Notes From The Editor

Editor's Note: A Year in Retrospect

We begin to wrap up 2018 by looking back at what has been a triumphant year for the superyacht industry. From superyacht milestones, to 2018’s ‘biggest and best’, we uncover each and every moment that took the industry by storm, not to forget some of our most read stories of the year.

Over the past year, the superyacht industry has brought show-stopping surprises, highly-anticipated deliveries and record breaking launches. Therefore, it was only fitting we began our Christmas special by taking a privileged glimpse into the milestones moments that made our 2018. From Pride Mega Yachts launching the largest Asian superyacht to date, to Anna; the largest Feadship to ever leave the shed, it’s been a big year for big yachts, something we look forward to seeing continue in 2019.

Our 'Interior Insights' have provided a peek into countless stunning superyachts. As the year draws to a close, we take a look back at the most conspicuous interiors that we've explored this year. From the glamour of M/Y Mine Games studio Massari interior,  to Alberto Pinto’s masterpiece onboard Okto, true interior magic seems to never go out of style.

With 9 launches entering the Top 100 (our forecast of the largest yachts in the world) in just 12 short months, the bar was set high for the ‘biggest and bestest’ yachts hitting the water. We began by looking at none other than Lurssen’s official launch of 136m SHU, going onto Oceanco; 90m DAR and 109m BRAVO, as well as a host of other contenders.

However, 2018 has also witnessed landmark buys too. As an exciting year of business draws to a close, we take a look back at some of its biggest sales and the brokerages who orchestrated them. Take Project Icecap, a 109m Lurssen whose sale was navigated by Moran Yacht and Ship, and the joint lising by Fraser and Burgess on the sale of Oceanco giant 76m Anastasia. Charter trends proved to be equally as enticing; with sun-drenched Hawaii and snow-capped Alaska, being highlights on the charter scene in 2018.  

The year of 2018 also boasts a rally of impressive refits too. The 90-metre superyacht Nero, is just one  of them, an iconic superyacht born again following her extensive refit project taking place this year. Superyacht concepts also didn’t disappoint. We take a look at some of the coolest concepts that have been introduced in 2018, and whether or not we'll be lucky enough to see any of them become builds in the future.

We wrapped up our festive period by looking into the most popular news stories from 2018, including our interview with superyacht owner JR. Ridinger on building their dream vessel Utopia IV, as well as the former Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark on revolutionising the sailing landscape with Team New Zealand.

Have a very Merry Christmas, from the team.