There's also a look into the meticulous world of Frank Pollaro's yacht furniture workshop, an interview with owner and former America's Cup competitor Sir Peter Harrison on his life-long love of sailing and a guide to this year's super-luxe Christmas gifts. The December issue of ShowBoats International also picks French Polynesia's best islands, offers a survival guide to the madness of Art Basel Miami Beach and highlights the resorts making the festive season that little bit more special.
"Why so fast? I wonder as Cigarette boats rumbling past on the Intracoastal pause all conversation at the yacht club," says Kate Lardy in her editor's letter. "What’s the hurry? I mutter as a small motorboat whips by our anchorage, rolling us and neatly tossing me out of the hammock hanging from the boom. The holidays are nearly here and it’s the perfect time for a change of pace. We’re looking forward to it. Our fall has been particularly busy as we bring you an extra issue of ShowBoats this year. In your hands is the first stand-alone December issue.
"I’m not alone in wanting the world to slow down. You can see it in our features this month: The owner of the new Custom Line flagship traded in his fast planing yacht to accommodate family cruising at a more leisurely pace. And Overmarine, builder of the blistering 35-plus-knot Mangustas, has come out with its first full-displacement yacht, where 15 knots will do just fine."
Lardy continues: "In honour of the slower season to come, we replaced our Boat Life pages this issue with the Gift Guide — gorgeous, gift-filled pages photographed by Graeme Montgomery interspersed among our regular columnists, whose suggestions range from bespoke chocolates to the Lamborghini Huracán Spyder (for the eternally fast-paced among you).
"If you really need a break from life, check out the ultimate Polynesian hideaways that will make the workaday world nothing but a hazy, coconut oil-scented memory."