The past few months have presented me with fantastic opportunities to experience the very best aspects of the marine business – exciting and inspirational new boats and concepts, talking to the fascinatingly diverse people we count as colleagues and friends, and just soaking up the buzz at the world’s most prestigious boat shows.
The Cannes Yachting Festival, this year in its 40th edition, is a major event for many Australian and New Zealand owners heading to Europe. The bonus, of course, is late summer in the south of France – hard to resist.
The Monaco Yacht Show (MYS) remains the glittering focal point of the world of luxury yachting. The four days are intense, but the sleep deficit is well worth it.
In this issue we examine the beach club phenomenon, now a popular feature on smaller production yachts. And, with teak an increasingly scarce resource requiring careful management, synthetic decking is not only viable, but also becoming desirable.
Other prominent trends during the MYS were new concept designs (covered in our Undercurrent: International pages), and a rise in the popularity of Explorer-type vessels. One leading brand moving into this category is Numarine, with their new 32XP. This rugged-looking yacht shares some of Numarine’s fresh styling cues, including 610 square metres of living space and beautiful interiors by Esra Kazmirci.
A welcome addition to the Australian market, the Dreamline range of motor yachts is a cross between production and custom builds, with unique features suited to our extremely variable local conditions.
The inspiration for our stunning cover shot this issue comes from the explosion in popularity of tenders and day boats. Design advances have meant the role of a tender or day boat is open-ended. During this year’s Monaco Yacht Show there were literally hundreds of brands of supertenders available to whisk you off into the harbour, or zip around the show. This was the catalyst for our feature on this most versatile of craft.
Also, this issue we speak with key industry leaders. Jonathan Beckett fromBurgess Yachts, one of the region’s most respected management brokers, kindly shares his insights into current trends. A newcomer to our industry, though not to yachting, is Chairman of Camper & Nicholsons Asia, Lester Lam. I met Mr Lam at this year’s Singapore Yacht Show and was very impressed with his knowledge of, and passion for the yachting scene. C&NA is in good hands leading into the future of yacht management in this part of the world. Another prominent industry personality is Erwin Bamps, who discusses with Ocean the strides being made in the UAE to create a viable waterfront destination hub.
And for our Industry Profile I had the opportunity to interview Randall Seymore, President of Penske Transportation Group for Australia. His all-encompassing role straddles the defence, mining, resource and of course marine sectors, and he reveals how the company is focusing on innovation to deliver greener, more efficient propulsion systems.
With the closing of 2017 and my 76th issue I would like to wish all our owners, captains, readers and clients a wonderful summer and holiday season. I look forward to continuing to bring to you the spectacular world of Ocean both in print and online. Stay safe and all the best for the year to come.
Enjoy and see you on the water soon.
Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief
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