As the PMY summer editorial intern, I’m relatively new to the intricacies of megayachts. I came in with basic knowledge of boats from experiences on my family’s 28-foot catamaran. I’ve even reported on river races in the past. But megayachts are a new ball game for me. So, what have I learned in the past four weeks? Here’s a taste:
- The exact conversion from meters to feet (1 meter is exactly 3.2808399 feet) and knots to miles per hour (1 knots = 1.15077945 mph.)
- Terminology such as LOA (length overall) and GPR (glass-reinforced plastic).
- Different types of hulls and how they affect the performance and handling of a megayacht.
- The differences in yachts designed for sportfishing, exploration and cruising.
- Most importantly, the global presence of yacht designers, builders and owners and how they work with one another to create this diverse industry. I never would have guessed that countries from Korea to Turkey would have a presence in this industry.
Things I never considered before working here are suddenly becoming of great interest to me, and that’s the greatest thing an intern can hope for. While I may not become and expert in the next month I spend here, I will surely pick up more valuable information about the motoryacht industry and the people behind it, and I can’t wait.
The photo below shows the Italian shipyard Ancona, another place I've recently learned about. (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)