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April/May 2012

Ocean Home magazine is for people who love the luxury oceanfront lifestyle, from home design and decor to world-class beach resorts, villas, hotels, and destinations.

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SHELTER | PLAY Yacht Watch Necky Kayaks' "Eliza Composite with Rudder" If you love getting out on the water solo, few things can beat the feeling of plying along its surface in a sleek ocean kayak, whether cutting through waves or gliding on glass. Perhaps no maker of kayaks understands that notion better than does Necky Kayaks, whose Maine- made products are sleek, solid, and simple, and beauti- ful to boot. Among Necky's newest offerings is the Eliza Composite kayak with rudder, named after an island in Washington State's San Juan Islands. The Eliza's com- pact cockpit holds its passenger firmly in place, giving its captain a sense of security and control. Additionally, its balance of maneuverability and reduced drag allows for some fierce speed cred on the water. The 15-foot- long kayak's cockpit was designed specifically to work compatibly with a small- to medium-size female frame, although one Necky insider says he's paddled the model personally and felt the Eliza composite with rudder knows no gender barriers. So ladies, take your mark. And men, if you're really that macho, check out Necky's website for plenty more models and options. But fair warning: There won't be anyone to blame but yourself when you get left in the ladies' wake. Eliza Composite with rudder, available in fiberglass ($2,549.99) or carbon ($4,299.99), neckykayaks.com. —L.L. the envy Stave Puzzles Even brilliant beach days can be punctuated by an unexpected rain shower or wind that makes sitting on the sand unappealing. Stave Puzzles are perfect for just such an occasion. Stave's handmade wooden jigsaw puzzles are popular among cerebral celebs like Bill Gates, Queen Elizabeth II, and even former First Lady Barbara Bush. Insiders at Stave say that some A-listers own more than $100,000 worth of the puzzles and that some have even built additions to their homes to house their Stave collections. the details: Stave's newest puzzle, Atlantis, is rated a 4-bolt trick design; in other words, the company's "Chief Tormentor" has incorporated numerous dastardly devices to challenge and entertain its would-be conquerors. The limited- edition seven-layer puzzle comprises 400 pieces and is available for $4,500. Stavepuzzles.com. 38 oceanhomemag.com april + may 2012 Y.CO Yachts in November 2011 introduced Vertigo, a 220-foot sailing yacht, into its fleet of charter vessels, bringing clients another option for enjoying the high seas in five-star style. A collaborative effort between the engineers and craftsmen of Philippe Briand Ltd., Christian Liaigre, Alloy Yachts Interna- tional, and ODHC Ltd., Vertigo's build and décor combine classic and contemporary details, a sleek, uncluttered effect her creators call "urban at sea." But that's not to say her passengers can't have fun on board: Vertigo is outfitted with an array of toys, including an eight-meter limo tender with removable roof; two Nautica RIB tenders with 150-horse-power four- stroke Yamaha outboards; an Avon Seasport Jet Tender with Jockey console; two Topper To- paz sailing dinghies; four Rigid Ocean Kayaks; four Trek 6700 mountain bikes (two each for ladies and gents); six scuba sets; two standup paddleboards; waterskis and wakeboards; and an inflatable pool. From 200,000 EUR/week. Ycoyacht.com.

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