By their very nature, most owners are dreamers. Whether it is simply the dream of owning a superyacht, the vision to build one or the fantasy of exploring the far corners of the globe on one, ownership typically comes down to dreaming. The owners in Issue 16 are all the definition of dreamers.

François Fiat (on the cover) has spent the last, commissioning his new yacht M/V Yersin to fulfil three core objectives: adventure, science and education. A custom yacht project like no other, Yersin is a highly innovative multi-purpose vessel that combines the comfort of a superyacht with the go-anywhere vocation of an explorer and the scientific facilities of a research ship. Luxury takes a backseat for Mariacristina Rapisardi as well, who prefers to conquer the icy reaches of the world on her Royal Huisman, S/Y Billy Budd II. She shares tales from her trip through the Northwest Passage in 2012.


Left to right: Pascal Piriou,
Captain Jean Dumarais, François Fiat, owner of M/V
Yersin (credit: Justin Ratcliffe)

Debra Reuben is an owner with vision. She 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 has loved American sailing lore since his teens when he first encountered the historic 42m Gloucester fishing schooner Columbia, a vessel whose lines inspired in him a dream that one day he would own something like her. He takes us on a tour of his passion project, a lovingly crafted reincarnation of 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 their ultimate world trip.


M/Y Golden Compass parked next to a warship on its world trip.

For owners to achieve dreams like this, they need the support of trusted advisors and professionals. In this issue, three US brokers offer 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 Vice Commodore Bernard Kinchin and Rear Commodore Sailing Chris Griffiths, as well as 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.

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