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Inside the Superyachts 31
The Superyachts 31 is the industry’s acknowledged gold standard in showcasing the very best private yachts. Inside, you'll find 21 of the world’s greatest yachts from 32.4m to 90m. The new book showcases 5 Boat International Design Award winners and 8 World Superyacht Award winners, including Sailing Yacht of the Year Sybaris and Refitted Yacht of the Year Aquila. You can also get an update on the world’s 200 largest superyachts, with 15 new entries introduced.
The Superyachts 31 is 480 pages long, packed full with 21 deck plans, 646 yacht photographs and an index to 706 yachts covered in volumes 1 – 31. The book also includes a special feature abouit the Evolution of Limotenders.
Yachts featured in the Superyachts 30: Aquila / Book Ends / Chasseur / Cloud 9 / Cloudbreak / Giaola – Lu / Here Comes the Sun / Joy / La Passion / Legend / My Song / Nero / Plus Vltra / Quinta Essentia / Razan / Ribelle / Seven Sins / Svea / Sybaris / Ulysses / Vertige
There is a television commercial for an insurance company that promotes itself by stating
“We cover everything because we’ve seen everything”
Sometimes I think that is in many respects the nature of my job, at least the seeing everything part. In truth, I have been writing about large yachts, their design and technology for decades. Just about when I think there simply cannot be any new stories to tell or a fresh design to present, yacht owners rise to the challenge along with their designers and builders – and the unsung heroes of the industry who make the components – launch something that makes me say: “Hey, that’s pretty interesting! Can we cover that?”
Sometimes there have been disappointments when owners say no. Middle Eastern Royals and a few American and British celebs notwithstanding, we usually find a way to combine an owner’s need for privacy with our goal of presenting the best of the newest yachts each year. Volume 31 is no exception.
What is exceptional, however, are the stories of the creative ways some owners have found to indulge their passions for yachting. Take, for example, the two yachts with “Cloud” in their title – Cloud 9 and Cloudbreak. Despite being within 1.5 metres of one another in length and just 206 gross tonnes apart in volume, their stories and their missions could not be more different. And while each is certainly unique, there is an almost eerie link in the fact that their names both signify paradise to their owners.
Nowhere is diversity of thought more tangible than in the four sailing yachts presented. As a sailor myself, I find things to love about all of them and marvel at the ways their owners have achieved their dreams of adventuring on wind and water.
Also featured this year is one yacht named for a love of wine and one yacht named for a love of all things (I’ll leave the puzzle for you). There are yachts that started with a clean sheet of paper, yachts started on spec and yachts that began as something else entirely and are presented in their amazingly refitted state.