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Exploring American Design in the latest issue of the SuperYacht Times

Written by
Georgia Tindale

The second edition of the SuperYacht Times newspaper for 2018 is out now and available to order! Issue 19 is our first ever USA Issue and is focused on all-things American, from American clients to the state of the American new build market, to those owners who have been bitten by the USA-bug and can't get enough of cruising around the States. In this issue, we also talk to some of the US' top superyacht designers and ask the hotly contested question: what is American style in superyacht design anyway?

Newspaper Issue 19

Kicking off our design section of the newspaper, Gemma Fottles got to know one of the US' most prolific superyacht interior designers on page 26, Patrick Knowles from the eponymous studio, Patrick Knowles Designs, which is based in the yachting hotspot of Fort Lauderdale. Responsible for the interiors of the 58.2-metre Trinity superyacht Unbridled - whose owner requested a total of 21 species of wood to appear in the final design - and the playful interior of the ISA 63 superyacht Kolaha, amongst many others for clients all around the world, Knowles talks to Gemma about the current state of the US industry and what the American buyer is looking for from their yacht interior, and, spoiler alert - it's probably not what you think.Newspaper Issue 19Moving across the page, Georgia Tindale digs into the somewhat controversial topic of what you mean when you describe something as having an 'American Style' in superyacht design. Speaking to representatives from American yards and design studios, including Westport, Gregory C. Marshall Naval Architects and others, we discover why American style is dubbed "Cutting Edge Vanilla" by some in the industry, the role of the late, great J.B Hargrave in influencing contemporary American yacht design, and why the future of American style may well be a "hybrid style." Newspaper Issue 19In our final design feature of the Issue, Georgia sat down with the Florida-based designer Ward Setzer from Setzer Yacht Architects to hear about his expansive career designing over 800 yachts for 60 yards around the world and his two year sabbatical in Saint Lucia, the move towards minimalism in American contemporary design tastes, and, most importantly, a healthy dose of debunking from Setzer about the decline of the US industry and the many misconceptions that surround it.

With other features including an owner interview with former CEO of Tommy Hilfiger and the happily retired yachtie, David Dyer, an examination of America's distinctive love for sportfishers and in-depth insights from the world-renowned broker Stuart Larson on the secrets of brokerage success and the US market, make sure you subscribe now to receive your issue straight to your door and never miss another issue. 

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