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The inaugural Explorer Yachts Summit took place in Monaco in May. It goes to show the interest in this expanding sector that the room was full and organisers were turning people away. It’s important not to get too carried away – the number of what we classify as “explorers” being built is still a small proportion of the Global Order Book, and just how many of these yachts will ever spend a season in the high latitudes or coasting some remote equatorial archipelago remains to be seen – but still, there’s a clear trend that’s hard to ignore. The overriding message from the summit, however, wasn’t that you need an ice-class hull, or tight heli ops, or even that an explorer yacht without a submersible should never pass Gibraltar. It was that the only thing stopping any normal white boat from becoming an explorer is the mindset of the owner. Our role is to offer a bit of inspiration, and we hope we’ve done that in this issue. You just have to decide where to go – to see the surfing hippos of Gabon or the lost wrecks of Bikini Atoll. There’s a big old world out there.

Stewart Campbell
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