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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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Palmer Johnson

Palmer Johnson Yachts are known for their sporty styling and lavish interior design, but they came from humble beginnings that assures an auspicious attention to detail. The namesake owner got his start in 1928 when he built his first wooden yacht, and from there the company grew to construction of championship sailing yachts and then on to the Luxury megayachts they offer today. An affinity for the finest marine instrumentation is apparent on every boat they put in the water, from the PJ 120 Sports Yacht to the PJ World Yacht, complete with helipad and pool.

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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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Mangusta

Mangusta gives the world some of the largest luxury yachts, including the Mangusta 165. According to the brand, the 165 is the biggest open yacht in the world at 163 feet long. The massive size and performance abilities (like a top speed of 45 mph made possible by the three MTU 16V 4000 M93 engines, each giving 4556 HP) help this large vessel blow expectations out of the water. Construction is still under way for their new Mangusta 205, which will overtake the 165 as the world's largest open-style yacht. With massive exterior space and a secondary helm station, three 4,600-hp MTU engines will propel this 550-ton yacht to a top speed of 30 knots.

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Trinity Yachts

Located on Mississippi's Gulf Coast, Trinity Yachts' steel and aluminum vessels can reach lengths of up to 400 feet and rival European craftsmanship. Clients can truly have it their way by consulting either with a specialized design team or Trinity's own in-house architects to make their dream yacht a reality. For example, the elite superyacht builders outfitted their $60 million Carpe Diem with three full-beam master suites. Their Destination Fox Harb'r Too features a split level owner's suite, dual private bathrooms, a Patrick Knowles-designed interior modeled on a European spa resort with hand-carved glass, stone work and loads of Honduran mahogany paneling.

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Heesen Yachts

Founded by Frans Heesen in 1978 in Oss1, Netherlands, Heesen Yachts was the first Dutch shipyard to employ aluminium alloy for the building of yacht hulls. Since that time the yard has become a world leader in the design, engineering and construction of high performance, all-aluminium motor yachts. Held to the highest standards, it is not just a matter of style but more importantly, the contemporary application of engineering: the architecture of performance. 2013 saw two new releases, including the 50-meter Crazy Me, but the Heesen 65M remains the world's largest fast displacement yacht with a 20-meter sundeck, an enormous "beach club" area, heli-pad and a glass-bottomed swimming pool with views of the bar underneath.

Best Luxury Yachts

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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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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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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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.