Founded by Alex Braden and Mike Everton-Jones in 1972, Yachting Partners International has grown over the past 45 years to become a key player in the yachting scene. We now look back at its rich history that saw it become what it is today.
From its foundation, YPI was meant as a partnership with its founders instilling a collaborative mindset, viewing both internal colleagues and other brokerage houses as collaborators. An approach that worked and saw clients coming back and back again.
We always had the idea that we should become an international company, a company with no borders, and that business could be successful and profitable while also being honest and caring.
Alex Braden, co-founder, Yachting Partners International
First launched in Brighton in 1972, saw the first yacht built under its management launched in 1982, the 48-meter Picchiotti Sara Blue. Around the same time, the brokerage firm opened its first French office in Antibes.
As time went on, YPI kept thriving, launching YPI Crew in 2002 to expand its service offering and opening its Monaco office in 2005. Three years later, YPI became part of the 160-year-old BRS Shipbroking Group that ultimately bought out the company in 2013.
Braden's vision for an international company was realised, now taking the form of an organisation with a worldwide presence and a multicultural team. As Asia continues to grow as a segment in yachting, YPI is also an important part of this area with an office in Hong Kong and the company's CEO, Laurent Debart, having lived for 20 years in China.
As one of the 3 oldest yacht brokerage companies and the only one connected to a shipbroking company, our experience continues to set our service apart. YPI in 2017 is looking ahead, embracing an exciting new phase for the company and finding new ways to use our experience to shape the superyacht stories of the next generation.
Laurent Debart, CEO, Yachting Partners International
A fire broke out in Fort Lauderdale's Bahia Mar Marina after an 8.5m boat caught fire after refuelling, with the flames spreading over the superyacht W (ex Larisa), built by Feadship in 2013. The 57.6m yacht had gone through a major refit in the Feadship home base of the Netherlands and was delivered to her new owner July 2020. The W hull was damaged by the fire, but it was successfully extinguished by twenty Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue firefighters. No injuries were reported.Video: Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue
January 19, 2021
Fraser and Burgess have announced the sale of the 67.15m Damen Garçon support yacht. Garçon was used as a support vessel for the 87m yacht Ace during her exploring and environmental missions. Garçon has a lot of space for tenders, Jet Skis, and other water toys, as well as a room for a helipad. The vessel can reach a top speed of 25 knots. The last known asking price was 24 million euros.Credits: Damen Yachts
January 19, 2021
Ferretti Group has released its first sustainability report on corporate operations. The document formally testifies to the Group’s introduction of a virtuous pathway to minimise the environmental impact of its production processes and yachts, promoting better and wider ranging corporate social-responsibility measures. A materiality analysis has identified the topics with the greatest impact on business activities and the indicators to evaluate them, grouping them in four areas that will be examined each year in ever greater detail and used to measure the environmental and social performance of Ferretti Group: – Innovation and luxury: yachts– Environmental impact of the production process– Value for the local area– Human capitalFor Ferretti Group, sustainability starts with the quality and excellence that characterise the yachts it builds. Which is why research and development focus on the use of high-performance, sustainable materials and reducing energy consumption. The wood used in interior design is sourced from certified forests managed according to strict environmental, social and economic standards. The use of carbon fibre significantly reduces hull weight, resulting in yachts that are more efficient and consume less fuel. The research into hybrid engines and new technologies that reduce hull weight, as well as into improving the efficiency of shipyard activities is an important part of Group activity. In this sense, the ISO 14001 certification of the environmental management systems in place at the La Spezia site is the starting point for integrated management of the environmental impact of all production processes, as is the IMO Tier III certification obtained by CRN, the first shipyard in Italy to achieve this milestone, for a 62m megayacht. Also worthy of mention is the installation of the Ancona trigeneration plant to produce clean electric power, heating and cooling.Fundamental aspects are in the social sphere and include the impact on the local area, the entire supply chain and the central importance of human capital. Over 85% of Ferretti Group’s supply chain, which employs a total of more than 2,500 workers, is based in Italy and over 75% of the total economic value generated is distributed in the country. This contributes to job creation and the growth of the ecosystem of small and medium enterprises, including craft businesses, with which the Group has for years had a history of virtuous collaboration. This collaboration allows Group suppliers to develop specific processes and know-how and operate on global markets, generating development and innovation.As a result of all the measures that have been introduced, including the complete sanitisation of the production process right through to delivery, Ferretti Group has obtained RINA Biosafety Trust Certification, the first voluntary certification to prevent and control COVID infections, protecting over 1,500 workers, as well as customers. Finally, the Group has taken out an insurance policy covering all employees and providing protection in the event they test positive for the virus. This policy, which has been renewed for 2021, will be completed by another initiative to distribute 1,500 pulse oximeters to employees. “If we want to continue to grow steadily as a market leader, it is essential to address the economic, environmental and social impacts produced by our activities on the local areas where we operate. Successful sales efforts must go hand in hand with corporate responsibility,” commented Ferretti Group CEO Alberto Galassi. “In recent years, Ferretti Group has reported rapid growth and development, bringing beauty and innovation to the marine industry. We work with many different stakeholders and their sustainability needs and expectations are important in defining the measures we introduce from day to day to manage and mitigate the impact of our growth strategies. For this reason, and to testify to our corporate responsibility, we have decided to embark on a formal process that has led to the preparation of our first Sustainability Report. A first for Ferretti Group and a first for the Italian marine industry.”The Ferretti Group, led by Chief Executive Officer Alberto Galassi, is now one of the world’s leaders in the construction and sale of luxury yachts and pleasure vessels, with a unique portfolio of brands: Ferretti Yachts, Riva, Pershing, Itama, Mochi Craft, CRN, Custom Line and Wally.Credits: Ferretti Group
January 19, 2021
Nautor’s Swan is launching a new project and entering the motor boat market with Swan Shadow. The Swan Shadow is broadening the range of vessels that the Finnish yard offers its customers and is perfectly aligned with the core elements of its brand: performance, quality and elegance.“For so many years we’ve been thinking about launching a power boat, but we always resisted this temptation until we really felt we had something really special and unique to present. And this is what is happening with Swan Shadow. She is full of the ingredients we believe in, and we are confident that we are going to make an important statement in the power yacht segment,” says Leonardo Ferragamo, Nautor’s Swan President.The new model is a multipurpose motor yacht concept able to reach a performance of up to 55 knots top speed.The design of Shadow incorporates features that customers might generally expect to see in larger full-custom or semi-custom yachts, features that are not too common in 40-foot powerboats. One of these features is a movable aft platform, transforming a visually simple design from a fixed platform to a swim platform or a passerelle. Another design feature is the addition of optional telescopic roof pillars and moving glass panels to create a convertible cabin. This allows the boat to be used either fully open or closed for privacy and comfort during bad weather. Swan Shadow has been conceived to easily accommodate an overnight or weekend trip to the archipelago. In keeping with the original aim of versatility and focusing on user experience, the layout also fits an additional crew cabin in the bow.According to the shipyard, this vessel is for more discerning owners of motor yachts or sailing yachts who are looking for a tender to their main vessels.The interior has been designed to ensure maximum comfort and style onboard, offering accommodation for either shorter day trips or longer cruises. The forward cabin is ideally suited for a couple. An additional crew cabin can be installed in the bow.The interior styling follows the timeless and classic style of Nautor’s Swan interiors, representing a pared-down design and simplified approach that focuses on the essentials: carefully designed and well-executed spaces created using top quality materials."The concept of Swan Shadow is coming from the interaction we have with our owners and discussion about the experience of sailing. The conclusion has been that the need for a ‘chase boat’ to provide an added dimension to Swan yacht ownership was becoming stronger and stronger." says Giovanni Pomati, Nautor Group CEO. "Today, with Swan Shadow, it seems we have managed to develop a new concept: she's not only a chase boat but a powerboat embodying the core values of Nautor's Swan, answering broader owner demands like lifestyle enhancement and pride of ownership and able to open up a wider market."Nautor’s Swan was founded in 1966 in Pietarsaari, Finland. The builder entered the superyacht market in 1999. Since then, the yard has continued building high-performance sailing yachts in three different lines; ClubSwan, Swan Yachts and Maxi Swan Yachts. Credits: Nautor’s Swan
January 18, 2021
Hylas Yachts had a gratifying year in 2020, despite many challenges, as several new models touched the water for the first time and have been delivered to their owners. The shipyard decided that it's time to show the new yachts to the wider Hylas community.Hylas H57The company is going to host an exclusive yacht show on Friday, January the 22nd, and Saturday, January the 23rd at the brand new Hylas Yachts and David Walters Yachts sales and service center located just south of Fort Lauderdale at Harbour Towne Marina in Dania Beach, Florida.The event's program includes private walk-throughs of every new Hylas model and meeting with the family behind Hylas Yachts. Then, Friday evening, the Grand Opening of the new Hylas Sales and Service center will be celebrated."The highlight of this year’s event will be the unveiling of the brand new Hylas H57," said Hylas director Peggy Huang.This exciting new model, designed by Bill Dixon, has just arrived from the yard, making this event the first time the yacht will be on display to the public. Hylas H60Also on the dock will be the 2019 winner of Boat of the Year and Best Boat awards – the Hylas H48 – and the Hylas H60, which was the 2021 Boat of the Year for Best Luxury Cruiser. This is the first time that the entire fleet of new Hylas Sailing Yachts will be on display together.For those who are unable to travel to the event, Hylas Yachts plans to arrange a virtual walk-through and live tour of each of the Hylas models.Credits: Hylas Yachts
January 18, 2021