Boats and Yachts

The M/Y Sensation, Fraser Yacht’s newly finished 164-foot charter boat, is designed for luxury cruising. It features a vista lounge with two large semi-circular sofas and a grand piano, a spiral...
Dick Sligh runs a finger along the prow of a 26-foot mahogany runabout. “I’ve been in love with these since I was a kid,” he murmurs. “I’ve owned fiberglass boats over the years, but I’ve never...
In a building resembling an aircraft hangar, dozens of men clamber over an object as large as a house. They mount ladders and clatter across metal catwalks, carrying planks and tools and loops of...
Something about this Pershing 90 is different. The original 90, a black and silver convergence of a speedboat and a luxury yacht that debuted in September 2005, dazzled with its speed and aggressive-...
Venus Rising In the 1880s, in Sarnico, Italy, Ernesto Riva became the first boatbuilder to fit piston engines to boats. As the years passed, the Riva family company continued to introduce technical...
A premium membership in the invitation-only yachting club Private Sea. The membership includes first right of refusal on chartering the next five additions to the club’s fleet. An optional 12-day...
Midway through the race, five yachts— Viriella , Sei Tu 2 , OPS 5 , Flying Dragon , and Charis —converge on the same buoy. The wind is light, but the boats have gathered a good head of speed, and as...
To create more U.S.-friendly boats, Ferretti Group, the in­ternational boatbuilding consortium that includes the Ferretti brand, has spent the last 10 years soliciting feedback from its American...
About a decade ago, a California entrepreneur took delivery of a 170-foot Feadship and named her Rasselas, after the 18th-century novella by Samuel Johnson. In this frothy morality tale, Rasselas, an...
Sherakhan is enjoying the type of retirement many of us hope for: She looks better than ever, and she spends most of her time leisurely traveling the world. Built in 1965 in the Netherlands as a...
When Maltese Falcon is completed next year, the 289-foot Perini Navi vessel will become the largest personal sailboat in the world. The ship’s mass, however, will belie its nimbleness. The yacht,...
New York Yacht Club Today’s New York Yacht Club is, Commodore Lawrence Huntington says, “a far cry from white-haired businessmen having lunch in February in Manhattan.” It is no longer, as it was for...
Lürssen Capri The 192-footer defines avant-garde classicism. Capri, christened after the Italian island and the Capri Palace Hotel & Spa, where the owners finalized the boat’s details, is an...
Feadship Paraffin A polished crew and exquisite details make the Dutch yacht sparkle. Every prospective charter client should consider five elements when hunting for the perfect yacht: quality of the...
Outerlimits 47 GTX The V-bottom rocket surpasses all expectations. Although the 47 GTX had yet to be completed, Paul Fiore, Outerlimits’ vice president of sales, issued a bold declaration for the...
“This is a yacht of extremes—127 meters, 200 million euros . . . a serious piece of kit,” counsels yacht broker Jamie Edmiston in a clipped English accent. (For those on this side of the pond, that...
As with Oscar night, the Heisman Trophy presentation, and the presidential election, a certain amount of campaigning precedes the Nicholson Antigua Charter Yacht Show, a weeklong event that is the...
It should have been the best of times for NorthCoast Yachts, a Tacoma, Wash., shipyard that had, over the previous two decades, launched 15 yachts ranging from 70 to 130 feet. In 2002, the company...
As she sidestepped shards of steel and gnarled clumps of wiring, Karen Bamford applauded herself for choosing blue jeans over a business suit on that day three years ago, in Victoria, British...
Michael Schumacher probably would not relinquish the keys to his Ferrari to a teenager with a learner’s permit, and it is safe to assume that Chuck Yeager never beckoned a bush pilot into the cockpit...
In 1984, divers from the Swedish Underwater Archaeology Society made a groundbreaking discovery. They found the wreck of Götheborg , an 18th-century Swedish trading ship. The 150-foot wooden merchant...
The lure of the open sea is difficult to resist, especially when you have a spectacular siren such as the Magnifica III beckoning you. When Italian yacht builder CRN completes the 150-footer in June...
More than just a two-man submersible, the Deep Flight Aviator (see " Wet Jet Set "), a 22-foot vessel that can dive to 1,500 feet, represents a unique travel opportunity: a chance to visit regions...
The familiar hues of blue that John Jo Lewis had so often viewed from behind his mask grew darker as he drew closer to his destination. When he nudged the throttle of his vessel forward, his...
The diesel engines have been cut for the moment, and the yacht drifts as if becalmed while waves lap against the gleaming white hull. On the deck the crew members stand by, their eyes on the captain...
Don Gilman, president of Gilman Yachts, had an ample fleet of Browards, Vikings, and Hatterases on display last February at the Miami International Boat Show. However, there was one particular yacht...
Residents of La Spezia, a navy town on the western coast of northern Italy, have become accustomed to seeing daunting military vessels pass through their waters. Last spring, however, even the jaws...
Pushing the Limits A pair of 1,400-hp Sterling engines will give the Outerlimits 47 GTX a top speed of 150 mph, while the company’s new construction method involving an epoxy resin will provide the...
Nascar Winston Cup team owner Felix Sabates becomes the most popular person at Daytona Marina during the February week preceding the Daytona 500, when he hosts nightly dinners and cocktail parties...
The sight of a commercial fishing vessel usually conjures up images of long hours of arduous labor often conducted in rough weather and always accompanied by the threat of injury. However, Bruce...

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