I’ve heard of superyacht captains being compared to taxi drivers, with people saying that “all they do is ferry the ultra-rich from Monaco to St. Tropez”. That statement could not be further from the truth and anyone that perpetuates this point of view is either woefully ignorant or flagrantly trying to piss people off. Superyacht captains are asset managers, recruiters, HR managers, teachers, refit managers, owners’ representatives and everything in between.
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Do designers fully grasp the nuances of life on board a superyacht? “Not at all,” said one captain, “They have no clue,” said another, “For owners and guests, yes. For crew, no”. On 11 March, we launched the Superyacht Captain’s Sentiment Survey, within which we asked captains to provide their opinions on a range of topics and a number of the results, which have been published in The Superyacht Captain’s Report, proved to be quite surprising. For instance, 50 per cent of respondents explained that their owners and charter guests have no interest in the green agenda and that nothing was being done on board, beyond what the captains themselves had implemented, to be more environmentally friendly.
Elsewhere Martin Redmayne, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of The Superyacht Group, speaks with Captain Scott Marina, the Australian race crewmember that became a key player in the construction of the world’s largest superyacht.
Back in the 1980s, while on a skiing trip to Europe at the age of 20, Marina was having lunch with family friends in Italy before returning home to Australia. He was thinking about what to do next when he met Captain Steve Jansen who was running a sailing yacht, an Ocean 71 called Miss Too. Then came the million-dollar question.
“Can you sail?”
“Yes sure, I have all my life,” replied Marina.
From that moment on, Marina’s life changed course and within a few days he was on board the yacht, chartering and cruising around the Mediterranean and then on his way to the Caribbean. Fast forward to 2003 and Marina was in the Mediterranean on board Boadicea when he was informed by the charter brokers Edmiston that they had a long charter booked. The client revealed he was considering buying a yacht. The following year, the same client booked Boadicea for three months’ charter while his new boat, a 66m Alberto Pinto project, was being built at Oceanco. As a direct result of this fortuitous charter, Marina ended up becoming the captain for the client and subsequently playing a major hand in the delivery of 156m, 15,917gt Dilbar in 2016.
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