With Miami International Boat Show only a few weeks past, and the excitement of Palm Beach coming up in two weeks' time, it is the perfect time to take a look into the latest issue of the SuperYacht Times newspaper: the USA Issue. In first-ever USA-focused Issue, we cover all the hot topics around the US industry, including the current state of shipbuilding in the States and its future, the secrets of what American owners are looking for, and the best places to take your superyacht in America. Here we take a brief look at just some of the features to be found in Issue 19 of the SuperYacht Times, which you can get delivered to your door by subscribing here. "A lot of the American builders were not good business people... they were just good boat builders."
For our first ownership interview of the Issue on pages 8-9, Gemma Fottles spoke to the serial superyacht owner, Robert Book, proud owner of the 46.7-metre Heesen Book Ends, who let us into some of the secrets for ownership - and resale - success, and his thoughts about moving from predominately US-built boats to the Dutch built Book Ends. With fascinating insights on the future of the industry in Asia and the differences between boat building cultures in the US and Europe, this in-depth interview is not one to miss.Our popular in-pictures spread was given a US twist this time and looks at some of our favourite US-built yachts, including the 72-metre Delta Marine Albatross, the 65.6-metre Invictus and the distinctive, golden-hulled Khalilah. From deep-sea long-range cruisers to contemporary innovative designs and island-hopping vessels built for speed, the USA has produced it all. Check it out towards the centre of the paper on pages 22-3. "Deregulation in the US coupled with an upbeat trend in the global economy has moved the market beyond my expectations. The mood is bullish, albeit wary... but buyers are certainly back."
Next up, Gemma Fottles spoke to the New Zealand native and long-term Florida resident, the broker Stuart Larson, who has sold over 300 yachts during a career spanning 38 years so far. In a fascinating interview, Gemma found out how Larson has managed to maintain his success and to keep a sparkling reputation within the industry, as well as gaining insights into the US market, the role of the digital world in yacht brokerage and the importance of preparation for young brokers. Check it out on pages 12-13. "With the economy moving in the right direction, it is important for USA builders to capitalise on this positive movement and remind potential buyers why the prospect of owning an American built yacht is so appealing."
Of course, any USA issue of a superyacht newspaper would be incomplete without addressing the elephant in the room: the state of the current US new build market. Ellie Brade tackles this controversial topic on pages 32-33, offering a candid insight into the decline of the US shipbuilding and painting a picture of what it could look like in the future. Speaking to experts across the industry, Ellie finds plenty of room for optimism in what is often painted in bleak light: this certainly leaves you with food for thought. Finally, in our travel feature, we whisk you away to the awe-inspiring waters of Alaska, with Chris Fagan, Captain of the 39.6-metre Westport-built superyacht Serengeti offering his ideal week-long itinerary. As well as outlining a seven-day trip featuring amazing wildlife, warm springs, glacier bays and so much more, Chris gives us important tips on how to make the most out of your time in this beautiful region of the world - and is likely to leave you with a healthy dose of travel envy! Check it out on pages 36-7. Other features inside this latest issue include 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 a discussion with IYC CEO Stefanos Macrymichalos on the digital future of superyacht brokerage. If you like the sound of it, make sure you subscribe now to receive your issue straight to your door and never miss another issue.