BY APB Staff on 11 Mar 2021

The fantastic age of foils! In this issue of Asia-Pacific Boating we look at the rise and rise of the hydrofoil: from its humble origins little more than 100 years ago, to being adapted by modern commercial boats and consumers that want speed and thrills on the water


It wasn’t so very long ago that aircraft and yachts had distinct and very traditional architectures, as separate from each other as a ship from a submarine or a plane from a helicopter, but in the past few years, all of that has started to blur.

In this issue of Asia-Pacific Boating we look at the rise and rise of the hydrofoil – from its humble origins little more than 100 years ago – and how it’s now being adapted to commercial boats and to consumers that want speed and thrills on the water.

Indeed, the latest edition of the America’s Cup, which kicks off next week, is being fought out in foiling monohulls that are capable of more than 50 knots – the once impenetrable speed barrier for sailing. Unlike the catamaran, the monohull design allows for “ground effect” – a cushion of air that builds up between the hull and the water surface to give added lift.

Fast Forward? How hydrofoils are making the leap to the mass market

We also take you on an expedition to the Kamkatcha Peninsula, in the Russian Far East. Few have been there, let alone heli-skied its dramatic slopes or surfed its undiscovered breaks, yet Kamchatka and the Kuril Islands are fast becoming a part of the superyacht firmament.

Peninsula of fire: Adventures in the Russian Far East


Our in-depth spotlight features this issue showcase Azimut’s Magellano 25 Metri, Admiral’s Geco, O’Pari from Golden Yachts, the 80 Sunreef Power, the new Navetta 64 from Absolute and sloop-rigged sailing superyacht Spirit 111, which is is the largest build from Britain’s Spirit Yachts to date.

Spirited away: Spirit Yachts 111 spotlight

The organic, flowing interior of this hand-crafted wooden yacht belies its cutting-edge technology and impressive eco-credentials.

The dream of Greece: O’Pari from Golden Yachts spotlight

And, for those of you as intrigued as we are by the Star Ferry yacht conversion that sits in Hong Kong’s Tai Tam, we take a closer look at this luxury, loft-inspired liveaboard named Dot.

The star of Tai Tam: Dot spotlight

In our Marine Life pages, we take a look at Hong Kong’s porpoise problem. They’re small, fast and unobtrusive, but something is causing Hong Kong’s pods of finless porpoises to die in droves.

What’s killing Hong Kong’s finless porpoises?

Marina development in Southeast Asia may get a boost in the post-Covid world, as regional governments try to woo yachts and their owners to remake tourism industries shattered by ongoing lockdowns. But can Asia ever catch up to the rest of the world in terms of marina capacity? We investigate.

Can Asia’s marina scene ever match the money?


You’ll find plenty more to keep you excited in our March-April 2021 issue of Asia-Pacific Boating as the world, and the marine lifestyle industry, looks ahead to a post-pandemic world.