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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

Modern Classic

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

Building Burger's Biggest Part One: The Vision

[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 DM Series Monitors

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 FCV-620 Fishfinder

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

Krill Monitoring System

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

Owning Hollywood History

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.

If you've

Sol Ambition

The Island Pilot's DSe's catamaran hulls are long and slender to produce minimum drag.

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

America's 100 Largest Yachts 2006

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

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #1: Rising Sun

#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

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #2: Octopus

#2: Octopus—414'0"

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,

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #3: Limitless

#3: Limitless—315’8”

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

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #5: Lone Ranger

#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

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #7: Laurel

#7: Laurel—240’0”

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

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #8: Skat

#8: Skat—233'0"

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

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #9: Reverie

#9: Reverie—229'7"

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

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #10: Floridian

#10: FLORIDIAN—228’0”

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

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #12: White Cloud

#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

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #13: Falcon

#13: FALCON—219’8”

At presstime, Falcon was expected to be delivered within about a month’s time. No doubt her owner will spend a lot of time checking out the view from the two balconies (one to port, one to starboard) contained within the master suite. There’s also a spa onboard (which we’d be glad to help break in).

Y: 2006; B: Lrssen,

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #14: City of Vegas

#14: City Of Vegas—215'0"

Making her debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, this is the first in Shadow Marine’s Allure Class shadow boat series. What’s a “shadow boat,” you ask? She’s a yacht that is intended to cruise in tandem with another yacht (hence “shadow” her), carrying the bulk of the watertoys and perhaps even the helicopter and

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #15: Turmoil

#15: Turmoil—209'0"

Gary Comer, the founder of clothing company Lands’ End and a passionate adventurer, spent several years cruising everywhere from Alaska to Russia and Papua New Guinea to Japan—even up to the Arctic—aboard a same-named 151-footer. In the process, he hosted several scientists and environmental experts, and learned a lot about

America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2006 #16: Apogee

#16: Apogee—205'0"

Upwards of $375,000 per week will let you charter Apogee and see what her 16-person crew can do to help you relax. Given her Wurlitzer jukebox, karaoke system, kayaks, waterskis, and dive gear, however, you’d be hard-pressed not to have a good time.

Y: 2003; B: Codecasa, Italy; N: Builder; H: Steel; E: 2/2,260-hp

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