This issue of Ocean marks the opening of the busy Australian boat show season.

We preview Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, and take a look at the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous. This and over 180 pages of informative and fun reading. Pick up a copy at your favourite retail store or read on our digital platform online.

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“I’m looking forward to welcoming our readers to the ocean Club during the Sanctuary Cove international Boat Show”

 

Welcome to issue 79 of Ocean, as anticipation builds for the first major domestic boat show of the season, Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS).

I’m especially looking forward to this 30th edition of SCIBS and welcoming our readers to our Ocean Club stand on the promenade.

The Gold Coast was also the perfect venue for the recent Australian Superyacht Rendezvous, held at the Gold Coast City Marina. Not only was there an incredible line-up of Australian-owned superyachts, but it also provided a platform for a fantastic round-table discussion, examining the most pressing issues facing the superyacht industry.

A lack of funding to lobby our government to relax regulations affecting internationally flagged superyacht charters is clearly hampering the industry’s growth. One of the most exciting things to come out of the Rendezvous, was showcasing the 19 Australian-owned yachts.

Increasing numbers of new and brokerage yachts are making their way to Australia and into charter. Maybe we have been so focused on changing legislation for the international yachts, that we have forgotten about the strength of the domestic ownership and their desire to charter. The numbers support this: 27 Australian-owned yachts over 24 metres are listed on the MYBA platform Yachtfolio. Of those, 20 are over 30 metres in length. Around 14 more are not marketed internationally, bringing to over 40 the fleet of yachts available to charter in Australia.

It’s good to be home again after a whirlwind few months of travel, with quick visits to New Zealand, for the Auckland Volvo Ocean Race stopover, and Singapore, for the eighth edition of the Singapore Yacht Show.

In Auckland I was the guest of Volvo Penta Australia and learnt of the company’s impressive plans for innovation that will meet the challenges of the future.

My Singapore sojourn included a fascinating tour of Grand Banks’ completely overhauled facility just across the causeway in Johor, Malaysia. Our guide was none other than CEO Mark Richards himself, who showed us over the new generation models redefining the venerable brand for the better.

Our sensational cover feature for this 79th issue is the very sexy Itama 45S sports yacht. This renowned Italian brand’s entrance into the Australian market is another exciting step for the Ray White Marine brand.

Also, don’t miss our comprehensive reviews of CRN’s Cloud 9, Outer Reef’s ocean passage-maker 610, and Amel’s new award-winning luxury cruiser, the Amel 50.

The theme of what we can and must do to protect our oceans and the planet is again prominent in our Personal Profile with Federico ‘Fiddi’ Angermeyer. I spent many hours with this inspirational and practical conservationist during this year’s NZ Millennium Cup in January, and have since kept in contact about what we can all do together to tackle the problems in the Galapagos and elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region.

See you on the water, or if you are visiting SCIBS, make sure you pass by and say hello.

HILLARY BUCKMAN

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Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief