Notes From The Editor

Editor’s Note: A Future Built on Classics

Timeless yachts are considered classics for a reason, but demands are changing and the global fleet is changing with it. Yachts are evolving, gradually, and to help us better understand the nascent year ahead, we take a look at the design movement of modern classics.

The report that sparked our traditional focus was the sale of the AMELS 180, a modern take on traditional style by Tim Heywood that was sold at the start of the week. The powerhouse design team behind the Limited Editions range is just one facet of traditional design, slowly evolving into something more unique, and bringing yachting into a new era.

The old school ‘wedding cake’ style will always be a huge factor in the industry, with reliability, elegance and value, but looking to the world’s best examples of a shift in traditionalism, the examples are many.

From Cloud 9 to Jubilee, new technology has allowed the world to become bolder, and take the established method of building boats to new levels; from the subtle changes in line of Solandge, to the radical vision of Sailing Yacht A.

However, albeit a self-confessed design geek, I’m no expert and to prove the theory goes beyond a few features. Looking to a studio in the know, I spoke to Jonny Horsfield of H2 Yacht Design for a more in-depth appraisal of the changing face of traditional design.

Going someway to prove the rule, with discussions on subtelty and modern demand with the designers of Al Lusail, I’ve only just begun my look into evolving design and look forward to diving back in next week.

In other news, Baglietto announced the sale of a brand-new custom superyacht for an American client while Denison Yachting reported the sale of superyacht SOC. But, the week isn’t yet over and the year has only just begun as the world prepares for the Miami Boat Show and beyond.

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