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Majesty 155 At Monaco Yacht Show 2016

With the Monaco Yacht Show underway, numerous manufacturers are showcasing their wonderful creations and Gulf Craft is no exception. The company is proud to showcase the Majesty 155, the largest superyacht built in the Emirates.

Having made its European debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival, the superyacht travelled to Monaco for yet another boat show that is expected to be just as successful. At 47 meters, there is little chance of mistaking this as anything but luxurious! On board, the superyacht is fitted with a fountain, beach club, waterfall that cascades from the rear sundeck and even a Jacuzzi on the upper deck.

As an award winning yacht-manufacturer, Gulf Craft has produced numerous premium range yachts that vary in size. Incorporating advanced technology with each client’s specific needs, Gulf Craft is set to dominate the world of on-water living.

Beneteau Oceanis 62: Launching Soon

Launching soon is Beneteau Group’s Oceanis Yacht 62. This will be their first venture into the new 53-73ft luxury range. Through a strategic collaboration between Pierangelo Adreani, world-famous Italian designer and Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design, the yacht features a three or four-cabin layout, aft bathing platform, hull stripes and a tender garage. There’s a total of six sunbathing beds spread out across the stern, coach roof, foredeck and cockpit. The official premiere will be at the Cannes and Annapolis boat shoes this autumn. Get ready!

This article was first published in Yacht Style.

10 Tips for Motor Yacht Ownership

Owning a yacht is a great motivation for many of us. Wanting something is such a blessing, fuelling a relentless drive to achieve. A magical energy builder and I wish everyone to find his own, whether spiritual or material.

For as long as I can remember, as a child, I would browse through magazines, marveling at the beauty of the sceneries where they could cruise me to, drooling over the lavishness of the inaccessible lifestyle the owners seemed to enjoy whenever they pleased. My parents named my brother and I after famous French navigator Eric Tabarly, and Alain Colas, whose adventures I followed during my youth. I thank them for that because yachting is an immense source of happiness now.

Today, I thank yachts for having made me want so much, making me work so hard and finally realizing my dream. Throughout the past few years, I have been striving to make yachting more accessible, more affordable and more fun in Asia. This passion has become my everyday job. Years of bouncing ideas about finding the best solutions for owning and operating efficiently, years of listening to doubtful buyers, as well as sharing experience with both happy and unhappy owners.

So, for the lucky few who, like me, are motivated by owning a yacht, here are my lessons:

1.Do not underestimate what you already know: a yacht does cost substantial amounts to maintain. Count 10 per cent annually off the new price as a reasonable estimate, all in +/- 3 per cent depending on age and location of usage. You can choose to spend less, but the boat condition will catch up on you, and end up costing more. No cutting corners there or outsmarting the sea and mother nature.

2.Buy New or almost new, with a solid manufacturer warranty and negotiated price. Yes, second hand boats are cheaper at face value, but they can’t compare with newer models, integrating more improvements year after year – technology, comfort, material, engines, generators, wiring, electronics, safety equipment… you might very rarely find a real deal, but unless you know the history well, do not gamble on such an important asset. There is nothing in common between a dated second-hand boat and a new one when you go down to the specifications of components. Even-though a second hand comes at a cheaper price tag, keep in mind the maintenance will still cost you 10 per cent of the New Value. The older, the more.

3.For the boat to remain a pleasure and not a burden, do not allocate more than 10 per cent of your net assets to the purchase. Private bank allocation matrix actually recommends 3-5 per cent as an acceptable bracket. I double that to make up for the joy. We only live once, and I know people who have gone way overboard yet are happy as can be.

4.Select a competent crew, starting with the captain, and pay them well. Crews become part of the family, they keep the boat in good condition and its value high. Finding the right crew is no easy matter, so allocate the right amount of time to check recommendations from previous employers, and once you have secured a competent crew, keep them happy and motivated.

5.Choose an interior that “nobody dislikes” to ensure a better resale value. The lighter, the bigger the perception of space inside.

6.Decide whether to buy / rent / buy a share in a fractional program based on the location in which you will enjoy your boat. For an urban usage, I find fractional to be the most reasonable (in places like Hong Kong, Singapore, etc. where you use the boat for very short period of time of 4 hours to 3 days throughout the year). In a Holiday destination, either charter or buy outright.

7.Assess how often you will use the yacht in a year – below 3 usages: charter, between 3-8 usages: fractional, above 8 usages: own the boat.

8.If you go fractional, use a professional frame. I will brag now, as the one my company created is my biggest pride: www.lysa.asia program. If you find a flaw in it, or something unfair, you win a charter for free! Do not jeopardize a friendship by neglecting to clarify all the issues that will arise when owning a yacht. Having a professional program helps avoid misunderstanding.

9.Optimize your enjoyment time by having your boat managed (administration, accounting, licensing, maintenance, crewing…) at a negotiated price by a reputable company. Do not become the slave of your captain or crew.

10.Buy the right boat for your needs by answering basic questions: is your aim to relax with the family, party all night, cruise through high-seas, host business dinners, commute quickly from one place to another… finding the right boat is key to a happy experience and can generate substantial savings as you won’t pay for what you don’t need.
If you are thinking of acquiring a boat, I will be pleased to share my experience with you. Happy cruising!

About Eric Noyel:

Mediterranean raised and long-time yachting enthusiast, French entrepreneur Eric Noyel started Asia Marine Yachting Services (AMYS) as a “luxury” charter operation in Hong Kong. It has grown quickly to be one of Asia’s leading regional operators. The company offers charter, fractional ownership, yacht management and is the distributor for Sunseeker (Indonesia and the Philippines), Numarine (Regional), Galeon (Regional), Hatteras sports fishing boats, and has interests in marinas and media.

This article was first published in Yacht Style.

First Sanlorenzo SL78 Sold in Asia

In May 2017, Simpson Marine will be delivering the very first San Lorenzo SL78 to Hong Kong. This sale marks the first time Sanlorenzo’s newest yacht in the Sanlorenzo GRP line has been sold in Asia.sanlorenzo-sl-78-sold-2

The beauty of the yacht’s design, is the high level customization made possible thanks to the flexible layouts that fit with Sanlorenzo’s “Made to Measure” policy. The superstructure of the SL78’s hull boast enlarged windows that provide more light to fill the interior. There are several features on the yacht that add to the allure of owning an SL78 of your own.sanlorenzo-sl-78-sold-3

For one, the yacht features a seamless floor on the main deck, larger two-meter beds, a beautiful glass floating staircase from the saloon to the flybridge. Other features that are available in the new SL78, include an expansive flybridge with glass panelled T-top, larger seating areas in the cockpit, saloon and sun deck.sanlorenzo-sl-78-sold-4

With a hydrodynamic hull, the SL78 is able to maximize its top speed and reduce its fuel consumption. Another reduction seen in the yacht is in noise and vibration with a floating floor design. Along with the luxurious interiors that can be crafted according to the specifications of the owners, the yacht is also fitted with a lifting aft platform that can hold jet skis, water toys and a 3.85m tender in the garage.

Princess 56

SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS: Lifestyle Lineup

This is the list that keeps giving. SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS is excited to announce an updated list of partners now joining the lineup. You should definitely be reserving October 20 to 23 for what is slated to be a three-day luxury lifestyle experience.

We have teased you with a few highlights that you simply have to catch at the SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS, over the past few weeks. Now, the organizers welcome Lamborghini, Perrier-Jouët, Leica, The Lifecycle Concepts, Épicurio, Band on the Run and Jetcoin. Supercars will steal the limelight at the Raffles Marina with Lamborghini roaring into the picture as guests sample the latest Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Autumn 2005 vintage as well as the Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé vintage from the Perrier-Jouët Lounge.

Perrier-Jouët

Perrier-Jouët

Proving that there is something for everyone, Leica will be offering guests a chance to pick up a few professional secrets in the art of photography. The Lifestyle Concepts will be delivering a taste of “The Coastal Lifestyle” with a Vespa display, vintage cars, a sunset bar and live acoustic music. For those looking to expand their collection of wines, Épicurio, The Wine & Spirits Social Marketplace, will allow guests to sample and purchase unique wines.singaporerendezvous_rafflesmarina_14092016wed_mg_1219

For entertainment, SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS will not only be bringing in an array of yachts and other vessels but also performances from Band on the Run, stilt walkers, caricatures and more. Jetcoin is the final new entry thus far for the event and will host an exclusive JetLounge day and night party that will have HED KANDI in Singapore for the first time.

Of course, SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS also aims to give back to society with a little help from Playeum. The official charity partner will give guests under the age of 12 lots of fun with a range of creative workshops. Playeum aims to focus on aiding children’s development and hopes that their presence at SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS will raise awareness and support for their cause.

This story is also available in Bahasa Indonesia. Read it here: SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS: Rangkaian Gaya Hidup

Benetti Delfino 95 Rendering

Benetti Sells Third Delfino 95’ Superyacht

While the Cannes Yachting Festival may be over, some yacht manufacturers are basking in the glow of another successful event. One such brand in a celebratory mood is Benetti, thanks to the sale of its third Delfino 95’ superyacht.

While the delivery of the 29-meter superyacht will only take place in 2018, Benetti promises to deliver a creation that is not only luxurious but also stylish. Featuring cool external lines on the exterior, a design feature by Giorgio Cassetta, the superyacht comes from the brand’s Class D range. For the interior, Benetti enlisted the help of designer Achille Salvagni to create a cozy and elegant space in which the new owner will be able to relax.

Over the years, the Benetti shipyard has produced award-winning designs. The most recent honor was the World Yacht Trophies Award 2016 for the 64-meter Benetti FB264. With this in mind, it is certain that Benetti will deliver a superyacht of exceptional quality that will be enjoyed by the lucky new owner.

Haute Couture Yachting: Benetti Meets Kiton

In a move that will bring some of the finest Italian craftspeople together, Benetti has announced a new partnership with Italian tailor Kiton. This collaboration will see the yacht manufacturer work closely with the bespoke tailor to deck out the luxury yachts in the best that Italian sartorial elegance has to offer.

Customers who turn to one of the world’s oldest yacht builders will have the chance to tap the skills of the tailors at Kiton to style their lounges for that added touch of luxury. In turn, the top clients of the Neapolitan fashion house can look forward to exclusive access to Italian superyachts during the boat shows. This applies for such shows as Cannes, Montecarlo, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong, through 2017.

“The aim of the partnership is to devote increasing attention to our customers who have chosen a unique and exclusive lifestyle”, says Antonio De Matteis, CEO of Kiton. He adds “Excellence and quality: these are the basic principles of our partnership of which I’m extremely proud. Benetti is a beacon of Italian excellence which perfectly matches our own values: a family-oriented atmosphere, innovation, style and quality.”

Clients interested in learning more about the new joint venture can do so at the upcoming boat shows. Alternatively, Benetti can arrange for its top clients to visit Kiton’s premises in Naples and Milan. In turn, Kiton’s clientele will be able to visit the “Yachtique” styling lounges that can be found in the Benetti boutique in Viareggio.

Giraglia Rolex Cup: 4 Part Photo Essay

We take you to the heart of Saint-Tropez to find out more about the Giraglia Rolex Cup.

And We’re Under Waygiraglia-rolex-cup-and-were-under-way

The view north across the Bay of Saint-Tropez during the Giraglia Rolex Cup. Inshore races take place at the start of the week, before the racers head for Genoa.

Right In The Thick Of Itgiraglia-rolex-cup-right-in-the-thick-of-it

On board with the classic yacht Mariska chasing the modern Maxi fleet ahead. The crew must work hard to handle the 108-year-old girl as she faces ever-changing weather conditions en route.

Round She Goesgiraglia-rolex-cup-round-she-goes

Magic Carpet Cubed was the first of 268 competing yachts to round the Giraglia. The favourite at the half way point, she had the punishing south-westerly wind to deal with on the home stretch.

Rays Of Hopegiraglia-rolex-cup-rays-of-hope

The classic yacht Lelantina heads towards the finish in Genoa after the gruelling 243 nautical mile journey. Will it be success or failure when she reaches the Italian Coast?

Review: Princess 75 Motor Yacht

The world-wide launch for this star of the Princess lineup was at the London Boat Show earlier this year, and her first in-water display was in Asia at the Singapore Yacht Show in April.

A product of the Princess Design Studio, the Princess 75 Motor Yacht was developed to combine agile cruising with open-plan elegance, all packaged together in a family-sized yacht of 24 metres (or just under). Princess – which is owned by L Capital, part of the LVMH group – is renowned for their attention to detail and for taking note of customer feedback.75-motor-yacht-interior-helm-2-american-walnut-satin

This well established British motoryacht shipyard produces yachts up to 132ft and has its premises at the old naval shipyard in Plymouth. The company employs over 2,000 people, and has been creating perfect sea-worthy yachts with luxurious styling for over 50 years. Last year, as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations, they restored one of the very first Princess production motor yachts, Project 31 and took it on a world wide tour. The craftsmen and women who work at Princess are responsible for over 80 per cent of the production of every yacht built in the yard. From the vacuum-sealed infusion of the hull to the carpentry that features specially curved wooden edges and shapes, all of these details go together to make Princess styling unique and distinctive.75-motor-yacht-interior-saloon-american-walnut-satin

Princess has long staked their reputation on the seaworthiness of their designs. Now, the dynamic new styling of the Princess 75 makes a good product even more elegant, and offers increased cruising efficiency. The modified deep-V hull is both efficient and stable, and allows the yacht to plane at lower speeds. The yacht comes with a choice of three different engines, and can reach speeds of up to 36 knots with twin MAN V12 1800hp engines.

This 75’ yacht offers a great deal more than just speed and agility, giving her owner a variety of options for entertainment, or just simple relaxation with the family. The flybridge is a spectacular area for socialising, with seating on either side of the upper helm providing excellent panoramas for guests. The flybridge also has sun pads and a wet bar, while the u-shaped seating and dining table give owners yet another al fresco dining option.75-motor-yacht-interior-dining-area-american-walnut-satin

The elegant exterior artfully conceals a voluminous interior, where natural light flows into the main saloon, creating an informal, calm, and relaxed atmosphere. The extended window lines, in conjunction with the unique full-height window on the port side, make this area a spectacular free standing dining space. Comfortable sofa seating is paired with a full entertainment centre featuring a 50-inch LED television, DVD player, and MP3 system with clear and crisp surround sound.

There is a plethora of options for owners when it comes to interior styling. Further customisation is available using a range of premium upholstery and carpeting. When it comes to interior decor and finishings, Princess owners have the opportunity to work with a number of luxury brands including Dedar, Hermes, Fendi Casa, Loro Piana, Milano and Zimmer Rohde to name just a few. Choices for the woodwork are also varied, and include Rovere oak with satin or high-gloss finish, American walnut or Alba oak depending on the owner’s preference.75-motor-yacht-interior-owners-stateroom-alba-oak-satin

A very special custom feature in the saloon of the first Princess 75 Motor Yacht is a bespoke humidor cabinet, and a bar box designed by Linley – Princess believe that they have found “a great synergy in Linley’s sophisticated skills, craftsmanship and design, particularly their unparalleled expertise in marquetry, and selection and hand dying of veneers.” The Linley for Princess Bar Box opens to reveal an immaculately designed interior stocked with Linley Trafalgar crystal and bar accessories.

The galley comes with a four-zone ceramic hob, microwave and conventional oven with grill, and a refrigerator. Everything is perfectly set up for on board dining and entertaining. The galley is separated from the airy open-plan living space by sliding glass panels, allowing the chef to stay in touch with the diners, and creating a contemporary styled saloon that opens out to a well-equipped cockpit (via flush sliding patio doors) and creates an incredibly spacious area for entertaining. It can also be completely enclosed. A dedicated staircase leads to the owner’s stateroom amidships via a private lobby area. The master suite is nothing short of majestic, with its plush yet minimalist styling, and large bathroom and dressing area. The room is special not only for its size, but also for the large windows that allow daylight to pour in. Other special features include a private seating area, desk and a 46” television with entertainment system.75-motor-yacht-interior-owners-dressing-table-open-american-walnut-satin

The VIP accommodation is forward, on the lower deck, with all of the three guest cabins sporting their own en suites. The guest cabins can be configured either as doubles or with twin beds –  simply by pressing a button. The rooms also include specialist storage lockers, wardrobes, and stylish bedside tables.

Crew accommodation includes a compact space for up to three staff, adjacent to the engine room. Crew in the comfortable twin cabin can enjoy natural light through the glazing at the stern, and there is also an option for an additional berth if required. Driven by five-blade props and a power-assisted electro-hydraulic steering system, the twin-engine Princess 75 cuts through the waves at a top speed of 36 knots with a Twin MAN V12 1800 configuration. A twin Caterpillar C32 A option is also available. In the lower helm position, manoeuvring is made easy with a modern navigation system featuring colour radar, GPS and chart plotter. The bridge features plenty more high-tech assist items, such as an echo sounder with alarm, intercom access to the flybridge, and a toughened glass screen for clearer night vision. The second steering position is ‘upstairs’ on the large flybridge, which comes into its own as a viewing platform when the scenery is particularly delectable, and can also be used as an excellent leisure or entertaining area. The flybridge includes an option for a 450 kg lift capacity electric crane for handling a tender.75-motor-yacht-interior-helm-2-american-walnut-satin

To date, six Princess 75 motor yachts have been delivered, are in build, or on order, with a number of the units being from the original layouts presented by Princess. The company has produced a large yacht that is fast and fuel-efficient, giving a comfortable ride at high speeds up to 36 knots dependent upon the engine configuration. This package brings with it confidence on long cruises – and the fuel capacity of 1,300 gallons provides a good range. Collectively, this means a mix of performance and cruising ability that few, if any, in its class can match.

Taking the Princess 75 Motor Yacht as a whole, it is difficult to find a fault. The policy of listening to feedback from owners – coupled with attention to detail and rigorous quality control, and the production of so much of every yacht in-house – is certainly paying dividends. The 75 provides Princess with a cruising platform that meets most, if not all, the needs of a buyer, and sets a much-raised bar for future models from this UK manufacturer.

Specifications

LOA 24.25m (79ft 7in)

Beam 5.76m (18ft 11in)

Draft 1.76m (5ft 8in)

Displacement 47,700kg (105,160lbs)

Max Speed 33 – 34kts (Twin Caterpillar C32 A) 36kts (Twin MAN V12 1800)

Cruising Speed 31 – 32kts (Twin Caterpillar C32 A) 34kts (Twin MAN V12 1800)

Engines Twin Caterpillar C32 A / Twin MAN V12 1800

Fuel Capacity 6,000L / 1,585 USG

Water Capacity 1,350L Builder: Princess Yachts

This article was first published in Yacht Style. Look out for Princess Yachts at the upcoming SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS.

Canados Introduces Gladiator 428 Day Cruiser

The Cannes Yachting Festival is currently underway and many manufacturers such as Canados used the event to announce new models. Presenting the Gladiator 428, the day cruiser that provides you with a comfortable and stylish space to enjoy the ocean. At 13.04 meters it is said to be the smallest boat built by the shipyard.gladiator-428-dash-crystal-cockpit

On board the day cruiser, Canados will offer a wide array of luxurious amenities in a small space. To aid in controlling and maneuvering the boat, is a “Crystal Cockpit”. The 16-inch touchscreen helps to chart engine parameters, autopilot, depth sounder, chart plotter and sound system. Sitting in the cockpit, the touchscreen and dashboard are protected by two speedster style laminated glass windshields. Joining the cockpit on the main deck, are a sun pad that hides the Seabobs garage, an external dining area and lounge sofas at the helm.gladiator-428-interior

Under the watchful eye of Roman designer Marco Casali, the Canados ensures that the interior of the Gladiator 428 is fitted with state-of-the-art fixtures and fittings. The custom-made interiors of the cabin feature wood veneers and the relatively wide space allows for some much needed rest and relaxation. Canados also provides a customization service where the hull can be painted in 15 colors specially made for the brand by Dupont. The color customization theme extends onto the deck, cockpit teak deck, external upholstery and stitching.

Family Owned Yachtmaker: Rossinavi of Tuscany

Behind the three stripes that mark the signature of Rossinavi lies the story of the Tuscan yacht manufacturer. Three simple, yet elegant lines, form the seal of this outstanding family-owned shipyard. Three pure lines that evoke the superposed decks of a yacht seen from aft. Three proud stripes that recall the tradition of seamanship as in the rank insignia of a first officer. Three lines for three generations of Rossi family members. Three peaceful lines that elicit the rising sun on the horizon, representing a rising shipyard.

Rossinavi Prince Shark M/Y Polaris

Rossinavi Prince Shark M/Y Polaris

This is all what Rossinavi is, a proud tradition of shipbuilding, a family committed to quality and excellence, and an invitation to explore beyond the horizon. Since its foundation in 1980, Cantiere Rossi has always been a family owned and managed company; and the Rossi family is quite proud to have full control over the destiny of the shipyard, considering this as a key added value on the market. During the Eighties, Rossi built passenger vessels and also produced steel and aluminum hulls and superstructures on behalf of reputed shipyards. Slowly but surely, the Rossi family built itself a strong reputation of quality and innovation, as the company started designing and producing state of the art mechanical and hydraulic systems to handle luxury tenders and personal watercrafts on board superyachts.

Rossinavi Prince Shark M/Y Param Jamuna

Rossinavi Prince Shark M/Y Param Jamuna

By 2006, the family had acquired new production sites with new offices and boardroom on the port of Viareggio. The Rossis were then determined to leave their role of subcontractors and start to compete with major yacht builders. To achieve this transformation and conquest, the new brand «Rossinavi» was created in 2007, loyal to Rossi Group’s management and philosophy based on quality, simplicity and elegance. One year later, the Rossinavi brand made its official debut with the launching of M/Y SOUTH, a 54 meter displacement motor yacht that made a statement for the Rossi family as they entered the world of custom yacht manufacturers. The second order to be honored by Rossinavi was the 70 meter M/Y NUMPTIA, designed by Spadolini and delivered in 2011. Within the following three years, Rossinavi would be commissioned and delivering five yachts ranging from 45 to 49 meters.

Rossinavi M/Y Numptia

Rossinavi M/Y Numptia

The young and dynamic management at the helm of Rossinavi is always up to taking a new challenge and is permanently developing new projects with a team of skilled workmen for the most demanding customers. All Rossinavi yacht projects are driven by innovation, yet always respect the founding principles of the shipyard: tradition, passion for craftsmanship and high accuracy. Beyond passion, it is actually the love of yachts that strikes every single person who has the opportunity to visit the shipyard. A strong love that members of the Rossi family are keen to share with their passionate clients, which they see as ambassadors of the Rossi name across the seas of the world. In 2015, while getting M/Y Taransay ready for her launch, Rossinavi recorded orders for three new yachts to be delivered in 2017, marking an ongoing success in the field of steel and aluminum custom yacht building.

The reasons behind this commercial success don’t lie solely in Rossinavi’s marketing. It is quite the opposite in fact. What makes a future yacht owner entrust Rossinavi with the build of a new yacht is the Rossi family’s philosophy and commitment to excellence. At Rossinavi, innovation could never be taken as a synonym of improvisation. Although very keen on taking new challenges in yacht building, the Rossinavi team would always study a new project from a meticulous and attentive engineer’s point of view. The shipyard’s in-house technical department and the world acclaimed naval architects who collaborate with Rossinavi ensure the success of the new build before the first metal sheet is even laid in the yard, thanks to detailed 3-D modeling of the entire yacht, foreseeing every single technical and aesthetic detail, including what is never seen by the owner, such as piping, wiring and mechanical installations.

Rossinavi M/Y Aslec

Rossinavi M/Y Aslec

One of Rossinavi’s strengths is its strong background in metalworking. The Rossi family started over 35 years ago in the ship building industry as skilled metalworkers and they have developed all yacht manufacturing activities from their core knowhow. As such, all metalwork, including the cutting, framing and nesting of the steel and aluminum plates is made in-house. Another exceptional feature of the yard is the «Officina Meccanica Rossinavi», a R&D center and mechanical workshop where Rossinavi is able to produce all the chandlery, mechanical and hydraulic systems, often custom, needed for the production of a yacht.

Like the most famous Dutch yacht manufacturers that are well known to our readers, Rossinavi can pride itself on being one of the very few custom yacht producers in the world with all manufacturing processes and supplies controlled in-house. This ensures a high quality end product with maximum comfort, performances, ease of maintenance and durability. Actually, at Rossinavi, all technical aspects of a yacht are treated with the same care and demands of quality as the finishing aesthetic details, so that what is never seen on a Rossinavi vessel is just as well made as what stands out to the eye of the owner and guests.

Rossinavi M/Y 2 Ladies

Rossinavi M/Y 2 Ladies

A Family Business Above All Else

The first generation of Rossi yacht manufacturers is embodied by brothers Claudio (the «yacht builder») and Paride (the «metalwork genius»), who founded Cantiere Rossi, which would later become Rossinavi, in the early Eighties. They were later joined by their older brother Riccardo, rich of 25 years of experience in the ship building sector, who naturally imposed himself as the production manager / quality control manager of the shipyard.

The second generation sees Federico and Claudia, the children of Claudio Rossi, progressively taking the helm of Rossinavi; the first as acting general manager of the company, and the latter operating as marketing and communication manager. While their cousin Veronica, Paride’s daughter, works as the Service Manager of the shipyard, after moving up the ranks from secretary and learning all the specifics of yacht manufacturing and refitting.

Rossinavi Ketos M/Y Vellimari

Rossinavi Ketos M/Y Vellimari

Federico and Claudia both have children who now represent the third generation of Rossi yacht manufacturers. Given the passion of the whole family for the art of shipbuilding, there is a safe bet that these children will also, someday, be part of Rossinavi’s success story. Until then, you are all invited to meet the Rossis and join this outstanding family of passionate shipbuilders to give shape to your own family’s yacht dreams.

Rossinavi’s Achievements

M/Y SOUTH 54m yacht in steel designed by Alessandro Cusumano, delivered in 2008 M/Y NUMPTIA 70m yacht in steel designed by Studio Spadolini, delivered in 2011
M/Y ASLEC 4 45m yacht in steel designed by Studio Spadolini, delivered in May 2012 M/Y 2 LADIES 46m yacht in steel designed by Mulder Design, delivered in July 2012 M/Y VELLMARÌ 47.50m yacht in aluminum of the flamboyant KETOS range, designed by Enrico Gobbi and delivered in April 2013
M/Y PARAM JAMUNA IV & M/Y POLARIS two 49m yachts in aluminum based on the PRINCE SHARK concept designed by Enrico Gobbi and delivered in May 2013 (Param Jamuna IV) and May 2014 (Polaris)
M/Y TARANSAY 39m gentleman’s motor yacht launched in April 2015 and presented at the 25th Monaco Yacht Show

This article was first published in Yacht Style magazine.

 

M/Y Eleonora

M/Y Eleonora III Making US Debut in November

From November 3 to 7, guests at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2016, can get a chance to see the M/Y Eleonora III for the first time in the US. The superyacht is the first model in the 40M Sport Hybrid series and follows the green approach that Columbus Yachts is aligned with.

The interior of the superyacht was designed by Hot Lab Yacht and Design and the owner of the M/Y Eleonora III to create a warm space that is devoid of strong contrasts. With the help of materials that provide warmth and soft colors, the interior of the yacht has a streamlined look. Within the yacht, the designers used marbles such as Breccia Sarda and Adria Venato that provide a luxurious atmosphere. Brightly colored leather and polished stainless steel are paired with soft wool carpets and precious fabrics.M/Y Eleonora

On the main deck is a bar that greets guests as they walk in while an eight-seater dining area lies beyond it. Comfortable compact chairs join the custom-made dining table while an onyx rectangular plaque invites natural light into the yacht. In the lounge is a sofa and armchairs that surround a large TV screen which is hidden in a sleek panel in the ceiling. For those looking to enjoy nature, the lounge also boasts two large windows that provide a view of the ocean. On the same level is the Master Suite that features a king size bed in the middle of the cabin. In the Master bathroom, are two “his and her” marble sinks as well as a large shower with glass walls.M/Y Eleonora

The upper deck features another area for relaxation with its massive sofa from the Diesel collection by Moroso. In line with its environmentally friendly approach the wood selected to be used on the M/Y Eleonora III are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified for eco sustainability. Adding on to the hybrid factor of the yacht, is the hybrid propulsion system developed by Palumbo Shipyard.

M/Y Taransay: A True Gentleman’s Motor Yacht

Delivering M/Y TARANSAY last year, yacht builder Rossinavi definitely entered naval history, reviving the elegant lines of a classic gentleman’s motor yacht from the 1930s with all modern comforts and state-of-the art shipbuilding technologies.MY-Taransay-Rossinavi

Rossinavi’s Taransay is the accurate reproduction of the eponymous historic vessel that was designed by G. L. Watson Naval Architects in Scotland for a yachtsman from Glasgow. The first Taransay was built in Aberdeen by Hull Russell & Co. and launched in April 1930. This elegant pleasure vessel was requisitioned during World War II and served as a Royal Navy danlayer and minesweeper depot ship until 1945. Exactly 85 years after the launching of the original, on 18 April 2015, the new Taransay touched water at Rossinavi’s shipyard in Viareggio.MY-Taransay-Rossinavi-interior-2

Beyond the obvious eye-catching elegance of the yacht, the end result is a perfect combination of tradition and technology, offering comfort and functionality. With a steel hull and aluminum superstructure, Taransay is actually a modern vessel with classic looks. The old-fashioned wheelhouse has an an aluminum structure all covered in wood. For all the chandlery and fittings on board, Rossinavi has substituted the usual stainless steel with Nibral, a highly resistant alloy notably used to produce propellers. The bronzed effect of the deck fittings and equipment contribute to give the yacht her a true oldtimer’s elegance.

This article was first published in Yacht Style magazine.

Gulf Craft Nomad

SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS Offers Luxury Yacht Lineup

PRINCESS YACHTS, GULF CRAFT, LEOPARD Catamarans, FAIRLINE, MERIDIAN, BAVARIA, JEANNEAU confirm their participation at the SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS 2016, with more confirmations to come !

If you have been following the progress of the SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS closely these last few weeks then you will know there is an exciting lineup we are just itching to show you. However, doing so will mean that we take away the excitement from coming down to the Raffles Marina from October 20 to 23. Instead we have decided to give you a few hints as to what is in store

From Princess Yachts to Gulf Craft who will be bringing the Gulf Craft Nomad (pictured top), Leopard Catamarans, Fairline, Meridian, Bavaria and Jeanneau we are all set to showcase some of the best yachts in Asia. Set in one of the most established marinas in Southeast Asia, the event is expected to draw in over 5,000 qualified visitors over the exciting weekend.

Princess 56 by Princess Yachts

Princess 56 by Princess Yachts

Apart from the lineup of luxury yachts that are set to be docked at the marina for the weekend, we are also proud to announce that the event will feature a lineup of luxury lifestyle brands, under one roof. SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS will also feature The Royal Albatross, a Hollywood star in its own right that has had a staring role in The Dark Knight.

To enjoy the fun-filled weekend, visit SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS.

This story is also available in Bahasa Indonesia. Read it here: SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS Tampilkan Serangkaian Kapal Pesiar Mewah

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.

Cannes Yachting Festival 2016

As the summer months get into full swing, the yachting world heads to the South of France for the Cannes Yachting Festival. September 6 to 11 will see more than 50,000 visitors descend on Vieux Port and Port Pierre Canto, where they can expect to see 100 world premieres and as many as 600 boats displayed both on land and in the water. The Cannes Yachting Festival is also one of the few shows where prospective buyers can conduct sea trials by testing the vessels in the surrounding waters.

The Vieux Port will be the home of many special exhibitions including the Palais des Festival. This space will include the latest water toys and tenders alongside the beach, as well as many banks, interior designers, architects and shipyards. New for this year is La Terrasse, a special area for the luxury industry stakeholders. It will include automobiles, watches, jewellery, private aviation, prestigious property, gastronomy, tableware, couture houses, leather and saddles, furniture & design, art & photography, hotel, high-tech products, perfume & beauty, premium services as well as luxury yachts.

The Jetee hosts the engine manufacturers, service exhibitors and the world’s largest shipyards. There’s the Super Yachts Extension which will feature motor and sailing yachts above 25m. Some will be as large as 55m. A tender area is also located here. A further four areas can be found at Vieux Port including the Catamarans area, the Pantiero displaying smaller high-end motor boats, the Quai Saint-Pierre with boats in the 12 to 25m range and the Quai Max Laubeuf where the festival started and where over 160 vessels will be on display. Port Pierre Canto will have on display around 50 second-hand yachts in the 22m to 50m range.

Making their premiere at the show will be the Oceanis Yacht 62 from Beneteau, the Prestige Yachts 630, two sailboats from Sirena Marine, the Azuree 41’ and Euphoria 68’ and the Numarine 78HT. The Numarine 60 Flybridge will also make its European debut. Canados will be using the show to launch the Oceanic 76’ GT, while giving a preview of the Gladiator 42’, Gladiator 76’ and Canados 971 Coliseum which will be arriving in 2017. Not to be outdone, Sanlorenzo will have the world premiere for their SL78 (pictured top). A 25m, made to order fiberglass motor yacht, with a planing hull.

On the catamaran front, Sunreef will be debuting three yachts. The Supreme 68 Power Catamaran will make her world debut and the Supreme 68 Sailing Catamaran Midori and the Sunreef 74 19th Hole will make their European debuts. Also for 2016, the Concours d’Elegance competition is back after a successful debut in 2015. This event allows owners to enter boats sized 12m or less. No more than 20 boats can compete. There will be two categories: boats manufactured before 1980 and after 1980.

This article was first published in Yacht Style Magazine.

Jeanneau 54

Jeanneau 54 Yacht: Luxury Lifestyle

It all started back in 2004 with the development of the Sun Odyssey 54DS, which launched the luxury sailboat segment for Jeanneau. Next in the series to be rolled out was the Jeanneau 53, followed by the Jeanneau 57 in 2010, and the Jeanneau 64 in 2015. With more than 850 units of these large yachts being sold in the last 10 years, Jeanneau has become a market leader in the 50ft plus sailing sector.

Now the shipyard has gone one step further and appointed a dedicated team of designers and engineers to focus exclusively on these large units, thereby offering increased possibilities for customisation. The all-new Jeanneau 54 is the latest model on offer, featuring a chined hull and elegant deck profile that ensure seaworthy handling, as well as timeless looks. The renowned naval architect Philippe Briand has been responsible for designing Jeanneau’s sailing series since the 1980s – he is also the designer of many of the world’s most luxurious superyachts, including s/y Vertigo (67.2m) that was on display at the Singapore Yacht Show in 2015.

Jeanneau 54

Jeanneau 54

The shipyard has developed another partnership with a superyacht specialist, interior designer Andrew Winch, who is responsible for the aesthetics of both the 64 and the 54. Winch’s aim is to bring added sophistication and luxury to this new line of production yachts. His meticulous approach to every ergonomic detail, along with the selection of high-end materials, echoes the look and feel of his super yacht pedigree. The result is a production boat with the finish and beauty of a custom-built vessel. The success of these models has been substantially above all expectations, and Jeanneau has now invested heavily in the further development of the 50ft+ range, under the brand umbrella “Jeanneau Yachts”.

Innovative Design

The Jeanneau 54 boasts the longest cockpit in its class, making room for everyone to be part of the action on deck. Sun worshippers are catered for with a forward sun mattress integrated into the deck, an aft terrace including sun lounger seating, and comfortable armchairs with cup holders. The centre mounted drop leaf table comfortably accommodates the ship’s crew for al fresco dining, and provides a sturdy handhold or foot brace under sail. A convenient compartment in the base of the table provides storage for a life raft, keeping it accessible in case of an emergency, but out of sight so as not to distract from the clean lines of the boat.Jeanneau 54

In the saloon, a large U-shaped dining area is to starboard, which easily seats six and faces a good-sized settee with a bar cabinet and optional wine chiller to port. This is a concept that works well, with its high headroom and raised floor in the saloon. Large windows also mean there is more light and better views from inside the yacht. Every detail has been carefully studied and optimised for greater comfort on board.

Ingenious Galley

Long-distance cruising now boasts the same level of comfort as home. The Jeanneau 54 benefits from exceptional storage space, long drawers, dedicated spaces for large household appliances, and bins under the floorboards. Along with intelligent use of space, such as a microwave that slides out of a bulkhead and the fold-down counter that covers the three-burner stovetop, smart design makes for easy living. Luxurious Cabins The owner’s cabin is designed for onboard comfort, enhanced by top-of-the-line interior furnishings such as a large double armoire, a washroom with a separate shower, and flooring that is flush with cabin floorboards. Thanks to its forward position, the owner’s cabin features sea views courtesy of the large windows in the hull. Large opening hatches overhead and port lights fill the suite with plenty of natural light and air. The VIP cabins also come with plenty of headroom and easy circulation around the beds. Like the owner’s cabin, the VIP cabins feature an unencumbered view of the sea while seated on the bed. Storage space and a private washroom with separate shower compartment also make for stylish living.

Easy Handling

The Jeanneau 54 makes sailing and anchoring simpler and safer, due to its substantial double stainless steel anchor roller. “Safety first” design features include easy deployment of the life raft from the cockpit table without lifting or opening the transom. Retractable davits facilitate the launch of a large tender without taking up interior space and then, most notably, retract to disappear when not in use. All winches are set together at the aft end of the cockpit ensuring easy sail management from a single location and keeping the rest of the cockpit clear.Jeanneau 54

Multiple sail plans mean that the yacht can be adapted to every sailing preference and cruising location. Everything, from a self-tacking jib to a Park Avenue boom, is available. Motoring and maneuvering are made easy thanks to an easy-to-reach throttle lever and inclined engine panel. 360˚ docking with electronic throttle and pivoting pod is also available. A wide, fold-down swim ladder affords exceptional access to the water. The Jeanneau 54 has a choice of two auxiliary Yanmar power plants. A 75hp unit coupled to a sail drive should prove adequate for coastal use in relatively protected waters. For serious voyaging, we’d opt for the larger 110hp engine with a conventional transmission and shaft driveline to push this 37,840 lb. (17,164 kg) displacement vessel along with ease in rougher conditions.

In summary, the Jeanneau 54 with its generously sized cockpit, (over a third of the boat’s length), is an ideal yacht for both socialising and on-water activities. She has been well designed for her role as a cruiser, with a rig that is set up for easy handling when shorthanded.

Every aspect of the all-new Jeanneau 54 has been designed for easy living, and each detail and function has been considered so that it enhances life aboard and the overall cruising experience. Three of these yachts are now on their way to the Asia-Pacific region – one yacht has been sold to a client in Qingdao, one is going to Thailand, and the third will arrive in Sydney in time to be presented at the next Sydney International Boat Show (28 July – 01 August 2016).Jeanneau 54

This high quality sailing yacht comes with a competitive price tag, which is all thanks to the volume and the economies of scale that the Jeanneau shipyard can offer. The various options and semi-custom flexibility go a long way to meeting the requirements of demanding owners, thus giving Jeanneau its competitive edge in the big boat market.

Specifications

LOA: 16.16 m / 53 ft.

Beam: 4.92 m / 16 ft.

Displacement (empty): 17,164 kg / 37,840 lbs.

Standard keel draft: 2.24 m / 7’ 4“

Shallow keel draft: 1.77 m / 5’ 9“

Fuel capacity: 240L / 63 us gal (opt 480L / 127 us gal)

Water capacity: 724L / 192 us gal (opt 964L / 255 us gal)

Cabins: 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6

Engine: Yanmar 75hp sail drive (opt: Yanmar 110hp shaft)

Mainsail (furling): 48 m2 / 516 sq. ft.

Mainsail (classic): 60 m2 / 646 sq. ft. Genoa (109%): 63 m2 / 678 sq. ft.

Self-tacking jib: 49 m2 / 527 sq. ft.

Asymmetrical spinnaker: 197 m2 / 2120 sq. ft.

Architects / Designers: Philippe Briand

Yacht Design / Andrew Winch Designs / Jeanneau Design

This article was first published in Yacht Style.

Oceanemo 33 by Benetti

Oceanemo 33 Superyacht Concept By OCEA

While many yacht manufacturers are gearing up to showcase the final products of the labour at the Cannes Yachting Festival, OCEA is getting ready to unveil the model that will soon be the Oceanemo 33. The 3-meter model will be on display at the yachting festival and will showcase the additions that can be made to cater to various owners.Oceanemo-33m_bow-details

The soon-to-be-built superyacht was designed by architect Fulvio De Simoni and will be built by French shipyard OCEA. Dubbed a “Sport Utility Yacht”, the Oceanemo 33 brings elements of the famous 44-meter Oceanemo to help broaden the series. Set to span four decks, the superyacht will not compromise on the luxurious space to accommodate the 56 square meter hanger. Designed for lovers of water sports the hanger is said to be able to hold a seven-meter and a 4.5-meter tender, two wave runners and four sea-doos.

One new feature that boasts versatility is the “Raised deck” that measures 46 square meters. Owners can choose to use the space to hold a 19 foot Sportfisherman AL Custom and a six-meter Day Sailer or even a one or two-seater submarine for amphibious exploration. For more entertainment, the superyacht can also be fitted with inflatable slides and other water gadgets and toys. Should water sports not be something you are looking for, then the external layout also holds space for an outside bar and a lounge on the upper deck along with a “Veranda” that can be used as a dining space on the main deck.

Seating space within the Oceanemo 33

Seating space within the Oceanemo 33

Apart from the many amenities, the superyacht will also be fitted with two VIP cabins and two guest cabins each with its own private bathroom. For the owner, the Oceanemo 33 provides a owner’s suite complete with a study area and private bathroom that takes up most of the space on the upper deck.

Superyacht Crystal At Cannes Yachting Festival

Originally designed by Bill Dixon, the Crystal happens to be one of the most expensive superyachts that Burgess will have on display at the Cannes Yachting Festival this year.

Boasting five cabins in total, the superyacht is able to house 10 guests on board, along with a crew of seven. The tri-deck design has a price tag of nearly $17 million, which is not so bad considering that the superyacht measures 36.9 meters. On the main deck, sits the master cabin while the VIP guest cabin is located below. Also on the lower deck are the double cabin and two twin cabins.

On the aft deck is a spacious area to entertain while a bar is available on the main deck. For those who love water sports, the Crystal also has a bathing platform that will provide a space to enjoy activities. The superyacht has a cruising speed of 16 knots and a maximum speed of 22 knots.

For further details on Burgess or Burgess Technical Services call +65 9665 8990, email: [email protected] or visit www.burgessyachts.com

Hawk Yacht: Sea Hawk Concept

Guide: Exotic Adventures Aboard Explorer Yachts

The concept of explorer yachts is nothing new; sturdy, ocean-going private vessels have been around since the ’60s, granting their owners access to isolated hideouts around the globe. However, the last few years have seen a spike in the number of explorer yachts launched, in build and in concept. We take a look at this more adventurous side of yachting and what it says about the shifting focus of luxury travelers.

It would be hard not to have noticed the rise in rugged yacht projects in build and on designer’s drawing boards. From Kleven’s mighty 107m M/Y Ulysses to the trio of expedition-ready concepts from Hawk Yachts, explorers are everywhere. In response to this growing market, there has been a tendency to hail the explorer as evidence of the shifting face of superyachting. The question is: is the popularity merely a trend for a more robust aesthetic or does it denote a true evolution in how owners and guests want to use their yachts?

Vard and Bannenberg & Rowell, Kilkea

The 82m conversion project from Vard and Bannenberg & Rowell, Kilkea.

“This is a very good question,” says Marnix Hoekstra, director at Vripack, a studio that has worked on countless explorer and expedition projects in its 55 years. “We have been doing a lot of research and analysis into the motivations of people worldwide, and believe that what we are seeing is a superyacht genre that has evolved from a growing human need to escape.” For Hoekstra, as life gets busier, as time gets more scheduled and as populations get larger, the natural reaction is a desire to get away.

“We call this trend ‘wandering’,” he says. “To counter-balance the structure of everyday life, people want to wander, explore and get lost. The functional response to enabling this kind of travel for many UHNWIs is the explorer yacht.”

Long-range, sturdy displacement vessels with unparalleled sea-keeping, spacious accommodation and room for plenty of toys, ‘explorer’ yachts as we know them today cover both yachts suitable for ocean crossings and longer periods away from marinas, as well as true expedition yachts suited to adventure travel, challenging locations and real autonomy.

Sanlorenzo’s 460 EXP M/Y Moka

Sanlorenzo’s 460 EXP M/Y Moka

Luxury travel is changing

Looking at the wider luxury travel industry – from which trends drip feed into superyachting – the way people have been travelling has been changing. The words ‘experiential’ and ‘authentic’ are firmly established in the travel lexicon, while luxury adventure travel is booming, particularly with families, and holidays centre around unusual and interactive experiences. For wealthy Millennial travelers, going the extra mile to achieve an exclusive experience worthy of bragging rights on social media is also the basis of many travel decisions.

While the industry has tended to view Asians as a more conservative superyacht market, their travel habits are also evolving. “Asian clients are more adventurous than one might imagine,” says Mike Simpson of Simpson Marine. “Like most clients, these customers look for something out of the ordinary that can bring them unique, memorable experiences; something that the less wealthy cannot afford. A superyacht is certainly one of them but an expedition yacht is even better.”

Mike Simpson of Simpson Marine

Mike Simpson of Simpson Marine

Simpson Marine’s regional customers include those who have driven 6,500 km across the Sahara, gone diving in the Pacific and chartered a Russian icebreaker to go to the North Pole. “Asian HNWI are generally younger than in the West and many are energetic and keen to explore the world around them,” he says. Indeed, according to figures released by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) for the 2015/2016 Antarctic season, the Chinese are the fastest growing segment of the Antarctic market, with one in 10 of all visitors to the region from China; a 25.7 per cent leap from the previous year. “A common misconception about clients from this part of the world is that they do not want to go further afield or out of their comfort zone,” says Fleur Tomlinson, charter manager at 37 South, a company with strong explorer experience. The company’s director, Allan Jouning, captained Itasca, the first ever private yacht to cross the North West Passage. “I cannot speak for the whole industry, but in my experience I have found Asian clients to be very adventurous. We have seen a definite increase in the number of people looking for adventurous charters and I am truly excited about this.”

One of 37 South’s clients is an Asian woman who has chartered traditional and explorer yachts between 30m and 70m everywhere from Antarctica to Tonga and Indonesia. “She loves diving and all water sports,” says Tomlinson. “She charters with large groups of family and friends and has even chartered by herself. She dispels all preconceptions about this market.”

The many faces of the explorer yacht

The growing interest in experiential travel and explorer yachts has seen designers and shipyards come to market with increasingly sophisticated expeditionary offerings and owners push the boundaries of what fits in the explorer mould.

M/Y Storm

the most recent Darwin Class launch, 32.6m M/Y Storm

In the past, expedition yachts were mostly refitted commercial vessels; tugs or fishery vessels, for example. Many owners still enjoy taking on a conversion project. The owner of 2013’s M/Y Enigma XK (ex-Norna) was attracted to the 71m fisheries vessel’s capability, strength and history. Similarly, the owner of M/Y Sherkhan, Jan Verkerk’s latest project is a retrofitted 1973 icebreaker called M/Y Legend (ex-Giant), destined for charters in Antarctica.

Open for an owner through Edmiston and under construction at Norwegian shipyard, Vard, Project Kilkea is a striking conversion from Bannenberg & Rowell that will transform an 82m offshore support ship into a luxury world explorer. “Kilkea in her partly-built state already has a pretty unique look with her pronounced ‘cab forward’ stance,” says Dickie Bannenberg. “Coupled with that you have the astonishing real estate of the huge deck and tank area. The space available is exciting and allows us to pencil in features like double-height lounges, research zones and a beach club cum-training-area-cum-workshop.” With accommodation for 36 guests, she is designed to be self-sufficient for up to 30 days and will have an Ice Class C hull for light ice conditions.

Today, clients are not limited to taking on a project though or to liking the typically ‘sturdy’ look of many converted explorers. A growing number of shipyards are offering dedicated, well-conceived explorer ranges that embody a refined explorer aesthetic. Mike Simpson points to Sanlorenzo’s 460 EXP series as an example. Two have already been launched, with a further five sold to buyers across the globe; USA, Russia, Mexico, China and the EU. Interestingly, the first 460 EXP, 42m M/Y Moka, was delivered to an Asian owner, who plans to circumnavigate the globe. “He has a great interest in water sports and wanted a stylish, rugged yacht that combined the comfort of a superyacht with the ability to carry many toys,” Simpson explains. “The 460 EXP ticked all the boxes. As the project progressed, the flexibility of the Sanlorenzo team saw the owner’s ideas about what he could carry and the places he could explore grow. In the end, the yacht was extended by over four meters to accommodate a mini submarine and a helicopter.”

SeaXplorer SX90

The SeaXplorer SX90 has an icebreaking stern and reinforced Polar Class hull

For designer Sergio Cutolo of Hydro Tec, the more compact size (under 500GT) of displacement yacht is well suited to the explorer model as they provide extraordinary volume in relation to size. With Italian yard Cantiere delle Marche, Cutolo has designed a range of explorer yachts called the Darwin Class. Built for long range cruising and ocean voyages, the Darwins, ranging from 26m to 32.6m, are sturdy, safe and entirely customizable. The most recent launch was 32.6 M/Y Storm, delivered last year to a British owner. “The success of this series is due to the perfect balance between design and function,” says Cutolo. “The ‘home’ feeling you get when you step on board is so important.”

For those looking for boundless travel, the design check-list is long and very specific; suitable yachts are limited to a few. “On a true expedition yacht there are some key features,” says Rob McCallum, co-founder of EYOS Expeditions, a company that arranges yacht expeditions to some of the most remote places on earth. “The hull and propulsion installation should be built according to the Polar Class regulation with the capability to break through the ice. Light ice reinforcement (for example, Ice Class 1C) is not always enough. Their needs to extra storage space for expedition equipment, provisions, specialist staff and guides so you can explore the remotest coasts and islands with no shore support. When you ‘get away from it all’, you need to be completely self-sufficient.”

Putting this in perspective, most yachts are fitted with a seven- to 10-day garbage capacity, a two- to three-week fuel capacity and limited provision storage space. While explorer yachts as we know them today offer slightly longer periods of autonomy, more storage and are more robust that your typical ‘white yacht’, they are usually not up to an expedition somewhere like the Ross Sea in Antarctica.

Virpack Sketches

sketches and mood boards for the Dutch studio, Virpack’s, latest explorer yacht design, M/Y Point Break

With these crucial specs in mind, last year Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyard partnered with EYOS Expeditions and Azure Naval Architects to design the ultimate luxury expedition yacht: the SeaXplorer. “This is the first time I know of that an expedition vessel has been designed from the point of view of a practitioner,” says McCallum. “A lot of the attributes of the SeaXplorer have come from the experience of hundreds of EYOS expeditions on dozens of vessels. We provided over 150 design suggestions for the SeaXplorer.” Available in 65m, 90m and 100m versions, the SeaXplorer will offer 40-day autonomy, a hidden helicopter hanger and be the first yacht to meet the new Polar Code Standards, which comes into force in 2017. Importantly, unlike many flashy explorer concepts on the market, it is 100 per cent ready to be built.

One of Vripack’s latest explorer projects, Point Break, has been created for two brothers looking for a yacht to help them surf and explore the most beautiful places in the world. Point Break is packed with toys and features for the brothers, their children and their dogs; surfboards and kites, even snowboards and skateboards. This is going to be a family-orientated yacht for cosy get-togethers and socialising in between adventuring. “The most unique feature is the water ballast wing tank,” says Hoekstra with a smile. “When there are no wave breaks or wind, the captain can put her in full speed diesel-electric mode to fill up this tank, which will sink the stern creating a great wake that the the brothers can surf on behind the boat.”

Survival at sea and sophistication hardly seem to go together, but there is no need for luxury or comfort to be compromised on a capable expedition yacht. “A vessel’s looks shouldn’t be determined by its capability,” says McCallum. “You can have a very capable vessel that is also very good looking.” Prime examples of beautifully capable yachts are Lürssen’s M/Y Octopus, a yacht that EYOS has taken through the North West Passage three times, and M/Y Latitude, designed by Vripack, also a two-time traverser of the North West Passage. Neither would look out of place in St Barths, but have taken guests, owners and scientists to the far corners of the globe. It would be difficult to tell the more sturdy exteriors from the interiors of most explorer yachts. Designer Katharina Raczek of the eponymously named Hamburg studio has recently been working on the interior refit of a 100m+ explorer yacht and has been cutting no corners in terms of materials, comfort or the fine art installed on board. “Just because the yacht is an explorer, doesn’t mean it needs to feel like a research ship,” she says.

For most UHNWIs, privacy is one of the greatest luxuries. As more travellers seek to get as far away from crowded hotspots as possible, it makes sense that their yachts are capable of taking them where ever they wish, safely, reliably and luxuriously. Owners and luxury travellers increasingly want no barriers to their experiences and with explorer yachts offering the ability to go the distance (and no longer limited to the realms of converted tugboats), it seems that the age of the explorer may be here to stay.

On Your Doorstep

You don’t need to take your explorer yacht all the way to Antarctica to experience something remote and special; there is plenty to see within easy reach of Asia. Dan Tookey of Henry Cookson Adventures, creators of tailored luxury adventures and experiences, highlights three of their top explorer yacht destinations in the region.

Kamchatka

Largely closed to tourists for military reasons since the Russians explored it in the 17th century (half of the peninsular is still controlled by the army), the area is now opening up for the intrepid. Washed by the Bering and Okhotsk seas, the area is home to 28 active volcanoes and 160 extinct ones. Mineral hot water springs and geysers are found at the eastern part of the peninsular, while hundreds of glaciers line the mountains. Keep a look out for wildlife: bobcats, sables, minks, wolves, foxes and brown bears all live here. This is a difficult area in which to operate, and permits and permissions must be sought from the army to bring in an expedition yacht. However, the rewards of such effort are rich.

When to go: July to September

Australia’s Kimberley Coast

Travelling down the Kimberley coast can be a truly indulgent experience. To fully experience this diamond coast, we would recommend an expedition yacht capable of carrying at least one helicopter, depending on the number of guests. Before heading in to the lush rivers, from your yacht we can arrange scuba diving with humpback whales, manta rays, dolphins and dugongs. Motor up to the impressive dual King George Falls before sweeping away in your helicopter for a bespoke lunch looking over them. Heading up the Mitchell River you will spot crocodiles basking semi-submerged in the mangroves. Time can be spent chipping fresh black-lip oysters from the rocks to enjoy with a squeeze of lemon and we will introduce you to the taste of pearl meat.

When to go: March – September

Tasmania

Tasmania is home to five national parks and two World Heritage areas making it a pristine environment to explore. Based from a yacht, we would recommend exploring the southeastern part of the island, using helicopters and/or light aircraft to penetrate its inner areas. Once in the remote parks you will be guided by experts and rangers through the beautiful landscape. You’ll stop at remote dining locations and sleep in bespoke African-style safari camps that have been flown in and erected specifically for your trip. Using tender vessels, you can go up the narrow tributaries with local ecologists and conservationists in search of endemic wildlife including the Tasmanian devil, the Eastern quoll, pademelons and the shy bettong. Peaceful cruises along the coastline can be contrasted with adrenaline-fuelled adventures through the island’s canyons and rapids. We can arrange quad-bike journeys and races to remote farms and vineyards for wonderful private culinary experiences.

When to go: November – February

This article was first published in Yacht Style Magazine.

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Text by Angela Audretsch