If I had to pick an office from which to work, the one on board the new Outer Reef Deluxbridge 720, Creative Edge, would be an easy choice. Most of us need an office aboard because even if we aren’t running a day-to-day business, there are personal affairs to keep in order. But on-board offices are too often cobbled together from a shared dressing table in a dark corner.
Ferretti engineers certainly started right by establishing clear design goals for the 960 from the very beginning. The most basic one was to create a yacht small enough to be classed by CE as a pleasure boat, meaning a crew would not be mandated, yet offer features that would allow it to compete with vessels larger than 100 feet.
In today’s market, it is crucial to stand out from the crowd, and the Pearl 75, from the drawing board of British naval architecht Bill Dixon, is fitted with pod drives—in this case, a pair of ZF 4000-series units coupled to 1,250-horsepower MTU diesels. Along with the computer-controlled maneuverability that this system offers, it also allows the engines to be mounted well aft in the hull to make space for exceptionally roomy accommodations belowdecks.
So how about the 72 GLX? She’s a little bit boxy at first glance. But that aesthetic tradeoff manifests itself in other areas that, for my money, more than makes up for anything lost. Like, for instance, the 6-foot 10-inch headroom that pervades the main deck.
Italian businessman Carmelo Zocco had plans for a new performance cruiser steeped in his homeland’s style-focused culture. He called on Sarasota, Florida’s Michael Peters Yacht Design and asked succinctly for “balance between elegance and aggression—a boat that was dynamic, functional and unique.” Five years later, in 2011, the Revolver 42 made its debut.
David Marlow was certain he had the right idea when he launched his first Voyager. Wanting to demonstrate that his alternative to the conventional explorer genre—a light and low-profile composite boat designed to “dance with the waves”—was indeed a valid contender, he invited other builders to an endurance trial. There were no takers. No takers, that is, until a couple of experienced sailors from Australia decided to put his Marlow Voyager 76LR to the ultimate test.
Yachts International first met Miami-based architect and yacht owner Hakki Koroglu at Vicem’s Antalya shipyard as he and his wife, Randie, awaited delivery of their latest Vicem: Hull No. 1 of the new Bahama Bay 61 series. It was the third time they ignored the advice that you should never buy the first hull. We caught up with these experienced boaters again after they had a chance to cruise in Turkey, and they showed no signs of regret.
It is not often that we have the opportunity to examine two nearly identical but competing motoryachts side by side. We jumped at the chance to test the newest Mangusta 92 to arrive in the United States and the recently launched Pershing 92, both open-style vessels built in Italy, similar in spirit but different in approach.