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: Semicustom Megayachts

The 141-foot, $33 million Emerald Star is hull number one in the CRN 43-Meter Series (+39.71. 5011.111, http://www.crn-yacht.com), which is already backlogged well into 2012. CRN, part of the Ferretti Group, reportedly sold six of the designs before Emerald Star launched late last year. Among several rare features on this yacht, the one drawing the […]

Best of the Best 2008: Custom Megayachts

The proprietors of the 125-foot Hakvoort Perle Bleue (+31.299.651403, http://www.hakvoort.com) previously owned the 148-foot Hakvoort Campbell Bay. Although the owners downsized, they did not have to sacrifice the bigger-boat features to which they had become accustomed. Designer Donald Starkey worked with the yacht’s owners to create Perle Bleue’s interior, which is much more intriguing than […]

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