Boating & Yachting

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...
Four to six years typically pass from design to delivery of a custom superyacht. But the Amels boatyard in Vlissingen, Netherlands, has reduced that time to 24 months or less. Amels builds its...
The crew members of Cambria responded most graciously when Lulworth prevailed over their yacht to take second place in the Big Boats category during this summer’s Argentario Sailing Week off Italy’s...
Subtle is not the adjective that will jump to the tongue when Oceanco introduces its 702 superyacht next summer. At 269 feet long and almost 47 feet wide, this boat will turn heads when it pulls into...
The Hatteras 77 Convertible, which will debut in October at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, would be a poor choice to replace Quint’s boat, Orca , in a Jaws remake. With the Hatteras,...
When Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the U.S. Gulf Coast in late August of 2005, the employees keeping watch at the 38-acre Trinity Yachts shipyard in New Orleans initially were not overly...
SPLASHY ENTRANCE Catamarans, which at their most basic are two hulls connected by a frame, have evolved quite a bit since their invention thousands of years ago in the South Pacific. Consider the...
British yacht maker Sunseeker plans to launch what it considers to be the pinnacle of its product line by the end of this year. That is quite a claim, considering that this line already includes the...
Submarines have existed since 1620, when the Dutch inventor Cornelius Van Drebbel wrapped a boat in greased leather and navigated the Thames 15 feet beneath the water’s surface. Like the original,...
It is the day before the 2006 Newport-to-Bermuda race, and any minute now we are going to cast off and put one of the racing yachts through its paces. But first, Enrico Chieffi, Italy’s two-time...
Speak with a regular flier about his priorities when selecting a fractional or charter provider, and chances are good that avoiding catastrophe will be at or near the top of his list. Recognizing...
To explore the Queen Charlotte Islands two years ago, Massachusetts businessman Bernie Blum had his 43-foot Cheoy Lee shipped overland from Florida to British Columbia. Blum then set his sights on...
In 2003, the Italian boatbuilder Mochi Craft, part of the Ferretti Group ( www.ferrettigroupusa.com ), introduced an astonishing hybrid that combined elements of an American lobster boat with those...
Chris Dickson, helmsman of the BMW Oracle America’s Cup team, keeps his hands steady on the carbon-fiber wheel of the just-launched USA 87, careful not to push the 79-foot yacht beyond its limits in...
The accommodations, ame­nities, and destinations that Bruce Leonard and Jill Bobrow spotlight in this month’s feature on charter yachts, “Chartered Territories” (page 88), presented fresh experiences...
A vessel the caliber of Charlatan is an anomaly in the South Pacific, which, unlike the Caribbean, suffers from a paucity of crewed luxury yachts. This is unfortunate when you consider that this...
We had a large group of friends who wanted to be together on a Caribbean cruise, but we also wanted the intimacy of a medium- to large-size yacht, not something as grand as Christina O. Our charter...
Those who charter Christina O join a roster of passengers who have included John F. Kennedy, the Aga Khan, Winston Churchill, Maria Callas, Rudolph Nureyev, J. Paul Getty, Greta Garbo, Frank Sinatra...
As the world’s largest sloop, the 247-foot-long Mirabella V tends to draw attention to herself. In fact, her mast, rising nearly 300 feet from the deck, is so tall that pilots complained it was a...
When the owner of the first Boat House at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club enters his 7,900-square-foot main residence, he has two options: He can use the front door, or he can pilot his 36-foot Hinckley...
It is as much a spectacle as Mirabella V , the world’s largest sloop, and it possesses a pedigree as intriguing as that of Christina O , the 325-foot motor yacht that once belonged to Aristotle...
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—...
Jan-Eric Österlund is a longtime fan of Britannia, a racing yacht commissioned in 1893 by the Prince of Wales, who stipulated that he wanted a fast vessel with enough accommodation to allow him to...
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...
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...

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