When Earl McMillen first saw Belle in 1996, the 77-foot wooden boat was half-buried in mud behind a house in St. Petersburg, Fla., its hull resembling a slice of Swiss cheese.
Sailboat owners, say boaters and industry professionals, sometimes scoff at their motoring counterparts.
One of the most popular and successful names in performance boating and racing has been discontinued, at least temporarily.
One day in July, David Ross, president and CEO of Burger Boat Co., picked up the phone and heard the frantic voice of Steve Bostic, one of his newest clients.
No longer does size equal sluggishness. The perception of yachts, especially those longer than 100 feet, is that they are portly beasts more suited for floating than flying.
Trinity Yachts, the New Orleans boatbuilder, plans to deliver a 192-foot expedition yacht to a New Zealand entrepreneur.
As the talaria t29 c picks up speed, Hinckley Yachts Sales Director Chris Fairfax leans over from behind the wheel so that he can be heard. “Look behind you,” he says.
Although Mark Holowesko’s new boat has yet to be delivered, he already can picture an October blue-sky day in the Bahamas.
Recently, several Disney executives took a ride off Catalina Island in a SEAmobile, a two-person, 15-foot submarine.
On the gray water of Venice’s Grand Canal, gondolas bob, speedboats slash, and a lone 1953 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing sputters along the waterway at 7 mph.