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

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"I am sailing": Top 5 photos of the week
#1. Lethantia Built in aluminum by Royal Huisman to a design by Henk Lunstroo, the 44-meter yacht was delivered in 1994 as a gaff-rigged schooner named Borkumriff III. John Munford was in charge of the yacht’s timeless interior in varnished cherry wood paneling. Refitted and upgraded many times, Lethantia now has no fewer than 41 Rondal deck winches and a full wardrobe of North sails. Under power, a single 650hp MTU diesel engine gives her a cruising speed of 11 knots. Lethantia was sold in 2017, asking €7.500.000. #2. EOS Launched from the Lürssen yard in Bremin in 2006, the 93-meter Eos is a three-masted Bermuda rigged schooner. The ship is one of the largest private sailing yachts in the world, and as of 2009 was owned by movie and media billionaire Barry Diller. Her 61 meters tall masts are said to be of the maximum height allowed to enable the craft to pass underneath bridges across the globe. EOS has passed through a lot on her life journey. In 2012 she even caught fire in Oslo, while her owners luckily were not onboard. After that she underwent a major refit at Royal Huisman facility, Huisfit, where she had extensive maintenance on mast, spars, teak deck and machinery. #3. Jeanneau 64 Born in 2014 of a close partnership between Philippe Briand and Andrew Winch, this semi-custom 20-meter sloop features elegant lines with classic proportions. Contemporary deck styling gives the yacht a timeless appeal. The boat’s modern hull incorporates a hard chine for increased speed, stability, and interior volume. The interior features dedicated spaces for relaxation, reading, cooking, dining and sunbathing. #4. Adele Built by Vitters in 2005, the 55-meter yacht was designed for blue water cruising. Her maiden voyage took in the Norwegian fjords before starting the long journey to the Pacific Ocean. She was sold two years later, and her new owners still cruise extensively to remote corners of the globe. Adele was the first yacht to enter Royal Huisman's extended refit hall in 2015 winter-season, resulting in increased capacity and mechanical upgrade, which required removing the entire engine room. #5. Silencio Spotted in Nice beside the iconic motor yachts, Grace E and Elixir, the 50-meter Perini Navi yacht was delivered in 2001. Extensively refitted in 2012 at her home yard, she boasts a sophisticated custom interior by the award-winning designer Christian Liaigre. Silencio was sold in 2017, asking €10.500.000.
Lurssen float out new 130m+ Project Shu
Lurssen, the Germany-based superyacht builder, world famous for delivering some of the largest and most iconic yachts in recent years, has floated out a new 130-meter+ superyacht according to footage that emerged on social media.One of Lurssen's most secretive projects, out of the large number that they currently have under construction, little is known about the yacht, which some have referred to under the project name SHU, which, however can differ from the name used internally at Lurssen, as previous projects have shown.First seen in November 2016 in a less completed state, the yacht is believed to be at least 130 meters in length. Her delivery should take place in 2018. Other projects in build at the shipyard include the 130m Thunder, 139m+ Redwood, 112m Palo Alto/TIS and others.Photos by DrDuu
Spanish designer introduces 114m concept Ines
Alvaro Aparicio de Leon has opened up about his new mega-yacht concept, the 114-meter Ines, with surprising proportions for a sleeker silhouette and multipurpose interior spaces. “Most of the yachts of similar size that I’ve seen seemed too large, more like transatlantic cruisers. I decided to find out if I could make a sleeker one,” the Mallorca-based designer explains the idea behind the key creative solution for Ines, which is her unusual length to volume ratio achieved by reducing the beam to 15 meters. For major seaworthiness, the full-displacement yacht features a vertical bow, thus, optimizing the usage of inner space. Among the boat’s characteristic elements is her series of classic round portholes, standing for the “timelessness” of the concept.“Now that everybody’s creating yachts as if they were Lamborghinis, I want to keep making something modern, but timeless,” Alvaro points out. The interior layout provides accommodation for up to 20 guests and 42 members of crew. However, a significant part of cabins can be converted into social spaces upon customer’s request, without compromising on comfort onboard. Owner’s quarters on the upper deck comprise a master suite, office, separate bathrooms and a dressing room. This deck can be shared with two spacious VIP staterooms or, otherwise, host a lounge, cinema and library. Further VIP-class guest accommodation is split between the main and the bridge decks. Being the centerpiece of the boat’s exterior, the superyacht beach club boasts a touch-and-go helipad and an indoor-outdoor swimming pool that as well acts as part of the tender launch system. This zone is lit from above with daylight filtering through the glass bottom pool on the main deck. The garage on the lower deck has enough room for two limo tenders of 10.8 and 8 meters, four jet-skis and a submarine U-Boat Worx Super Yacht Sub 3. In addition, a full-fledged helipad is located on the upper deck of Ines.Finalist of the 2012 ShowBoats Design Awards for a 50-meter expedition vessel MaBulle turned into a private yacht, Alvaro Aparicio de Leon is especially keen on projects above 50 meters, such as his 74-meter V+A and the 85-meter concept T.
In pictures: Pearl 80 during sea trials in Miami
First introduced at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the 24-meter Pearl 80 is completing her sea trials off the coast of Miami, as show the photos, released by Pearl Yachts on their Facebook page. This latest model of the UK-based shipyard stands out as a fast and agile yacht conceived with an attentive ear to customers’ feedback. Naval architect Bill Dixon and interior designer Kelly Hoppen teamed up to deliver Pearl 80, which aims to fill the breach between Pearl 65 and Pearl 95 models. The boat’s aerodynamic hull with a white gel coat finish is reminiscent of an arrow. The yacht is offered with three alternative interior themes: the bright and fresh “Studio” with stripes and rich browns, “Taupe” in calming earthy tones and “Luxury” with chick polished surfaces, nickel, and accents of black. Her optimized layout features three external dining areas: on the flybridge, at the bow and aft of the saloon on the cockpit, as the builder is aware that guests are more likely to eat on the deck than indoors. This allows for a full-beam saloon that would be entirely dedicated to a lounging area.Private areas comprise a spacious owner’s cabin flooded with natural light from panoramic portholes on each side, two twin guest cabins with en-suite bathrooms and, finally, a VIP cabin. Following requests for more discreet service, the laundry, crew accommodation and engine room have a separate access point on the starboard side. Sun worshipers have the entire flybridge at their disposal, whilst tenders and jet skis are supposed to be kept on the stern, that can be launched without effort and thus turned into a large hydraulically lowered bathing platform, getting guests close to the water. From her twin 1.800 hp MAN V12 engines, Pearl 80 is expected to reach a maximum speed of 30 knots. An estimated cruising range above 300 nautical miles will be possible at an economical speed of 25 knots.
Largest sportfish yacht in the world spotted on sea trials
Yachting Developments have released photos of their 39.5-meter sportfisher YD1015 performing sea trials off the coast of New Zealand. Launched on November 23, the world's largest all-carbon sportfish yacht belongs to an international sports fisherman, who opted for Yachting Developments because of their expertise in yachts with carbon hull and superstructure, which are, in fact, considered to be the lightest and fastest of their kind. Whilst Michael Peters Yacht Design was in charge of the exterior of the yacht, her “contemporary classic” interior was created by Naylor Booth Associate in collaboration with the owner himself. The layout sleeps 10 guests in four lower deck staterooms, including the owner’s master suite, and six members of the crew. The scale of the 267GT boat allowed for commercial-grade of 3.100hp MTU diesel engines, drawing on a fuel reserve of 40.000 liters, and advanced VEEM gyro stabilizers. Once completed, the sea trials will show, what speed the boat is actually capable of.