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, a daily-updated website devoted to luxury yachts, which has been referenced by Reuters, CBS MarketWatch,, 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.

Chris-Craft’s Retro Style Returns

Chris-Crafts have long held classic appeal, so it is no surprise to see the famed U.S. boatbuilder reintroducing on its latest design, the Carina 21, a hull design that it incorporated back in the 1920s. Specifically, this new 19-foot-7-inch bowrider (21 feet 2 inches if you count the swim platform) has a vertical bow, lending […]

Outer Reef’s 720 Deluxbridge Presents Options at Sea

Outer Reef is lauded for its long-range, semicustom motoryachts that can handle varying conditions, and the new 720 Deluxbridge continues the tradition. Using the same fiberglass hull form as the 700 Motoryacht, the 72-foot 720 Deluxbridge changes things up with the inclusion of a country kitchen in place of a lower helm and an enclosed […]

CRN Launches Its Largest Yacht to Date

When CRN launched the 262-foot Chopi Chopi earlier this year, 3,000 people watched, including residents of Ancona, Italy; international media; CRN staff; local government officials; and even the Chinese ambassador to Italy. (CRN’s parent company, the Ferretti Group, is majority owned by a Chinese firm.) Such pomp is largely due to the fact that Chopi […]

Worth the Wait: Trinity Yachts’ Lady Sura

Construction of Trinity Yachts’ 164-foot Lady Sura was delayed when the commissioning client decided to make some changes to the configuration and specs. But the Mississippi-based builder recently handed over the all-aluminum vessel with the split-level main-deck master suite that the owner requested, which is one of a few somewhat distinct layout approaches exhibited on this […]

Icon Yachts Delivers the Megayacht Maidelle

The 205-foot Maidelle is the newest delivery from the Netherlands’ Icon Yachts and marks the third vessel based on the yard’s 63-meter platform. While Icon Yachts offers a standardized engineering package for its launches, their styling and interior design are left to the client. The owner of Maidelle selected Redman Whiteley Dixon to give the […]

Vicem Makes a Megayacht Splash

Vicem Yachts is renowned for its Down East–style cruisers made from cold-molded wood and epoxy. So the Turkish builder’s entry into the megayacht market, with the Vulcan line, has caused quite a stir. The first launch in the line, the recently delivered Vulcan 46 M Tri-Deck, is still as much a Vicem as the company’s […]

Atlantis Yachts’ Small, Sporty New Model

With a length of 34 feet, the Atlantis 34 is the smallest model to date from Atlantis Yachts, but what the new boat lacks in size it makes up for in sportiness. The Atlantis 34 echoes elements of the company’s larger models, with athletic, even muscular styling, and boasts a top speed of 32 knots […]

Princess Yachts Showcases Its Largest Model Yet

The United Kingdom has a new royal—the Princess 40M, which is the largest yacht to date from England’s Princess Yachts. Named for its length in meters, the 132-foot model marks the shipyard’s first foray into this size range, and the results are impressive: Balconies on each side of the salon fold down, and for hull […]

Hacker-Craft and Tommy Bahama Debut a Relaxing Runabout

The first example of the Tommy Bahama Edition Hacker-Craft debuted at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. Hacker-Craft, which was founded in Michigan in the 1970s and has been producing classic runabouts from the shore of Lake George in upstate New York since the 1970s, designed the 27-footer in conjunction with the well-known clothier Tommy […]

Maiora’s New Convertible Cruiser

Typically in the yachting world, convertible refers to a boat intended for both fishing and cruising. This is not the case for the new Maiora 29 Convertible, which the Italian yard’s parent company, the Fipa Group, presented to the American market for the first time at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. The 95-foot (29-meter) […]

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