Among all the storied companies in yachting, few have the history and impact of Sparkman & Stephens. What started as a small design firm in the corner of a New York boatyard is now an internationally recognized, and renowned, naval-architecture and yacht-brokerage firm. This very week marks a major milestone, too. On October 28, it
Fabio Buzzi, a renowned powerboat-racing champion, designer, and builder who further influenced a few pleasure-yacht builders, died yesterday in Venice, Italy while trying to break his own offshore speed record. He was 76 years old. Buzzi and three others were aboard his 66-foot (20-meter) raceboat last evening. They were attempting to set a new Monaco
Claudette Bonville, who established the interior-design firm Claudette Bonville Associates and worked with numerous yacht owners and builders, died last month following a battle with cancer. She was 66 years old. Born in December 1952, Bonville was attracted to design early on. In fact, she earned a bachelor’s degree in interior architecture at Kansas State
No GPS. No compass. Not even an autopilot. No electronics whatsoever, or engine, on a 42-day transatlantic crossing—14 days longer than anticipated due to light winds. More important, no single-use plastics onboard. Dan Lenard, co-founder of Nuvolari Lenard, completed the journey aboard a small sailboat, solo. He called it the Vela Code, a two-fold mission
“We adore clean, rigorous design. We don’t want to dazzle with special effects,” explain Mauro Micheli (left) and Sergio Beretta (right) of Officina Italiana Design. “Quite the contrary–we try to create things that will never go out of fashion.” Therein lies the challenge for the famed Italian design studio, celebrating its 25th anniversary. As much
Steve Gresham of Gresham Yacht Design had abundant experience in designing superyachts before starting his own business in 2011. In fact, he’s worked with some of the biggest names in the design and shipyard worlds. Those companies and their principals had a profound influence on him, as you might expect. So, too, do his clients.