Boating & Yachting

The St. Johns river in DeLand, Fla., is not a good place to tip a rowing shell; it is home to countless alligators. It also was the host site, during a week in January, for the All-American Rowing...
For close to 20 years, Robb Report ’s sister publication ShowBoats International has hosted the ShowBoats International Awards and Rendezvous ( www.showboats.com ), a gathering of yacht owners,...
Martin Lo is just one of the leaders of the Chinese boatbuilder Cheoy Lee: The others are his seven brothers. Each brother has the word Director printed on his business card. “It works better than...
The young customs man is at a loss. On this sweltering December afternoon in Grand Bahama Island’s Freeport Harbor, he is the only official on duty; his supervisor is visiting Miami and cannot be...
Amnesia III , the latest custom yacht from Benetti’s shipyards in Livorno, Italy, shares the same name as two previous motoryachts the owner built with Benetti, but at 196 feet in length, it is 30...
It is 9:30 am, and Johnny Danger is running out of tobacco—or whatever pungent substance fills his hand-rolled cigarette. But it appears that the substance has achieved its desired effect: The burly...
Amid the cluster of boats at the marina on the Greek island of Poros, Aello is a standout, though not in a way that makes her a magnet for charter. The circa-1921, 125-foot sailing yacht lacks king-...
In 1960, Richard Bertram revolutionized powerboating by running the first deep-V hull in the Miami-Nassau race. The 31-foot Moppie , which trounced competitors in horrendous sea conditions, gave the...
The Italian-designed Marquis 70, built in the Wisconsin heartland, has all the elegance of a southern European express yacht with practical features associated with American yachts. Two outer decks,...
At first glance, the Vicem 63 Sportfish, launched in February at the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show, resembles a classic sportfishing battlewagon from North Carolina’s finest custom yards, but the...
Chris Dawson is pleased as punch with his latest assignment. As the blond, British captain strolls through Selene , a new, 184-foot semicustom sailing yacht from Perini Navi that has docked in Monaco...
Like a Giant Oyster, the personal submersible’s transparent, spherical cabin closes, and William Kohnen—one of the craft’s inventors—and I slip slowly beneath the surface of the water. Two scuba...
Like its Wally Yachts predecessors, the new WallyPower 70 Lau Lau ( www.wally.com ) features vast expanses of glass and the angular lines of a stealth bomber. As the founder of the Monaco-based...
Dennis Conner, the four-time America’s Cup winner, did not laugh at my joke. Conner was in Newport, R.I., about five years ago, sailing what was essentially a scaled-down version of an America’s Cup...
The grand old man of yachting appears to be feeling his years. In earlier days, Norberto Ferretti, founder and chairman of the Italian boatbuilding empire that bears his name, enjoyed offshore...
Eddie Jordan knows a thing or two about fast, technically advanced, and elegantly designed vehicles. He began racing cars professionally in 1974 and won the Irish Formula Atlantic championship in...
On the deck of a gigayacht, two bikini-clad young women point at themselves, then at the driver of the powerboat that is racing toward them across Monaco’s harbor: They want a ride. The driver, Simon...
Massimo Perotti was a happy man during this past fall’s Monaco Yacht Show. The chairman and CEO of Italian boatbuilder Sanlorenzo ( www.sanlorenzoyacht.com ) was at the event to unveil two additions...
When disaster strikes, possessing wealth will be especially advantageous. So suggests Naomi Klein in the October issue of Harper’s Magazine . Klein’s essay, "Disaster Capitalism," was adapted from...
The Gift A one-of-a-kind, 18.5-foot-long, exact scale model of Titanic. $2.5 million Gary Kohs knew that making a scale model of Titanic would be a riveting job in both senses of the word: It would...
Just after the start of a Powerboat P1 race off the coast of Travemunde, Germany, in June, Sergio Carpentieri rammed his boat, Carpenter , into the back of another boat, Fainplast, which had stalled...
The Gift A 459-foot gigayacht with expansive interiors, extensive security features, and minimal environmental impact. Starting at $250 million At the edge of the marina at Monaco, near a row of...
Boaters who ply the Northeast’s waters have a healthy respect for Buzzards Bay, a 28-by-8-mile inlet between the Massachusetts mainland and Martha’s Vineyard. The bay is notorious for its nasty waves...
Frauscher, an Austrian maker of runabouts, has created a boat for surfing—Web surfing, that is. The company recently unveiled a prototype of a 22-foot Frauscher 686 Lido ( www.frauscherboats.com )...
Pulsing through the water at an impressive length of 55 feet, and with speeds reaching upwards of 60 miles per hour, the Super Yacht is like a powerboat on steroids. In June 2007, after four years of...
In a sailboat race this September, a 76-foot sloop called White Wings crossed the finish line before Black Watch , a 68-foot yawl—but Black Watch won. White Wings lost the race because its skipper...
The sports car is heading straight for Michigan’s Orchard Lake. A fellow in his 20s, bending over his dinghy near the boat ramp, glances up and gapes when he sees the car coming his way. The vehicle...
"Man overboard!” Electrified, the crew members leap into action. On this blustery March day in the Pacific Ocean off San Francisco, the water temperature stands at about 50 degrees Fahrenheit. If a...
Each October, virtually every boat manufacturer in the world comes to southeastern Florida. The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show has taken place annually since 1959, when it featured 47...
Noah’s ark, it could be argued, was the first gigantic yacht, although undoubtedly its amenities, while suitable for most of its passengers, fell short of today’s standards. The Bible states that the...

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