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Alyssa Haak's blog

Setting Sail

It was in our February 2011 issue that we reintroduced you to Benetti Sail Division and its partnership with renowned sailboat designer Luca Brenta. The duo had designed a new Logica line of full-displacement megayachts with sailboat characteristics and were looking for the first owner to begin to cut steel.

What a difference a year makes.

Sitting Still

It's not surprising that the owner of Abeking & Rasmussen's 134-foot SWATH is willing to go to great lengths for stability.

Yacht Contracts Signed

In the past two years, I've gotten to see quite a few shipyards where megayachts get built, but most have been in Europe. (I'd name them but fear I'd leave one off.) In the process, I've learned a lot about construction methods and how projects reach completion.

But I can most clearly see the impact of a yard's success in Northeastern Wisconsin for no other reason than I used to live there and I have family that still does. My grandpa knows people who have worked in local yards, the builders and welders and other skilled craftsmen.

London Calling

This summer, London may well be on par with the summer megayacht destination of St Tropez or Portofino. 

Not only are megayacht berths being constructed for during the Olympics, but now British Education Secretary Michael Gove suggests that the Queen's Jubilee celebrations should go above and beyond and - perhaps - include a new royal yacht.

Lurssen plays its Ace

Photo Credit: Carl Groll www.theyachtphoto.com

Lürssen's Project Rocky emerged from the sheds this week with the moniker ACE clearly emblazoned on her sides. The 87-meter (285-foot) vessel is one of the largest launches of the year.

Boater Safety

 

My holidays, like many people's holidays, involved a trip home to Wisconsin. One afternoon, I was sent to the basement to sort through boxes that contained the abandoned remnants of my childhood. In a box of books, I found my old boaters' safety cards and study guides.

 

Perhaps a more literal eBay

In March 2010, the 219-foot Apoise was auctioned off. And while the peculiar mode of sale created some buzz, it made sense as the yacht's owner had co-founded Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. And whatever your thoughts on her final sale price (reportedly approximately $46 million), the yacht was sold fewer than three months after the owners announced the sale.

But for all the skeptics, someone's ears perked up.

Busy Benetti

Italian megayacht-builder Benetti has had a busy fortnight with the launch of two megayachts.

Sold!

When cruising from Fort Lauderdale to the PMY Rendezvous in Bimini, our Vicem 72 went right past the 160-foot Major Wager.

This classic Feadship was recently sold by RJC Yacht Sales and will eventually be based in Dubai after a major refit that will include her exterior paint, interior decor, and electronics systems.

Sold!

In the February 2011 issue, we introduced you to Benetti Sail Division and its new partnership with sailboat designer Luca Brenta.

Together, they developed the Logica line of motoryachts, which drew from Brenta's sailboat-influenced background.