on 24 Mar 2023
The first issue of Asia-Pacific Boating for 2023 heralds a year that promises so much for boat owners and charterers, as well as for the industry at large
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The Asia-Pacific Boating spring/summer 2023 issue is out now. There’s little doubt that the pandemic was a boom period for yachting, as boaters rediscovered the pleasures of cruising closer to home and purchased yachts that accentuated that lifestyle.
Cruising saw a surge across the region, not just in traditional cruising grounds like Thailand or, as Stuart Heaver discovers in our Destination feature, Peninsular Malaysia, but also in China, as Captain Paul Brackley points out in this issue’s comment section.
A host of new launches and new models arriving in the region has bolstered this rediscovered love for the sea, with the likes of the Riva 102, the Custom Line 140, the StellarEXP, the new Silent 60 and the Azimut S7 all designed to not only blur the lines between a boat and its environment, giving owners and their guests a yachting experience like never before, but to do so sustainably.
The surge has also created new ambassadors for the fragile environments in which we love to cruise; exposure to the marine world, whether it’s from the deck of a yacht or, in the case of intrepid explorer Victor Vescovo, a mile or two below the surface, is one of the most effective ways to increase awareness for the challenges these ecosystems face and to create advocates for its protection, something that will be increasingly important as threats from industry, including deep sea mining, continue to place the marine world in jeopardy.
Also in this issue, Ryan Swift looks at how boat shows, many of which have now emerged from a pandemic-forced hiatus, are evolving to better meet the needs of both boat buyers and the industry. If the excitement surrounding the recently announced Singapore Yachting Festival (27-30 April) is anything to go by, 2023 promises to be a bumper year for these crucial exhibitions.
Like the industry, Asia-Pacific Boating continues to evolve, and this issue, the first of two print editions for 2023, represents a distinctive shift for the platform. With two print issues, we will expand both the Blue Planet and Indulgence sections, covering more lifestyle and sustainable topics, technologies and destinations, while also developing a comprehensive digital-first position that will allow us to cover the industry faster and more comprehensively than ever before.
We hope you’ll continue to join us on this journey of luxury, design, sustainability and the joy of taking to sea.