Kim Kavin

Best of the Best 2008: Custom Megayachts

The proprietors of the 125-foot Hakvoort Perle Bleue (+31.299.651403, http://www.hakvoort.com) previously owned the 148-foot Hakvoort Campbell Bay. Although the owners downsized, they did not have to sacrifice the bigger-boat features to which they had become accustomed. Designer Donald Starkey worked with the yacht’s owners to create Perle Bleue’s interior, which is much more intriguing than […]

Best of the Best 2008: Custom Megayachts: Lürssen Kismet

The 223-foot motor yacht Kismet, from the Lürssen Yachts shipyard in Germany, holds far more than the standard main salon and guest-cabin layout: Her spaces include a disco, a steam room, a massage room, a cinema, and private terraces on the port and starboard sides of the master suite. Exterior designer Espen Øino of Norway […]

Best of the Best 2008: Sailing Yachts

The Royal Huisman Meteor (+31.?527.24.3131, http://www.royalhuisman?.com), a 169-foot gaff schooner, features classic design inside and out. Naval architects Gerard Dijkstra and John G. Alden worked with interior designer John Munford to create a vessel that is as elegant as any of the best boats from eras past. From her Edwardian-influenced interior to her wide teak […]

Best of the Best 2008: Series Yachts

When boatbuilders use the term semicustom, they generally refer to a choice of interior decor options and possibly some predetermined layouts. A new 116-foot yacht from Lazzara takes this concept a significant step forward by offering custom features to accommodate a wheelchair. The $10.8 million Serenity, the first vessel in the Lazzara 116 series (813.835.5300, […]

Best of the Best 2008: Sailing Yachts: Perini Navi Selene

One of the details that distinguishes the 184-foot sailing yacht Selene is fairly invisible—intentionally so. The experienced yachting couple who commissioned the $40 million Perini Navi ketch enjoy their privacy, so they asked the Italian builder to create a corridor that runs along the vessel’s port side. Window blinds along a wall of the main […]

Best of the Best 2008: Series Yachts: Riva 63′ Vertigo

With its shiny silver hull and space-age helm chair, the Riva 63′ Vertigo is a sleek creature indeed. The $3.5 million vessel, which occupies the middle of the Italian builder’s line of 15- to 115-foot motor yachts, made its U.S. debut in February. When it flies across the water at its top speed of 46 […]

Keep on Playing Together

The way the owner of Mine Games sees things, a yacht’s sundeck should be more than just a place to get a tan. For the sundeck of his new, 164-foot, four-deck megayacht from Mississippi-based Trinity Yachts, the owner had interior designer Patrick Knowles create spaces that would facilitate conversations between passengers—large groups of them. Hence […]

Boating: Home at Last

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-size beds, big hot tubs, and zero-speed stabilizers. But she has character. Corinne Demougin, charter manager in the Monaco […]

Best of the Best 2007: Charter Yachts: Kogo

Kogo Luxury yachts, though custom-built, often are decorated with neutral tones and designed with similar layouts that will encourage charter bookings and future brokerage sales. It can be difficult, then, to find one that is truly distinct—and harder still to locate such a yacht that is available for charter and well suited for guest use. […]

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