Seaside Retreat

Fiftieth anniversaries are among the most highly celebrated occasions, and no wonder. In marriage, spending 50 years with one person says a lot about commitment, loyalty, and love. It should come as no surprise then that gold is the gift given to commemorate this anniversary; it's intimately

The Hidden Tradition

Although the builder True North has only been around since 1999, its parent company, Pearson Composites, has a heritage that stretches back 48 years. (Sailing enthusiasts will recognize it as the manufacturer of J-series boats, one of the standard classes in competitive racing.) But True North's relatively recent arrival on the scene doesn't prevent it from harkening from the same traditions. Her

The New Way To Own

There are few who would argue that the megayacht industry isn't rife with innovation, particularly when it comes to construction and design. There are, after all, vessels on the water today sporting amenities and control systems that until recently were the stuff of science fiction. And yet there's one area of the industry that has suffered from a conspicuous lack of originality: ownership. To

More-Hogany Please?

At last year's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Vicem, the Turkish builder of cold-molded mahogany boats, presented its new 52-foot Classic Express. (The cold-molding process purportedly produces parts that are stronger and lighter than conventional fiberglass ones and involves laminating layers of

The Way Forward: Steyr Motors

A Steyr Motors Hybrid—its footprint is only 3.53" longer than a conventional engine's.

The idea behind the Steyr Motors Hybrid is as elegant as it is simple: tap a diesel's rotational energy by splicing a10-hp/5-kW electric motor/generator between the crankshaft

The Quiet Alternative

Glacier Bay's electric motor, the keystone of its full propulsion system, is on the cutting edge of diesel-electric pleasure boating.

There's a dilemma that prevents diesel-electric propulsion from being widely adopted in boats and yachts, and it involves one of the

The Green Scene

Sparkman & Stephens' Bruce Johnson tells an illustrative story. Recently, a prospective customer stopped by to chat about building a new boat. According to Johnson, the guy wasn't in the least dissatisfied with the relatively new megayacht he currently owns—he loves her and uses her a lot. And he wasn't looking to downsize to a smaller, less-expensive vessel either—the guy's one of the honchos of

Viking Sport Cruisers V78

The partnership of New Jersey-based Viking Yachts with England's Princess Yachts has produced yet another express cruiser on the drafting board. The project, which is meant to fill the gap between the Viking Sport Cruisers V65 and V85, includes the largest fully resin-infused hull the company has built to date. This Bernard Olesinski-designed vessel should align with Viking's long-held reputation

To Affinity and Beyond

Affinity 90

The Affinity 90 should definitely turn heads when she pulls into port. Part yacht, part sportfisherman, she's not only fast and comfortable, she reportedly eats waves too. At 90 feet overall with a beam of 23 feet, she offers plenty of room to move around in. At

Ease of Use

Megayachts Carver 44

The first thing you'll notice when you examine the photo of the new 44 Sojourn is that she's tall: 16'7'' feet from the waterline to the top of her aluminum radar arch, to be exact. According to Carver, the rationale behind her commanding height is to increase the "usability" of the living spaces

Jarrett Bay 77

The new Jarrett Bay 77 will be a force to be reckoned with. Packing 2,400-hp MTUs, she's predicted to reach a top speed of 42 knots or nearly 50 mph, downright impressive for a 77-footer that tips the scales at about 60 tons, not counting fuel, water, or provisions. Even throttled back, she should cruise at 37 knots, or better than 42 mph.

It's not just MTU

Hunt 52 Express

While C. Raymond Hunt Associates has developed projects of up to 100 feet and more, the Hunt 52 will be the largest yacht under the Hunt Yachts brand. Half again as long as the current flagship Harrier 36, the 52 is nonetheless recognizable from the distinctive lines of her classic Ray Hunt-inspired deep-V hull, which is capped by a sweeping, unbroken sheerline.

Cleaner and Greener

I consider myself an evolving environmentalist, although my wife has to occasionally remind me to recycle cardboard cereal boxes and defunct newspapers, and my nostalgia for old-fashioned boatyard fragrances like red-lead primer and tung-oil varnish continues unabated. While progress on the evolutionary has been slow though, it’s also been sure. For months now,