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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

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

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: 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: 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: 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...

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

A Hint of Charter

I had used the C word. And now the sommelier was rabid.

It was sometime between glass number seven and glass number nine on the tasting menu that I innocently, if perhaps a bit drunkenly, commented that every sip tasted remarkably different. I found this quite interesting given that all the whites being served at Olivier Leflaive's winery restaurant were chardonnays grown in the same part

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

Man of the Hour

Southeastern Canada is definitely an off-the-beaten-course destination, one that bursts with harbors and history from the border of Maine up to Newfoundland and beyond. In other, more popular cruising destinations like the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, you might cruise by in a sleek new motoryacht to enflame the envy of everyone ashore. But up in this part of the world, it is a boat's own

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

Island Odyssey

PMY has had a different company boat every year since 1988—most christened Office Ours—and every year they get a little bigger and a little more luxurious. In 2005 we added a twist. Instead of having the boat delivered to us, we went to her—St. Augustine, Florida, where our Luhrs 41 was built. Taking that Office Ours to New York was not only a great cruising

State of the Art

At some point every skipper dreams of making a long offshore passage—maybe across an ocean, to paradisiacal tropical islands, or to the Arctic. But when dreams close in on reality, mundane issues creep in: What's the most seaworthy hull? What if the engine breaks down? Will I get seasick? Enough, already: Worrying too much will drive you right into the arms of the nearest golf pro.

Tough Trip to Charleston

The view from Betty Jane's wheelhouse while we were southbound on the ICW on a showery day.

Things got off to a mangy start. Right in the middle of breakfast, my buddy Chuck called from Florida saying he'd missed his flight—something about being "sicker than a dog" and trying

Displacement Speed

Running a sporty planing boat at dead slow ahead for 23 hours nonstop?! I know it sounds plumb crazy, but I'm hoping that once you understand my strategies and the results, you'll conclude, "Yeah, crazy like a fox!"

A slow cruise from Maine to Connecticut provides a chance to test some

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