As 2014 rapidly closes in on boat show season, The Superyacht Owner presents Issue 14, its largest edition of the year, offering the refreshingly candid look at ownership that it is known for in time for the industry’s manic yacht meets to commence. 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 features owners from across the spectrum as well as offering advice on tax schemes, broker commissions and auctions.

The superyacht industry, it is safe to say, has become transfixed by size. Ocean giants like Eclipse, Azzam and Al Mirquab, steal the headlines, while regular Top 100 lists create a superyacht hierarchy that places the emphasis on only the largest of the fleet. 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. Matt Telling’s newly launched 26m, M/Y YOLO, is another example of a yacht that is sub-40m but perfectly formed and designed especially to suit her owner’s lifestyle.

While some would argue that we have moved away from the days when owners would gradually move up the size ladder over time, Bruce Grossman, cover star of Issue 14 and proud owner of the new 54m ISA M/Y Forever One, is an owner that is doing just this. Having owned a string of fast planning yachts that culminated in a Mangusta 130, Grossman decided to build Forever One. He explains why he was ready for a lifestyle change and joins his broker and designer in stressing the importance of kerb appeal.

The launch of Bruce Grossman's Forever One. (credit: Justin Ratcliffe)

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 ultimately a triumph of style and a matchless swan song for Fitzroy. Her owner takes us on a tour and offers and insight into what went wrong with the yard and advice for other owners on how to avoid similar having a similar experience.

In a light-hearted 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 also 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.

And finally, 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.

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