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Latest edition of the SuperYacht Times newspaper takes a closer look at Custom Yacht Building

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Vivian Hendriksz

The latest edition of the SuperYacht Times newspaper is out now and available for purchase. We are very excited to be focusing on the specialised world of custom yacht building, speaking with some of the most influential players in the bespoke yacht industry, from designers to brokers to shipyards and suppliers in this issue.  SuperYacht Times Newspaper Issue 21Photo: SuperYacht TimesWhile some may debate on what makes - or does not make - a custom superyacht,  it is precisely this lack of clear definition which reflects poorly on the industry as a whole, argues founder of SuperYacht Times Merijn de Waard. Which is why we propose to correctly categorise new yachts, thereby offering further information as well as insights into this issue.  SuperYacht Times Newspaper Issue 21Photo: SuperYacht TimesHowever, this lack of a clear definition has not deferred some shipyards from basing their business model on solely building superyachts to order. Italian shipyard Rossinavi only offers ‘custom’ or ’bespoke yachts’, as their vision is to help build their clients dreams. Other shipyards, such as Feadship and Lürssen also focus on solely building custom yachts, while others like Benetti and Heesen, employ a combined business model, one which sees them building both yachts to order as well as on speculation. In this issue, we find out more about the business models which dedicate how shipyards build their superyachts.  

Without a clear definition, it may also be tricky for potential future yacht owners to decide whether or not they should invest in a custom yacht. Which is exactly why we spoke to serial yacht owner Lord Irvine Laidlaw, competitive racer and the winner of the 2015 World Superyacht Awards Legacy Awards, who shared with us his advice for those building a superyacht for the first time and when they should go fully custom, or not. SuperYacht Times Newspaper Issue 21Photo: SuperYacht TimesSelling a new, custom build yacht is also not as easy as it may sound, but senior sales broker at Camper & Nicholsons International, Alex Lees-Buckley, has managed to make a name for himself in the industry with his expertise. In this issue, we learn more about the new build projects he has worked on and his thoughts on the new ownership models. 

When it comes to custom yacht building it can be hard for any designer to know where exactly to start, or where to look for inspiration. But not for legendary designer Terence Disdale, who always starts his designs with something he is sure no one won’t get bored to death. During our conservation with Disdale, he shares with us some examples of particularly bespoke features he has worked on, working on larger projects as well as where he gets his inspiration from for his one of kind designs.  SuperYacht Times Newspaper Issue 21Photo: SuperYacht TimesIN THIS ISSUE  
Ownership - Lord Irvine Laidlaw, Lady Christine  
Ownership - Anil Thadani, Latitude 
Market - 10 Questions with Alex Lees-Buckley  
Design -  A Conservation with Terence Disdale  
Construction - Rossinavi on becoming custom superyacht builders  
Construction - Building to Order or Building on Speculation with Lurssen, Sunseeker, Feadship, Heesen and Benetti  
Construction - Bilgin’s new state-of-the-art shipyard  
And much more!  

SuperYacht Times Newspaper Issue 21Photo: SuperYacht Times

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With a wide range of experts from designers, shipyards and suppliers working to bring their client's dreams to life through custom-building, the yacht industry has plenty to offer to potential clients. Order your issue now and step into the world of custom yacht building in this special edition of the SuperYacht Times.

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