“Sailing is a disease for life for which there is no antidote” – Twilight owner Richard Matthews’ declaration will ring true with many and certainly captures the passion of himself and the other owners featured in Issue 12 of The Superyacht Owner.

Fellow sailing yacht owner Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones for example has owned three Wally yachts (including current Magic Carpet3), while Alex Dreyfoos, owner of Silver Cloud, has spent much of his life on the water, eventually employing technology typically used in research and naval vessels to create the perfect superyacht for him and his wife.

For many, chartering your yacht is a necessary part of ownership, but it is not as simple as it once was. We look at how owners are increasingly being forced to jump through hoops in order to charter their yacht out, how this will affect the market and what the options for owners are. We also talk to the owner and the captain of Lady Britt, an example of an extremely successful charter yacht, in an attempt to find out what her secret is.

The complexities of chartering are just the tip of the iceberg in an industry that is becoming increasingly business focused. As a result, creating a realistic budget is key to the successful running of your yacht. In Manning we look at what it takes to form one and since fuel is one of the biggest outgoings for any yacht, we also talk to operators and experts about the world of fuel bunkering legislation in Management & Operations.

Multihulls are known for being more fuel efficient and as a result more economical to run. But Francis Lapp, yard owner at Sunreef, the world’s number one luxury catamaran builder, explains how, costs aside, his clients are looking for a vessel that will let them see the world without the limits of frequent refuelling. Staying with multihulls, Issue 12 also presents an owner’s guide to the world of multihulls, looking at the unique lure of catamaran and trimarans.

Designing a yacht, whether it is a catamaran or an explorer is an extremely personal endeavour, but we ask some industry experts whether designing too personal a yacht could end up costing you in the long run. Our design editor looks at new technology used by the likes of Andrew Winch and Evan K Marshall to bring designs to life and owner of M/Y Zeepaard, Sietse Koopmans, reveals how, through pursuing efficiency, he has designed his ultimate explorer yacht.

Entirely designed for exploration, explorer M/Y Safira made her maiden voyage around Greenland. We talk to her owners Linda and Tony Bakker about their experience among the icebergs in the great north. Exploration need not require an explorer yacht though; Marc Deppe of Triton Submarines explains how you can enjoy the depths of the ocean without even getting wet in a personal submersible.

Finally, in a Q&A with Marcel Onkenhout, CEO at Oceanco, we learn how he intends to assure Oceanco’s continued success in the market and Martin Redmayne explains why in today’s market of advisors all looking for their next contract, the time has come for data and information to be the ultimate support for the owner.


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