Notes From The Editor

Editor’s Note: It Starts with a Concept

It’s been a quiet week here in London as half of our team enjoy the balmy nights of Dubai’s annual Yacht Show. While they spend a few days getting under the skin of the UAE market collecting reports we hope to bring you over the coming days, we’ve been keeping up with everything else in between.

Speaking of Dubai, our leading story this week was announced at the show just a few days ago. Showcasing the Oceanco’s latest concept, the reveal of Esquel was anything but subtle. The design has been penned by an all-star cast, including luxury travel expedition company, Perolus, Timur Bozca Design, stylist Gina Brenna and Lateral Naval Architects. It’s big, it’s bold and very dramatic; an explorer we very much hope to see hit the water very soon.

But Esquel isn’t the only concept that caught our eye this week. Speaking with the designer himself, Chulhun Park told us all about his vision. Valkyrie is a 229m giant which combines the young designer’s experience working for Palmer Johnson and now, Latitude Yachts. While it might be rather ambitious; it’s always interesting to look into the future with superyacht design.

In fact, we were surprised this week with how much the design process was referenced in our other articles. John McCormack of MaxTech Consultancy Ltd. gave us the downlow on the painting process; highlighting the importance of factoring decisions on colour and coatings into the very initial stages of yacht building.

Videoworks also stressed the value of planning your security measures before building. As it turns out, protecting your superyacht from a data attack isn’t as straightforward as you might think.

Elsewhere, there was an exciting launch from Mangusta, and Feature Writer, Anna Solomon spoke with Imperial Yachts Sales Assistant, Greg Thomas about Okko, the 40m Mondomarine that could be yours…

Finally - and for a slightly more lighthearted read - check out our Yachting Oscar’s article which give a hypothetical prize to winners in a number of fields. Enjoy!