Kim Kavin

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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