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Golden Girl

By Kim Kavin | Posted October 2008 | Add a Comment

I am walking down the quay at the megayacht marina in Genoa, Italy. I see a big, white trideck. And a big, white trideck. And a big, white trideck. Palmer Johnson's HokulaniAnd a big... gold... performance cruiser? A 150-footer, to be exact, painted "champagne" with black accents--even the liferaft canisters and

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Go-Anywhere Attitude

By Kim Kavin | Posted September 2008 | Add a Comment

Sure, I'm excited as I approach Latitude, but like everyone else in the dinghy, I can't help but look past her. In any other place, on any given day, odds are the 170-footer would be the biggest boat in the harbor. But on this afternoon just off Panama City, Latitude happens to be anchored a gull's hop from the 414-foot

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Birth of a Destination

By Kim Kavin | Posted September 2008 | Add a Comment

Laurence Provost kneels on the sofa, her fingers wrapped delicately yet deliberately over its back edge. The French charter broker peers intently out the Azimut 74's port-side saloon window. Dark, unyielding clouds hover over the towering mountains of southeastern Brazil. There are 365 islands here, each one ringed with rain-drenched beaches. It's been a relentless downpour for four days and

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The Refit of <i>Lauren L</i>

By Kim Kavin | Posted September 2008 | Add a Comment

Andreas Liveras had a problem. The Greek owner of Monaco-based Liveras Yachts had made his name in large charter yachts, having refit some 15 vessels since 1985 (including gutting the 189-foot Princess Tanya) and having built a couple of skyscrapers from scratch (the 280-foot sisterships Annaliesse and

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Numbers Game

By Kim Kavin | Posted July 2008 | Add a Comment

Camper & Nicholsons International recently released its 43-page Super Yachting Index, which quantifies the population of yachts 80 feet and larger. The document represents the first time any large yachting company has publicly offered such information, much of it from internal company and industry-only databases updated through the end of

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How To Hop

By Kim Kavin | Posted April 2008 | Add a Comment

I saw about 300 charter yachts in 2007. Most of them I toured at boat shows at a pace of at least ten yachts a day. My stack of collected brochures from last year alone is more than three-feet tall. And it sits in my office next to similar-size stacks from years past.That's a lot of boats to try to remember, and I'd be lying if I told you they all stay at

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Exclusive Elegance

By Kim Kavin | Posted April 2008 | Add a Comment

Gustavia Harbour on St. Barts is to yacht charter what The Late Show With David Letterman is to celebrities. There are only so many places to park yourself in front of the audience, and there are precious few chances to get one of those seats—or shall I say slips—on a given night. Anyone yearning to be seen dreads being left in the wings. If you're not good enough to get in,

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Party Girl, Indeed

By Kim Kavinphotos by Steve... | Posted April 2008 | Add a Comment

Believe me, I was well aware that my smiling mug was probably the last thing the captain of Party Girl wanted to see. He and his crew had pulled into Gustavia Harbor in St. Barts just minutes before I met them at the customs office, following their more than two-month, some 6,000-mile delivery of the new 146-foot Christensen from the shipyard in Vancouver, Washington. The last leg of their

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Land of Smiles

By Kim Kavin | Posted March 2008 | Add a Comment

I cannot imagine how the crew felt behind the galley door.It was about 7:30 at night off the eastern coast of Phuket, Thailand, and I was sitting at the regal dining table onboard the 172-foot motoryacht Taipan III. I was about to be served dinner—a formal, European-style affair to celebrate the end of our group's charter in a beautiful cruising ground well on its way to

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Can-Do Captains

By Kim Kavinillustrations b... | Posted January 2008 | Add a Comment

Capt. David Linebaugh knows Symphony II isn't the newest, isn't the grandest, and isn't the most glamorous motoryacht available for charter these days.His command is a 112-foot Westport, a lovely production model that happens to have many identical-layout sisterships cruising the world's waters. She was built in 2001, practically a lifetime ago as

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