Editor’s Note: Europe Dominates
From new launches and brokerage booms to transformative redevelopments, Europe astounded this week as news flooded in from every corner. The shores of the Mediterranean provided lots to talk about, and we took it upon ourselves to leave no stone unturned - or story left untold.
Hot-off-the-press European news began with Benetti’s launch of 63m M/Y Metis, which took the industry by storm. A yacht designed for a German owner, the launch reinstated Benetti’s ‘Made in Italy’ credibility, as well as enhanced their much-desired presence in the strategically important German market.
Celebrations for Italian craftsmanship didn’t end there. From Europe with love comes Sanlorenzo’s M/Y Forwin, the Italian fleet member fresh on the market with Simpson Marine. Having undergone a welcome refit in 2016, the vessel for sale is spacious and graceful with undisputed luxury, proving once again - Italy knows best.
Heading to the Netherlands, Heesen’s Project Aster - currently seven months away from delivery - was sold in a collaboration between the shipyard and Arcon Yachts. With a design by Cristiano Gatto that finds ‘perfection in simplicity’, it is no surprise this Dutch spectacle was snatched in a hurry.
Just when we thought the dutch deliveries were over, Hakvoort Shipyard stunned with the launch of 64m Explorer ‘Scout’, the largest yacht on record to be launched by the shipyard. This ‘romantic ode to ocean exploration’ was owed to British design house H2 Yacht Design, whose brief was a “rugged explorer style yacht”.
Elsewhere in Europe, our exclusive Interview with the CEO of Dynamiq Yachts offered us a privileged insight into their contemporary cool GTT Range, stamped with Bannenberg & Rowell magic. Mr Dobroserdov shared insights about models such as the Jetsetter, whose interior reveals an “Anglo-Saxon style, if you like, but with an Italian twist”.
In the more unassuming corner of the Mediterranean, the Adriatic hub of Montenegro made an exciting announcement. Damen, Adriatic Marinas and the Montenegrin Government shared their latest contract for the redevelopment of the Bijela Shipyard in Boka Bay, confirming Montenegro’s place in the charter world, now more than ever before.
While trends of success continue to dictate the superyacht landscape, we shifted the spotlight by discussing female (under)representation in our exciting editorial series 'Women in Yachting'. Featuring some of the most influential women in the superyacht sector, we kicked off the week with Part 1 of ‘Women in Brokerage’. Feature Writer Anna Solomon was joined by Katya Grzeszczak Jaimes of IYC, Eleonora Pitasso of Burgess, and Lucrecia Vogogna of TWW, sparking a much-needed dialogue on female faces of the sector. Stay tuned for Part 2 next week.
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