Boats and Yachts

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...
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...
While most Italian small-yacht build­ers have ignored America’s love affair with the retro styling of Down East lobster boats, Mochi Craft, a division of Ferretti Group, has produced an extraordinary...
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...
Naval architect Luca Brenta calls Ghost an “ocean runner,” a term he uses to describe a very fast yacht capable of comfortable passage-making. However lyrical the coinage, it fails to fully convey...
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...
While inventing new motor yachts, fulfilling orders for its 80-foot sailing vessels, and creating its forthcoming 148-foot überyacht, Wally produced the 94-foot custom sailboat Open Season. Wally...
Alysia is as much a floating spa as it is a yacht. This 280-foot boat carries as many as 36 guests in its 18 suites, which include a spectacular owner’s suite with its own private deck. The heart of...
What do you get when you combine the talents of an Italian yacht builder, a French designer, and a Kiwi naval architect? A perfor­mance sailboat displaying Danish Modern design elements, of course...
The 182-foot Twizzle is a thoroughly modern De Vries–built Feadship with all the latest toys and a sundeck Jacuzzi. The contemporary theme continues unfettered from the boat’s angular profile to its...
Candyscape, a 147-foot yacht built in 1994 by Benetti and now moored in Monaco, serves as an extravagant showcase for the style sense of its new owner, the London interior design firm Candy &...
With its 180-foot Mia Elise, New Orleans–based Trinity Yachts has fired a shot across the bow of the European builders who traditionally have dominated the market for oceangoing luxury yachts. The...
Nothing signals a builder’s intention to compete in the megayacht business like launching a 496-ton vessel. Since taking over the Bloemsma yard in 1997, Nico van Breeman has been expanding the Dutch...
Using a baseball analogy to describe Benetti’s launching of the 183-foot Galaxy, the initial build from its new shipyard for custom yachts in Livorno, Italy, you could say the company hit the ball...
A fine Italian builder with a long history of producing fast patrol boats, Cantieri Navali Baglietto displays its pedigree in its line of modern high-speed aluminum yachts. The newest of its...
When Italian real estate entrepreneur Salvatore D’Agostino failed to find a suitably large upgrade from his 54-foot Itama, he assembled a dream team of designers and craftsmen and opened his own...
Designers Stefano Righini and Carlo Galeazzi have conceived the Azimut 105 as a roomy, elegant extension of its owner’s home. This stylish vessel, priced from about $9.3 million, has spacious outside...
The folks at Fairline apparently have decided that if they cannot beat them, they should join them. As the popularity of faster, sexier, and less expensive boats from Italy continues to grow, the...
In 1994, Hinckley gave aging sailboat customers a gracious way out of the cockpit when it introduced its Picnic Boat. Now America’s most venerated name in production sailboats may en­tice them back—...
With the widest beam (19 feet, 6 inches), shallowest draft (4 feet, 10 in­ches), and largest fuel capacity (1,950 gallons) in its class, the Hatteras 64 Convertible offers the kinds of features and...
Fast and fashionable, the Australian-built semiopen Warren S87 offers a true cruising experience in exchange for the loss of a few sun pads. The $5.9 million boat’s design includes distinctly formal...
As long as sailors have suffered from seasickness, they have sought remedies for the maritime malady. British naval hero Horatio Nelson, a chronic sufferer, used to chew gingerroot, an antidote that...
Suddenly, a feadship yacht is within easier reach. The Dutch boatbuilder, which typically parts with its vessels for $20 million or more, now has joined with Monocle Fractional Yachts (954.563.5808,...
A story that features the confrontation of adversity, perseverance through downfalls, and ultimately the reclamation of glory is going to be a compelling one—and no less so if that tale is about 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,...
Bob seiwert makes a living as a banker, not a boatbuilder, but a wooden rowing skiff that the Severna Park, Md., resident helped construct recently sold for $3,500. Although he did not receive a...
During their prime in the 1930s, J-boats, vessels measuring from 75 to 87 feet on the waterline, dominated international racing, and among this elite fleet, Ranger was the swiftest. Harold Vanderbilt...

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