Off Costa Rica’s Marina Pez Vela, an Indo-Pacific sailfish puts the “trip” in fishing trip. We visit Marina Pez Vela, a full-service marina with high-end condos and a luxury shopping area under construction that has its hopes set on becoming a Mecca for boaters and sportfishermen alike...
A waypoint for cruising yachtsmen, the S.S. Sapona has a history rife with mystery and intrigue. Just south of Bimini, a ghostly apparition rises from the crystalline depths, a shipwreck so sun-bleached and battered it resembles the skeletal rib cage of some Leviathan, long-deceased and now resting peacefully in paradise. But this is no ordinary wreck, and the S.S. Sapona was no ordinary ship.
Starting a boat trip with a ride in a Dodge pickup is odd perhaps. But then, the tour it facilitated sorta set the tone for the rest of that sunny day this past April. Vice president of Trinity Yachts Billy Smith was at the helm of the Dodge.
Truth in Advertising: It Is Better In The Bahamas.At the tail end of an endless northern winter, the catchy jingle of a well-timed Bahamian marketing campaign was stuck in my head. Advertising images of bright sun, white beaches...
Having a Blast in Bimini: The PMY Rendezvous went off without a hitch. The inaugural PMY Rendezvous recently made quite a splash in Bimini this past Fourth of July weekend with about 100 guests and 30 boats filling up the slips and luxury condominiums at Bimini Sands Resort & Marina, a co-sponsor of the event. Gourmet meals and fun activities were planned
Lost in Paradise: I have a confession to make: I love beer. Vodka was a cheap fling, whiskey and I have had a falling out (no pun intended), and I told tequila to hit the bricks after an ill-fated trip to Cabo San Lucas many moons ago. But nestling up to some frosty hops at the end of a
A Glimpse of the good life along the Cote d’Azur.
There are many ways to leave the Monaco Yacht Show: by car, by train, by helicopter. But for the lucky few who have an invitation, there is only one way: by megayacht. Fortunately, I had one—to spend four days and
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
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
I was sitting on the foredeck of the trimaran as we passed Isla Tortuga (Turtle Island) and spied the sunbathing California sea lions that make an annual...
Truthfully I'm somewhat loathe to sing the praises of Block Island in September, and it's not because I don't love it there. I do. In fact, to my...
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.
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...