Inflated prices, 20% VAT and fresh Social Security regulations around France have deterred Superyachts from St Tropez, Antibes, Cannes and around the Cote d’Azur. International press have recently been describing the significant reduction in the number of yachts berthed in marinas around France and hence the impact on the local economies dependent on the superyacht…

Superyacht Australia has announced the Australian Government’s changes to superyacht regulations improving access to the Whitsundays & Great Barrier Reef, with the release of 21 new superyacht anchorages respectful of the natural environment and protection of coral life. Superyacht Australia (SA) has for some time been seeking to reform the Whitsundays Plan of Management in order…

What does it mean not for sale in U.S. Waters to A US resident ? The International Yacht Brokers Association has urged congress to alter a 109-year-old law that prevents sales of foreign-flagged yachts to U.S. citizens while the boats are in U.S. waters. The bill, now introduced as H.R. 2369, seeks to change a…

Three of my most adventurous years yet were spent working onboard Superyachts as a Stewardess. I then I took part in the TV show Below Deck (about Superyachts) and while I may have drifted on to other things, there’s no doubt that I absolutely loved my time at sea and I really enjoy being able to show people the…

M/Y A is a luxury motor yacht designed by Philippe Starck and engineered by naval architect Martin Francis, She was built by the Blohm + Voss shipyard at the HDW deepwater facility in Kiel. She was ordered in November 2004, and delivered in 2008 at a rumoured cost of US$300 million.With a length of 119 metres (390 ft) and displacing almost 6,000 tonnes, she is one of the largest motor yachts…

S.Y. Black Pearl has recently been spotted on sea trials in the Netherlands, the 106m yacht by Oceanco features a 3 masted Dyna-Rig similar to the Maltese Falcon. There is only limited information available at this stage however it is believed to be around 2,700 gt and is owned by the Russian, Oleg Burlakov, active in…

Superyachts Monaco has announced their collaboration with designer Roberto Curtò of RC Designs on a new 101-metre superyacht concept. Named Mauna Kea, the expedition yacht has been designed with global exploration in mind and will accommodate up to 12 guests and a crew of 22 on board. She features naval architecture by Mario Grasso of Navirex….

In a world first, Rolls-Royce and Svitzer the global towage operator have demonstrated a remotely operated commercial vessel. A demonstration of a 28-meter-long tugboat safely conducted a number of maneuvers in Copenhagen harbor whilst being controlled by the Captain ashore in a control room.  The captain, stationed at a remote base at Svitzer headquarters, berthed the vessel…

Crew members in France working on vessels for more than three months must now be enrolled under the French Social Security regime. The ‘Décret was introduced from 1st July 2017 and has been met with great concerns from the superyacht industry. Hill Robinson, a yacht management firm based in the South of France has taken action…

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