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Megayacht News Radio introduces luxury-yacht enthusiasts to leaders in the industry, from the top shipyards to the premier design studios and more. As the official podcast of MegayachtNews.com, it is an extension of the website's focus on real stories of real interest. MegayachtNews.com is the first, and only, independent website devoted to helping American yacht owners and their representatives make better-informed decisions when it comes to commissioning and using their yachts.
 
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In yachting, regulations come from a variety of sources. One of them is the International Maritime Organization (also known as the IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations. The IMO has a particular focus on improving the safety and security of international shipping and preventing pollution from vessels of all kinds. To that latter point, t…
 
Jaclyn Sienna India believes that luxury is personal. That's why for nearly two decades, she herself has been vetting some of the most extraordinary travel experiences around the world. As the founder of Sienna Charles, she combines her passions for travel and luxury with understanding the wants and needs of discerning individuals. Whether it's lux…
 
As the CEO of Sunseeker, Andrea Frabetti naturally is confident in his shipyard's abilities. Partnerships with two well-known superyacht shipyards, namely Pendennis and Icon Yachts, are resulting in new avenues of growth, too. In this episode of Megayacht News Radio, Frabetti updates us on the latest developments with projects like the 42M Ocean an…
 
Robert van Tol, the founder of Water Revolution Foundation, has had an ambitious--and attainable--goal in mind since establishing the non-profit: driving and accelerating sustainability in the superyacht industry. In fact, as you may remember from a podcast we did with Robert last year, Water Revolution Foundation is proving to shipyards, designers…
 
Real yacht owners read stories to their grandchildren and love spending time with their multi-generational families onboard. This is why, according to Kiran Jay Haslam, you won't see mannequin-like models posing on sunpads or settees, ready for their closeup, in Princess Yachts' M Class video. In fact, the people you do see are actual customers. Si…
 
Usually, when megayacht owners or charter guests want to visit somewhere remote, their yacht agents reach out to expedition guides. BWA Yachting created its own company, Berkeley Rand, to handle the tasks, with a twist. Berkeley Rand employs artificial intelligence and other technology in combination with real-life knowledge, making far-off voyages…
 
Northrop & Johnson specializes in a variety of services, including yacht charter. As part of its senior team, Patrick Coote is helping to define the company’s global marketing strategy so that it can continue to grow. Like many business over the past few months, Northrop & Johnson saw an impact on charter bookings due to COVID-19. However, with res…
 
Many megayacht owners and guests consider Newport, Rhode Island the ideal summer season base. Others, meanwhile, prefer taking slips in New York City, and head out east along Long Island’s Gold Coast. Few, however, consider Connecticut an option. Bobby Christoph is out to change that: He's the developer behind the newly opened Bridgeport Harbor Mar…
 
As the Chief Commercial Officer for the Ferretti Group and CRN Executive Board Member, Stefano De Vivo oversees a lot of activity at the dedicated Superyacht Yard in Ancona, Italy. Specifically where CRN is concerned, and the four custom yachts it has under construction currently, this translates to hundreds, if not thousands, of employees and subc…
 
In partnership with Nicholas Dean, Peter Hürzeler runs Ocean Independence, one of the world's leading companies focusing on yacht brokerage, charter, management, and new construction. With more than 30 years of experience in yachting, Peter has seen a lot of highs as well as lows in the industry. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact espe…
 
Born and raised in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Sean Meagher has captained vessels ranging from search and rescue craft to powered megayachts and sailing superyachts. He's perhaps best known for taking the helm of the famous motoryacht Latitude, upon which he led journeys through the Northwest Passage--twice--and a circumnavigation of Svalbard, coming …
 
Heesen Yachts has its roots in lightweight, swift yachts, dating back to 1978. While series builds have played a large part in its growth, the Netherlands-based builder is increasingly taking on custom projects. And not custom for custom's sake, either. From a superyacht fitted with a patent-pending structural support called the "Backbone" to one w…
 
David Knowles and the Artelier staff provide art-consultancy services for owners of fine homes, yachts, and private jets. These services include curating special collections and finding and selecting the right artist to create something truly unique—and not just a sculpture in a foyer or a painting on a wall. In fact, Artelier is assisting owners a…
 
The thought of a design studio having a fleet manager might strike you as being a bit odd, since you may typically hear of someone having this role at a retail charter company, or a yacht management company. But, it’s not only quite normal for Vripack, it’s vital. As the fleet manager, Joost is in constant contact with not just captains, but also o…
 
Dating back to the mid-1800s, the original Adirondack guideboats were just what they sound like: rowboats that helped people in the waters of upstate New York hunt, fish, and explore. Entirely hand-crafted of wood, they were sturdy enough to row for days on end, yet light enough for even one person to carry for lengthy journeys. For decades, these …
 
The directors of Harrison Eidsgaard have extensive backgrounds in yacht design, as well as finance—something quite unexpected for a superyacht design studio. Yet, it's a successful combination of disciplines for this UK-based team, as Ben Harrison, one of the directors, explains in this episode of Megayacht News Radio. Ben also discusses: “the Tang…
 
Whenever any of us sees a yacht on the horizon, oftentimes our first thought is, "I wonder what that looks like inside?” Yacht interiors are specialties for Glancy Fawcett—but the company is far more than just a showroom with items on the shelves. In fact, it custom designs and manufactures some pieces specifically for owners, plus has a strong emp…
 
As the president of American Yacht Agents, Deb Radtke works with a lot of international captains and crew. She assists them with tasks related to cruising the United States and overseeing refits here, including advising on what visas they need to enter the country. Unfortunately, despite abundant accurate information readily available, crew still s…
 
Some of the most remote places on earth are accessible only by water. EYOS Expeditions helps superyacht owners, guests, and crews get there, thanks to its team's decades of experience exploring them. But, it doesn't solely secure permits, design itineraries, or arrange specialist guides. EYOS further takes a leading role in new builds whose owners …
 
When it comes to experiential travel, it's hard to beat Jimmy Carroll and Geordie Mackay-Lewis, the founders of Pelorus: They and their team arrange a wide variety of yacht expeditions for clients from around the globe, and to destinations as diverse as Papua New Guinea and the Arctic Circle. Carroll discusses these, as well as the logistics that P…
 
Todd Roberts has seen the superyacht service industry change dramatically over nearly a 20-year career with Marine Group Boat Works. It has particularly changed over the past decade, the time that has passed since he was one of our first guests on Megayacht News Radio. In this episode, Diane M. Byrne talks with Roberts about how Marine Group Boat W…
 
Nicola Nicolai, who heads Nicola Nicolai Yacht Consulting & Project Management. has extensive experience working with clients from around the world, on more than 100 superyacht projects measuring upwards of 295 feet/90 meters. These include yachts from shipyards like Riva, where he was a direct employee in the early 2000s, and more recently fully c…
 
“We set out to create a great company; one that could have a profound impact on the lives of the owners of our vessels and that could actively contribute to a better understanding of the oceans.” So says Jasper Smith, the founder of Arksen, a newcomer on the global yacht stage. The company isn’t what you’d expect. While it’s offering hard-core offs…
 
Robert van Tol is the executive director and co-founder of the Water Revolution Foundation. He's spent more than a decade working with a variety of non-profits, especially within the superyacht sector. Those experiences partially inspired him to establish this particular non-profit in late 2018, as Diane M. Byrne, the host of Megayacht News Radio, …
 
Joe Hollier addresses a blunt question on this episode of Megyacht News Radio: Who is responsible for cybersecurity when it comes to your superyacht? The short answer: you.. and your captain, and your crew, and everyone else around you. But, the actions to take don't stop at merely creating strong passwords, or keeping security software up to date.…
 
Steve Gresham of Gresham Yacht Design hung his own yacht-design shingle in 2011, but his experience in working with superyacht clients dates back farther. In fact, he's worked with some of the biggest names in the design and build worlds. In this episode of Megayacht News Radio, Gresham shares insight into his inspiration as a professional yacht de…
 
Megayacht News Radio, a division of MegayachtNews.com, is a podcast series featuring leading members of the superyacht industry discussing timely topics that enhance enjoyment of the water. In this episode, we speak with designer Dickie Bannenberg, of Bannenberg & Rowell. He shares his thoughts on the design process, what it's like bringing someone…
 
Megayacht News Radio, a division of MegayachtNews.com, is a podcast series featuring leading members of the superyacht industry discussing timely topics that can enhance enjoyment of the water. In this episode, we speak with Dean C. Klevan, the newly appointed president and CEO of the International SeaKeepers Society. He shares details on some of t…
 
Megayacht News Radio, a division of MegayachtNews.com, is a podcast series featuring leading members of the superyacht industry discussing timely topics that enhance enjoyment of the water. In this episode, we speak with designer Joe Artese of Joseph Artese Design, who has worked on a number of sailing and motoryachts in his 30 years in the marine …
 
Megayacht News Radio, a division of MegayachtNews.com, is a podcast series featuring leading members of the superyacht industry discussing timely topics that enhance enjoyment of the water. In this episode, we speak with Bruce Johnson, president and chief designer of Sparkman & Stephens. The renowned naval architecture firm has designed literally t…
 
Megayacht News Radio, a division of MegayachtNews.com, is a podcast series featuring leading members of the superyacht industry discussing timely topics that enhance enjoyment of the water. In this episode, we speak with Tim Davey, who as a founding member of the U.S. Superyacht Association helps inform captains of the latest regulations affecting …
 
Megayacht News Radio, a division of MegayachtNews.org, is a podcast series featuring leading members of the superyacht industry, who talk about timely issues that can enhance enjoyment of the water. In this episode, we speak with Stefano Tositti of BWA Yachting, about yacht management and support: how his firm provides everything from berth reserva…
 
Megayacht News Radio, a division of MegayachtNews.com, is a podcast series featuring leading members of the superyacht industry discussing timely topics that enhance enjoyment of the water. In this episode, we speak with Paul Fowkes of Barclays about how the international banking and economic crises have affected yacht lending, and what owners shou…
 
Megayacht News Radio, a division of MegayachtNews.com, is a podcast series featuring leading members of the superyacht industry, who talk about timely topics that enhance enjoyment of the water. In this episode, we speak with Todd Roberts, the vice president of Marine Group Boat Works. This San Diego company specializes in superyacht refit and is m…
 
Megayacht News Radio, a division of MegayachtNews.com, is a podcast series featuring leading members of the superyacht industry who discuss timely topics that enhance enjoyment of the water. In this episode, we speak with Missy Johnston, owner of Northrop & Johnson Worldwide Yacht Charters. She shares insight into why yacht charter offers a better …
 
Megayacht News Radio, a division of MegayachtNews.com, is a podcast series featuring leading members of the superyacht industry discussing timely topics that enhance enjoyment of the water. In this episode, we speak with Rick Thomas of Nautical Structures. Nautical Structures designs, engineers, and builds customized passerelles and tender-launchin…
 
Megayacht News Radio, a division of MegayachtNews.com, is a podcast series featuring leading members of the superyacht industry discussing timely topics that enhance enjoyment of the water. In this episode, we speak with Kristen Cavallini-Soothill, the director of the American Yacht Institute. AYI trains yacht crew in everything from silver service…
 
Megayacht News Radio, a division of MegayachtNews.com, is a podcast series featuring leading members of the superyacht industry discussing timely topics that enhance enjoyment of the water. In this episode, we speak with Henk De Vries of Feadship's Royal De Vries, and get an overview of its fully custom and semicustom contracts, as well as how the …
 
Megayacht News Radio, a division of MegayachtNews.com, is a podcast series featuring leading members of the superyacht industry discussing timely topics that enhance enjoyment of the water. In this episode, we speak with Rich Lazzara, vice president of Lazzara Yachts, which has been quietly working on a new model--and, perhaps a sign of a positive …
 
Megayacht News Radio, a division of MegayachtNews.com, is a podcast series featuring leading members of the superyacht industry discussing timely topics that enhance enjoyment of the water. In this episode, we speak with Marcel van der Spek, commercial director for Esthec. Esthec is leading the way for durable, eco-friendly materials to replace tea…
 
Megayacht News Radio, a division of MegayachtNews.com, is a podcast series featuring leading members of the superyacht industry discussing timely topics that enhance enjoyment of the water. In this episode, we speak with Michael Moore, a longtime leading maritime attorney, about tips to keep in mind when negotiating contracts, and especially mistak…
 
Megayacht News Radio is a division of MegayachtNews.com. Megayacht News Radio is a podcast series featuring leading members of the superyacht industry discussing timely topics that enhance enjoyment of the water. In this episode, Capt. Mark Drewelow, head of YachtAid Global, discusses how he's successfully delivering much-needed supplies to poor re…
 
Megayacht News Radio is a division of MegayachtNews.com. Megayacht News Radio is a podcast series featuring leading members of the superyacht industry discussing timely topics that enhance enjoyment of the water. In this episode, Bob Saxon, a renowned consultant in the yacht industry, discusses the weak economy's impact on builders and owners and p…
 
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