Human nature dictates that people are rarely satisfied. Once we’ve achieved one goal, it’s often onto the next with little time to enjoy the status quo. Happily, this issue’s cover stars Luca and Monica Regusci are a rare breed and something of an inspiration when it comes to finding contentment at sea. Ahead of their fourth season aboard M/Y Miamaa, they spoke to The Superyacht Owner about how healthy it is to maintain a ‘small margin of desire’ instead of constantly giving into the temptation to upgrade to a bigger boat.
Upgrading to a new boat is a big step and a refit is a less dramatic way to shake things up. A man who knows all about this is Doug Barrowman, who talks to us about putting M/Y Turquoise through a whirlwind four-month refit last year and tells of the adventures he and his family have been on since, including swimming with pigs in The Bahamas.
Another owner who embarked on a refit project is Joanne Guardiola, one of the owners of Highlander, the refit of Malcolm Forbes’ classic Feadship The Highlander. She talks about the challenges of restoring and redesigning this Bannenberg icon.
Understanding how a yacht will work from a practical point of view is invaluable in any design and new build, whether from a crew perspective or as the owner. Lady Tina Green of design studio Green & Mingarelli has the unique advantage of being both designer and owner of M/Y Lionheart. She tells The Superyacht Owner why it helps to understand how yachts tick and she and design partner Pietro Mingarelli discuss the vision behind their latest yacht project, the Benetti M/Y Illusion V. On the other side of the coin, key crewmembers explain involving them in a new build project early can make all the difference.
One of the attractions of the superyacht industry for many is that the sky is the limit when it comes to taking spaces and experiences to the next level. Van Berge Henegouwen reveals some of the latest innovations and growing trends in entertainment technology that may lead to a new breed of owner taking the plunge.
Complimenting The Superyacht Owner's Tenders & Toys Guide, also out now, design editor Andrew Johansson visited Vikal International in Perth, Australia, the tender builder that has delivered more large tenders for the world's largest yachts than any other, to talk to its founder Gunar Vikingur, and learn how they are pushing the boundaries and putting Perth on the superyacht map.
Proving that cruising in the Med can come hand in hand with culture and quiet, Justin Ratcliffe travels to the Porto San Rocco Marina, a stunning gateway to the Adriatic with berthing for superyachts up to 60m. Meanwhile Byrony McCabe reports from Palma de Mallorca for the first maxi-yacht racing event of the season, the Gaastra PalmaVela regatta catching up with three passionate Wally yacht owners.
The Superyacht Owner, Issue 18 is out now. Subscribers can access the magazine online by logging in here.