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17 - 19 NOVEMBER 2015 AMSTERDAM RAI THE WORLD’S LARGEST MARINE EQUIPMENT TRADE SHOW TRADE The Marina & Yard Pavilion at METS is the hotspot for the global marina industry TRADE TRADE Marinas & yards at METS Dedicated to the global market of marinas and associated yards, the Marina & Yard Pavilion (MYP) at METS plays host to marina owners, operators, developers and suppliers from around the world. It is a hotspot for the global marina industry at METS, which is itself the largest – and only global – trade exhibition for the marine leisure industry. METS Pavilions METS features three pavilions. Each offers a smaller selfcontained show within the larger METS context and features its own concepts, look and programme. The METS trade exhibition is one of the components of METSTRADE, the world’s leading platform for professionals in the marine equipment industry. This global business platform and community focuses on innovation, market developments, on-site networking and knowledge events. PARTNER MEMBER OF OFFICIAL MAGAZINE SYP OFFICIAL MAGAZINE MYP OFFICIAL MAGAZINE METSTRADE.com ORGANISED BY

SUPERYACHT FACILITIES Uncluttered space, cleanliness and ease of access make life much easier for captain and crew, and security is highly appreciated by guests and crew everywhere. Oscar Siches New pastures – thrills with fewer frills by Oscar Siches For superyachts, think ‘super’. Super money is spent producing super designs and feats of engineering. All involved in the superyacht set (and at the end of the day, it all depends on the people involved) meet in September at the Monaco Yacht Show to look, listen, talk, admire and plan. Monaco is the undisputed world superyacht capital and it deserves to be, having been a pioneer and excellent host and, most importantly, because it understands superyachts. Some 5,700 superyachts (yachts over 30m) are cruising the world’s oceans. A new size? The internationally agreed frontier of 24m seems to have now settled unofficially at the 30m mark, partly due to the well received Superyacht Intelligence Database, which starts at that size. Most of these 30m+ vessels, of all sizes and types – traditional and avantgarde – are concentrated in the cruising grounds of the East Caribbean and the Northern Mediterranean. But the spirit of adventure is not as restricted as one might think. Aspiring explorers Fifteen years ago, the first ocean tug-based explorer yachts were commissioned and their trips around the world were featured in every superyacht magazine. It was an extreme approach to recreational navigation, with yachts (ex-ships) of extraordinary range, sea-keeping capabilities and commercial status. It was as easy for them to explore virgin enclaves as it was to request a berth in a commercial harbour for maintenance, victuals and fuelling. Around eight years ago, the purposedesigned, all-new explorer yachts saw the light and, today, the superyacht world offers these types of yachts in series production from many shipyards all over the world. Are they all going on expedition trips? I have my doubts. It actually reminds me of those 4x4 luxury cars ready to face the desert, jungle and other inhospitable terrain that are condemned to take their masters to the office and back within first world cities. They express their owner’s wish for adventure although unfortunately such wishes are rarely fulfilled. But alongside the explorer yacht is the traditional superyacht, including the less well defined ‘megayacht’ if longer than 50m. By ‘traditional’, I refer to a design that follows certain proportions of length, beam, height, volume, visual impact etc. But this is not to say that traditional cannot be innovative. These vessels have experienced crew and, above all, yacht-minded owners. The expression ‘old money’ springs to mind. It represents history, tradition, culture, protocol and the things you cannot acquire just by a monetary transaction. The British, for example, Simple things count. Logistical needs can be very specific and bicycles are often of great value to crew members. It’s a rare superyacht marina that sets appropriate space aside for them. www.marinaworld.com - March/April 2015 19

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