Megayacht News Leadership Series: Philippe Briand

If the French people ever needed to replace the word le bateau (“boat”) in their language for another, chances are they would suggest “le Briand.” Philippe Briand is, to many of the people, the embodiment of the word. They know him as the designer of their beloved production sailing yachts sold by Jeanneau, Beneteau, and Continue reading

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Megayacht News Onboard: Royal Huisman’s Wisp

It was in the dying weeks of 2014 that we found ourselves putting Wisp, the 156-foot (48-meter) sloop launched by Royal Huisman, through her paces. Heeling to starboard with 18 knots of winter wind whipping across our port bow, Wisp danced across the surface, trailing a frothing white wake. At the helm we feel instinctively Continue reading

Megayacht News Leadership Series: Andre Hoek, Hoek Design

To describe Andre Hoek as an exterior stylist of classic-looking sailing boats would not only be just plain rude but also highly inaccurate. He is an exterior designer, a naval architect, structural engineer, hull shape optimizer, and performance guru. While working as a consultant to a firm specializing in salvage and heavy-lift engineering, Hoek began Continue reading