The Superyacht Investor team is in the market all year round researching the industry and speaking to active professionals to help us draft our agendas each year. We would love to hear from you about other potential topics, so please get in touch via email or calling Rebecca Hawkins on +44 1737 910 501.

08.30 – Registration and refreshments

09.10 – Conference welcome

Alasdair Whyte, Superyacht Investor

09.15 – Opening remarks

Jay Tooker, Holman Fenwick Willan

09.30 – Building boats – the toughest role in yachting
Are there still too many builders? 
Can yards hold on until demand returns?
How can owners protect themselves from failures?
How can yards manage their brand in a resale market?

Moderator: Jay Tooker, Holman Fenwick Willan
Toby Walker, Benetti
Stefano de Vivo, Ferretti
Erwin Bamps, Gulf Craft
Vasco Buonpensiere, Cantiere delle Marche srl

10.30 – Morning Coffee hosted by Holman Fenwick Willan


11.15 – Yacht finance 2020
What do banks add to the industry?
Are banks too fussy?
What would attract more finance?

Moderator: Elinor Dautlich, Holman Fenwick Willan
Olivier Blanchet, BNP Paribas
Michel Buffat, Credit Suisse
Anthony Buneta, Société Générale 

12.10 – Across the pond
Why have US buyers woken up?
Is the Trump Presidency boosting sales?
Are US banks more willing to finance?
Exporting and importing yachts to the US

Robb Maass, Alley, Maass, Rogers & Lindsay

12.30 –  Lunch


14.00 – Should yacht owners be worried about cybercrime?
Are yachts really high risk targets? 
What could cyber criminals do?
How can you insure against it?

Moderator: William MacLachlan, Holman Fenwick Willan
Ben Lind, AIG
Campbell Murray, BlackBerry

Simon Rowland, Veritas 

14.40 – Afternoon tea hosted by Holman Fenwick Willan

15.20 – What is my yacht worth?
Is there anything you can do to make valuation more transparent?

Should there be more regulation
Will it always be this way?

Moderator: Olivier Blanchet, BNP Paribas
Thierry Voisin, The WOY
Dennis Causier, Vessels Value
Mike Taylor-West, La Playa

16.00 – A view from other markets
Yachts versus jets versus art

What is stopping yacht buyers? 

Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Superyacht Investor
Tim Hunter, Falcon Fine Art

Steve Varsano, The Jet Business
Nigel Watson, Luviair

16.50 – Close of day one

Alasdair Whyte, Superyacht Investor

17.00 – Cocktail reception hosted by The Marshall Islands Registry

09.00 – Morning refreshments 

09.20 – Day two opening remarks

Alasdair Whyte, Superyacht Investor

09.30 – The art of yacht management
Simplifying ownership
Do owners appreciate what yacht managers actually do?
Managing the new generation of crew

Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Superyacht Investor
Andrea Pezzini, Floating Life

Richard Masters, Master Yachts
Roberto Giorgi, Fraser
Dean Smith, Royale Oceanic

10.10 – IP: Whose idea is it anyway?
Where can you draw the line with a yacht?

Design concepts versus engineering brilliance
Designer royalties

Moderator: James Nurton, Managing Intellectual Property
Ignacio Oliva-Velez, Winch Design
Martin Francis, Francis Design
Panos Pourgourides, Hill Dickinson

10.50 – Building the base
Is everyone focusing on large vessels?
Finding finance for smaller yachts

Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Superyacht Investor
Paul Cook, Once Ocean Port Vell
Andreas Iseli, Winch Design

11.30 – Morning Coffee

12.00 – MYBA purchase form – time for a change?
Standardised versus bespoke contracts?

Giving buyers an exit
English versus US lawyer approaches

Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Superyacht Investor
Jay Tooker, Holman Fenwick Willan

Robb Maass, Alley, Maass, Rogers & Lindsay
Bob Allen, Robert Allen Law 

12.40 – The future for yacht charter
The ageing customer base
Supply versus demand
Is the future online
Where are tomorrow’s customers coming from?

Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Superyacht Investor
Geoff Moore, West Nautical
Tim Johnson, TJB Superyachts

13.20 – Lunch

14.40 – Supporting the fleet
Do yards need to improve warranties? 
Would owners like (and pay for) more after sales support?

Moderator: Alasdair Whyte, Superyacht Investor
Richie Blake, Döhle Corporate Services
Karin Paggi, Custom Line

15.20 – Selling yachts in 2017
Can the US lift the whole market?
Are there any bright spots?
The pre-owned yacht overhang

Moderator: Anouch Sedef, Meyer Avocats
Toby Maclaurin, Ocean Independence
Jim Acher, Bluewater
Vassilis Fotilas, Fraser

16.00 – What’s next for the future of Yacht Design?

Nikos Dafinas, Alphamarine

16.20 – Closing remarks

Alasdair Whyte, Superyacht Investor

16.30 – Prohibition afternoon tea