My notebook was almost full. Cannes does that. Not being in films, I hardly ever visit the town except at boat-show time, in September. In the last few years, the show has gotten bigger, more international, and more important than ever. Boatyards from all over Europe are increasingly seeing it as the crucial launch platform for new models. For a photojournalist like me, that means bouts of
It was an unlikely scene. The owner and his wife, both in their 70s, sat hunkered down in the U-shape settee forward of the centerline helm station in their custom-built, 70-foot express yacht. Grimacing against the sting of a cold drizzle that hung over the St. John's River, just south of St. Augustine, Florida, they
Even in this era of globalization, few projects can rival the Serenity Series for geographic diversity. Cheoy Lee Shipyards will build the 68, the first model in the series, at its yard in Doumen, China. Her design comes via an Australian firm, David Bentley Industrial Design, while her high-tech composites were spec’d by the structural gurus at High Modulus in New Zealand. Rounding out the team,
Adapting to a marketplace that is becoming ever more sensitive to fuel economy, efficiency, and carbon footprint, Outer Reef Yachts is now offering smaller engine options throughout its model lineup, from 65 to 85 feet. It has also introduced a 58-footer, optimized for these engine packages. Add an optional five-foot cockpit, and voila, you have the Outer Reef 63.
Hatteras Yachts placed ease of operation near the top of its list of design criteria for its 72 Motor Yacht, attempting to make life simpler for both owners and crew. Instead of expanding the deckhouse to fill the 20'2" beam, designers left room for full-length side decks. They allow the crew to stay clear of the
The fact that the Hatteras 56 is touted by the builder as an "entry-level product...priced at under $2 million" seems rather startling. But that shouldn't suggest she's wanting for features, quality, or performance. What's more, she offers a variety of innovative options that let each owner feel like the yacht is tailor-made.
Recognizing that many megayacht owners may wish to have a tender as distinctive as their motoryacht, Shannon Yachts has introduced the Shannon Tender 32. Considering her classical styling with jaunty Downeast flare, it's easy to see why designer Walter Schulz calls her a limo launch. From her S-shape stem to her rakish transom, the 32 exudes a sophisticated bearing, underscored by a sporty
For years my crew and I researched making the move into a custom North Carolina sportfisherman—research that was a lot more hands-on than most. You
When your testing ground is off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina—the infamously stormy sand spit that has earned the nickname "The Graveyard of the Atlantic"—you had better build a strong boat. Through-bolted every six inches with 316L stainless steel rivets, the Albemarle 290XF is just that, featuring a
The problem with catamarans is that they all look like, uh, catamarans. But French design firm Van Peteghem Lauriot Prévost puts a twist on the concept, creating a stylish look while retaining the attributes that make twin hulls so attractive.
In profile, Noah's strong stem
From the sky, she looks like a giant horseshoe. But with a purported top speed of 36 knots, Wayachts' Italian-built Wave 46 Quarantasei can gallop right along.
Beginning on two steps that serve as a swim platform
At the centerline helm, which features a standard Raymarine chartplotter and VHF and a
When most people think of Dutch yachtbuilding, they certainly think of high quality, but they also likely recall the names of some of the largest privately owned vessels in the world. Little wonder: Within the past 15 years alone, more than two dozen motor- and sailing yachts exceeding 150 feet LOA and stretching upwards of 300 feet LOA have emerged from this tiny country. And there are several
Boats that bring efficiency over a range of speeds are appealing to today’s coastal cruiser. Those with style and a bit of panache are sure to have their own admirers. The Absolute 52 Navetta will certainly fall into both categories. See what we’re talking about here. ▶
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