Boats and Yachts

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...
“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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
As with any megayacht, there is a story behind the name of Anson Bell, a 156-footer built by Palmer Johnson. More compelling, however, is the tale of the bell itself. One day in 1999, during the...
Rainbow Warrior, Jeff Gordon’s nickname, is aptly depicted in his racecar’s garish, multicolored paint job. However, the interior of 24 Karat, Gordon’s 106-foot Lazzara yacht, reveals a surprisingly...
There is no escaping the work of Philippe Starck. The Frenchman has designed everything from toothbrushes to South Beach hotels and Aprilia motorcycles to European disposal sites. Given his expansive...
What began as a competition devolved into a laugher. Five times Alinghi faced Team New Zealand, the reigning America’s Cup champion, and each time the Swiss syndicate won decisively, snatching the...
Designing a yacht is no big feat, says an architect who will remain unnamed to spare him the fury of boating professionals. “Space is space,” he says. A yacht is little more than a floating house, he...
Brad Webb, a 29-year-old New Zealander, is perched on the bow of USA-76, barking into his headset. “Ten meters!” Webb shouts to helmsman Peter Holmberg. “Five, four, three . . .” As bowman, Webb...
We’re somewhere between Miami and Baltimore, some 60 miles out on the Atlantic Ocean. The overcrowded deck of our boat—a Volvo 60, one of the world’s most sophisticated racing sailboats—is a dark and...
The Cruising Club of America, one of the world’s most exclusive yacht clubs, has no trophy room, no dining room, no marina, no docks—and no clubhouse. Rothschilds, DuPonts, Kelloggs, the Browns of...
The 6-year-old boy, dressed in a new suit and tie, gripped the Dom Pérignon and swung it with all his might toward the bow of the yacht. When he released the Champagne, the bottle soared 30 feet and...
You could comfortably live year-round in a sailboat designed by John Munford, enjoying the wide-open galley, the gadget-filled saloon, the mahogany paneling, and the cherry furniture. Still, even the...
March One weekend last may, Gerry Santiago was in first place in the Fort Myers Beach Offshore Grand Prix boat race in Florida, when something went wrong. On the last lap of the 6.7-mile course, Zero...
Opposites attract this spring, as the latest fashions emphasize wearability and comfort with a dash of modern panache. The secret to accomplishing this balancing act is mixing contrasting elements,...

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