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Alyssa Haak's blog

Luna Eclipse

A dramatic reenactment.*

The Venice art biennale is in full swing right now. Since 1895, the festival has brought together artists of every discipline ...as well as those who can afford to purchase their art.

Cakewalk for Sale

The 281-foot Cakewalk, which debuted at No. 38 on last year's Top 100, is now for sale through Burgess and Merle Wood.

Top 100 Preview

The Top 100 list is not a static beast. It is like a sort of mythical shape shifter. How do you use the August issue?

Anyways, I'm elbow-deep in Top 100 and here's a bit of a taste of what's to come:

Nobiskrug's 74-meter (242-foot) Sapphire was just delivered to her owners. Any guesses as to what number she'll be on this year's list?

Gray is the color of the day

At the end of 2010, Edmiston announced the sale of Madsummer and her rechristening as TV.

The 257-foot Luerrsen has just finished her refit at Rybovich, where her baby blue hull went to gray.

She's currently available for charter at $850,000 per week, which grants access to her sundeck Jacuzzi and jet swimming pool.

Italian Shipyard Tour: Ancona and Cattolica

I have just finished day two of a whirlwind Italian shipyard tour. The week was kicked off by the launch of the Pershing 108 on Monday. (The previous night, the launch was celebrated by an approximately 42-course dinner.)

But Monday was serious boating business. The day began at the Pershing shipyard, where Hull No 2 of the 108 (and of course other boats that were not the star of the event) was under construction.

Now where?

Some times, while traveling, it's good to take stock of where you are as it can be easy to lose track. It appears that I am now approximately 1,632 miles away from home.

Moonen Update

In the March issue, I wrote that Moonen was working on building their biggest yacht to date at 133-feet. The owner had owned two smaller Moonens previously and was outfitting his newest with all sort of toys—include a two-person submarine capable of descending 100 feet.

Happy Birthday, Dad

Today is my father's birthday. And he's the reason I'm here ... no, no. Not in the "reason I'm on this Earth" way though it's true in that sense as well. My father is the reason I'm in this job.

He bought our family's first boat - a 21-foot Bayliner bowrider named Why Knot - when I was about a year old. We had that boat for almost two decades before upgrading to a 26-foot Sea Ray named the Sea Hawk.

Exuma Islands, Bahamas

I just returned from an IYC-organized trip to the Exuma islands of the Bahamas. The trip gathered five megayachts into a flotilla and set off to cruise the clear blue water of the lands. Included in the flotilla were Tuscan Sun, Big City (with their tender Small Town), At Last (tender: At Least), Hooter Patrol 4, and Independence.