• Lürssen Yachts: A German Legacy

    Posted: 7th July 2015 | Written by: Daniel Shea

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    Lürssen celebrated its 140th anniversary on 27 June 2015. It is a big milestone, and while so much has changed in that time, the company remains dedicated to a defining principle of quality and performance. As sales director Michael Breman says, “You are only as good as your last boat.”
  • Wayne’s World at Rybovich

    Posted: 14th May 2015 | Written by: Ken Kreisler

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    Creating the Rybovich Superyacht Yard & Marina is a continuing process for Wayne Huizenga Jr. and his crew. Sometime in 1900, a 16-year old Austro-Hungarian immigrant by the name of John Rybovich, equipped with some carpentry experience and little else, made it to the shores of the eastern United States. Finding work in construction and the burgeoning building sector, the young Rybovich began to hear talk about Florida.
  • The Rebound: Why 2014 Was a Great Year

    Posted: 25th March 2015 | Written by: Daniel Shea

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    By most counts, 2014 was exactly the banner year that the superyacht industry wanted it to be. It may even have been the year we needed it to be, given the somber tone with which many spoke as the previous year drew to a close. Over this past year, many thrived for the first time in a while, reporting unspectacular but solid numbers.
  • The History of Ancona Port

    Posted: 19th March 2015 | Written by: Laurence James

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    East of the Apennine mountains on the Adriatic Coast is the city of Ancona. The central Italian seaport and its shipyards boast a long and colourful history and in recent years has grown in size and importance. With a population of more than 100,000, Ancona's busy port originated from humble beginnings to become the modern capital of its eponymous province.
  • Greening Superyachts

    Posted: 4th February 2015 | Written by: Richard Donkin

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    It’s taken years for boat builders and designers to persuade potential owners that building greener boats is a good idea. But when a fall in the value of the ruble can wipe billions off the fortunes of some of the wealthiest yacht owners within a day, fuel economy is not their top priority.
  • Galactica Star: Changing the Rules of Yacht Design

    Posted: 2nd July 2014 | Written by: OnboardOnline

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    What travels faster than a nuclear submarine, Usain Bolt on a good day, or a dolphin? What’s the same length as a jumbo jet, but is built with aluminium three times as thick?
  • Luxury Yachts: Design Takes a New Track

    Posted: 12th May 2014 | Written by: Maritime Reporter & Engineering News

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    While it’s widely recognized that HTC smartphones, Garmin GPS devices and a sweeping array of big-brand laptops are staples of the Made in Taiwan effort, it’s a lesser-known fact that luxury yachts (those measuring 80 - 120 ft.) are a booming business in Taiwan.
  • Cargo Ships on Beaches...Really?

    Posted: 28th January 2014 | Written by: Jacob Sterling

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    Like most other things, ships don’t last forever. After 25-30 years they are no longer commercially usable and therefore taken out of service to be dismantled. Sometimes, on beaches.
  • Superyacht Builders Pitch and Roll

    Posted: 19th November 2013 | Written by: OnboardOnline

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    The golden era of 2008 feels like a long time ago. The tide is turning but, even in difficult times, the global economic impact of superyachts remains immense, providing hundreds of thousands of jobs around the globe. Aside from charitable giving, superyachts are the most effective way to extract money from offshore funds and put it into the wages of regular people.
  • Monaco Marine: A study in growth

    Posted: 19th August 2013 | Written by: Daniel Shea

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    On the hour-long train ride from Antibes to Monaco, four of the stops along the way have shipyards managed by Monaco Marine. This is no accident. The company has expanded along the French coastline since its founding in 1995, slowly building up yard space and, more importantly, a trusted reputation within the super-saturated Mediterranean market.
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