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

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

How To Staff A Yacht

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How To Staff A Yacht The Right Way.

When an owner decides to build a yacht, he seeks out a shipyard suited to realize his dreams. The builder shapes the hull, installs the engines, and wires in the latest technology. Though her launch gets all the attention, it

Customized 52-foot Viking

Just Do It


When this owner decided to run and fish his battlewagon himself, nothing was going to stop him, not even muscular dystrophy.

Easygoing Virginian Steve Jones loves to chase big fish. He also has a hereditary and slowly progressing form of muscular dystrophy that severely limits his mobility, especially in his legs. And since boats don’t come rigged and

The Cost of American Megayacht Ownership

Freedom Ain’t Free

Why so few American megayachts fly the American flag.

Back in January, we printed a letter in Mail from reader Bob Stromberg entitled “Why Are They Flag-less?” which asked quite pointedly why so many American-owned megayachts are not registered in the United States and therefore do not fly the Stars and Stripes. The

Superyachts Brazil

Brazilian Blow Out

As we settle in for a long winter’s nap in the northern hemisphere, summer is heating up for the megayacht industry in the southern one. Throughout Europe and the United States, boatbuilders and boat buyers seem to be playing conservatively. But in Brazil, where conservative is a four-letter word in all aspects of life, many

August 2010 Megayachts Column

Changing of the Guards

Two well-known mega-yards embark on new futures.

In the first half of 2010, ownership changes were underway at two of the largest mega-yacht shipbuilders in Northern Europe: Oceanco and Blohm & Voss.

Oceanco was bought by Mohammed Al Barwani, a private investor from Oman, in early April. Through MB Holdings LLC, he also owns stakes in

A Yacht For Every Harbor

For the team of Nuvolari and Lenard, boats are a passion and a business.

I met Carlo Nuvolari at the front desk of my hotel in the Zattare neighborhood of Venice, Italy, in mid-May. Although it was early, the day was already hot—I was regretting my black pants—but Nuvolari looked remarkably comfortable in a tweed jacket, sweater, and long-sleeved shirt. After introductions we began

Big bucks

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.

“Boating is

The Yacht that Vanished

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 delivering yachts internationally. A garrulous soul, he told me a rousing story about a 75-foot Burger motoryacht he swore he’d seen down in Colombia 20 years before. She’d

Numbers Game

Camper & Nicholsons International recently released its 43-page Super Yachting Index, which quantifies the population of yachts 80 feet and larger. The document represents the first time any large yachting company has publicly offered such information, much of it from internal company and industry-only databases updated through the end of

Green Is Good

Well before it became customary (dare I even say trendy) to think about what type of impact we have on the environment in the course of pursuing our favorite pastime, sailboaters were calling us powerboaters "stinkpotters." While they had a point about diesel-fuel emissions, our wind-powered friends aren't exactly immune to having a negative effect on Mother Earth. (Black and gray water come from

Distinguished, Deservedly So

Capt. Robert Corcoran (left) accepted the award, accompanied by an equally proud John E. Bahen (Argyll's owner) and Sandy Taylor (of Northrop & Johnson, which represents Argyll for charter).

Other people may have continued on their way, but the captain and crew of Argyll stopped—and helped.

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