Haute Author

  • NAME Diane M. Byrne
  • BIO Diane M. Byrne is a longtime yachting journalist, with 17 years of experience cruising aboard and writing about some of the most luxurious yachts on the water. She travels regularly around the USA and Europe to get a first-hand look at the yachts in every stage of design and construction, plus meet and land exclusive interviews with the owners. Diane is additionally the owner and editor of MegayachtNews.org, the leading independent Web site devoted to this market. She and Megayacht News are regularly quoted and referenced by media outlets worldwide, including CNBC, CNN, Forbes, Fortune, and The Sunday Times (UK). She is additionally a board member of the International Superyacht Society and a founding member of the United States Superyacht Association.

Artcles By Diane M. Byrne

Haute Yachts: Axcell 650 Catamaran Sport Yacht

Imagine a boat that blends the advantages of a catamaran with the thrill of a Hovercraft. That’s the Axcell 650 Catamaran Sport Yacht.

Measuring 66’5” with the swim platform, the Axcell 650 is the result of a collaboration between MACS Research and noted megayacht designer J.C. Espinosa. Like all catamarans, the yacht features twin hulls that cut through the water efficiently for a smooth ride. A twist comes in the form of what MACS Research calls HybridAir Technology, which it has patented.

The World’s Best Charter Yacht Experiences

Considering that every state except for Florida has snow on the ground right now, you may be in need of a great escape to somewhere warm. If so, here are five great destinations and equally great charter yachts you can book, courtesy of YCO. Note that many charter yachts quote their rates in euros these days, so the approximate dollar conversion rates are included here for your convenience.

Haute Yachts: Last Wooden Riva Up for Auction

As I’ve written here before on Haute Yachts, runabouts built by Riva, especially their all-mahogany launches, have long been among the most coveted in the world. Recently, Marc Newson’s collaboration with Riva brought more attention to the iconic brand. Now, a well-known auction house is selling the last wooden-hulled Riva, and if you can’t attend in person, you can watch it live on television.

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