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BEST of LUXURY

Luxury is in the eye of the beholder, but when it comes to the luxury lifestyle, we like to think that we know a thing or two.

Best Luxury Yachts
Best Luxury Yachts

Azimut Yachts

Founded in 1969 by enterprising college student Paolo Vitelli, Azimut began as a mere charter company, but it wasn't long before the company began designing its own boats. Their vessels were entirely handmade, and today they still employ many of their time-tested techniques. Sleek Italian design and refined details dominate the entire line, which ranges from 39- to 116-foot yachts. The company has several shipyards capable of producing hundreds of boats each year, and their newest offerings have movable furniture on the flybridge so you can customize your cruise. With a Rolls-Royce designed propulsion system and two jacuzzis, the triple-decked Azimuth Grande 140 is the firm's largest and offers unique interior options thanks to three proposed styles and 15 layouts.

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Viking Yachts

Viking Yachts is the first choice of sportfishermen around the world. The yachts feature fiberglass hulls, and their commitment to quality is evidenced by the fact that they build ninety percent of each boat in-house, with only tower construction outsourced. Viking has been a truly family-owned and operating outfit since its inception in 1964. They have an extensive line of pristine white, teak-lined motoryachts with convertibles, enclosed bridges, and open yachts ranging from 42 to 82 feet, as well as a 52-foot sport yacht option.

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Sunseeker

A fusion of Scandanavian and American roots, Sunseeker has been designing and building their distinctive craft since the 1970's. Evolving from a brand into an icon, Sunseeker's yachts range from 47-foot sport cruisers to up to 46-meter triple deck superyachts. The firm's flair for dynamic styling and usage of bleeding-edge technology has culled quite a loyal following over the years. The company's track record for repeat sales to satisfied yachtsmen is extraordinary. (Sponsored)

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Perini Navi Group

Perini Navi is an Italian shipmaker specializing in both sailing and motor yachts. Many of their sailboats are of the ketch or clipper variety, including their 289-foot-long Maltese Falcon. Perini's lush list of accessories has attracted clients that include Robert Murdoch and Silvio Berlusconi. Perini Navi's motoryacht division goes by the name Picchiotti, and many of these vessels do indeed have a naval look about them, with strong vertical bows and streamlined silver gunwales. Despite the serious stature of these yachts, they all sport huge decks with ample room, allowing for lounging on the high seas.

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X-Yachts

Scandinavian-designed X-Yachts offers a lineup so extensive that every seaman is sure to find just what they are looking for. They have sailing yachts available for racing, performance, and long-distance cruising. The clean lines of their design are specially created so as to provide a natural aesthetic without compromising the interior comforts. For years these sailing yachts have established themselves by winning races around the world, while also allowing the crew to be comfortable between races. The newest performance cruiser, the Xp 55, was released in 2013 and offers the comfort of a cruiser alongside exceptional sailing abilities, featuring a luxurious "light and airy" Scandinavian interior. The Xc 35 and the X6 are set to launch in early 2014 and 2015 respectively, and will become the newest member of the highly praised and awarded long distance Xcruising range.

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Ferretti Yachts

Ferretti's mission is to make their customer's dreams come true, and their line of eleven elegant yachts is sure to do just that. Their boats feature luxurious details such as a stern helm position and internal passages from the salon to the flying bridge. Their megayachts feature an array of positioning and stabilization technology as well, making them worthy of traveling the open oceans. Winning Motor Boat of the Year for its exclusively refined interior and impressive performance and layout, the Custom Line 100' superyacht boasts sliding doors, premium wood appointments, a fold-down balcony, and Franco Poli dining chairs.

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Sunreef Yachts

Operating within a niche section of the yacht world, Sunreef Yachts designs and constructs super-sized luxury catamarans, as well as super yachts from 60 to 200 feet long. Sunreef launched their first model in 2003, focusing on build quality over quantity, producing only two models per year. With their exquisitely built double hulls, the catamarans offer exceptional space, stability and fuel efficiency when compared to monohulls. You can't help but be impressed by a Sunreef catamaran's spacious interior, independent lounge areas and ample deck space.

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Riva

Riva's reputation as a first-class shipbuilder began in 1842, when Pietro Riva became known for his excellent boat repairing skills. With decades of artisan experience, the iconic Italian brand is now 170 years old and is one of the worlds oldest and most renowned shipyards. Its beautiful wooden boat designs are reminiscent of the days when Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, and Aristotle Onassis were clients. Starting at $1 million, Riva yachts boast posh accommodations and handcrafted mahogany. Having previously partnered with Gucci on a classic Aquariva, the new flagship 122 foot Mythos will be its largest ever built and the first in lightweight aluminum alloy.

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Friendship Yacht Company

The Friendship Yacht Company is based in Rhode Island's nautically-famous Narragansett Bay, and has a knack for classic east coast styling. They specialize in shallow draft, wide beam, wood-trim sailboats ranging from 40 to 75 feet. Their relatively small size makes them a perfect choice for sailors committed to their craft in the face of the booming popularity of motoryachts. The Friendship series incorporates breathtakingly beautiful design alongside cutting-edge sail handling technology. These boats are just as comfortable lining up for a friendly regatta as they are for an evening of entertaining.

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Wally Yachts

Known for its cutting-edge designs, Wally Yachts definitely stands out among a sea of competition. Founded by Italian businessman Luca Bassani in 1994, the Monaco-based shipbuilder produces sleek motorboats, racer-cruisers, and sailing yachts in unmistakable packaging. With sophisticated, angular lines, many of the yachts look ready for a covert spy mission. Possibly the fastest motorboat in the world, the highly minimal and futuristic WallyPower 118 reaches a speed of 60 knots and showcases an exterior that changes in respect to the light and environment. As further evidence of their luxury status, Wally partnered with Hermes to create the Wally WHY, a highly exclusive "moving island" on the sea.