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Best of the Best 2007: Production Yachts: Pershing 90

Pershing 90 With these boats,” Tilli Antonelli says of the sport craft from Pershing, the company he cofounded in the mid-1980s, “one must show off a little.” Indeed, the boats show off Antonelli’s distinct styling—most notably the eye-shaped windows and silver livery—and his engineering expertise. (He was among the first sport-boat builders in Europe to […]

Best of the Best 2005: Production Yachts

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 in the megayacht field. Confirmation of Pershing’s elevated status came in October at the Genoa International Boat Show, where the express cruiser was honored […]

Best of the Best 2005: Speedboats

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 craft.  Endowed with the same advanced hydrodynamics and composite structural technology as its more competitive sibling, the ZR also retains the raceboat’s low-profile bow, which, […]

The Best of the Best 2003: Undiscovered Bests – Yapluka Yacht

Yapluka Yachts, which has been designing and building high-quality catamarans for European owners for the last four years, is currently building two 70-footers—including one for the company’s first American client—and a 95-foot vessel. Business has been so brisk lately that the French boat builder has outgrown its La Rochelle headquarters and is relocating to a […]

Wings & Water: Old-School Cool

“I am like an alcoholic who cannot put his bottle out of his life. With me I cannot not sail.” —E.B. White When Donald Tofias entered Cornell University in 1965, his freshman English professor handed him a copy of The Elements of Style, the English writing guide written by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White. […]