OPINION: London Calling

OPINION: London Calling

Our team is flat out getting ready for our Superyacht Investor London Conference 2019 next week. So I am shirking work by sending this. It is always hard to pick out the best sessions, but I am particularly looking forward to the

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OPINION: The Secret Life of Superyacht Valuations

OPINION: The Secret Life of Superyacht Valuations

‘A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.’ That quip by Lord Darlington, a character in Oscar Wilde’s play Lady Windermere’s Fan is probably as true today as it was when the

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OPINION: Connectivity: The Final Frontier

OPINION: Connectivity: The Final Frontier

“Ground control to Major Tom,” the defining lyrics sang by David Bowie in his 1969 masterpiece Space Oddity. Space cruiser Major Tom may have been fictional, but the song resonated with our need to connect and fears of isolation. Each

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OPINION: Superyacht owners: Changing the narrative

OPINION: Superyacht owners: Changing the narrative

The press love a juicy story about a superyacht. Perhaps it is curiosity for a world that for many is unattainable that makes yachts’ allure so insatiable. Or maybe it’s just good old-fashioned nosiness. Whatever the reasons may be, the

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The life and times of ‘Equanimity’

The life and times of ‘Equanimity’

Each superyacht’s story should be full of romance and adventure on the High Seas but for Equanimity her journey so far feels something more akin to a Greek tragedy. Built in 2014 by OceanCo, the 91 metre, 2,998 GT, Equanimity can take up to

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Separating morality from legality – and why yachting has the moral high ground

Separating morality from legality – and why yachting has the moral high ground

I don’t believe lawyers should write too much about morality. But following the disclosure of the ‘Paradise Papers’ in 2017, an onslaught of misguided moral righteousness resulted, villainising the wealthy for using perfectly legal means of investing their wealth in

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Is ‘Yacht finance’ a dirty term?

Is ‘Yacht finance’ a dirty term?

Leon Batchelor, Arc & Co Marine & Aviation talks to us about the perception of yacht finance. Where am I going with this question?…. I would imagine that for most, it’s not a question that would naturally spring to mind

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When will the Chinese superyacht market take off?

When will the Chinese superyacht market take off?

China has been a growing market for business jets, commercial aviation and helicopters for several years. However, the world’s second-largest economy has yet to witness comparable growth in superyachts. Talk of China as an emerging superyacht market really kicked off

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EC’s Moscovici suddenly decides he does not like yacht leases in some EU countries

EC’s Moscovici suddenly decides he does not like yacht leases in some EU countries

The Mossack Fonseca Panama Paper leaks led to the resignations of two prime ministers, marches in cities around the world, spawned hundreds of investigations and led to thousands of articles. When it was first revealed that Appleby – a much

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European Commission “discriminating against smaller countries” with yacht lease letter

European Commission “discriminating against smaller countries” with yacht lease letter

Anthony Galea, managing director at Vistra Marine & Aviation, questions whether the European Commission really understands the Maltese leasing scheme and remains confident that yacht leases will continue. Superyacht Investor: Are you surprised that the European Commission is targeting yacht

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