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I remember my first stay on a superyacht not for its stunning design, nor its breathtaking speed, nor (unsurprisingly for those who know me) its engine room. The thing that made the biggest impact was the sheer joy of having someone else unpack, and pack, my suitcase. As someone for whom packing was ruined thanks to a decade at boarding school (Sunday afternoons spent filling a trunk stay with one forever), the thrill was immense. As was the novelty of arriving home to find that my clothes were uncreased, my shoes still resembled shoes and no toiletries had leaked.

For those of us unlucky enough to have a life devoid of personal packers, we can dream of the next best thing – chic luggage that conjures up the golden age of travel. There are numerous options in our Packing Guide, but for me, nothing surpasses a Louis Vuitton trunk. Maybe my own personalised version would have helped those interminable Sunday afternoons? Maybe not. But my emotional scars would, at least, be stylish ones.

Sacha Bonsor
Editor-in-Chief

Apparently it will take a determined hacker only half an hour to break into your yacht’s Wi-Fi. Marinas, then, must feel like smorgasbords to cybercriminals – and boat shows all-you-can-eat feasts. Try connecting to a network at the Monaco Yacht Show and you’ll be presented with a vast array of Wi-Fi options beaming off yachts. Then there are new threats posed by drones, and every once in a while a ship is still boarded by pirates the old-fashioned way. Fortunately, with every new danger comes a solution – and you can find some of them in our security feature.

A refit is the perfect opportunity to pack some of this new tech on your yacht, and we’ve dedicated this issue to this ever growing sector of the market. Inside you’ll find one of the biggest refit stories of the year: Haida 1929. Any owner who takes a yacht of this vintage and restores her to first-class condition has my admiration. It’s been a 10-year labour of love – a story we’re thrilled to present to you.

Stewart Campbell
Editor

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