and Henk de Vries
This year's Global Superyacht Forum (GSF) in Amsterdam (18-20 Nov) saw a real owner presence in both the audience and on the stage. Victor Muller, CEO of Spyker Cars, owner of the Feadship classic M/Y The Highlander and chairman of the newly launched Feadship Heritage Fleet took to the stage at the end of day one, with long time friend, CEO of Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw, Henk de Vries. In an intimate a relaxed chat over a vintage bottle of red, Muller shared his personal experiences in the industry, his love of yachting and how we have the power to change the face of the industry. Comparing collecting classic cars to that of the superyacht industry, Muller shared that while they are not viewed in the same way, they are both hopeful that this perception will change in the future, leading to a surge in the market and pride for the wider industry. In relation to the Feadship Heritage Fleet, Muller feels that "this is an opportunity for like minded individuals to buy into a lifestyle that money simply cannot buy." Hopefully restoring some exclusivity and pride that the market is hungry for.
and Darren Jamison
Equally, closing day three and the Forum overall was sailing yacht owner and founder of Steiner Film, Sigfried Steiner and business partner, Darren Jamison of Capstone Turbine Corporation. After purchasing Royal Huisman built Lethantia, Steiner began to become annoyed with the noise level and amount of oil left around the yacht when at anchor. This prompted Steiner to develop a solution through the creation of Microturbine Marine Energy (MME) with Capstone and Steiner never looking back. Confident that this new technology will change the face of the industry, Steiner believes that "10 years from now, I predict there will be no diesel generators on board yachts".
Both owners offer up shining examples of how one person can have the power to evoke change. Not only are these two examples of proud owners, but they are putting the investment forward to increase innovation for future owners; something the industry could use more of.