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YACHT STYLE 36 Superyacht Issue

With the brand new YACHT STYLE Issue 36, the team behind the quarterly yachting magazine countdown the top 100 superyachts in the Asia-Pacific. It was no easy feat for them, considering that there was a list of 140 to choose from.

Joining this interesting read is a look at the history and milestones of Princess Yachts, a British shipyard with a long and illustrious history. The new issue also explores the vision that the British boating industry has and how it plans to connect to the global boating community.

The European journey continues with the round-up of leading Dutch shipyards that are changing the game in the yachting industry. In the scenic Mediterranean, YACHT STYLE looks at new marina destinations and how developers are catering to the needs of owners.

Of course, the issue would not be complete without highlighting the sea trials and reviews of new yacht models that are available in Asia. The team checks out the ever-so-elegant Sanlorenzo SL78, the spacious Ferretti Yachts 450 and the Leopard 43 Powercat. The final piece of the puzzle are the exciting pieces on the Volvo Ocean Race and the America’s Cup before Fukuoka.

Looking to the future, YACHT STYLE will be celebrating the Top 100 personalities in Asian boating. With a chance to find out more about the major players in the yachting industry to explore the Indonesian archipelago has to offer.

Ferretti Yachts 450: Official Cannes Debut

You can always trust Ferretti Yachts to present us with stylish and spacious yachts that stay true to the brand’s DNA. With the Cannes Yachting Festival kicking off next week, Ferretti is planning to display its new Ferretti Yachts 450 for all to see. While they had held a private viewing in Portopiccolo Sistiana back in July, this showcase will give many a chance to see what the new flybridge yacht has to offer.Ferretti-Yachts-450-interior

Measuring 45-feet, the creation is a perfect blend of sporty and sleek that spans out over three decks. While the construction was a collaborative effort of Ferretti’s Product Strategy Committee and the Engineering Department, the exterior and interior design was left to Studio Zuccon International Project. Using a combination of woods, lacquered surfaces and fabrics, Ferretti Yachts 450 will be a design that features bright interiors and refined elegance.Ferretti-Yachts-450-interior-2

The two-stateroom yacht boasts a top speed of 30 to 31.5 knots, depending on the engine used. Owners can choose between either two or three cabins, to cater to their specific needs. The Italian yacht manufacturer has an international reputation for constantly looking for innovative and cutting edge technological solutions to improve its designs.

Top 10 Superyacht Launches in Asia 2015

With the Singapore Yacht Show well underway, we take a look back at some of the best superyacht launches from last year. With the spending power in the region growing each year, several big names in the yachting industry have strengthened their presence in the East. With Asian shipyards going from strength to strength and Asian clients becoming more knowledgable and more adventurous, YACHT STYLE has put together a unique selection with an eye on the Asian market.

Rather than simply the largest or the newest, we have compiled a list designed to inspire and show the many facets of the yachting world. We present 10 superyachts – vessels generally 24m and above – from 2015 built in Asia, built for Asian clients and those that are deserving this discerning market’s attention. 2015 was a year that saw some extremely innovative projects and 2016 looks like it will be no different, as owners look to challenge the norms of design and efficiency; thus YACHT STYLE highlights 10 of the most boundary-pushing projects. Of course, innovation isn’t possible without imagination and inspiration, so we also look at five unique superyacht concepts from design studios around the world that would hold appeal for the Asian market.

King Baby

LOA: 42.7m
Year: 2015
Builder: IAG Yachts
Exterior Design: Evan K Marshall
Interior Design: Evan K Marshall
Naval Architect: Sergio Cutolo
Built for an American client, King Baby (pictured top) is the Zhuhai shipyard’s largest launch to date and the first of its new NobleStar 140 series. A superyacht with a decided rock ’n’ roll edge, she is well suited to entertaining, with adaptable outdoor social spaces. Large windows and high ceilings ensure that the comfortable, contemporary interior is always full of light.

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LOA: 26.5m
Year: 2015
Builder: Ferretti
Debuted and sold at the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show, the F870 Tai He Ban special edition is Ferretti’s answer to the preferences of the Asian market. The yacht’s interiors have been designed to host business meetings, receptions and informal events, drawing inspiration from Bejing’s famed Hall of Supreme Harmony in the Forbidden City. The F870 refreshingly abandons traditional layout formulas, replacing a full-beam master stateroom a ‘playroom’ for karaoke, cards and private socialising replacing a full-beam master stateroom.

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LOA: 44.2m
Year: 2015
Builder: Feadship
Exterior Design: De Voogt Design
Interior Design: Bannenberg & Rowell
Naval Architect: De Voogt Naval Architects
With tidy design solutions and sophisticated engineering, the beautifully refined Moon Sand is what happens when Feadship combines forces with clients who are as passionate and exacting as it is. A labour of love with experienced Asian clients, this is a yacht that packs in a lot of design innovation for its size. The contraflow swimming pool on the aft deck, for example, is a Feadship first, with the team engineering a system that lowers the deck and fills the pool in 20 minutes. When it came to the interior concept, the clients worked
closely with Bannenberg & Rowell to create elegant spaces suited to socialising and full
of bespoke pieces.

Sea EagleSea-Eagle-Royal-Huisman-YachtStyle

LOA: 43.3m
Year: 2015
Builder: Royal Huisman
Interior Design: Rhoades Young
Naval Architect: Germán Frers
Sea Eagle signals Royal Huisman’s first ever delivery to the Asian market. Designed and engineered for Taiwanese businessman and philanthropist Dr Samuel Yin, this sloop effortlessly balances performance and style. Destined to take her owner around the world, participating in the occasional superyacht regatta along the way, Sea Eagle will be as at home lazily cruising in South East Asian waters as she will be racing head to head against sailing veterans in the Caribbean.

MCY 105

LOA: 32m
Year: 2015
Builder: Monte Carlo Yachts
Exterior Design: Nuvolari & Lenard
Interior Design: Nuvolari & Lenard
Naval Architecture: Monte Carlo Yachts
The cover star of YACHT STYLE Issue 33, MCY 105 is the new flagship for French-Italian shipyard Monte Carlo Yachts. Built for a hands-on Hong Kong owner and revealed at a private event in Venice in July 2015, this chiseled yacht is all the more impressive for her condensed six-month build time. MCY’s advanced construction methods enable it to offer highly customised projects in significantly less time than it would take most yards to deliver a production project of this magnitude. And crucially, this yacht feels anything but rushed: sporty, spacious and stylish, she is a credit to MCY’s fresh approach to yacht building.

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LOA: 42.8m
Year: 2015
Builder: Sanlorenzo
Exterior Design: Francesco Paszkowski Design
Purchased at 2015’s Monaco Yacht Show (reportedly by an Asian client), Moka marks a new direction for Sanlorenzo as the first explorer from its 460Exp range. While her lines are that of a classic expedition yacht, Moka still has all the style you would expect from an Italian shipyard. The shallow draft will make sure that few places are off-limits and she will be able to cruise for long periods with low fuel consumption. Inside, contemporary cool style seamlessly blends with comfort, creating welcoming spaces that anyone would happily watch the world go by from.

Sea ‘N Sea

LOA: 30.48m
Year: 2015
Builder: Ocean Alexander
Exterior Design: Evan K Marshall
Interior Design: Evan K Marshall
Naval Architect: Ocean Alexander
One of two OA100 models to be delivered in 2015 by Taiwanese builder Ocean Alexander, Sea ’N Sea was sold to her owner at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and is another example of the evolution of the highly customised production yacht. By bringing in designer Evan Marshall, typically known for his larger custom projects, the yard has created a pocket-sized superyacht that takes the yard’s aesthetic to the next level while maintaining the OA ‘look’.

Lagoon 630

LOA: 19.5m
Year: 2015
Builder: Lagoon Motoryachts
Exterior Design: Nauta Design
Interior Design: Nauta Design
Naval Architect: VPLP
With an LOA that is just nipping at superyacht status heels, the Lagoon 630 has been gaining a steady following since its appearance in 2014 and is worthy of a mention. Behind this catamaran is a design and engineering dream team: VPLP, known for developing hyper-fast sailing multihulls like S/Y Comanche, and Nauta Design, the designers of countless sailing and motoryacht projects from 10m to the 180m M/Y Azzam. Offering superyacht style, reliability, stability and low fuel consumption plus real value for money, this is an attractive option for newcomers to the yachting lifestyle who still want something with real pedigree. It is no wonder that brokers have found the Lagoon 630 to be particularly popular with the Asian market in 2015.

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LOA: 26.8m
Year: 2015
Builder: Princess Yachts
Exterior Design: Princess Design Studio
Interior Design: Princess Design Studio
This Princess 88, delivered last year, was produced specifically for the Chinese market. Featuring a chic Hermès interior and stove element adaption for a wok. As a concept, the Princess 88 is the ultimate pint-sized superyacht. High attention to detail, efficient hull, top performance, clever use of space, extremely customisable and good value-for-money: all the boxes ticked.

SL106

LOA: 32.2m
Year: 2015
Builder: Sanlorenzo
Exterior Design: Nauta Design
Interior Design: Nauta Design
Naval Architect: VPLP
2015 saw Sanlorenzo energise its efforts in Asia. As well as opening a Shanghai showroom, it debuted the SL106 Special Edition at the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show, designed and built specifically for the greater Chinese market, with Simpson Marine selling it to an Asian buyer later in the year. This yacht keeps in mind that boats are typically used as much for business as pleasure in this region and that clients here take an unobtrusive approach to ownership. Partitions and multifunctional spaces, a round dining table and auspicious fish tank, separate crew passages and extra privacy – this is a yacht that understands its audience.

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Text by Angela Audretsch

This story first appeared in Yacht Style.

Flying Flagship: Ferretti Yachts 960

Ferretti have designed and built their largest-ever planing boat, the Ferretti Yachts 960. While Ferretti as a group build bigger boats under their Custom Line and Pershing brands, this is their biggest Ferretti Yacht, and is the new flagship for the brand. At 96ft in length overall, with a beam of 22ft, there’s plenty of room – so much so that it sits somewhat oddly with this otherwise sporty top-performance speedster.

It’s a very quick boat indeed, if you choose the biggest engines on offer: twin MTU 16V M94 2,638hp diesels. Cruise at 27kts and enjoy the maximum speed of 31kts while the stabilizers reduce roll whether under way or at anchor. Even the standard engine offer, the twin MTU 16V M84 2,218hp diesel package gives you a very respectable maximum of 27kts and a cruising speed of 24kts.FERRETTI-960-Sundeck

Passenger accommodation comprises up to four identical double cabins on the lower deck, each ensuite, amidships. Crew berths are forward, accessible directly from the galley above, with two twin-berth cabins for the crew and a single-berth ensuite cabin for the Captain. The owner’s cabin, on the other hand, is on the Main Deck, just forward of the galley. This cabin can also be fitted-out as a “playroom” – a sitting-room with its own TV/HiFi and sofas – as an alternative to the equivalent towards the rear of the lobby-like saloon, just behind the 8-12 seat dining area.

Reaching further stern-wards we come to the cockpit, the true center of activity on the Ferretti Yachts 960. Not only the usual whole-complement banquette, but also another 8-seater dining table set forward amid the plentitude of circulation space for cocktails, once the anchor’s down.FERRETTI-960-Cabin

The two gangways lead forward, to the foredeck; the port gangway providing private access to the galley and the crew quarters. The cockpit also gives access to the starboard rear gangplank, the engine room, the garage and the flybridge.

The flybridge can also be accessed from the forward main deck helm station, itself placed on a mezzanine above the main deck proper. The large sub-cockpit garage and it’s sinking floor are used to store the tender. This leaves space to spare on the flybridge for everyone on the sofas, the sun-deck and in the Jacuzzi, should you wish to have one. The Flybridge of the Ferretti Yachts 960 is sheltered by a hard-top with a sun-roof opening panel. Almost needless to mention: the bar area with the fridge, ice-maker, grill and sink, and the cupboards for handy things like glasses and extra bottles.FERRETTI-960-Pilot-Cabin

On a boat this size, with engines as powerful as these, there’s space and power enough to carry substantial sound-proofing for the cabins and living spaces in the form of multi-layered bulwarks. The crew will also be grateful not to be crammed up against the engine-room, as on many smaller vessels. Some of this capacity is made available for the internal finishings too, with extensive use of glass, oak and leather. The saloon and cabins all feature substantial glazing, full-length in the saloon, and the external views look close enough to touch.

Once upon a time, the cockpit was where you put things. Now we put them under the cockpit, and there is a substantial garage on the Ferretti Yachts 960. The whole stern between the two access stairways lifts up as a gull-winged doorway, and the central part of the swim-platform drops to partially flood the garage, thus enabling the tender to float in and out. A great saving on hoists and hoisting power. The space is large enough for a 4.5m RIB or a jetski and there’s room for diving equipment and other bits and bobs.FERRETTI-960-Garage

Specifications

LOA: 29.2m (95’ 10”)
Beam: 6.7m (22ft)
Fuel capacity: 9000lt (2378 U.S gals)
Water capacity: 1320lt (349 U.S gals)
Standard Engines: 2 X MTU 16V 2000 2218hp/
1630kW at 2450 rpm
Top Speed: 27.5kts
Cruising Speed: 24kts

Other engine configurations are available.

For more information: www.ferretti-yachts.com

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This story first appeared in Yacht Style Magazine.

Review: Ferretti 650 Yacht

Ferretti, proud owners of several great yacht brands, are particularly proud of their oldest brand, Ferretti itself and their yacht range. This is where their heart lies as boat-builders, and as such they put their heart and soul in to any new member of the range.

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The Ferretti Yachts 650 is another result of the cooperation between Ferretti’s own research, style and product development centre (Advanced Yachts Technology & Design), and Studio Zuccon International Project. Three were sold before the first hull was launched. The first to a buyer from China, the next to a buyer in Lebanon and a hard-top flybridge version is on its way to the US this year.

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The hull sold to the Chinese buyer has already been featured in Yacht Style magazine – the so-called Tai He Dian – and was designed throughout (a testament to the flexibility of the hull and superstructure engineering) to be attractive to buyers from the Far East. Little things like round dining tables and reduced cabin space to provide room for cinema rooms or karaoke facilities as well as quite substantial increases in the public areas all make a difference if your boat is principally going to be used for business entertainment rather than extended cruises with the family.

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Like other contemporary designs, glazing predominates. Interiors are light, bright and stylish and materials and finish colours are generally designed with light in mind. The flybridge offers most of the open space: the foredeck is the usual sloping sunpad, just forward of the internal helm station. This is placed well forward of the centre of the boat on the port side. The flybridge helm station is placed well behind and on starboard, so two very different viewpoints there. The flybridge is compact, and has a rear seating area that mimics the style usually associated with cockpit seating. Substantial enough.

The cockpit itself is more generous, with lots of space for just standing around and passing the drinks from the bar and the galley, both situated just inside the door from the cockpit. Very sociable. There’s even a handy flap on one of the rear windows allowing access to the galley even when the cockpit doors are shut. It’s the little things sometimes that set good design apart from the rest.

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The rest of the saloon comprises the eight-seater saloon, the helm station and the companionway to the two double and one twin cabin, all ensuite. The seating part of the saloon is raised, as is the helm station, so care is needed walking past the bar to the sofas beyond as there are two steps to navigate. As befits a member of the prestigious Ferretti marque, the finishes and craftsmanship are of the highest quality and the entire finish and color scheme have been revisited for this new member of the family.

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Two engine configurations are offered: twin 1015hp or twin 1150hp Caterpillar diesels. Depending on engine choice, your Ferretti Yachts 650 will cruise at 30kts and can get up to 33kts. You will have a range of 300nm, more if you nurse it, with the 3,700L fuel tanks.

Finally, at the end, at the rear end, and in point of fact the stern, there is my favourite toy – the lowerable bathing platform-cum-boat lift adding considerable living space to the yacht and keeping it davit-free. It also creates a super little private and sheltered sun spot.

Specifications

LOA: 19.67m
Max beam: 5.25m
Draught: 1.50m
Unladen displacement: 34.8tonnes
Laden displacement: 41.2tonnes
Engines: 2 x CAT C18 1015Hp
Propulsion: Line Shaft
Max speed: 30.5kn
Cruising speed: 27kn
Range: 270nm
Fuel capacity: 3.7L
Freshwater capacity: 530 L
Hull shape: Deep V
Hull material: GRP
Cabins: 3 + 1
Maximum no. persons on board: 18
Design: Zuccon International Project lines and interior, Ferretti AYT technical engineering
Builder: Ferretti Yachts

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This article first appeared in Yacht Style

Review: Custom Line 108’

Custom Line, a brand born out of a Ferretti Group project to broaden the range of its 30m yachts, has evolved into two hull lines: Custom Line for planing hulls and Navetta for semi-displacement hulls. Ferretti themselves describe the Custom Line boats as “a super-sporty spirit, an incredibly stylish design, large volumes, refined and customisable interiors, state-of-the-art technologies: a planing maxi yacht like the Custom Line 108’ can proudly boast all this.” Our friends at Yacht Style magazine bring us this review.

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Since its inception, design for the Custom Line has been delegated to Studio Zuccon who work in cooperation with Ferretti’s own engineering department. The lines of the Custom Line 108’ – the latest outcome of this cooperation – are dominated by the design of the superstructure and the glazing. The hull windows of the four VIP cabins, in turn, stand out for their original rectangular shape; they are approximately 1.70sqm large, have no fiberglass frame and are completed by a double porthole.

The Custom Line 108’ also stands out for the style of its interiors and the almost fanatical attention to detail within the overt luxury of the finishes which typify the top end of Italian designed and built yachts, exemplified by Ferretti.

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The PR machine waxes lyrical about the “refined sophistication [that] shines through the tiniest details”, and for once they don’t exaggerate. This is European elegance at its finest, done with taste, balance and a respect for both sea and the superyacht lifestyle, and on a 108ft platform gives you all this and lots and lots of space.

The Custom Line 108’ comes with two MTU 16V 2000 M94, 2638mhp engines that allow it to reach a maximum speed of 26kts and a top cruising speed of 23kts, ensuring a range of 350nm and 430nm. If you want to cruise at the most economic speed, 12kts, the range extends up to 1000nm, very respectable for a vessel of this size.

A boat this size requires a crew, and three crew cabins are provided in the forepeak of the lower deck, each with its own head. Two double and two twin-berth guest cabins, each en-suite site immediately aft, forward of the engine room, while the rear of the lower deck incorporates a large toy room with space for a 20ft rib and a skidoo and engineering and maintenance space.

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The main deck, right forward, has the owner’s cabin, absurdly-generous in space: this isn’t a day-boat, it’s for living on. Behind that is the athwartships galley, giving access to the three sets of stairs up to the bridge and the flybridge and down to the guest and crew accommodation, enabling the crew to rapidly and discreetly serve every passenger space on the boat without having to pass through any other guest space.

Right behind the galley is the dining room, seating 10, and opening up behind it the large and comfortable full-width saloon which is not dominated by the large TV situated right at the rear. Big sliding doors open onto a large cockpit, fully-shaded by the flybridge, that seats another 10 people at the table, behind which is a double-sided sofa-lounge that cunningly provides a movable backrest that permits conversion to a huge 15ft-wide sun lounge.

The flybridge can also be accessed from the cockpit in the traditional way and provides yet more dining, seating, lounging and bar space, with still more open deck for just standing around and admiring the view from two floors up. There is also a subsidiary helm position to supplement the fully equipped main bridge.

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Specifications
LOA: 32.95m (108.01ft)
Beam: 7.25m (23.09ft)
Draft: 1.99m (6.06ft)
Displacement: 122.000kg (268,961lbs)
Max Speed: 26kts
Cruising Speed: 23kts
Engines: MTU 16V 2000 M94
Fuel Capacity: 14,700L / 3,883 USG
Water Capacity: 3,000L / 793 USG
Range: 430nm
Hull Material: GRP
Builder: Custom Line/Ferretti Group
Website: www.customline-yacht.com

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This article was originally published on Yacht Style

Review: Ferretti Altura 840 Tai He Ban Special Edition

The much-publicized boom in Asian boating is still just on the horizon, but the major European builders and manufacturers realized some time ago that luxury, social, boating has a different function in this part of the world. In the familiar markets of the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, the concept is well understood – owners and friends, or charter guests, take off for a week or more for a spell of sybaritic luxury as far as possible from the madding crowd. In Asia, a boat is most often seen as a business entertainment platform, useful for cocktail receptions, parties, dinners and possibly day-trips, but rarely overnight stays.

This implies a substantially differently genre of boat to those seen moored stern-to in the vieux port at Cannes, or anchored in English Harbour, Antigua. Boats designed specifically for Asia require less outdoor deck space, fewer and less expansive cabins, less galley space, more air-conditioned indoor area, and more space for entertaining.

The people who have taken these new design parameters to heart most enthusiastically are without a doubt the Ferretti Group. Last year they presented Asia with the Ferretti Altura 840 Tai He Ban Special Edition. This year they have taken the re-working of the interior a stage further.

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Step on board the Ferretti Yachts 870 Tai He Ban Special Edition from the stern and enjoy the spacious aft deck. Banquette seating, big table, plenty of room. But it’s sizzling here in the tropics, so let’s go straight into the very welcoming air-conditioned interior. Every boat manufacturer likes to tell you about space and light, but here it is not just brochure talk. The saloon of the 870 is a one-piece affair, from the sliding glass doors aft right through to the bridge. It’s a big space, and brilliantly lit by ceiling-to-sofa windows down the full length. If you are hangin’ out here in a secluded anchorage in Double Haven (Hong Kong) or Phang Nga Bay (Thailand), the view is going to be a big part of the onboard experience.

Long sofa seating travels down both sides of the saloon, leading to a proper bar on starboard (applause, please, for a bar in an entertaining area) and straight through into the dining area which is not huge – deliberately – and is separated from the saloon only by a decorative screen feature. And there’s a day head, right there.

The pilot house is ever-so-slightly raised, giving the helmsman an excellent level of visibility, but we are heading down below. Here there are two double cabins, one in the bow and the other to port. Both feature walk-around beds and en suite bathrooms, and in terms of actual measured size, they are almost identical. Which one is the Master and which the Guest is anyone’s guess. There’s also a twin-berth tucked neatly into a remaining corner, with over-and-under bunk beds at right angles to each other. It’s a delightfully quirky arrangement, and definitely a place for the kids, young or old.

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The lower deck also features the canapé-sized galley. The description is intentional – this is not a unit designed to turn out 12-course banquets. If you want one of those, you need the 870 ‘standard version’. This is the support base for the bar upstairs, big enough for a fridge full of champagne and a chef turning out the amuse bouches non-stop.

And then, just where you expected to find the full-beam owner’s suite, there is the playroom. Call it a karaoke lounge if you like, call it a cinema, call it a mahjong room. It is designed to be all of the above. The leather paneled walls, along with the striking and thoroughly tasteful Fendi upholstery, exude richness and warmth, making this a very unique sea-going ‘den’. The high end video and AV systems are complemented by the color-pulsed lighting system to make this a perfect party pad. Plus, of course, you can switch off all the fun stuff if you must, and this becomes a meeting room or conference center, or anything else serious that you might have in mind.

Lastly, head all the way upstairs to the flybridge. ‘Top decks’ are popular in Asia. This is where you get best view when cruising the coast on a glorious summer’s day, and where you get the wind-in-the-hair look (just like in the brochure). There’s also plenty of room for lounging up here, as well as storage space for the tender. Best of all, to beat the searing rays of the midday sun, is the retractable sunroof; now you see it, now you don’t.

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When it comes to designing for the Asia market, Ferretti seem to try harder than most. We like people that listen: if they don’t, we might as well be writing in the dark. Ferretti are listening to the market, to the owners and prospective owners, to the weather forecast and even to the media! Maybe being owned by Weichai Holdings has something to do with it. The 870 Tai He Ban is a class act; handsomely designed to purpose, and delivered with proper Italian style, quality and panache. It is a boat that deserves to be a real winner in Asia.

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Text and Photography By Guy Nowell

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Top luxury brands for China’s millionaires revealed

China’s super-rich might have cut back on spending by 15% last year, but the country has not lost its appetite for luxury brands.

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According to the Hurun Report Chinese Luxury Consumer Survey 2014, Chinese millionaires prefer to wear Cartier jewelry, Patek Philippe watches and Hermès accessories, while the wardrobes of the wealthy are stocked with Armani outfits for the men and Chanel for the women. Burberry was the children’s clothing brand of choice among the privileged demographic.

When it came to choosing a car, the Rolls Royce Phantom and the Mercedes-Benz S-class are the top choices for executive vehicles, while the Audi Q7 and the Land Rover Range Rover are deemed the best SUVs.

Top sports cars are the BMW M3 and the Porsche 911 Carrera, and the most popular ‘roadster’ is the Mercedes SLK.

Around 40% of the super-rich now own a yacht — a 10% increase since last year. The favorite brand is Ferretti. Meanwhile Gulfstream, the Embraer Legacy 650 and the Dassault Falcon 7x are the most popular business jets.

Chinese millionaires are most likely to drink Royal Salute whisky, Martell or Hennessy Cognac XO, although Macallan is the single malt whisky of choice and Louis XIII is the most popular imported spirit.

Moutai is the Chinese spirit of choice amongst luxury consumers. When it comes to champagne they’ll take a glass of Perrier-Jouët over Moët, and smokers will opt for a Chunghwa cigarette or a Davidoff cigar.

The top choice of private members’ club is the Chang’an Club in Beijing and the preferred luxury hotel brand is the Shangri-La. When flying business or first class, the country’s millionaires chose Air China for domestic trips and Singapore Airlines for international travel.

The Hurun report surveyed 393 mainland Chinese millionaires between June and December 2013 with a wealth of RMB 10 million or more ($1.6 million).

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Superyacht builder Ferretti sold to Chinese company

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China’s Shangong Heavy Industries has bought the Ferretti Group, taking over 75% of the Italian shipmaker’s capital.

Sleekly tailored with gleaming chrome accessories and luxurious saloons, the Ferretti Group designs some of the most exclusive yachts in the nautical world.

Ferretti has 8 yacht brands (Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Itama, Bertram, Riva, Mochi Craft, CRN and Ferretti Custom Line) and owns a total of 8 shipyards.
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Yachts Hainan Rendez Vous

Success for Hainan Rendez-Vous 2011

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After four thrilling days of exclusive parties, glamourous entertainment and intense networking, the Hainan Rendez-Vous 2011 ended last Monday leaving no doubt about its status as the region’s leading yacht show.

The superyacht show, which also incorporates a business jet exhibit and displays of luxury properties and high-end brands, once again drew crowds of China’s most affluent individuals to Sanya city in the ‘Chinese Riviera’ of Hainan Island.

This year’s edition had twice as many exhibitors as last year’s Hainan Rendez-Vous, and generated several billion RMB worth of transactions.
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Riva, an icon of Italian luxury design

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A crane gingerly lifts a 13-metre Riva into Lake Iseo after the last coat of varnish has dried on its mahogany finish.

The speedboat, an icon of “Made in Italy” luxury design, is going for a final spin before a potential buyer checks it out.

“Tradition and innovation, that’s what drives us,” said Paola Procopio at the shipyard.

Like many symbols of La Dolce Vita, Riva started as a family venture in 1842.
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Ferretti Group unveils Summer Line

The Ferretti Group has unveiled Summer Line, the new telephone service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, established to solve any technical problems Ferretti Group’s clients may have.

The service is provided by Easea Yaching, the Group’s Service Division, developed to bring together the After Sales resources of all Group brands.

The aim is to guarantee owners of all Ferretti Group yachts a better and increased range of services.
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China’s Premiere Luxury Lifestyle Show in Hainan

By most measures, the self-styled “Chinese Riviera” on Hainan Island has a long way to go before catching up to Cannes, St. Tropez or Nice.

But the organizers of Hainan Rendez-Vous at the island’s Sanya resort did their part to boost the area’s image this past weekend, hosting an extravaganza of private jets, vintage and top-end autos, luxury properties and giant yachts.

The first edition of the Hainan Rendez-Vous attracted last week end over 5,600 visitors during the three-day event which featured more than 150 exhibitors.


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Ferretti 560 – The “yachts (r)evolution



Ferretti Yachts
will introduce at the Festival de la Plaisance of Cannes 2009 the new Ferretti 560, which represents the “yachts (r)evolution” conceived to experience a new feeling of life on board.

Through this new model the shipyard aims to consolidate and continue the evolution process of flying bridge range under 63 feet.

This renewal in the last two years involved the launch of new yachts that became “icons” of innovation in design, like Ferretti 470, Ferretti 510 and Ferretti 592.
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The Ferretti Custom Line 124′

The latest offering from the house of Ferretti Custom Line is the luxurious 124’ superyacht, which marks the launch of a wave of renewal in the yard’s history.

The Custom Line 124′ is a tri-deck yacht which can sleep ten guests in four spacious cabins plus a large owners suite as well as space for up to six crew members.

The yacht features a large balcony on the upper deck directly overlooking the sea and a sun pad in the aft as well as special anti-rolling gyros making it a very smooth ride.
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Riva Yachts Brings the new Ego Super to Miami Boat Show

Riva, the Italian world’s leading company of luxury motoryachts will bring its splendid and glamorous yachts to the Miami Boat Show (February 12th to February 16th 2009).

Riva will be showing six models at this year’s show and will be introducing the new 68’ Ego Super to the USA, on display at Ferretti Group booth.

Presenting herself as the ultimate blend of design, comfort, performance and reliability, 68’ Ego Super is the luxurious evolution of the Riva world.
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Pershing 80 launches in Italy

Ferretti Group company Pershing recently launched the new Pershing 80 motoryacht in Italy.

Designed by Italian naval architect Fulvio De Simoni, the 24.4m (80ft) yacht is said to offer exceptional performance. The standard version is powered by two 2030hp MTU engines combined with ASD 15L surface propellers for speeds of up to 44kt, while a faster version equipped with two 2435mhp MTU engines allows for speeds of 50kt at 1/3 loaded displacement.

The yacht’s construction process uses the “Scrimp System”, a fiberglass vacuum molding process that significantly reduces voids in the laminate and increases strength.

Pershing says that several elements give the new yacht an edge over its competitors, including an elegant slide-away glass partition, designed in collaboration with Besenzoni, that allows the cockpit to be closed off from the upper saloon. Alternatively, the owner can choose to join the two areas together to create a large open space, all on the same level. Another exceptional Pershing 80’ feature is the extendable-retractable hard top over the upper saloon.

The Pershing 80 is expected to make its official debut at the end of next month followed by an unveiling to the public at the Monaco International Boat Show. It’s price : US$ 6, 800,000


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CRN’s Emerald Star for Ferretti

A leading builder and of luxury yachts in aluminium and steel since 1963, CRN shipyard also produces yachts in composite materials. One of its two lines of semi-custom vessels in composite materials is the Ferretti Group’s Emerald Star.

No deviant from distinction, the Emerald Star bears the characteristic bow of CRN yachts and signature sumptuous details of the Ferretti Group that has become synonymous with exclusiveness and prestige.

At 43 metres in length with a three-deck structure, this yacht is an impressive hub of entertainment slicing through the emerald waves.dffd

With four VIP rooms and an owner’s suite that even has its own terrace, there is room for up to 10 guests to enjoy the spacious sundeck equipped with a Jacuzzi and bar area; a fitness room that looks out on the ocean; and barbecue pit and lounge areas near the stern.

Mumbai International Boat Show 2008

The rich and famous of Mumbai have discovered a new hobby, and the success of the second International Boat Show goes to show that this port city’s marina front will soon be undergoing a transformation.

The three-day event was held in a closed hall as well as the marina front where many international players showed off their exclusive range.

Important names in the Exhibitor list included Ferretti, Gulfcraft, Azimut, Princess Yachts and Bayliner. Brokers, charters, marina planners, water inflatable and kayaks were all there.
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