Megayacht News Leadership Series: Mauro Micheli, Officina Italiana Design

A design competition hosted by Riva in 1984 changed Mauro Micheli’s life forever. Micheli (above left) had a strong design background, having attended art school in his teen years and then the prestigious arts-oriented Brera Academy in Milan, Italy. But yacht design wasn’t a career consideration until he won the Riva contest, joining its technical Continue reading

Megayacht News Leadership Series: Klaas Hakvoort, Hakvoort Shipyard

Closing in on its 100th anniversary, Hakvoort Shipyard remains a family affair. Based in Monnickendam, a traditional Dutch seafaring town, the yard is currently operated by the fourth generation of Hakvoorts. Hakvoort’s director, Klaas Hakvoort, carefully observed as his father, Albert, steered the company into bigger megayacht territory. Klaas himself has overseen a physical expansion Continue reading

Megayacht News Leadership Series: David Tydeman, Oyster Yachts

When Oyster Yachts entered the megayacht market in 2010, the yachting industry was suffering the effects of the global economic crisis. That didn’t dissuade the UK builder from expanding its superyacht sailing offerings, which now include the Oyster 825, Oyster 885, Oyster 100, and Oyster 125. With the upcoming Oyster 118, the builder continues to Continue reading