Welcome to our 80th issue coinciding with the Sydney International Boat Show in August.

Our exclusive cover story is Maritimo’s X60 which has taken the world by storm since launching at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS). We also look at the ins and outs of private aircraft ownership, and and take you to the furthest reaches of private yacht charters. This and over 190 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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One of my favourite quotes is “for every two minutes of glamour, there is eight hours of hard work.”

Lately I’ve logged plenty of air miles in discovering first hand some of the amazing technology set to transform the marine industry. On the glamour side, though, I was very privileged to be invited aboard Cessna’s fabulous Citation Latitude Business Jet for an exclusive test flight. Naturally, I put it all down to necessary research for our latest Flight Deck feature within this issue.

I confess I really enjoyed the whole experience. The red-carpet welcome; the Latitude’s luxurious interiors; Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the flight; and plenty of space for a few chosen vintages, were all great selling points. What makes private jet ownership worth the investment is its ability to save time, and thus, enhance your productivity.

During the super-smooth track to Sydney I had the opportunity for a quick visit to the cockpit to discuss the latest Garmin G5000 avionics which feature full-colour touchscreen displays, fully integrated auto-throttles and other features making life easier for the pilots.

Cool tech was also a major part my other recent trip when I headed to Sweden for the launch of Volvo Penta’s fully automated docking system and new hybrid electric IPS engines.

Everywhere we turn, new technology is being installed to make our lives easier. Volvo’s pioneering system allows the boat to dock itself, doing away with sometimes tricky situations, and thereby relieving a lot of the stress an owner is under in a tight dock squeeze. In the not-too-distant future, integration and connectivity will be an absolutely fundamental part of our lives.

New voice command IT systems are now available so when we board our yacht, music, lighting, blinds and anything else digitally linked, will automatically switch on via voice activation.

Before we know it, only our computers will require the boat licence. Let’s just hope that this doesn’t enable the AI to learn how to have fun!

With this issue we reach a significant milestone, our 80th issue coinciding with the Sydney International Boat Show in August.

Our exclusive cover story is Maritimo’s X60 which has taken the world by storm since launching at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS). This revolutionary design for the sports yacht sector brings superyacht refinement to the sub-60 category.

Other reviews include the stunning Sunseeker Manhattan 66 which will be showcased for the first time in Australia during the Sydney International Boat Show. Princess Yachts’ V65 was launched in the balmy Majorcan sunshine last month, while Riviera’s outstanding new flagship, the 72 Sports Motor Yacht will power her way to Sydney to feature as one of the drawcards making this year’s SIBS a must attend.

We also round up a fantastic Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show with comments from exhibitors on the success of the four days.

Just prior to SCIBS was the Australian Superyacht & Marine Export Conference (ASMEX) which was a big success, with many companies represented. The issue of over-regulation remains a roadblock to growth, but each year we make progress.

Associated with ASMEX, the Australian Superyacht Industry Awards reflected the industry’s ongoing quality and competitiveness. This year I was honoured to receive the award for Industry Champion 2018. It was a very unexpected accolade which left me speechless. Well, for a record five seconds anyway! Many congratulations to all the winners on the night and of course everyone who entered, as it is important to continue to recognise excellence in our industry.

So, many features to enjoy within this special  issue. If you are visiting Sydney next month, stop by our Ocean Media stand located on the water and say hello.

HILLARY BUCKMAN

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Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief