Kevin Koenig's blog
We’re just one month away from one of my favorite days of the year, The Brett T. Bailey Mako Rodeo out of Hoffman’s Marina in Brielle, New Jersey. The event, which is held in memory of Brett Bailey, who was 28 when he died at the World Trade Center on 9/11, raises money for the families of New Jersey National Guard members, among other charities.
I recently got onboard the new Weaver 80 off of Palm Beach. She’s a really cool, fully custom boat that we’ll do a full review on in a future issue of Power & Motoryacht, but for now I want to share an image with you I got from a Seakeeper rep who was also onboard running some tests. The boat has two Seakeeper gyro stabilizers in her engine room—and to be blunt, they work.
I hopped down to West Palm Beach recently for the debut of the Rio Yachts Granturismo 56 on the docks at Palm Harbor Marina. In a nutshell, the whole thing was very Palm Beach-y. A light breeze off the ocean, beautiful women in cocktail dresses, older guys wearing blazers and watches that could pay my rent for a year, and a live band jamming with tasteful restraint as the champagne flowed like water. But the star of the show was the boat, a fully customizable express cruiser from Rio Yachts, a newcomer to the market.
You can file this one under: What the what???!
According the New York Post, noted yachtsman and owner of the 414-foot megayacht Octopus, Paul Allen, recently sold his $28 million Malibu beachfront mansion to CBS president and CEO Les Moonves because he “hated the sound of the ocean.”
Yes you read that correctly.
OK, maybe maelstrom is too strong a word, but when I tested the Viking 42 ST today off of Riviera Beach, it just wasn’t really all that pleasant, weather-wise. The rain was slamming down, the wind was conjuring up whitecaps, and confused four footers made the Atlantic an interesting place to test a boat that easily surpasses 30 knots.
We tend to toss around some hyperbole in this industry. Everything is the best, the most luxurious, the sleekest, whatever. But I mean this in the truest sense of the word when I say that the Astondoa Top Deck 63 that we tested in our February issue is a true showstopper.
Skip Zimbalist today announced some exciting developments for his company, Show Management, and the boating world in general during a press conference held in a penthouse at Miami Beach’s Eden Roc hotel.