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Welcome to issue #94 of Ocean. Our front cover highlights the glamour of the Princess V55. A model that represents all of the potential within a sports yacht.

With the world slowly beginning to return to normal, we explore the luxury that’s naturally abundant throughout Tasmania, examine the challenges of marine conversation during the time of COVID-19 and review Princess Yachts’ latest offering, the glamorous V55 sports yacht plus many more reviews and features within.

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Summer’s light may be beginning to fade, but as our resident wine connoisseur notes, that’s no reason for the good times to end.

As we learn to navigate the ups and downs of a new world, more and more people are drawn to our boating lifestyle. With boats easier than ever to handle, and time on the water not just pleasurable but safe and a perfect antidote to our busy lives, it’s no surprise that boat sales are booming. If you’re ready to dip your toe in the water of ownership, don’t sit on the fence too long. Many local manufacturers are reporting a tightening in stock levels and waiting lists.

Still, with antipodeans bringing their boats back from overseas to our safer waters, and a flurry on chartering, there’s a real buoyancy to the industry and much cause for optimism.

Our cover girl this issue is the jewel of the sea, the Princess V55 Sport Yacht. We venture to the home of Princess, Plymouth in the UK, to put her through her paces and find she performs royally.

We also review Benetti’s Oasis 40M and the Sunseeker Predator 60 Evo. With the metaphoric rise in the popularity of tenders, we feature these go anywhere, do-anything boats that are punching well above their weight in functionality and design – and customer satisfaction.

Speaking of being on the water, across the ditch there have been more highs and lows in the America’s Cup as New Zealand reels from COVID restrictions. But, sailors being a singular breed, nothing will keep them down.

In our Yachting Report, we look at the players and provide an insight into the workings of the AC75 – just one more variable in a test of strength, will and skill that could make or break the hopes of these two teams.

Our Ocean Life features are sure to bring you reading pleasure and inform you of everything to accompany your boating and luxury lifestyle.

Our desire to escape the everyday and tempt our senses with something new – or at least see with new eyes – remains as strong as ever. This issue, we highlight Tasmania as our Destination feature and discover our most southern isle is stepping into her own with delectable food to tempt, art to challenge, accommodation to restore and landscapes to lose yourself in. If you haven’t been yet, or for a while, now is the perfect time while we have this untamed beauty all to ourselves.

For our Trends feature, we’ve wrapped up a selection of the most desirable options to tick the box on and inspire you to get out on the water with confidence.

After following well-known marine biologist and freediver Alex Kydd on Instagram for some time, we couldn’t resist sharing his stunning photographs in Lens Flare. His love for the sea shines through each of his images as he brings attention to the beauty of the underwater world.

We remain as passionate as ever about the importance of the oceans and the responsibility of our industry to ensure we leave them better than we found them for future generations. In our Ocean Keepers feature, we delve into how major organisations are keeping the faith despite the changes wrought by the pandemic. As always, never underestimate the power of committed individuals to not just find a way through, but deliver with real results.

This issue’s Legal Matters and our new column Periscope provide an insight into the changed legalities of owning a boat in a pandemic and the state of the industry.

Finally, as we look forward to the cooler weather, autumn leaves and cosy evenings inside, be sure to turn the page to Palate for a great fireside read and some spirits to warm your soul.

Of course, to make sure you always have your copy hot off the press, be sure to subscribe at oceanmagazine.com.au/subscribe.

In this, our 17th year of publishing Ocean magazine, we’re forging ahead stronger than ever. I hope you find something to inspire and engage you in this edition, and look forward to seeing you on the water soon.

HILLARY BUCKMAN

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Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief

Ocean Media