You wouldn’t dare furnish your megayacht with anything less than the best. Real leather seating in the dinette? Absolutely. Imported carpeting in the saloon? You bet. Eight-hundred-thread-count sheets on the beds? Of course! SunTwist, which specializes in hand-made blinds and shades, ensures your windows will receive the same treatment. You can choose from
Got a prized Rolex? Or maybe some treasured, heirloom jewels? Protect the valuables onboard with the same attention to detail you lavish on the exterior of your yacht by purchasing a safe from Doettling Luxury Safes. It specializes in renewing and restoring antique safes and also handcrafts humidors, cocktail bars, and gun cabinets. The safe shown here has an
Want to dock your megayacht yourself? Better yet, want to look like a seasoned pro while doing so? Then add the Beier IVCS2000 to your electronics package, and you are sure to be the envy of all at the marina. The IVCS2000 is an integrated vessel-control system that lets you manage engines, rudders, and thrusters automatically with the push of a button or with a
Although she’s one of the shorter offerings in Horizon’s line of Taiwanese-built motoryachts (which includes models ranging from 62 to more than 130 feet), the new 68 delivers an impressively long list of features and amenities. Her standard equipment includes virtually everything: navigation electronics,
As I made my way down to the dock at Christensen Shipyards in Vancouver, Washington, I must admit, I was prepared to be underwhelmed. I’d been out to the yard a little more than a year earlier to visit Hull 027, the 157-foot Liquidity, and the boat I would be touring now, Hull 028, was a 157-footer from the same line. “How different could she possibly be?” I asked myself as I stepped onto
I was down in the eerie silence of the guest accommodation, taking notes, when a slight tapping noise broke my concentration. It was the chain of the window blind gently making contact with the woodwork, and now that my attention was drawn to it, there did indeed appear to be the faintest hint of a roll.
Up on deck the motion was more noticeable, and in the cockpit the full effect of the
[Editor's note: On October 22, 2004, Burger Boat Company announced a plan to build the biggest motoryacht in its 141-year history: the 155-foot trideck Time for Us. Charter/cruising editor Kim Kavin was granted unprecedented access in following this project during the past two years. This is the first
While it may not seem so to us, the American yacht buyer is a tough nut to crack. In fact, you could say the American market has, over the years, proven to be something of a tar pit for foreign builders; the bones of the unsuccessful ones litter the landscape. The problem is that Americans love boats from foreign shores, but only on their terms, and those terms often involve things like
VEI’s new DM series monitors show how an assortment of seemingly minor developments can add up to what may well be a breakthrough product line. The visible bezel, for instance, is strictly cosmetic and easily removed, meaning that VEI can stock it in numerous colors, wood grains, and carbonfiber styles. That also means that the real bezel underneath is
Furuno’s claims about the benefits of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) in its new 5.6-inch FCV-620—its ability to suppress noise and maximize automatic fishfinding in varying conditions—sound a lot like Raymarine boasting about its High Definition Digital technology. So I was intrigued to test the 620 side by side—same transducer—with a
The goal of Krill Systems is to make the elegant and informative monitoring we often see on megayachts possible on the boats most of us cruise in. The solution is a flexible system that employs two types of Sensor Pods—one for all things electrical (shown at right), the other for tanks and switches—and an efficient program called SoftDisplay (shown below). The
To most people Frances Langford was a glamorous singer and entertainer, appearing alongside the likes of James Cagney, Bob Hope, Perry Como, Don Ameche, Jackie Gleason, and other bold-name stars. To residents of Jensen Beach, Florida, and many a boater who ventured along that eastern shore, however, she was simply one of their own.
When the first Island Pilot 395 was introduced two years ago, she defied established convention and raised a lot of eyebrows, partly due to her distinctive angular styling, but mainly
Megayacht. Superyacht. Gigayacht. No matter what you call them, one thing is for sure: These yachts are getting bigger all the time. Just ten years ago, for example, the yachts rounding out the bottom of our exclusive “America’s 100 Largest Yachts” feature were about 100 feet LOA, give or take a few inches; these days 150-footers don’t even make the list.
Another thing that’s been growing
#1: RISING SUN—452’8”
When is big too big? Apparently when it’s nearly 453 feet—or at least that’s what Larry Ellison believes. The head of Oracle Corporation, who’s been an avid yachtsman for years, told Forbes in July, “I think I made a mistake, making Rising Sun so big. It is one and a half football fields
Throw a dart at any coastline around the world, and chances are that Octopus has been there. Arguably the most active private cruiser in the world, the yacht has been journeying practically nonstop since launch. Just this year alone she’s cruised from Jamaica to Barbados and then on to Panama,
Nearly ten years after her delivery, Limitless still astounds with her technical features. She was the first yacht purpose-built for diesel-electric propulsion, and she was also the first to feature Dynamic Positioning (DP), technology that permits a vessel to keep a specific location regardless
#5: Lone Ranger—255'0”
Some people mistakenly believe this yacht is owned by someone affiliated with the famed TV and radio shows by the same name. While the producer of those programs did own a yacht, it was many years ago—and besides, the boat was nowhere near this former salvage tug’s size. This Lone Ranger
#6: Talitha G—247'4"
You gotta love blogs. The creators of DealBreaker.com, a business blog that delights in the juicier tidbits about Wall Street and the related financial world, decided to create a poll in August where people could decide which business titan’s yacht was the most beautiful. They
How’s this for a debut? Laurel is the largest yacht built on American soil during the past 75 years. She’s been busy since delivery, heading through the Panama Canal from the West Coast and cruising around Europe, having been spotted in Croatia, Italy, and Greece in the summer. Another noteworthy
Charles Simonyi, a software developer, couldn’t care less about the world knowing he owns this yacht. In fact, he talks openly about her and is often seen onboard, particularly in Europe in the summertime. Just this past season she was spotted in Italy, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. But c’mon, Charles, you of all people should know
Frescoes, pilasters, columns, and marble (of course) highlight this yacht’s interior. Charterers love her spacious accommodations, given that Reverie has a 41-foot beam and just five guest staterooms besides the master suite. She’s available for 525,000 euro per week (about $669,000 at presstime), plus expenses. If someone isn’t
Folks in Camden, Maine, have seen their fair share of yachts over the years, but most were surprised to see this 228-footer anchored just outside the harbor in early July. After all, three of her toys—including two 22-foot tenders and a 43-foot sportfisherman—are more along the lines of the boats that make up the harbor’s
#12: WHITE CLOUD—220’10”
The former New Horizon L is now in the hands of an American rumored to be a high-tech entrepreneur who previously owned two other yachts on our list. He had her extended from 197 feet LOA, and although we’ve received reports of her new length being 218 as well as nearly 221 feet, the LOA above is equivalent to 67.34 meters, which
If you haven’t yet seen the Evo 43 then you’re in luck. This boat uses some really inventive design to amp up function in a sharp dayboat with a nice turn of speed. But when you anchor out, the Evo plays her trump card. Check out the surprises she has in store here. ▶
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