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
The days of gasoline and diesel are rapidly coming to an end. With more than a quarter of the northern polar ice cap gone this summer and unprecedented drought in the southeast and west, even Dubya
"But I like the 1,300-hp motors," my friend Tom says emphatically while discussing his new 50-footer. "They give me a 33-knot cruise. The 1,050-hp ones will only keep me somewhere between 28 and 30," he adds with a sigh. "What's wrong with 30 knots?" I retort. "Nothing," he replies, "but the bigger motors give me 33 knots!" You can see where this conversation was going. Tom is also restoring a
Wisconsin-based Marquis Yachts prides itself on its American-built boats with European style, and the 40 SC seems the epitome of what the company has set out to achieve.
The styling is sharp, if a bit futuristic, with everything from the backrest of the bench-style helm chair to the corner moldings on the
A few years back, a good friend of mine struck out in his first-ever billfish tournament. Now, he's no amateur. He was born on a boat (literally), manages a marina, and has helped his commercial-captain father run vessels offshore for as long as he can remember. But by the time the tournament came to an end, he was beat. Exhilarated? Yes, but completely and utterly exhausted. He'd spent several
Less Barebones, More Fish Bones
The striped bass in Albemarle Sound have a new enemy in North Carolina builder Grady-White's new Canyon 336. Built as a fish chaser, the 33-footer has an optional T-top that includes radial outriggers, net stowage, and molded-in fore and aft spreader lights. Aft
Most builders update styling periodically to keep models looking fresh. But the revitalized Monte Fino has taken the makeover to a new level. The handsome but somewhat staid look that defined the brand over the past decade has been transformed, creating a svelte charmer that would be the envy of any Italian design studio. Partnering with Humphreys Yacht Design, Monte Fino intends to redesign
Updated styling and a gracefully raked bow are two of the more evident features of the Krogen 55-foot Expedition, but they're just icing on the cake. Leveraging 30 years' experience in building bluewater passagemakers, Kadey-Krogen has raised the bar, offering a purebred expedition-style trawler of superior accommodation that boasts a cruising range of more than 3,000 NM.
A Slice of Sicilian FlyBuilt 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
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
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
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
A buzz surrounding a covered Axopar grew inside the hall at the Dusseldorf boat show. When the veil was finally removed, show-goers were treated to a new model that might just change the game for the Finnish builder. See more here. ▶
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