As the world continues to face the pressures posed by the current global pandemic, there have been many adjustments which we have all had to make in order to adjust to this 'new normal' in which we find ourselves. Indeed, the superyacht industry as a whole has faced a great number of changes over the past few months, with facilities closing, yacht shows cancelled, sales slowing down and charters being postponed, many of which have been discussed in depth in our weekly SuperYacht Times Webinars (themselves launched in response to the crisis).
However, as facilities slowly begin to reopen in Italy and elsewhere and the industry continues to look to the future, we are delighted to announce the release of our May/June issue of The SuperYacht Times newspaper, exclusively available via subscription, as the first issue put together entirely remotely with the cooperation of our wonderful advertisers and contributors. Read on for a sneak preview of what's inside.Kicking things off with a big one (136 metres in fact), we had the rare privilege of stepping on board one of the industry's most spectacular superyachts, the world's largest yacht for charter, the Flying Fox. Without wanting to give too much away, suffice it to say, guests opting to spend time aboard this Lürssen masterpiece will find themselves elevated to a whole new level, with health and wellness at the core of every aspect of the charter experience on board, from the interior design by Mark Berryman through to the world's first cryosauna installed on a superyacht. Discover more on pages 24-5. In recent years, the refit segment has found itself increasingly in the spotlight as the global superyacht fleet continues to grow and owners opt for ever-more complex works to be carried out on their vessels to keep them in top condition. For our special section in this issue, we take an in-depth look at a case study at Palumbo Superyachts Refit and discover what it takes to paint 6,641 square metres' worth of superyacht, get the lowdown from superyacht designers Tommaso Spadolini and Luca Dini on their most memorable refit projects and find out why US yards are investing so heavily in new facilities and equipment. Turn to page 15 to get your fill of all things refit.With her technical launch taking place at the beginning of May, we were also thrilled to have the opportunity to delve into the inspiring story of the restoration of the classic 42-metre motor yacht, Istros which is taking place at Feadship's refit facility in Makkum and which is a story bound to please all our history-buff readers (we know you're out there!). As her young captain, Tristan Le Brun explained to our reporter Justin Ratcliffe, "We get excited about classic yachts because their timeless design is the essence of yachting" (p.26). Read the story online here. Photo: Malcolm John WoodPhoto: FeadshipAlthough February's Miami Yacht Show admittedly feels like something of a distant memory, it did presented the chance to take some time out to not only enjoy the world's best grilled crab and cheese sandwich (try it before you knock it), but to meet one of the industry's most laid back and personable superyacht designers, Evan K Marshall. We found out the story of his transatlantic success which took him from cutting his teeth at Sparkman & Stephens to the doors of Andrew Winch and finally to going it alone and setting up his own independent studio in London. Discover his perspective on what it really takes to be a successful superyacht designer in 2020 on p.22.
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE OF THE SUPERYACHT TIMES NEWSPAPER:
Yacht Life: Join the crew of the 56-metre Benetti Bash for a turbulent crossing of a different kind (p.32)
The Interview: Life lessons from the chief of Echo Yachts, Mark Stothard (p.6)
... and much more.