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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OPINION: Switch on to superyachts’ cyber-security threat

OPINION: Switch on to superyachts’ cyber-security threat

With the average price of superyachts at the Monaco Yacht Show estimated at €37.8 million, can you afford to take the cyber-security risk?   It’s early September 2020. You are easing a superyacht into her narrow berth alongside the industry’s shiniest

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OPINION: Ferretti float sinks … but not without trace

OPINION: Ferretti float sinks … but not without trace

Launching an IPO is a lot riskier than launching a yacht, as Ferretti Group demonstrated yesterday. Ferretti has given up its plan to sell 30% of the company on Borsa Italiana. Ferretti had been hoping to list at between €2.5

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View from the bridge: Cybersecurity and the threat to superyachts. Are we doing enough?

View from the bridge: Cybersecurity and the threat to superyachts. Are we doing enough?

Pictured above is the tranquil scene viewed from my home on the banks of the River Clyde, writes captain Iain Flockhart. Just beyond the ship’s bow is Faslane Nuclear Submarine Base; home to the fleet that carries the UK’s nuclear

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View from the bridge: Showtime for superyachts. But should organisers step up their act?

View from the bridge: Showtime for superyachts. But should organisers step up their act?

Should superyacht show organisers polish their act? Captain Iain Flockhart thinks so. With the yacht show season now in full swing and the daddy of them all underway in Monaco, as I pen this article, I want to take a

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