Capt. Eric Knott has spent 35 years on the water. A native of England, he followed his father into commercial fishing in the North Sea, Irish Sea, English Channel and environs. He is now unofficially leading another generation into a life on or around the salt.
Exploring the world on a long-range cruiser is the dream of many. Few will live that dream, at least in the way that the 26 yachts participating in the Oyster World Rally are. The journey began in Antigua in early January. We received a report from the Oyster team, after the fleet made it across the Panama Canal and into the Pacific.
If there were any doubt that the owner of Percheron—the second Darwin 86 from Cantiere delle Marche (CdM)—really intended to use his expedition yacht for long-range cruising, there should not be any now. Percheron was launched in time for the 2012 Cannes Boat Show where I had a chance to get aboard. It was mid-September and she was already raring to go.
Vanilla Ice, the rapper best known for his mega hit Ice Ice Baby has changed his tune to Lights Lights Baby. Ice (aka Rob Van Winkle) appeared at the Yachts International’s Pavilion at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, promoting a product remote from his rapper image. He sang, played the piano and posed for fan pictures while promoting his new sophisticated lighting collection for Capitol Lighting.
In 2011, we walked around the Vitruvius 73’s huge metal structure at Perini Navi’s Yildiz yard in Turkey. A year later, a trip to La Spezia gave us an opportunity to see all the progress that had been made on a yacht is shaping up to be an exceptional new entry in the superyacht world.
After the Great Depression, designers “cleaned up” Art Déco. Pure lines suggesting motion and speed upstaged embellishments in architecture. The new style was known as Streamline Moderne, which perfectly defines Smeralda.
The SL94, first, has elegance. Francesco Paszkowski Design—also responsible for the edgier Sanlorenzo Alloy series—penned this tasteful flybridge yacht in the Sanlorenzo tradition, built in composite in Ameglia, Italy. No matter what interior style owners may decide to go for, this envelope offers a great canvas on which to express one’s creativity.
The Protector Targa 30, launched earlier in 2012, is fast becoming the tender of choice in San Francisco Bay. Its large cabin and tough demeanor are perfect for the bay’s sunny but cool days and often windy conditions. The Protector’s performance has received high commendation from the organizers of the Louis Vuitton Cup and participants of America’s Cup.
No designer would disagree that shaping a custom motoryacht is a complex and daunting task. Throw in the compounding dimension of also meeting the diverse preferences of the worldwide charter market, and it quickly becomes a project decidedly not for the faint of heart. Delta’s newest creation offers an attractive choice for charter clients while meeting the purely custom requirements of her owners.
You know only captains and crew could have come up with this: a compact, sturdy and inflatable platform that allows doing some hull maintenance without taking a swim or having to unload the tender. It’s called VersilFloat and it is a versatile tool for work or play.
Playing a new course during a yacht holiday is always a special pleasure. For golfers afloat, keeping a spare set of clubs on board is a given. But what if you had a private coach on board, who brought along a swing machine and worked with you on your short game on the aft deck and performed video analysis in the screening room at the end of the day?
A new company in the yachting equipment marketplace, Bristol Yacht Components, has introduced its premier product line: Bristol Boarding Stairs. Bristol Boarding Stairs are made of carbon fiber to provide a durable, lightweight, easy-to-deploy access system with an aesthetic design to enhance the look of any motoryacht or sailing vessel.