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Benetti Delfino 93

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted November 2012 | Add a Comment

With four guest staterooms belowdecks and a main-deck master, the Benetti Delfino 93 Ocean Drive offered a strong starting point for her owner. But it was the semi-custom nature of the build and the technological advances available that really sold them.

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The World’s 100 Largest Yachts - 2012

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted July 2012 | Add a Comment

Welcome to the 27th annual edition of The World’s 100 Largest Yachts, a.k.a. the PMY 100. Yes, you read that right. Twenty-seven consecutive years of breaking out our tape measures and trying to confirm every last inch of 100 different yachts docked around the globe.

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Megayachts Get Larger and Larger

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted July 2012 | Add a Comment

As megayachts get larger and larger, the yachts on previous versions of the PMY 100 have slid down the list. And each year the boat at number 100 gets a bit larger: This year’s number 100, Coral Island, fell eight spots from number 92 last year. We chart the path of some special yachts as they travel down our list over the years here.

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The Cost of Building a Megayacht

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted July 2012 | Add a Comment

Considering what you could buy, building a world-class megayacht becomes more obviously an act of dedication and passion for spending time on the water. Herewith we present some other options—fewer headaches not guaranteed! 

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Seaside Retreat

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted January 2009 | Add a Comment

Photo Courtesy of SanlorenzoFiftieth anniversaries are among the most highly celebrated occasions, and no wonder. In marriage, spending 50 years with one person says a lot about commitment, loyalty, and love. It should come as no surprise then that gold is the gift given to commemorate this anniversary; it's intimately

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A Different Kind of Cruising

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted November 2008 | Add a Comment

Basic black gets the souped-up superyacht treatment from renowned designer Martin Francis.At first glance, this column may seem like it’s in the wrong publication--better suited to Motor Trend, perhaps, than a motoryacht magazine. But trust me when I say the images here do indeed relate to yachts. In fact, they’re from the

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America's 100 Largest Yachts 2008

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted October 2008 | Add a Comment

With the news of late being dominated by weakness in the economy, politicians bickering over who’s the more qualified presidential candidate, and wildly unstable fuel prices, it’s a wonder we can concentrate on anything else. It’s times like this that we could all use a diversion. Thankfully, "America’s 100 Largest Yachts" is here to serveAnd why not? For those of us who own a boat that

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America's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #13: Martha Ann

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted October 2008 | Add a Comment

#13: MARTHA ANN—229'6"Even though all the guest staterooms on this new yacht’s lower deck feature king-size beds, no doubt someone’s going to make a run for the queen-equipped VIP, considering the cabin is just forward of the skylounge on the bridge deck. No worries if guests want to visit with each other: A circular glass

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America's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #17: Archimedes

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted October 2008 | Add a Comment

#17: ARCHIMEDES—222'3"While her Web site, www.yachtarchimedes.com wasn’t fleshed out at presstime, and as per her owner’s instructions Feadship hasn’t released much information, we do know that this new launch has a John Munford interior, which typically means mahogany paneling and other

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America's 100 Largest Yachts 2008 #22: Fortunato

By Diane M. Byrne | Posted October 2008 | Add a Comment

#22: FORTUNATO—204'5"Some yachts show off new paint jobs, others show off an extension or restyling. Not to be outdone, shortly after New Year’s Day, Fortunato showed off a cool new accessory: a water slide. It lets guests take a thrilling trip from the uppermost deck down into the sea. You can learn more by visiting her Web site,

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