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While every superyacht is teeming with natural materials – wood, stone, marble – “discarded materials” is not a genre that springs to an owner’s mind when planning the build of a lifetime. And yet some of the most famous superyachts in the world are full of broken eggshells, discarded oyster shells, giant kapok seed pods, you name it. This is almost entirely thanks to Lay Koon Tan and Paul Hoeve, whose company Nature Squared has provided unusually beautiful surfaces made from natural and discarded materials to around 90 per cent of yachts over 90 metres that have launched in the last few years.

Theirs is one of many unsung success stories of the superyacht industry, whereby individuals are going to great lengths to ensure that responsible design is upheld. We pick out just three in this issue, but as part of our commitment to the health of the ocean, we aim to continue to meet and celebrate many such pioneers. We’d love to hear from you if you know any – or if you are one!

Sacha Bonsor
Editor-in-Chief

Apparently Rafael Nadal can identify a superyacht at a thousand yards. “It is rare that I see a superyacht from a distance and don’t know its name,” he tells us. It’s comforting to know that even sporting superstars share our affliction. Or should I say passion?

There are a few more names for Rafa to learn. My favourite is Ribelle, the new 33 metre Vitters built for Paola and Salvatore Trifirò, long-time friends of the magazine. They wanted a name that summed up the boat’s spirit – a rebellion “against all the old things”. Cloud 9, meanwhile, is fairly apt, considering its new owners’ state of mind. They were after the perfect family boat, and CRN built them a huge volume one. I’m fond of Kalliente, too, the new Dominator. The name is a combination of the owner’s wife’s name, Kalli, and the Spanish word for hot, given their love of Mexican food. The owner told us he likes to say it stands for “my hot wife”!

Stewart Campbell
Editor

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