Sonny Levi

Sonny Levi: 1926-2016

In 1992, designer-engineer Renato “Sonny” Levi (pronounced levee) published Milestones in My Designs, a large-format hardcover book highlighting then-40 years’ worth of his marine “projects,” which he summarized this way:… Read more »

slide hull

Slip Slidin’ Away

Perhaps the largest private naval architecture firm in the world, Vripack, announced its first patent of a hullform—the Slide Hull. This after 55 years in business and more than 7,300… Read more »

rig braider

Braid My Rig

Future Fibres, a division of Southern Spars, and parent company North Sails Group recently purchased a new Herzog braiding machine to enhance its capabilities in making multi-strand carbon fiber rigging… Read more »

Super Power

Minnesota-based Emerson Industrial Automation partnered with Italian builder Wider to develop a diesel-electric propulsion system for a 150′ (46m) motoryacht using its Powerdrive MD2 modular drives coupled with azimuth pods…. Read more »

A Builder’s Life

Barrie Farrell is a lifelong builder of boats—all manner of boats—in British Columbia, Canada, with a thousand stories to tell, which he mightily recalls in a recently published autobiography, Boats… Read more »