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by Kim Kavin

Family Room

By Kim Kavin | Posted January 2008 | Add a Comment

As the oldest of eight children, Rich Frain grew up looking to find his own space. "We lived in a 1,500-square-foot house," he recalls. "I can't remember ever taking a shower without somebody flushing a toilet."Hargrave's Tiger's EyeBoating was a part of his childhood for only a couple of years, when his father had a

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A Hint of Charter

By Kim Kavin | Posted September 2007 | Add a Comment

I had used the C word. And now the sommelier was rabid.It was sometime between glass number seven and glass number nine on the tasting menu that I innocently, if perhaps a bit drunkenly, commented that every sip tasted remarkably different. I found this quite interesting given that all the whites being served at Olivier Leflaive's winery restaurant were chardonnays grown in the same part

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Natural Law

By Kim Kavin | Posted September 2007 | Add a Comment

On the southwest corner of a small Greek island called Symi, there is a harbor surrounded on two sides by wild brush and on the third by a sprawling monastery. The ornate, 18th-century complex is dedicated to Michael, the island's patron saint and protector of sailors. The faithful say the harbor is where all of the world's waters lead, and they have washed-ashore bottles stuffed with handwritten

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Man of the Hour

By Kim Kavin | Posted September 2007 | Add a Comment

Southeastern Canada is definitely an off-the-beaten-course destination, one that bursts with harbors and history from the border of Maine up to Newfoundland and beyond. In other, more popular cruising destinations like the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, you might cruise by in a sleek new motoryacht to enflame the envy of everyone ashore. But up in this part of the world, it is a boat's own

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Inside Job

By Kim KavinPhotos by Jim R... | Posted June 2007 | Add a Comment

Jim D'Agostino emigrated from Calabria, Italy, when he was just five years old. He grew up to become a bridge-building specialist in the U.S. Army and then an aircraft technician who tested jet engines for Pan Am. When the airline went belly-up in the late 1970's, D'Agostino tried his hand at real estate. His first investment was an undervalued gas station. He ended up owning several, along with

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Life's Work

By Kim KavinPhotos by Neil ... | Posted April 2007 | Add a Comment

The sun was still rising over western Mexico as I settled into the main saloon onboard the Westport 164 Evviva. It had been an awe-inspiring few steps up the passarelle, knowing that I was making my way onto the largest production motoryacht in the world."Hi, I’m Orin Edson," the trideck's owner said with a warm smile. Edson, the founder of Bayliner, now owns both Evviva and

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Building Burger's Biggest Part Two: The Construction

By Kim Kavin | Posted January 2007 | Add a Comment

[Editor’s note: On October 22, 2004, Burger Boat Company announced a plan to build the biggest motoryacht in its 141-year history: the 155-foot trideck Time for Us. Charter/cruising editor Kim Kavin was granted unprecedented access in following the project during the past two years. This is the second

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No Boundaries

By Kim Kavin | Posted January 2007 | Add a Comment

The 123-foot raised-pilothouse model shares some of the “cosmopolitan” looks that Palmer Johnson has honed in its Sport Yacht series.When I stepped from the aft deck into the main saloon of the new Palmer Johnson 123 Muse, my first instinct was to say “ciao.” That’s an unusual reaction to an American-built raised-pilothouse

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Building Burger's Biggest Part One: The Vision

By Kim Kavin | Posted October 2006 | Add a Comment

[Editor's note: On October 22, 2004, Burger Boat Company announced a plan to build the biggest motoryacht in its 141-year history: the 155-foot trideck Time for Us. Charter/cruising editor Kim Kavin was granted unprecedented access in following this project during the past two years. This is the first

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Little Boat

By Kim Kavin | Posted October 2006 | Add a Comment

As I made my way down to the dock at Christensen Shipyards in Vancouver, Washington, I must admit, I was prepared to be underwhelmed. I’d been out to the yard a little more than a year earlier to visit Hull 027, the 157-foot Liquidity, and the boat I would be touring now, Hull 028, was a 157-footer from the same line. “How different could she possibly be?” I asked myself as I stepped onto

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