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Mangusta 105

By Alan Harper | Posted February 2012

Few boatbuilders put together a big boat with big-time performance quite like Overmarine. The Mangusta 105 matches a pair of 2,400-hp MTU diesels to water jets to offer impressive speeds with considerable luxury. PMY's independant boat test of the 105-foot Mangusta megayacht. Chasing the Snake: Mangusta builds a boat to kill a cobra. It’s a great story...

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Amels 212 Imagine

By Alan Harper | Posted February 2012 | Add a Comment

Pure Imagination: Amels’ Limited Editions combine the delivery time of semicustom yachts with custom-yacht individuality. Built by Amels in Holland and recently arrived in the Med for the summer season, Imagine is the latest in the shipyard’s Limited Editions series.

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Danish Yachts Shooting Star

By Alan Harper | Posted January 2012 | Add a Comment

Danish Yachts builds to thrill. There are various types of efficiency that people talk about when considering fast motoryachts. There’s the efficiency of the hull form, which must be as slippery and easily driven as possible—though without compromising...

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Custom Line 100

By Alan Harper | Posted October 2011 | Add a Comment

Photo courtesy of Custom LineKind Of CoolCustom Line turns out a sleek 100-footer that hits all the right notes.With its Roman theater, 15th-century castle, and 800-year-old cathedral high on the hill, Trieste, Italy, would probably find its way onto most modern travelers’ itineraries even if the

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CRN’s Dislopen Concept

By Alan Harper | Posted October 2011 | Add a Comment

Rendering courtesy of CRNCRN says it looked at everything from the big, fast Mangustas to the dreamy Wally Island concept and came up with something roughly in between. Its Dislopen design, launched in July in London, looks like the improbable outcome of a marriage between a lightweight, aluminum express cruiser and a heavy steel

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The history of the iconic boatbuilder Hinckley

By Alan Harper | Posted May 2011 | Add a Comment

On Even KeelThe estimable Hinckley yard has a new boat with a classic look, new orders, and a plan for prosperity.Photos Courtesy of The Hinckley CompanyThe Mark III Picnic Boat launched in 2008.In September 2009, The New York Times reported that David Rockefeller Sr.,

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Moonen 97

By Alan Harper | Posted February 2011 | Add a Comment

Small WonderMoonen’s 97 was made to cross the same oceans as expedition yachts.Moonen 97, LiviaMoonen is a shipyard that seems to be going places. With a recently arrived new owner, some new investment, and a brand-new shipyard, the Dutch yachtbuilder is also moving into new markets and

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Sunseeker 40 Meter

By Alan Harper | Posted February 2011 | Add a Comment

Heir to the QueenSunseeker’s 40 Meter outdoes her 37-meter sistership in every way that counts.Sunseeker has grown in the last 40 years or so into one of the strongest global brands in boatbuilding, but as a company it remains proud of its British roots. That means, whenever possible, new models are launched at one of the shipyard’s

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Blue Belle

By Alan Harperphotos by Klaus... | Posted July 2009 | Add a Comment

Room for 12 guests, 32 crew, and two 20-plus-foot sportboats.No, your eyes do not deceive you: This yacht’s hull is blue. Not just any blue, but baby blue—perhaps the babiest blue ever applied to that ultimate symbol of technological machismo, the megayacht.That something so apparently insignificant as hull color can, in

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Third Time’s the Charm

By Alan Harperphotos by Klaus... | Posted October 2008 | Add a Comment

If you’re familiar with Monaco, you’ll also be familiar-unless you’re very rich or very lucky-with the neck ache you get from looking up at those enormous motoryachts. Last time I was in town, I got lucky: I was looking down. Lrssen's Martha AnnOn one side there was Mohammed Al-Fayed’s 208-foot Sokar. Beyond her was Wedge

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