OPINION: ‘Captain, do something about the tide – now’

OPINION: ‘Captain, do something about the tide – now’

Shiny superyachts seldom fail to impress but their crew have a value beyond money. Driven to distraction by the frustration of an adverse tide preventing the launching of a tender to reach shore; an irate superyacht owner ordered his captain:

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OPINION: Brexit Britain finally casts off from the EU

OPINION: Brexit Britain finally casts off from the EU

Goodbye, Au revoir, Auf wiedersehen: the UK says farewell to the EU: or begins to. Image courtesy of MW Finn.    So, it’s finally happening. After years of rancorous debate, the UK will finally cast off from Europe at 11pm

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OPINION: Green goals supplant the need for speed

OPINION: Green goals supplant the need for speed

Philippe Briand’s new 60-metre sailing superyacht SY200 concept is designed to appeal to Millennials. It used to be all about speed. Superyachts under sail were often designed to win regattas while delivering a good deal of luxury. Luxurious interiors remain

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View From The Bridge: Developing 2020 vision for the year ahead

View From The Bridge: Developing 2020 vision for the year ahead

Responsible yachting is likely to be one of the key themes of 2020. This article explores some of the key trends that are likely to shape the superyachting world of 2020, writes captain Iain Flockhart. My editor pipped me to

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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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