Boats and Yachts

Like a Giant Oyster, the personal submersible’s transparent, spherical cabin closes, and William Kohnen—one of the craft’s inventors—and I slip slowly beneath the surface of the water. Two scuba...
Like its Wally Yachts predecessors, the new WallyPower 70 Lau Lau ( www.wally.com ) features vast expanses of glass and the angular lines of a stealth bomber. As the founder of the Monaco-based...
The grand old man of yachting appears to be feeling his years. In earlier days, Norberto Ferretti, founder and chairman of the Italian boatbuilding empire that bears his name, enjoyed offshore...
Eddie Jordan knows a thing or two about fast, technically advanced, and elegantly designed vehicles. He began racing cars professionally in 1974 and won the Irish Formula Atlantic championship in...
On the deck of a gigayacht, two bikini-clad young women point at themselves, then at the driver of the powerboat that is racing toward them across Monaco’s harbor: They want a ride. The driver, Simon...
Massimo Perotti was a happy man during this past fall’s Monaco Yacht Show. The chairman and CEO of Italian boatbuilder Sanlorenzo ( www.sanlorenzoyacht.com ) was at the event to unveil two additions...
The Gift A 459-foot gigayacht with expansive interiors, extensive security features, and minimal environmental impact. Starting at $250 million At the edge of the marina at Monaco, near a row of...
Boaters who ply the Northeast’s waters have a healthy respect for Buzzards Bay, a 28-by-8-mile inlet between the Massachusetts mainland and Martha’s Vineyard. The bay is notorious for its nasty waves...
In a sailboat race this September, a 76-foot sloop called White Wings crossed the finish line before Black Watch , a 68-foot yawl—but Black Watch won. White Wings lost the race because its skipper...
"Man overboard!” Electrified, the crew members leap into action. On this blustery March day in the Pacific Ocean off San Francisco, the water temperature stands at about 50 degrees Fahrenheit. If a...
Each October, virtually every boat manufacturer in the world comes to southeastern Florida. The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show has taken place annually since 1959, when it featured 47...
Noah’s ark, it could be argued, was the first gigantic yacht, although undoubtedly its amenities, while suitable for most of its passengers, fell short of today’s standards. The Bible states that the...
In mid-march, during the 20th Maine Boatbuilders Show, a late-winter storm pummeled the Maine coast. The blizzard dropped 7 inches of snow on Portland, the city hosting the event, and whipped its...
“The most useful tool for any designer is the eraser,” French designer Philippe Briand has said, and he has taken that minimalist philosophy to extraordinary lengths in a superyacht concept for...
Wining always matters, of course, but yacht crews will not focus exclusively on victory at the fifth annual Newport Bucket Regatta ( www.newportbucket.com ), which takes place July 20 through 22 on...
Producing unusual designs is not an uncommon practice for Italy’s Azimut Yachts and its founder and chairman, Paolo Vitelli. In 1982, seven years after Vitelli had moved from offering sailboats for...
An architect by training, Nicaraguan-born Juan Carlos Espinosa—JC to the yacht world—discovered his talent for yacht design while working on the first American-made jetboat, the 126-foot Time built...
When Hatteras launched its first yacht, a 41-foot Convertible, in 1960, company founder Willis Slane dubbed the vessel Knit Wits —appropriate enough, it seemed, for a company led by a man who knew...
Carbon fiber is proving to be a gift to speedboaters. The material, bonded with epoxy resin, pre­sents a significant alternative to fiberglass, allowing boatbuilders to create stronger, lighter...
“If you think about an object’s function,” Ferdinand Alexander Porsche once observed, “the form sometimes creates itself.” Certainly this dictum applies to his brainchild, the Porsche 911. But for...
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...
During its heyday in the early 20th century, a wooden runabout named Wild Goose did a bustling business ferrying passengers around Lake Tahoe in California and Nevada. Wooden boats were a common...
Gunkholing. To landlubbers, the word may conjure up any number of inglorious images. But in boating parlance, it refers to the deeply satisfying pastime of cruising from one secluded anchorage to...
As smugglers of drugs and other contraband ply the Mediterranean, they often have unpleasant encounters with patrol boats built by Italy’s Rodriquez Cantieri Navali. When marine mines appear in...
At February’s Miami International Boat Show, Outer Reef Yachts ( www.outerreefyachts.com ) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., debuted its most spacious vessel yet. The $3.4 million Outer Reef 80 provides room...
Since 1957, when Queen Elizabeth II presided over its opening as a museum next to London’s Greenwich Pier, the Cutty Sark —the world’s only remaining tea clipper—has attracted more than 15 million...
By any standard, the 198-foot Blue Moon , the fourth Feadship owned by Chicago industrialist Richard Duchossois, is an extravagant vessel. The $90 million yacht–the largest to appear at the Fort...
During the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 1970s, Soviet spacecraft returning from their missions landed in Siberia—and then the cosmonauts who had manned...
Ted Fontaine, founder of the Friendship Yacht Co. of Portsmouth, R.I. ( www.friendshipyachtcompany.com ), says that he created the Friendship 53 to do double duty: It can sail around the world, but...
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...

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