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Break Boat

Surviving the Rolex Big Boat Series

The Rolex Big Boat Series is known by participants as the “Break Boat Series” for the toll it takes on boats and crews over four days of racing. GP’s Jason Heaton braved San Francisco Bay’s gusty winds and waves for a firsthand account.

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Farr and Away

Viewfinder: The Farr 40s

Hot on the heels of the Rolex Big Boat Series is the Rolex Farr 40 World Championships, which will be held in San Francisco Bay starting on October 15. The Farr 40 is considered one of the most beautiful and classic yachts, designed from the keel up to race.

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Taking the Long Way 'Round

Photo Essay: Sailing with Team Alvimedica of the Volvo Ocean Race

Unlike the America’s Cup, which is all about speed over a short distance, the Volvo Ocean Race is a challenge of endurance. In this year’s running of the race, starting in October in Alicante, Spain, crews of eight sailors will race around the globe in stages lasting up to four weeks at a time, stopping in various ports such as Capetown, Auckland and Newport along the way. We set sail with Team Alvimedica as they trained out of their home port of Newport, Rhode Island.

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Two if by land, two if by sea

Breakdown: Gibbs Quadski XL

You’re the kind of guy who hates two things: wasting time and not getting enough attention. You also have a passion for both watersports and getting hugged from behind by a gleefully screaming passenger. The brand new Gibbs Quadski XL is the morphing amphibious vehicle for you, changing from watercraft to rear-wheel-drive ATV with the push of a button. We break down its features.

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Venture Awaits

Sea-Ray Venture

A boat is essentially pure freedom, and Sea-Ray’s 370 Venture ($390,000+), the brand’s top-of-the-line express cruiser, embodies this freedom with style in spades. The Venture 370 redefines a category of boat known for being sporty and fast-cruising while also flashing more amenities than a cabin cruiser. The secret to its success? Swapping traditional onboard V8s for outboard 300 hp Mercury engines.

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Electric on the water

Design Spotlight: Cigarette AMG Electric Drive Concept Boat

For most of us the world of powerboats is a bit on the abstract side — we simply imagine loud, fast and ridiculously expensive, but on water instead of pavement. The Cigarette AMG Electric Drive Concept boat is a spectacular example of at least the last two qualities.

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12 gifts for the adventure seeker

12 Guys of Christmas: The Adventurer

He shows up at Christmas dinner with new scars and less digits from his latest cage dives and winter Alpine ascents. His tales, most of them true, scare Aunt Betty to tears and enchant the kids. And while the adventurer’s gifts for you usually amount to a carved tribal trinket or a rock from a…

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The fastest sailboat in the world

Design Spotlight: The Sailrocket 2

One look at the Sailrocket 2 shows that your teacher wasn’t full of s**t when he said physics can be fun. This 600-pound carbon sailing vessel is truly a testament to the ingenuity and craftsmanship of its British sailing team (and the badass sailor that steers it). Reaching a certified speed of 54.08 knots (62.2…

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Two (speedboats) if by Sea

Jaguar Concept Speedboat

One speedboat designed by a carmaker: awesome concept. Two speedboats designed by two carmakers: a watery challenge. That’s right. Jaguar, following Mercedes-Benz’s nautical lead, has just released images of their Concept Speedboat. The baby of Director of Design Ian Callum, the just-unveiled Concept Speedboat coincides with the release of the gorgeous XF Sportbrake (wagon). The…

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Carve the aqua apex

Design Spotlight: Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow of the Seas

If sporting the three-pointed star on land just isn’t enough for you, aim your vehicular aspirations to the water. Mercedes-Benz’s plans to broaden their design chops to more than just cars are officially under way, mimicking Porsche-like endeavors. Mercedes and U.K.-based Silver Arrows Marine have partnered to create the high-end, 46-foot Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow of…

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Wet wheelie

Jetovator Water Bike

The Jetovator ($8,975) is essentially a motorcycle powered by the water jet on a (pre-existing) personal watercraft — allowing thrill seekers to ride above, on, or below the waves like some extravagant billionaire/genius superhero. Using pilot-like hand controls and a 50-foot hose for water, riders can fly up to 30 feet above or 10 feet…

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Redefines "dive bombing"

Juliet Marine Systems GHOST

Just when you think you’ve seen just about every kind of vehicle on earth, smarter minds plan a surprise for your cranium. Portsmouth, New Hampshire based Juliet Marine Systems, Inc. has been working with the U.S. Government on the formerly ultra-secret GHOST, the world’s first “super-cavitating” craft, which essentially means that the boat/submarine has the…

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Flying The High Seas

wFoil 18 Albatross

If you’re examining the wFoil 18 Albatross for the first time and, like us, you experience both amazement and confusion — then rest assured the feelings are normal. Part glider, part speed boat, this craft combines the best of two worlds to deliver a ride like none you’ve ever experienced. Reminiscent of rotary aircraft planes…

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A big green vision for the deep blue sea

In-Depth: Tûranor PlanetSolar

Every so often, your average citizen does something remarkable. But dreaming big and actualizing that dream don’t often happen unless you’re Sir Richard Branson or James Cameron. In the case of Switzerland’s Raphael Domjan, the dream has become a reality no one could have forseen. The Tûranor PlanetSolar was birthed from a vision by Domjan….

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Hold on to your ascot

Chris Craft Corsair 36 European Edition

Few vehicles scream affluence like a speedboat, and Chris Craft happens to build the most elegant sea skippers out there. The company’s new Corsair 36 European Edition offers unprecedented luxury and interior space for its category, while also packing plenty of power. Specifically, its Volvo-sourced standard twin V-8 engines boast a G&T-vaporizing 840 horsepower. Other…

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"I'm the King of the Sea World!"

In-Depth: Deepsea Challenger

Director James Cameron has been an avid diver and deep sea explorer for the past ten years, unbeknownst to the majority of us plebs. It’s like finding out that Jack Nicholson enjoys serious forays into quantum physics. And perhaps not even James Cameron, himself, could’ve imagined that his 1989 film, The Abyss was actually quite…

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Cavallino Nuoto

Ferrari Arno X1 Hydroplane

Let’s say you’ve done the prancing horse on pavement and now you long for the same Italian heritage on the waves. Not too many options. Well, if you’re independently wealthy, your “ship” may have come in with the impending auction of the Ferrari Arno X1 Hydroplane. Built in 1953 and powered by a 12-cylinder, 4500…

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In-Depth: Ford Intelligent Vehicle Technology

According to estimates there are 800 million cars on the road today. By 2050 it will approach between 2 and 4 billion with 70% of those cars existing in cities. Needless to say, automakers — and city planners alike — are scrambling to develop new and more efficient ways to get around. One company, Ford,…

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Wave Runner Lite

Design Spotlight: SAY Yachts

Carbon fiber is used everywhere these days. From phone cases to the svelte bodies of supercars. So, why not a yacht? Well, SAY (Sven Akermann Carbon Yachts) has done just that with their custom built boats. From power boats to full yachts, SAY builds these nautical masterpieces from Carbon-Airex epoxy maaterials providing strength, rigidity and…

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Ridiculous Amphibious

Iguana 29 Ground Boat

We’re pretty sure we imagined a boat with retractable tank treads out on the playground, but Iguana Yacht founder Antoine Brugidou claims the idea came to him while navigating unique locations like the bay of Mont St. Michel, where low tide is known to reveal miles of sandbanks and rocks. This complicated terrain inspired him…

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Bubble Wide

Sealander

Let’s say camping is your thing. The great outdoors, camping trailer and tenting, backpacking, the whole Eagle Scout bit. Occasionally, you’ll camp near a lake and possibly rent a boat to go fishing. What if your trailer could pull double duty and go aquatic? Well, now you can with the Sealander. Count on those Germans…

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Skiff you could only see

Garden & Gun Skiff

If there’s one item to bowl over in G&G’s freshly launched store, it’s the Garden & Gun Skiff ($24,000). Based on a Dragonfly Boatworks Emerger 16-foot shallow water fishing boat, the innovative skiff not only incorporates classic designs, but extraordinary attention to detail: easily accessible and serviceable components, a generously proportioned poling platform, and wide-stable…

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Yachtings Nouveau Riche Cousin?

MetroShip Modern Houseboat by Ballinger & Co.

The words “glamour” and “houseboat” normally don’t mingle in the same sentence — let alone the same book. The MetroShip ($250,000+), however, is inspired by the open floor plans of coveted NYC loft spaces and designed by prefab construction phenom David Ballinger. The impetus of the project was to create a luxurious, yet green housing…

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Floating Sculpture

Guillemot Kayaks by Nick Schade

Can a kayak be considered a work of art? Nick Schade certainly thinks so. Since 1986, Schade has created hand-made kayaks under the imprint Guillemot Kayaks creating one stunning vessel after the next in his Maine workshop. Using a unique “strip-built” method commonly utilized with canoes, these seafaring stunners do more than just look good…

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Hip Ship

Firmship

If you happen to be well-off enough to afford your own boat, please don’t take the route of “more is more.” Classic design will stand the test of time, and you can still have your creature comforts, your technology and modern build quality while maintaining an air of good taste. All of these descriptors find…

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Holy Craft!

Zubr Class LCAC Hovercraft

Every so often, you find something so big, you just can’t ignore it (cough). Well, there are watercraft, there are boats… and then there’s the aquatic behemoth known as the Zubr LCAC (Landing Craft Air Cushioned) or more commonly known as hovercraft. Easily the world’s largest hovercraft, the Zubr Class LCAC was introduced by the…

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A Long Way from a Hollowed Out Log

Justin Charles Cedar Strip Wooden Kayak

Synthetics and composites have plenty of benefits, but they’ll never compete with the look of wood. This Cedar Strip Wooden Kayak from Justin Charles ($16,000) manages to provide the best of both worlds. Its beautiful Western Red Cedar strip exterior is combined with glass fiber to create a light weight, yet durable composite that puts…

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Bow to Good Design

BMW Intermarine 55 Motoryacht

The Ultimate Steering Machine? Perhaps the new BMW Intermarine 55 will establish that new slogan for the Bavarian automaker. In a stunning collaborative work between BMW DesignworksUSA and Intermarine, the Brazilian luxury yacht manufacturer, the goal was to create a new design theme for nautical vessels, incorporating such automotive cues as trapezoidal windows (instead of…

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Stowaway Stunner

B Yachts B30

Measuring 32 feet, the B Yacht B30 is the creation of Luca Brenta and Lorenzo Argento. Built specifically for sailing enthusiasts and a spectacle of marvel of crisp, modern simplicity, the B30 ($125,000) pivots around a unique hallmark feature: single-handed operation. It is further enhanced by a massive ballast ratio that emparts operators with a…

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From Small Town, USA

Newton Custom Built Dive Boats

Nestled quietly amidst the shores of the Louisiana coast in Slidell, LA, Newton Boats has been hard at work constructing custom boats designed to cater to individuals wants and needs since 1982. With a fleet ranging from custom dive boats to patrol and research vessels, Newton’s attention to detail has propelled the company to into…