In this report

Anyone could be forgiven for believing that yachting is enjoying a golden era. But parts of the market are far from buoyant, struggling to recover from the downturn that began with the financial crisis in 2008

Top yards thrive, smaller ones struggle to stay afloat

Yachts and boats at Cannes Marina, Gare Maritim de Cannes
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The sector may look like it is enjoying a golden era but the picture is not uniform


Onboard toys are growing ever more entertaining. Rohit Jaggi takes to the waves in a speedy example
The Mono Marine

Incredible hulls that make for a smoother ride

Innovation through lateral thinking is providing solutions for boat builders

Bigfish yacht with icebergs

Explorer vessel class reaches the parts that others cannot

Opulence is blown out of the water in favour of rugged, fuel-sipping yachts with a lot of room for toys

British hope to rule the waves after 166 years

The latest UK entry is the strongest to challenge for the America’s Cup

Private villas, apartments and holiday houses with marina in Eden Iceland, Seychelles, Africa

Providers of services vie to exceed expectations

Green issues are among the areas in which operators are competing

the Nahlin, built by and restored by GL Watson

Ships fit again for royalty, billionaires and tycoons

A UK company brings magnificent historic vessels back to their former glory

A jacuzzi on the deck of "La Pellegrina" luxury boat, a 50 meters super yacht made in France by Couach shipyard, is seen during the 22nd Monaco Yacht show in Monaco September 19, 2012
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Race for solar power heats up

Sun, sea and wind: peak battery performance drives innovation

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Splashing out

Should one go for brokers when planning to buy a superyacht?

Hybrid superyachts ahoy!

Builders and designers must convince clients that greener sailing is an attractive proposition


Sector has weathered the storm

Order books for top-end boats and racing sailing vessels look healthy but mid-market sales remain becalmed

Ever bigger boats keep German yards busy

Success is due to a willingness to adapt in a fickle global market

Yacht owners gripped by fever for hydrofoils

Outside the America’s Cup, the lust for speed is fuelling interest in yacht design

Centres vie to parade their wares

The sector’s business and marketing calendar revolves around these events but do they generate sales?

Technology exposes owners to new risks

Innovation has opened the door to modern dangers, including blackmail and piracy

Pendennis focus on refits proves a winning formula

The Cornish yard draws on the expertise and skills of former tin miners

Younger owners want more adventurous toys

Innovation is adding excitement to sailors’ leisure

‘There is a squid on your head . . . ’

Holidaying on a boat can offer surprising experiences of the natural world around us that money cannot buy

Contracts for crews

New regulations are improving standards of professionalism

Yachting reforms fail to trigger seismic shift in Mediterranean charter market

Recent pro-yachting reforms have not sparked activity in the superyacht charter market