Boating: Breaking the Mold

The Turkish shipyard Vicem Yachts is one of the few major builders that still produce boats with hulls made entirely from mahogany. The cold-molding construction method required for such hulls is a labor-intensive process that involves coating layers of mahogany strips with epoxy laminate and bending them around a frame, thus creating a naturally insulated […]

A Stunning New Leisure Vessel from the Netherlands

Wajer & Wajer, the Dutch builder of sophisticated weekend cruisers and tenders, has launched its new flagship, the Osprey 38. Whereas the yard’s previous flagship, the Osprey 37, was more of a transport tender, the Osprey 38 is a true leisure vessel, with more padded deck areas for lounging and the ability to use it […]

Hodgdon Unveils Its Latest Megayacht Tender

Hodgdon Yachts, the East Boothbay, Maine, shipyard famed for its megayacht tenders, recently took the wraps off its inaugural hybrid-electric-propulsion model. The Onyx 41 features a standard diesel engine to power through open water and an electric engine for gas-free operation while docking and trolling. The new tender also includes a self-deploying fender system, built-in […]

FrontRunners: Pod Power

The 55-foot Azimut 55S ( is the first boat in the Azimut Benetti Group’s S series of sport cruisers to employ Volvo’s triple IPS pod-drive propulsion system. The system is light and small, allowing for roomier interiors; the 55S’s three-cabin layout sleeps as many as six people. At the boat’s stern, a carbon-fiber garage door […]

Wider Open Spaces

The Wider 42 weekend cruiser, which recently took home our 2012 Best of the Best honors (see the June issue), is a testament to the design prowess of industry innovator Tilli Antonelli, who founded Wider Yachts in April 2011. In May of this year, at the Monaco Grand Prix, the Italian shipyard unveiled a special-edition […]

Best of the Best 2012: Production Boats: Wally//One

With aggressive and easily identifiable designs, boats from Monaco-based Wally demand attention. The new Wally//One ( is no exception. Designed for use as a day boat or a megayacht tender, the 43-foot vessel, which Wally unveiled last September, is the smallest model the builder has ever produced. But it is certainly not lacking in power. […]

FrontRunners: Loaded Gun

Italian boatbuilder Revolver designed its inaugural model, the Revolver 42 (, as something of a crossover between powerboats and weekend cruisers. Powerboat fans might recognize the sleek lines of the 42-footer, which was penned by Michael Peters, the celebrated designer behind a number of racing boats and production models from Magnum and Cigarette. Also recalling […]

The Next Fly in the Sessa Marine Succession

Despite its smaller size, Sessa Marine’s new Flybridge 40, the descendant of last year’s Fly 45, has plenty of legroom. The 40-foot vessel, which has a nearly 13-foot beam, can accommodate up to 12 guests on its deck, which comprises a front sundeck, an eight-person table, and an L-shaped lounge with a convertible sofa bed […]

Toys of Summer: Short Sail

An owner of a lakefront vacation home in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, recently sought to purchase a small boat that he could use to teach his children how to sail. He soon discovered the diminutive PocketShip, a roughly 15-foot-long kit boat that is light enough to be pulled up on the beach and easily trailered, yet […]

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