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Alyssa Haak's blog

On Assignment

Creative Director Aimee Colon and I are out of the office for a feature story for the November issue.

We landed this morning in Bergen, Norway, and are off and running. The yacht that will be profiled is visible in this photo. Can you spot her?

Should be the adventure of a lifetime - as long as we are not captured by vikings or trolls.

Early Bird gets the Slip

Antibes is a megayacht haven and a hub of the crew industry. Close to Monaco and St Tropez, the city attracts a lot of megayacht traffic.

Not surprisingly, the city's limited dock space is very competitive. And sometimes that competition makes more news than others.

Battle of the F45s

It's a question as old as "Would you like fries with that?" It's the eternal struggle between New and Used.

For instance, there's the brand-new! just-launched! Feadship F45, Helix.

The fifth in the series and the first with a nautical interior, she sleeps 10 in 5 cabins. She'll make her debut at this year's Monaco Yacht Show after sea trials.

The new face of the tender.

The buzz word at this year's Monaco Yacht Show seems to be tender. As preparations are well underway for the show, Hodgdon Yachts announced it will be presenting their limo tender.

This tender was chosen for the American-owned Seven Seas.

The Future Begins Now

Though the 34th annual America's Cup may still be two years away, planning has already begun. A partnership with charter agency Fraser Yachts will change the face of the race.

Marathon. A megayacht. Maybe you could sit here to watch the America's Cup. (C) Marc Paris

Reality TV invades the megayacht industry

Over the course of the last year, I have met and spoken with a number of crew members and captains. After years in the industry, these crewmembers have amassed quite a few interesting stories about owners, guests, and each other.

But key to them keeping their jobs is that they have to keep their mouth shut.

Going home

This past weekend, I went home to Wisconsin. And it was fantastic—There was grilling and beer and boats.

On Sunday, I spent some time in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. It's been a few years since I've visited, but I used to spend weeks there in the summer with my cousin and my grandpa. And not much has changed.

Eye Catching

Today I drove to Newport to see a yacht for an October issue story. (I don't want to think about October yet! I've barely begun to enjoy the summer.) 

Yacht Photos

Last week, I wrote about my father's yacht spotting shutterbug ways and asked which boats you'd seen recently. Almost immediately after hitting "Post" my inbox pinged with a note from Capt. Bill Pike. He'd spotted a couple while working hard on Italy's Amalfi coast reporting on the Maestro 82 for an upcoming issue.