As the year has passed its halfway point, this offers an excellent opportunity to pause, reflect on the past six months and to look forward to the remainder of the summer before the fabulous tumult of Monaco Yacht Show and the rest of the yachting season begins. To this end, we can introduce our July/August edition of The SuperYacht Times newspaper which is exclusively available via subscription.
One owner who will be making the most of all that the warmer weather has to offer is the Swiss entrepreneur Clovis Défago who will be skippering his Sanlorenzo 108 Skyline himself and cruising along the fabulous Croatian coastline down to Montenegro and back throughout the summer months. We learn more about this self-starter in our interview on page 40. Moving to the sailing side, Charl van Rooy catches up with the vibrant 80-year old Jürgen Friedrich, the proud owner of the stunning custom 60-metre Perini ketch Seahawk during this year’s St Barths Bucket (p.38).
The advent of summer also means, of course, that charter is the name of the game. Our cover star for this issue, the 136-metre Lürssen Flying Fox is the largest yacht currently offered for charter in the world (admire her in more detail in our ‘In Pictures’ feature on pages 36-7), and we get the lowdown on what it’s really like to be a superyacht charter broker in our MYBA Charter Show interviews on page 46.
In a first for The SuperYacht Times, this issue’s special section takes the form of our ‘Refit Report’ in which we approach this burgeoning market segment from various angles. Are we misusing the term ‘refit’ in the industry? Will Turkey become your next destination of choice for superyacht works? Why are yards investing so heavily in floating docks, synchro-lifts and new facilities? Discover the answers to these and more.
Finally, to get your fill of a truly beautiful big boat, turn to page 30 where we get up close and personal with the 85-metre Golden Yachts O’Ptasia - the largest superyacht from the yard to date and completed by the Greek builder in a record 28 months. Packed full of stylish, well-thought-out features, from her uncluttered beach house to her understated, modern interior by Studio Vafiadis, O’Psasia is a yacht worth getting to know. For all of this, and much more, click the subscribe link below and get your copy delivered straight to your door.
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE OF THE SUPERYACHT TIMES NEWSPAPER:
Profile - Nick Mulder on keeping his family in the business
Design Q&A - Kicking back with Horacio Bozzo
Travel - Get yourself to the magnificent Maldives on board RoMEA
The Interview - Baglietto CEO Michele Gavino is a man on a mission
... and much, much more.