Megayacht News Radio



Megayacht News is the leader among independent Web sites devoted to luxury yachts, with an emphasis on information of interest to American owners, buyers, and their representatives. Its all-original content sets it apart from other yachting websites, as does its combination of daily news articles, videos, slideshows, subscriber-exclusive newsletters, and more. Topics include new launches, design proposals, luxury yachting events, marina developments, and interviews with leaders in the industry.


  • Megayacht News Radio: Bob Denison, Denison Yachting

    Megayacht News Radio: Bob Denison, Denison Yachting

    28/04/2021 Duración: 22min

    For nearly 20 years, Bob Denison has been at the helm of Denison Yacht Sales, a.k.a. Denison Yachting. Since then, he has distinguished the firm by embracing video and other web-related best practices in ways others have not.In some ways, yachting was his destiny, considering his grandparents established the well-known Broward Marine in the late 1940s in Florida. His parents established Denison Marine years later. Bob Denison himself even worked on the shipyard floor in his youth. Experiences outside of yachting, however, had just as much of an influence on him, as you’ll learn in this episode of the Megayacht News Radio podcast. 

  • Megayacht News Radio: Howard T. Scott, Superyacht Owner and Rascal on the Run Author

    Megayacht News Radio: Howard T. Scott, Superyacht Owner and Rascal on the Run Author

    19/03/2021 Duración: 25min

    Howard T. Scott is a proud yacht owner and a newly published author. He treasures abundant time aboard an 80-foot Burger, named Capricho, which he bought seven years ago and essentially lives aboard. As an author, Howard just published his first novel, Rascal on the Run, a legal thriller set in Athens, Georgia. In this episode of Megayacht News Radio, Howard shares his longtime love of yachting and cruising with us, including what convinced him to buy this Burger and turn it into his floating home. He also shares how Capricho actually led to a plot twist in Rascal on the Run--and how Rascal on the Run came about, following a chance meeting with a Hollywood producer.

  • Megayacht News Radio: Dudley Savage, AMIkids Yacht Donation Program

    Megayacht News Radio: Dudley Savage, AMIkids Yacht Donation Program

    08/03/2021 Duración: 20min

    For the past five decades, the non-profit AMIkids has empowered 135,000+ kids across the United States by helping steer them toward a positive future. Megayacht owners and yacht brokers regularly lend their support to the organization through the AMIkids Yacht Donation Program. While the donation provides you with an alternative to selling your yacht, the benefits go far deeper. In this episode of Megayacht News Radio, AMIkids' Dudley Savage discusses how these donated yachts help the kids he and his team serve, how thousands of yacht owners have participated so far, and most important, how you can help out yourself.

  • Megayacht News Radio: Jenny Matthews, She of the Sea

    Megayacht News Radio: Jenny Matthews, She of the Sea

    30/10/2020 Duración: 31min

    In our recent monthly newsletter, our editor Diane M. Byrne shared her early experiences of sexism in the yachting industry. Furthermore, she shared how has become a Supporting Organization of She of the Sea, a two-year-old initiative to promote diversity and inclusion across yachting. Clearly, both struck nerves, as more than 2,000 people have read it as of this writing. Because She of the Sea has gained global support from both inside and outside of yachting, we’re pleased to feature this interview with Jenny Matthews, its founder.Matthews and her business partner, Natasha Ambrose, are each yachties who noticed a decided lack of women on deck. They created She of the Sea to ensure professionals and owners benefit from a high-performing, competency-focused industry, regardless of gender.In this Megayacht News Radio interview, you’ll hear Matthews explain:what convinced her to shine a spotlight on the need for diversityhow She of the Sea has evolved rapidly since its inceptionhow She of the

  • MegayachtNews Radio: How Tier III Regulations Will Impact Your Yacht in 2021

    MegayachtNews Radio: How Tier III Regulations Will Impact Your Yacht in 2021

    21/10/2020 Duración: 28min

    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, the IMO has a set of emissions standards, commonly referred to as the Tier III standards, which will begin applying to a significant number of megayachts starting January 1, 2021. While there's been a lot of talk about Tier III over the past few years within yachting, unfortunately few owners and their advisors understand what it means. So, consider today's podcast an Education 101 session. Chris Swanhart of DLBA Naval Architects is our guest, explaining:what the new regulation requires, and for what sizes of yachts, in layman's termshow the regulation impacts both new builds and refitswhat equipment these yachts will now have to carrywhat the challenges are in terms

  • Megayacht News Radio: Jaclyn Sienna India, Sienna Charles

    Megayacht News Radio: Jaclyn Sienna India, Sienna Charles

    13/10/2020 Duración: 22min

    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 luxury yacht charter, grand estates, off-the-beaten-path travel, wellness retreats, or other experiences, Sienna Charles combines this first-hand knowledge with a veritable little black book of contacts who make it all possible, and perfectly tailored to your tastes.In this episode of Megayacht News Radio, Jaclyn reveals how the definition of luxury is taking on new meanings in this ever-changing world, and how she believes that no adventure is ever beyond the imagination.

  • Megayacht News Radio: Andrea Frabetti, Sunseeker

    Megayacht News Radio: Andrea Frabetti, Sunseeker

    01/10/2020 Duración: 30min

    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 and 50M Ocean. Furthermore, he discusses how the pandemic led to the new Sunseeker on Show event at the UK shipyard's headquarters, and how a significant investment from its parent company will help it double the number of yacht models by 2023.

  • Megayacht News Radio: Sustainability Training for the Superyacht Industry

    Megayacht News Radio: Sustainability Training for the Superyacht Industry

    11/09/2020 Duración: 30min

    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, suppliers, and more that they can pro-actively establish the industry's own sustainability agenda. Not only that, but also the agenda can and should go beyond legislative requirements, The question is, of course, how does a company eager to embrace this figure out where to start? The solution comes in the form of specialized sustainability training. Robert and the Water Revolution Foundation have partnered with the Centre of Sustainability & Excellence (CSE), a renowned sustainability training institute, to provide a credited and proven program tailored to the industry.In this episode of Megayacht News Radio, Robert and Nikos Avlonas, president of CSE, discuss

  • Megayacht News Radio: Kiran Jay Haslam, Princess Yachts

    Megayacht News Radio: Kiran Jay Haslam, Princess Yachts

    27/08/2020 Duración: 29min

    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.Similarly, the chief marketing officer of Princess Yachts believes real conversations are what customers want, versus PowerPoint presentations, when the builder unveils new models. If you caught the recent Facebook Live reveal of the X95 superyacht, you felt as if you were sitting in on a comfortable, casual chat among Princess Yachts executives.In this episode of Megayacht News Radio, Kiran shares how these strategies are succeeding at changing the customer experience. Furthermore, he reveals:how tapping into the emotion of a yacht is far different than tapping into the emotion of a luxury watch or supercarwhat sets Princess Yacht customers apart, yet what also makes

  • Megayacht News Radio: Andrew Grant Super, Berkeley Rand

    Megayacht News Radio: Andrew Grant Super, Berkeley Rand

    10/07/2020 Duración: 25min

    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 far more special.In fact, Andrew Grant Super, Berkeley Rand’s managing director, says the technology has previously only been used in the aerospace industry. He sees it greatly enhancing expedition cruising. “There is a thirst for adventure and experiences at sea,” he declares.In this episode of Megayacht News Radio, we dive into how he and his team are enhancing these experiences, whether a few days or a few weeks. Specifically, we discuss with Andrew:why he considers his team "experiential engineers," and what that meansexamples of how Berkeley Rand is enhancing the onboard experiencewhat the future will bring for the application of these technologies in yachting

  • Megayacht News Radio: Patrick Coote, Northrop  Johnson

    Megayacht News Radio: Patrick Coote, Northrop & Johnson

    22/06/2020 Duración: 17min

    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 restrictions lifting, and people eager to get out and about again—especially out on the water—Patrick and the team have been letting them know what’s available, and where, while still being mindful of practical concerns.In this episode of Megayacht News Radio, we discuss with Patrick:what traditional charter regions are fully open and what’s open with some limitationshow Northrop & Johnson communicates health-safety information to inquiring charter clients concerned about the viruswhat customers need to understand about cancellation policieshow the company is making a concerted effort to attract newcomers to yacht charter.

  • Megayacht News Radio: Bobby Christoph, Bridgeport Harbor Marina

    Megayacht News Radio: Bobby Christoph, Bridgeport Harbor Marina

    27/05/2020 Duración: 18min

    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 Marina.Catering to megayachts to 250 feet (76 meters), Bridgeport Harbor Marina can further accommodate deep-draft yachts. Having its own helipad makes owners' and guests' arrivals and departures incredibly convenient, too--all the more so considering the property is just 60 miles from New York City. The city of Bridgeport may seem an unusual choice for a megayacht marina. But, as Bobby explains in this episode of Megayacht News Radio, Bridgeport Harbor Marina is within a major redevelopment area, which is seeing major retailers, coffee shops, restaurants, and more being established walking distance away. Plus, Bobby and his team have big ideas in mind for the future o

  • Megayacht News Radio: Stefano De Vivo of CRN

    Megayacht News Radio: Stefano De Vivo of CRN

    21/05/2020 Duración: 24min

    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 subcontractors flowing in and out of the gates over the course of the construction cycles. It's a challenge to keep all of these craftspeople stay on schedule, while simultaneously ensuring the ownres can make important changes. Yet, this challenge is exactly what makes Stefano's job so rewarding.In this episode of Megayacht News Radio, Stefano shares with us:how CRN's buyer demographics have changed over the yearssome of the special requests the owners of the yachts presently under construction madewhether customers are paying more attention to "green" technologyand whether yacht builders like CRN should take the lead in terms of being more environmentally minded.

  • Megayacht News Radio teaser

    Megayacht News Radio teaser

    13/05/2020 Duración: 01min

    Megayacht News Radio, the podcast series of, features engaging conversations with leaders in the large-yacht industry. As the first superyacht-specific podcast in the world, we have more than 10 years of interviews with the top designers, yacht builders, project managers, and more. Our goal is to educate you and to enhance your customer experience.

  • Megayacht News Radio: Peter Hürzeler of Ocean Independence

    Megayacht News Radio: Peter Hürzeler of Ocean Independence

    13/05/2020 Duración: 20min

    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 especially on superyacht charter and traditional boat shows, leading to a lot of uncertainty among business professionals and customers alike. Even with that uncertainty, though, Peter believes there are positive signs on the horizon. In this episode of Megayacht News Radio, Peter discusses these as well as: how yacht charter has evolved to become family-focused and experience-drivenhow Ocean Independence's charter brokers are managing the current situation, and how clients feel about booking in uncertain timeshow yacht buying has evolved in both the brokerage sector and the new-construction sectorwhether Ocean Independence has pivoted its strategies to create a new typ

  • Megayacht News Radio: Sean Meagher, Captain  Professional Speaker

    Megayacht News Radio: Sean Meagher, Captain & Professional Speaker

    22/04/2020 Duración: 30min

    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 within 400 miles of the North Pole. Due to his experience as an explorer and expedition leader, Sean is invited to speak around the world to fellow yachting enthusiasts as well as adventurers at heart.As much as he loves sharing stories from his travels, though, he's particularly passionate about one thing: creating the perfect customer journey.In this episode of Megayacht News Radio, Sean shares insight into not only what the perfect customer journey is, but how to deliver it time and time again. As he puts it, when it comes to those of us on the service side of yachting, "We're not curing cancer of the body, but definitely curing cancer of the soul." These are les

  • Megayacht News Radio: Mark Cavendish and Thom Conboy, Heesen Yachts

    Megayacht News Radio: Mark Cavendish and Thom Conboy, Heesen Yachts

    16/04/2020 Duración: 24min

    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 with a fishing cockpit and an astoundingly powerful 22,000-hp engine package, Heesen is challenging traditional ideas of what large luxury yachts can do.In this episode of Megayacht News Radio, we speak with two key members of the sales and management team, Mark Cavendish and Thom Conboy, to learn:* how Heesen has evolved, and is continuing to evolve* how it balances customers' desires for yachts with a proven technical package with other customers' desires to push the notion of what's possible* the risks and rewards of concept designs, especially ones that are anything but traditional* and more. 

  • Megayacht News Radio: David Knowles, Artelier

    Megayacht News Radio: David Knowles, Artelier

    09/04/2020 Duración: 26min

    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 and designers who are truly pushing the boundaries of art onboard. Simultaneously, David and his team know are mindful of the challenges that a moving object like a yacht in a humid environment pose, and guide clientele accordingly.In this episode of Megayacht News Radio, David shares with us:* how the company became involved with sourcing and securing artworks for superyachts* how the marine environment poses a special set of challenges, especially in terms of motion and salt air, some of which owners may not realize threaten their valuable pieces * how, despite residential design influencing yacht design, yacht buyers hold a key advantage over home buyers* and more

  • Megayacht News Radio: Joost Mertens, Vripack

    Megayacht News Radio: Joost Mertens, Vripack

    08/04/2020 Duración: 29min

    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 owners of yachts bearing the studio’s naval architecture and engineering expertise. This way, not only does he get first-hand feedback from them on how their yachts are performing, but also—as we discuss in this podcast—he can fill in the rest of the Vripack design team so that they can incorporate improvements into future designs wherever possible.Specifically, we cover: * how specifically he helps owners, their captains, and their crews as they pursue voyages, from advising them to answering questions even while they're in the midst of a journey* how Vripack clients cruise all over the world, in all sorts of conditions* how he monitors the usability of the Vripack

  • Megayacht News Radio: Ian Martin, Adirondack Guideboats

    Megayacht News Radio: Ian Martin, Adirondack Guideboats

    01/04/2020 Duración: 21min

    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 boats dotted the waters of the Adirondack Mountains, fulfilling the need for transportation throughout the region. Once the automobile was invented, however, the guideboats were no longer needed... but remained wanted. In fact, they started taking on a new role, that of recreational cruising. Today, the Adirondack Guideboat company keeps hand-craftsmanship fully in focus for legions of loyal buyers as it builds many of its boats out of cedar, and still others out of more modern materials.In this episode of Megayacht News Radio, Ian shares with us:* what inspired him, along with his brother, to take over the company* how long on average it takes to make one of the gu

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