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
Westport Shipyards is already well known for offering four semi-custom megayacht models. It also has a well-known brokerage division. Now add megayacht charters to its varied services. Westport Yacht Charters will let clients and captains offer their yachts in a variety of destinations worldwide. Similarly, it will introduce potential new buyers to the Washington State
March 22 marks the start of the annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, steadily rising in profile among megayacht exhibitors and buyers. Superyacht shipyards like Amels, Heesen Yachts, Burger Boat Company, Mangusta, and Perini Navi (exhibiting for the first time, in fact) will have stands, too, some in the special Superyacht Villas area. In addition,
Due to customer requests for more flexibility, AvYachts has a second tier of shared ownership. Now clients can acquire a 10-percent stake, for three weeks of use annually. This is an alternate to the original 20-percent share, for six weeks aboard. In addition, the option extends to any of the three megayachts under AvYachts’ program.
The largest fiberglass megayacht builder in the United States is courting customers with not just a much bigger model, but one with an entirely different hull construction. Westport Shipyards now has a 213-foot project. So-named for her LOA in meters, the Westport W65 will feature a steel hull. The switch to steel stems from a
Thirty-two year after it started, the Palm Beach International Boat Show is seeing more interest from megayacht builders and buyers than before. As a result, show organizers have added Rybovich Superyacht Marina as a secondary location. It will host megayachts exceeding 200 feet (about 61 meters). The show, from March 23 to 26, has long