Charter Choice: Casual Elegance

When the owner of the 193-foot Austal Outback told Australian yacht designer Sam Sorgiovanni that he wanted the vessel’s interior to feel like a beach house, Sorgiovanni knew he would have to create a decor far different from the norm. “In many yachts, you walk in and are overwhelmed by the details, paneling, architecture, and […]

Best of the Best 2008: Custom Megayachts

The proprietors of the 125-foot Hakvoort Perle Bleue (+31.299.651403, 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: 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: 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

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: Charter Yachts

Go-anywhere, do-anything, expedition-style motor yachts are available for charter, but few cruise beyond the Mediterranean and Caribbean seas. An exception is the 111-foot Alloy VvS1 (Fraser Yachts Worldwide, 954.463.0600, http://www.fraser?, which you can charter in South Pacific locales such as Tahiti, Tonga, and New Zealand. The vessel, named for the diamond-industry term meaning “nearly flawless,” […]

Best of the Best 2008: Charter Yachts: Trinity Mine Games

The 164-foot Trinity motor yacht Mine Games is making a splash in more ways than one in the Mediterranean this summer. As the yacht impresses viewers along the Côte d’Azur, its captain, J.D. Ducanes, and his guests are exploring the sea in a Triton 1000/2, the first personal submersible ever carried on a charter vessel. […]

Best of the Best 2008: Semicustom Megayachts

The 141-foot, $33 million Emerald Star is hull number one in the CRN 43-Meter Series (+39.71. 5011.111,, which is already backlogged well into 2012. CRN, part of the Ferretti Group, reportedly sold six of the designs before Emerald Star launched late last year. Among several rare features on this yacht, the one drawing the […]

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 […]

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