One of the largest independent insurance brokers in the UK has acquired a superyacht specialist, also in England. Aston Lark has taken over CRS Yachts, the latter exclusively focused on large luxury-yacht policies. Backed by Goldman Sachs, Aston Lark is an insurance broker offering private-client services, along with a host of other coverage. Interestingly, just
David Fraser, who started Fraser Yachts in the 1940s and grew it into a global powerhouse in megayacht sales and charter, died on January 6. He was 99 years old. Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Fraser developed a love of the water early on in life. In fact, as a young boy, he built a
Dating back centuries, the ringing of a ship’s bell eight times signifies the end of a watch duty. The phrase eight bells further signifies that a sailor has died (finished his or her final watch). Sadly, several superyacht industry passings occurred this year, a few being especially emotional. 1. Jan Henry, longtime charter broker. Unfortunately,
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By the end of March next year, former NBA player Tony Parker should have his first megayacht in his hands. He’s christening her Infinity Nine. Parker, who also owns the French basketball team ASVEL Basket, has visited Turkey-based AvA Yachts during the yacht’s construction several times. He’s pictured below during one recent visit, in fact.
Mental-health awareness is growing in the superyacht sector, especially when it comes to crew. The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), which supports seafarers, surveyed crew in 2018, discovering startling stress statistics. As a result, it has launched Yacht Crew Help. This free, confidential, multi-lingual, 24-hour helpline offers phone support, in addition to email