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Van Peteghem Lauriot Prevost's Noah

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.

Van Peteghem Lauriot Prèvost's Noah

In profile, Noah's strong stem

Wayachts 46

Wayachts 46

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

Lightweight Heavyweight

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

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A ship is said to be in proper trim when she floats in the water "on an even keel"—that is, neither down by the bow nor by the stern. A person is said to be "on an even keel" when he is as steady and well-balanced in life and in work as the well-trimmed ship is in the water.

A 32-year career in the yachting industry has given me an interesting

Kindred Spirits

At most yards the first step in building a yacht involves rolling out fiberglass mat or cutting huge sheets of metal. At Lazzara Yachts, however, it all starts with pasta.

From contract to completion, the 116-foot flagship of Lazzara Yachts gives new meaning to family time.

Dick and Brad Lazzara, brothers who opened the yard in

ISA 600

Even if you didn't know that the new ISA 600 is an Italian design, you likely would have guessed it. Nearly 200 feet in length and with five decks from her keel to her flying bridge, she looks as sleek as a Formula One race car. A towering bow and deep forward bulwarks virtually disappear as they blend into the deckhouse in way of her upper deck, while elongated side windows and a modest knuckle

Viking 82 Convertible

Sometimes bigger is better. A case in point is Viking Yachts' 82 Convertible, eight feet longer and about two feet beamier than the builder's current flagship 74 Convertible. Don't get me wrong, the 74 is no slouch. But I never warmed to her lower-deck layout, with its meandering passageway along the

After Petroleum, What?

Azimut's fuel cell genset derives energy from gasoline. Future versions will use diesel fuel taken from the boat's diesel fuel tanks.

The days of gasoline and diesel are rapidly coming to an end. With more than a quarter of the northern polar ice cap gone this summer and unprecedented drought in the southeast and west, even Dubya

The Horsepower Equation

"But I like the 1,300-hp motors," my friend Tom says emphatically while discussing his new 50-footer. "They give me a 33-knot cruise. The 1,050-hp ones will only keep me somewhere between 28 and 30," he adds with a sigh. "What's wrong with 30 knots?" I retort. "Nothing," he replies, "but the bigger motors give me 33 knots!" You can see where this conversation was going. Tom is also restoring a

Sharply Dressed

Marquis 40 SC

Wisconsin-based Marquis Yachts prides itself on its American-built boats with European style, and the 40 SC seems the epitome of what the company has set out to achieve.

The styling is sharp, if a bit futuristic, with everything from the backrest of the bench-style helm chair to the corner moldings on the

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