Kim Kavin

The Sound of Silence

The Gift:  ❄ Wider’s new 150-foot superyacht. ❄ About $30 million   An evolution of the indoor-outdoor living areas on superyachts began 25 years ago, when Blohm + Voss launched Lady Moura. The 344-footer features a hatch in the starboard side of the hull that opens to a cabana. Later yachts were designed with balconies that […]

Connoisseur’s Guide to Chartering a Yacht

Choosing a charter yacht can be one of the most liberating experiences in travel. Unlike resorts or cruise ships, which come with prepackaged deals and itineraries, charter yachts come in countless shapes and sizes with crews ready to custom design a week or more onboard to your specific taste and desires. The biggest mistake that […]

Connoisseur’s Guide to Buying a Yacht

Buying a yacht is a process that can take days, months, or even years. There are countless new and brokerage models available, some built on a production scale and others custom designed. You can pay hundreds of thousands or tens of millions of dollars depending on the quality, size and personalization you desire. Whether you […]

Charter Choice: Past Perfect

Several years ago, a British businessman went looking for an older yacht to restore. He loved the classics from the early 20th century, and as a self-described “boat nut” he relished the thought of bringing one back to its original grandeur. “Frankly, there was not much left that was viable for restoration,” he says. “There […]

Mediterranean Marvels

The gray days of winter offer charter-yacht customers ample motivation to plan summer holidays in the Mediterranean. With June fast approaching, these sun worshippers are calling harbormasters from Antibes to Portofino to reserve marina slips—?especially for events such as the Monaco Grand Prix and the Cannes Film Festival. They are confirming launch dates and discussing […]

Charter Choice: Deep Relaxation

When Liveras Yachts of Monaco decided, in 2007, to transform a small cruise ship into a luxury charter vessel, there was plenty of room for big design ideas. The biggest came to fruition in the form of a sumptuously outfitted onboard spa that ultimately would make the 295-foot Lauren L one of the most luxurious […]

Charter Choice: Casual Elegance

When the owner of the 193-foot Austal Outback told Australian yacht designer Sam Sorgiovanni that he wanted the vessel’s interior to feel like a beach house, Sorgiovanni knew he would have to create a decor far different from the norm. “In many yachts, you walk in and are overwhelmed by the details, paneling, architecture, and […]

Best of the Best 2008: Series Yachts: Riva 63′ Vertigo

With its shiny silver hull and space-age helm chair, the Riva 63′ Vertigo is a sleek creature indeed. The $3.5 million vessel, which occupies the middle of the Italian builder’s line of 15- to 115-foot motor yachts, made its U.S. debut in February. When it flies across the water at its top speed of 46 […]

Best of the Best 2008: Charter Yachts

Go-anywhere, do-anything, expedition-style motor yachts are available for charter, but few cruise beyond the Mediterranean and Caribbean seas. An exception is the 111-foot Alloy VvS1 (Fraser Yachts Worldwide, 954.463.0600, http://www.fraser?yachts.com), which you can charter in South Pacific locales such as Tahiti, Tonga, and New Zealand. The vessel, named for the diamond-industry term meaning “nearly flawless,” […]

Best of the Best 2008: Charter Yachts: Trinity Mine Games

The 164-foot Trinity motor yacht Mine Games is making a splash in more ways than one in the Mediterranean this summer. As the yacht impresses viewers along the Côte d’Azur, its captain, J.D. Ducanes, and his guests are exploring the sea in a Triton 1000/2, the first personal submersible ever carried on a charter vessel. […]

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