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Over the years, the team has been involved in numerous of well-known (sailing) yachts and superyachts which have been developed in close relationships with their respective owners. Being at the front of the development side of the yachts, means all these yachts have started at their desks from scratch, up to concept level, further developing them towards a realistic end result.

Based in the Netherlands ‘OLIN Yacht Design’ represents a true mix between Dutch high quality standards and innovative, temporary design. At ‘OLIN’ we focus on yacht design, naval architecture and concept development.

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Olin Stephens On Yacht Design

Olin James Stephens II (April 13, 1908 – September 13, 2008) was an American yacht designer of the 20th century. Stephens was born in New York, but spent his summers with his brother Rod, learning to sail on the New England coast. He also attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a term.

Stephens’ name had a long history in connection with America’s Cup. He assisted W. Starling Burgess with the design of the J-Class Ranger, which won the America’s Cup in 1937, defeating the Royal Yacht Squadron’s Endeavour II in four races. He was the original designer of six out of seven successful 12 Metre defenders of the America’s Cup between 1958 and 1980, with the exception of Weatherly in 1962. Other than Ranger, the most remarkable of his defenders was the Intrepid. She had a rudder separate from her keel to reduce wetted surface and improve steering. Stephens had previously designed separate rudders on a number of increasingly large ocean racers of the 1960s, most notably Thomas Watson’s state of the art Palawan III, before using it successfully on the Intrepid in 1967. After alterations by Britton Chance, Jr., she won the America’s Cup again in 1970.

Stephens also designed many off-shore and stock boats, including the Dark Harbor 20, which he designed in 1934. His brother, Roderick Stephens, was also a partner in the yacht-designing and yacht brokerage firm Sparkman & Stephens, specializing in supervision and testing of yachts designed by the firm. Olin was working in the Nevins shipyard in 1928 as a draftsman when he first met yacht broker Drake Sparkman. They together set up an office next door to Nevins in 1929.[1] Since retiring from the company he lived in Hanover, New Hampshire, where he spent his final years writing computer programs for designing yachts. He was awarded the Herreshoff Award by the North American Yacht Racing Union in 1965 for his contributions to sailing.

Stephens was also involved in ocean-going sailboats. His yawl designs Dorade (1929) and Stormy Weather (1934), his favorite design, each won the Newport Bermuda Race and the Fastnet race several times. Both brothers were accomplished yachtsmen. They were members of the winning crews of Dorade and Ranger. Olin served as tactician and navigator, while Rod trimmed the rig and sails. In the 1960s and 1970s, Olin contributed to the luxury yacht builders Nautor Swan of Finland and Hallberg-Rassy of Sweden.

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Olin J. Stephens II; a Top Innovator In Yacht Design and Competition

Olin J. Stephens II, 100, the premier yacht designer of the 20th century who revolutionized the sport of yacht racing, died Sept. 13 in Hanover, N.H. No cause of death was reported.

Mr. Stephens said he thought beautiful boats sailed better, and his designs -- more than 2,000 of them -- were considered unparalleled in their grace and good looks. He achieved renown in the early 1930s as the young designer of several notable racing yachts. In 1937, the Stephens-designed Ranger won the America's Cup competition, marking the first of eight victories in the prestigious contest with boats of his creation.

He won a second America's Cup competition when the race resumed after World War II. Among his winning boats were Columbia (1958), Constellation (1964), Intrepid (1967), Courageous (1974) and Freedom (1980).

"He came along at a breakthrough time in technology," said John Rousmaniere, an author of books about sailing and the editor of Mr. Stephens's autobiography. "There was new technology, new sails, new hardware. He took old shapes and combined them with new high-tech forms of construction, wooden with a lot of metal."

The son of a prominent coal merchant, Olin James Stephens II was born in the Bronx, N.Y., on April 13, 1908, and grew up in nearby Scarsdale. He spent his summers sailing in Long Island Sound and off Cape Cod with his father and brother, Roderick E. Stephens, who would grow up to be an acclaimed boat builder.

"I was lucky: I had a goal. As far back as I can remember, I wanted to design fast boats," Olin Stephens wrote in his memoir, "All This and Sailing, Too" (1999).

Bowing to his parents' wishes, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1926 but dropped out after contracting jaundice. Working on his own at home, he studied drafting, trigonometry and boat design.

His real education came while working as an apprentice draftsman at the Henry Nevins boatyard on City Island in the Bronx, where he learned to design boats that were seaworthy, fast and comfortable for the crew.

In partnership with a successful yacht broker, Drake Sparkman, and with financial backing from his father, he founded a firm, Sparkman and Stephens, in 1928. His brother joined the company as a boat builder.

Sparkman and Stephens enjoyed almost immediate success by winning the 1931 Trans-Atlantic race aboard the Dorade, a Stephens-designed 52-foot yawl. The Dorade, with Mr. Stephens at the helm, beat its nearest rival by two days in the race to Plymouth, England. The boat then won the Fastnet, England's premier ocean race, and a string of other contests.

The Trans-Atlantic victory, capped by a welcome-home ticker tape parade, launched Mr. Stephens's long career. His boats continued to win races in England and the United States throughout the 1930s, and commissions from wealthy yachtsman unfazed by hard times kept the company afloat during the Depression.

Before the Dorade, ocean yachts were usually built along the lines of the lumbering fishing boats of the time. Mr. Stephens's boat was light, breathtakingly slender and, in the view of traditionalists, dangerous-looking. It became the racing-yacht prototype for the next several decades.

In an interview with the New York Times in 2001, Mr. Stephens credited his younger brother with much of the firm's early success.

"I was more a generalist," he said, "and he was very good on details. Rod made sure the boats were well built and equipped, and I think that had as much to do with our success as any particular hull geometry I might've been responsible for." (Rod Stephens died in 1995.)

In 1937, Mr. Stephens collaborated with naval architect Starling Burgess to build Ranger. Owned by Harold S. Vanderbilt, the 135-footer was the last of the expensive and majestic J-Class yachts to compete for the cup, beating Endeavor II.

Rousmaniere said Mr. Stephens was "always open-minded and scientific," noting that he was one of the first designers to take advantage of tank-testing sailboats.

By towing 6-foot-long models through a tank at the Stevens Institute of Technology -- in Hoboken, N.J., across the Hudson River from his New York office -- he could measure speed, resistance and leeway (a sailboat's sideways movement). In later years, he came to rely on computer modeling.

During World War II, Mr. Stephens and his brother designed boats and amphibious craft for the military.

The America's Cup races resumed in 1958, and Mr. Stephens remained a central figure until 1980, when he designed Freedom, the last 12-meter yacht to successfully defend the cup. He also holds the record for the most Bermuda Race winners, 14.

Mr. Stephens retired in 1980 and moved to Hanover, where he took calculus classes, helped teach an engineering course on sailing at Dartmouth College and read deeply in philosophy.

He also was a serious artist. He took up painting in 1935 and studied in New York under the modernist artist Yasuo Kuniyoshi. He told The Washington Post in 1958, before the domination of computers, that yacht design was at least 50 percent art.

And he continued to design boats, many of which are still in the water. His "woodies" from the 1930s are considered classics.

Mr. Stephens's wife of 63 years, the former Florence Reynolds, died in 1993.

Survivors include two sons, Olin Stephens III of Newfane, Vt., and Samuel R. Stephens of Keene, N.H.; a sister, Marite Sheridan of California, Md.; and a grandson.

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Arguably the most famous yacht designer of the 1900s, it’s not just that Olin Stephens lived one hundred years, it’s that he was working, contributing to the sport he loved until the day he died. Olin Stephens’ mind was always open. He never allowed himself to stop learning. As an apprentice naval architect at age 19, Stephens cut his teeth on the design of the elegant 6-meters that were in vogue. But the “radical” 52-foot yawl, Dorade , Stephens designed in 1930, was the portent of things to come. Without computer analysis or tank testing, Stephens relied on instincts and intuitive judgments to design the slim, light and lovely Dorade . When Stephens won the 1931 Trans-Atlantic race with Dorade by four days (corrected time), any doubters were silenced. New York gave Stephens a ticker tape parade. Yacht design would never be the same. Stephens’ began his America’s Cup career with the co-design (with Starling Burgess) of the J-Class Ranger in 1937, and ended it with Freedom , the last 12-meter to successfully defend the Cup (1980). Like Nat Herreshoff, Stephens has six winning America’s Cup designs to his credit ( Intrepid and Courageous twice). Stephens boats were not only fast in their day, picking up silverware wherever they raced, but a treat for the eyes. He believed attractive boats were also faster. Many make the list of all-time classics: Stormy Weather, Bolero, Gesture, Finisterre, Brilliant, Dyna, Mustang, Tenacious (Dora) ….  Then there are his Blue Jays, Lightnings, and Interclub dinghies. “I was lucky,” Olin Stephens wrote in his autobiography, All This and Sailing Too . “I had a goal. As far back as I can remember I wanted to design fast boats.” – Roger Vaughan

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Oldest Ocean Globe Race Boat: Olin Stephens’ Galiana


Galiana WithSecure is the last Olin Stephens yawl designed for RORC/CCA, a run that started with Dorade in 1930. She’s also the oldest boat in the current Ocean Globe race 

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Galiana WithSecure , a 1970-vintage, yawl-rigged, S&S-designed Swan 55 is the oldest yacht competing in the current Ocean Globe Race. Skippered by Tapio Lehtinen and crewed by young Finnish sailors keen to experience the adventurous golden age of sailing during the 70s and 80s, she is the last design under RORC/CCA rules in a 40-year lineage of Olin Stephens designed ocean racing yawls dating back to his breakthrough 1929 design Dorade .  

Dorade, launched from Minneford’s shipyard, New York in 1930 revolutionised offshore racing, finishing 2 nd in that year’s Bermuda Race before going on to win the 1931 Trans-Atlantic Race and Fastnet classic in ’31 and ’33. Between times, she took overall honours in the 1932 Bermuda Race and won the 1936 TransPac – a feat repeated in 2013! 

Previously, Bermuda and Fastnet Races had been won by designs derived largely from fishing schooners and pilot cutters. Dorade by contrast was an ocean-going version of a Six Meter, the class in which Olin and his brother Rod Stephens had first learned to race and later design. 

Tapio has been a big Olin Stephens fan since his junior sailing days and always thought that the Swan 55 yawl remains the most beautiful and classiest boat Nautor has ever built. 

The Finnish skipper recalls, “I have loved the classic Six Meters since my childhood and have owned my S&S designed May Be IV for almost 4 decades. Dorade has always been a sacred yacht in my eyes and one of my dream boats. “

When Lehtinen, who competed in both the 2018 and 2022 Gold Globe races with his S&S designed Gaia 36 , Asteria, a long-keeled forerunner to the Nautor Swan 36, learned from Race founder Don McIntyre that he was planning a retro fully crewed race to mark the Whitbread anniversary, The Finn realised he could fulfil two dreams in one – re-sailing the Whitbread, (he completed the 1981/2 Whitbread aboard  the Baltic 51 Skopbank of Finland ) and owning a Swan 55 yawl.

“When I bought Galiana in 2020, I decided to sail her as much as possible before starting to make her ready for the OGR. Two seasons later I had my list of improvements”.

Galiana full sails

Preparing Galiana to race

All bunks are now aligned with the keel, so your head is never lower than your feet regardless of the tack. The open saloon without any bunks now, has two sea bunks on both sides plus two settee berths in the middle – making the saloon deliberately cramped to avoid anyone falling across the boat. 


Dry interior

Keeping the interior as dry as possible was achieved by removing the companionway leading from the cockpit to the aft cabin, and building a new dodger and hatchway modelled on the 1930 S&S yawls Comet and Manitou (JFK’s boat during his presidential years) that now leads from the forward end of the centre cockpit down to a wet room amidships.

Main saloon

Having read all the books about S&S designs and studied their ‘60s era 50-60 ft racing yachts, I know that a number had their companionway leading from the top of the coach roof into the main saloon. I also remember the German team, who raced the Swan 55 sloop Walross III Berlin in the ‘81 Whitbread Race complaining that the whole boat (especially the aft cabin) being soaking wet during the Southern Ocean legs. Now the aft cabin is closed off with a sliding door and stays dry.

Nav station

Galiana’s original aft cabin layout included a transverse double bunk under the cockpit. This has made way for our nav station with a gimbled chart table complete with a leather Harley Davidson saddle which has proved itself to be a great feature during the first leg of the race. During the 1981 Race, I had the honour of being shown around Pen Duick VI by Eric Tabarly. He too had a gimballed tables and Harley Davison seat. My plan is to invite his daughter Marie on board to show her Galiana’s nav station – and ask her to sign her father’s book on offshore racing for me. Hopefully she gets out of hospital before we leave Cape Town. (she was bitten by a seal when attempting to hop over one on the dock…)

Nav station

The cabin now has two bunks set higher than original, and now aligned with the keel. At 60cm wide, they make great sea berths, but the starboard one can be opened into a small double bunk when in port – I’m single, but always optimist!

The ‘boiler room’

The central space where the nav table used to be, is now the ‘boiler room’. This wet area also houses all the electronics which are placed close to the centreline to limit the likelihood of them getting wet in the event of a knock down or roll over. 

Oldest Boat in Ocean Globe Race. Boiler Room - Galiana

This room also houses the water maker, two Safire diesel hot air heaters, and diesel generator. One popular feature is the drying locker for foul weather gear fitted with heated steel ‘organ’ pipes to dry wet boots, hats and gloves. There’s also a ‘liars’ bench, where crew can sit in their wet gear, having a cuppa, while telling yarns about the last port of call. We also fitted a door between this wet room and aft toilet so that crew can take a leak without getting the rest of the interior. wet. Note: It is forbidden to pee over the side on Galiana – We are a safe boat– not to say civilised!

Galiana: Main saloon

One detail important to me is the table, which came from Asteria , made by Cantiere Benello in Livorno in 1965 to S&S drawings. I had left the table ashore during the GGR races because of the lack of space, Likewise Galiana’s original table is now too big, but this sentimental piece of Asteria (which sank shortly after rounding the Cape of Good Hope) is with me. Two steel tubes were installed into the table from the floors up to the deck to make the table sturdy. Two more run longitudinally under the deck to give a good handhold for crew climbing in and out of the upper sea bunks.

The interior has proved to be very safe and functional. Every berth is 60 cm wide which in my opinion, is the most comfortable, with lee cloths stopping you from rolling from side to side…or out of the bunk. Some of the berths can be opened wider when in port. Another piece of nostalgia is the 1940s Paul E Luke solid fuel soap stone stove we have installed in the saloon. These were standard features aboard classy American cruising yachts cruising in the cool waters around Maine. Production ceased decades ago, but a friend found one in a second-hand chandlery in Texas. And we had it shipped over just in case we run out of diesel fuel during the cold Southern Ocean legs.

Unwanted privacy

I had planned to keep the cabin doors on the forward quarters around the mast to give the girls within our crew some measure of privacy, but the first thing they did was to take them out, insisting that they did not want preferable treatment.  At least their decision helped lighten ship!

Ocean Globe Race - Galiana

Dismasted in the Fastnet

Our participation in the OGR was put at risk six weeks before the start when our new main mast came crashing down 10 hours into the stormy Fastnet Race. This led to a frantic rig replacement project undertaken by Marine Rigging Services in Gosport who upgraded all the rigging terminals to fully articulating connectors similar to those pioneered by Cornelis van Rietschoten for his 1981/2 race winning maxi Flyer. To motivate the task force, I reminded them how Simon le Bon’s Whitbread maxi Drum made it to the start of the 1985 Whitbread after losing her keel and capsizing also in the Fastnet. They made it…and thankfully, so did we.

2023/4 Ocean Globe Race - Galiana Crew

Galiana WithSecure

Designed S&S (Swan 55 yawl)

Built Nautor Swan, 1970

LOA 55ft 3in (16.8m)

LWL 38ft 6in (11.7m)

Draught 8ft (2.4m)

Disp 20.6 tonnes

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The 10 Most-Exciting Yacht Debuts at the Palm Beach International Boat Show

Besides the debut of smaller vessels, more than 60 yachts over 100 feet will be at palm beach this week. it promises to be a banner event., howard walker, howard walker's most recent stories.

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Palm Beach International Boat Show

For superyacht shoppers, the Palm Beach International Boat Show, kicking off its four-day run this week, is set to break records with more than 60 yachts over 100 feet long on display. Last year was also a banner year for superyachts at the show. 

Headliners will include the likes of the 295-foot Corsair Nero ,  the 278-foot Victorious by AKYacht, the 230-foot Turquoise-built Talisman C , and 213-foot Benetti Triumph among brokerage yachts, and in new yachts, the 113-foot Ocean Alexander Puro 35 is making its world debut.  

There are so many gleaming white vessels over 100 feet, in fact, that the fleet will be split between the Palm Harbor Marina at the main show site on the downtown West Palm Beach waterfront and the Safe Harbor Rybovich Marina two miles north. 

Now in its 42nd year, PBIBS will also showcase hundreds of models of dayboats, cruisers, and fishing boats, as well as marine accessories. Running from this Thursday through Sunday, the show coincides with the Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary art show, a fortuitous opportunity for yacht owners wanting to add new art to their collections.

Here are 10 must-see boats at this year’s show.

Corsair Yachts ‘Nero’

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The undisputed star of this year’s Palm Beach show? That would be the 295-foot, classically styled superyacht Nero , built in 2007 and inspired by American financier J.P. Morgan’s legendary 1930s steamer Corsair IV . Nero ‘s attendance at PBIBS marks its return to the charter market after an extensive refit in 2021. Now better than new, the boat is being managed by Burgess. With weekly charter rates from $497,000, the vessel offers five-star accommodations for 12 guests in six cabins, with pampering from a crew of 20. Part of the refit included a full interior refresh by Italian interior designer Laura Pomponi, plus a major focus on wellness. That meant the construction of a new, state-of-the-art gym and spa, the assistance of a certified onboard trainer, a masseuse and beautician. After PBIBS, Nero will spend the winter in the Caribbean before returning to the Med for the summer season.

Ocean Alexander Puro 35P

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Ocean Alexander is debuting the first of its new Puro superyacht series at PBIBS. The 113-foot Puro 35P comes from the drawing board of Italian designer Giorgio M. Cassetta and is a step back from the polarizing lines of OA’s recent Revolution and Explorer series with their bold, vertical bow designs. Aimed at long-distance cruising, the 35P can carry over 5,000 gallons of fuel and is powered by twin 2,000 hp MAN V12s for a 24-knot top speed. Twin 55kW Kohler generators can also keep the yacht powered at anchor for long periods. Other standout features include extensive glazing in the chiseled fiberglass hull, a forward deck plunge pool, and spacious accommodations for 10 guests. 

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Think of it as the “starter” Sirena. Aimed at a younger demographic, the Turkish builder’s brand-new Sirena 48 is making its U.S. debut at PBIBS after a global reveal at last fall’s Cannes boat show. Such is its appeal that 27 hulls have already been sold, with 13 of the orders coming from North America. Looking like a scaled-down version of Sirena’s popular 58, its distinctive, trawler-style lines are from Argentinian designer Germán Frers. With more interior space than a typical 48-footer, the yacht offers three staterooms—plus a crew cabin—a spacious, light-filled salon, a large cockpit, an oversized flybridge, and a vast forward social area. Take your pick from twin 550 hp Cummins QSB, or 670 hp Volvo D11 turbo diesels. Or the builder is also offering hybrid power with twin 285 hp electric motors charged up by variable-speed generators that are good for a 30-mile battery-only range.

Feadship ‘Olympus’

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Picture purchasing a classic 180-foot Feadship superyacht, and then getting a $10 million bill for a major refit. That was the case with Olympus , built by the Dutch masters at Feadship in 1996 to a design by Britain’s Andrew Winch and the celebrated naval architect Frits De Voogt. Sold in 2022, the new owner sent it to the Monaco Marine refit center in La Ciotat, France for a major makeover. It included overhauling the 2,600 hp Caterpillar engines and generators, repairs to the structure, substantial upgrades to the guest areas and crew quarters, and new paint throughout. With the work completed just last year, the vessel is said to be in mint condition. Offered jointly by brokers Fraser and Edmiston, Olympus has an asking price of $28.5 million. With accommodations for 16 guests in eight cabins, the boat’s highlights include two primary suites, tropical-spec air conditioning, and Palm Beach-chic decor.

Benetti ‘Triumph’

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Italian yachting powerhouse Benetti is showing off its superyacht-building skills with the 213-foot Triumph . Delivered in 2021, this Giorgio M. Cassetta-designed steel-and-aluminum world girder features six decks, a 1,400-square-foot primary suite with outdoor terrace and adjoining lounge, a 750-square-foot beach club, and a touch-and-go helipad. What sets Triumph apart, however, is its lavish interior furnishings put together by the owner along with Benetti Interior Style and Monaco-based Green & Mingarelli Design. It includes pieces by French glassmaker Lalique, marble from Marfil, Statuario and Armani, furs, silk and wool carpets, plus a collection of cool black-and-white wildlife photographs by British fine art photographer David Yarrow. The pièce de résistance? That would be the owner’s Triumph Bonneville motorcycle displayed in the salon.

Fjord 39 XP/XL

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Germany’s Fjord Yachts, part of the Hanse Group, has a new 39-foot day boat that it’s unveiling at the Palm Beach show. The 39 XP and XL keep all the bold design cues of the bigger Fjord 41 XP and XL, like a big, open cockpit, walkaround center console, vertical bow, mile-high windshield and stretched hardtop. As for the differences between the XP and XL, it’s all about power. The XL comes with a choice of twin 320hp Volvo D4 diesels, or bigger 440 hp D6 versions, both with Volvo stern drives. Likely more appealing to U.S. buyers will be the XP powered by twin 400 hp Mercury Verado V10 outboards giving a 50-knot top speed. Pricing starts at around $500,000.

Turquoise ‘Talisman C’

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Chandeliers don’t come more dramatic than this. Cascading down the central spiral staircase of the Turkish-built, 231-foot superyacht Talisman C , this jaw-dropping piece of art comprises an array of multi-colored glass balls threaded on stainless-steel rods and illuminated by hanging fiber-optic strands. It’s the creation of Prague-based Crystal Caviar and is one of a number of glass installations on this sleek, low-profile superyacht. Built in 2011 by the Proteksan Turquoise shipyard, Talisman C was designed inside and out by London-based studio H2 Yacht Design, with naval architecture by Italy’s Hydro Tec. With cabins for 12 guests, one of its highlights is a huge primary suite, which boasts more crystal chandeliers and a private library. Twin 2,447 hp Caterpillar diesels give a top speed of 18 knots and a transatlantic range of 7,000 nautical miles at 12 knots. It’s listed with Burgess for $59.9 million. 

Sanlorenzo 44 ‘Kamakasa’

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Delivered in 2020 and sold to a new buyer just last August, the 146-foot Sanlorenzo 44 Alloy Kamakasa will be for sale at PBIBS. The asking price, through the Italian Yacht Group, is $23.75 million. Lack of use might also be the issue here; the yacht’s twin 2,600 hp MTU V16 diesels have a mere 289 hours on the clock. Built in aluminum to a design by Rome-based Zuccon International Project, Kamakasa was the second hull in the Sanlorenzo 44 Alloy series. One of the top features is a primary suite that spans three levels and almost 1,600 square feet; it also comes with a private Jacuzzi, separate bathrooms, a walk-in closet, and a private study. The yacht’s lightweight construction and MTU power combine to deliver an impressive 20-knot top speed.

Bahama 41 GT2

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As ultimate, reel-’em-in, fishing center consoles go, the Bahama 41 from West Palm Beach-based Bahama Boat Works is as hard-core as they come. But when owners kept asking for a little more comfort for the family, the builder responded. The result is the brand-new flagship 41 GT debuting at PBIBS. While the proven, wave-slicing hull stays the same, the cockpit layout is new. In place of the single bench seat, there are now three-across bucket seats with a second row behind. The wider console now has space for a pair of 22-inch Garmin screens, while the new extended hardtop features sun shades and even a rain shower. Outboard choices stay the same with either twin Mercury V12 600s, or four 400 hp Mercury V10s, good for a 65-knot-plus top speed. Pricing is from around $920,000.

Heesen ‘Book Ends’

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Launched in 2022, this 164-foot Heesen is part of the Book Ends collection, owned by an American couple who have had more than 18 yachts with the same name. The exterior design of this Heesen was by Omega Architects, while Dutch studio Van Oossanen did the naval architecture. The yacht is part of Heesen’s fast cruising series, which is more efficient than other vessels its size, and can reach 23 knots at full speed with its MTU 16V 4000 M65L engines. The yacht is listed through Ocean Independence for 42 million Euro, or about $45.7 million.

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New Cape Coral Yacht Club designs: Most on council like a coastal, Key West vibe

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Given three different design options for the new Yacht Club Community Center , most of the Cape Coral City Council is leaning toward a coastal, Key West-flavor architecture.

At a committee of the whole meeting on Wednesday, the city sought direction from the council on a design direction for the outside of the community building.

"It's a concept, just like we do with anything else, and as we are designing, things may come up that we want to shift and be nimble (on)," said Cape Coral City Manager Michael Ilczyszyn.

James Pankonin with Kimley Horn, a consulting firm focusing on public and private developments, presented the information about the look of the community building.

Cape Coral's Yacht Club Community Park, which includes a yacht basin, tennis courts, a swimming pool, a ballroom, and a beach, has been a popular attraction and staple for the city since the 1960s but is set to undergo major renovations after Hurricane Ian delayed the original plans .

The current plans include a new two-story community center to replace the ballroom, removing the tennis courts, rearranging the area to accommodate a four-story parking garage, a new restaurant, and a new resort-style pool.

The city is also preparing for the demolition of the Yacht Club and its facilities in April as it awaits permits.

No estimates could be provided for the price of the new building.

"It will really come into how much of certain materials are needed and construction methods," Ilczyszyn said.

The city will have that information once they have 30% of the construction design.

Two public meetings for the designs are planned for April 2 and May 7.

After getting public input, the city will vote to amend its contract with Kimley Horn to approve all these changes.

The plan is to have these changes approved or introduced before the summer hiatus.

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New Designs for the Yacht Club building

John Bryant with Sweet Sparkman Architecture and Interiors, a Sarasota-based design firm, said the goal with the new designs was to maintain the experience of the original Yacht Club.

The majority of the council preferred option one.

Design one:

Bryant described the first option as "coastal vernacular" and similar to the park buildings at Lake Kennedy and Yellow Fever Creek.

"So it's sort of informed by the current architectural work in 2024," Bryant said. "Kinda Key West."

Councilmember Dan Sheppard and Mayor John Gunter preferred option one.

Gunter said the design was the most pleasing for him.

Councilmember Keith Long liked option one and said he liked the Key West aesthetic.

Councilmember Tom Hayden liked option one.

Design two:

Option two is more informed by the current Yacht Club and would have a stone base and mid-century feel to it, according to Bryant.

"There's certainly opportunity to kind of further develop this option to have even more of the existing Yacht Club feel, but a different vibe, feel than option one," Bryant said.

He also said option two might be more expressive the closer they try to recreate the aesthetic of the old ballroom building.

Councilmember Jessica Cosden liked design two as it incorporated design elements of the old building though she lamented how similar it looked to the first design.

"I wish we could have done more, but I know it's hard with a two-story building, to make it look the same as a very unique one-story building.

Councilmember Bill Steinke said two would be his choice as well, but was wary of additional maintenance of natural wood products used in the design.

"As long as we can bring that aesthetic and keep the maintenance down, number two would be my choice," Steinke said.

Councilmember Robert Welsh said he could go either way, but he liked the look of two.

Design three:

This would be more contemporary and modern.

"Even with a more contemporary language, you can still have warmth, incorporating some wood elements and stone elements," Bryant said.

None of the council members expressed any favorability for the third design.

Inside the new community center

The Community Center will have an additional 10,000 square feet for a total of 47,000 square feet, a history room to remember the first ballroom building on the first floor, and more rooms for civic and community use on the first floor.

Additionally, the new ballroom has shifted slightly as the balcony area on the second floor has been expanded to wrap around the top of the building.

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