Yachts International March-April 2019

Yachts International Magazine brings the pleasure and passion of worldwide luxury yachting home to American yachtsmen interested in purchasing the next yacht of their dreams.

United States
Active Interest Media
4 Issues

in this issue

3 min
george h.w. bush: an american yachtsman

I try to avoid politics in this column, and I’m not about to change that now. But indulge me a moment to reflect on a president and his love for the water. Those of you who watched the funeral service for President George H.W. Bush at National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., in December witnessed the solemn majesty with which the military lays to rest a veteran and its commander in chief. You may have choked up, as I always do, hearing the Armed Forces Chorus and the U.S. Marine Orchestra perform the stirring “Eternal Father, Strong to Save,” also known as the Navy Hymn. You saw an audience composed of people from every facet of the political spectrum lay to rest a president—always a somber ritual. But you also heard some lighthearted…

4 min
the art of the ship

Art Basel marked its 17th anniversary in December, with a show that attracted 83,000 attendees. Miami’s streets were flooded with installations, performance art and pop-up exhibits. Superyacht builders have become increasingly interested in participating, given that the event appeals to a well-heeled international clientele. This past year, Sanlorenzo was one of Art Basel’s sponsors and hosted a collector’s lounge designed by Piero Lissoni with an installation that was a tribute to Alberto Biasi, a founder of the Italian postwar collective Gruppo Enne. BRAVO EUGENIA IS A FIRST FOR OCEANCO Oceanco’s 357-foot (109-meter) Bravo Eugenia—with naval architecture by Lateral Naval Architects, exterior design and layout by Nuvolari Lenard, and interior by Reymond Langton Design—is unlike any preceding yacht from the shipyard. She is the first Oceanco with the builder’s LIFE design (lengthened,…

3 min
a legend lives on

There are certain yachts you never forget, and one of my most memorable is a sternwheel steamboat that came out of Jack Hargrave’s design studio in the early 1980s. There’s just something that stirs the soul when a sternwheeler passes by, its buckets gently churning brown water into white foam. When the whistle blows—or better yet, the calliope plays—emotions soar. With a hull length just under 65 feet, Patty Gordon may be the most complicated and expensive yacht, per ton, ever completed. She was built for a special client, an Alabama steam enthusiast who wanted her to be as authentic as possible. The yacht’s name was not that of the owner’s wife, but, much to her chagrin, that of a Civil War-era madam renowned for charging Yankees double, in order to…

6 min
king of the beasts

The Gransport 54 El Leon is the first 177-footer (54-meter) in an all-aluminum series of fast displacement yachts. Tellingly, she was delivered to the repeat owner of three Mangusta Maxi Opens. Mangusta is best known for what the Italians call Maxi Open yachts: arrow-slim and ferociously fast fiberglass cruisers. At the top of the pile is the 40-knot Mangusta 165, generally regarded as the quickest 50-meter boat on the water. But times are changing. Owners who want high performance now also expect more comfort, lower fuel consumption and longer range. Combining all these features is a hard ask, one that Mangusta has spent the past five years or so working to resolve. The result is a new flagship. The Gransport 54 El Leon is the first 177-footer (54-meter) in an all-aluminum series…

4 min
pace & panache

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and what the beholder is supposedly looking for is facial symmetry. So says science, or at least the kind of science that tabloid news editors like to quote. A glance at the latest crop of yachts from the European yards suggests that their designers wholly subscribe to this view. The Riva 110 Dolcevita is different. It is a notably handsome creature, with beautifully considered proportions and a profile carefully sculpted to disguise its substantial height. Inside, the yacht feels much bigger than it is, and outside, it looks much smaller. With its lustrous paint, subtle curves and clever window geometry, it appears pleasing from every angle. And yet, there is an attractive asymmetry to the deck layout. Cunningly disguised, this asymmetry is an ingenious…

6 min
market-proof your brokerage yacht

‘WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ONE OR TWO YEARS, EVER SINCE ABOUT 2009, THE BROKERAGE MARKET HAS GROWN, ON AVERAGE, 14 TO 17 PERCENT A YEAR.’—MARK DUNCAN Mark Duncan had some time on his hands. He’d spent a decade leading the marketing department at Yachting Partners International, and it would be months before he assumed the role of business development director at Fraser, this past October. He used the free time to write a nearly 450-page book that reveals much of what ultra-high-net-worth clients have long paid those companies and others to tell them in private meetings, about the best ways to market and sell yachts everywhere from Monaco to Fort Lauderdale. “I just found myself in a position of having three or four months of imposed gardening leave, and then another six months…