It’s always interesting to sit down and talk boats with fellow sailors, but when you’re talking to the owner and creator of a yacht like Bequia, the conversation takes on a new level. For 13 years, the wooden-hulled yacht has been a much loved member of the Staley family, having made multiple transatlantic crossings and sailed as far as the San Blas islands.
Saint-Tropez is known more for its international yachting lifestyle than its authentic French culture: a honey-pot for celebrity beach clubs, world-class regattas and luxury boutiques. But beyond this sparkling veneer, there are secret beach cafes and snorkelling spots to be uncovered in and around the Côte d'Azur jewel. Balancing the best of rugged Provence and Riviera dazzle, the Gulf and its environs are blessed with as much tranquillity and authenticity as you’re willing to seek out. What remains at the heart of it all? The sea. In all its worshipped turquoise glory.
We delve into what the changing tide of the Superyacht lifestyle means – from eco interiors to semi-custom ‘Pocket Superyachts,’ ultra-luxe adventure charters to night diving for rock lobster off Antigua. In travel, we explore Saint Tropez’ lesser-known environs, Caribbean coral reefs gardens, and an epic voyage from Panama to the Pacific.
Invoking memories of a bygone era, the charm of the Truly Classic 128 has been proven by the realisation of four builds (and a fifth on its way). TIDE explores the success of the concept with Hoek Design and hears from the owners of the second hull in the series about the joy that Vijonara brings.
Superyacht is an evocative word-enormous craft with lofty rigs and loftier budgets, fully customised, complex creations. But the core values of what make a superyacht (luxury, style and personal expression)are not the sole preserve of custom vessels well in excess of24m....let’s take a look at the pocket superyacht.