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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.

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BOAT Briefing: looking ahead to the World Superyacht Awards, the arrest of Phi and the biggest brokerage deals of 2023

In this week's episode of BOAT Briefing, Caroline and Stewart look ahead to the World Superyacht Awards (and pick a few favourites) and examine the latest legal battle around the detention of the 58 metre Royal Huisman superyacht Phi in London. The pair also discuss some of the winners of this year's Ocean Awards, some Q1 financial results from two of Italy's biggest shipyards and pick a couple of beauties in this week's brokerage showdown. In the news is Feadship's Project 823, which is undergoing sea trials in the North Sea, a construction update on CRN's Project 143, and the launch of a new shipyard in Holland called Leapher Yachts. Our data story, meanwhile, concerns the biggest brokerage deals so far in 2023.

BOAT Briefing: Classic Kalizma under fire, the Greek charter fleet, and one of the biggest brokerage deals in history

Stewart and Sophia return to the podcast this week after respective trips to the Miami Formula One Owner’s Club event and the Spring Cluster Monaco Open Day. The pair discuss the sale of Ahpo, which was asking €330M and has been sold by Moran after less than three months on the market, and the shooting incident involving classic superyacht Kalizma. In news this week is the sportsfisher Catch, Oceanco’s H3 and Heesen’s Project Serena. The data this week celebrates the Mediterranean Boat Show in Nafplio and looks at the stellar fleet that attended the show.

The Big BOAT Interview: Cristina Mittermeier

In this week’s Big BOAT Interview, Lucy Dunn sits down with Cristina Mittermeier, one of the world’s most influential marine conservation photographers. Cristina is passionate about the urgent need to protect our ocean, travelling the world on her catamaran and broadcasting her emotive pictures. On dry land, her foundation, SeaLegacy, shines a global spotlight on the small conservation projects doing vital work. One of its most recent successes includes working with organisations in Panama, Costa Rica, Columbia and Ecuador to create a “migratory corridor” for marine life, an initiative Cristina is now hoping to repeat in Australia and Indonesia.

BOAT Briefing: Q1 brokerage numbers, a stellar week for German shipyards and an unBelizeable FAM trip

In this week’s episode of BOAT Briefing Stewart and Sophia are back together after respective trips to Salone del Mobile Milano and Belize. They discuss some recent negative press surrounding superyachts and how the industry can safeguard its reputation for the future. Brokerage picks this week include the largest wooden superyacht ever built and Lord Sugar’s recently refitted Lady A. News this week covers big launches for Feadship and Lürssen, the return of the Monaco Yacht Show and the Princess Yachts acquisition. Data this week reveals the Q1 numbers for brokerage, with the market showing a dramatic slowdown after the highs of the post-covid brokerage bubble.

BOAT Briefing: Jeff Bezos’s 127m sailer Koru delivered, the history of Saddam Hussein’s 121m yacht, and the Saudi sovereign wealth fund buys into Azimut-Benetti

In this week's episode of BOAT Briefing, Caroline and Cecile kick off with news that 127m Koru has been delivered – and consider whether a sailing superyacht can truly be called a sailing yacht. They delve into the fascinating story of Saddam Hussein’s 121-metre Al-Mansur – bombed by fighter jets – and touch on other dictators’ yachting histories. Cecile’s brokerage pick is the historied 42m Abeking Sea Class, asking $5,900,000 with Denison, while Caroline chooses the 54m Baltic sailer Pink Gin VI, which is asking €25,500,000 with Edmiston after the second of two €2m price drops. In the news is the launch of the Italian Sea Group’s 55m Silver Star, the first Damen Explorer 58 on sea trials, the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund buying into the Azimut-Benetti Group and Burger Boat Company lifting the lid on its largest yacht to date. Our data story, meanwhile, focusses on superyachts built in Spain.

BOAT Briefing: a dramatic rescue in the Caribbean, the trailer park superyacht and the auction of Alfa Nero

In this week's episode of BOAT Briefing, Sophia previews an upcoming trip to Belize while Stewart looks ahead to the May issues of BOAT International and BOAT Ineternational US Edition. The team also digs into the harrowing details of 37-metre sailing yacht Genevieve's rescue of 16 people in a major search and rescue operation in the Caribbean. As well as bringing you the story, we also hear some words of wisdom from Genevieve's captain, Thomas Auckland. Sophia's brokerage pick is the 62-metre Feadship Sea Owl, and Stewart picks the 34m sloop Silvertip (but not before going down another classic-yacht-that-needs-rescuing rabbit hole). In the news is the upcoming auction of 81.3-metre Alfa Nero and further details about Royal Huisman's 81-metre Sea Eagle II. Our data story, meanwhile, concerns superyacht constructed in Turkey.

The Big BOAT Interview: Captain Glenn Shephard

In this week’s Big BOAT Interview, Katia catches up Below Deck Sailing Yacht's Captain Glenn Shephard and finds out that Below Deck is much more "fly on the wall" than we might expect.  Glenn explains why he doesn't get self-conscious about being a reality TV show star and delves into whether he thinks Below Deck shines a negative spotlight on yachting. Plus, he shares his take on the sailing yacht resurgence and sings the praises for the newly-relaunched Perini Navi.

BOAT Briefing: Stewart’s grand Caribbean tour, mega price drops and charter machines

In this week’s podcast, sponsored by KVH, Stewart is back from a long trip attending Between the Bays, St Barth’s Bucket and Palm Beach. As well has his tour across the Atlantic, Sophia and Stewart also chat about corporate consolidations going on across the industry and whether the brokerage market is showing signs of a cool-off period. In the news this week is a construction milestone for Royal Huisman’s Aquarius II, the sale of a 66-metre ISA custom build and a salvage operation to save superyacht 007. The data focus looks at how many yachts were spotted in the Caribbean this season.

BOAT Briefing: World Superyacht Awards nominees revealed, action from the St Barth’s Bucket and last-minute surprises at the Palm Beach boat show

In this week’s podcast Sophia and Caroline kick off with highlights from the St Barth’s Bucket: the coolest rides and the fastest hulls. They also talk through their top picks from the just-announced nominees for the World Superyacht Awards, plus some exciting last-minute additions to the superyacht line-up at Palm Beach International Boat Show. In the news this week is Lürssen’s angular 90-metre Project 1601, illustrious 92.4m superyacht Tatoosh joining the charter market and the Ferretti Group’s €80 million expansion. The data this week compares Palm Beach with Florida’s other major superyacht shows.

BOAT Briefing: Lürssen’s 114m Cosmos Launched, fun from Between the Bays, plus the latest data on big sailing yachts

In this week’s podcast Caroline and Cecile discuss treasure hunts at BOAT International’s Between the Bays event in Anguilla and St Martin. They also speculate on design features aboard Lürssen’s first methanol superyacht. In the news this week is the 112m Freire designed by Bannenberg & Rowell, and the saving of VivieRae after a propeller problem. The data this week focuses on sailing superyachts over 60m.

The Big BOAT Interview: Anthony Hsieh

In this week’s Big BOAT Interview, Katia catches up with mortgage tycoon and serial yacht owner Anthony Hsieh to find out how he came to own a fleet of 10 yachts. Known as the Bad Company fleet, the line-up includes a 44-metre Trinity sportfisher, a 46-metre Damen Yachting support yacht and 28-metre motor yacht, and the soon Anthony will have a brand new 53-metre Damen Yachting in the mix as well. The pair discuss how he uses his fleet for fishing, whether he enjoys the "luxury" aspect of superyachting and what draws him to the Damen Yachting models.

BOAT Briefing: Alfa Nero for auction, classic Feadships for sale, and surviving at sea on condiments

In this week’s podcast Stewart and Sophia start by discussing the remarkable story of the fisherman who spent 24 days adrift at sea and survived by eating ketchup. They also chat about the High Seas Treaty, the news that Alfa Nero is set to be auctioned and pick three Classic Feadships that are searching for new owners. In the news this week is the launch of the third Amels 60, the sale of the Riva 54 Metri flagship and the delivery of 146m Lürssen superyacht Opera. The data this week focuses on the superyachts in the Gulf following the Dubai International Boat Show.

BOAT Briefing: the boats racing in St Barths, Ace's interior and why Corinthian is king

In this week's episode of BOAT Briefing, Stewart and Caroline look back on a wonderful few days in Bermuda for the judging of the World Superyacht Awards, and look forward to two very exciting events in March - Between the Bays and the St Barths Bucket. Caroline goes for a little ship, Lacroma, for her brokerage pick, while Stewart plumps for Pink Gin. In the news this week is Holterman's new X-Treme 78 Sport model, The Italian Sea Group's latest sale and more details on the Four Seasons Yacht in build at Fincantieri. The data story this week takes a deep dive into Tim Heywood's back catalogue, and we also welcome a new sponsor to the podcast – KVH, a global leader in connectivity.

BOAT Briefing: Giorgio Armani goes yachting, Koru's mystery chair and judging of the World Superyacht Awards

In this week’s podcast Stewart and Sophia are back in the office an reminisce on “the best ever” Superyacht Design Festival. They also discuss Sophia’s star-studded evening at TISG for the unveiling of Admiral’s 72-metre collaboration with Giorgio Armani, a mysterious chair on the bowsprit of Koru, and industry leaders’ predictions for the brokerage market in 2023. Stewart also lifts the curtain on the judging process for the World Superyacht Awards, which will take place in Bermuda this weekend. In the news this week is the delivery of the second 60-metre Limited Edition by Amels, the launch of Baglietto’s superyacht custom yacht Francesca II and the sad news that Eleonora E is set to be scrapped following a collision last year. The data this week looks at the classic yacht fleet and which golden oldies are currently on the market.

BOAT Briefing: Miami Boat Show in focus while Lürssen giants hit the water

In this week's BOAT Briefing, Caroline and Cecile discuss their highlights from the Superyacht Design festival in Cortina, as well as the most exciting debuts – and useful statistics – at this year’s Miami Boat Show. In the news this week are two huge launches by Lürssen: 145m Luminance and 90m Project 1601. Finally, the team picks their favourite superyachts new to the brokerage market – see which yachts should be on your wish list.

The Big BOAT Interview: Ian Flanagan, CEO of Voly

In this week’s Big BOAT Interview, Sophia sits down with Ian Flanagan, the straight-talking co-founder of Voly, a yacht and multi-asset financial management solution. Having started his career as a professional tennis player Ian is far from a traditional fintech CEO. The pair discuss the path that led him to founding Voly, the challenge of breaking into the superyacht industry and the financial management challenges faced by captains. With Voly now also offering its services to the music industry Ian also shares the strategy behind the move and reveals his vision for the future of the Voly platform.

BOAT Briefing: a new green fuel, the Holy Grail for designers and the dominance of semi-custom production

In this week's BOAT Briefing, Caroline and Stewart discuss the benefits of designing across the yachting size range, investigate a trial of a new hydrotreated vegetable oil in 44m Sanlorenzo Lammouche and dig into the data around semi-custom superyacht building. In the news this week is Benetti's launch of project FB283, Damen's latest SeaXplorer and the "Burnham Titanic", which has been raised and is on its way to a full restoration. Meanwhile, we launch a new section of the podcast: top brokerage picks. See which yachts Caroline and Stewart singled out this week.

BOAT Briefing: Belize, the National Flagship and Sunseeker's big reveal

After London-based design studio Vitruvius Yachts was the first to reveal previously confidential renderings of its submission for the British National Flagship project, Stewart and Sophia look at details of the concept and discuss some of the other superyacht names that were in the running. Sophia also discusses her trip to the undiscovered cursing grounds of Belize and Stewart covers the latest news from boot Düsseldorf, including the grand reveal of the Sunseeker Superhawk 55. In the news is Rolls-Royce’s testing of a pure hydrogen-powered engine, the christening of the first Sanlorenzo 57Steel Alma, and the sale of the second Sunreef 43M Eco. The data this week looks at the explorer yacht market and the strength of the 24-40 metre sector.

BOAT Briefing: Starlink, boat collisions and the world's most adventurous yachts

In this week's episode of BOAT Briefing, Caroline and Stewart ring in BOAT International's 40th year by looking back at the first ever issue of the magazine published in 1983. They also go down a Starlink rabbit hole and discuss why so many superyachts are adopting the system, they analyse the report into the collision between Utopia IV and the tanker Tropic Breeze in 2021, and look into the recent spate of boat fires and ask: are portable batteries to blame? In the data section, we look at which superyachts travelled the furthest in 2022.

BOAT Briefing: the best value superyachts on the market

In the first podcast in 2023 Stewart reports back from a trip to Wrexham to see Silverlining, and Sophia looks ahead to a visit to Belize. The pair also discuss a busy start to the year for the brokerage market and make their predictions for what is in store for 2023. Stewart also highlights some of the best bargains available on the market using price per gross tonne calculation. In the news this week is Oceanco completing the rebuild of project 1050H, Abeking & Rasmussen’s new flagship, and 110m Radiant arriving for refit at Blohm+Voss. The story, meanwhile, focuses on Germany’s super-sized fleet ahead of boot Düsseldorf.

BOAT Briefing: the big review of 2022, and looking ahead to next year

In this week's podcast, the team wrap up what has been another extraordinary year, and also reveal the winner of this year's big brokerage guessing game. We look back on some of the key event highlights, and examine the stories that you most engaged with in 2022. The team also pick their dream destinations for a superyacht Christmas... 

BOAT Briefing: Design & Innovation Awards finalists announced!

In this week's episode of BOAT Briefing, Stewart is back from his travels in Australia and New Zealand and ready to go full goblin mode, while Sophia imagines cocooning at a private island in Indonesia. The pair discuss the finalists for our BOAT Design & Innovation Awards, which have just been announced, and preview some of the contents of the January issue – out this week – which includes the annual Global Order Book, the 60m Heesen Lusine, new ClubSwan 80 My Song and 43 metre Acala from Cantiere delle Marche. In the news is Project Icecap, which is undertaking sea trials now, 88 metre Maltese Falcon, which is at Lusben for a comprehensive refit, and 92.5 metre Royal Romance, which is set to be auctioned.

The Big BOAT Interview: Pamela and Jaime Ellerston, owners of the yacht Calliope and founders of the Blue Trident charitable Foundation

For today’s BIG BOAT Interview, BOAT US Editor Cecile Gauert spoke with Pamela and Jaime Ellerston, owners of the yacht Calliope and founders of the Blue Trident charitable Foundation.

Last summer around Cape Cod, they took on a group of scientists from the Beneath the Waves Conservation NGO, introduced by the International Seakeepers Society, for one of the very first studies conducted on a large and very little-known fish called mola mola, or ocean sunfish, in its environment. They joined us from their Alpaca farm in Vermont on Thanksgiving eve to talk about their experience with Calliope’s first scientific mission, and what they plan to do next. Find out what happened when they opened their boat to the scientists, helped look for the elusive mola mola, what they found out about the fish, and if there will be a next time.

BOAT Briefing: What’s the Environmental Transparency Index (YETI) and why does it matter?

While Stewart is in Auckland for the Superyacht Gathering and Sophia is recovering from a bug, Caroline and Cecile tackle this week’s news, including their own upcoming trips: Caroline’s quick expedition to Art Basel Miami Beach – the 20th edition and biggest yet – and Cecile’s jaunt to Gdansk to visit the Conrad Shipyard and tour their new yacht Ace. They chat about the yachting industry’s move to a more sustainable future with the Water Revolution’s first Yacht Environmental Transparency Index (YETI 1.0) and Feadship’s move towards a “fuel-agnostic” engine room. They move on to Below Deck Mediterranean star, Captain Sandy Yawn, and her upcoming book, “Be the calm or be the Storm: Leadership Lessons from a Woman at the Helm,” and one of the BOAT’s team own publishing success, Emma Bamford’s best seller Deep Water. And of course, they go over the week’s boat news, including the refit of 63.2m Athos and Perini Navi Isali II, Nobiskrug’s 70m Miza starting sea trials, the sad story of 23m classic Bougie going up in flames in New Orleans, the launch of a new landing craft concept by ROAM and Mondomarine Tribu’s arrival on the brokerage market, a special explorer originally built for Luciano Benetton. Finally, they preview the January issue, and its Top 101 yachts feature by looking at the largest superyacht in the world owned by Americans.

BOAT Briefing: Do the Dutch build the best superyachts?

In this week’s episode of BOAT Briefing, ahead of the start of METS, Charlotte and Sophia take an in-depth look at the current Dutch fleet. They also discuss the December issue, where the cover boat is the Amels 60 Come Together, as well as the launch of the 74m Amels Limited Editions 242. Away from Holland, they report on strong Q3 financial figures for both The Italian Sea Group and Sanlorenzo.

BOAT Briefing: The story behind the abandoned British royal flagship

In this week’s episode, Cecile and Charlotte share news of some major sales in the yachting world – from the iconic 92m Tatoosh, to explorer Victor Vescovo’s 68m Pressure Drop and the accompanying submersible Limiting Factor. They also discuss the UK’s recently scrapped 250m flagship yacht under new prime minister Rishi Sunak, and a growing trend for boats with radically different layouts.
In the headlines there’s a new partnership between Perini Navi and Malcolm McKeon Yacht Design, starting with a 56m ketch; a first look at Permare’s 35.54m Neva; and details of Giorgio Cassetta’s new 35m for Ocean Alexander, a vessel designed to be as reliable as it is stylish. The data story, meanwhile, focuses on this year’s new explorer yachts - including which nations are buying them – while shining a spotlight on a few of the most remarkable ones to check out.

BOAT Briefing: The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show debrief

In this week's episode of BOAT Briefing Stewart and Sophia share their thoughts and insights from FLIBS 2022, including the superyachts that caught their eye, the strength of the American market and joy of crab Scoobies. They also pay their respects to two stalwarts of the superyacht world, Henk Wiekens and Peter de Savary, who have sadly passed away in the past couple of weeks. In the news we cover Heesen’s new 50m Steel series, the acquisition of Cantiere delle Marche and the delivery of 85.3 metre Project Globalfast.

BOAT Briefing: must-see superyachts at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

In this week's episode of BOAT Briefing, the team discusses the most exciting boats at America’s most important superyacht show, including Sanlorenzo’s hydrojet-powered SP110 and Heesen’s sinuous 50m Project Aura. We preview the upcoming Explorer Yacht Summit in Monaco, including headline speaker and marine adventurer Victor Vescovo, while news covers a brand new 50m Tankoa and a devastating fire in Australia. Our dive into the data looks at the numbers behind the major yacht shows at Cannes, Monaco and Fort Lauderdale, highlighting differences between the kinds of boats we find at each event.

BOAT Briefing: hot charter yachts and brokerage bargains

In this week's episode of BOAT Briefing, the team discuss Kismet's visit to London and all the other superyachts hovering in British waters, including Northland, Slipstream – and even the research vessel Petrel, which discovered the USS Indianapolis, discussion of which leads to a terrible impression of the character Quint from Steven Spielberg classic Jaws. We talk Below Deck and the boat featuring in Season 10 of the show, and look at the most expensive charter yachts available in the Caribbean this season and the biggest bargains on the brokerage market. Sophia, meanwhile, looks ahead to her first ever Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and some of the boats she's most excited about seeing.

BOAT Briefing: a closer look at the support boat market

In this week's podcast, Stewart and Sophia reflect on the Monaco Yacht Show and pick out some news stories from the event you might have missed. The brokerage market goes under the microscope as it's revealed that this year trails 2021 by 30% in sales. Sophia highlights a few new boats joining the brokerage fleet, and discusses the findings of a recent survey, which shows just how long people tend to stay in the superyacht industry. Our data story, meanwhile, concerns support vessels: how many are there, who owns them, and what projects you should be looking out for.

BOAT Briefing: The greatest hits from the Monaco Yacht Show 2022

In this week's BOAT Briefing, Charlotte and Caroline take a detailed look at the most spectacular yachts to appear at this year's Monaco Yacht Show, as well as the most exciting stories to emerge from this major superyachting event. In this week’s news, we cover Feadship’s 85m concept Slice, with its bow-to-stern “slice” of glazing; Sunseeker’s volume-packed tri-deck Ocean 460; and Benetti’s 85m custom Project Oro and its 400-square-metre sundeck. In our data story we look at brokerage sales of yachts over 70m.

The Big BOAT Interview: exclusive interview with Carl Allen, superyacht owner and treasure hunter

In this week’s BOAT Briefing, we sit down with superyacht owner Carl Allen, who has discovered one of the richest treasure ships in history, which sunk in stormy weather in the 17th century. Carl discusses his obsession with finding the motherlode, the establishment of a brand new museum in the Bahamas to house it all and his continuing rehabilitation of sportfishing mecca Walker’s Cay.

BOAT Briefing: which boats will steal the show in Monaco this year?

In this week's BOAT Briefing, Stewart and Sophia look ahead to one of the busiest periods of the year for the superyacht industry, and discuss the standout yachts appearing at this year's Monaco Yacht Show. The pair reflect on the impact the 86 metre Nabila (now Kingdon 5KR) had on the superyacht industry, setting whole careers in motion. In the news this week is Lurssen's launch of the massive 146 metre Project Opera, a new 83 metre contract for German shipyard Nobiskrug and the launch by Turquoise of the 53 metre superyacht Jewels. In our data story we look at the numbers behind Monaco – and dig through some of the 5,339 metres of yacht that will be in the show.

BOAT Briefing: Highlights from the Cannes Yachting Festival

In this week’s episode Sophia has returned from a last minute trip to Cannes Yachting Festival and discusses with Charlotte highlights from the show, including a look around recently launched Arcadia Mabelle. The pair also discuss the strong financial numbers being posted by shipyards including Ferretti, Sanlorenzo, Sunseeker and Nautor Swan, while Charlotte reveals the top tips if you are looking to complete a refit in record time.

In the news this week is The Italian Sea Group’s new 50 metre concept called Panorama, the launch of 85.3 metre SilverYachts Globalfast and Numarine’s hybrid electric 30XP. The delivery of yachts over 60m so far this year, in comparison with previous years.

The Big BOAT Interview: Stephen Roberts, owner of the 34.6m Tansu explorer yacht, Only Now

In this week's episode of The Big Boat Interview, Charlotte catches up with Stephen Roberts, owner of the 34.6m Tansu explorer yacht, Only Now. Stephen bought his yacht in the middle of the pandemic, and has managed to do a quick refit on her, as well as a substantial amount of travel. He shares why he thinks yachting is the perfect family holiday, outlines the unusual destinations on his bucket list, and explains why he works better onboard than anywhere else in the world.

BOAT Briefing: the top yachts to see at the Cannes Yachting Festival

In this week’s podcast Stewart and Sophia are back from their respective holidays and look at the fleet that is lining up for this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival.  Stewart also discusses his recent chat with Formula One's Fernando Alonso, who has commissioned a custom 60 Sunreef Power Eco catamaran. Meanwhile, Sophia reports back from a flying visit to Monaco to see the recently delivered 44 metre Sanlorenzo AIX, which will soon be heading to Australia where she will be available for charter. In the news they discuss Extra Yachts new line of catamarans, Heesen’s Project Jade  and the latest as the auction of 72.5 metre Axioma closes with 63 bids.

BOAT Briefing: Feadship launches 118m Project 1010

In this week’s episode, Charlotte and Cecile shine a spotlight on upcoming yachting events – from the America’s Cup in Barcelona in 2024, to The Bahamas Charter Yacht Show in Nassau in February 2023, as well as the Superyacht Challenge in Antigua in March and the St. Barths Bucket Regatta, plus a brand new fixture that month inbetween Anguilla and Saint Martin: Belmond’s Between the Bays.

The news covers the sinking of motor yacht My Saga; the launch of Feadship’s new 118m Project 1010; the sea trials of Oceanco’s 109 metre superyacht Y720; and the auction of the 72.5 metre sanctioned superyacht Axioma. The data meanwhile focuses on the most popular yachting destinations in the West Mediterranean this year.

BOAT Briefing: What you’ll find onboard Tony Parker’s yacht Infinity Nine at Cannes this year

In this week’s BOAT Briefing, Charlotte and Cecile give a rundown of the yachts in our October issue - from 75m cover star Kenshō, to the 62m Rio, which will be at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show. In the news, there’s talk of two thrilling new launches: one, a 35m boat called Infinity Nine from Turkish shipyard AvA Yachts, which belongs to NBA star Tony Parker; the other, an impressive 88m known as Project X from Greek yard Golden Yachts. Plus, some sombre news about the newly launched 45m ISA yacht Aria SF, which has suffered after a devastating fire off the coast of Formentera in Spain. The data story keeps with the theme of impressive and big boats, honing in on which nationalities own the most yachts in the 60m+ size category.

The Big BOAT Interview: with Jonny Horsfield, owner of H2 Yacht Design

This week, Sophia sits down at BOAT HQ with Jonny Horsfield, the owner and design director of London-based H2 Yacht Design. Jonny shares the story of how he founded the company when was in his late twenties in 1994, and the design journey it has been on since – with a diverse portfolio ranging from Al Lusail to Ulysses (now Andromeda). He also discusses H2’s Turkish connection, why he is excited about Rev Ocean, and how client expectations have changed over the past two decades. Finally, he explains why he still believes in the art of drawing and reveals which yacht he spots most often on Instagram.

Which superyachts have travelled furthest this year?

With a staggering nine million nautical miles completed by the superyacht fleet so far this year Stewart and Sophia reveal the five yachts that have travelled the furthest. They also discuss the recent spate of superyacht disasters, the latest on 127m Oceanco Y721 and why a story about a gold-lined yacht infuriates Stewart. In the news this week is the keel laying of the Amels 80 and the delivery of the first ClubSwan80 and the 52 metre CRN Ciao.

The Big BOAT Interview: Alfie Best

In this week’s episode, Charlotte catches up with the owner of 27.5m 90 Ocean Sunseeker Wyldecrest. Best is number 232 on the Times Rich List and calls himself Britain’s wealthiest Romany gypsy. In this exclusive interview, he shares details of tough times in business, the secret behind his recent success, and his plans to launch a small fleet of great value charter yachts, ahead of a predicted recession …

BOAT Briefing: Legendary charter yacht Axioma on the auction block

In this week's episode of BOAT Briefing, we discuss the upcoming no-reserve auction of 72.5 metre Axioma, and look at some other large superyachts which have gone under the hammer, as well as some brokerage bargains. The team pays tribute to Dick Mulder, managing director of Mulder Shipyard, who has sadly passed away this week. In the news is Wally's new line of lightweight carbon-fibre cruiser-racers and the launch of the first 36 metre SpaceCat from SilverYachts. Speaking of catamarans, Sophia drills down into the Global Order Book to examine just how healthy the multihull market really is.

The Big BOAT Interview: The Turner Twins

This week Charlotte caught up with adventurers Ross and Hugo as they sat on their yacht in A Coruña in Northern Spain. They've been on a 100% emission-free sailing expedition to the Atlantic Pole of Inaccessibility (POI) - the geographic location furthest from any coast – and share an update of how their adventure is going and how the tech onboard is holding up, as well as their top tips for planning any exploration...

BOAT Briefing: The New Yorker zeroes in on superyachts

In this week’s episode, Stewart and Charlotte discuss a recent New Yorker article that’s doing the rounds, and take a look at some standout onboard pools, as well as sharing details of what’s in this year’s Superyachts book.

There’s news of a new 80m custom yacht from ISA and designer Espen Øino; a highly secretive 103m Feadship superyacht project, known only as Feadship 1011, which has just had its technical launch; and exciting changes to regulations for charter yachts cruising in Fiji. The data story, meanwhile, takes a look at semi-custom boats under 40m, made with either a steel or aluminum hull – plus some great new launches that are leading the trend.

The Big BOAT Interview: Bob Giles, owner of VivieRae

While building a very successful car dealership business in Louisiana, Bob Giles never lost his innate sense of adventure. After a lifetime of boating, in 2018, he took delivery of the 30 metre Nordhavn 96 VivieRae and logged 20,000 miles in just 10 months. There was never a lull in the action but earlier this year, VivieRae (which has its own Instagram account) started a circumnavigation. We chat about (too) curious sharks, spawning groupers, his favourite destinations – Vanuatu, the Tuamotus and Indonesia being high on the list – mastering the flite board and much more.

BOAT Briefing: Which superyachts will make their show debuts this autumn?

In this week’s podcast Sophia is joined by BOAT US Editor Cecile, who is fresh from a holiday in Switzerland. With yacht show season fast approaching the pair discuss which yachts they are most excited about hopefully seeing, including 75 metre Kensho, 62 metre CRN Rio and the new Sunreef 80 Eco. They also briefly discuss Sophia’s first hybrid experience on Benetti Goga and the Monaco Energy Boat Challenge.  In the news is the launch of Project Witchcraft,  Gallant Lady’s refit and an exciting update from Turkish yard Sarp. The data story this week looks at the brokerage numbers from Q2, with an impressive 138 yachts sold.

The Big BOAT Interview: Chris Cecil-Wright

After breaking his back in a paragliding accident in the army, Chris Cecil-Wright turned to the water and the world of brokerage. He began his career at Camper & Nicholsons, working for his mentor, Nick Edmiston, before joining Nick at his new company Edmiston & Company. Chris struck out on his own 10 years ago and founded the eponymous brokerage company. In this conversation, Chris looks back on his career, discusses why superyacht owners are getting younger, and what impact Russia's invasion of Ukraine will have on the superyacht market.

BOAT Briefing: Benetti goes B.Yond with its new 37 metre

In this week's episode of BOAT Briefing, we discuss everything from yacht furniture you can grow on the sea floor to the exciting new 37 metre B.Yond project from Benetti. Stewart, meanwhile, reports back from trips to Germany and Italy and Charlotte looks ahead to our Life Under Sail supplement and the amazing yachts featured within. In the news is Lurssen's delivery of 160m Blue, the latest on The Italian Sea Group's new flagship, Kensho, and we discuss the aesthetic merits of the massive 88.15m multihull Asean Lady. Our data story concerns Riva, and we take a closer look at the brand's amazing Aquarama, arguably the most beautiful boat ever built.

The Big BOAT Interview: Steve Sidwell

In this week's Big Boat Interview, Charlotte caught up with Steve Sidwell, owner of the 34m Westport Ascente. A particularly well-travelled owner, Steve shares some of his many adventures along the Pacific coast. He’s also owned over 20 yachts of various shapes and sizes over his lifetime, so he was able to spill a few top tips for buyers, as well as disclose details about an exciting new yacht that he’s working on right now.

BOAT Briefing: Which boats won at the Design & Innovation Awards?

In this week’s episode Charlotte and Sophia are back in the recording studio following a busy couple of weeks at the Superyacht Design Festival in Milan and the Ultra High Network Insight Summit in Monaco.  As well as talking over the Design & Innovation Awards winners and their festival highlights, Charlotte also reveals some of the insights on owners’ expectations that she picked up from the conference in Monaco. They also discuss the sinking of a yacht off the Turkish coast, Joe Biden’s comments on the yachting industry and the return of Below Deck Mediterranean on board a well-known Hessen. In the news this week Heesen’s Book Ends has been spotted on sea trials and 70 metre Nobiskrug Project 795 has been seen for the first time since October 2020. Plus the uplifting story of a classic yacht that has been saved from her pending demolition.  The data story is focused on the changing demands from younger superyacht owners.

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