Industry insights in latest SuperYacht Times newspaper

Written by Gemma Fottles

The latest edition of the SuperYacht Times newspaper is out now, featuring interviews with some of the industry’s most significant players, including Benetti, Philippe Briand, Pendennis, Floating Life, Zuccon International Project and the owner of the recently launched Seven Sins, Hugo Verlinden.

We travelled to Falmouth in this issue, where we met up with joint Managing Director of the Pendennis shipyard, Henk Wiekens. With the summer 2016 completion of the largest refit ever undertaken in the UK, that of the 85.6-metre Aquila (ex; Cakewalk), Wiekens shares some of the most interesting stories to come out of the yard over the past 25 years. Shedding some light on the brand’s specialisations and reputation, Wiekens comments: “We certainly do have more of a reputation now as a refit yard because more boats come through the yard, but for us, the big business plan was always a mix of both: new build and refit.

Over in Italy we also visit the renowned Italian designer, Giovanni Zuccon, at Zuccon International Project’s Rome-based studio. With their latest project, the 74-metre Cloud 9, launched at the end of January this year, we talk to Zuccon about what’s next for the company as well as the importance of an increased focus on research and design in the superyacht industry. With the aim to invest 15% of the businesses turnover into ZED Research - the studio’s in house R&D department - Zuccon comments: “The industry is indeed small, but that shouldn’t count as a justification to not invest in research. I’m investing in the research myself, and I hope that by talking to others in the industry about it more people will follow.

A little closer to home, we’re excited to share a passionate Belgian owner’s insight into superyachting with Hugo Verlinden, an owner with 30 years of ownership experience. Taking delivery of the 52-metre Sanlorenzo Seven Sins earlier this year, he excitedly told us his plans to enjoy every second of his new toy: “I have installed a forward-facing camera on the bridge that allows me to connect to it from anywhere in the world,” he says. “This allows me to enjoy the sea and the islands in the evening from my iPad. I can see what the Captain sees and it feels like you are on the bridge. It’s fantastic!

With other features including a behind-the-scenes look at Floating Life, Philippe Briand, Studio Indigo, Benetti Now and a closer look at Indonesia’s beautiful cruising grounds through the eyes of an experienced captain, subscribe now and never miss another issue.

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