Nigel Stuart on Spirit Yachts’ Eco-Focus and “Tesla of the Sea”

When Sean McMillan established Spirit Yachts a quarter century ago, his philosophy was, “Design and build the most beautiful yacht people have ever seen.” Since that time, its fleet of wooden yachts has expanded into superyacht territory, encompassing power and sail, too. In fact, the Spirit 111 (below), launching next year, is among the largest Continue reading

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Monte Carlo Yachts Chief Carla Demaria Terminated, Promises Fight

UPDATE, FEBRUARY 5, 2019: Sanlorenzo has hired Carla Demaria as CEO of Bluegame, which builds powerboats popular as chase boats, fishing boats, and daycruisers. Sanlorenzo acquired Bluegame last year.  Read on for our original story.   Beneteau S.A., the parent company of Monte Carlo Yachts, has removed Carla Demaria as the head of the Italian 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