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Billy Smith, Trinity Yachts: Leadership Series

It makes sense that Billy Smith and John Dane, who raced sailboats together as kids, lead one of North America’s most highly regarded shipyards, Trinity Yachts. Smith’s family owned several successful marine businesses in New Orleans. His father was an avid sportfisherman and co-founder of the Louisiana Sportfishing Club. Smith divided his early summers between […]

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Buddy Darby, Christophe Harbour: Megayacht News Leadership Series

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Charles Pinckney “Buddy” Darby III is a superyacht owner with a super vision. He has a 154-foot (47-meter) Perini Navi, Andromeda la Dea. He’s further Christophe Harbour’s developer. Christophe Harbour, in St. Kitts, is a marina meant for megayachts. The first 24 berths will open in December, for yachts to 213 feet (65 meters). Ultimately, […]

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In Memoriam: Rikki Davis, Charter Broker

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Ryoko Davis Vurpillat, better known as Rikki Davis, the longtime charter broker, died on June 29. She had been battling chronic lung illness. Born in 1938 in Toronto, Davis first embarked on a career in medicine, having earned a degree in microbiology. She conducted medical research for many years at different companies within the United […]

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Onlyacht Restores 18th-Century Table for Megayacht Owner

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The recent refit of an unnamed 138-foot (42-meter) motoryacht raised a dilemma. The owner wanted a prized 18th-century card table featured in one of the rooms. The interior-design firm did what a number of other professionals, and owners, are increasingly doing. It turned to Onlyacht. Founded by David Burton, who has experience in antique furniture […]

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John Lu, Horizon Yachts: Megayacht News Leadership Series

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In less than 30 years, Horizon Yachts has grown to become an international powerhouse. It has yacht and megayacht buyers in the United States, Australia, Russia, and more. It offers seven different series, comprised of yachts from 46 to 163 feet. John Lu may not have envisioned all of these exact details back when he […]

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