Alan Harper

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Boats

Superyachts that defy expectations

Could this be the holy grail of superyachts? Alan Harper finds exhilarating speeds and superyacht standards of space and luxury are no longer mutually exclusive
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Shadow yachts come into their own

Quirky, cool and sleek upgrades are elevating auxiliary “shadow yachts” into a stunning subgenre of superyacht in their own right. Alan Harper reports
Boats

The 35m yacht club

Modest by superyacht standards, yet with the nimble zip of a smaller model, the new 35m contenders are setting a benchmark for speed, style and spacious design. Alan Harper reports
Boats

Of sterner stuff

A new class of boat fuses superyacht standards of space and design with rugged, go-anywhere capabilities – all in a more compact package. Alan Harper sizes up the super trawlers
Boats

Less is moor

A shift in the boat-buying demographic is driving a new desire for simplicity. Alan Harper spotlights two pared-down vessels returning to traditional values
Boats

Joining the big league

Two distinguished English production boatyards best known for 40ft craft have now entered the superyacht fray. Alan Harper reports on the Brits at the heart of a sea change
Art

Harbouring desires

Faithful scale replicas of historic ships are coveted from Maryland to the Middle East. Alan Harper reports on a collectable with the wind at its back.
Cruises & Boating

Go Dutch or dolce vita?

Two rival shipyards are each offering a new long-range motor yacht – with subtle but distinct differences in styling, build and customisation. Will Dutch precision win out over Italian élan? Alan Harper reports.
Boats

Taking things down a knot

A desire to return to ‘proper’ cruising has produced some utterly stylish, long-range cruisers that extend horizons beyond the Balearics, says Alan Harper.
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