Kevin Koenig's blog
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.
MarineMax and Sea Ray put together an elegant event in Manhattan to show appreciation for their customers and to highlight one new launch in particular.
I live right across the Hudson River from Manhattan in Hoboken, New Jersey. So when I saw MarineMax marketing maven Josie Tucci at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, she invited me to a party her company was throwing in conjunction with Sea Ray at Chelsea Piers. It was pretty much a no-brainer that I was going to go. It’s a five-minute ferry ride after all.
If you’ve got a good dog and you’re on the water, that’s a hell of a start to having a perfect day. (Cold beer, good friends, and a decent stereo help too.) But some dog breeds are better suited to the pleasures of boating than others. These are my top dogs for the life aquatic.
We tracked down the inside scoop on what boatbuilders are up to next.
I had an interesting conversation onboard a super-posh Bertram 64 yesterday during the company’s dark n’ stormy party. I was standing in the cockpit chatting with the nattily attired yacht designer about his background and where he wants to take Bertram. Ullberg got his start alongside nautical legend Tom Fexas, and eventually made his way into designing serious fishing boats with a concentration on speed. He was talking so much about beating the other guy back to the docks that I asked if he had a racing background.