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America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #99: Privacy

#99: Privacy—155’0”

No matter how much you beg, plead, and bribe us, we absolutely, positively will not tell you which famous and successful 30-year-old golfer owns this yacht. No siree.

Y: 2004; B: Christensen Shipyards, USA; N: Builder; H: Fiberglass; E: 2/1,800-hp DDC-MTUs

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #100: Ohana

#100: Ohana—154’0”

Turkey and Croatia were on Ohana’s itinerary this past summer. She’s likely en route to Florida as you read this to prepare for charter bookings this winter in the Caribbean.

Y: 1998; B: Admiral Marine Works, USA; N: Builder/Donald Starkey Designs; H: Fiberglass; E: 2/1,650-hp Caterpillars

2006 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Guests mingle at the Fairline cocktail party sponsored by Power & Motoryacht and The Harborage Club at the 2006 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Fairline employees welcome guests with smiles.
The band

Weather or Not

There was so much dust in the air in St. Thomas this summer that Pamela Wilson could taste it. "You can hear it in my voice," she said in early July. "I can’t breathe."

For a lot of people, this would be an uncomfortable inconvenience, but for Wilson, the implications were huge. As the general manager of the charter firm

The World's 10 Most Expensive Charters

Annaliesse

What's better than relaxing beside the ocean at a luxury resort, cool drink next to you, being waited on hand and foot? How about doing the same thing aboard a megayacht, where all those amenities and more are yours? And instead of having to share the pool, sauna, or watertoys with strangers, the only other guests

Earthrace Saga

Earthrace is a B100-powered 78-foot trimaran with carbon fiber and Kevlar laminates and engine air intakes atop her “wings” to facilitate breathing in the wave-piercing mode. Below: Earthrace’s proposed around-the-world route.

New Zealander Peter Bethune, a one-time oil-exploration engineer now solidly into 100-percent

Outside In

Of all the fish living today, more than 96 percent are teleosts, or bony fishes. They evolved from fish that had external skeletons, eventually developing tough internal bones that made them stronger and swifter swimmers, able to explore anywhere.

It’s hard to imagine prehistoric exoskeletons—to comprehend what nature looks like when it is literally

Viking Custom Yachts Sanlorenzo 88

Viking Custom Yachts Sanlorenzo 88

Some years ago, as a means of expanding and diversifying its product offerings, New Jersey-based Viking Yachts forged a strategic alliance with England’s Princess Yachts to produce the Viking Sport Cruisers line. Now, as Viking sets its sights on building a line of custom motoryachts, it has

Food For Thought

If someone asked your chef whether you are a good yacht owner, you probably would want the response to be something like this: "I’ve searched for this boss my entire career. I will probably do this job five to seven years longer than I wanted to. I can’t see, I just can’t see, why I would leave such a perfect situation."

Even better, if someone asked your yacht’s chef how he or she

A New Standard

A few years ago, Tom Murphy was pretty sure he wanted absolutely nothing to do with Hargrave Custom Yachts.

A few months ago, having spent two years working with Murphy, Hargrave Custom Yachts was pretty sure it never wanted to deal with another yacht owner like him again.

Funny, then, how

Piece(s) de Resistance

Who among us isn’t keenly interested in acquiring something new or different? When it comes to the amenities aboard your yacht, this can translate to something as simple as taking the latest home trend or a familiar object from land-based life and incorporating it—with a twist, of course—into offshore living.

And that’s happening with increasing frequency

San Juan 40 Fly Bridge

San Juan 40 Fly Bridge

It's abundantly clear that San Juan Yachts has found a look and a style to stay with. Each model, from the 30-foot Express to the 48-foot Fly Bridge, retains the distinctive air of the original San Juan 38. So it’s no surprise that the new 40-foot Fly Bridge adheres to the same proven concept: handsome

The Great Global Game

It can be difficult to think of a luxury yacht charter as a business proposition. Top-deck Jacuzzis, gourmet food and wine, and pristine stretches of beaches, after all, are the kinds of things you seek out when you hope to leave the concept of “market share” behind.

Yet for the countless people who work in the worldwide charter marketplace, every weeklong booking is in fact a small piece

Big Bills, Little Bills

The fish is peeling line off my heavy-duty Penn International 70VS like a Japanese bullet train hell-bent to make one station stop—freedom. Fighting 22 pounds of drag at strike, the unseen and unknown fish has to slow down. It has to! I’ve stopped giant tuna on gear like this. I lean back, and the 5’6” stand-up rod makes an inverted U as my Braid belt and harness support me. The fish is

Does This Stuff Really Work?

When I first came up with the notion of modifying a modern recreational vessel so I could do a side-by-side performance comparison between plain ol’ diesel fuel and the environmentally friendly, vegetable-based stuff getting so much press these days, the idea didn’t seem that complicated. I mean, how tough could it be? All I had to do was find a boat, install a temporary bladder-type tank in her

Airmar PC WeatherStation

It’s astounding how many sensors are packed into that 23/4-inch-diameter housing: ultrasonic wind, GPS, compass, accelerometer (pitch and roll), thermometer, barometer, and humidity. That means, among other things, that Airmar’s WeatherStation can separate apparent wind activity from boat motion and, thus, deliver true wind speed and direction to most any

Maretron Weather Station

Maretron’s $699 Weather Station is as ambitious as Airmar’s but itself only senses wind—again ultrasonically, which means both accurately and without moving parts—plus temperature, pressure, and humidity. That’s because it uses the NMEA 2000 protocol, which is far better than 0183 at combining and distributing data. Hence a 2000-compliant display

Mustang Survival PFD

Let's start with the automatic-inflating PFD. The one from Mustang Survival, approved for commercial use, is top-notch. We tested it in the Hudson River and can confirm that it is comfortable, inflates almost instantly upon submersion, and provides heavy-duty buoyancy. If you were unconscious, it would have no trouble keeping your head above water; in fact we

Sterns Children's PFD

If you want something a little less heavy-duty, consider one of these two models, which I found to also be completely comfortable. The $75 Manual Belt Pack PFD, part of West Marine's "Comfort Series" line, fits around your waist like a fanny pack; you barely notice it's there. Inflated, it provides 22.5 pounds of buoyancy, which makes it a U.S. Coast

West Marine Belt Pack PFD

If you want something a little less heavy-duty, consider one of these two models, which I found to also be completely comfortable. The $75 Manual Belt Pack PFD, part of West Marine's "Comfort Series" line, fits around your waist like a fanny pack; you barely notice it's there. Inflated, it provides 22.5 pounds of buoyancy, which makes it a U.S. Coast

Garmin 3210, 478, and G2 Cards

Garmin offers so many plotters these days! The 32xx series—in 05, 06, and 10 models, i.e. screen sizes—is an update to the top-of-the-line networked 30xx series, still in production, the major difference being that all U.S. charts, in the new BlueChart G2 format, are now built right in. Shown is a $2,667 3210, which is running an optional G2 chart card that adds

Casa de Campo

The Casa de Campo Yacht Club takes center stage in the 356-slip marina.

Several years ago I was introduced to Casa de Campo, through word of mouth from a friend who owned property there. He couldn’t stop talking about the lovely grounds, but he was particularly effusive about how he’d take his boats, a 121-foot custom yacht and a

Some Like It Hot

To many surveyors and their clients, the moisture meter is the ne plus ultra of laminate-testing tools, a technical leap and a half beyond whacking the boat with a soft-faced hammer. But not for long...

Dismissing Disability

Despite his disability, Capt. Jim has no trouble getting on and off his boat, thanks to this gangplank with ropes and struts.

You're at the broker's sales dock, looking at a glistening yacht thinking, "You know, this boat has me written all over it." Without a second thought, you race up the boarding steps and clamber aboard. Yes!

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