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Alyssa Haak's blog

Happy New Year

The New Year's Parties in St Barths are known to draw megayachts from around the Caribbean. Megayachts arrive in Gustavia Harbor weeks in advance to be sure of getting a spot.

Hard-hitting reporting

While researching a story in the challenging climates of the Caribbean, I saw some yachts that I'd previously only seen in the pages of our magazine: A, Luna, Seven Seas, and some other smaller not-Top-100-worthy yachts.

It would be accurate to say that I geeked out like a school girl at a Justin Bieber concert.

A:

Luna:

Worth looking into...

I book my travel plans on kayak.com. I schedule my dinner reservations on opentable.com. I schedule my hair cuts on lifebooker.com. Why should should boating be any different?

Enter Portbooker.com. A recent import that has taken European marinas by storm.

What I did on my Thanksgiving Vacation

Twas the holiday before Christmas, and all through Savannah, not a family member was stirring—not even a mouse. Too much turkey had been consumed and too much wine.

And so passes another Savannah Thanksgiving and another win as fan favorite despite stiff competition in the 2010 Savannah Parade of Lights.

The stocking were hung with care as the Sea Hawk Too stuck with the class Night Before Christmas theme:

Shameless Self-Promotion

River Street is aptly named as it runs along the Savannah River

For the last few years, I've spent Thanksgiving in Savannah, Georgia, with my dad, stepmom, grandpa and his wife.

It's pretty traditional—turkey, wine, boating.

And then, this Saturday the 27th, there is the Harbor Parade of Lights.

Pause a moment

Don't let your eyes trick you: This boat isn't sinking.

Things aren't always what they appear, as the saying goes. Because when the boat is out of the water it looks completely different:

For Sale: A Yacht with a Dubious History

If you're in the market for a used megayacht, one with a less-than-glorious past and in even less-glorious condition just hit the market. Ocean Breeze, formerly owned by Saddam Hussein, is back on the market after months of legal wrangling between Iraq and France, according to ITN news.

Pictures are worth a thousand words

I've come down with a bit of a cold. And after downing large quantities of cold medicine, I've decided it's in everyone's (yours and my) best interests to just post some pretty photos I've recieved the last couple weeks (from smallest to largest, be sure to scroll all the way down):

Odyssey, the former White Rabbit, just relaunched after a refit at the Feadship/De Vries Makkum yard added 3 meters (she's now 41 meters or 134 feet) and space to the superstructure:

Vanity Fair takes on the state of the megayacht industry

November's Vanity Fair features an article titled "Too Big to Sail?" The article promises to delve into the collapse of the megayacht industry in relation to the global economic collapse.