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
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
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.
Dick and Brad Lazzara, brothers who opened the yard in
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
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
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
"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