OPINION: Top three themes point the way ahead

OPINION: Top three themes point the way ahead

Green yacht designs, as incorporated in the Baltic Yachts’s foil-equipped Baltic 142 Canova, proved popular with readers. Superyacht Investor’s three most popular themes of the past six months – luxury yacht finances and tax liability, crew management and green propulsion systems

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OPINION: Superyacht safety: I’ll drink to that … or perhaps not

OPINION: Superyacht safety: I’ll drink to that … or perhaps not

With the yacht safely tied up for the holidays, the entire Superyacht Investor team wishes you a festive “Cheers”.  Should alcohol aboard superyachts be restricted to owners and their guests? Superyacht captain Iain Flockhart strongly believes so. Iain has run

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View from the bridge: Prevent incidents and protect owners against liability

View from the bridge: Prevent incidents and protect owners against liability

Owners, captains and managers have a duty of care to protect their staff on board vessels. Several incidents in the past couple of years have focused attention on the employer’s duty of care, writes captain Iain Flockhart. I am writing

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OPINION: Sanlorenzo’s flotation comes in a tough year for launches

OPINION: Sanlorenzo’s flotation comes in a tough year for launches

This year has proved to be far from vintage for initial public offerings (IPOs) – with mixed results, but Sanlorenzo is ending the year on a high. Its shares were listed at €16 each on the Italian stock exchange, the

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OPINION: Chinese interest in superyachts awakens despite ‘tigers’ and ‘flies’

OPINION: Chinese interest in superyachts awakens despite ‘tigers’ and ‘flies’

China’s interest in superyachts has long been predicted but never realised. Perhaps, that is, until now. Could those optimistic, some might say wildly optimistic, forecasts solidify into reality – despite the Beijing government’s public hostility towards ostentatious wealth? Recent signs

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View from the bridge: The value of design input from experienced crew

View from the bridge: The value of design input from experienced crew

Better by design: Captain Iain Flockhart argues that superyacht crews should be consulted when planning yacht designs. The vast majority of people who design yachts have never spent any appreciable time working at sea, writes captain Iain Flockhart This leaves

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OPINION: ‘My other car … is a luxury yacht’

OPINION: ‘My other car … is a luxury yacht’

Luxury carmaker Lexus has ventured into the world of luxury yachts with its debut launch. Car bumper (or fender if you’re American) stickers that proudly proclaimed: “My other car is …” became widely popular about 15 years ago. Among the

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View from the bridge: Chase boat vs a larger yacht

View from the bridge: Chase boat vs a larger yacht

Support vessels, such as Joy Rider, offer significant benefits to superyacht owners: captain Iain Flockhart. As the encouraging trend for more large yachts to get away from the same old cruising grounds and to cruise further afield seems to  gather

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OPINION: Novel luxury yacht stands up to the competition

OPINION: Novel luxury yacht stands up to the competition

The novel Mansion Yachts uses four hydraulic legs to stand up to the competition. Asked to picture a luxury yacht, most people are likely to conjure up an image of a sleek superyacht cutting elegantly through azure waters. Sharp prowed

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OPINION: Talk of the sharing economy has been greatly overshared

OPINION: Talk of the sharing economy has been greatly overshared

In the past 10 years there has been a lot of talk about how young people – particularly Millennials (those born between the 1980s and 1995 who became adults at the turn of the century) – and are not interested

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