I’m told it was a picture-perfect, Indian summer morning in mid-November when Jerry and Diane Lynch launched their new 38 Wilbur/Duffy Lonrach—the perfect day for a boat whose namesake means “brilliant” in Gaelic, to ease her hunter-green hull into the crisp, Maine water for her maiden voyage to her homeport in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.Now a month later it’s a beautiful,
There's nothing like a boat-show breakdown: big guys swinging giant hammers knocking out the massive pins that connect the floating docks and staffers in single-outboard-powered skiffs with bow-mounted cow catchers pushing those docks around so fast it looks like they're backing down on a marlin. Boats are everywhere, heading for home, the next show, and to new owners. This controlled chaos makes
There are no second acts in American lives.” This famous quote from author F. Scott Fitzgerald buzzed in my head as I arrived at Old Port Marina in North Palm Beach, Florida, ready to board Friendship, a new Hinckley Picnic Boat MKIII. The 37-footer, a redesign, represented a second act of sorts for Hinckley, which defined the category when it launched its original 36-foot picnic boat in 1994.
Photo courtesy of Hinckley Yachts Hinckley Talaria 55 MK II Venerable boatbuilder Hinckley has been turning out elegant cruisers for the white-shoe, blue-hull set since 1928. Known for designing boats with classic lines and exceptional seakindliness, Hinckley has always embodied the pinnacle of old-school American
Hinckley Talaria 55 MK IIThe 55 MK II is Hinckley’s elegant response to customer demands for more space and power. The boat retains that classic Hinckley look but now has two en suite cabins, an especially spacious cockpit, and the ability to hit close to 46 mph with the hammer down—a spritely top speed for one of yachting’s true
While Sanibel Marina is one of the prettiest places on earth, it’s also small and a tad cramped. So I wasn’t surprised to see proprietor Mynton Ireland, a crusty old gent who’s undoubtedly seen his fair share of docking disasters over the years, watching me like a hawk as I began pivoting our sparkling Hunt 52 test boat in front of the offices of Ireland Yacht Sales, preparatory to backing into a
Say what you will about contemporary styling and fads, but judging by what's often seen at boat shows and marinas, they appeal to lots of folks. So it's gratifying to see an offering like the Stanley 42, a boat that exudes the timeless, tug-at-your-heartstrings beauty and grace that define the Down East style. And it's no surprise that she's built by John Williams Boat Company, an iconic Maine
Back in the early 1970’s Mary Johnstone raced 470 class sailboats in the “trapeze” position, often cantilevering herself completely outboard from a masthead wire to keep the jittery, planing 16-footer dry side up. Husband Bob steered, while two of their children raced another 470 and the other two stood by in an outboard in case either team’s weight-versus-wind balancing act went awry. The
I believe in love at first sight. But why are the Italians always involved? To be fair, it's Italian design that holds a special place in my heart, from the sculpted sheet metal of fire-breathing Ferraris and Lamborghinis to the hip home furnishings of Cassina that would transform my apartment into the ideal set for a Stanley Kubrick film. And I admire the bold lines and gorgeous accommodations
There’s one more model squeezing into Mochi Craft’s Dolphin line of lobsterboat-style cruisers. But why add a 54 when the Italian builder already offers a 51? Because, according to Mochi, it’s time for an upgrade. Launched in 2004, the 51 was the first Dolphin, but the company has built three other versions since then-the 44, 64, and 74-learning much with each build. The question in my mind as I
There were plenty of snickers and a few guffaws back in 2001 when Norberto Ferretti announced to a group of American journalists that he'd built an "aragosta boat." It wasn't enough that here was an Italian builder trying to copy the lobsterboat, a uniquely American creation, but he was doing it under a name, Mochi, that the few of us who'd seen one considered to have all the charm of a
Photography by VicemAt last year's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Vicem, the Turkish builder of cold-molded mahogany boats, presented its new 52-foot Classic Express. (The cold-molding process purportedly produces parts that are stronger and lighter than conventional fiberglass ones and involves laminating layers of
Known for traditional pilothouse motoryachts, Ocean Reef Yachts has gone sleek and sexy with the Reefrunner 70, a Downeast-style cruiser expected to have a top speed around 40 knots and a cruise speed of about 35 knots. Seeking to appeal to a broad range of customers, the Reefrunner is offered in either a four-stateroom, galley-up or a three-stateroom, galley-down arrangement and an express or
Kiwis welcome a good challenge. Take New Zealander Edmund Hillary. After hundreds of others had failed and some had died trying, Hillary, along with his guide Tenzing Norgay, was the first man to summit the highest point on Earth, Mt. Everest. No doubt inspired by Hillary, his countrymen are today among the world’s elite climbers. The same holds true for New Zealand’s less-famous citizenry.
Pearson True North 45 ExplorerIn network television shows, a spin-off seldom measures up to the original. Not true in yacht design, though, at least in the case of True North. Introduced by Pearson Composites in 2001, its distinctive-looking 38 became an instant hit that was encored two years later by an equally well-received