Rendering Courtesy of Bayliss BoatworksBayliss B16 84-foot OrionEstablished in 2002, Bayliss Boatworks is a relative new-comer to the rugged world of Outer Banks boatbuilding. But the company’s somewhat brief history hasn’t stopped it from turning out quality boats that can compete with the best of them and look
Photo Courtesy of FrauscherFrauscher 717 GTThose seeking a dollop of old-school, central-European cool would do well to check out the 717 GT from Austria’s Frauscher Boats, which was voted 2010 European Powerboat of the Year. She’s in possession of both striking looks and, according to her builder, admirable
Illustration Courtesy of ArdellEML 65 SportfishWhether it’s Cocos Island or the Great Barrier Reef, serious fishermen know that the biggest fish often live in remote areas of the world’s oceans. If you’re one of the intrepid anglers who braves these waters, you’ll want to check out the 65 Sportfish from EML.
Prestige Yachts 500 S“Beauty without excess.” This was Prestige’s goal when designing its 500 S, a boat that is sure to impress with her clean lines, nimble performance, and efficient use of interior space. Her exterior speaks for itself, with a sleek, low profile that lends a certain elegance whether at the dock or slicing through open water. Her
Founded in 1997, Coastal Craft is a British Columbia company that specializes in creating aluminum-hull boats, has a new flagship—the 450 IPS—and by all accounts she lives up to the company’s reputation for sturdy, comfortable builds. She also sports some performance features that are fairly impressive, particularly for a cruiser. Coastal Craft builds the 450 with
Designing boats for more than 50 years has given Ted Hood a pretty good perspective on what pleases owners. And one of the things he says makes them really happy is discovering new ways to make their lives easier. It’s not surprising then that Hood’s new 52-foot passagemaker is full of such innovations.Take the placement of the dinghy. An innovative crane design allows the tender to be
A megayacht fisherman with a reported high-40-knot speed.Would you like a tower station that’s accessed from a retractable internal ladder? Maybe radar arrays and antennas stealthily built into composite wings on that tower? Or perhaps LCD glass windows in the cabin and saloon that can be darkened with the flip of a switch (no
Richmond Yachts' Richmond LadyA lot of megayachts have a lot to offer in the way of flourishes. A glass elevator on this one, towering gold columns on the next. And while sumptuous trimmings can certainly go a long way toward making a yacht feel lavish, Richmond Yachts' Richmond Lady proves that it's possible for
Photo by Forest JohnsonAffinity 90The Affinity 90 should definitely turn heads when she pulls into port. Part yacht, part sportfisherman, she's not only fast and comfortable, she reportedly eats waves too. At 90 feet overall with a beam of 23 feet, she offers plenty of room to move around in. At
#3: LE GRAND BLEU—370'0''Forty-four-year-old Evgeny (Eugene) Shvidler, an oil and gas billionaire born in Russia but who became an American citizen, enjoys cruising on this big blue boat (hence her name). The yacht was among the first to receive an Environmental Protection Notation from Lloyd’s of London insurance agency because of her sewage and
#5: ATTESSA—302'4"The major refit and extension of the yacht formerly known as Evergreen continues. Besides extending the LOA given here by about 26 feet, the work involves changing the decidedly Asian decor and decade-old systems. This is the first of two boats on our list owned by avid yachtsman and Montana industrialist Dennis Washington.
#12: CHRISTINA O—325'3"The aptly named Onassis Suite on the bridge deck of this yacht, formerly belonging to the famous Greek tycoon, is larger than some cozy homes (and easily half the apartments in New York City): 736 square feet. A handful of the 18 guest cabins are about 200 square feet, making for pleasing stays on charter. Dimensions aside, the
#5: ALEXANDER—400'2"Built as a cruise ship, Alexander can still handily accommodate more people than most mega-size megayachts: upwards of 80 guests (plus a crew of 60). Imagine what her main dining room looks like when all passengers are seated together—yes, the room can handle it. Perhaps that's why she's long attracted heads of state and
#10: LE GRAND BLEU—370'0"Who needs tenders like PWCs and rubber ducks? Le Grand Bleu has a 74-foot sailboat and a 67-foot speedboat, both stowed on her vast aft deck along with a helicopter. Eugene Shvidler, an asset-management and oil billionare from Russia who became an American citizen two decades ago, reportedly received the yacht as a gift in
#23: ASEAN LADY—289'0"Say what you will about Asean Lady's unusual two-hull design, but there's proven principle behind it. Based on an outrigger canoe, it provides a more stable platform in some seas; in fact, the owner, Brian Chang (who also owns the yard which built her), got the idea while watching boats and ships rock and roll in big seas. Of
#27: ALYSIA—279'8"With a nearly one-to-one guest-to-crew ratio, Alysia ensures charter guests are pampered to the max. That's why she's able to demand—and get—weekly rates ranging from €434,000 to €696,500 plus expenses. What are "expenses"? Things like champagnes and premium alcohol, harbor and agency fees, and of course
#20: NERO—295'6"NemoSaid to be owned by a Turkish national, this lady launched last year but apparently wasn't delivered until this year. Instead of a transom “beach” with a fold-down platform for guests to climb in and out of the water to swim or dive, Nero has an 18-foot-long side
#7: TURAMA—381'11"Six-hundred thirty-thousand euros (about $857,000 at presstime) will allow you to charter this former cruise ship. Intended mostly for corporate charters and huge charter parties (she boasts accommodations for 70 guests), Turama is also kid-friendly: There's a playroom dedicated to them. As for adults, you can dance the night
#28: DELMA—279'8"Last year we were informed that this lady was strictly being used for personal and family trips, but she's actually available for charter, too. In fact, she'll be doing a special charter in Croatia, Slovenia, and Montenegro from late August through early September, where guests will additionally enjoy private on-land excursions to caves,
#5: ISHAM AL BAHER—379'0"This 35-year-old yacht has been undergoing an extensive refit in Greece since last year. As of presstime we had no word on what the scope of the project was nor whether the yacht would be departing. She's registered in Jeddah and was a gift to the late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia; his heirs have kept the yacht since his
#6: OCEAN BREEZE—269'2"Oh boy, where do we start with this yacht's saga? Ocean Breeze has been the subject of a court battle for the better part of this year. The Iraqi government insists an illegal transfer of ownership took place and that the yacht should be handed over, while another party says this is ridiculous and maintains it has the right
#8: ATLANTIS II—379'7"Do a quick Google search for info on this yacht, and you may come across some Google Maps showing her berthed in her usual spot in Monaco. Atlantis II rarely departs the port, which has led some bloggers to wonder whether the Niarchos family, the Greek shipping heirs who own her, would let them take her for a spin.
#35: AL DIRIYAH—257'9"When we last checked this yacht's travels in marine-traffic records, she was in Greece and expected to head for Port Said in Egypt. She flies the Saudi Arabian flag and gets her name from the original home of the Saudi royal family and capital of the first Saudi dynasty, from the mid-1700's to the early 1800's.Y: 1960; B: