Innovators, Design, Yachting
Meet the innovators.Yachting Magazine

LUCA BASSANI

Re-envisioning what boats can be.

Luca Bassani, Wally Yachts
Bassani has turned Wally into a rare thing: a marine brand that is known outside of the marine industry.Courtesy Wally Yachts

One look at a wally yacht and you know it’s a Wally.

Luca Bassani founded the Monégasque brand in 1994 and has not looked back since. Indeed, nothing of Bassani’s aesthetic palette could ever be accused of looking back at all.

WILLIS SLANE

Early adopter of fiberglass boatbuilding.

Willis Slane
Willis Slane.

One blustery day, landlocked because of weather that his wooden fishing boat couldn’t handle, Willis Slane remarked to his friends that somebody ought to build a boat that could brave the rough Carolina seas.

TED HOOD

The master rigger left his mark.

Ted Hood
Hood was almost as well-known for his magnanimous nature as he was for his sailing expertise.

Ted Hood was a legend in his own time. The helmsman on the 1974 America’s Cup winner Courageous and a highly influential yachtsman, designer, and rigging builder, Hood symbolized the apotheosis of the yachting life.

JON BANNENBERG

The mega-yacht master.

Jon Bannenberg
Bannenberg was an Australian, born and schooled in Sydney.

The name Jon Bannenberg rings bells all over the world. For decades, he was The Man when it came to designing mega-yachts. His client list, which included Larry Ellison, Malcolm Forbes and Adnan Khashoggi, among others, was almost as glamorous as some of his nearly 200 yacht projects (Carinthia V and Carinthia VI, and Limitless, to name a few.) Evan K. Marshall, one of the most prominent yacht designers of today, recalls the impact Bannenberg had on his own career: "I can very clearly recall my first encounter with Jon Bannenberg.

CARL KIEKHAEFER

Revolutionizing the outboard industry.

Carl Kiekhaefer
Carl Kiekhaefer was known for his showmanship.

Mercury Marine is synonymous with outboard engines. And outboards, as we know, are a hugely popular segment of the yachting marketplace.

BOB JOHNSTONE

He changed sailing forever.

Bob Johnstone
Johnstone started a revolution from the depths of his brother Rod’s garage.Billy Black

Bob Johnstone has made his mark in both the sailing and powerboat worlds, and his contributions are not soon to be forgotten.