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
Phi launched at Royal Huisman’s newbuild facility in Vollenhove, The Netherlands. Phi’s overall length is 58.5m developed and constructed below 500GT, she is by far the longest motoryacht in this category, based on current Classification rules. Phi’s general concept, exterior design and interior layout were made by Cor D. Rover, whereas Naval architecture was done by Van Oossanen Naval Architects. Lawson Robb is the author of interior design.Royal Huisman is a Dutch shipyard established in 1884 in Ronduite, building and refitting custom luxury sailing and motor yachts at its shipyard in Vollenhove, the Netherlands.Credits: Royal Huisman
July 23, 2021
The newest model in the Flybridge Collection is the Azimut 68. The shipyard is offering the new Azimut 68 with three possible main deck configurations, plus a multifunctional area, each with a particular lifestyle in mind.In the first layout called Lanterna, an elegant living area is located by the main deck entrance, with the galley tucked away behind an innovative surface of ribbed wood and plexiglass. For owners who are seeking a more convivial layout, the open galley version is the ideal solution. The galley is in a discreet location towards the bow, but opens directly into the dining area, which can also be converted into a second lounge zone.For a slightly less formal layout, the aft galley arrangement is situated to readily serve indoors and more often outdoors, while keeping the cook connected with the entire social area. The dining is found immediately across from the galley as you enter from the cockpit, creating a relaxed flow, which leads to the living area forward.Each main deck option has been tastefully integrated into the overall design to complete a stunning yacht. Exterior designer Alberto Mancini penned the Azimut 68 as a further renewal of his characteristic style, sculpting the surfaces to achieve a sporty and modern design, an approach more commonly seen in sports car design. The interiors are designed by Achille Salvagni. He also designed the exterior furniture.Below deck, four cabins and three bathrooms accommodate up to eight guests, with a separate area for one or two crew members.The propulsion package of twin Volvo IPS 1350 pods carries the Azimut 68 up to a brisk maximum speed of 32 knots. <iframe width=560 height=315 src=https://www.youtube.com/embed/3gwy8QJ6htc title=YouTube video player frameborder=0 allow=accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture allowfullscreen></iframe>Azimut Yachts is an Azimut Benetti Group brand. With its Atlantis, Magellano Flybridge, S, Verve and Grande collections, it offers the widest range of 34- to 125-foot yachts.Credits: Azimut Yachts
July 23, 2021
Australian based Azurite Yacht Design presented the 26.8m electric powerboat Infinit-e 88 with an aluminum hull and superstructure. Her exterior design features metallic pearl hull colour with a matte black superstructure that supports glass roof and full height windows in port and starboard that promises a living area with lots of natural light. Full height starboard windows are also sliding doors with a 2 meters opening that provides an open layout with an additional entrance to the boat. On the front deck, there is a convertible dining area for six people with an additional sunbathing area on the very front of the boat. The most exclusive feature of the yacht is expanding aft swimming platform that can give an additional 2 meters of a platform area right next to the water. There are two garages at the aft deck that can fit surfboards, 2x Seabob, wetsuits, and diving equipment with easy access from the swimming platform.Credits: Azurite Yacht Design
July 23, 2021
Heesen has delivered YN 19550 MY Ela, formerly known as Project Altea. The yacht set sail from the Netherlands in July with her crew, and after meeting her owners in Gibraltar, will spend the summer cruising in the Mediterranean. Primarily intended for family use, Ela will also join the charter fleet of Zarpo Yachts to be available for selected clients.Ela has a lightweight, aluminium, fast-displacement hull, she is the second in Heesen's sub-500GT Nova Plus class. Ela was available with a very short delivery time when she caught the attention of her owners. With just three months between purchase and delivery they worked with interior designer Cristiano Gatto and the Heesen team to personalize the yacht to suit their family requirements. "Together with the client, we revisited all the loose furniture, inside and out, selecting new materials for all the upholstery and the key items from Paola Lenti, B&B Italia, Poltrona Frau, and Promemoria," said Cristiano. "But more importantly, we designed bespoke pieces, such as tables, sofas, and lamps, all beautifully crafted by Italian ateliers, who delivered them in record time." Ela can accommodate twelve guests in six staterooms, with the owners' suite on the main deck forward and the remaining five cabins – a full beam VIP, two doubles and two twins – on the lower deck."Ela is a magnificent addition to the Heesen fleet. We are very strong in this particular segment of the market – 50m all-aluminium yachts below 500 GT – and ours are recognized as the best in this market sector. Our delivery team worked seamlessly with Captain Antonio Gerini and Tony Lovec Management to deliver the yacht without fuss and on time for the summer season. On behalf of everyone at Heesen, I would like to wish the owners and their crew many happy days with family and friends wherever they may cruise!" says Friso Visser, Heesen CCO.Ela is powered by twin MTU 2000-series M72 V12s. She has a maximum speed of just under 20 knots, frugal fuel consumption, and a draft of just 2.15 meters, which makes her the most efficient yacht of her type built in the Netherlands.Heesen Yachts is a Dutch ship building company that specializes in custom-built superyachts in aluminium and steel from 30m to 70m in size. Founded in 1978, it has launched more than 170 yachts since its inception.Credits: Heesen Yachts
July 23, 2021
Design studio Lazzarini shared the new Saturnia 100m superyacht concept made from dry carbon fiber. She is estimated to be 50% lighter than other yachts of similar sizes and will be able to reach a top speed of 30 knots.Her main feature is the middle entrance of the yacht, which allows tenders with a draft of up to 1.5 meters to moor inside the private port/garage.Saturnia can be configured to different layouts to obtain 10 or 20 suites for passengers and up to 20 crew members. Several pools and alfresco dining areas and a glass-bottom lounge will be also located on board.The five-deck concept is imagined to have a hybrid propulsion system, consisting of twin side diesel engines and a central electronic water jet device.Pagurus is one more nature-inspired concept by Lazzarini Design Studio. The futuristic swan-shaped Avanguardia is another. Credits: Lazzarini
July 22, 2021