Welcome to the first of a five-part series in which we follow the creation of a brand-new sportfishing boat from conception to launch. PMY has been granted exclusive access to the birth of Makaira. For now we‘ll keep its parent company anonymous, but as we get closer to launch, we will reveal it. Of course, we'll conclude the series with an exclusive first test of this exciting new
It's been a long time in gestation: Seaforth Marine built the first Tradition a few years ago, a lovely 54-foot prototype that has been redesigned, morphing into the flagship 58, slated to debut in Annapolis later this year. She's a serious long-range, deep-ocean passagemaker with robust, reliable mechanical systems and all the amenities necessary for extended voyaging.
It's unusual for this column to feature the same yacht for a second time, but the story behind Richmond Yachts is unusual enough to justify a reprise. Ever since Texas businessman and lifelong yachtsman Don Davis took over the British Columbia-based yard (then named Sovereign Yachts) a few years ago, he had a broad ambition: to bring the same level of quality and innovation to the yachting scene
As an encore to the 2005 debut of its 115-foot flagship, Athena, the Italian builder Riva introduces its newest offering, the 92-foot Duchessa Fly. Filling a gap between Athena and the 85 Opera Super, she's arguably the sleekest and most stylish of Riva's decidedly upscale large offerings.
Although the distinction between custom and semicustom can sometimes be blurred, it's often taken to be the following: A custom yacht is designed from the keel up, inside and out, to suit the client, while a semicustom yacht has a custom interior design integrated into a builder's standard hull and deckhouse configuration. Clearly the semicustom approach is more cost-effective, insofar as
Even in this era of globalization, few projects can rival the Serenity Series for geographic diversity. Cheoy Lee Shipyards will build the 68, the first model in the series, at its yard in Doumen, China. Her design comes via an Australian firm, David Bentley Industrial Design, while her high-tech composites were spec’d by the structural gurus at High Modulus in New Zealand. Rounding out the team,
Adapting to a marketplace that is becoming ever more sensitive to fuel economy, efficiency, and carbon footprint, Outer Reef Yachts is now offering smaller engine options throughout its model lineup, from 65 to 85 feet. It has also introduced a 58-footer, optimized for these engine packages. Add an optional five-foot cockpit, and voila, you have the Outer Reef 63.
The fact that the Hatteras 56 is touted by the builder as an "entry-level product...priced at under $2 million" seems rather startling. But that shouldn't suggest she's wanting for features, quality, or performance. What's more, she offers a variety of innovative options that let each owner feel like the yacht is tailor-made.
Recognizing that many megayacht owners may wish to have a tender as distinctive as their motoryacht, Shannon Yachts has introduced the Shannon Tender 32. Considering her classical styling with jaunty Downeast flare, it's easy to see why designer Walter Schulz calls her a limo launch. From her S-shape stem to her rakish transom, the 32 exudes a sophisticated bearing, underscored by a sporty
For years my crew and I researched making the move into a custom North Carolina sportfisherman—research that was a lot more hands-on than most. You
The problem with catamarans is that they all look like, uh, catamarans. But French design firm Van Peteghem Lauriot Prévost puts a twist on the concept, creating a stylish look while retaining the attributes that make twin hulls so attractive.
In profile, Noah's strong stem
Even if you didn't know that the new ISA 600 is an Italian design, you likely would have guessed it. Nearly 200 feet in length and with five decks from her keel to her flying bridge, she looks as sleek as a Formula One race car. A towering bow and deep forward bulwarks virtually disappear as they blend into the deckhouse in way of her upper deck, while elongated side windows and a modest knuckle
Sometimes bigger is better. A case in point is Viking Yachts' 82 Convertible, eight feet longer and about two feet beamier than the builder's current flagship 74 Convertible. Don't get me wrong, the 74 is no slouch. But I never warmed to her lower-deck layout, with its meandering passageway along the
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