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Megayacht News Radio introduces luxury-yacht enthusiasts to the leading shipyards, premier design studios, and more who can help bring their cruising dreams to life. As the official podcast of MegayachtNews.com, we feature real stories of real interest, helping American yacht owners and their representatives make better-informed decisions when it comes to commissioning and using their yachts.

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Megayacht News Radio introduces luxury-yacht enthusiasts to the leading shipyards, premier design studios, and more who can help bring their cruising dreams to life. As the official podcast of MegayachtNews.com, we feature real stories of real interest, helping American yacht owners and their representatives make better-informed decisions when it comes to commissioning and using their yachts.

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English

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Episodes

Journey Through History and Craftsmanship With Burger Boat Company: An Interview With Ron Cleveringa

7/17/2023
Prepare to embark on a captivating journey with us, as we sit down with Ron Cleveringa, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Burger Boat Company. Get ready to delve into the awe-inspiring 160-year legacy of Burger, from its beginnings crafting Mackinaw fishing vessels and schooners, to producing mighty military vessels and extravagant yachts. We discuss Burger's evolution and its commitment to tracking its fleet. Learn why even commercial clients prefer Burger's hands-on approach and the craftsmanship that goes into its custom yacht construction and modern-day steel and aluminum vessels. In our second act, we journey into the heart of Burger's creation process as we explore the construction of two of their biggest projects right now, each a 180-foot yacht. Ron Cleveringa walks us through the careful planning and execution that goes into each venture, keeping the client's vision as the guiding light. Listen for insights into the dedication and detail that go into creating these seafaring beauties and the unique aspects of nurturing a long-term relationship with a client. Join us for this inspiring tale of craftsmanship, customer relationships, and the enduring legacy of Burger Boat Company. Thanks for listening! Follow Megayacht News and engage with us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter! Email us at info@megayachtnews.com.

Duration:00:21:05

Hot Lab, "Architecture for Voyagers"

5/31/2023
Back in 2004, two ambitious young men from Italy created Hot Lab, a yacht-design studio with equally big ambitions. Fast forward to today, and Hot Lab has grown not only to have nearly a dozen people under its roof, but also to have clients and primarily fully custom yachts on the water and in build around the world. Additionally, and importantly, Hot Lab focuses on more than simply superyacht décor. The studio’s tag line, “Architecture for Voyagers,” lends a little insight into the difference. In this episode of Megayacht News Radio, Hot Lab’s co-founder, Antonio Romano, explains how the tagline is the guiding principle for everything the studio does. He further explains: · why Hot Lab decided to pursue yachting, despite Romano never having been aboard a boat · how the studio landed its first contract (a great story, too) · what “Architecture for Voyagers” means, and how it differentiates what the studio does · why family is at the center of everything for superyacht owners, in the studio’s experience. Thanks for listening! Follow Megayacht News and engage with us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter! Email us at info@megayachtnews.com.

Duration:00:24:33

Berkeley Rand, the Superyacht Experiential Adventure Company

5/16/2023
If you’re a longtime listener, you may remember a few years ago we welcomed Andrew Grant Super of Berkeley Rand to the podcast, to talk about what was then a new concept: having “experiential engineers” create off-grid superyacht experiences for owners and guests through immersive technology and artificial intelligence. Well, a lot has changed since that conversation back in 2000. Berkeley Rand is even more aptly called an experiential adventure company, and it’s creating experiences in well-traveled destinations as well as the far-off ones. In this episode, we talk to Andrew about what exactly this means, as well as how Andrew and his team are delivering what yacht owners and guests want—even when they themselves don’t initially realize the possibilities. Thanks for listening! Follow Megayacht News and engage with us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter! Email us at info@megayachtnews.com.

Duration:00:26:23

Patrick Knowles: What Superyacht Owners Want

3/19/2023
Commitment. In a word, this is exactly what superyacht owners want, in the experience of Patrick Knowles. In fact, as much as every company in the superyacht industry talks about putting owners at the center of what they do, their talk tends to focus on themselves. It's an often inadvertent mistake that can lead to confusion, conflict, and more. That's why Patrick Knowles Designs takes note, literally, of everything that its clients say in every meeting--because even the smallest things can add up to big breakthroughs and ultimately success. Knowles explains how his team does this, and how trust has taken shape beyond the walls of his clients' yachts, in this episode of Megayacht News Radio. Knowles has produced award-winning designs for domestic and international clients, many of whom have become longtime collaborators and retained clientele. With beginnings in designing aircraft interiors for private, VIP, and head-of-state sectors, Knowles used his ability to capture and interpret the imagination of the world's most discerning clients to cross over into the luxury yacht market more than three decades ago. Since then, he's worked with numerous shipyards in Europe, the Americas and beyond, collaborating with the likes of Burger Boat Company, Christensen Shipyard, Delta Marine, Feadship, ISA, Palmer Johnson, and more. Thanks for listening! Follow Megayacht News and engage with us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter! Email us at info@megayachtnews.com.

Duration:00:27:54

Operation Swimway, Experiential Conservation Program for Superyachts

3/5/2023
YachtAid Global is best known for its charitable work connecting superyachts to communities in crisis around the globe, helping to deliver much-needed humanitarian aid after natural disasters. The non-profit also is closely aligned with conservation causes, and Operation Swimway is its latest initiative. The expedition and dive specialists from Tahiti Private Expeditions are joining it in this incredible cause--as can you. Operation Swimway enables interested owners, guests, and crew to work closely with distinguished members of the scientific community to accelerate the conservation of pelagic species. The collaborative efforts are focused on conservation of critical migration corridors for sharks, manta rays, sea turtles, whales, and billfish. Overfishing and bycatch have dramatically impacted these corridors, making it all the more crucial to help the species reach new feeding grounds and maintain their population numbers. In this episode of Megayacht News Radio, you'll hear how you can join in on planned activities with scientists, including assisting with dives, operating underwater equipment, tagging, measuring animals, and learning hands-on conservation methods and science. It's an exciting educational experience and comes with the pride of knowing you've contributed to ocean preservation efforts. Thanks for listening! Follow Megayacht News and engage with us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter! Email us at info@megayachtnews.com.

Duration:00:24:09

The Yacht Transparency Index (YETI): Sustainability in Superyachting

2/23/2023
Currently in yachting, conversations frequently focus on sustainability and efforts towards lessening yachts’ environmental impact. It’s not a simple task, though. Despite an abundance of general information about emissions, power consumption, and related topics, the superyacht industry and superyacht owners have lacked an objective way to judge whether some yachts are actually “greener” than others. That’s where the Yacht Environmental Transparency Index comes in, and is making a difference. The index is a tool from the Water Revolution Foundation, a non-profit focused on preserving the oceans and simultaneously diminishing yachting’s impact on them. In development for the past four years, the index has led to the establishment of a benchmark by which existing and in-development projects can evaluate themselves. Robert van Tol, the executive director of the Water Revolution Foundation, explains the details in this Megayacht News Radio podcast episode. As you’ll learn, the Yacht Environmental Transparency Index relies on real data that owners, their crew, and/or their representatives provide. The Water Revolution Foundation team analyzes that information side by side against data from AIS, “to understand what is actually the average operational profile of the fleet,” van Tol explains. Thanks for listening! Follow Megayacht News and engage with us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter! Email us at info@megayachtnews.com.

Duration:00:29:30

Megayacht News Radio: International SeaKeepers Society

1/30/2023
Since yachting is all about enjoying big, beautiful bays and the world's oceans, the health of those waters is of increasing importance to yacht owners and crewmembers. Scientists and researchers, however, face a big obstacle in learning more about our oceans: access to vessels. Thankfully, owners and crew can welcome scientists onboard and see with their own eyes the difference and the discoveries. Better yet, you can do the same. In this episode of Megayacht News Radio, we introduce you to the team at the International SeaKeepers Society, a non-profit that helps connect scientists in need with superyacht owners and crew wishing to lend a helping hand with scientist-led expeditions and citizen-science initiatives. Thanks for listening! Follow Megayacht News and engage with us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter! Email us at info@megayachtnews.com.

Duration:00:29:03

The Superyacht Life Foundation

1/10/2023
You've likely seen more than a few headlines and stories from traditional news media chronicling sordid details about superyacht owners’ lives, giving the impression that people who buy these yachts are hoarding their wealth, have no empathy for the rest of society, and essentially live like Thurston Howell III from Gilligan’s Island did before he was shipwrecked. While attention-grabbing headlines are effective tools to convey information, there's also way more to the story of superyacht owners than a hackneyed stereotype. The Superyacht Life Foundation wants to ensure the general public understands this. Its mission is to change the conversation around superyachting. Megayacht News Radio's host, Diane M. Byrne, speaks with Dilan Sarac, the marketing manager for the Foundation, and Charlotte Thomas, the editor-in-chief for all of their content, to find out how they're doing this. Thanks for listening! Follow Megayacht News and engage with us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter! Email us at info@megayachtnews.com.

Duration:00:31:53

Megayacht News Radio: Daphne D'Offay, Ocean Independence Charter Broker

7/28/2022
As a senior charter manager and group director with Ocean Independence. Daphne D’Offay oversees the charter marketing operations for the company’s American-managed fleet. She has keen insight into how first-time yacht-charter guests are discovering this extraordinary vacation option, and how yacht charter overall has skyrocketed in popularity over the past two years. In this episode of Megayacht News Radio, D'Offay shares: Thanks for listening! Follow Megayacht News and engage with us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter! Email us at info@megayachtnews.com.

Duration:00:22:56

Megayacht News Radio: Peter Busfield, NZ Marine

5/29/2022
As the executive director of the New Zealand Marine Industry Association, Peter Busfield helps promote his country's vast cruising and service offerings to superyacht owners, guests, and crew worldwide. During the pandemic, of course, that became tremendously difficult, since New Zealand kept its international borders shut. With the sea border about to re-open--in August--several superyachts are making plans to return. In this episode of Megayacht News Radio, Peter discusses how New Zealand superyacht marinas and service providers have made several significant improvements, to handle more business. He also shares some of his personal favorite places to enjoy superyacht cruising, which we all should put on our bucket lists. Thanks for listening! Follow Megayacht News and engage with us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter! Email us at info@megayachtnews.com.

Duration:00:29:50

Megayacht News Radio: Mark Duncan, Fraser Yachts

5/11/2022
It’s no secret that boating and yachting have been booming due to the pandemic, with people from all walks of life realizing that being out on the water, with just your family, is one of the safest and most relaxing ways to spend time. The upper end of the industry that we cover has certainly been no exception—but some recent news from Fraser Yachts along these lines is remarkable. First, the average age of its customers today is 10 years younger compared to prior to the pandemic—with the youngest clients in their 20s and 30s. Secondly, Fraser saw a 175% increase in sales from 2020 to 2021. These in turn have brought newcomers to yachting, new buying and cruising attitudes, and some pretty interesting business opportunities. So, to talk about them, Mark Duncan, the director of marketing and business development for Fraser Yachts, joins us for a great discussion. From the so-called COVID effect that drove--and continues driving--the boom in buying and chartering, to how clients are placing a far higher priority on the experience onboard, especially in charter, Mark reveals some fascinating and at times eye-opening details, all of which are changes for the better for the superyacht industry and customers alike. Thanks for listening! Follow Megayacht News and engage with us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter! Email us at info@megayachtnews.com.

Duration:00:30:16

Megayacht News Radio: Understanding the Russian Yacht Seizures

4/21/2022
News media and social media around the world have covered the ongoing Russian yacht arrests and detentions related to the invasion of Ukraine. However, a number of media reports and social media posts since March have gotten the facts wrong, which has understandably led to confusion about what has actually occurred. Some of the reports seem to have stemmed from a rush to have an “exclusive,” but much of it stems from the use of one particular word, “seize,” and variations of it. In a nutshell, there’s an impression that all, or nearly all, of the Russian yachts that have been arrested or detained have been confiscated. But that’s not true. In this episode of Megayacht News Radio, we help you better understand what has gone on so far, and what is likely to continue. We start with some background on the American task force that’s enforcing sanctions and taking possession of assets, such as yachts, then explain the difference between a yacht being detained and being under arrest, as well as why “seize” is causing a lot of the confusion, and finally outline what the future fate may be for these yachts. Thanks for listening! Follow Megayacht News and engage with us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter! Email us at info@megayachtnews.com.

Duration:00:12:14

Megayacht News Radio: Quay Crew on the Superyacht Crew Mental Health Crisis

1/19/2022
Due to growing concerns about mental health among superyacht crew, we have a sobering conversation for this episode. Tim Clarke, the director of Quay Crew, and Charles Watkins, the managing director of and a clinical psychologist with Mental Health Support Solutions, explain how their companies joined forces to conduct a survey of more than 1,000 crewmembers. There are some alarming discoveries—such as nearly half of all crew have considered leaving yachting due to stress, burnout, poor leadership, and other issues. But, there’s also good news, with the overwhelming majority of crew believing it would be helpful to have some type of mental-health training, for themselves and to help their fellow crew. Furthermore, in this episode of Megayacht News Radio, Clarke and Watkins discuss: · why Quay Crew felt the survey was important in the first place · how most of the issues come down to poor leadership—with “leadership” being the responsibility of more people than captains · how female crew’s challenges are disparately high, and how most crew, regardless of gender, don’t know how to access available resources · what steps captains, yacht department heads, owners’ representatives, and other advisors can start implementing now to turn the tide. Thanks for listening! Follow Megayacht News and engage with us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter! Email us at info@megayachtnews.com.

Duration:00:28:45

Megayacht News Radio: Patrick Lahey, Triton Submarines

11/18/2021
Personal submarines have become more popular aboard megayachts--but they're also more than just toys. They open up a world of possibilities to owners, guests, and crew, letting them see life beneath the ocean's surface that otherwise they'd never discover, and in turn better appreciate this big blue marble we all call home. Patrick Lahey of Triton Submarines is well versed in how to make these possibilities a reality. In this episode of Megayacht News Radio, we discuss how Triton Submarines has designed and engineered dozens of manned submersibles for superyacht owners around the world, plus how he has taken part in historic and truly extraordinary expeditions to the deepest depths of the oceans. Thanks for listening! Follow Megayacht News and engage with us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter! Email us at info@megayachtnews.com.

Duration:00:29:13

Megayacht News Radio: Bugsy Drake, Superyacht Stew & Queen of Theme

10/7/2021
Christine “Bugsy” Drake is a superyacht stew who thousands of television fans are familiar with thanks to the Bravo series Below Deck Mediterranean. More importantly, Bugsy is a seasoned yachtie and a newly published book author. She wowed television viewers with her extraordinary creativity the way that she’s been wowing yacht owners and guests since joining the yachting industry—and she shares her favorite decorative and theme tips, plus a lot more, in her book The Art of Tablescaping; Deck Out Your Table With the Queen of Theme. In this Megayacht News Radio podcast, Bugsy shares what it’s like to work onboard superyachts, what the so-called Below Deck effect is on the industry, and of course what inspired her book. In fact, she asserts that anyone, regardless of budget, can re-create the amazing tablescapes and theme parties she reveals. Thanks for listening! Follow Megayacht News and engage with us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter! Email us at info@megayachtnews.com.

Duration:00:25:40

Megayacht News Radio: Geoff Moore, West Nautical

8/25/2021
Geoff Moore, the managing director of West Nautical, accomplishes a lot with a small team in terms of superyacht management, sales, and charter. What's particularly notable, though, West Nautical is making a concerted effort to educate buyers, owners, and charterers. In fact, the staff regularly posts original articles on the company website, guiding clients through their options and inspiring them with creative suggestions on what to do while cruising on vacation, rather than posting generic itineraries or a litany of sales they just completed. The reason is simple: Geoff believes education is the single most important thing he, his team, and the yachting industry overall needs to do to do right by customers, especially newcomers to the yachting lifestyle. In this Megayacht News Radio podcast, Geoff shares his views on a few things, including: Thanks for listening! Follow Megayacht News and engage with us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter! Email us at info@megayachtnews.com.

Duration:00:37:04

Megayacht News Radio: Falcon Tenders, Superyacht Tender Specialists

8/5/2021
Mark Pascoe and Dean Stoneman run the British superyacht tender builder Falcon Tenders. While Falcon is a new name in the sector, Mark and Dean are anything but new to the world of highly detailed, high-performing craft. In fact, they're pairing their collective experience to bring something new to the superyacht tender sector: a small, family-style operation that can rival larger companies with its skilled craftspeople capable of delivering fully custom designs. In this Megayacht News Radio podcast, you'll learn how Falcon Tenders is blazing a new trail. It's doing so through partnerships with top-tier stylists like Tim Heywood, Michael Leach, and Patrick Banfield, as well as some lesser-known but equally gifted designers like David Weiss. It's further doing so by incorporating more sustainable materials like reclaimed teak and more sustainable systems like hybrid propulsion. Thanks for listening! Follow Megayacht News and engage with us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter! Email us at info@megayachtnews.com.

Duration:00:31:16

Megayacht News Radio: Yomira, Charter Designers for Extraordinary Experiences

7/29/2021
Amanda Armstrong and Neil Hornsby are two longtime charter brokers who actually consider themselves more like charter designers. The founders of Yomira, which translates to “your ocean” in Sanskrit, are not your customary charter professionals, and neither is their firm. Armstrong and Hornsby realized the longtime “yacht first” ideology in yacht charter just wasn’t right for the changes naturally occurring among clientele. Therefore, they’re making charter experiences less complex, more transparent, and more interactive. In this Megayacht News Radio podcast with the duo, you’ll learn: · how they’re helping clients uncover what they truly want to do even when they can’t or don’t know how to express it · why now, even in the midst of a pandemic, is the right time for Yomira to emerge · how the onshore experience is becoming even more important during a superyacht charter, and how Yomira has a “little black book” of connections from French Polynesia to Porto Cervo to make the magic happen · and more. Thanks for listening! Follow Megayacht News and engage with us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter! Email us at info@megayachtnews.com.

Duration:00:36:22

Megayacht News Radio: Go Where the Yachts Go

7/4/2021
Fort Lauderdale and Bermuda are each renown for their beautiful waters. While Fort Lauderdale additionally holds the title of Yachting Capital of The World, Bermuda has caught on with superyacht owners and guests in more recent year. The two destinations are pairing their nautical strengths for an unprecedented tourism campaign, called Go Where the Yachts Go. Stacy Ritter of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau and Douglas Trueblood of the Bermuda Tourism Authority explain what it's all about, and how you can take advantage of it. Thanks for listening! Follow Megayacht News and engage with us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter! Email us at info@megayachtnews.com.

Duration:00:26:52

Megayacht News Radio: Tom Mukamal, IGY Marinas

6/3/2021
The pandemic saw a marked increase in yacht buying and yacht chartering activities around the world. Similarly, it proved to yachting industry representatives that the way business has been done for years may not be the best path forward. In fact, Tom Mukamal, the CEO of IGY Marinas, is among those who believe re-imaging experiences is important. Mukamal and his team therefore have joined forces with the International Yacht Brokers Association to create the inaugural Caribbean Yacht Show this December. IGY Marinas’ Yacht Haven Grande in St. Thomas will host the event. Although it’s a trade show focused on charter, it will have an impact on the consumer superyacht experience, as he reveals in this Megayacht News Radio podcast episode. Thanks for listening! Follow Megayacht News and engage with us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter! Email us at info@megayachtnews.com.

Duration:00:25:15