BY Nick Walton on 18 Apr 2024

Watch this space: As we slip into another year, the yacht industry is increasingly turning its attention to Asia and the Middle East.

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Welcome to the first issue of Asia-Pacific Boating for 2024, a year where you’ll be seeing more of us than the year passed as we give in to popular demand and return to a quarterly frequency. 

As a journalist and a yacht lover, I’m particularly happy about the increase in opportunities for the team to cover the world’s best new yachts, the industry’s leading shows and the people that make the international yachting scene so dynamic and fascinating.

The year has already kicked off in style with a bumper attendance at the Dubai International Boat Show, and now all eyes will be on the Lion City, with the second edition of the Singapore Yachting Festival taking place at the end of April. Anna Cummins takes a closer look at both shows, their highlights and their impact on the wider industry.

Talking of industry, we venture into the desert to visit Sunreef’s new UAE shipyard, a cutting-edge space that will bear witness to the company’s dramatic growth plans.

Another company that’s rapidly expanding, we sit down with ARES Yachts chairman Kerim Kalafatoglu to discuss the boom of the Turkish yacht industry, and also delve into the history books for our new Archive section, where we relish in the celebrity appeal of Riva.

This is it

Of course, you’ll also find all the key launches in this issue, including U-Boat Worx’s Supersub, Brabus’ Shadow 1000 and Absolute Yachts’ Navetta 75; a deeper dive into recent headliners like the Sanlorenzo 44X-SPACE, the CLB88 by CL Yachts, the Azimut Magellano 60, and futuristic catamaran This Is It; and our favourite charter yachts from across the Indonesian archipelago.

If a charter holiday is on the cards, be sure to give our take on Croatia a read while Fraser Yachts lends its expertise in the Mediterranean.

We also meet two remarkable women dedicating their lives to shark conservation, examine the positive impact of marine sanctuaries, and take a sneak peek at the Indian Ocean’s most anticipated new resort.

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Nick Walton, managing editor

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