.
Like his mentor the late Wolter Huisman, Frans Heesen is one of the figureheads of the superyacht industry. We speak to him aboard M/Y Lady Petra after announcing his official retirement last year, while owner Chris Lenz takes us on a journey through Thailand aboard S/Y Silver Lining.
Delving into the serious issues behind superyacht ownership is a feature of maintaining a superyacht following the sinking of M/Y Yogi last year, and with faith in the resale market failing based on last year's activity, we go straight to the source to ask brokers what needs to be done for our buyers' guide to superyachts.
Issue 6, February 2013
The sixth issue of The Superyacht Owner comprises the surprising, the passionate, and the visionary, as several superyacht owners share their unique journeys to and during ownership.
After a decade in land locked London, owner and Italian Alessandro Rombelli discovered a latent skill and passion for sailing on returning to his native country. A love for the sport culminated in the build of Mini Maxi Stig, a dashing competitor on last year's racing circuit.
French owner Gérard Naigeon, has a lyrical take on ownership which he compares to a dream-like state. After co-owning two early 20th century classic sailing yachts, he built 32m sailing yacht Marama from an abandoned, unfinished hull and transformed her into a seaworthy racer.
We also hear from radical thinking owners, including our cover owner, Bill Duker, who has shaken up traditional new build and business models. Duker defied convention by project managing the build of sailing yacht, 70m Perini Navi S/Y Sybaris whilst Martin Lanting proposes a forward thinking model to give owners more control, not just of the design and build process for their yachts, but also of the yacht itself.
This plus our regular advice on central issues, including the arrival of new regulations on charter, such as the Maritime Labour Convention, and what to consider when drawing up a security plan. More informative features from experts, plus inspirational stories from owners, make this the essential reading material for any new or existing owner wanting to get the inside take on this fascinating industry.
Issue 5, October 2012
Superyacht owners comprise a spectrum of ambitious, charismatic and pioneering characters. In issue five of The Superyacht Owner, we were lucky to track down many of them, be it in their boardroom or amongst the high seas on their superyachts.
Valentin Zavadnikov, a hardcore Russian yachtsman, speaks from the heart of action on board and on the first day of racing the 2012 RC44 Championship Tour, Sweden. An entrepreneur owner, he explains how his award-winning yacht Aegir II led to the genesis of the Carbon Ocean Yachts line whilst Thomas Flohr, owner of the 42.2m Baglietto Nina J, explains how his rules for life and business have led to the success of his private aviation company, VistaJet.
This is also issue where passion gets practical and we look at the climate of yacht finance and options for yacht purchase. Expert Paul Swindale of Vantage Corporate Services argues there is still a prosperous debt market for new owners and we investigate the opportunities that aborted builds present for those looking to bring a new yacht to life, quickly.
More is packed into this fifth issue, including tenders of the future and a predicted new age of austerity in yacht management, to be launched at the 2012 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Issue 4, September 2012
For the fourth issue of The Superyacht Owner is our passion issue. Approaching the boat show season where decisions to buy are made, we explore what might motivate an owner to take the big step
Tom Saylak, proud owner of 37m ocean-cruising cutter Genevieve speaks of his love for the magical and spiritual element of life under sail, while adventurous voyager Dario Segre recounts his incredible journey from the icy fjords of Scandinavia to the azure waters of the Caribbean and back. Our cover interview is with designer, founder and owner of the inimitable and iconic Wally Yachts, Luca Bassani.
Delving into the serious issues behind superyacht ownership are features including money, maritime security and manning. Design is explored though a fantastic Feadship tender project from the drawing board of a London-based studio. Expert commentaries from guest contributors include candid analysis of the Orient's real opportunities, and how the superyacht security, safety and environmental industries deserve a place as leaders in their field on the world stage.
Issue 3, July 2012
For the third issue of The Superyacht Owner, we present six inspiring stories from owners. Their experiences of building and owning superyachts, frankly and honestly told, contribute hugely to our mission of truth telling, as well as inviting our readers - particularly those new to ownership - to feel comfortable entering the unique world of superyachts.
Delivering the practical perspective are experts in the field of law and legacy. They explain how to make the transition from private to charter yachts and where to source legal protection under a build contract.
With Monaco Yacht Show round the corner, we preview this giant amongst yacht shows. Find us there at the new Superyacht Owners' Lounge.
Destinations include Northwest Passage, and there are interviews with the best in the business including Edmiston CEO and a huge array of tips and features.
Issue 2, May 2012
In The Superyacht Owner's second issue our lead interview is with owner Cesare d'Amico. We also hear from owner of 37m Vripack-designed Zeepard and owner of Feadship's Heavenly Daze celebrating her 40th anniversary this year.
Features on crew rotation, the hidden costs of berthing and key issues from the Superyacht Fiscal Summit present the operational side of ownership.
We bring you the 'top 10' cruise destinations from owners of 73m Laurel who have visited over 100 destinations. Vitruvius' captain and chief engineer talk through the tough decision-making process of choosing the right tender for the mothership and we explore the art of custom yachts.
Passionate, informative, insightful - the second issue of The Superyacht Owner is an incredible follow up to the inaugural issue.
Issue 1, January 2012
Tackling the big ideas, issues and explorations head-on, the first edition of The Superyacht Owner delivers advice, opinion and experiences that allows new and existing owners to derive more value and enjoyment from their yacht.
Interviews with Satori owner Eric Benson, Ipharra owner Philippe Gudin and the designer, builder and former owner of Nomade, Riza Tansu. We explore ideas for new charter rates and consider a code of ethics for the industry.
With contributions from the leading journalists and photographers in the business, as well as our partners, the first issue is packed with vital content, beautiful images and sleek design. A must-read for the serious superyacht enthusiast.
Pilot edition, Autumn 2011
The Superyacht Owner is a five times yearly publication designed to educate, inform and guide owners through ownership time whilst being a source of inspiration on the possibilities of ownership.
Distributed at Monaco Yacht Show 2011, the Pilot Issue features freshly-designed and edited content, including interviews and contributions from owners that reveal personal experiences and offers valuable lessons to the superyacht community, both new and experienced. Including profiles, question and answer interviews with owners, and reports of inspirational or unusual itineraries to remote locales, the Pilot Edition is the must-read first iteration of The Superyacht Owner brand.