Women in Yachting – Part 3: Jenny Caird, CEO and Founder of 212 Yachts

Year after year, women in yachting have taken a larger and more significant role in the industry. They are emerging as powerful, effective, and efficient – as much as men in yachting, and have gone beyond the role of charter broker. Here, YATCO takes the time to get to know some of these women – whether they are yacht sales brokers, shipyard coordinators or marketing masters. Below, get to know Jenny Caird, CEO and Founder of 212 Yachts.

Jenny Caird, CEO and Founder of 212 Yachts

What drew you to the yachting world?

I love a business that is fast-paced, ever-changing, and full of opportunities and challenges. The clientele of yachts are often highly successful and inspiring people. These factors drew me in to the yachting world, and continue to keep me interested.

How did you get your start in yachting?

I moved to the South of France in 2009, where my eyes were first opened to yachting. I was hired to lead and launch some startup businesses, and here I got much exposure to yachting. In 2012 I created my own business (212 Yachts) and never looked back.

Who are some influential people in your life that you look up to?

There are so many, I regularly read business and sports books for inspiration, ideas, and lessons.

My Dad

My dad – a now retired (still busy) 79 years old, once a CEO with over 10,000 staff. He was highly respected for always being honest, and transparent with clients and staff.

Dad has said to me “Go to bed knowing you’ve done your best and been honest, and you will sleep well.”

This is a core value of how I do business, it reaps rewards, many trusted repeat clients, and I sleep very well. My mum has the go-get, never stop attitude, she’s a trooper and that’s very inspiring.

Frank Rock

Frank Rock – RIP – a business owner, motivational speaker, mentor and inspirational leader. I was honoured to have him as a boss in Ireland in my 20’s.

I learnt many things from him, one that stands out – the importance of practicing what you preach, and how this affects the energy and output of your team.

I am far from perfect, but I very much try to ensure that my behaviours set a positive impression and benchmark for my colleagues. Their performance (which is awesome) is only as good as the example I set.

What are some challenges you face and how do you overcome them?

As every business owner knows, there are constant challenges. This is part of the fun of running a business – finding the best solutions, continuously improving your business, and getting on with it.

Mindset is key – there is no time to feel down, only to reflect on what we learnt and identify what we can do better the next time.

You have to pick yourself up fast, reflect, learn, and move on, with a smile on your face. If you do this enough times, it becomes a positive habit.

What are you currently working on and how do you stay inspired?

I am currently working on “What should 212 Yachts be working on?” – the annual business plan. It’s the perfect opportunity each year to study the business, and reflect – assess what worked well, what needs improvement, and new opportunities. And then set the goals, and put the wheels in motion. The whole team is involved in the process, it’s a great conversation.

Building habits to maintain inspiration and motivation is part of the daily routine.

Everything from regular exercise and eating well, to setting clear goals, obsessive time management, blanking out distractions and rewarding my productive time with pursuing my love of nature, hiking, rock climbing, golfing and spending quality time with friends and family. And ALWAYS celebrate the wins, no matter how small. Life is a balancing act, and I am inspired to make sure I keep loving mine!

“You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” source unknown.

Top Five Superyachts for Sale in Florida on YATCO.COM

There are over 5,000 superyachts gracing our oceans all around the world, and some of the best of them are located in the United States, specifically in the state of Florida, where the yachting capital of the world is located. Scroll down to read about the top 5 superyachts we have listed for sale in the state of Florida.

Living Your Best Sea Life in the Yachting Capital of the World

The 257’3” Superyacht AMARYLLIS, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The 257’3” Superyacht AMARYLLIS, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

For sale with James Clark of Burgess, the 257′ 3″ superyacht AMARYLLIS was built by Abeking & Rasmussen in 2011 and is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

New Yacht With Little Usage

Presenting as a new yacht with very little use, Reymond Langton designed her striking exterior lines and spectacular interior styling. As a sistership to C2 and EMINENCE, the motor yacht AMARYLLIS can accommodate 12 guests in 6 luxurious staterooms, who are serviced by 23 crew members. She has a wide beam of 42 feet, and a draft of 11 feet 5 inches, while her Caterpillar engines take her to a max speed of 17 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots. Of her many amenities, AMARYLLIS features a large beach club, a gym, spa, diving and fishing equipment, as well as a 5-meter pool that changes colors. Her Art Deco interior spaces include rich neutral tones and woods, with warm cream features throughout. A stunning glass elevator runs through the core of the spiral staircase and ushers guests from the lower deck up to the bridge deck.

Contact the broker for more information and to schedule a private showing.

The 238′ 4 Superyacht QUANTUM OF SOLACE, located in Florida

The 238' 4 Superyacht QUANTUM OF SOLACE, located in Florida

For sale with Peter Thompson of Yachting Partners International, the 238′ 4 superyacht QUANTUM OF SOLACE was built in 2012 by Turquoise Yachts and is located in Florida.

Built for Entertainment and Fun

The sleek superyacht has a stunning interior and exterior design by H2 Yacht Design, and comfortably accommodates 14 guests in 7 well-appointed staterooms. Located on the upper deck, the full-beam master suite is complete with an oversized en suite and two dressing rooms, and features balconies to port and starboard. Six additional staterooms are located on the main deck, which also boasts an impressive main salon with a double-height atrium. The full-beam spa and beach club area are on the lower deck, including a fold-down door that open to the level of the ocean. The expansive sun deck features a contra-flow, 5-meter swimming pool for guest enjoyment. Additional and unique amenities include a hammam and sauna, Jacuzzi and a massage room.

Contact the broker for more information and to schedule a viewing of this incredible superyacht.

The 235′ 3″ Superyacht KOGO, located in West Palm Beach, Florida

The 235' 3

For sale with Dominic Millman of Burgess, the 235′ 3″ superyacht KOGO was built by Alstom Leroux Naval, and is located in West Palm Beach, Florida at the Rybovich marina.

Go-Anywhere the Extraordinary Way

This extraordinary ice-classed superyacht was designed by Tim Heywood, to be a go-anywhere vessel where her guests travel in the utmost comfort at sea. With an interior by Terence Disdale, she boasts a modern atmosphere that seamlessly blends her interior and exterior spaces. she features the utmost in entertainment spaces, as her main salon, located on the main deck, transforms to an elegant cinema featuring top-notch audio/visual technology. KOGO accommodates 14 guests in 7 luxurious staterooms, including a vast master suite located forward on the main deck that comprises of an office with a seating area, a large wardrobe and a limestone-bathed en suite with a spa tub. The additional staterooms include 4 doubles, and two twins. Large, open deck spaces include an oversized sun deck with a pool boasting a swim current and surrounded by large sunpads. The area also features a shaded table for al fresco diners. For nighttime entertainment, the skylounge spills onto the “e-deck” with superfluous seating arrangements and a world-class A/V system ideal for entertainment as the area also transforms to an outdoor cinema.

The superyacht was built to MCA and Lloyd’s Register standards; for a private viewing and more information, contact the yacht broker.

The 203’5” Superyacht SEALYON, located in West Palm Beach, Florida

The 203’5” Superyacht SEALYON, located in West Palm Beach, Florida

Jointly listed for sale, the 203’5” superyacht SEALYON was originally built as CANDYSCAPE II by Viareggio Shipyards (VSY). The award-winning superyacht was created by the naval architecture of Espen Oeino with modern interior design by Candy & Candy. Constructed of a steel hull and aluminum superstructure, the displacement motor yacht has been intricately designed to offer the utmost in opulence and comfort. With accommodations for up to 12 guests, she features an oversized master suite, a VIP stateroom, two double staterooms and two twins. The master suite is located on the main deck and is raised to offer stunning panoramic views; it also features a large wardrobe/dressing area and a vast, marble-clad en suite with a spa tub and shower. Unique amenities include a glass elevator that effortlessly brings guests from the lower to the bridge deck, a well-appointed gym, and a large media room. The massive, split-level sun deck offers respite from her many water toys, and features a rotating sunpad, a large Jacuzzi and an outdoor cinema. Powered by twin CAT diesel engines, she features a cruising speed of 15 knots and a top speed of 17 knots.

Jointly listed for sale with

For further information on this extravagant superyacht located in West Palm Beach, Florida, contact the brokers for a private viewing.

The 185’ Superyacht 4 ROSES, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The 185’ Superyacht 4 ROSES, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

For sale with Kurt Bosshardt of Denison Yacht Sales, the 185’ 4 superyacht ROSES was built by Australian yard Oceanfast, and is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Perfect for a Top-Notch Yachting Experience

Delivered in 2004, this superyacht was designed by Jon Bannenberg Ltd, with interiors by Jon Bannenberg and Craig Beale, and naval architecture by Oceanfast. She was expertly constructed with a steel hull, and aluminum and GRP superstructure. Amenities include a vast sun deck with a full gym, an array of water toys, and a multitude of outdoor entertainment areas. Previously named SIRONA III, she sleeps 16 guests across her luxurious stateroom accommodations, along with 14 crew for top-notch service. The vast master suite is uniquely located on the bridge deck for the utmost in privacy.

For more information on this extraordinary superyacht, contact the yacht broker and he will schedule a private viewing.

Top Five Cruiser Yachts for Sale in Florida on YATCO.COM

With so many yachts to choose from on YATCO.com, narrowing your search has never been easier, especially for those looking for the ultimate cruising yacht. There are many cruising yachts to choose from in the state of Florida, and we have selected the top 5 cruiser yachts for sale in Florida for your perusal, with some details that will help you in your search. Have a look below!

Cruising Through the Florida Intercoastals and Oceans

#1 The Brand-New Cruiser Yacht DYNA 68 SKYLOUNGE, located in Stuart, Florida

The Brand-New Cruiser Yacht DYNA 68 SKYLOUNGE, located in Stuart, Florida

For sale with Peter Schmidt of United Yacht Sales, the brand new 68 ft DYNA SKYLOUNGE is a sporty cruiser yacht located in Stuart, Florida.

This fresh and innovative yacht is ready for a new owner to experience everything that a top-quality 70-foot yacht can offer aboard this Dyna 68. The new thrilling model was created in collaboration with Dyna Yachts and the design of Cor D. Rover from The Netherlands. Between her sleek exterior lines and her modern interior design, every aspect of the Dyna 68 is exciting and new. The Dyna 68 accommodates guests in four luxurious staterooms, that offer all the creature comforts of home.

She is a must-see and is ready for a new owner; contact the yacht broker to schedule a showing.

#2 65’1” Cruiser Yacht CHINGONA, located in Fort Myers, Florida

65’1” Cruiser Yacht CHINGONA, located in Fort Myers, Florida

For sale with Franklin Pillsbury of Marine Max, the 2018 L-650 Express Cruising Yacht CHINGONA is located in Fort Myers, Florida.

As one of the last L-650s made, she has a completely custom interior and every Sea Ray option available, with less than 250 hours. The sporty cruising yacht has been meticulously maintained and serviced by Marine Max and Gulf Coast Yacht Management, with no costs spared. CHINGONA boasts premium upholstery, warm and inviting woodwork, and state-of-the-art hardware, allowing her to compete against top-tier boats in her class. The L650 serves as a sterling representative of the Sea Ray L-Class (“L” for Luxury), a fresh series of premium yacht designs. Regarding the galley, Sea Ray opted to keep it completely open and located forward, with the fridge and freezer drawer below the counters to save space and eliminate galley bulkheads. The entire main deck is kept unobstructed and open, the way most prefer it, keeping it as part of the social space of the yacht. The yacht accommodates guests in 4 well-appointed staterooms, and even has a standard day head in the crew’s quarters.

There is so much more to learn about this sporty cruiser; contact the broker for a private viewing.

#3 64 ft Cruiser Yacht PLEXI VII, located in Dunedin, Florida

64 ft Cruiser Yacht PLEXI VII, located in Dunedin, Florida

For sale with Jimmy Rogers of OneWater Yacht Group, the 64 ft PLEXI VII cruiser yacht was built by Hatteras Yachts in 2006 and is located in Dunedin, Florida.

This highly maintained and very well-equipped and updated Hatteras 64 cruiser yacht is the only one on the market with Trac Zero Speed Stabilizers that were installed in 2017. She provides superior performance due to her upgraded power package with MTU engines at 1500hp each, that have just over 1200 hours on them, and were recently serviced in 2019. At the time, she also received fresh bottom paint and an exterior detail. She also features upgraded Garmin electronics at both helms (2016) and there is a bow and stern thruster with a Yacht Controller for precise handling around the dock. Her interior has a newer sofa, carpet, mattresses and bedding, and she is bathed in warm, high-gloss cherry wood throughout.

#4 80 ft Cruiser Yacht PEARL YACHTS MANs, located in Dania Beach, Florida

80 ft Cruiser Yacht PEARL YACHTS MANs, located in Dania Beach, Florida

For sale with Atlantic Yacht & Ship, the 80 ft PEARL YACHTS MANs is a gun-metal grey sporty cruiser yacht located in Dania Beach, Florida.

With exterior design penned by the world-renowned Dixon Yacht Design, she features a deep-V hull that offers exceptional comfort and seakeeping underway. Built by Pearl Motor Yachts, this brand-new, exceptional sport cruiser will be available in May of 2022. Impressive exterior decks include a foredeck lounge with a table and sun bathing areas for those looking to relax, as well as a hydraulic bathing platform, passarelle and tender/jet-ski garage for those looking to hit the water. With interior design by celebrated British designer Kelly Hoppen, she features a full-beam owner’s suite, and three guest staterooms – two of which convert from twins to queens – each with their own en suite. She also features a cabin for two crew.

There is much more to learn about this metallic-grey-hulled sport cruiser; simply contact the broker for further information.

#5 80 ft Cruiser Yacht BELLA SOPHIA, located in Lighthouse Point, Florida

80 ft Cruiser Yacht BELLA SOPHIA, located in Lighthouse Point, Florida

For sale with Nicholas Scherb of 26 North Yachts, the 80 ft BELLA SOPHIA cruiser yacht was built by Cheoy Lee Shipyards in 2008, and is located in Lighthouse Point, Florida.

As the only Bravo series from the shipyard with three spacious staterooms, she features a full-beam king masters stateroom with a his-and-hers en suites. Additional large and luxurious staterooms include two queen VIPs, each with private en suites – and full-beam as well. Her tasteful and timeless interior is bathed in neutral tones with stone granite accents throughout the vessel. Her exterior decks are vast, and include full walk-around decks, a large open aft deck and a spacious flybridge with a built-in hardtop, a wet bar, grill, and plenteous seating. She also features a large boat deck on which a 13’ Nautica tender rests. BELLA SOPHIA is powered by reliable CAT 3412s, and cruises at 18 knots; she has been maintained in excellent condition and features upgrades that include a Maretron Ships monitoring system, Garmin GPS, multi­function depth/speed, FLIR system, upgraded entertainment system, renewed exhaust system, a new tender and more.

To learn more about this Florida cruiser, contact the yacht broker for a private showing.

Five Engine Veterans in Yachting

Below are five of the most popular yacht engine manufacturers that have been literally making yachting move forward.

When talking about inboards, there are a few brands which come straight to mind – CAT, MAN, MTU, Volvo and Cummins. Here below you can find more information about these so broadly used brands which have created revolutionary products helping the development of our industry. We rarely think of how a certain company has led to be a leader, so here is a little bit of a history of these innovators, survivors and winners.

Top 5 of the Engine Manufacturers


The history of Caterpillar dates back to 1886 when Benjamin Holt creates his first tractor in California. A few years later in 1892 the actual company was born known at this time as Holt Manufacturing Company. Thirty three years later the brand Caterpillar becomes a reality. Throughout the years the company has taken part in important construction projects in the USA and on an international level. In 1937, CAT machines help the completion of everyone’s favorite Golden Gate Bridge, take part in the construction of 70 000 miles of highways across the States during the period of the WWII, CAT engines supply power for the Apollo II mission to the moon and CAT machinery is used around the globe for the construction of dams and bridges. If this history doesn’t talk about reliability, what would.

Today the company has a wide variety of marine power systems in four divisions – Commercial Propulsion Engines, High Performance Propulsion Engines, Marine Generators, and Auxiliary Engines.

CAT offers more than thirty (30) models of Commercial Propulsion Engines with a power range starting at 254 bkW and going as high as 16 800 kW. When narrowing our search, at the moment we can choose among 18 models suitable for pleasure yachts, fishing vessels, speed boats.

Some yacht and boat builders that use Caterpillar boat engines are:

For complete information on all the models and their features, visit the official CAT site HERE.


MTU is another great company with a very colorful history dating back from 1909. It all started in 1900 actually when Wilhelm Maybach – the person known as the “King of Designers” and the father of Mercedes, built the engines for the first engine-powered rigid airship. It was all happening in Germany. The company was initially called Luftfahrzeug-Motorenbau GmbH and had its focus on building engines for aircrafts, but also such suitable for land vehicles and marine crafts. The company had an extreme success during the WWI when there was a high demand for airplanes. In 1918 the company becomes Maybach-Motorenbau GmbH and one year later it starts the development of the first high speed diesel engine in the world – G 1 which got completed in 1923. The demand for train engines increased with the years and the company had to develop a new bigger and more powerful engine – the GO 6 which was the first turbocharged, high-speed, large diesel engine in the world. Proving itself as a reliable provider of quality engines, overcoming the destruction of its headquarters during the WWII, Maybach Motorenbau starts the production of engine for the maritime industry in 1953. Ship engines could transfer power of up to 3600 HP and the engines were either 8 or 16 cylinders. In the 60s the company unites with Mercedes Benz and becomes Maybach Mercedes-Benz Motorenbau. Since then the company has been releasing a variety of models suiting the needs of the maritime and train industry. One of the important moments in this period is the cooperation agreement between MTU and Detroid Diesel Corporation which was a guarantee for stable expansion in North America. Another crucial cooperation in 1995 giving technology advantage of the company is the unification with L’Orange which were the specialists in injection technology for large-scale diesel engines. This cooperation leads to the creation of the world’s first large diesel engine with common rail injection – the 4000 series. The following year in 1996, the 2000 series area fact and later the 8000. MTU is definitely a veteran in the production of engines for the marine industries and has proven itself as one of the most reliable and evolving companies.

Today MTU is one of the most preferred engine manufacturer for yachts of any type – standard yachts, performance yachts, displacement yachts and large luxury and mega yachts. Currently, MTU offers the following series of engines – Series 60, 1600, 2000, 1163 and 8000, which have different model designed to suit yacht and yacht owner’s needs. Starting at 261kW, MTU engines’ power gets up to 10 000kW for the big water crafts. MTU engines are known to have the best power-to-weight ratio.

Some yacht and boat builders that use MTU boat engines are:

For complete description of the different models and engine series you can visit MTU official website HERE.


MAN is one of the most recognized names in the truck industry on a global scheme. A company with an impressive history of more than 250 years starting in 1758 in Germany. Since then, MAN has played an important role in the German industrial history. In the beginning the company started specializing in the construction of engines for trains and locomotives, together with printing machines. In 1845 MAN creates the first high-speed book-printing press. After the tough times during the WWI, the company founded M.A.N in 1915 with the clear vision to focus on the truck-vehicles production. An important move for the company was the established partnership with GHH – a company known to manufacture quality mining equipment – in 1920. Four years later MAN becomes the builder of the first diesel engine truck with direct fuel injection. Almost a decade after, MAN builds another first timer – the world’s most powerful heavy-duty truck with 140/150 hp at that time. After suffering severe losses during the period of the WWII, in 1970 the company leaves a deep mark in the marine sector by releasing the largest transmission on the planet in the sector. Another very remarkable fact related to the marine industry comes in 1987 when the company delivers the nine four-stroke diesel engines for the world famous cruise ship Queen Elizabeth II. At that time, the engine was the largest diesel-electric drive created for a vessel carrying people. Throughout the years MAN participates in different space projects. When entering the new millennium in 2000, this industrial veteran marks the manufacture of its 1 millionth truck.

With such a long and active history rich in technology developments and improvement, today the company has its yacht engines department. The range of product for luxury yachts and sportfishing vessels numbers nine different models starting at 537 kW and going up to 1397 kW. The company focuses on decreasing engine size while keeping full power, definitely a feature German manufacturers tend to implement very successfully. The MTU engines met in the yachting industry are known to be quiet with low levels of vibration.

Some yacht and boat builders that use MAN boat engines are:

For complete information on modules and features of MAN engines, please, visit the official MAN site HERE.


Volvo PENTA is one of those companies which have played a key role in the yachting industry. We can search for the roots of the company as an engine manufacturer back in 1907 in Sweden. The manufacturer has a rich history of revolutionary technologies for the marine sector. The beginning of the 20th century was the moment when the company created its famous engine B1. The engine was called Penta coming from the Greek word for five. During the first meeting of reading the engine project, there were five people; as a result of their professional discussions, the engine was born and this is the reason why they decided to call it Penta. The engine models developed with the years and had a great success, but the WWI resulted into decreased profitability and the company had to keep the production low. However, something crucial happened in those years of crisis – a company called Volvo took a step towards Pentaverken (this is how the engine company was called). Volvo wanted to invest in Swedish-built car. This cooperation resulted very successful and for a period of three years almost 3000 engines were manufactured for Volvo. Ten years after Volvo and Pentaverken started working together, in 1935 Volvo took over the engine company and Volvo Pentaverken was born. The company’s focus was not only the production of automotive engines. As a result there are a series of technological achievements and first timers. In 1954 Volvo Pentaverken introduces the world’s first serial production turbo diesel engine followed by the first charged air-cooled marine diesel a couple of years later. The first big boom for the company in the yachting industry comes in 1959 when the Volvo Penta Aquamatic is presented during the New York Boat Show. The Aquamatic managed to combine the benefits of inboard and outboard engines. This is a revolutionary product for the industry. In the 60s the company is officially renamed to AB Volvo Penta and goes to a successful expansion across the USA and to the Middle East, and established key partnerships with boat builders. In the 70s the company keeps growing, Volvo Penta North America becomes a reality, the S-drive for sailboats gets introduced and various races around the globe are organized where boats with Volvo Penta engines participate. A variety of significant developments are introduced throughout the years. In 1983 the Duoprop was introduced, marking a significant step forward for the Aquamatic concept leading to greater efficiency and better handling characteristics compared with single propellers. The list of new models of engines and propulsion systems kept expanding and in 2005 Volvo Penta introduced the IPS – one of the most revolutionary systems improving boats maneuverability, fuel efficiency and speed as if as you are driving a car. Since then the system has been having tremendous success. For a period of four years only from 2005 to 2009 the company sold more than 10 000 pieces of IPS which is definitely a number talking for itself. After the introduction of the IPS, some of the most remarkable introductions are the joystick, the glass cockpit system, the forward drive system and the e-key remote.

This is just a short summery of the history of this company which deserves full respect. Volvo Penta offers engines and propulsion system for Power and Sail Boats. The product range is really diverse and can’t be simply represented in a sentence.

Yacht and boat builders that use Volvo boat engines are

Yacht and boat builders that use Volvo Penta boat engines are

For the complete list of products of this industry changer, please, visit the official Volvo Penta website HERE.


Cummins is one of those companies proving that talent, persistence and passion can lead to big things. The company was established in 1919 in Columbus, Indiana, USA as a result of the partnership between Clessie Cummins who was a passionate engineer building engines and the investor seeing Clessie’s talent William Glanton (W.G.) Irwin. Both partners were seeing the potential of the engine technology created years earlier by the German Rudolph Diesel. The company was not doing great in the first years, but thankfully Cummins’ genius, it was saved in 1929 when he mounted a diesel engine in an old Packard limousine which became the first diesel-powered car in the United States. This revolutionary introduction on the American marker brought tremendous growth in sales and income. Cummins succeeded to become the engine supplier for the truck industry. In 1940, engine development and product improvements led the company to be able to offer the first engine 100,000 –mile warranty. By combining lab-based research and field-based trials, including dramatic performances at the Indy 500 races, Cummins achieved technological breakthroughs, including the revolutionary PT (pressure-time) fuel injection system of 1954. Innovation, excellent leadership and organization helped the company to expand globally and by the end of the 60s had locations in almost hundred countries. Today Cummins creates engines for any type of vehicle.

In relation to the marine industry Cummins offers a variety commercial, government and recreational applications. Power systems start at 112 kW and go up to 3132 kW for recreational vessel.

Yacht and boat builders that use Cummins boat engines are

For complete information on the variety of marine engines, models and features, please, visit the official website of Cummins HERE.

These five companies have changed our industry. We are looking forward for all the newcomers on the market which will definitely leave a mark in yachting.

The Caribbean Superyacht Charter Shows of 2021

For the first time in many years, there will be two superyacht charter shows dominating the Caribbean this December. As per usual, the Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting will proceed from December 4th through the 9th, but new to the market this year is the Caribbean Charter Yacht Show from December 9th through the 12th in St. Thomas at Yacht Haven Grande. Each show will display the finest of superyachts for charter, along with their respective brokerage houses.

Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting

On display at the Antigua show will be the following yachts:

  • 180FT GALENE
  • 178FT SPIRIT
  • 104FT ELTON
  • 171FT NITA K II
  • 118FT ZULU

The Antigua Charter Yacht Meeting is celebrating its 60th anniversary, and will welcome brokers, marine vendors, captains, and press. The show will celebrate the crew with the Concours de Chef, as they do each year, and will have exciting social events such as the Social Socially Safe Mix and Mingle, a festive evening with steel pan music.

Caribbean Charter Yacht Show

Caribbean Charter Yacht Show

The Caribbean Charter Yacht Show will have over 15 yachts on display, including the following:

  • 142 GRADE I
  • 167FT HELIOS 2
  • 240FT LAUREL
  • 103FT LORAX
  • 147FT SURINA

The Caribbean Charter Yacht Show, which is hosted by IYBA and IGY Marinas, has a slew of events planned, along with a lineup of exciting exhibitors and events throughout the show. The schedule of events includes seminars, a chef’s competition, cocktail reception, a captain’s dinner, many crew events and more.

It is possible to attend both yacht charter shows, if you can, since they only overlap for one day. For more information on each show, please visit: www.antiguayachtshow.com and www.caribbeancharterys.com.

Top Five Small Yachts for Sale in California

Both small and large yachts dominate our seas all over the world; today, we take a deeper look at some of the small floating phenomena located in the state of California. Let’s take a look at what we have on small yachts for sale in California on YATCO.com.

Robust and Comfortable, Small Yachts in California Are Just As Beautiful As Their Large Counterparts

78 ft Princess Yachts Motor Yacht KOINONIA, located in Huntington Beach, California

78 ft Motor Yacht KOINONIA, located in Huntington Beach, California, small yachts for sale in California

For sale with Robert Stotler of Worth Avenue Yachts, the 78 ft motor yacht KOINONIA was built by Princess Yachts in 2010 and is located in Huntington Beach, California.

Sleek Motor Yacht with Enormous Wide Body

Delivered to an experienced yacht owner in 2010, this sleek motor yacht boasts an enormous wide body that sets her apart from other vessels of similar size. A modern interior features oversized windows that bring in the outside, and allow for plenty of natural light to flood her insides. A unique feature aboard is her electric sunroof that connects her main salon directly to the outside. KOINONIA can accommodate eight guests in four luxurious staterooms that are each connected to their own en suites, ensuring the utmost in comfort. Guests are cared for by two crew in one cabin. Conveniences include an aft swim platform that is home to a garage with an integrated launch system for a tender. She is powered by two CAT C32 diesel engines at 1825hp, and a 27kW Onan generator.

This is yacht is in superb condition, and is ready for a new owner; contact the broker for an exclusive viewing.

75 ft Sunseeker Motor Yacht MOJO RISIN, located Marina Del Rey, California

75 ft Motor Yacht MOJO RISIN, located Marina Del Rey, California, small yachts for sale in California

For sale with Rick Obey Yacht Sales, the 75’ MOJO RISIN’ is a sleek Sunseeker motor yacht located in Marina Del Rey, California.

Modern Design Combined with Classic Yacht Atmosphere

Built in 2017, the yacht just experienced a price reduction and is ready for a new owner. Sprawled over three decks, the yacht features a true balance of modern design and classic yacht atmosphere that will impress the most discerning yachtsman. The main deck features the Sunseeker signature “z” shaped windows that allow for plenty of natural light to flood the interior. MOJO RISIN’ features four guest staterooms, each with its own en suite to offer the comforts of home. Large exterior deck spaces include the flybeidge which offers relaxation in both the sun and shade along with stunning, panoramic views, a custom rain shower, and foredeck sunpads. She also features an aft deck with a table that provides al fresco enjoyment. With numerous updates and options, she has upgraded twin MAN V12 engines at 1,550hp each, a fully hydraulic fin stabilization system underway and at anchor, as well as a custom audio system with 20 channels of amplification.

For a private showing and more information, contact the yacht broker.

73′ 5″ WallyPower Sport Yacht AIFOS, located in Newport Beach, California

73' 5

For sale with Kevin Kramer of Burgess, the 73′ 5″ AIFOS is a stunning WallyPower sport yacht located in Newport Beach, California.

Built to Impress

Built by the renowned Italian shipyard in 2009, she is one of only five WallyPower 70 yachts ever constructed. With a gun-metal gray carbon fiber hull, and her laminated glass superstructure, she was built to impress. Modern and minimalistic, her interior complements her exterior lines. Inside, her main salon is enveloped by glass walls, allowing the outside, in. Maximizing the space inside, her built-in furniture allows for plenty of storage space. AIFOS features luxury accommodations for six guests in three well-appointed staterooms on the lower deck, including a full-beam master, a VIP, and a twin, each equipped with its own en suite. Exterior decks are vast and open, offering numerous relaxation and entertainment options. A large settee with a team dining table and an oversized aft-facing sunpad grace the aft deck. The foredeck also offers an intimate lounging and outdoor option with a sunpad; the area can be converted into dining for six.

Contact the yacht broker for further information and to schedule a private showing.

70 ft Motor Yacht HALCYON SEAS, located in California

70 ft Motor Yacht HALCYON SEAS, located in California, small yachts for sale in California

For sale with Denison Yacht Sales, the 70 ft HALCYON SEAS is a classic motor yacht located in California.

Spacious with Panoramic Views

Built in 2006, she received an extensive refit in 2019 and is ready for new ownership. Beautifully maintained, she features a spacious main deck salon that features a formal dining table to port, with the fully equipped galley to starboard and captain’s helm forward. Due to the raised nature of the deck, views while dining are unmatched. HALCYON SEAS accommodates six guests in three well-appointed staterooms, including a large master suite, a VIP stateroom, and an additional stateroom. The interior is bathed in fine teak and expert cabinetry throughout, providing a true, nautical feel. Exterior decks are spacious, and offer sunbathing areas, a swim platform, and al fresco dining. Water toys abound, and include a 13ft Avon tender, 2 SUPs, 2 Yamaha Seascooters, various inflatables and snorkel sets for both children and adults.

For more information on this blue-hulled beauty, contact the yacht broker who can schedule a private showing.

60 ft McConaghy Catamaran MC60

For sale with Walter Johnson of Engel and Volkers Yachting America, this 2021 catamaran McConaghy MC60 is located in Corona del Mar, California.

Optimum Strength with the Performance of a Monohull

This particular series features a hull with an optimum strength to weight ratio thanks for a carefully considered use of carbon. Under full sail, in a medium breeze, the MC60 points upwind with confidence, performing like a monohull. With interior design by the well-known studio Design Unlimited, the MC60 offers a wide main salon with a versatile and spacious living space that benefits from large windows that run the length of the hulls. Retractable doors aft also allow plenty of light to enter, creating a true oceanic experience with stunning views. The open plan galley here creates a loft apartment-like feel, and is befitting of a highly social area. Standard, are two accommodations arrangements: a four stateroom layout, and a three-stateroom layout that allows for a large master suite with a private study in the starboard hull.

For more information on this stellar catamaran, please contact the yacht broker who can also provide a private showing.

Top 5 Used Yachts for Sale in California on YATCO.COM

YATCO.com lists thousands of yachts for sale all over the world. The state of California is one of the major coastal areas that are blooming with yachts for sale and we have brought you the top 5 below to have a closer look.

Boating in California: Naturally Beautiful, Diverse Scenery

84 ft Expedition Yacht HOLIDAY, located in Newport Beach, California

84 ft Expedition Yacht HOLIDAY, located in Newport Beach, California

For sale with Robert Petrina of Northrop & Johnson, the 84’ expedition yacht HOLIDAY was built by legendary American shipyard Delta Marine, and is located in Newport Beach, California.

Proven Track Record of World Travel

The custom-built long-range expedition yacht was built in 1985 as ZOPILOTE in Seattle, Washington at the Delta yard. The luxurious cruiser has a proven track record of travel with many world circumnavigations completed during her time on the water thus far. The hull was extended in 2014 to include a fishing cockpit and FRP swimstep, making her an even more versatile vessel. She accommodates eight guests in a total of four lux staterooms, including an on-deck master suite, three additional staterooms, and two crew cabins. Her interior is bathed in high-gloss maple with a stunning galley, and a large main salon with a U-shaped leather sofa faced by a custom coffee table.

For more information and to schedule a private showing, contact the yacht broker.

85 ft Fleming Motor Yacht, located in Newport Beach, California

85 ft Fleming Motor Yacht, located in Newport Beach, California

For sale with Brian Hovey of Chuck Hovey Yachts, Inc, this new 85-foot Fleming motor yacht will be ready in 2022 and will be located in Newport Beach, California.

Go Places You Never Thought Possible

This pilothouse flybridge motor yacht will be the ultimate cruiser for a new owner looking to purchase something brand new. With true, trans-oceanic range, the Fleming 85 will take you places you never thought possible in total comfort and safety. From the boards of the naval architects of Norman R Wright and Sons, the yacht is designed to be an efficient semi-displacement hull on the water. With the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics, the yacht has been designed to be the most efficient possible in all sea states. She will accommodate her guests in four well-appointed staterooms, and features a beam of over 21 feet with a draft of just 5 feet.

Contact the yacht broker for further information and to schedule a showing of this brand-new motor yacht.

58′ 10″ Sportfish Yacht GOODFELLA, located in Newport Beach, California

58' 10

For sale with Brian Hovey of Chuck Hovey Yachts, the 58′ 10″ sportfish yacht GOODFELLA was built by legendary sportfish yard Hatteras, and is located in Newport Beach, California.

Comes with Many Updates and Upgrades

The serious sportfish machine has received many updates and upgrades in her career on the water. She has received new interior teak wood as well as flooring, rebuilt engines, electronic controls, watermaker, a complete re-paint job, replaced navigation and entertainment electronics and satellite TV, plus the installation of new twin Onan generators. She also boasts a tender and a retractable tower. The 58′ Enclosed Flybridge features three luxurious staterooms and three heads to cater to up to six guests.

For more information and to schedule a viewing, please contact the yacht broker.

90′ 2″ Motor Yacht 28R07, located in Newport Beach, California

90' 2

For sale with Alexander Marine USA, the brand-new robust 90′ 2″ motor yacht 28R07 was built by Ocean Alexander Yachts in 2021, and is located in Newport Beach, California.

Unlike Any Other Yacht

With design by the renowned Evan Marshall, the motor yacht 90R is a yacht unlike the yard has ever built. With powerful engines and a steadfast nature, she offers interior spaces that are luxurious and offer breathtaking views. This sleek new design offers a full-beam main deck that is surrounded by oversized windows that let in lots of natural light. The neutral hues of the soft furnishings are juxtaposed by the dark, warm wood that grace her interior.

There is so much more to learn about this powerful, new pocket mega yacht; simply contact the broker for further information and to schedule a viewing.

85 ft Cockpit Motor Yacht MISS MOLLY, located in San Diego, California

85 ft Cockpit Motor Yacht MISS MOLLY, located in San Diego, California

For sale with Patrick McConnell of Fraser Yachts, the compact, 85’ MISS MOLLY was custom built by Steel Kraft in 2001, and is located in San Diego, California.

Suitable for the Best of Anglers

The beautiful, 85-foot cockpit motor yacht features a white deckhouse and dark blue hull, looking sharply nautical and ready for a new owner. With all the large-yacht features one could ask for, MISS MOLLY has an expansive aft deck with a new fighting chair, suitable for the best of anglers. The ocean-going yacht has a nautical mile range of 2,000nm, and is ideal for the Pacific Coast. Designed for the utmost in comfort and safety at sea, the yacht provides superb performance with quiet operation while underway. Made to be run by an owner/operator or a small crew, she features many upgrades that were made between 2016 and 2021. She features two Lugger Diesel engines with low hours, as well as bow and stern thrusters and a walk-in engine room with easy access.

Contact the yacht broker for more information on this spectacular vessel, and to schedule a private viewing.

The Most Unique Sanlorenzo Yachts for Sale on YATCO.COM

Established in 2005, the well-known Sanlorenzo shipyard is one of the major producers of yachts and superyachts today. With four production plants, the company builds an array of custom and semi-custom yachts from medium sized, to superyacht sized. Read below on some of the various Sanlorenzo yachts for sale on YATCO.com.

Uniqueness of Sanlorenzo Yachts: Limited Superyacht Series and Individualizing Yacht Models

201′ 10″ Superyacht Sanlorenzo CLOUD 9, located in Monaco

201' 10

For sale with Tim Vickers of Burgess, the 201’10” superyacht CLOUD 9 was built by Sanlorenzo Yachts and is located in Monaco.

Top Deck

Delivered in 2021 with fresh, modern interiors by Francesco Paszkowski and sleek, dynamic exteriors by the yard’s in-house team, CLOUD 9 features a top deck with full walkaround capability that leads guests to the lounge, bar, and sun-lounging area aft. This area can also be used for al fresco dining.

Upper Deck

The upper deck is reserved for the owner, and features 180-degree views through floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as sliding glass doors forward that open onto a private terrace with a pool and sunpads. This versatile space can also be used as a gym, for entertainment or simple relaxation. The owner’s suite also includes his-and-hers en suites, a study and a walk-in dressing room. Aft of the owner’s lobby is a skylounge with a large flat screen for movie nights and full-height windows delivering superb views. Sliding glass doors open onto an aft deck with open-air dining and a bar shaded by the overhang; there is a sun lounge aft.


The foredeck aboard CLOUS 9 also serves as a touch and go helipad, and she features a guest elevator among her many amenities.

Main Deck

Aft on the main deck, there is a second pool with sliding covers to create an additional sunbathing opportunity. Steps down lead to the swim platform and beach club that offers terraces to port and starboard.

Guest Accommodations

Her guest accommodations include two double staterooms and three convertible staterooms, and there is also a massage room that can double as a staff cabin.


Twin MTU engines give her a top speed of 16.5 knots and a transatlantic range of 5,000nm at 12.5 knots. Zero speed stabilisers ensure comfort both underway and at anchor.

Contact the broker for additional information on this brand-new yacht, and to schedule a private showing.

146 ft Superyacht Sanlorenzo H1, located in Cala del Forte, Ventimiglia, Italy

146 ft Superyacht Sanlorenzo H1, located in Cala del Forte, Ventimiglia, Italy

For sale with Simon Goldsworthy and Hans Van Doornmalen of Edmiston & Company, the 146’ superyacht Sanlorenzo H1 is located in Cala del Forte, Ventimiglia, Italy and was nominated for the 2021 World Superyacht Awards.

Owner’s Apartment

The cutting-edge, full aluminum, fast displacement “Alloy” range features an oversized, split-level owner’s apartment. Spread out across three levels, the space features a gym, a fold-out balcony and private access to a spa pool with swim current on the foredeck. Other areas for entertainment include the sun deck, the main deck salon, and the sky lounge, which connects to the spacious upper aft deck. Other amenities include a large beach club that opens on three sides, and features a bar, making it the ideal spot in which to spend a day at anchor. H1 accommodates 10+1 guests in 5 well-appointed staterooms, which include the master, three VIP staterooms, and one twin with a Pullman on the lower deck.


There is space for 9 crew onboard, making top-notch service almost 1 to 1.


Powered by twin 1,920Hp MTU engines, H1 has a top speed of 22 knots and cruises at 18 knots.

80′ 11″ Superyacht Sanlorenzo SL78, located in Hong Kong

80' 11

For sale with Simpson Marine, this 80′ 11″ superyacht Sanlorenzo SL78 is located in Hong Kong.

Main Deck

Modeled after her smaller sister, the SL 86, the new 78 boasts larger windows on the main deck, making the main salon even brighter with natural light. There are two options for layouts – one with the galley on the main deck, and the other will the galley on the lower deck closer to the crew quarters, making service convenient and keeping guest areas more private.

As a main feature, she has a floating staircase that leads up to the flybridge. This area is covered by a hardtop creating shade from the elements, and providing excellent views. The SL78 is the winner if the Best Exterior Award in the 80-120 feet category from the 2016 World Yacht Trophies, and we can see why. She also sports a large tender garage that can house a 3.85 Williams jet tender. The SL78 cruises at 24 knots, with a top speed of 29 knots with efficient fuel consumption. Quiet and effective in cruising or at-anchor mode, most of the SL78 systems are electric, including the zero-speed fin stabilizers, as well as the thruster and steering system.

90′ 7″ Superyacht Sanlorenzo ELMO, located in Italy

90' 7

For sale with Richard Inwards of Inwards Marine, the 90′ 7″ superyacht ELMO is a Sanlorenzo SD92 motor yacht located in Italy. In superb condition, this privately-owned yacht was launched in 2014 as is part of the semi-displacement series from the famed Italian builder. With timeless design and an excellent layout, the yacht’s décor is highly modern, designed for the ultimate in comfort and style at sea.


With five spacious staterooms, she features a stunning main deck master suite, and on the lower deck, she has 2 identical amidships VIP suites. Forward are two additional staterooms, one single with a desk, and other which is set up with gym equipment. The two staterooms can be easily configured to two twins, should her new owner prefer.


Ideal for entertaining the large flybridge features a hardtop system and an extended bar, and she also features a private foredeck with a seating area; her generous aft deck has steps that lead down to the swim platform and double tender garage.

Contact the yacht broker to schedule a private showing.

96’ Superyacht Sanlorenzo NINIPOP XL, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

96’ Superyacht Sanlorenzo NINIPOP XL, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

For sale with Alex Clarke of Denison Yacht Sales, the 96’ Sanlorenzo NINIPOP XL is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. As the only 2021 Sanlorenzo SL96 Asymmetric for sale in the brokerage market in the world, she was delivered to her owner in 2021, and is being sold in new condition with transferable warranties to the new owner.


The current owner has spent over $300K in upgrades and additions to the yacht, including safety equipment, 2 jet skis, upgraded V-Sat, custom Isinglass enclosure on the upper deck, custom closet shelving throughout, upgraded double Cannon grill, and shore-power converters.

As the American Edition of the SL96, she features factory provided upgrades including Tropical Air Conditioning, larger capacity water maker, a hydraulic swim platform, zero-speed stabilizers, and a GARMIN Diamond Package.

Contact the broker for more information on this one-of-a-kind opportunity, or for a private showing.

Top Five Luxury Yachts for Sale in California on YATCO.COM

YATCO.com lists yachts for sale all over the world, and here, we take a closer look at the top 5 luxury yachts for sale located in the state of California. Below, please find some details on the 100’ AZIMUT JUMBO, the 96’ SVETI NIKOLA, the 95′ 11″ GAYLE FORCE, the 95’ LOVE N LIFE, and the 92’ KISSES.

Sleek, World Cruising, Stunning: Luxury Yachts in CA

#1 100’ Azimut Yachts Motor Yacht JUMBO

100’ Azimut Yachts Luxury Yacht JUMBO, yacht for sale in California

For sale with Michael Vrbas of Alexander Marine USA, the 100’ AZIMUT yacht JUMBO is a luxury yacht for sale in California. Built by Azimut Yachts in 2002, the sleek motor yacht features a timeless interior décor that has stood the test of private ownership. The yacht features three larges deck areas: an open-air dining area with a Jacuzzi up on the flybridge, an expansive cockpit, and a large garage for the jet tender and two SeaDoos with a large swim platform and passerelle that was rebuilt in 2019. An oversized main saloon reveals timeless décor, with neutral soft furnishings and warm woods throughout, as only the Italian builder could master. the yacht accommodates guests in 5 spacious staterooms that feature the creature comforts one could only expect from owning an Azimut. Contact the yacht broker for more information on this spacious luxury yacht, and to set an appointment for a private viewing.

#2 96’ Ocean Alexander Yachts Cruiser SVETI NIKOLA

96’ Ocean Alexander Yachts Cruiser SVETI NIKOLA, yacht for sale in Newport Beach, California

For sale with Dennis Riehl of Crow’s Nest Yacht Sales, the 96’ motor yacht SVETI NIKOLA was built by Ocean Alexander Yachts in 2009, and is located in Newport Beach, California. With a new, major price reduction, the long-range cruiser has taken her owners to places far and wide. The semi-custom motor yacht was designed by Ed Monk Jr, and started out as an 83-footer before her extension of 13 feet in 2012. She was extended at Gamble Industries in Long Beach, California who worked alongside Ed Monk and naval architect and engineer Tim Nolan for the work, which was not a simple cockpit add-on, rather the hull had actually been extended. This additional space created a large boat deck and California deck that cannot be found on other Ocean Alexander yachts of this size, making her truly unique. All systems and equipment have been maintained to the highest of standards, with no cost spared, leaving her in top condition. She is powered by two CAT Acert C32 engines that were rebuilt by the company under warranty. Contact the broker for further information on this motor yacht and to schedule a private showing.

#3 95′ 11″ Bloemsma Van Bremen Explorer Yacht GAYLE FORCE

95' 11

For sale with Georges Bourgoignie of Fraser Yachts, the 95′ 11″ GAYLE FORCE is a luxury world explorer yacht built by Bloemsma Van Bremen in 2003 and is located in San Diego, California. Her Dutch pedigree build is only matched by her impeccable Vripak design. As a proven world cruiser, GAYLE FORCE was originally built as PATRIOT, and has been meticulously maintained to the highest standards with no costs spared. Built for long-range cruising, she has a nautical-mile range of 6,000 and cruises at 10 knots. GAYLE FORCE accommodates 8 guests in 3 large staterooms, who are looked after by 5 crew. She features the ultimate in comfortable living spaces with a plush interior bathed in neutral hues and rich woods. She has completed incredibly memorable trips to Northern Alaska, Antarctica, Nova Scotia and in between. Contact the yacht broker for more details on this long-range motor yacht and to schedule a private showing.

#4 95’ Princess Yachts Motor Yacht LOVE N LIFE

For sale with Todd Rittenhouse of Northrop & Johnson, the 2011 95’ motor yacht LOVE N LIFE is a stunning example of the Princess Yachts 95ft motor yacht, and is located in Newport Beach, California. The luxury motor yacht was designed by Bernard Olesinski, and is a sleek representation of what a true luxury motor yacht should be. Built by the British yard Princess Yachts in 2011, LOVE N LIFE has been maintained to the utmost in standards and is ready for a new owner. The flush-deck configuration boasts 4 well-appointed staterooms and features an abundance of interior and exterior spaces in which to entertain and relax. Her lush interior features white soft furnishings with pops of red throughout that create a modern atmosphere. The high-gloss walnut joinery creates a warmth like no other, and is complimented by premium fixtures and fabrics. She is driven by MTU 2650hp power that provides a cruising speed in the low 20-knot range, and features hydraulic bow and stern thrusters. Contact the broker for more information on this luxury motor yacht and to schedule a showing.

#5 92’ Amer Per Mare High-Performance Yacht KISSES

92’ Amer Per Mare High-Performance Yacht KISSES, yacht for sale in Marina Del Rey, California

For sale with Rick Obey of Rick Obey Yacht Sales, the 2009 92’ motor yacht KISSES is a striking example of what comes out of the Amer Per Mare shipyard. A sleek, remarkable high-performance motor yacht, this Amer 92 is located in Marina Del Rey, California and is ready for a new owner. The highly customized and unique vessel features a different color scheme and art for each room. The hull is a monoedric, planing V-bottom type design. This ideal hull-carrying capacity combined with the gyro stabilizers results in a smooth wave response and exceptional handling capability. Ensuring that guests would be comfortable underway, additional thought was given to the insulation of the boat to reduce noise and vibration. The oversized master stateroom is larger than most yachts in this category, and features two separate access doors, allowing for further privacy. Additionally, the yacht has twin VIP staterooms that offer matching amenities and offer all the comforts one would expect from a luxury yacht. A third guest stateroom features two twins. Located forward are the crew’s quarters with space for three crew. Contact the brokers for a private showing of this exceptional motor yacht.

Women in Yachting – Part 2: Rose Damen of Damen Yachting

Year after year, women in yachting have taken a larger and more significant role in the industry. They are emerging as powerful, effective, and efficient – as much as men in yachting, and have gone beyond the role of charter broker. Here, YATCO takes the time to get to know some of these women – whether they are yacht sales brokers, shipyard coordinators or marketing masters. Here, you can get to know Rose Damen, Commercial Director of Damen Shipyards.

Rose Damen, Commercial Director at Damen Yachting

What drew you to the yachting world?

My love of boats and the experiences these open up stem right back to my childhood. We spent many hours out on the water.

My father Kommer Damen even decided to fulfill a lifelong dream by taking a leave of absence from work to embark upon a sailing trip around the world with us in tow! So, I guess yachting, in one form or another, has always been part of my life.

How did you get your start in yachting?

I have grown up surrounded by shipbuilding – it’s our family business but I made the conscious decision to follow a different career path first. I wanted to experience other sides of business and work. I spent several years working in finance, both in London and in Asia, and this enabled me to bring additional and relevant skill sets to our family business. I eventually joined the yachting industry and Damen Yachting 5 years ago.

Who are some influential people in your life that you look up to?

My parents have certainly played a very important role. Not only in the way they raised me but also from a business perspective. They have always been very open about the family business, my father always explained it to me and I was allowed to join business trips with him if I wanted. That of course made a big impression on me but at the same time, there was never any pressure at all for me to join. That’s something I really respect.

Outside of my family, I think the biggest influence comes from my first real boss in London in finance. I have huge respect for him. He was always challenging me and had a really great balance of giving direct, sometimes even harsh feedback but also praise. He taught me that sometimes you just have to get on it with and never to be afraid to get stuck in but always do it with the right mindset.

What are some challenges you face and how do you overcome them?

We have grown a lot over the last decade and that brings challenges of its own from a company perspective but probably the biggest challenge has been the shift in mindset of how clients are starting to approach yachting. For example, those clients looking to push the boundaries of yachting as we know it which in turn asks more of us as yacht builders. At Damen Yachting I am very proud of how we have faced challenges like this and continue to do so. How we have diversified our portfolio to meet these very sorts of challenges and ensure we can meet the demands of all our clients and the changes in the approach to yachting.

What are you currently working on and how do you stay inspired?

All sorts and that really is what inspires me! I believe we never stop growing, learning and developing. It’s about continuing to apply that entrepreneurial family spirit to Damen Yachting.

Ensuring our portfolio diversifies to meet our clients’ yachting needs, growing the company and the people within it and maintaining strong relationships with owners and their teams, captains and crews. And all the time, staying very much a family business. Working as a family, remaining dedicated to our craft and feeling connected to the product we deliver.


Explore all parts of our Women in Yachting Series below: