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Desirable Destination: Montauk, Long Island

Fallin' for the East End | September

It amazes me that no matter what the weather forecast is on Labor Day weekend, Long Island’s South Shore waterways are jam packed. It appears that this is everyone’s last hurrah of summer. Then on the Tuesday following this long weekend, the sounds of TraveLifts hauling boats for winter

Desirable Destination: Half Moon Caye, Belize

Back of Beyond | November

Belize is justly famed for subtropical ecotouristic jaunts, diving along the Western Hemisphere’s longest barrier reef, and other far-flung adventures. Much of the country’s mangrove-fringed coast is sparsely inhabited, and it’s common to gunkhole for days without seeing a soul. But beyond all the

Desirable Destination: St. Barts

The Cannes of the Caribbean | December

See if any of the following sounds familiar: You tune in to “Access Hollywood” ostensibly to keep track of who your kids think are cool, but in reality, you do it to see if Diddy will show pictures from his latest charter vacation. You circle names in the Forbes 400 list based on who owns a

Lyman-Morse 94 Motoryacht

Lyman-Morse 94 Motoryacht

The latest and largest project yet undertaken by this venerable Maine builder is a classy, 94-foot motoryacht that was designed in collaboration with the C. Raymond Hunt organization. She is being built for the owner of Tumblehome, a similarly styled Lyman-Morse 90-footer designed and built by the

Path to Privilege

Patrick Knowles

In an industry where the sky is the limit, Patrick Knowles says he feels it's a privilege to be a participant. An interior designer for more than 21 years, he started in residential and commercial design, with a few detours in the hotel and millwork industries. "I was trying to find out what it was that would get my

A Fine Grip on Paint

When you're building yachts that cost tens of millions of dollars, it's crucial to give them a sophisticated, polished appearance, inside and out. While most people don't normally think of paint as one of the means to this end, a flawless, durable exterior finish is every bit as important as high-gloss woodwork and top-notch furnishings. And when it comes to yacht paint, one of the most popular

Emerald Bay

You'd be hard-pressed to find a yacht owner who hasn't heard of or been to the Exumas. This Bahamian chain has been a favorite destination for decades, for good reason: crystal-clear waters, natural harbors, and, equally important, serenity. There are so many mostly uninhabited islands—the tourism board says there's essentially one for each day of the

Desirable Destinations

We editors sure do get around. Each year we travel all over the globe for boat tests, new-vessel launches, boat shows, plant tours, press events, and more. (Phew!)

Hey—we're not compaining. Although we've been known on occasion to forget what time zone we're in (and a passport, here and there), we get to see some really cool places and cruise some of the most amazing waterways in the

Desirable Destination: Tortola, British Virgin Islands

New Year, New You | January

I'd been told that after I landed at Tortola's Beef Island Airport, I must get to my destination in the British Virgin Islands (BVIs) via boat. Even if you're staying on Tortola, the throngs of vacationers who wisely chose the BVIs to kick off the new year recommended I opt for the ferry. I immediately

Desirable Destination: Abaco, Bahamas

Far Away but so Close to Home | February

Great Abaco Island is a large, crescent-shape island protected from the Atlantic Ocean along her eastern flanks by a string of barrier islands. Between the dozens of islets and the "mainland" (as some locals refer to Great Abaco) lies the Sea of Abaco, a stretch of azure water that will

Desirable Destination: Berry Islands, Bahamas

Bahama Mama | March

Chester," I yelled in order to be heard above the static of a bad cellphone connection. It crackled all the way to Little Harbor Cay, an ocean-washed coral postage stamp Chester and his mother Florence Darville call home, halfway down the remote, crescent-shape chain of Bahamian islets called the Berry Islands.

Aicon 85

In 2001 Aicon made a big splash with its debut model, a 56-foot, flying-bridge cruiser. Well-received at the 2001 Genoa boat show, the 56 was named “International Boat of the Year” at the 2002 Cannes boat show in France and helped establish the Italian yard as a promising new builder in a competitive field.

Aicon hopes the accolades will

A Lick of Paint

Invest in a professional paint job for a big payoff.

When it comes to cost versus benefit, nothing beats a paint job. Investing in a fresh coat on your hull will not only make your boat look new again, but will also add to her resale value. Today, at least in the yachting world, paint means two-part linear polyurethane (LP). If your

Uncovering the Chesapeake

Annapolis may be known as the sailing capital of America, but it's just as fun onboard a powerboat.

With each spring comes the opportunity for new adventure at Power & Motoryacht, and with it a brand new boat upon which to explore. This year’s company boat was a

Nobeltec Admiral 9

The full name for this high-end $1,200 PC navigation package, Jeppesen Marine's Nobeltec Admiral 9.0, has become a mouthful—and its $490 little brother, Jep...tec Visual Navigator Suite (VNS) 9, even worse—but I dare say that the similarly long list of "choice" new features, and especially new Plus Pack options, will be much appreciated. The left

Simrad Glass Bridge

All the new features of Nobeltec Admiral 9.0 may not be built into the Simrad GB60 yet, but I'll bet they will be eventually. Simrad has clearly worked closely with Jeppesen Marine—why reinvent the software wheel?—in creating a complete high-end, PC-based navigation system. The setup shown costs $28,000, including the three specially developed,

NVTi 6000 Series Night Vision Camera

NVTi has really upped the ante since I trialed its already powerful night- and long-vision, multicamera 4000 series. For one thing—whereas many owners these days appreciate sleek industrial design, even in cabin top gear—obvious care was taken to beautifully sculpt the 6000 series housing. Triple eye candy aside, check this list of new performance

Humminbird 997c Combo NVB

The new top of Humminbird's fast-growing electronics line seems capable, as deconstructing its model name suggests. SI means that the 957c, besides doing "normal" dual-frequency fishfinding, can push out a wide, 600-kHz swath whose returns build a photo-like "sonar image" of bottom structure up to "150 feet down and 240 feet to each side." Note the detail on

Propeller-less Propulsion

Ever since the paddlewheel gave way to the screw propeller, there has been little fundamental change in the way that ships and boats are propelled through the water. Over the last century or so, engines and hull forms have evolved substantially, but the means of converting horsepower into thrust has remained pretty much the same: a rotating propeller accelerates the surrounding water in one

Splash Out on Spray Rails

Some boats are fine in almost all respects but harbor a gremlin or two that become annoying out of proportion to their real importance. PMY editor-in-chief Richard Thiel owns such a boat, Ava T., a classic Jarvis Newman 32 ideal for day cruising and overnighting, fishing, or picnicking. Her Cummins diesel is reliable and economical, her equipment simple and dependable, and her

Mega Read

Re-create a bygone era of opulence and extravagance by flipping through the pages of Millionaires, Mansions, and Motor Yachts. The beautiful 256-page book includes more than 250 duotone images (many reportedly never before published) of yachts and mansions belonging to the likes of Alfred and Jessie DuPont and businessman Thomas Lawson, to name a few. In

A Touch of Class

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

Playing it Safe

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

Docking Magic

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

Horizon Yachts Vision 68

Horizon Yachts Vision 68

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,

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