While perusing the pages of this, our latest list of America’s 100 Largest Yachts, you’re likely to notice something of a trend. At presstime, a lot of the boats on the following pages were on the market—both newer builds and old. Now what’s that all about? you might wonder. But don’t fret. It doesn’t mean that there’s been a panic in the superyacht sphere and
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Trident | 213'9" ( tie )
In June, during a tour of Dutch-based builders, I got a chance to take a short cruise around Amsterdam aboard this 214-foot beauty. And even though her Donald-Starkey interior was not yet complete, I did get to check out some of her more striking design elements. From the centerpiece elevator that Feadship rightly
Attessa | 225'0" ( 71 )
Billionaire industrialist, shipping magnate, and true boat lover Dennis Washington owns this 226-foot beauty, which has a storied past despite her youthful appearance. She was originally launched in 1998 as the 203-foot Feadship Lady Avila. In May 2001, during a passage from Thailand to Rhodes, she caught fire
Martha Ann | 229'6" ( 67 ) ( tie )
Martha Ann’s a globe-trotter of the first order. Since her launch in December 2007, she’s already made landfall in a host of palm-fringed ports in the Bahamas and western Caribbean. One of her most spottable attributes is her striking blue hull, a color not shared by sisterships Apoise (89)
Predator | 238'8" ( 54 )
At first glance Predator may seem like something out of a Jules Verne novel, but she is very real and very eye-catching. Her axe-bow design is actually a throwback to ships of the 1800’s, but by no means an exercise in nostalgia. According to Feadship, about six years ago it investigated the possibility of
Madsummer | ( tie ) 257'2"
Do you have a million bucks you’re looking to do something with? Well, you could use it to charter this American-owned 257-footer for the week. And what a yacht you’d get. From a fleet that includes mid-20-foot sportboats and a plethora of
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 Amevi (39). And though Oceanco says the sleek appearance of this full-displacement, deeply flared beauty mixes “luxury” and “sobriety,” we
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 same-named number 94 on our list, which was launched by Oceanco in 2005. Interestingly, both vessels had the same interior designer,
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 & Motoryacht 100" you’d hardly know it. That’s because this year’s lineup of the world’s 100 largest yachts features more than ten humungous newcomers—some conversions, some new-builds, all of them
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 diesels that each weighed nearly seven tons. She reportedly reached a top speed of 55.9 mph (48.6 knots), and claimed the title of world’s fastest sportfisherman.
Now ACY is at it again.
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 that ultimate symbol of technological machismo, the megayacht.
That something so apparently insignificant as hull color can, in
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 Wildlife Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG), the funds will be allocated for new docks, boat slips, and other facilities to accommodate the nation’s recreational cruisers.