BY APB Staff on 4 Sep 2020

Our dramatic redesign for Sep/Oct 2020 reflects a more modern take on yachting

APB cover Sep/Oct 2020

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Despite the tough times brought on by Covid-19, yacht owners and boating enthusiasts have shown themselves eager to get back to the water and find creative ways to maintain social distance. And as we have prepared to relaunch Asia-Pacific Boating under new management, we are encouraged by this good news!

In our relaunch issue, we have dramatically changed the design to reflect a newer, more modern take on yachting – less focused on appearances, and more about enjoying life on the water. The Asia Pacific is, after all, an enormous place to explore, and as we hear from our interview with Victor Cha, he went from cruising the Med to discovering the waters of Indonesia and the Philippines thanks to a growing interest in underwater photography.

Spotlight: Benetti’s spellbinding superyacht Luminosity

In the redesigned pages of our latest print magazine, you’ll find a great list of yachts to explore in our Spotlights and Reviews, from the gargantuan 136-metre Flying Fox by Lurssen, which is also the world’s largest charter yacht, to the simple pleasures found on a 36-foot Aquila catamaran, which offers no-frills fun to its owners.

Spotlight: Lurssen’s 136-metre Flying Fox

In our Features, we showcase the Top 20 Superyachts for Charter in the Asia Pacific, covering the Indian Ocean, Southeast Asia and Southwest Pacific. Interestingly, our number one yacht is Flying Fox, whose owner clearly has a love of cruising away from the Mediterranean and in the fantastic destinations around the shores of the Indian Ocean. Our list covers superyachts, phinisis, specialised conversion yachts and one-off creations, highlighting the special diversity of experiences that are available.

Asia Pacific’s top 20 charters for 2020

There is also a lot of content on ocean conservation, a new theme that will be a hallmark of this publication going forward. We feature an interview with Dr. Amanda Vincent, a marine biologist who turned a fascination with seahorses into one of the world’s most effective marine conservation programmes.

Explore the Micronesian island of Yap

Throughout the Asia Pacific, there are dedicated people trying to save the oceans, and their work directly benefits yacht owners and boaters who love a pristine place to sail. We have decided to highlight their work, in print and online.

We also have a feature on the virtues and challenges of hydrogen fuel-cell yachts. Hydrogen fuel-cell technology is one of the promising options for commercial and pleasure vessels to go completely green, and the purchase of such a superyacht could direct resources towards such technology.

The potential for hydrogen fuel cell technology in yachts

The intersection between superyachts, owners and science is likely to continue in the years to come. It is noteworthy that REV Ocean, now in build and due to be the world’s largest superyacht, will be made available to ocean researchers as well as charter guests. At 183 metres, she will take the top spot from Azzam, a 180-metre yacht once described by her designers as a “dayboat”.

There is much more to be found in this new look, new era of Asia-Pacific Boating, in print and online. Happy boating!