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Weather or Not

By Kim Kavin | Posted September 2006 | Add a Comment

There was so much dust in the air in St. Thomas this summer that Pamela Wilson could taste it. "You can hear it in my voice," she said in early July. "I can’t breathe."For a lot of people, this would be an uncomfortable inconvenience, but for Wilson, the implications were huge. As the general manager of the charter firm

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Food For Thought

By Kim Kavin | Posted September 2006 | Add a Comment

If someone asked your chef whether you are a good yacht owner, you probably would want the response to be something like this: "I’ve searched for this boss my entire career. I will probably do this job five to seven years longer than I wanted to. I can’t see, I just can’t see, why I would leave such a perfect situation."Even better, if someone asked your yacht’s chef how he or she

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The Great Global Game

By Kim Kavin | Posted September 2006 | Add a Comment

It can be difficult to think of a luxury yacht charter as a business proposition. Top-deck Jacuzzis, gourmet food and wine, and pristine stretches of beaches, after all, are the kinds of things you seek out when you hope to leave the concept of “market share” behind.Yet for the countless people who work in the worldwide charter marketplace, every weeklong booking is in fact a small piece

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Outside In

By Kim Kavin | Posted September 2006 | Add a Comment

Of all the fish living today, more than 96 percent are teleosts, or bony fishes. They evolved from fish that had external skeletons, eventually developing tough internal bones that made them stronger and swifter swimmers, able to explore anywhere.It’s hard to imagine prehistoric exoskeletons—to comprehend what nature looks like when it is literally

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A New Standard

By Kim Kavin | Posted September 2006 | Add a Comment

Photos by Shaw McCutcheonA few years ago, Tom Murphy was pretty sure he wanted absolutely nothing to do with Hargrave Custom Yachts. A few months ago, having spent two years working with Murphy, Hargrave Custom Yachts was pretty sure it never wanted to deal with another yacht owner like him again.Funny, then, how

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Insider Knowledge

By Kim Kavin | Posted July 2006 | Add a Comment

Alex Braden has a philosophy about refits: When a yacht owner invests money to improve a boat, he should be able to see where virtually every penny goes. "Eighty percent of what you're doing must give a visible improvement to the boat," explains Braden, a director who handles sales and new construction at Britain-based brokerage house Yachting Partners International (YPI). "If you're rebuilding a

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A Star is Reborn

By Kim Kavin | Posted January 2006 | Add a Comment

Ronno Schouten can still remember the day he stepped aboard the 203-foot Feadship Lady Aviva. It was late 2002, and the badly burned yacht had been rescued from her Red Sea cruising grounds and returned to her birthplace in Holland. Launched in 1998, she was still just a baby, Schouten recalls thinking. He looked around the blackened engine room, where the flames had taken hold, then

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Christensen 155 Tiger Woods' New Yacht

By Kim Kavin | Posted October 2004 | Add a Comment

It’s got to be tough being Tiger Woods. Between championship rounds on the PGA Tour, he has a dozen sponsors to keep happy: There are Buick commercials to film, Tag Heuer watches to wind, American Express minimovies to headline alongside the gopher from Caddyshack. Pity the poor man who’s just trying to beat par. How could he ever spare a second to build the yacht of his dreams?

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