CONTRIBUTING BOATING EDITOR

Diane Byrne is a longtime yachting journalist, specializing in the megayacht market; she has covered the industry since 1993. She is the founder and editor of MegayachtNews.com, a daily-updated website devoted to luxury yachts, which has been referenced by Reuters, CBS MarketWatch, Forbes.com, and others. Byrne regularly contributes yachting articles to Robb Report that cover the spectrum from small speedboats to private yachts rivaling the sizes of cruise ships. She is also a proud member of several key organizations, including the United States Superyacht Association, the International Superyacht Society, the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners, and the Association for Women in Communications, the latter of which has presented her with a prestigious award for best feature writing.

Heesen Launches the Fully Custom Crazy Me

Crazy Me is the latest launch from Heesen Yachts, a builder that has made a name for itself by offering a variety of semicustom yachts. From the waterline up to the yacht’s sundeck, and in all of the rooms inside, the 164-foot Crazy Me is designed to meet all of the owner’s specifications. The exterior […]

AB Yachts’ Flagship Hits the Water

The Italian shipyard Fipa Group, producer of AB Yachts, specializes in open-style, water-jet-powered yachts, and the AB 140 is the most recent example of the brand’s flagship. The AB 140 is capable of a reported 46-knot maximum speed, thanks to triple MTU diesel engines coupled to water jets. And instead of housing a typical tender, […]

Production Begins on the Top Deck 63 Yacht Concept

The Top Deck 63 is the brainchild of Luiz De Basto, and while it started as a concept project, it is now a series yacht under construction at Spain’s Astondoa shipyard. The first model will debut at the Cannes yacht show in September. The all-fiberglass 63-footer was designed to appeal to youthful owners and families […]

Feadship’s Eye-Catching Sea Owl

The 203-foot Sea Owl, built by Feadship’s Royal Van Lent shipyard and designed by Andrew Winch, features a head-turning green hull. But the yacht’s detailed interior is jaw dropping. The lucky few who will have the opportunity to view the yacht’s interior—Sea Owl is strictly for private use and not charter—will get to see firsthand […]

Hakvoort Shipyard Launches Its Latest Yacht in Style

It is tradition for yachts to be christened with a bottle of Champagne, but sometimes owners add a little more to the ceremony. That was the case when the 130-foot Apostrophe launched at Hakvoort Shipyard. The owner invited a Russian Orthodox priest to bless his gray-hulled beauty, as well as those who plan to cruise […]

The Cigarette 42 Huntress Combines Power and Comfort

Saying that Cigarette knows something about performance boats is like saying that Jackson Pollock was somewhat familiar with paint. Cigarette’s latest speedster, the 42 Huntress, is the fourth collaboration between Cigarette and Mercedes-AMG, resulting in an offshore performance powerboat capable of a blistering 78 mph. Pushing the 42-foot boat to those hold-your-hat speeds are five […]

Test: The Cigarette 42 Huntress Combines Power and Comfort

Saying that Cigarette knows something about performance boats is like saying that Jackson Pollock was somewhat familiar with paint. Cigarette’s latest speedster, the 42 Huntress, is the fourth collaboration between Cigarette and Mercedes-AMG, resulting in an offshore performance powerboat capable of a blistering 78 mph. Pushing the 42-foot boat to those hold-your-hat speeds are five […]

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