Welcome to Issue 89 of Ocean Magazine, our first issue of 2020, and the new decade.

Our front cover features the stylish Azimut 78 Fly, the brand’s new flybridge flagship raising the bar for refined tech. Other reviews include Norman Wright & Sons custom 60-footer Aura, the Fairline Squadron 68 and the Amel 60.

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Welcome to our first issue of Ocean for 2020. As we celebrate 15 years of publishing on 2 February, we look forward to an exciting time of growth and expansion ahead for both the magazines and Ocean Media. 

So too, our superyacht sector is expected to experience significant and positive changes now that the Australian government, after 20 years of campaigning, has finally passed amendments to the Coastal Trading (Revitalising Australian Shipping) Act 2012. 

The Special Recreational Vessels Bill 2019 was finally approved in parliament on 13 December 2019. In essence, this will allow foreign-flagged superyachts to charter in Australian waters much more easily, without having to apply for an ABN or import the vessel. At the time of print, just prior to Christmas, the first internationally flagged charter was completed by Carrier Carter from Carter Marine onboard Hemisphere. 

There are still a lot of questions to be answered in terms of the fine print, so in this issue we have published Part 1 of a two-part series on these important changes (see page 28). Following, PwC Australia Partner Jeff Pfaff provides his views on the new legislation and how to navigate the minefield of the Australian taxation system. What I take from both sides is that you need to choose a respected yacht agent who understands the new legislation and always seek expert tax advice if in doubt. 

Within this issue, we feature a number of spectacular sailing events that Ocean Media will be attending as media sponsors.

With the build-up to the America’s Cup in 2021, this year’s New Zealand Millennium Cup – held in Russell, Bay of Islands, from 29 January to 1 February – will see the start of the expected increase in visiting yachts to the region. If you have not visited the Bay of Islands yet, I highly recommend this magical place.

The end of February will see Series 2 of SailGP Sydney, Ocean Media are again the SailGP Adrenaline Yachts Program Partner. With Team Australia as the current defenders, they will want to have a strong start to the season. 

Our front cover features the striking new Azimut 78 Flybridge, first launched at last year’s Cannes Yachting Festival to much acclaim. Ocean magazine took a world’s first look at this design tour de force. Other reviews include Norman Wright’s Australian-built ultimate sport fisher, Fairline’s 68, and Amel’s new 60 sailing yacht. 

During 2019’s 60th anniversary of the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, I had the honour of meeting Amos Nachoum, master underwater photographer and expeditioner, whose incredible images are showcased in this issue’s Lens Flare. Images that beautifully – and at times, arrestingly – highlight the behaviour of ocean giants in their natural habitats, increasing awareness of the need to protect our fragile planet. 

This issue, we also congratulate Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard on their 20th year with a special Industry Report that profiles the multitude of talent within their yard who are providing expert service and refit capabilities to the Asia-Pacific region. 

Finally, it’s coming up to two years since software developer Richard Hadida took over the reins at Oyster Yachts – and he’s not looking back. We sat down with him in London to discuss Oyster’s solid plans for growth, new models and what keeps him in the office. 

These and many more features, news and interviews can be found within – we would love to hear from you with any comments or issues you would like us to discuss in further editions. 

Wishing you all a fabulous 2020 ahead and hope to see you on the water soon.

 

HILLARY BUCKMAN

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Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief