HESSEN Quinta Essentia with tender

Megayacht News Onboard: Heesen Yachts’ Quinta Essentia

If ever there were a yacht that adhered to a decor theme, it’s Heesen Yachts’ Quinta Essentia. This 180-foot (55-meter) megayacht is the first in Heesen’s new 55-meter semi-displacement series. While her name means “fifth element” in Latin, she doesn’t just bring to mind the four classical elements of air, water, earth, and fire. Quinta Continue reading


Shipyard Spotlight: Balk Shipyard

Some of the most famous megayacht builders worldwide are family-run. So, too, are some lesser-known shipyards. Balk Shipyard is among the latter. However, the brother-and-sister team of Daan and Marjolein Balk are intent on making its manufacturing sheds more top of mind among clientele worldwide. Holland-based Balk Shipyard traces its roots to 1802. That’s when Continue reading

Americas Cup San Francisco

Plan Altered for Permanent Megayacht Marina After America’s Cup

Once the upcoming America’s Cup race in San Francisco ends, organizers won’t proceed with creating a permanent megayacht marina where it was initially intended to be. As part of the overall race agreement signed some time ago, the America’s Cup organizers retained the right to establish a permanent marina after the race’s conclusion. That marina Continue reading


Command at Sea International Providing Elite Security for Yachts

Command at Sea International (CASI) isn’t just another security firm expanding its operations to the megayacht market. Its staff, already working with high-net-worth individuals, emphasizes risk mitigation in what it terms a “keel to mast” approach. To say that Brian Peterman, CEO of CASI and a retired vice admiral of the U.S. Coast Guard, knows Continue reading