Diane M. Byrne

Perini Navi Launches Exuma, 1st Vitruvius Motoryacht
While Americans were celebrating Independence Day this weekend, Italians—at least those at the Perini Navi Group’s yard in La Spezia—were celebrating the launch of Exuma. The all-aluminum 50-meter (164-footer) is the first in its Picchiotti Vit...
Italian VAT Rules for Yachts Continue to Confuse
When Force Blue was seized in Italy over alleged tax evasion, many megayacht owners and their advisors sat up and took notice. It also led to questions and concerns, understandably, many of which persist. To shed some light onto Italian VAT ...
Sleek Columbus 199 Superyacht Underway at Palumbo
Palumbo may not be a well-known builder stateside, but it has been operating two yards in Italy since 1967. It builds and refits a variety of vessels, ranging from ships to yachts, plus manufactures gantry cranes. For the past few ...
International SeaKeepers Society Responding to BP Spill
With yachts and megayachts of varying sizes successfully avoiding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, you may wonder why the International SeaKeepers Society is getting involved. Simple: Its proprietary SeaKeeper 1000 data-acquisition system is helping ...
Introducing Azimut-Benetti Art
If you’ve long considered a yacht to be a floating work of art, here’s your chance to put a version of that yacht on your wall. Azimut-Benetti has created Azimut-Benetti Art, a collection of fine art prints and photos available for ...
Moonen Signs Sofia III, Its Largest “Pocket Superyacht”
We’ll have to wait another two years to see her, but the largest Moonen to date was signed within the past several weeks. Engineering work is already underway on the Moonen 133, expected to be christened Sofia III. If the name ...
Lürssen Splashes Solemates
An experienced yacht owner will soon enjoy the maiden voyage of Solemates, a 60-meter (197-foot) Lürssen. Delivery is set for the end of July, after which the yacht will cruise the Med. The photo here was taken during sea trials ...
Trinity Yachts Aiding BP Spill Cleanup
Due to the increasing need to protect its coastline from the BP oil spill, the state of Mississippi has ordered more than 20 new belt skimmer boats, some of which are being built by Trinity Yachts. Specifically, Trinity Yachts’ Gulfport facility ...
Mi Sueño and Her Superb Spaces
How’s this for an alfresco seating area? This is the aft deck aboard the 190-foot (58-meter) superyacht Mi Sueño, which I toured during a recent open house hosted by Trinity Yachts and International Yacht Collection. Note how large it is ...
JFK’s Former Yacht Honey Fitz Undergoes Refit, Part I
There’s a labor-intensive — and labor of love — project going on in South Florida right now. It’s the restoration of Honey Fitz, one of the most famous yachts to grace American waters. Built by DeFoe Boat ...

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