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100 Largest Yachts 2009 #31: Vibrant Curiosity

By | Posted July 2009 | Add a Comment

Vibrant Curiosity | 280'4"Talk about pedigree. Vibrant Curiosity is the fourth in Oceanco’s line of Y700-code yachts, which means she counts as sisterships fellow Top 100-ers like Alfa Nero (35) and...

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100 Largest Yachts 2009 #23: Dubawi

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted July 2009 | Add a Comment

World’s 100 Largest Yachts 2009Dubawi | 297'2"A lot of effort goes into any refit, but converting a 20-year-old passenger ship that’s six decks tall and just one yard short of a football field into a...

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100 Largest Yachts 2009 #12: Dilbar

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted July 2009 | Add a Comment

DEBUT: Dilbar -- 360'9" ( tie )Known as project Opal during her construction, Dilbar launched in 2008. Since then she’s often been mistaken for other yachts by amateur yachtspotters, most often the...

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World's 100 Largest Yachts 2009

By | Posted July 2009 | Add a Comment

There’s no denying that, economically speaking, this has been a turbulent year all over the world. And yet flipping through the 2009 edition of "The Power...

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American Custom Yachts 90

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted July 2009 | Add a Comment

Back in 1989, Monterey Marine, which became American Custom Yachts (ACY), launched a vessel named Renegade. At 80 feet LOA, her displacement was a mere 120,000 pounds, even with twin 7,000-hp MTU...

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Blue Belle

By Alan Harperphotos by Klaus... | Posted July 2009 | Add a Comment

Room for 12 guests, 32 crew, and two 20-plus-foot sportboats.No, your eyes do not deceive you: This yacht’s hull is blue. Not just any blue, but baby blue—perhaps the babiest blue ever applied to...

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Big bucks

By Brad Dunn | Posted July 2009 | Add a Comment

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced in April that about $13 million in grants would go to 14 major boating infrastructure projects from Florida to Washington. As part of the U.S. Fish and...

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The Yacht that Vanished

By Andy LavinCapt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2008 | Add a Comment

Years ago, while packing boat-test gear into a Pelican case on the Fort Lauderdale waterfront, I fell into conversation with a white-haired gent in a plaid shirt who’d spent much of his life...

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A Different Kind of Cruising

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted November 2008 | Add a Comment

Basic black gets the souped-up superyacht treatment from renowned designer Martin Francis.At first glance, this column may seem like it’s in the wrong publication--better suited to Motor Trend,...

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America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #1: Rising Sun

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted October 2008 | Add a Comment

#1: RISING SUN—452'8"Rising Sun kicked off 2008 by anchoring in one of her preferred places: North Sound in the British Virgin Islands. Good choice, Larry (that’s Larry Ellison, head of Oracle...

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America's 100 Largest Yachts 2008

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted October 2008 | Add a Comment

With the news of late being dominated by weakness in the economy, politicians bickering over who’s the more qualified presidential candidate, and wildly unstable fuel prices, it’s a wonder we can...

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America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #2: Octopus

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted October 2008 | Add a Comment

#2: OCTOPUS—414'0"There’s no way Paul Allen’s Octopus was going to host the wedding of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (a.k.a. Brangelina) this spring, despite the breathless claims made by our...

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America’s 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #3: Le Grand Bleu

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted October 2008 | Add a Comment

#3: LE GRAND BLEU—370'0''Forty-four-year-old Evgeny (Eugene) Shvidler, an oil and gas billionaire born in Russia but who became an American citizen, enjoys cruising on this big blue boat (hence...

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