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by George L. Petrie

Riva 92 Duchessa Fly

By George L. Petrie | Posted April 2008 | Add a Comment

As an encore to the 2005 debut of its 115-foot flagship, Athena, the Italian builder Riva introduces its newest offering, the 92-foot Duchessa Fly. Filling a gap between Athena and the 85 Opera Super, she's arguably the sleekest and most stylish of Riva's decidedly upscale large offerings.Illustration: Bruce Alderson

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Fast Food

By George L. Petrie | Posted April 2008 | Add a Comment

Mystic SL 700It was an unlikely scene. The owner and his wife, both in their 70s, sat hunkered down in the U-shape settee forward of the centerline helm station in their custom-built, 70-foot express yacht. Grimacing against the sting of a cold drizzle that hung over the St. John's River, just south of St. Augustine, Florida, they

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Cheoy Lee Serenity Series 68

By George L. Petrie | Posted April 2008 | Add a Comment

Even in this era of globalization, few projects can rival the Serenity Series for geographic diversity. Cheoy Lee Shipyards will build the 68, the first model in the series, at its yard in Doumen, China. Her design comes via an Australian firm, David Bentley Industrial Design, while her high-tech composites were spec’d by the structural gurus at High Modulus in New Zealand. Rounding out the team,

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Outer Reef 63

By George L. Petrie | Posted April 2008 | Add a Comment

Adapting to a marketplace that is becoming ever more sensitive to fuel economy, efficiency, and carbon footprint, Outer Reef Yachts is now offering smaller engine options throughout its model lineup, from 65 to 85 feet. It has also introduced a 58-footer, optimized for these engine packages. Add an optional five-foot cockpit, and voila, you have the Outer Reef 63.

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Shannon Tender 32

By George L. Petrie | Posted March 2008 | Add a Comment

Recognizing that many megayacht owners may wish to have a tender as distinctive as their motoryacht, Shannon Yachts has introduced the Shannon Tender 32. Considering her classical styling with jaunty Downeast flare, it's easy to see why designer Walter Schulz calls her a limo launch. From her S-shape stem to her rakish transom, the 32 exudes a sophisticated bearing, underscored by a sporty

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Hatteras 56 Motor Yacht

By George L. Petrie | Posted March 2008 | Add a Comment

The fact that the Hatteras 56 is touted by the builder as an "entry-level product...priced at under $2 million" seems rather startling. But that shouldn't suggest she's wanting for features, quality, or performance. What's more, she offers a variety of innovative options that let each owner feel like the yacht is tailor-made.Hatteras 56

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Van Peteghem Lauriot Prevost's Noah

By George L. Petrie | Posted January 2008 | Add a Comment

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 NoahIn profile, Noah's strong stem

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Abeking & Rasmussen 40M SWATH

By George L. Petrie | Posted January 2008 | Add a Comment

In an industry where every nuance of a hull form is hyped as the greatest innovation since the pointed bow, it's a rare pleasure to witness the introduction of a concept that truly is a departure from the norm. And it's even more so when the design concept promises to deliver the naval architect's Holy Grail: efficiency and seakindliness with minimum noise and vibration.

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ISA 600

By George L. Petrie | Posted December 2007 | Add a Comment

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

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Viking 82 Convertible

By George L. Petrie | Posted December 2007 | Add a Comment

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

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