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Fortune Hunter
45'6" LENGTH OVERALL 15'4" MAXIMUM BEAM VIKING YACHTS’ 46 Billfish is a vessel that takes owners from the mid-30-foot dayboat category into the traveling, tournament-circuit-ready stage. ¶ The big sister to the 38 Billfish, the 46’s extra waterline s
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Taking Flight
60'1" LENGTH OVERALL 15'5" MAXIMUM BEAM It’s easy to see that the Uniesse 56SS is a yacht designed and built by yachtsmen, for yachtsmen. ¶ As David Schwedel, executive director of the Uniesse Marine Group, says, “This is not a cookie-cutter yacht. T
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Drink It In
FABULOUS IN FALL NORFOLK, VA BROOK SMITH can talk to boaters all day about why they should tie up in Norfolk, Virginia. As the manager of Waterside Marina, he spends countless hours next to scenic Town Point Park—within steps of shops and eateries, t
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Easygoing Opulence
86' LENGTH OVERALL 20'8" MAXIMUM BEAM Round tables might even be called relaxed. Round tables are democratic. ¶ And if there is one feature of the Princess Yachts Y85 that defines the personality of this model, it’s the dining table in the salon. It’
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Refitted and Ready
WHEN THE OWNER OF THE 144-foot Heesen Bliss bought her in 2017, he was looking at the yacht’s bones, not her decor. The previous owner had been a decorator with, well, highly personalized tastes. ¶ “There was a lot of purple, and a lot of dark green
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Sea Star Mindset
THE OWNER OF THE 138-foot Cizgi E&E is a longtime sailor who thought he was doing his part for the eco-friendly movement. He even went so far as to spend three years planning and building E&E in ways that would keep fuel use low—and this was more tha
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Aqua Blu
Aqua Blu is part of the Aqua Expeditions fleet, which started with the river cruisers Aqua Amazon and Aqua Mekong. The company specializes in bringing high-end experiences to remote destinations. Aqua Blu is the first superyacht to join the fleet and
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Through New Eyes
IT WAS 4 A.M. Our young and mostly novice crew was operating somewhere between sleep deprived and delirious. The boat’s owner, Tom, along with my brother, Chip, and I were out to show our five newbie guests—all related to Tom—what the world off shore
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Remote Control
FRANCESCO GALLI ZUGARO learned about the profound effect that a protected, ecologically diverse destination can have on people when he spent six years running a company called Ocean Adventures in the Galapagos Islands. The wildlife, the scenery, the
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No Limits
FOR A KID GROWING UP in Georgia, Lake Lanier was a great place to dream about someday owning a boat. The owner of the 63-foot Nordhavn Asturias was one of those kids, playing on ski boats and sailboats that his father and grandfather owned. ¶ “I’d be
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Yachts Of The Future
THE TREND IN YACHT design is vessels that can explore farther with more creature comforts than ever before. While owners used to be content to bob off the south of France in summer and play in the Caribbean come winter, nowadays, the goal is to get w
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Invisible Hands
AN EARNEST CROSSWIND PIPED across the waters off Florida’s Virginia Key, where the Miami International Boat Show was well underway. Victor Avila, Dockmate’s chief technical specialist, handed me a Dockmate wireless device and control of the Topaz 27
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How 24 Knots Becomes 34
ADMITTEDLY, THE OWNER of the 35-foot Bertram Moppie Fiddler says it took him a beat to get used to his boat’s new power package and controls after repowering the 1970 build using Volvo Penta IPS600 with D6 435 diesels. ¶ “I’m 54, so I’m a little old-
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Larger Than Life
MALLORCA BALEARIC ISLANDS, SPAIN THERE’S NO MISSING Joan Aguiló’s street art on Mallorca. His murals of everyday life stretch skyward on more than 100 buildings across the island. In his large-scale tableaus, children frolic on the beach, blow out bi
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Bird Of Prey
38'11" LENGTH OVERALL 9'10" MAXIMUM BEAM THESE DAYS, THE Sunseeker brand is most associated with luxury motoryachts, but serious performance has always been a key DNA strand for the British company. There have been all manner and sizes of 50-knot Sun
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Neo-noah
A NEWS CLIP about a new high-end-condo project caught my eye recently. The development is buried in a former missile silo. Apparently, folks are investing big bucks to be last in line on Judgment Day. Zombies. Sharknadoes. They’ll be buried alive in
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Electric Boogie
SILENT SURFING ELECTRIC JETBOARD RADINN, A SWEDISH COMPANY whose name is short for radical innovation, built its first electric jetboard in 2015. People liked riding along coastlines in silence, and the company learned important lessons about manufac
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Global Angler
When most yachtsmen think of sport-fifishing yachts, they likely conjure up images of long waterlines, flared bow sections, skyscraper tuna towers and planing-friendly undercarriages. Expedition-grade trawlers do not come to mind. ¶ And for good reas
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Ageless Design
There were its trademark short fins. A hardtop with porthole windows, and a soft top. Electric seats and power windows, both features almost unheard of in 1956. Whitewall tires. And chrome—everywhere. ¶ The look was so aligned with the Thunderbird br
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TOP Of The LINE
You can spot a Zeelander’s profile from afar, particularly because of its high bow and signature raked and rounded transom. Essentially, Zeelanders are modern commuter yachts with a retro twist. Credit for the styling goes to Dutch designer Cor D. Ro
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Italian Blend
One of the coolest aspects of covering electronics for Yachting has been the opportunity to witness the ever-increasing levels of technological integration that have revolutionized yacht operations. Team Italia, through its i-Bridge installations, ha
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Taking Flight
French design house VPLP is using its experience penning grand prix-racing sai lboats, including the America’s Cup winner BMW Oracle Racing 90, to create an expedition-grade trimaran series from 130 to 260 feet. The Komorebi series will have a hybrid
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Never-ending Voyage
Adventure. The word conjures up myriad images. For some, it’s a singular event, such as climbing a peak or crossing an ocean. For others, it’s a lifetime of adrenaline rushes. ¶ In this issue, we look at yachts outfitted for adventure: one refitted t
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Hatching A Plan
WHEN LEMUEL PEMBERTON first thought about launching a turtle conservation program on Nevis, he wasn’t even sure if the Caribbean island was home to enough turtles to make a monitoring program worthwhile. The answer proved a resounding yes. Not only w
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