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Aicon 75 Fly

Aicon 75 Fly

A Slice of Sicilian Fly

Built in Aicon's Giammoro factory in Messina on the Island of Sicily, the 75 Fly has styling that is distinctly Italian, from her lines to her leather. But her most prominent feature is an extended radar arch overhang that shades her flying bridge. With the push of a button, the canvas

Horizon Vision 68

Taiwanese builder Horizon recently delivered Hull No. 1 of its Vision 68 series to Seattle. Greg Marshall Designs—the same firm that styled Westport's 130—gave this 68-footer a more-than-20-foot beam, allowing her to accommodate four large staterooms (one aft that can be enlisted as a separate crew quarters) and an open main saloon. The 68 offers the

S Is for Spectacular

When you pack your bag for a trip to Dubai, it's just as well to include, along with your sunglasses, passport, and gold credit card, some suspension of disbelief. Nothing quite prepares you for the place that a generation ago was little more than a few mud-brick dwellings and some concrete warehouses lining the now-famous dhow-packed creek.

Today it is one

Engineering Tradition

At the Sparkman & Stephens offices in midtown Manhattan, Bruce Johnson, executive vice president and chief designer, greeted me with a firm handshake and led me past the drawing tables to the conference room where Greg Matzat, chief naval architect and newly named president of the design firm, was waiting. I opened with my thesis question for my story, "As a firm who predominately designs

Trinity Yachts' Mine Games

One of the major challenges in yacht design is creating a look that is distinctive but not outlandish. With its 164-foot trideck Mine Games, Trinity Yachts seems to have hit just the right balance. Her deckhouse side windows are nestled into two elongated ovals that diminish the visual mass of her

Outer Reef Reefrunner 70

Known for traditional pilothouse motoryachts, Ocean Reef Yachts has gone sleek and sexy with the Reefrunner 70, a Downeast-style cruiser expected to have a top speed around 40 knots and a cruise speed of about 35 knots. Seeking to appeal to a broad range of customers, the Reefrunner is offered in either a four-stateroom, galley-up or a three-stateroom, galley-down arrangement and an express or

Sea Ray 47 Sedan Bridge

Sea Ray 47 Sedan Bridge

Although the Sea Ray 47 Sedan Bridge has a pair of 578-hp Cummins QSC-600 diesels tucked inside for thrills, the boat appears more dedicated to enclaves for relaxing.

Beginning on the sedan bridge, the place to sit is forward of the wheel, in a four-person, diner-style booth that offers a great locale

The End of Rock and Roll

If you could eliminate one thing from boating, what would it be—other than cost? If you said rough water, you'd not be alone. Uncomfortable gyrations have been the bane of seafarers ever since someone hollowed out a tree trunk. But, of course, no one this side of the New Testament can calm troubled waters. Ancient mariners poured oil on them to no avail. Modern active and passive

The River Rats of Ramadi

For coalition forces Ramadi is the most dangerous city in Iraq. The capital of sprawling Al Anbar province in western Iraq, the city lies 65 miles west of Baghdad. Ramadi is the focal point of the insurgency in Anbar, as foreign terrorists cross the borders and follow the Euphrates valley down towards the city. There's none of the sectarian violence here that has ripped apart Baghdad in the last

Heesen 55-Meter

Not just the largest motoryacht to date for Heesen Yachts, this 55-meter (180-footer) is one of the most technologically advanced projects ever undertaken by the Dutch builder. Built entirely of aluminum, she'll meet ABS @ A1 Yachting Service AMS Class and

Burger Boat Company's Liberty

Like Tom Cruise in Top Gun, the "need for speed" was a high priority for the owners of a custom 101-foot motoryacht being built at Burger Boat Company. But other priorities included world-class fit and finish, seaworthiness, and state-of-the-art technology, plus finding a yard with a reputation for service and reliability. These factors, along with an immediate rapport with CEO and

Shark Attack

Riviera M470

If Riviera's new M470 anchored near the hamlet of Amity, you can be sure a mob of frantic swimmers would soon be on the beach. With lines like Jaws, her aspect is aggressive—even the radar arch, with a canvas fold-back bimini, sticks up like a dorsal fin. The cockpit, however, is softer. A rounded wet

Island Pilot 435 Fast Trawler

Since its inception, the Island Pilot design team (which hired me as a consultant) has refused to be bound by conventional thinking. The design goals for the original Island Pilot 395 were simple: offer a well-found vessel with distinctive styling and accommodations suited for a cruising couple; deliver

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