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by Alyssa Haak

PMY Associate Editor:
Alyssa grew up boating in northeastern Wisconsin including Lake Winnebago and Butte des Mortes. She spent her summers with her grandpa and dad on their boats the Sea Hawk and the Why Knot. Now in New York, she sometimes rides the ferries just to be on the water. Read more here...

Benetti’s Nataly

By Alyssa Haak | Posted October 2011 | Add a Comment

BenettiStraight-Up NewBenetti launches its first vertical-bow yacht. It’s a story that’s been told a thousand times: An owner decides to design a megayacht that will suit his every whim, finds a yard to build it, and then sets off to sail the high seas. And that’s exactly what the original owner of

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How to have a well-stocked bar on your boat

By Alyssa Haak | Posted September 2011 | Add a Comment

Make friends on the docks by having the best-stocked bar.Breuckelen DistillingLocally Distilled GinLocal distilleries are popping up across the country and are turning out high-quality liquors that can compete with the best of the national brands. For example, Brooklyn-based Breuckelen Distilling uses locally sourced ingredients

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Women-only boating school

By Alyssa HaakPhotos by Barba... | Posted September 2011 | Add a Comment

Capt. Patti Moore stood next to me at the flying-bridge helm and urged me to navigate the 42-foot Grand Banks Paper Moon closer to Mile Marker 16.

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Megayacht builders who keep secrets keep clients

By Alyssa Haak | Posted August 2011 | Add a Comment

Photo by Peter SeyfferthKept Secrets Keep ClientsMegayacht builders are often tasked with contradictory goals: build hard-to-miss yachts and not acknowledge that these large yachts exist. Often times those objectives are easily accomplished by simply ignoring the elephant in the shed. Sylke auf dem Graben, who

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How to relax in megayacht style

By Alyssa Haak | Posted August 2011 | Add a Comment

Sitting Pretty Aboard MegayachtsLady LaraFendi CasaPhoto Courtesy of Fendi CasaBenetti’s 59-meter (193-foot) Lady Lara was the first yacht with an interior completely outfitted by Fendi Casa when she launched in March 2010. Fendi Casa is an extension of Fendi, the Italian

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Horizon Angara Delivered

By Alyssa Haak | Posted August 2011 | Add a Comment

Just DeliveredPhoto courtesy of Horizon YachtsThe 40-meter Horizon, AngaraHorizon AngaraTaiwan-based shipbuilder Horizon has just delivered its fifth yacht longer than 40 meters (131 feet). The 136-foot Angara left the shipyard in mid-May to

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How To Staff A Yacht

By Alyssa Haak | Posted August 2011 | Add a Comment

Now HiringHow To Staff A Yacht The Right Way.Illustration by Steve AdamsWhen an owner decides to build a yacht, he seeks out a shipyard suited to realize his dreams. The builder shapes the hull, installs the engines, and wires in the latest technology. Though her launch gets all the attention, it

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The PMY 100 Largest Yachts 2011

By Alyssa Haak | Posted August 2011 | Add a Comment

When fans of The PMY 100 open their August issue, the first thing they check is whether there’s a new No. 1. This year there isn’t: Eclipse holds that spot just as she did last year. And it’s not unusual for a yacht to repeat. Savarona held the top spot through the ’90s before being slowly bumped down the list in 2003 by Octopus, which held No. 1 for two

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A megayacht adventure in the Bahamas' Exuma chain of islands

By Alyssa HaakPhotos by Jim R... | Posted August 2011 | Add a Comment

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...

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Lürssen's Polar Star

By Alyssa HaakPhotos by Jim R... | Posted July 2011 | Add a Comment

Seeing a yacht in a shipyard is like seeing a dolphin at Sea World—it’s not an entirely accurate representation of behavior in the wild. So when I heard that the 208-foot Polar Star had been released back into the wild after five

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