60-Meter Kaiser

Abeking & Rasmussen

60-Meter Kaiser

Based on her German name, it’s hardly surprising that the 60-meter Kaiser was launched by a German shipyard—Abeking & Rasmussen. At the owner’s direction, the interior design features touches of late 19th-century German


A Big Splash

As Cakewalk was to the U.S., Vava II is to the U.K. The 96-meter (314-foot) mega-yacht launched in September 2011  as the largest private motoryacht to be built in the country in recent memory.

Riding the Tides

Sometimes the customer isn’t always right—and shouldn’t be. Even the most carefully planned charters can encounter hiccups, but quick thinking can usually turn even the worst situation around.

42-Meter E&E

Cizgi Yachts

42-Meter E&E

The first launch from Turkish shipyard Cizgi Yachts, the 42-meter E&E, also debuted at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show. Her explorer-style exterior, designed by Vripack, is easy to picture against a rugged backdrop. But she sports an elegant interior


Heesen Aurelia

Quick off the line is Heesen’s Aurelia, which you could probably guess is tenth in the builder’s line of 37-meter (121-foot) yachts, thanks to the big racing-inspired “10” painted on her aluminum hull. The racing theme continues in everything from her exterior colors, inspired by those of Gulf Oil racing, to her four

Vincenzo Poerio Profile

Vincenzo Poerio

A Rosy Outlook

Vincenzo Poerio holds his business card in both hands when handing it to you. As CEO of Benetti’s new megayacht division, he’s been working to develop the company’s presence in China. Consequently, Poerio has been taking language lessons and adopting Eastern cultural

America's 100 Largest Yachts 2011


Every year PMY releases two lists: the world’s largest yachts (see here) and the largest American-owned yachts. Clearly, some yachts show up on both. But beyond that, the lists also display similar megayacht trends. For instance, this year neither list had a new yacht in its top

Trinity 191 Carpe Diem


Fairy-Tale Ending


Carpe Diem sails off to her happily ever after.

Once upon a time, in a land called Gulfport…” began Capt. Ryan Butterwick as he described to me one of the final sea trials of Carpe Diem before she was handed over to her owners.


CRN’s Dislopen Concept

CRN says it looked at everything from the big, fast Mangustas to the dreamy Wally Island concept and came up with something roughly in between. Its Dislopen design, launched in July in London, looks like the improbable outcome of a marriage between a lightweight, aluminum express cruiser and a heavy steel

Benetti’s Nataly

Straight-Up New

Benetti launches its first vertical-bow yacht.

It’s a story that’s been told a thousand times: An owner decides to design a megayacht that will suit his every whim, finds a yard to build it, and then sets off to sail the high seas. And that’s exactly what the original owner of

Megayacht builders who keep secrets keep clients

Kept Secrets Keep Clients

Megayacht builders are often tasked with contradictory goals: build hard-to-miss yachts and not acknowledge that these large yachts exist. Often times those objectives are easily accomplished by simply ignoring the elephant in the shed. Sylke auf dem Graben, who

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