BOAT International's podcast, BOAT Briefing, takes you behind the scenes of the world of superyachts, with news, comment, analysis and access to some of the characters that make this industry so special. Find links to listen to BOAT Briefing below.
Episode 61: BOAT Briefing - This year's biggest new boats, and what's in store for 2022
In this week’s BOAT Briefing the team catch up on the latest superyachts to be spotted in London, look ahead to the biggest deliveries of 2022 and debate their favourite Tim Heywood designed superyacht. We cover the latest news including 126 metre Octopus’ charter schedule, Heesen’s new flagship Galactica and Lady Lene’s interiors. This week’s interview is with Neil Emmott and Dudley Savage from AMIKids, a charity which helps young people create bright futures through yachting.
Episode 60: BOAT Briefing - "The superyacht industry has never had it so good"
In this week's BOAT Briefing, we discuss some key learnings from the recent Explorer Yachts Summit and bring you our impressions of METS in Amsterdam. In the news is Lurssen's recent delivery of the 55 metre Moon Sand, the Feadship explorer Shinkai, which has been spotted on sea trials, and some big brokerage deals. Our data story concerns Dutch superyacht production and we reveal some key insights from the latest Global Order Book. The interview this week is with Lisa Verbit of Bank of America, who specialises in marine finance. She tells us she has never seen a market as active as 2021's...
Episode 59: BOAT Briefing - David Yarrow on photographing big game – and supermodels
In this week's podcast, we sit down with world famous photographer (and favourite of superyacht owners), David Yarrow. We also look forward to a talk by Artefact owner Mike Lazaridis at the upcoming Superyacht Design Festival, and discuss some of the boats entering this year's Top 101 list. We also get some great news from the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show and rundown the top five largest explorer yachts.
Episode 58: BOAT Briefing – Why do people buy superyachts?
Editor-in-chief Stewart Campbell speaks to Dr Phil Klaus and Dr Annalisa Tarquini from the University of Monaco, who have undertaken the first ever academic study of the study into the superyacht owner experience.
Meanwhile the team also discuss the standout superyachts at FLIBS and the challenges facing young designers entering the industry. They also catch up on the latest news from the Perini Navi bidding war and Project Phi’s journey to sea trials.
Episode 57: BOAT Briefing – Is the Red Sea ripe for a superyacht invasion?
This week the team discuss the yacht that Richard Burton bought Elizabeth Taylor, Kalizmah, and her exciting new refit; and travel editor Georgia Boscawen interviews Martin Enckell, one of the co-founders of Nansen Polar Expeditions, who she joined onboard the 72m expedition vessel Nansen Explorer in Iceland. There’s news of a 127m yacht rumoured to belong to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos; Van de Valk’s new “explorer-type” motor yacht, Lady Lene; and a highly-customised steel 50m currently in build at Heesen.
Episode 56: BOAT Briefing – How do you encourage more female captains on board?
In this episode the team discuss architect Renzo Piano's latest yacht design, MY Zattera, consider the future of the yacht-office hybrid and catch up on the latest yachts being used in The Crown. They also discuss Benetti’s latest launch, Rosetti's Emocean and an eye-catching sailing yacht concept from DynaRig. The interview is with Captain Kelly Gordon of 32m Freddy, who swapped the chemistry lab for a life on superyachts and is passionate about encouraging more women to follow in her footsteps.
Episode 55: BOAT Briefing - Crazy superyacht concepts – for or against?
In this week's episode of BOAT Briefing, we discuss some of the exciting speakers at the upcoming Explorer Yachts Summit and Life Under Sail events and debate the value of crazy superyacht concepts. News this week focusses around the launch of Oceanco's giant new 117 metre superyacht Y719, and Feadship's new custom explorer Shinkai. We also sit down with Inmarsat's Peter Broadhurst to discuss how the expedition yacht boom is driving innovation in the satcom sector.
Episode 54: BOAT Briefing – The biggest stories from the Monaco Yacht Show!
In this week's BOAT Briefing, the team reflect on the Monaco Yacht Show and bring you some of their personal highlights, as well as all the biggest stories from the event and beyond, including news that Turquoise Yachts will build Turkey's biggest ever superyacht, Lurssen's new order for a 103 metre, details on the upcoming auction of a 120 metre yacht, and the latest on Perini Navi. We also delve in the data behind this year's event and reveal a few numbers showing how the show has grown since its launch in 1991.
Episode 53: BOAT Briefing – can Beyonce get away with wearing high heels on teak?
In this episode of BOAT Briefing the team build up for the Monaco Yacht Show and delve into the best yachts that will be on display. They also discuss the latest news on private residential yacht projects Njord and Somnio, consider IJE’s place in the most expensive yachts on the market and debate Beyoncé’s on-board footwear etiquette. This week’s data story focuses on superyacht production in Italy, while the interview is with the captain of 60m Perini Navi Seahawk, that has been undertaking philanthropic endeavours in the Galapagos.
Episode 52: BOAT Briefing with the owners of 39.6 metre charter sensation All Inn
The team catch up after a busy week at the World Superyacht Awards and the Cannes Yachting Festival. They discuss the standout yachts in Cannes, including the divisive Wally Why200, and ponder what should be the greeting etiquette at yacht shows post COVID. In the news; Sanlorenzo partners with Siemens, the devastating fire on board Siempre and what attracted Formula One champion Fernando Alonso to commission a 60 Sunreef Power. The interview is with dynamic design duo and owners of Westport All Inn, Ann and David Sutherland.
Episode 51: BOAT Briefing - Exploring extreme waters with the owner of Grey Wolf
On this week’s BOAT Briefing, the team discuss the new series of Netflix’s The Crown, complete with Royal Yacht Britannia, and share top tips on how to get your refit done faster and smoother. There’s news of Freire’s new 105m expedition yacht, designed inside and out by Bannenberg & Rowell; Heesen’s “muscular” new 55m Apollo; and the first 100 Sunreef Power Catamaran, which has just launched in Gdansk, Poland. In the data story, we’re looking at long-term deliveries of yachts over 24 metres, while the interview is with adventurous owner-operator Peter Watson, of the 26 metre functional powerboat Grey Wolf.
Episode 50: BOAT Briefing - What was it like to restore classic 32m Sea Breeze III?
It’s the 50th BOAT Briefing since the podcast launched, so in this week’s episode the team reflect on some of their favourite highlights so far. In the news, there’s details of Espen Øino’s new 79.5m Silver Edge; official details of the Nobiskrug shipyard takeover; and an exciting new 127m explorer concept from the Harrison Eidsgaard studio, complete with a helicopter landing pad cum squash court. We also debate the merits of vinyl wrapping your boat instead of painting it, place our bets on this year’s World Superyacht Award winners, and look at data on the impressive number of 50m+ yachts being delivered this year.
Episode 49: BOAT Briefing - What it's like to pilot a superyacht in the Antarctic
In this week’s BOAT Briefing the team discuss the top yachting cities and a sudden owner boom in Australia. They ponder which vessels might suit Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher, who recently expressed an interest in hitting the water himself, with a fitting name: Mega Mega White Thing. In the headlines; a new 44.1m sailing catamaran by Wider and Pajot Custom Yachts, some big listings including the 72m Azteca and the 24m pocket explorer Livingstone, plus new images of 115m Lürssen superyacht Enzo, formerly known as Project Testarossa. The data story focuses on the world’s biggest boats, and analyses the current fleet of 100m+, while the interview is with expert ice pilot Ashley Perrin.
Episode 48: BOAT Briefing - Interview with Jennifer Jencks and Steve Monk about crowdsourced bathymetry
In this week's BOAT Briefing, we discuss the sale of 126 metre explorer yacht Octopus, the grounding of the sailing yacht Malizia and the upcoming World Superyacht Awards in Monaco. We also learn about the dire state of depth information available to mariners around the globe - and why in some cases yachts are relying on data gathered by Captain Cook. To know more, don't miss this week's fascinating interview.
Episode 47: BOAT Briefing - Interview with Alistair Reid, captain of the groundbreaking 77 metre Damen La Datcha
Listen to the team discuss the glamorous and tragic stories of Hollywood’s most famous yachts. We also cover Royal Huisman’s cool blue motor yacht, Project Phi, the latest from the MYS and exclusively reveal sales figures in a spectacular year for superyacht brokerage. We sit down with Alistair Reid, captain of 77m Damen La Datcha. He fills us in on the yacht's action-packed first charter season, and charts his path from cleaning hire boats to becoming captain of one of the world’s most exciting explorer yachts.
Episode 46 - BOAT Briefing with Vripack creative directors Bart Bouwhuis and Marnix Hoekstra
In this week’s podcast the team discuss how to snare yourself a super crew, from red flags during the interview process, to time off for training, and boats whose names have been dragged through the mud. We also discuss Sunreef’s exciting new 30.48m catamaran, the Sunreef 100 Eco; Benetti’s new 65.4m Triumph, designed by Giorgio Cassetta; and Heesen’s new 57m Akira, which begins construction this autumn. The data story, meanwhile, focuses on flag states, looking at what they mean and which are the most popular, while the interview is with the creative directors of Dutch design studio Vripack, Bart Bouwhuis and Marnix Hoekstra.
Episode 45 - BOAT Briefing with Artefact's captain Aaron Clark
This week's podcast is all about winners. We announce the results of the inaugural World Cup of Superyachts, which crowned Eclipse as a winner among 16 of the world's most iconic yachts. Plus, we take a closer look at all of the 2021 BOAT Design & Innovation Award winners, and speak to captain Aaron Clark of 80m Nobiskrug superyacht Artefact, which took three prizes in this year's competition.
Episode 44 - BOAT Briefing with Jill Hinckley, of the legendary Hinckley boatbuilding family
Listen as we reveal the first-round winners of the inaugural World Cup of Superyachts! Discover whether classic beauty Nahlin pipped rugged explorer Ulysses, plus many more. We sit down with Jill Hinckley, of the legendary Hinckley boatbuilding family in Maine – who is also a professional matchmaker. In news, we cover Winch Design’s new £500M, 222m “private residence superyacht” and more.
Episode 43 - BOAT Briefing with Damen Yachting's MD, Rose Damen
Join us as we conduct the live draw for the inaugural World Cup of Superyachts! Find out who has been matched against who in this eagerly awaited tournament. We also sit down with Damen Yachting managing director Rose Damen to talk custom yachting, Limited Editions, and why she spent 10 years away from the family business. In news, we cover the launch of Lurssen's Project JAG and potential UK designers for the new national flagship.
Episode 42 - BOAT Briefing with Tresno Seery, CEO of Silolona Sojourns
Listen as the team are joined by Tresno Seery, CEO of Silolona Sojourns, who is at the forefront of developing the phinisi charter market in Indonesia. We discuss Saddam Hussein's duvet, Terry Hutchinson's gripping account of American Magic's capsize during the Prada Cup, and talk through the news that The Italian Sea Group will build the world's largest sailing catamaran.
Episode 41 - BOAT Briefing with Joss Kent, CEO of luxury travel company &Beyond, and scientist Dr Tessa Hempson
Episode 41 of BOAT Briefing caps a week-long celebration of ocean conservation, and features an interview with Joss Kent, CEO of luxury travel company &Beyond, and scientist Dr Tessa Hempson about responsible tourism and the work they're doing to protect the seas of East Africa. This week's data story, meanwhile, concerns those greenest of boats - sailing yachts.
Episode 40 - BOAT Briefing with bestselling author John Englander
In episode 40, we discuss rising sea levels with bestselling author John Englander, the nominees for the World Superyacht Awards and why "butt wobbling bass" is a thing. We talk through the biggest headlines from the week, including the news that the UK might be getting a new national flagship, and preview a week of great BOAT events to celebrate World Oceans Day.
Episode 39 - BOAT Briefing with onboard reporter James Blake
Listen to the team discuss the reopening of boat shows – from Venice to Cannes – and examine a trio of new boats, including Southern Wind’s “sexy, comfortable and sporty” 29m hybrid sailing yacht, Nyumba. The interview is with James Blake, the son of legendary sailor Peter Blake. He tells all about his groundbreaking new project to build the world’s first kite boat…
Episode 38 - BOAT Briefing with Mark Boddington of luxury furniture-maker Silverlining
Join us as we sit down with Mark Boddington of luxury furniture-maker Silverlining, to discuss fantastical design and the changing tastes of yacht owners. We also look ahead to some of the superyachts in town for the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix. In the news is Feadship's launch of 95 metre Bliss and Giorgio Armani's backing of an IPO for The Italian Sea Group.
Episode 37 - BOAT Briefing with superyacht owner Andy Scott
In episode 37 the team discover which superyachts travelled the most miles in 2020 and we sit down with yacht owner Andy Scott, who tells us about his passion for rescuing boats and the time he was kidnapped by pirates. We dig into the big headlines from the week, including the news that Jeff Bezos might be behind a big 127 metre project at Oceanco, and the stunning Q1 brokerage figures.
Episode 36 - BOAT Briefing with Ben Willows, the CEO of the UKSA
Tune in and listen as the team discuss the news of a rescue plan for Perini Navi, the new super-slick ClubSwan 125, and we dig into data around superyacht manufacturing in the US. Plus, we talk to Ben Willows, the CEO of the UKSA, one of the world's foremost superyacht crew training facilities, about his ambitious plans for the organisation.
Episode 35 - BOAT Briefing with pioneer of bio-synthetic fuels Dr Patrick Gruber
BOAT Briefing is back after a short break, and this week we tackle topics including hydrogen power for superyachts, the thrill of spotting narwhals in the Arctic, Q1 brokerage figures, and discuss the news that Lurssen has sold a fuel cell-powered superyacht. This week's interviewee is Dr Patrick Gruber, a pioneer in the creation of bio-synthetic fuels.
Episode 34 - BOAT Briefing with legendary Hollywood director Roland Emmerich
Catch up with the team, as we sit down with legendary Hollywood director Roland Emmerich to discuss his beautiful classic motor yacht, where he loves to cruise – and how he just missed out on directing Titanic. We also talk through all the biggest headlines from the week, and pick out some of the boating highlights at the Palm Beach Boat Show.
Episode 33 - BOAT Briefing with superyacht owner Tomas de Vargas Machuca
In episode 33 the team discuss Emirates Team New Zealand's big win in Auckland, and whether we might see America's Cup action in home waters sometime soon, the future of Colonel Gadaffi's old Sunseeker, and the hit documentary My Octopus Teacher. Our interviewee this week is superyacht owner Tomas de Vargas Machuca, who talks about his passion for classic sailing yachts.
Episode 32 - BOAT Briefing with yacht videographer Shelton Dupreez
Catch up with the team as they talk glass, and the amazing things happening with the material in superyacht design and construction, we also catch up with all the latest news and discuss the growing popularity of support vessels. This week's interviewee is videographer Shelton Dupreez, who has made a career out of documenting guests' amazing trips on superyachts around the world.
Episode 31 - BOAT Briefing with world renowned car designer Giles Taylor
Join Editor Stewart Campbell for a special interview with world renowned car designer Giles Taylor, who’s been tasked with reimagining the future of superyacht design. Plus, the team discuss the America’s Cup, legendary pop icon Rod Stewart, the most impressive kids’ spaces onboard, and look into news and data analysis to discover which nationality buys the world’s biggest boats...
Episode 30 - BOAT Briefing with Tim Ciasulli owner of 40m Rebeca
Join us as we look into the transformative changes announced for this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, the strange story of Saddam Hussein’s yacht Basrah Breeze and sit down with Tim Ciasulli, powerboating champion and owner of the 40 metre Benetti Rebeca. We also discuss all the biggest news stories, and the spectacular success of the US superyacht brokerage market in 2020.
Episode 29 - BOAT Briefing with Jimmy Carroll from adventure company Pelorus
In episode 29 of BOAT Briefing, we discuss the latest Covid controversy at the America's Cup, the inspirational story of the yacht Conidaw, and sit down with Jimmy Carroll from adventure company Pelorus, who has just finished rowing the Atlantic. We also discuss all the biggest news stories from the week, and dig into data around multihulls to see what the future holds for the novel hull form.
Episode 28 - BOAT Briefing with superyacht owner Carolyn Aronson
Join us as the team look ahead to the final stages of the America's Cup, discuss the yachts owned by superyacht designers and examine some exciting new semi-custom superyachts coming onto the market. Plus, Charlotte also sits down with superyacht owner Carolyn Aronson, who talks about buying a yacht without ever having chartered one, what it takes to be successful in business, and more.
Episode 27 - BOAT Briefing with superyacht captain John Crupi
Join the team for episode 27 as they discuss sustainability and the superyacht industry, the latest in the developing Perini Navi bankruptcy, and dig into data around the brokerage market to discover why, despite everything, 2020 was a phenomenal year for boat sales. This week's interviewee is superyacht captain John Crupi, who piloted 45 metre Dorothea III to victory at the 2020 World Superyacht Awards.
Episode 26 - BOAT Briefing with specialist ice pilot Hayat Mokhenache
Catch up with the team as they discuss the sudden popularity of sea shanties, how a classic 1925 motor yacht wound up in a trailer park in northern California, and some exciting developments in the world of personal submersibles. This week's interviewee is Hayat Mokhenache, a specialist ice pilot in Greenland, and we also dig into some data around the number of active superyacht shipyards around the world.
Episode 25 - BOAT Briefing with Fraser CEO Raphael Sauleau
In episode 25, the team talk restoration and some of the classic boats that have been rescued from the scrapheap, we discover which Hollywood A-lister Eddie Jordan has been sailing with, and discuss some standout videos that have appeared on the website this week. Caroline White, meanwhile, sits down with Fraser boss Raphael Sauleau to get his take on the state of superyachting, and hear how he got into yachting.
Episode 24 - BOAT Briefing with Five Deeps expedition artist Alexandra Gould
Join us and listen as the team discuss the news that 2020 was a record-breaking year for boat sales in the US, the shortage of charter yachts for the upcoming Med season, and the extraordinary laziness of one particular superyacht stewardess. We also talk Wally and dig through data on superyacht deliveries last year, and speak with artist Alexandra Gould, who took part in the groundbreaking Five Deeps expedition.
Episode 23 - BOAT Briefing with adventurer-explorer Mike Horn
In the first BOAT Briefing of 2021, the team discuss Feadship's in-build explorer Shinkai, why support vessels are becoming more and more popular and all the biggest headlines from the week. We also review 2020's full-year brokerage figures to see how the year stacked up in terms of sales. Our interviewee this week is adventurer Mike Horn, who talks about his incredible career – and when an iceberg nearly rolled on top of him.
Episode 22 – BOAT Briefing with Jonathan Beckett, CEO of Burgess
In the last BOAT Briefing of 2020, we spend some time with one of the most fascinating figures from the superyachting business, Jonathan Beckett. Joff, as he's commonly known, has been active in the industry since 1981, and has been involved in some of the biggest boat deals in history. Hear him recount highlights from his long career – and spill the beans on what it was really like to work with Donald Trump.
Episode 21 – BOAT Briefing with Jeremy Jauncey, from Beautiful Destinations
Join us for episode 21 of BOAT Briefing, we meet Jeremy Jauncey, the man behind the 14-million follower Beautiful Destinations Instagram account, and learn how to take the perfect selfie. The team also talk last-minute Christmas gifts, test each other's yachting knowledge and discuss all the latest superyachting news. Plus, we dig into the Global Order Book to examine the precise state of the superyacht industry.
Episode 20 – BOAT Briefing with Chris Gartner, Captain of Black Pearl
In episode 20, the team discuss the yachts spreading out from the Med to warmer waters, the secrets of 180 metre Azzam, and name the year's biggest brokerage deals. We also discuss the toll 2020 has taken on the mental health of superyacht crews, and discuss the headlines from the week. Plus, we catch up with the captain of 106.7m Oceanco-built Black Pearl, to hear what it's like helming the world's biggest sailing boat.
Episode 19 - BOAT Briefing with Captain Lee from hit TV series Below Deck
Join us for an exclusive interview with Captain Lee from the hit reality TV series Below Deck, as he tells us about his new-found fame, spills some show secrets and recounts some of the craziest guest requests he's ever received. Meanwhile, the team talk about the Dutch master who can make you a Lego superyacht, and look at some Christmas bargains – a clutch of Caribbean charters that have had their prices slashed.
Episode 18 - BOAT Briefing with Pete Murphy from security company Priavo
In episode 18 of BOAT Briefing, the team talk Thanksgiving, why so many superyacht projects have been delayed in 2020, and delve into next-generation medical practices on board. This week's interviewee is Pete Murphy from security company Priavo, who talks ending up a fugitive in Papua New Guinea, the importance of local guides, and why you may not know your crew as well as you think.
Episode 17 - BOAT Briefing with filmmaker Mark Dalio, founder of OceanX
Join us as the team reflect on the 2020 World Superyacht Awards winners, including the adventures of Dorothea III, there's news on the refit of Marala, and as talk turns to Netflix sensation The Crown, Stewart Campbell recalls another celebrity favourite where Princess Diana was once famously photographed. Plus, we speak with filmmaker Mark Dalio, who tells us all about OceanX, his new ocean exploration initiative.
Episode 16 – BOAT Briefing with Jack Cowin, owner of 60m superyacht Slipstream
In this episode of BOAT Briefing, we sit down with Jack Cowin, the owner of 60m superyacht Slipstream, who talks about how a business opportunity morphed into a lifelong love of yachting. We also discuss all the latest news, including the relaunch of Kaos, formerly Jubilee, and the delivery of Damen explorer La Datcha. We also dig into some sportfisher stats and reveal some headline numbers from the Global Order Book.
Episode 15 - BOAT Briefing with Niel Fox, founder of Based on a True Story
This week, the team discuss the unfolding US presidential election, along with the Trump Princess and JFK's elegant Honey Fitz. Plus, there's news from FLIBS, special insights on the world's biggest new boats, stats on the growth of German shipyards, and an exclusive interview with Niel Fox, founder of Based on a True Story, a company that designs, builds, and manages magical journeys around the world, often incorporating superyachts.
Episode 14 - BOAT Briefing with Joe Michaels of tech company HaptX
This week the team discusses an intriguing conversation with Burgess boss Jonathan Beckett – starring a tale about Donald Trump – as well as the Alaskan adventures of Ocean Dreamwalker III and the freshest data on sailing superyachts. Features director Charlotte Hogarth-Jones speaks to Joe Michaels of Californian-based tech company HaptX, and discusses what haptics are, and what they mean for the future of yacht building.
Episode 13 - BOAT Briefing with superyacht design stars, part 3
In episode 13 of BOAT Briefing we bring you the third and final part in a special interview series with design icons Andrew Winch, Terry Disdale and Tim Heywood. Earlier this year we sat down with the trio to discuss everything from their starts in the business to what the future holds for superyacht design. The first two parts are also available now – so don't miss this opportunity to hear directly from three of yachting's biggest names.
Episode 12 - BOAT Briefing with superyacht design stars, part 2
This week we bring you the second part in a special interview series with design icons Andrew Winch, Terry Disdale and Tim Heywood. Earlier this year we sat down with the trio to discuss some of the ground-breaking projects they had worked on and how the superyacht industry has changed over the years. Part 3 of the series will feature in next week's BOAT Briefing. Stay tuned for a fascinating insight into the lives and work of three of the biggest names in yachting.