“Having boats is an incentive to make time,” the owner of 61m M/Y Hayama declares in the last issue of The Superyacht Owner for 2014. In Issue 15, owners share how they spend this time on their yachts and experts give their advice on how to make sure time on board is spent as enjoyably as possible.

Italian owner Massimiliano Florio shares why he took the time to accompany his crew on the delivery voyage from Cape Town to the Mediterranean on his new Southern Wind S/Y Grande Orazio. For fellow sailing yacht owner Bob Eichler, while ownership isn’t cheap, spending time on board S/Y Altair, whether it is racing or cruising, brings with it is own personal value.

Bob Eichler, owner of S/Y Altair at the helm
during the St Barths Bucket 2014.

Simon Cardiff, advisor on superyacht ownership, asset management and governance, looks at this idea of value and more intelligent approaches to ownership in his article ‘The Investor Approach’. For Harry Vafias, owner of three superyachts including M/Y Southern Cross III, intelligent ownership comes from managing your yacht with a commercial. After over 20 years in the industry, former owner Stanley Bey opens up about his experiences and what intelligent ownership meant for him, and offers some words of advice to today’s owners.

For many, superyacht ownership goes beyond just owning the boat. It can be a unifying pastime, bringing you together with other like-minded owners. Classic Feadhsip owners Rembert Berg and Chapman and Kristin Ducote are recent recruits to the Feadship Heritage Fleet (FHF) and they share what lead them to purchase their pieces of yachting history and what being members of the FHF offers them. For sailing yacht builder Nauter's Swan, the connection with the yard doesn’t end with the delivery of your yacht. The purchase of a Swan gives you immediate membership to the exclusive ClubSwan. We attended the Rolex Swan Cup to get a flavour of what being part of the club is all about.

ClubSwan, the exclusive club for Swan owners.

Perfection is often the name of the game in the superyacht world, but for the owner of 61m Hayama, perfection is all relative. He tells us how he completed an extensive refit of a former Japanese tuna fishing vessel all in Egypt using his own contacts and about 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.

Comanche, Jim Clarks new racing yacht.

Finally, following the successful launch of Jim Clark’s pre preg 30.5m racing yacht S/Y Comanche in October, we caught up with his owner’s rep, the legendary yachtsman Ken Read to talk about the project and future plans for this incredible yacht.

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