In seafaring tradition, the ringing of eight bells pays respect to a deceased sailor. It signifies that his or her “watch” is over. Several watches in the yachting industry ended this year—far too soon, at that. Indeed, while many a person’s passing leaves colleagues and admirers at a loss for words, 2018 seemed to hit
The wildfires in Southern California have destroyed thousands of homes and acres. The Woolsey Fire in particular has decimated the Malibu coast. One local resident who fought flames at his own property leaped into action to help fellow citizens, with his megayacht. He turned his Leight Star into an aid-delivery service, enlisting a boating—and surfing—brigade
For the past 20 years, the International SeaKeepers Society has paid special tribute to yacht owners and others who support its mission of ocean conservation and preservation. Particularly, the non-profit honors those who go above and beyond in their support with its SeaKeeper of the Year award. Earlier this month, the organization recognized Michael Saylor
Seven months after a paying passenger aboard his megayacht died, the owner of Miami Vice pleaded guilty to a federal charge. This comes about three months after the unlicensed individual he hired to run the yacht pleaded guilty to the same. Laurent Marc-Antoine Jean Maubert-Cayla is a part owner of Miami Vice, a 91-footer (28-meter).
Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft and an avid megayacht owner, died October 15 in Seattle. The cause: complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 65. Allen owned numerous yachts and other vessels throughout the years. He built or refitted them to specifications that advanced technology within the marine industry on multiple levels. He also used
Bob Book says he “was hooked forever” on boating when he took out a 16-footer (4.9-meter) on his honeymoon 44 years ago. He’s not kidding: Book Ends, delivered by Heesen Yachts last year, is the 17th yacht for this megayacht owner. Bayliner, Sunseeker, Westport; you name it, he’s owned it. In searching for a steel-hulled