Hot Times, Hotter Boats

Aicon, Carver and Cruisers summer debuts

Carver's president, Bob Van Grunsven.

Summer was a blazing interlude for yacht manufacturers from Palermo, Sicily, to Sturgeon Bay, Wisc., as temperatures soared and Yachting editors climbed aboard new models. In Palermo, the founder and president of Aicon, Lino Siclari, hosted a lively evening musical performance by a tempestuous Sicilian band—lots of hair-tossing—complemented by fire-juggling dancers. Suddenly, at midnight, a spotlight picked out the new Aicon 62 hovering offshore. The following day dramatic pink-granite headlands served as a backdrop for tests of the 62 and just-launched 85. Then it was off to St. Petersburg and the imperial Vinoy Hotel for Cruisers Yachts, where Cruiser president Jim Viestenz unveiled an impressive range of yachts, including the new 390. Next stop: Sturgeon Bay, for Carver Yachts' confab highlighted by Irwin Jacobs, president of Genmar, and the debut of the Marquis 55. Photo: Carver's president, Bob Van Grunsven.Chris Caswell

Irwin Jacobs, president of Genmar, addresses Carver dealers.

Irwin Jacobs, president of Genmar, addresses Carver dealers.Chris Caswell

In Sicily, Aicon president Lino Siclari, second from left, with dealer Moin Durai of Western Marine in Dubai, Aicon director of marketing Ilaria Di Bernardo, and Western Marine's deputy general manager, Jyrki Jaamaa.

In Sicily, Aicon president Lino Siclari, second from left, with dealer Moin Durai of Western Marine in Dubai, Aicon director of marketing Ilaria Di Bernardo, and Western Marine's deputy general manager, Jyrki Jaamaa.Don Wallace

Aicon's U.S. president Marc-Udo Broich.

Aicon's U.S. president Marc-Udo Broich.Don Wallace

The view in Sicily, through the Aicon 85's upper-deck arch.

The view in Sicily, through the Aicon 85's upper-deck arch.Don Wallace

Cruiser president Jim Viestenz and wife, Renee, at Cruisers debut night at the Vinoy.

Cruiser president Jim Viestenz and wife, Renee, at Cruisers debut night at the Vinoy.Don Wallace

Laura Tanin, Cruisers account supervisor for BVK, with (from left) Yachting's John Wooldridge, Peter Janssen and Ed Baker.

Laura Tanin, Cruisers account supervisor for BVK, with (from left) Yachting's John Wooldridge, Peter Janssen and Ed Baker.Don Wallace