View From The Bridge: Introducing the Virtual Shipyard

View From The Bridge: Introducing the Virtual Shipyard

Virtual shipyards can deliver practical benefits in the real world, according to captain Iain Flockhart. The concept of the virtual shipyard appears to be gaining popularity, writes captain Iain Flockhart. For those who don’t know what it is, here’s a

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View From The Bridge: Key points to consider when selecting an owner’s representative for a new build

View From The Bridge: Key points to consider when selecting an owner’s representative for a new build

Appointing an owner’s representative to oversee a shipyard project can avoid extra cost and confusion later on, argues captain Iain Flockhart. Based on some of my own less-than-ideal experiences with shipyards and those of colleagues who have discussed their experiences

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View From The Bridge: Myanmar is an emerging destination

View From The Bridge: Myanmar is an emerging destination

Amid the global Covid-19 pandemic, as travel restrictions for many grow ever tighter, it’s welcome relief to consider new destinations for yachts. Recently, with this in mind, my thoughts turned to Myanmar, writes captain Iain Flockhart. Having visited this enchanting

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View From The Bridge: Coronavirus and watching the anchor chain

View From The Bridge: Coronavirus and watching the anchor chain

credit: Ralf Roletschek – GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2   I was very lucky to get off the island of Mallorca last Sunday (March 15), as the national lockdown that was scheduled for 08:00 Monday morning was brought forward

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OPINION: Luxury yacht art enjoys a moment in the Florida sun

OPINION: Luxury yacht art enjoys a moment in the Florida sun

On the razzle dazzle: Two dazzle ships separated by nearly 100 years. Art on luxury yachts is enjoying a moment in the Florida sun. Not the waterscapes of Paul Signac or works by Georges-Pierre Seurat starring in superyacht lounges but

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The View From The Bridge: The changing face of yachting

The View From The Bridge: The changing face of yachting

The credentials of superyacht crews are attracting attracting more attention. Last month’s Superyacht Investor London 2020 conference plus a recent visit to Subsea 2020 Expo in Aberdeen have prompted me to consider the changing face of yachting, writes captain Iain

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OPINION: A fresh breeze blows through the superyachting world

OPINION: A fresh breeze blows through the superyachting world

She of the Sea: Jenny Matthews (R) and Natasha Ambrose (L) plus colleague. A fresh sea breeze is blowing through the superyacht world. It is challenging old assumptions and helping new ideas make headway in turbulent times. Its name is

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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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