In Memoriam: Rikki Davis, Charter Broker

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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Superyacht Veterinary Service for Cruising Pets


Do you float with Fido or have a kitty aboard your ketch? If so, you’ll want to tap the expertise of Siobhan Brade, founder of Superyacht Veterinary Service. Brade recently established the company to cater to megayacht owners and charter guests who cruise with their pets. A registered veterinarian, Brade has prior experience with yachts. […]

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Joe Bartram, Co-Founder of Bartram & Brakenhoff, Dies


J. Burr “Joe” Bartram, Jr., who helped establish Bartram & Brakenhoff as a leading yacht-brokerage firm, died on December 24. He was 79 years old. Bartram (far left in the photo) was well-known as the co-founder of Bartram & Brakenhoff. He and the late Bruce Brakenhoff, Sr., who died in 2012, established the brokerage firm […]

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Dörries Maritime Services Expanding to USA


Dörries Maritime Services is extending its services across the Atlantic. The German firm plans to offer American megayacht owners and buyers its consultation and yacht-management assistance, plus new construction of megayachts like the one shown at its soon-to-open shipyard. You may recall that Dörries Maritime Services is closely tied to the 269-foot (82-meter) megayacht Graceful, […]

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Financial Planning for Megayacht Crew: Captain’s Family Office

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Many megayacht owners tap the expertise of certified financial planners and/or family offices to manage their wealth, handle tax issues, and more. Unfortunately, oftentimes their crew not only don’t know how to manage their finances properly, but in some cases are being preyed upon by unscrupulous “advisors” more interested in lining their own pockets. That’s […]

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