Fate often has a strange way of working and no one knows this more than the owner of Lady Lola, who tells us how after selling the 62m Oceanco in 2004, believing his time as an owner was at an end, a chance encounter with the yacht in 2011 at Monaco Yacht Show saw him buy her back and fall in love with ownership again. The owners of 51.7m Mondango Two have always been motoryacht owners until a sailing yacht moored next to a yacht they were viewing swayed them to build a sailing yacht instead. Fast forward a few years and they are now completing their second sailing yacht, Mondango Three.
Keeping charter in mind, our design editor explores the finer points of charter marketing by focusing on the importance of uniform design and logos for brand identity of a charter yacht. We also talk to Peter Southgate from Wright Maritime Group about the increasingly strict world of maritime regulations and ask whether owners can viably justify building their yacht outside the commercial regulatory bubble. Another area that has sparked regulatory debate is the Maritime Labour Convention 2006, especially in how it relates to crew training and quality. Captains and trainers share their opinions with us on the subject following the American Superyacht Forum.
Regulations aside, building a superyacht is complicated business, with the final outcome often open to dispute from various stakeholders. We investigate whether the introduction of an independent third-party consultant to manage projects would be able to avoid inevitably expensive disagreements.
Serving as a reminder of one of the joys of ownership – exploration and travel – dive master Rodolphe Holler and owner of Dr.No explore the deep in Tahiti in Dr. No’s Super Falcon submarine and share the story as well as some incredible photographs of the experience. We also 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.
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