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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...

Catch Some Z’s on the High Seas

By Alyssa Haak | Posted May 2011 | Add a Comment

When the motion of the ocean isn’t enough, these can help get you to sleep. Safe Bed. If you often have young guests onboard or charter your boat, your onboard mattresses can take quite a beating. Spills and stains are bound to happen when the going gets rough or just if you happen to be drinking wine in bed. Made in North Carolina, Zeus America will custom

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Do-It-Yourself Monkey Fist Doorstop

By Alyssa Haak | Posted April 2011 | Add a Comment

Do-It-Yourself Monkey Fist Doorstop. Supplies Needed: 12 feet of line, rocks, and (optional) string to practice the knot. The monkey fist was originally designed to give weight to a line to help throw it. These days you can find the monkey fist for sale as a doorstop or paperweight starting at about $20, but most boaters already have the supplies and the basic...

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It’s Not Easy Being Green

By Alyssa Haak | Posted April 2011 | Add a Comment

Rendering courtesy of KingshipSome people have trouble thinking of a megayacht as an eco-friendly vessel, which is understandable. Fuel and freshwater capacities are measured in the thousands, if not tens of thousands, of gallons. Some yachts devote entire refrigerators to keeping fresh flowers, and most maintain enough food

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Heesen launches a 47-meter

By Alyssa Haak | Posted March 2011 | Add a Comment

Catch Some AirPhoto Courtesy of Heesen YachtsThe Netherlands-based Heesen Yachts has delivered the 47-meter (154-foot) Air (above), the sixth 47-meter in the series (the sistership to 2009’s Blind Date, 2008’s Elandess), and has three more currently under construction.She has many classic megayacht

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Moonen and Shakin'

By Alyssa Haak | Posted March 2011 | Add a Comment

I’ve known people who seem to never sleep and yet accomplish a variety of tasks with equal skill and ability. The designers and builders at Moonen certainly seem to fit into that class of people. Though the yard is best known for pocket-size megayachts (see last month’s “Small Wonder”), classifying Moonen yachts will be harder in the future as the shipyard has

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Handmade Lures

By Alyssa Haak | Posted March 2011 | Add a Comment

Knowing who designed and made your fishing gear can be rather alluring.Lefty KrehRainy’s FliesLefty Kreh began making his flies in 1947 and though he no longer actually ties them, his designs can be found on the shelves of almost any bait shop. In particular, Lefty’s Deceiver has become an icon of fly fishing.However,

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Megayacht Painting

By Alyssa HaakPhotos by Billy... | Posted February 2011 | Add a Comment

Reflections of PerfectionIt’s an incredible task to create a flawless yacht finish.First steps include making sure the surface of the boat is smooth, which is just as important as how the paint is applied.When a megayacht pulls into a marina, all eyes turn to her. Often her lines will spark comments

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Benetti Sail Division

By Alyssa Haak | Posted February 2011 | Add a Comment

Changing TackA Benetti Sail Division primerThe Benetti Sail Divsion 160 Logica is the longest design in the company’s new line of yachts.Just as you should never judge a book by its cover, you shouldn’t judge the Benetti Sail Division by its name. Sure, the company was founded as Benetti’s

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Chartering Sherakhan

By Alyssa Haak | Posted February 2011 | Add a Comment

And Now for Something Completely DifferentDuring a traditional megayacht charter, guests plan a weeklong itinerary with their favorite stops, meals, and activities (for a six-figure fee plus expenses, of course). And from December through March, the Caribbean is the traditional location for these charters. But this season, the 70-meter (229-foot)

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Megayacht captains tell us what makes their job easier.

By Alyssa Haak | Posted February 2011 | Add a Comment

CMNCloud 9Capt. Colin Boyle, of the 196-foot Cloud 9, says the yacht’s skylounge area is the go-to area for guests (and sometimes crew) and helps him keep everyone onboard happy:Its rapid transformation into cinema mode wows most guests, with its huge screen and low, comfortable sofas for

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