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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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Mixing Business With Pleasure

By Capt. Grant Rafterphotos by Klaus... | Posted January 2008 | Add a Comment

Lürssen's KismetI nibbled on a pineapple skewer as the rain fell in a hush against the gray hull of Kismet. At 223 feet LOA with a beam of 42 feet and towering 66 feet to the top of her radars, she turned heads from the 17th Street Causeway during last year's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. At the behest of

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