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Monte Carlo Yachts Chief Carla Demaria Terminated, Promises Fight

Beneteau S.A., the parent company of Monte Carlo Yachts, has removed Carla Demaria as the head of the Italian shipyard. Demaria is challenging the termination. Demaria is second from the right in the photo above. Over the weekend, Beneteau issued a statement confirming it removed Demaria’s executive powers, effective November 10. The statement adds that Continue reading


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Dave Christensen, Founder of Christensen Shipyards: 1931-2018

Few people launch new businesses nearly halfway through their lives. Dave Christensen did that at age 50, establishing Christensen Shipyards. The founder of one of America’s best-known megayacht builders died last week at age 87 in Washington State, after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Unlike many in yachting, Christensen wasn’t born into a maritime family. Continue reading


Southern Wind Shipyard Plots Its Future Course

A combination of longtime shipyard executives as well as customers now runs Southern Wind Shipyard. This follows the sudden death of the shipyard’s founder just last month. Willy Persico, who established the shipyard in South Africa in 1991, died on May 12. According to a statement from Southern Wind today, Persico had already mapped out Continue reading