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De­spite what friends and fam­ily think, I spend most of my work­days in front of a screen or on the phone. For a jour­nal­ist, that has its own rewards, but in my busi­ness, the pay­off comes when I’m able to step aboard some of the coolest con­sumer prod­ucts on Earth.

Dur­ing my 30 years in marine pub­lish­ing, I’ve been on board hun­dreds of boats of ev­ery type and in ev­ery stage of con­struc­tion and oper­a­tion, in des­ti­na­tions most peo­ple only see on va­ca­tion. You’re not likely to hear me com­plain­ing about my ca­reer choice, es­pe­cially when I’m able to log time on the largest, most spec­tac­u­lar yachts in the world.

While the largest yachts on our Top 100 list (see the fea­ture in this is­sue) have re­mained the same the past few years, a bulge has been form­ing at 260 feet and above. An in­creas­ing num­ber of builders are fo­cus­ing on this hap­pen­ing mar­ket seg­ment. We see the gems they pro­duce on vis­its to ship­yards and at events such as the Cannes Yacht­ing Fes­ti­val and Monaco Yacht Show, but un­der those cir­cum­stances, we’re not al­ways able to spend as much qual­ity time with the yachts as we’d pre­fer.

There are no­table ex­cep­tions though. Take the trip I made to Mal­lorca, in Spain’s Balearic Isles, a few months ago. Dutch builder Amels in­vited me there to in­spect the largest yacht the yard has built to date: the Lim­ited Edi­tions 272, Here Comes the Sun.

In the new world of su­per-se­cret su­pery­achts, this event was no­table on sev­eral fronts. First, the yacht’s own­ers were gra­cious enough to loan Amels the boat for pho­tog­ra­phy and jour­nal­ist vis­its. Sec­ond, Amels ar­ranged to have on hand in­te­rior de­signer An­drew Winch, ex­te­rior de­signer Tim Hey­wood and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the yard for de­tailed in­ter­views. And third, I was treated to a mem­o­rable lunch pre­pared by a first-class chef and served by a tal­ented crew, fol­lowed by a cruise down the is­land’s dra­matic coast­line. Throw in some Dom Perignon and first-rate rosé, and it be­comes a pretty swell day at work, eh?

You can read about Here Comes the Sun in this is­sue. She made the list of the top 100 largest yachts in the world this year, and she’s mag­nif­i­cent. I flew 9,000 miles round-trip for the plea­sure of see­ing her up close and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a taste of what her own­ers will en­joy this sum­mer and in com­ing years. I guess I don’t have to tell you: I’d trade that kind of day in the of­fice for any on the phone or in front of the com­puter screen. I know you would too. Kenny Wooton Edi­tor-In-Chief

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