Boating & Yachting

Feadship yachts are among the most popular with charter clients, regardless of the vessels’ sizes or their details, which are as varied as the tastes of the owners. The new 235-foot Utopia, the...
The balance and handling that enabled Donzi’s 38 ZR raceboat to win seven American Power Boat Association (APBA) championships have trickled down to the more family-friendly production version of the...
With one 27-foot leap—from its previously largest 88-foot model to its latest 115-footer—Pershing (a division of the Ferretti Group) advanced from a prominent builder of open sport yachts to a player...
As rarefied as the world of luxury yachts is, the products often share a similarly conservative design. Granted, the laws of physics apply to all vessels equally, and certification boards and...
At 295 feet overall (260 feet on deck), Athena is the largest private sailing yacht of the modern era and the largest all-aluminum yacht, having been constructed entirely of Alustar, a high-tensile...
For eight months, craftsmen working on Solemar , a 202-foot Amels yacht, hammered and sawed and welded at a heart-pounding pace. Then on June 12, 2003, a Thursday, their frenzied efforts turned...
From its summertime berth on the Italian coastline, Giant , a 247-foot IHC Holland behemoth with a bright red hull designed to clear waterways through the Arctic ice, stands out like a warning flag...
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,...
New York Yacht Club Today’s New York Yacht Club is, Commodore Lawrence Huntington says, “a far cry from white-haired businessmen having lunch in February in Manhattan.” It is no longer, as it was for...
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...
Outerlimits 47 GTX The V-bottom rocket surpasses all expectations. Although the 47 GTX had yet to be completed, Paul Fiore, Outerlimits’ vice president of sales, issued a bold declaration for the...
Lürssen Capri The 192-footer defines avant-garde classicism. Capri, christened after the Italian island and the Capri Palace Hotel & Spa, where the owners finalized the boat’s details, is an...
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...
“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...
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...
It is 1983, and Neil Macpherson is vacationing in the British Virgin Islands with his wife. They have chartered a 43-foot sailboat and are anchored in the turquoise waters off the Bitter End,...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...

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