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Joy (Stick) Ride to Key West

The whole thing started with a simple, straightforward question. I was standing under a chandelier at a cocktail reception at the Atlanta Boat Show, with a glass of Perrier in one hand and a toothpick-skewered scallop in the other, when Tom Duncan, Sea Ray’s ad agency guy, eased alongside and asked, "So Bill, if you have room on one of the long boat trips you sometimes do for the magazine, could

Birth of a Destination

Laurence Provost kneels on the sofa, her fingers wrapped delicately yet deliberately over its back edge. The French charter broker peers intently out the Azimut 74's port-side saloon window. Dark, unyielding clouds hover over the towering mountains of southeastern Brazil. There are 365 islands here, each one ringed with rain-drenched beaches. It's been a relentless downpour for four days and

Bluewater's Big Cruise

It is often said that couples who play together, stay together. My parents, for example, have been happily married for nearly 40 years. And while it would be a gross overstatement to claim that it was only shared hobbies that kept their marriage afloat, it certainly hasn't hurt that they both love to travel and are rabid Yankees fans. That said (and my apologies, Mom and Dad), my parents have got

The Secret Sea

Have you ever been somewhere so unspoiled, so beautiful, so perfect you were afraid to tell anyone about it for fear they'd go there and ruin it? That's how I felt after a one-week bareboat charter on a 47-foot Moorings powercat out of La Paz, Mexico. I couldn't wait to tell everyone about the splendid isolation of the Sea of Cortez, which I consider the best bareboat cruising destination

Monster Marinas

Let's be honest. When people think megayachts, they think money—and for good reason. Not only are these vessels costly to own and operate, they have an enormous positive impact on local economies. Take, for example, a recent study conducted by Thomas J. Murray & Associates on behalf of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida. It found that nearly 1,500 megayachts cruised into

Coaster Cruising

My nephew Liam has always been what you might call an old soul. He is as comfortable with my friends as he is with his own, speaks multiple languages, practices the piano without argument, and actually gets along with his parents. It's easy to forget how young he is sometimes. But if there is one thing that truly brings out the 11-year-old in him, it's roller coasters.

How To Hop

I saw about 300 charter yachts in 2007. Most of them I toured at boat shows at a pace of at least ten yachts a day. My stack of collected brochures from last year alone is more than three-feet tall. And it sits in my office next to similar-size stacks from years past.

That's a lot of boats to try to remember, and I'd be lying if I told you they all stay at

Land of Smiles

I cannot imagine how the crew felt behind the galley door.

It was about 7:30 at night off the eastern coast of Phuket, Thailand, and I was sitting at the regal dining table onboard the 172-foot motoryacht Taipan III. I was about to be served dinner—a formal, European-style affair to celebrate the end of our group's charter in a beautiful cruising ground well on its way to

Destinations To Die For: Greenport, New York

Preston's marine-supply store in Greenport's Harbor Wharf opened in 1880.

I first became smitten with Greenport, New York, after my friend Caroline was married there a few years ago. The wedding took place in a small, white chapel in this historic fishing village, and the...

Destinations To Die For: New York, New York

Pedestrians and cars alike traverse the Brooklyn (background) and Manhattan Bridges, each more than 100 years old, every day.

Full disclosure: I'm a born and bred New Yorker, so perhaps you native Floridians (if there are such things) or Californians may find me biased.

Destinations To Die For: Penobscot Bay, Maine

Stonington Harbor on Deer Isle is one of many fine overnight spots in Penobscot Bay.

You can't even say "August on the coast of Maine" without getting a little dreamy. When cruising up to Penobscot Bay from the southwest, Tenants Harbor, home to boatbuilder Lyman Morse, should...

Destinations To Die For: Panama City, Florida

The Panama City Beach area is loaded with quiet bayous and creeks.

I guess there's some disagreement over whether newspaperman Howell Raines actually coined the term Redneck Riviera to describe the swathe of beaches and communities on the southern fringe of Florida's...

Destinations To Die For: Key West, Florida

Sunsets like this are a virtual sure thing at Mallory Square.

The hot, orange-hued ball in the sky melts into the sea while my eyes record the sky's constantly morphing colors. In this sublime postcard moment, the knots that seemed forever housed in the tops of my shoulders...

Destinations To Die For

The end of the year is upon us, and that's not a bad thing. While you look back on all the wonderful boating memories you have from the last 12 months, you're probably also dreaming about adventures in the year ahead. Maybe you're a fisherman who wants to spend the morning searching for striped

Expand Your Horizons

Some spots like sunny San Diego will begin welcoming more yachts in the mega size range.

Something started bugging me shortly after I started working here more than a decade ago: Given the variety of our big blue marble, why do so many yacht owners visit the same places over and over? I know it's natural to have an affinity for a

Natural Law

On the southwest corner of a small Greek island called Symi, there is a harbor surrounded on two sides by wild brush and on the third by a sprawling monastery. The ornate, 18th-century complex is dedicated to Michael, the island's patron saint and protector of sailors. The faithful say the harbor is where all of the world's waters lead, and they have washed-ashore bottles stuffed with handwritten

The Next Wave

The charter world has its share of classic destinations: the Western Med, the Virgin Islands, the Bahamas. With awesome beauty and amenities galore, it's no wonder they're so popular. But mention them to charterers, and you're likely to get, "Been there, done that." Fortunately, for those with a passion for exploration, there are still plenty of off-the-beaten-path locales to visit. These

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