At Home With BOAT: Watch the Interviews
For the fourth episode, BOAT editor Stewart Campbell interviewed Winch Design founder Andew Winch. The designer, who has worked on yachts including Tis and Here Comes The Sun, reflected back on the studio’s first motor yacht project and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the current industry.
In the eighth episode of the series, BOAT International editor Stewart Campbell spoke with Bruce Grossman, owner of 55-metre ISA superyacht Forever One. Grossman talked about how his crew were dealing with life in lockdown while isolating in Athens, as well as giving a detailed account behind the design, construction and naming history of Forever One.
In the 10th episode of At Home with BOAT, Moran Yacht & Ship president Rob Moran talked about how coronavirus was affecting the current brokerage and charter markets, as well as current trends shaping today's yachts. In particular, Moran discussed how modern superyacht owners are pushing for their yachts to be as "environmentally perfect" as possible, meaning that recent innovations in yacht design are often geared towards emissions and the environment.
In episode 12, chief executive of Nautor's Swan, Giovanni Pomati, says that comfort is the key to securing new sailing yacht owners. Before joining Nautor’s Swan in 2018, Pomati spent 20 years in the automotive sector, and believes the yachting industry can learn something from luxury car manufacturers. Today, he says, SUVs are a key business driver for Porsche accounting for over 50% of sales, which comes down to one thing: comfort. With this in mind, the Finnish yard's latest models, the Swan 98 and Swan Maxi 120, are "wider, with more volume, and heel less which is helping us to bring more people in.”
Now could be the perfect time to buy a boat, with sellers keen to secure deals, according to YPI director Abdullah Nahar. Speaking in episode 13, he said: “A lot of owners believe that this is a buyer’s market and so they are keen to sell. The indication of this is the price point is on average anywhere between from 15% to 20% below the usual market price.” In the episode Nahar also touches on a wave of first-time buyers as a direct result of the pandemic and expects charters to resume at the tail end of the summer season.
In episode 14 of At Home With BOAT, Mark Cavendish talks about the challenges of building Heesen's biggest project to date - the 80 metre Project Cosmos. One of the trickiest parts of the build will be transporting the yacht from the shipyard in Oss to the sea, with over 120 kilometres of canal, bridges and locks to navigate. The new flagship is expected to hit the water in 2022 with delivery in spring.
56 metre Feadship superyacht Broadwater is currently undergoing a major refit, and her owner Matt Voorhees shared exclusive details about the project and expected delivery date in epsiode 15 of At Home with Boat. During the interview he also offered some sage advice for owners undertaking their first superyacht refit, and explained why Feadship has been his choice brand for the three superyachts he has owned in the last 10 years.