A long-running refit project intending to transform essentially every corner of an existing motoryacht has resulted in lawsuits. The refit of Anodyne was expected for completion in 2017. However, it remains unfinished, currently sitting in a South Florida shipyard. Allegations of unpaid labor, bribery, and more surround the initial lawsuit and a countersuit. The refit
UPDATE, FEBRUARY 4, 2020: Unexpectedly, the judge who found Jaime Botin guilty of smuggling a painting out of Spain aboard his sailing superyacht has doubled the jail time. Now, Botin faces three years. Fines are higher, too, €91.7 million compared to the initial €52.4 million. Read on for our original article. Jaime Botin, the
Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who has held the throne of Oman since seizing it in 1970, turning his country into a global diplomatic player, died last week. Additionally an avid superyacht owner, the sultan was 79 years old. The Oman News Agency released an announcement last weekend. It did not mention his cause of death.
UPDATE, DECEMBER 30, 2019: The U.S. Coast Guard is overseeing salvage operations for Andiamo, well-known singer Marc Anthony’s megayacht, which is still partially sunken in Miami. Crews plan to upright her and drain her fuel before hoisting her from the water within the next several days. Read on for our original article. The publicist
Sir Donald Gosling, a British businessman and longtime benefactor of the British Royal Navy who named his superyacht after a World War II warship, died on September 9. He was 90 years old. Born in March 1929, Gosling became infatuated with boats and ships during his childhood. He joined the Royal Navy toward the end
John Orin Edson, better known as Orin Edson, a powerhouse in the recreational marine industry, died on August 27. From founding Bayliner Marine to owning megayachts and investing in Westport Shipyards, he had an extraordinary, and extraordinarily long-lasting, impact on yachting. He was 87 years old. Born in 1932, Edson was an entrepreneur—particularly a boating