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Focus: Sanlorenzo Explorer 460Exp

Sanlorenzo’s first Explorer, Moka, was unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2015. She has just successfully concluded her maiden voyage, a transatlantic ocean journey that brought her to American shores where she was met by her owner. With a successful crossing under her keel, Sanlorenzo is keen to promote this new addition to their superyacht range.

The Explorer superyachts launched by Sanlorenzo are specifically designed to undertake long-range cruising. The fully equipped vessels offer a variety of services and features (and, of course, all the oceangoing superyacht necessities), along with large internal spaces that are so important to an owner intending to cruise for prolonged periods.

Characterized by Sanlorenzo’s unmistakable and distinctive lines, the 460Exp measures up at 42m in length and tips the shipyard scales at 460 gross tons. She has a displacement hull in steel, and an aluminum superstructure inspired by big exploration vessels capable of reaching far flung destinations. Spaciousness on board, safety and self-sufficiency are the three key factors that make this yacht unique, with the aim of the 460Exp bringing back the real meaning of ‘adventure’ for an owner.Sanlorenzo-460Exp-main-deck

The design of this superyacht pays great attention to environmental and conservation concerns, and the 460Exp has been classified as “Green Plus” by RINA. ‘Smart design’ allows her to remain at anchor for long periods of time without having to make use of generators – thereby eliminating emissions, vibration and noise. The level of self-sufficiency and cruising stability are notable for a motor yacht of this size, and the boat’s length allows it to be both more agile and more maneuverable when turning, permitting access to confined harbours, ports and docks.

The interior décor was chosen by the owner of the first in the 460Exp line. Like all Sanlorenzos, it is ‘made to measure’, and is perfectly in keeping with the expedition philosophy of the yacht. Wood features strongly, in the most classical shades of mahogany and teak, matched with elegant and timeless furniture, and with intensely coloured leathers by way of accents, creating at the same time a relaxing environment.

The lower deck hosts four large double bed cabins and a wellness room which includes an endless swimming pool, gym, and sauna with a Turkish bath. The room is illuminated by large vertical windows on either side, offering tantalising views of the sea and nature.Sanlorenzo-460Exp-Living-Area

The lower deck also houses the crew cabins, and the Captain’s cabin is on the main deck, adjacent to the wheelhouse, allowing the Captain to be on hand and ready to supervise operations during long range cruising passages.

The fun factor has not been forgotten. The Sanlorenzo 460Exp can accommodate a huge number of water toys in the large stern area on the lower decks; these include tenders, speed boats and fishing boats up to 9 meters, and other toys such as sailing dinghies, jet skis, Sea Bobs, windsurfers, surfboards and more.

At anchor, and once the large teak deck at the stern is free of toys, the area becomes a large recreational space where guests can enjoy sunbathing, or swim against the current in (another) large and aptly named ‘endless swimming pool.’
The stern area also offers a complete beach club with bar, a sauna, and space for diving operations.Sanlorenzo-460Exp-Master-Bedroom

The Sanlorenzo 460Exp seems to be bigger inside than out, offering more volume than her size suggests, and less fuel consumption during extended voyages thanks to her two 1,300+ hp engines, giving the yacht a maximum speed of 16kts. With a fuel capacity of 50,000 litres, she can cruise for more than 4,000nm at 11kts without refueling.

Keeping with the Explorer philosophy, the superstructure is located further forward than on conventional yachts, leaving an ample aft deck capable of carrying a tender of dimensions far exceeding what one would expect to find on a yacht this size.

Following hull #1, M/Y Moka, four further units of the 460Exp have been sold and are currently under construction.Sanlorenzo-460Exp-Gym

Diary of an Atlantic Crossing

Straight out of the box: Confident in the ability of the newly-launched vessel, and after extensive sea trials conducted by her new crew together with the relevant technical consultants, the owner called for the SL460Exp to be delivered to the Caribbean immediately. Her maiden voyage was, therefore, a cold and wintry Atlantic crossing.Sanlorenzo-460Exp-Helm

11 December 2015:
Only a few hours after the delivery celebrations, Moka departed with her Captain and eight member crew from the port of Viareggio, heading for Palma de Mallorca, arriving 13 December after a passage of 500nm through the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Golfe de Lyon.

21 December 2015:
Taking advantage of a break in the weather, Moka departs and arrives two day days later in Gibraltar, the gateway to the Mediterranean. After topping up her fuel tanks, Moka sets sail on the same day into the Atlantic Ocean. The next stop will be in the Canaries. The weather on this leg was not ideal, and Moka experienced severe conditions along the African coast, with beam seas and crosswinds. None of these constituted a problem, and she arrived safely in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on Christmas Day.

25 December 2015:
The yacht makes a stopover in Santa Cruz to refill fuel tanks and load fresh supplies before the longest leg of the journey.

28 December 2015:
Moka departs from Tenerife and sails 2,700nm before reaching her next stop – Saint Martin, half French and half Dutch.

6 January 2016:
The Captain catches a glimpse of the dark landmass of St Martin on the horizon, and Moka has completed the longest leg of her ocean crossing without any fuss at all.

7 January 2016:
Moka sails towards West Palm Beach in Florida. She still has to cover 1,100nm, over a third of the Atlantic crossing, passing the British Virgin Islands and through the channel between Cuba and the Bahamas.

10 January 2016:
Florida’s luxurious city welcomes Moka to her warm waters, after a month at sea covering 5,600nm at an average speed of 12.5kts. Moka does not show any sign of wear and has experienced no serious issues along the way.

SPECS:
Gross tonnage: 460 GT
Overall length: 42.20 m
Maximum beam: 9.20 m
Draught at full load: 2.50 m
Displacement at full load: 430 t
Guest cabins: 5-6
Crew cabins: 4
Engines Caterpillar: C32 Acert or MTU 8V 4000 M63
Power output: 2 x 970 kW (1.319 cv) or 2 x 1,000 kW (1.360 cv)
Maximum speed: 16 knots
Max range: >4.000 nm at 11 knots
Fuel: 50,000 litres
Water: 8,000 litres
Construction: Steel and aluminum
Displacement hull Design: Sanlorenzo

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Text by Suzy Rayment, Editor-at-large, Yacht Style

This story first appeared in Yacht Style.

Review: Benetti M/Y 11∙11

Unveiled at the latest edition of the Monaco Yacht Show, this immensely stylish 63m superyacht features a distinctive vertical axe bow – only the second plumb-bow yacht designed by Benetti’s naval architects. Designed to cut through the water and deliver an exceptionally stable ride, the vessel’s distinctive shape and wide beam permit increased living and storage space aboard.

Significantly redeveloped from her original concept in just 10 months, this full displacement superyacht has four decks contained in her steel hull and aluminum superstructure, and can accommodate up to 12 guests and 16 crew.Benetti-MY-11-11-Forward-Deck-Seating-and-Sunbathing

The yacht’s external architecture is elegant and streamlined. The absence of bulwarks and the integration of full height portrait windows on the main deck, as well as the enormous 180 degree windows that enclose the upper and sun decks, means that the forward area of the main deck is completely unencumbered. The ship’s handling and docking areas are concealed so as not to obstruct the view from the bridge or the master suite. Together with the significant natural daylight illumination achieved through the continuous glass windows, and the striking nocturnal illumination effects generated by 46 underwater lights along the waterline, the designers have created a magical effect.Benetti-MY-11-11-Forward-Deck-Bow-Sunloungers

11∙11 is the epitome of a luxury superyacht. This is particularly evident in the superior quality and high specification of her interiors, all which provide the comfort, functionality and innovation of a most luxurious residential home. From the principal living and entertaining spaces, to the spacious crew quarters and superbly-appointed galley, fine craftsmanship, exquisite finishes, and intricate attention to detail are at the heart of the interior. All the furniture, joinery and soft furnishings are bespoke.Benetti-MY-11-11-Living-Area

The generous and spacious living areas both inside and out offer softness, comfort and functionality. The main saloon is an impressive entertaining space with its custom-made U-shaped sofa, 12-seater formal dining table and calming grey color palette, while the sky lounge on the upper deck offers a more informal lounge environment complete with cocktail bar and generous seating.Benetti-MY-11-11-Dining-Area

An impressive lobby and staircase on the main deck features a bright Italian marble floor and handmade balustrade crafted from marine grade stainless steel with a shimmering shagreen handrail. There are numerous opportunities for dining across the main and upper decks, but perhaps the most distinguishing feature can be found on the upper deck aft where 14 guests can be accommodated at a unique ‘backlit’ quartzite dining table. The outside bar, crafted from over a tonne of natural Italian fluted stone, and two symmetrical seating areas with custom fitted sofas, complete this exceptional entertainment space.Benetti-MY-11-11-Main-Foyer

When it comes to social areas, it doesn’t get better than the main saloon on the 11-11, which welcomes passengers with a large, plush, U-shaped sofa, surrounded by a unique cushioned coffee table, which makes for a ‘Wow’ factor both by day and by night.

Two luxurious cabins on the main deck enhance the living quarters. The spacious VIP suite is a full-beam cabin with six full-height portrait windows and an adjoining study / vanity area and fitted walk-in dressing room. The master suite enjoys an expansive 180 degree panorama over the bow, overlooking the entirely private owner’s sun deck with large jet pool and a sunbathing area stretching all the way to the bow. As the yacht is designed for the owner’s family, child safety features strongly in the yacht’s design, including rounded edges and fabric-wrapped walls and furniture, with a children friendly cabin adjacent to the master suite.Benetti-MY-11-11-master-bedroom

On the lower deck, guests are accommodated in four spacious suites comprising two double cabins and two twins. All the ensuite bathrooms feature Italian marble hand-selected from the quarry, and bespoke Lalique crystal taps to complement the generous basin areas. There is also a powder room on every deck.Benetti-MY-11-11-VIP-Suite-Bathroomd

The Sun Deck is the pre-eminent leisure area aboard, and was entirely restructured to create 15m of deck space for outdoor relaxation, sunbathing and entertainment. The most indulgent spot on the yacht comes in the form of a dedicated Spa area. The Steam Room is made entirely from pearlescent mosaic tiles, with smoky quartz stones and soothing chromatherapy decor. The white marble Treatment Room features an adjustable massage bed and heated towel cabinet.Benetti-MY-11-11-Treatment-Room

The crew cabins are identical in size and without the disadvantage of narrowing as they near the bow, creating generous quarters for the 16-strong crew. The remaining volume is used as valuable storage space for this substantial vessel.

Technology features have been carefully integrated into the design and include individual iPads in every room. These provide controls for customising audio/visual content, lighting, curtains, blinds and air conditioning. Built-in curved Samsung UHD TVs also feature throughout, housed in bespoke cabinets and frames to complement the overall design.Benetti-MY-11-11-Helm-Station

Apart from the dreamy accommodations and the yacht’s luxurious amenities, the technical details are also important: twin CAT 3512C engines power the superyacht up to an impressive recorded top speed of 17.5 knots – exceeding the contractual speed by 1.5 knots – and delivering a cruising range of 5,000 nautical miles, which should be more than enough for most owners. The two nickel-aluminum-bronze DETRA propellers are designed for high efficiency and low-pressure transmission to the hull. A Custom Benetti 8m limousine tender and a Novurania 6m RIB complete the inventory of this exceptional vessel.Benetti-MY-11-11-Custom-8m-Tender

  • SPECS
    LOA: 63m
    Beam: 10.80m
    Draught (loaded): 3.5m
    Construction: Steel (hull) and aluminum
    (superstructure)
    Displacement: 1,000 tonnes
    Gross Tonnage: 1181 GT
    Naval Architect: Benetti
    Exterior and Interior Design: Benetti
    Main engines: 2X Caterpillar 3512C, total 2700 KW combined
    Speed: Max 17.5 knots / Cruise 16 knots
    Fuel Capacity: 110,000 liters
    Range at Cruising speed: 5,000 nautical miles
    Stabilisers: OPEM Sistemi with Zero speed

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Text by Suzy Rayment, Editor-at-Large, Yacht Style

Images by Jeff Brown

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.

Focus: Princess Yachts Project 31

Project 31 was initiated to show everyone in the Princess family the journey that the company has been on for the last 50 years,” says Chris Gates, Managing Director, Princess Yachts International. “The idea was to buy one of the company’s original boats, and refurbish it. We found a yacht that fitted the bill, in the Channel Islands, and we put a team together to bring it back to its original glory.”

Project 31 was one of the first models to be produced by the Princess shipyard, formerly known as Marine Projects (Plymouth) Ltd; more than 150 of these boats were built and sold between 1966 and 1969. David King, Director and one of the Founders of Princess, said, “I was delighted to see a Project 31 return to Plymouth after all this time. Although there was a lot of work that needed doing, I was so happy to see her brought back to life!”Exterior-Before-After-Princess-Yacht-Style2

Andrew Lawrence, Head of Design, outlined the concept behind Project [email protected], which was the centrepiece of the company’s recent 50th Anniversary celebrations. “Our philosophy was a sympathetic enhancement of the original design by using the skills, materials and techniques that have been perfected at Princess over the last 50 years. Project 31 was a model that helped launch Princess Yachts, so it was always going to be a unique restoration.” Lawrence felt that it was important to look at how today’s technology could be utilised in bringing new life back to a classic yacht.

[email protected] underwent a complete restoration from the keel up. As well as restoring the engines and electrics, and refurbishing the hull, she was also fitted with a retro interior in keeping with her heritage. “The vision was that she should be fun, but sophisticated fun,” explained Sarah Vervey, Director of Princess Yachts Creative Design, “so we have used vibrant colours to engender the feel of the 1960’s. We drew inspiration from the iconic designers of that era, and added a touch of refinement from the current day Princess Design Studio.”

Exterior-Before-After-Princess-Yacht-StyleVervey and her team created a nostalgic interior concept that paid tribute to Princess’s 1965 original launch specifications. Key features were carefully restored to ensure that the boat stayed true to its origins. The design team utilised modern materials and detail-oriented craftsmanship to decorate the living space, and provide a new level of luxury in a boat that was 50 years old. “For example, we replaced the classic 1960’s gingham laminate dining table with an intricate timber veneer design, hand-laid by Leeuwenburgh Veneer. A new table leg was also hand-crafted from a solid piece of hardwood by one of our expert carpenters. It was important for us to demonstrate that, in a world where computers and technology provide us with great gains in efficiency and quality, traditional skills are still very much in abundance within the workforce at Princess.”Interior-Before-After-Princess-Yacht-Style

“We selected some beautiful exterior and interior materials from one of our favourite fabric suppliers, Dedar. We chose to keep the main upholstery bright red, in keeping with the original colour palette of the boat, but this time with the addition of a deep purple piping. We also added splashes of colour to the alcove recesses by using a striking basket weave material,” continues Sarah.

“Fixtures inside the yacht now feature beautiful hand-turned, polished stainless-steel door knobs and bathroom accessories from Turnstyle Designs, with leather accents in a 1960’s-inspired blue. The exterior styling is in beautiful aqua blues and off whites, with the theme continued on the hull by way of an elegant aqua blue waterline.”Dinette-Before-After-Princess-Yacht-Style

The refit process was a challenge; the team had to overcome many hurdles, as craft from that era were all unique – no two boats were exactly alike. This was complicated by the fact that several modifications and upgrades had been made to the boat over the years. Princess’s dedicated team of apprentices and retired employees were called in to utilise their skills (and contribute their memories!) in order to refit the boat and restore her to her original glory.

Princess gathered together a group of craftsmen who worked on the very first production of the Project 31 model, and welcomed them back to the yard for the restoration project. Colin Grills was among the first employees at Princess Yachts. “We couldn’t build the Project 31 boats fast enough,” he remembers. “As soon as you had built one, there was someone at the door waiting to buy it.” Grills progressed to management early in his career, and remained with the company until his retirement, aged 60.Helm-Before-After-Princess-Yacht-Style

Peter Moore joined Princess Yachts in the late 1960s, building Project 31s, and went on to enjoy a career that spanned more than 30 years, becoming Manager of one of the company’s manufacturing sites before retiring. He recalls, “Getting the job done was the most important thing, but there was a lot of laughter. Everyone all mucked in together.”

Colin and Peter, along with former colleagues Dave Cotter, Eddie Rawle and RP Kerslake, returned to the shipyard to share their knowledge with the restoration team. Also working on Project [email protected], and just beginning their careers, were apprentices Callum Wilkinson (19) and Sam Bridgeman (21).

Said Callum, “Working on Project [email protected] was a golden opportunity. It was a one-off job, and it was real challenge. On the new yachts everything is supplied, parts are designated and you have drawings to work to. But with this boat, there were no work instructions, so all the way along, it was a challenge to find solutions. A sort of continuous problem-solving exercise. There were no ready-made parts, either, so we had to craft everything ourselves.” Sam, a fourth year Apprentice Carpenter said, “I’ve learnt a lot during my apprenticeship at Princess, and I’ve been able to apply that knowledge in the restoration of the Project 31. It’s been hugely satisfying.”Comapss-Before-After-Princess-Yacht-Style

Project [email protected] vividly demonstrates how Princess is able to combine technology with traditional craftsmanship, to create some of the finest yacht interiors in the world. Timber parts being renewed on ‘the old boat’, were modelled using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, then precision-cut on one of the company’s Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines ready for assembly by a skilled carpenter. Princess Yachts’ special in-house Kit Parts Department is home to over 250 highly skilled professionals, machining and handcrafting parts for smaller sports yachts, right up to the flagship Princess 40M tri-deck superyachts.

To commemorate the occasion of the relaunch, Wild Group International wrapped the hull of the boat with the faces of every Princess employee. Today Princess has over 2,300 employees across six sites in the UK, a product range consisting of 23 models, and a complex distributor network covering more than 65 countries around the world. Princess is a leading motor yacht manufacturer at the forefront of the industry.

Project [email protected] was unveiled at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September 2015, where she was displayed alongside eight current Princess models, including the world première of the Princess 35M. It is a fitting nod to her past as she now shares her name with her last owner – Charlotte. In Cannes, Princess Yachts were joined by some of the original craftsmen from the original 1960s Project 31.

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Text by Guy Nowell and Suzy Rayment

This story first appeared in Yacht Style.

Monte Carlo Yachts Unveils the MCY 80

Having its world premiere during the Cannes Yachting Festival from September 6 to 11, the MCY 80 from Monte Carlo Yachts aims to be the next visionary model that combines stylistic design with functionality. Before that, though, it’ll also pass through a series of previews for clients and the press in Montfalcone in July. This is the sixth yacht in the collection and positions itself in between the award winning MCY 76 and MCY 86.

“With Monte Carlo Yachts we always strive for maximum space and comfort on board, but we never forget we’re not building a villa, but a boat,” noted designers Carlo Nuvolari and Dan Lenard, “The MCY 80 is a great yacht, agile and sleek. While designing it, we were inspired by ideas of flair and finesse, and you can see how that transferred from the concept sketches to the real thing”. Both head the world-famous Nuvolari Lenard design studio that has designed the full collection, and have studied and introduced design features and materials extensively used previously only on mega yachts.

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All of that translates over to the yacht itself, which boasts of being the third largest yacht in the collection at 24 meters, with smooth exterior lines and shaped bulwarks enhancing the level of light and space across the main deck. Its curvy modern look is just the right touch without being too sharp or minimalistic. The flybridge, which can be equipped with a Jacuzzi, large bar area and sunbathing chaise lounge to create a simultaneously luxurious and intimate exterior space.

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As for its interiors, the spaciousness is immediately evident upon boarding, with the saloon and cabins flooded by natural light. The brushed and bleached oak floorings found throughout set an elegant ambiance that is further enhanced by precious leather and stone features. Furnishing choices include tasteful elements such as the Hermes, Armani Casa, and Minotti.

MCY80-Bedroom

“We’re very proud of the new MCY 80, which further completes the MCY collection and brings additional choices to our customers,” says Carla Demaria, President of Monte Carlo Yachts. “This is the sixth yacht in as many years, a result that speaks of the company’s capacity to invest in product and development whilst always aiming for boats incorporating beautiful aesthetics and nautical performance. The MCY 80 embodies these concepts and takes the signature naval allure of the range to the next level”, continues Mrs Demaria.

For more information, you can check out the MCY 80 and the rest of the collection on Monte Carlo Yachts’ site. In Asia, Monte Carlo Yachts is represented by Simpson Marine.

Images courtesy of Monte Carlo Yachts

Migaloo Brings Submersible Yachts to Market

Spanning across a set of several yacht-submarine hybrid models and one very awesome ‘floating habitat’, Migaloo Private Submersible Yachts are coming up with a new conception of aquatic comfort that promises great things for the future. These yachts were made to fit the increasing desire and demand for privacy and personalization – because what else is more luxurious than staking out your own watery domain both over and under sea in one of these beauties? We of course love these beauties, as you can see from our coverage of luxury submarines.

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The models range from the 72 meter M2 Yacht to the 225-283 meter (yes, that is seriously how big the company says it is) M7 Yacht, each with built according to U.S. Navy Subsafe safety standards, featuring amenities and traits that also appear on other surface yachts of equal size. Of course, the exterior and interior designs are completely up to the owner’s preferences.

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But we should probably move on to the main dish – the Kokomo Ailand. This bespoke state-of-the-art megayacht just stokes up a person’s inner Poseidon or James Bond villain (that’s exactly what the Migaloo website references) as it slowly drifts across the water’s surface with its 117 meter long body. Being decked out with a jungle deck, pool, waterfall, palm, trees and vertical gardens is only the cherry on top to the whole package. For even more fun, check out the shark feeding elevator. Yep, you heard that right. Who needs the pool bar or outdoor cinema when you can have that for entertainment.

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Migaloo was founded by professionals with several years’ experience in the industry, and boy do they know exactly what fuels any yacht-owner’s innermost desires. For more information, you can check out their website over at http://www.migaloo-submarines.com/.

Review: Sanlorenzo SL86 Yacht

After two decades of uninterrupted success, Sanlorenzo decided to ‘refresh’ the immensely popular SL72 and SL82. These two from the GRP planing range were updated by Italian design company, Officina Italiana Design. Having focused on the larger models in this fleet (SL96, SL106 and the flagship SL118), it was time to relaunch their smaller sisters.Sanlorenzo-SL86-2

In common with most European yacht builders, there has been a change in Sanlorenzo’s customer profile. Where once this was predominantly European and particularly Italian, Sanlorenzo customers now come from all over the world – from the Americas to Russia, from Eastern Europe to Asia, and these markets have differing demands, requirements and needs. Larger windows in both the superstructure and in the hull are a new design feature, as well as a lift platform that becomes a beach club. Of course some things are not negotiable and Sanlorenzo is not prepared to compromise on the fundamentals: quality, elegance and balanced lines.Sanlorenzo-SL86-3

Officina Italiana Design has introduced a number of innovations, including increased space optimisation – the bow area is now a living space with sofas, table, sunbathing cushions and a folding sun hood. The midships sheerline was cut to let the larger side windows catch as much light as possible and allow guests to enjoy the sea view even when sitting on the sofas in the salon.Sanlorenzo-SL86-4

The interiors of the SL86 maximize space and enrich them with natural light. The stairway to the flybridge is flagged by panels of plate glass that create a floating sensation, and transforms the staircase from a box to a piece of art.Sanlorenzo-SL86-5

The SL86 offers two different layouts to better match the different market requirements. The classic layout has the galley on the main deck, which can be arranged as a country kitchen for the American market. An alternative layout is to place the galley on the lower deck, with easy access to the crew quarters, and freeing up a lot of space on the main deck. In this layout the VIP cabin is forward, full beam.Sanlorenzo-SL86-6

The flybridge boasts a 41 sqm extension and 9 sqm just for sunbathing, making it one of the largest on a yacht of this size. The light but elegant hardtop creates a livable area that can also house a Jacuzzi. For the outside steering station a completely new control layout was conceived and discretely integrated into the dashboard to give an elegant flow to the lines of the yacht.

The technical features of the flagship SL118 have been incorporated into the SL86, including new and hydrodynamically-efficient hull lines that give better performance at optimal cruising speeds, and a floating floor that minimises noise and vibration. The vacuum resin infusion moulding for both hull and superstructure allows for greater control of thickness, and improves the mechanical characteristics of the hull. Still, some things remain unchanged, including the streamlined floor level on the main deck, 2m square beds in the guest suites, and bidet-fitted bathrooms.Sanlorenzo-SL86-7

The glassed and teak topped handrail on the aft end of the flybridge gives a feeling of infinity to the aft deck, and the lifting swimming platform – which comes in two sizes – converts into a beach club once all the toys are in the water. In the standard layout the 1.20m platform can stow the 3.85m tender in the garage; customers can opt for the extended 1.60m platform to stow a jet ski and other water toys in the garage as well as a larger 4.45m tender on the platform.

The SL86 has been a winner in the past, and the new version neatly preserves the Sanlorenzo heritage and family feel, and the added innovations set this yacht apart from others in its size range. With the highest customisation level available to owners, and a design brief to bring an international touch to these newer models, Officina Italiana Design has created a yacht immediately recognisable as a Sanlorenzo. By incorporating all the innovations this becomes the perfect yacht for a new owner just discovering the relaxed delight of the boating lifestyle.

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Text by Suzy Rayment, Editor-at-Large, Yacht Style

In Asia, Sanlorenzo is available exclusively via Simpson Marine.

This article was first published in Yacht Style Magazine.

Raffles Marina

Singapore Rendezvous to Debut at Raffles Marina

For four days in October, Raffles Marina will not only be Singapore’s premier mega yacht club but also the venue of the Singapore Rendezvous, the first event of its kind on the island. The inaugural regional luxury lifestyle experience will run from October 20 to 23 in a family-friendly environment.

With tropical surroundings, calm waters and plenty of room, the event will showcase expertly curated art displays; design/ furniture and deco; upscale property showcases; timepieces and high jewelry; fine foods, wines and spirits; vintage and supercar convoy displays; and “Live” musical performances as entertainment.

The waterfront will bring you up-close with some of the biggest names in the region’s yachting industry with the help of tall ships, cruisers, mega yachts and even an amphibious vehicle. Executive Director for the Singapore Rendezvous, Olivier Burlot adds, “Singapore has been long awaiting a lifestyle event that showcases all the finest things in life in the spectacular environs of Raffles Marina. The event will also highlight Singapore’s strategic position as a regional hub, for yachting in particular. Expect to be enchanted”. Olivier Burlot is also the CEO of Heart Media, the publisher of Luxuo.

Review: Monte Carlo Yacht MCY70

Monte Carlo Yachts’ MCY70 is an amalgam of form and function that escapes most designers of almost anything. How do you make something beautiful and yet able to do the underlying job it is meant for? There always seems to be a compromise. Full-length glazing might weaken hull integrity in a high sea. Hugely decorative guest accommodation might make the superstructure top-heavy. Monte Carlo Yachts has looked straight past this and worked hard on all aspects of the yacht to achieve their particular mixture of design and performance.

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The hull, with its wide and high-flared sea-going bow, incorporates an advanced keel structure that features self-supporting sandwich plating together with longitudinal reinforcements, a bow crash box, and extensive use of Kevlar in the areas of greatest impact. These all provide the MCY70 with a very solid but light shell.

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Then you take Monte Carlo Yachts’ revolutionary build methodology. Almost everyone else makes the hull then releases a few skilled cabinet makers to build the interiors within the hull. All of them working in tight, dark confined spaces, with lots of measuring and re-measuring to make sure things fit. Not Monte Carlo Yachts. They build the interiors to tight, measured specifications out on the workshop floor. Larger numbers of skilled craftsmen can access their work from the outside and inside with space all around. Monte Carlo Yachts say this technique provides a better-fitting, closer-to-spec interior at a fraction of the cost and time taken in a conventional build-in-the-hull fitout. Indeed, “fitout” is the wrong word: it’s a “fit in”, because when the interior is finished, it is hoisted up and dropped into the empty hull, complete. The cabin roof and the superstructure are then dropped on top, everything is fixed and the boat is ready for the paintshop.

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The needs of the helmsmen and crew aren’t ignored. The upper helm station is deadcentre and the compact flybridge is narrower than the beam of the yacht, so there is excellent all-round vision. The flybridge’s utility as a nice place to sit and enjoy the ride hasn’t been forgotten – there’s still plenty of seating to provide the helmsman with companionship and soft drinks while the passengers sip something perhaps a little stronger or just enjoy the sun.

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The MCY70 is built to take to sea and sail well and safely. Depending on engine and drive configuration chosen, she can move at a maximum of 33kts and will cruise at 24kts. The four tonnes of fuel in the tanks provide plenty of range at cruising speed. Not bad for an eight-guest plus two-crew motor yacht.

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The main saloon is compact to permit two decent width fore and aft external gangways because it is the outside of this boat that will appeal to owners in the Far East. The cockpit and foredeck areas are both huge, accessible and usable. The cockpit is fully sheltered and the aft bulkhead completely folds away making the rear saloon and the cockpit one huge space. The foredeck is given the Monte Carlo Yachts treatment too. There are two huge sunpads yes, but, these aren’t just for sunbathers. They are arranged around semicircular tables that rise out of the deck to provide open seating and dining for the entire complement, with recessed pop-up lights for evening meals or just reading in evening solitude.

Specifications
LOA: 21.3m
Max beam: 5.42m
Draught: 1.8m
Displacement: 42tonnes
Engines: 2 x MAN V8 1200 (ZF POD), 2 x MAN V8 1200 (V-Drive)
Max speed: 33kn
Cruising speed: 24-26kn
Fuel capacity: 4000L
Freshwater capacity: 840L
Cabins: 4
Construction: VTR, Kevlar®, carbon
Design category: CE-A
Naval architect/design: Nuvolari & Lenard and Monte Carlo Yachts
Builder/year: Monte Carlo Yachts

In Asia, Monte Carlo Yachts are available exclusively via Simpson Marine.

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This article first appeared in Yacht Style

Focus: Yacht Builder Sanlorenzo

The origins of Sanlorenzo date back to 1958, when Italian yacht builder Giovanni Jannetti founded the Cantiere Navali San Lorenzo shipyard in Viareggio, Italy. The company’s history spans across 50 years and during that time the brand has gained a strong reputation for quality, reliability and timeless elegance. Having produced over 600 yachts, the company today ranks second in the 2015 Global Order Book, which lists the world’s top 10 superyacht builders.

Now owned by Italian businessman Massimo Perotti, who became a majority shareholder in the shipyard in 2005, the company operates two shipyards in Ameglia and Viareggio. The Ameglia yard offers bespoke fiberglass planing and semi-displacement motor yachts from 76ft to 118ft, and fiberglass superyachts from 92ft to 126ft in composite material. The Viareggio yard produces alloy and steel planing, semi-displacement and displacement superyachts from 40m to 60m plus. Each yacht comes with its own unique layout and décor, and is ‘Made to Measure’ for clients who demand nothing but the best. Sanlorenzo has recently expanded its footprint in China and Asia by entering into two new partnerships; one with Sundiro Holdings in China, the other with Simpson Marine Ltd.

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Key Milestones

From 1958 all yachts produced by the Sanlorenzo shipyard were constructed in wood, it was only in 1995 that the first fibreglass yacht was launched. The SL75 set the scene for a new breed of Sanlorenzo luxury motor yachts, but it was not until the SL100 was launched in 1998 that Sanlorenzo established itself as a premier superyacht builder. The company expanded its operating facilities in 1999 by opening a new facility in Ameglia, La Spezia, located in a nature park and the company’s commitment to the environment was acknowledged when they received the ISO 14001 certification for Environmental Management. The next major milestone for Sanlorenzo was in 2005 when the ownership of the company changed hands and Massimo Perotti acquired a majority shareholding.

The Sanlonrezo Steel64

The Sanlonrezo Steel64

Sanlorenzo Fleet

Timeless classical beauty has always been the key feature of the yachts produced by the Sanlorenzo shipyard and the company’s philosophy remains focused towards an undivided concentration on customers’ requirements. Over the last 10 years Sanlorenzo has launched no fewer than 11 important and significant new models, full of innovation and cutting-edge solutions, but always defined by the Sanlorenzo style.

Exterior of the SD112

Exterior of the SD112

These included three units of the SD92 (27m) and one SD112 (33.6m), all semi-displacement hulls in composite construction. The traditional flying bridge range of planing hull motor yachts includes the SL76 (23m), SL86 (26m), SL96 (28m) and the SL106 (32m) which was the winner of the Italian Innovation ADI Award in 2011.

In 2007, the 40Alloy was launched. This extraordinary yacht, with a lightweight aluminum hull and superstructure, is capable of reaching speeds of 27kts. Sanlorenzo was the first builder to incorporate ‘terraces’ into the superstructure – now a common feature on superyachts. Sporting such a thoroughly avant garde solution (at the time), a total of nine 40Alloys were commissioned and launched.

The Interior of the SD112

The Interior of the SD112

Sanlorenzo Flagship

The 46Steel is the largest yacht ever built by Sanlorenzo. Constructed in steel and aluminum, and launched in February 2010, she was 44Steel, but was then changed to 46Steel (46 being the length of the waterline), to better balance the exterior outline. With a semi-wide body, the yacht is a three-deck bulbous bow superyacht of 499GT, to remain under the 500GT SOLAS limit. Her elegance is complemented by unique characteristics such as the wide beach club with folding beach door to water level and gym behind, and the Under Lower Deck, which is in reality a fifth deck, fully walkable from engine room to bow which permits easy access to all the systems and equipment of the yacht. The 46Steel boasts a garage with a starboard side door that can host a 7m tender, and then there is the vast flying bridge, a properly multi-functional sun deck shaded by a Sanlorenzo hard top with opening roof.

World Wide Premieres

After two decades of uninterrupted success for the SL72 and SL82, Sanlorenzo has decided to refresh these two models, working with one of Italy’s most reputable design companies, Officina Italiana Design, managed by Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta. The new SL86 motor yacht, unveiled at the Cannes Yachting Festival this year, is sure to be a hit with its innovative features, including a living area in the bow with sofas, table, chairs and adjustable sunshades. In the main salon, large windows allow guests to enjoy a sea view while seated, without compromising the classic Sanlorenzo exterior lines, and a floating glass staircase to the flying bridge has been incorporated into the main lounge area in a manner reminiscent of a piece of contemporary art. Below decks, and sound-insulated to no more than a whisper, the SL86 is powered by two MTU 12V2000 M94 (1,947 hp) engines and can reach a maximum speed of 32kts.

Interior of the SL86

Interior of the SL86

Another world premiere during 2015 will be the first steel explorer superyacht, the 460Exp at the Monaco Yacht Show. This will be the flagship model of the Sanlorenzo Explorer range, and is designed by Francesco Paszkowski. At only 460 gross tonnes and 42m overall length, the 460Exp offers stability, security, autonomy, limited draft and a considerable agility for its category. It is able to reach distant or rarely visited destinations and can navigate close to the shoreline. The Sanlorenzo Explorer offers substantial self-sufficiency and contains a large space on board to house different toys and equipment. The lower deck features a beach club with bar, sauna, fitness area, spa and an “endless swimming pool” in which guests can swim against an artificial current. The 460Exp is equipped with two CAT C32 Acert engines (1319 HP) capable of covering over 4000 non-stop nautical miles at an economical speed of 11kts.

Exterior of the SL86

Exterior of the SL86

New Designer

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Massimo Perotti’s acquisition of Sanlorenzo, there is a new collaboration with American designer Chris Bangle and the CBA team who will be involved with the next generation yacht exteriors. This marks the beginning of a new chapter in the design for Sanlorenzo yachts, bringing a fresh ‘voice’ into the all-important creative process of these luxury products. While Chris Bangle is well known in the circles of car design – having lead the team of designers at BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce while Group Design Director of BMW for 17 years – this will be his first foray into the world of superyachts. Bangle’s creative vision, design leadership and track record of successful innovation dovetails perfectly into the strategic goals of Sanlorenzo and the passionate expertise of their engineers, architects, and craftsmen.

Elite Days

Over 350 guests from all over the world were given the chance in 2015 to interact with the whole Sanlorenzo range. Fourteen Sanlorenzo yachts were moored alongside main quay of Carlo Riva Port, which was specially leased for the occasion, allowing guests a unique chance to experience the Sanlorenzo fleet through on board visits and sea trials in beautiful Portofino Bay. The underlying theme of the ‘Elite Days’ was an effort to demonstrate Sanlorenzo’s unique and bespoke philosophy, whilst offering the guests a variety of made to measure experiences. These included an opportunity to disassemble and reassemble a watch mechanism in a démontage show by IWC Schaffhausen’s master watchmakers; the chance to create a personal fragrance under the guidance of Sileno Cheloni, the Master Perfumer and ‘nose’ of Florence’s Aquaflor boutique; getting carried away by the elegance of the Rolls-Royce Ghost made available to guests as a courtesy car; driving wonderful classic cars along Portofino Bay in a rally; enjoying the thrill of flying a drone over Carlo Riva Port – or driving BMW’s innovative C Evolution electric scooters. Guests were also invited to experience an art installation by Giovanni Frangi on board Sanlorenzo’s 40m superyacht, the 40Alloy, whilst enjoying the delicate pairing of upstream salmon with Laurent-Perrier Champagne and the option to sample Diadema’s finest Cuban cigars. A beautiful gala dinner was held for the guests in the historic Villa Cervara overlooking views of the Portofino coastline.

The Exterior of the Sanlorenzo 40Alloy

The Exterior of the Sanlorenzo 40Alloy

New Directions

In 2013 Sanlorenzo S.p.A. entered into a joint venture with Sundiro Holdings to build a new range of yachts branded Sundiro Yacht for the China market. Sundiro Holdings are Simpson Marine’s strategic partner to help develop the China market, Simpson Marine being the sole distributor of Sanlorenzo across Asia including mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore. Zhao Xu Hong, Chairman of Sundiro Holdings Co. Ltd, was delighted to present the worldwide launch of the SY70 at the recent Gold Coast Boat Show in Hong Kong. The joint venture will allow Sundiro Holdings to produce yachts from 10m to 20m in China, as well as sell motor yachts from 22m to 62m built in Italy into the China market.

The new joint venture has given Sanlorenzo a capital increase of EU30million that still allows the Italian majority shareholding of the company to remain in the hands of Perotti. Another strategic partnership is with Simpson Marine Ltd, who represent countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore and mainland China, and is now the exclusive Asian distributor for Sanlorenzo.

“Sanlorenzo has had a presence in the Asian market in the past, but this new partnership with Simpson Marine makes perfect sense as the companies share common values and vision,” said Perotti. “Sanlorenzo represents a history and a future in which passion for quality, elegance and exclusivity becomes a common heritage, and we are pleased to see that our made to measure approach is proving very attractive to our customers across the Asia Pacific region.”

Exterior of the SL106

Exterior of the SL106

Made To Measure

Massimo Perotti became the Chairman and CEO of Sanlorenzo just over 10 years ago, but this was not his first involvement in the boating industry.  “It all started with a chance meeting with Paolo Vitelli,” says Perotti. “I met the creator and driving force behind the Azimut brand when I was doing some part time tennis coaching… I was studying for an MBA at Bocconi University, and when I graduated Vitelli invited me to work with him – and I did so for the next 25 years.”

Perotti arrived at Azimut with little knowledge or experience of the boating world, but the 1980s were heady times for the industry and he learned all he needed to on the job. “I started working in the shipyard, and learning sales and production first hand. When I started at Azimut there were 25 staff – by the time I left in 2004, the company had grown to a workforce of 3,000 with an equity rating that had climbed from EU200 million to EU650 million.”

By now, in his mid-40s, Perotti felt he had reached the point when he wanted ‘more’, so decided to branch out on his own. “Sanlorenzo S.p.A is one of the last expressions of exclusivity, and that was exactly the dimension I was looking for. It was the ‘Made to Measure’ approach to exquisite craftsmanship that attracted me. I wanted a company that I could develop in my own way. My father was an artisan who ran a small business, and although he worked hard and produced quality goods, he never really achieved the financial rewards that he deserved. But he believed in quality and that was a good life lesson for me.”

Perotti approached Giovanni Jannetti, founder of Sanlorenzo, in 2004 to buy the company but the owner wouldn’t sell unless Perotti worked with him for one year. “Jannetti felt that I still needed to learn a lesson or two, before I could buy his baby. The first thing he said to me was that I needed to learn to slow down! I arrived all fired up from my experiences from Azimut and the acquisition and relaunch of the Benetti shipyard, but Jannetti felt that this was not the right way to approach the Sanlorenzo brand. He taught me how to run the company in a different way, the Italian ‘slow cooking’ way… you go to a supermarket to buy fast food, but if you really want to enjoy the dining experience then you need to be involved in cooking the pasta, making the sauce and then finally eating the special dish that has been prepared. It becomes a beautiful experience rather than a product to satisfy a need.” Perotti goes on to give another example, “If you go out for dinner with a beautiful woman do you eat fast, or do you savour the experience and try to make it last as long as possible?”

Perotti took over Sanlorenzo in 2005, and the first four years saw the company grow quickly. But then came the 2008 financial crisis, and hard times for almost everyone. “I worked 16 hours a day, and we managed to maintain the company’s position as one of the top superyacht builders in the world. Difficult times can create opportunities,” he quips.

Massimo Perrotti and Chris Bangle

Massimo Perrotti and Chris Bangle

The luxury yacht business is not an easy business to manage. “Boating is about passion, and you just need to look at the iconic brands such as Riva, or Ferretti, to see that they were all started by passionate people – Carlo Riva, and Norberto Ferretti. Superyachts are a very specialised product, and when your customer is spending EU10million, they want to be looked after in the right way.” Perotti doesn’t want Sanlorenzo to be the biggest superyacht yard in the world, but he is committed to producing the best quality yachts, and meet the needs of the most demanding of owners. “For me it is not just about the money; it is about the quality of life, and that is one of the reasons why the Sanlorenzo brand is important to me.”

Perotti believes it is this desire for quality that connects the Sanlorenzo brand to the Chinese boating market. “The Chinese are now enjoying the finer things in life. We have never been the first to enter an emerging market; instead, we wait until we feel there is a real understanding of quality. If you have time for good cigars and single malt whisky then maybe you have time to enjoy the luxury of boating.”

Sanlorenzo’s commitment to the East is very much in evidence these days with the new partnership with Sundiro Holdings, who are producing motor yachts in the 10m to 20m range for the Chinese market.  The new SY70 had its worldwide launch at this year’s Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show, and the yacht’s interior designed by Chris Bangle has brought a fresh approach successfully combining the taste of the Orient with ‘classic Italian heritage’. Perotti believes Hong Kong is going to be their best market, but – with the rest of Asia opening up quickly – there is opportunity to expand to Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia all of whom are developing their own boating culture.

Perotti, who had been looking for a Chinese partner for some time, says “I was looking for someone who really understands what luxury and quality are all about. Our partner Zhou Xuhong, based in Shanghai, produces top quality motorcycles. He understands why you need to pay more for luxury products, and with that understanding I believe our companies can grow in the right way.”

Sanlorenzo has also entered into another new partnership – with Simpson Marine Ltd, Asia’s leading yacht sales and brokerage company. Mike Simpson and Massimo Perotti have known each other for many years, and “our partnership makes perfect sense,” says Perotti. “We share common values and vision, and this partnership will provide the strategic services in Asia and back up that luxury yacht customers require.” Perotti sees the Asian yachting industry evolving rapidly. With such an east-west partnership in place this 54-year old veteran of the boating industry is ready to share his passion for quality, elegance and exclusivity with Asia.

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Text by Suzy Rayment, Editor-at-Large, Yacht Style

In Asia, Sanlorenzo is available exclusively via Simpson Marine.

This article first appeared in Yacht Style Magazine.

Interview: Paolo Vitelli for Azimut Benetti

Paolo Vitelli, direct and powerful, a native of Turin, has a passion common to many true Piedmont natives: the mountains. A passion so strong it propelled him to revive old mountain chalets, creating the Champoluc luxury resort Hotellerie de Mascognaz, at the foot of Italy’s Monte Rosa. But this is not Vitelli’s only great interest or what has made his name synonymous with luxury and finesse. It is simply his love of boats that has transformed him into one of the world’s most dynamic and famous Italian shipping entrepreneurs. In 1969, at 22 years of age, Vitelli founded the Azimut sas. firm as a charter company hiring out sailing boats.

The following year, Azimut began to import and sell boats on the market before the production venture began from artisan-built boats to industrial production; from one single boat to a series of boats. After 10 years of steady growth Vitelli bought the Benetti firm, one of the most famous mega yacht builders in the world, solidifying his status in the industry as a visionary. Today the Azimut Benetti Group is the most important European motor yacht builder and the leading mega yacht builder in the world. YachtStyle met the CEO at the Azimut Benetti Yachting Gala staged in Portofino in June 2015.

What have been Azimut Benetti group’s latest developments?

We have launched several new models, all with a very high level of finish and quality. We sold 12 of our new 34 Atlantis; our new Azimut 54 also is having brisk sales. Another new model is the beautiful Azimut 84. We sold six or seven of our new 43 Magellano. We also have had three new orders for our flagship Magellano 76 that was presented as a world premiere at the Portofino Yachting Gala. Not new, but a consistent seller is the Azimut 116—we sold two of them recently, it is a very popular boat. As for Benetti, we are booked for the next three years and we have new orders pending.

What is Azimut’s share of the world market?

We estimate our Group has a 12 percent share of the world’s yacht market. We certainly have been doing better than our competitors, many of whom are suffering and disappearing. We are doing better primarily because we are a company very strong financially, capable of going long without being hit. Many companies owned by financial institutions or borrowing too much money have been heavily hit. So we are taking the opportunity of the tide to gain market share and become stronger.P.Vitelli-article2

You survived the economic crisis rather well. What are the key elements of this success?

We have always had the trust from our customers. They know we are solid and operating with a long-term vision. No doubt it is critical to keep up with new models and quality. Also, perhaps because of the crisis, we have chosen better dealers and because of the crisis, we have a more integrated team that is more efficient; we trimmed the fat. We are proud to be a family company and there has always been a lot of continuity. Azimut Benetti is not for sale and we are not dependent on the banking world.

You love to talk about the “Italian touch”, tell us more?

Italian design is all about enduring style, all around the world. People want Italian design, Italian quality, Italian craftsmanship, Italian fabrics, Italian brands, Italian food. So…we have the opportunity to export our interpretation of luxury into the world without compromising our principles. I feel that everybody respects Italian luxury… and Italian style and design are a symbol of luxury all around the world. This is especially true in the fashion and yachting world.

Biggest challenge ahead?

The biggest challenge as well as necessity ahead is innovation! The necessity to become more productive and more cost-efficient now is pushing companies like ours to reinvest in the process of production. We are increasing the number of boat models, and therefore jobs, and are reinvesting money to improve the process, both in terms of efficiency and gaining a higher level of quality in the yachts. As an example, 10 years ago, a boat was laminated by hand using glass and resin. Today we use infusion, which means no one is touching the resin and no one is breathing in the resin, so it’s better for the environment and for the people. Because we now cut the glass using machinery—putting the glass on the mold and injecting the resin—the process is 10 times more engineered and sophisticated than it was 10 years ago.P.Vitelli-article

The innovations you feel proud of?

I will cite a few. Azimut Benetti was the first to put big windows in the hull, to put the garage in the back and to make a living area in the front of the yacht; and we were the first to use a really large flybridge. And today we’re seeing that people like to get closer to the water in every respect—just look at how many yachts now have balconies opening from the side, bridges in the back and easy access to the water. People want to be more sporty, they want to swim and they want to dine under the stars. In terms of technology, I would say comfort has been the prime requirement in the last 10 years. If you consider the noise level on a yacht 10 years ago, today that noise is a fraction of what it was. We’re also working on the stability of the yacht in bad weather and sea conditions if you’re sailing or at anchor. People like innovation, but they don’t want to abandon comfort.

What is your growth strategy? More acquisitions ahead?

It is not said that we have to grow, it is not said that we have to acquire companies in order to grow. At the moment we have the opportunity to grow because the market is good. When we see the market is stable, we might concentrate our efforts into industrial organisation, so acquisitions are not a necessity for growth. We take opportunities to enter new segments of the market primarily to give stability to our group. Take for instance the acquisition of Fraser Yachts. This acquisition has enabled our group to provide Azimut Bennetti owners Fraser Yachts’ services; management and servicing of yachts, chartering of their yachts when not used.

What is your view on the Chinese luxury yacht market?

I would say “work in progress”. While there is a lot of interest from the Chinese in our yachts, our sales have gone down a bit there. We have even designed models with karaoke rooms and such to attract their attention, but in my opinion, the Chinese yachting mentality is simply not developed enough. Education about the benefits of yachting is key in the years to come. Benefits of taking your family and friends for a happy day cruise. Benefits of taking business partners on board. We trust that the Chinese market can burgeon at any time and we are fully prepared for such with a strong team and a well-organised dealership network across this huge country.

Paolo and Givanna Vitelli

Paolo and Givanna Vitelli

What is your sentiment on the Indian boating scene?

The Indian boating scene is behind every market at the moment but it has a huge opportunity to catch up. It is behind China because China was quicker in building infrastructure. It is behind Brazil because they too have been building infrastructure and they love the sea. It is also behind Thailand, where we have a lot of marinas and tourists on the water. So India has to catch up not just in infrastructure but fill in the psychological gap and nurture a love for their water, which I see happening slowly but surely.

What about the rest of Asia? Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia?

Hong Kong has a healthy yachting mentality, no taxes on yachts, yet there is a problem there with lack of berthing. We tried to work with the authorities there on a marina, but the bureaucracy is very conservative. They need a few years to even study a plan, let alone make a decision. Singapore with four marinas has been an interesting and growing market over the past years for Azimut. Malaysia has some buyers for big units. Thailand is becoming a charter destination and has an active boating scene. Indonesia has incredibly beautiful waters and potential, yet taxes are very high as in China and there are not enough marinas in operation. Infrastructure is key to healthy market development. So overall, despite some serious infrastructure issues, we maintain a strong focus on South East Asia.

With your daughter in the company and having an operational role, any plans to prepare a well-deserved retirement?

No I am not slowing down, I like working and I am passionate about my company. Naturally I enjoy boating, I had my own Azimut 103 for several years. However, this summer I cruised aboard a brand new 93ft Delfino. We had 10 people on board and I am happy to say there was not a single defect even though we were the first to use the boat. We had an idyllic cruise all up and down the Italian coast, Sicily and the Amalfi Coast without one problem. Now, that made me proud to be owner of the company.

Your last words for today?

The market for pleasure boating is continuing to expand, but not as in the past. Growth will still take place thanks to development in emerging countries, but in the West a phase of stabilisation is anticipated, with a very low development rate. Competition in such a market becomes always more selective, and customers become more and more wary and hard to please. There is no room for making any mistakes: you always have to be the best. The only change with respect to the past will be the fact that we will need to concentrate all our energy on the quality of the product and services that we offer to our customers, always introducing more value to what we do.

This interview first appeared in Issue 32 of Yacht Style.

Review: Lagoon 630 MY

The Lagoon brand name is better known for its sailing yachts but its recently launched Lagoon 630 MY and return to the motor yacht sector is set to change the face of luxury motor yacht cruising. Part of CNB, a division of the Beneteau Group, Lagoon is one of the world’s largest sailing yacht producers. Asia has been an important market for the group, where catamarans are very popular due to their spaciousness and stability. Our friends at YachtStyle bring us the story of this yacht, from conception to the finished product.YS-Lagoon-360-MY-1

From the beginning of this project, the Group aimed to produce an exceptional blue-water passage maker with accommodation and equipment that made living aboard feel both safe and elegant. The Lagoon 630 MY has certainly achieved this goal and since she was launched at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2014, has received unanimous praise wherever she goes.YS-Lagoon-360-MY-2

Designers Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prévost (VPLP) have an exceptionally strong record in multihull design, including Oracle Team USA, the winner of the hotly contested 2010 America’s Cup. Peteghem and Prévost designed the Lagoon 630 MY and she has already proven herself to be reliable and seaworthy on long ocean passages. Lagoon selected Nauta Design to give the yacht a modern, comfortable look with elegant finishes providing the luxury modern boat owners are looking for in their yachts these days.

The spacious catamaran is 63ft long and has a beam of 32ft, meaning a huge amount of space available for entertaining. The side decks are teak lined and with safety rails encircling the entire yacht you can literally run around the boat in total safety. The spacious trampoline area at the bow is the perfect spot to watch the world go by and listen to the sea rushing past.YS-Lagoon-360-MY-3

There is a seamless transition between outdoor and indoor spaces when you step onboard the yacht. The aft deck houses a comfortable lounging space as well as an alfresco dining area that can easily seat 12 guests. The aft deck is party central, housing its own bar, refrigerator, ice maker and a huge barbeque. Continuing through to the spacious main saloon, two comfortable sofas can be found on either side, one with elegant coffee table that can expand to provide a comfortable indoor dining area for 10 to 12 guests. The sofa is paired with a multifunctional table and seating arrangement.YS-Lagoon-360-MY-6

The chart table is positioned in the centre of the area, putting the navigator in a comfortable and strategically positioned location. With windows all around, the room is filled with natural light and guests have a full view of wherever the yacht is heading. Downstairs, the magic continues with a spacious galley more akin to the private kitchen in an upmarket residence. With a double fridge-freezer there is plenty of space for storing provisions, making it easy to whip up a dinner party for 12 guests. The two hulls also contain the guest and owner accommodation. The cabin arrangement is flexible and can be changed depending on whether the yacht is for private use or for charter. The VIP cabins have raised double beds, dressing tables and ensuites. There is also an option for twin bunk accommodation, which comes with a dressing table and spacious ensuite. But the real show stopper on this yacht is the owner’s long and spacious stateroom. Furnished with a queen-sized bed, the area has a separate seating area and dressing room, and the ensuite bathroom boasts a glassed-walled shower, double sink vanity and enclosed head. All this luxury is then topped off with steps leading straight up to the swim platform for that early morning swim.YS-Lagoon-360-MY-4

Access to the flybridge is from the port side of the aft deck, up a flight of stairs equipped with stainless steel handholds. An electrically actuated hatch closes off the flybridge to help keep the aft deck dry during a rainstorm. Two Simrad multifunction display screens are at each of the three helm stations; two on the flybridge aft, on either side, and one in the centre of the forward saloon. The saloon station has a joystick instead of a steering wheel, while the flybridge stations are near a seating and sunning area with a folding-leaf dining table to starboard, an outdoor kitchen and bar, and two sun pads – perfect for a crowd or family getaway. In the hardtop there is a folding fabric sunroof, allowing the host to optimise or minimise the amount of sun coming through to the flybridge seating and sunning areas.

Given the size of the yacht the boat is extremely fuel efficient and with just two Volvo D4 engines of 260 or 300HP to push her along, she is capable of top speeds of 16kts but cruises more happily in the 10 to 12kts range. The fuel capacity of 3,000 liters is perfect for long distance cruising. The custom Lagoon RIB tender is stowed on a hydraulic platform and at anchor with the tender deployed doubles as a small teak beach for swimmers. It can be lowered just beneath the water for youngsters and those looking for a lift back to the aft deck stairs after a swim or a snorkelling adventure.YS-Lagoon-360-MY-7

There are so many seating and sunning options it’s hard to grasp the size of the Lagoon 630 MY. Simply put, the aft deck is a full 247sqft and the total inside area is 893sqft – a great deal bigger than many Hong Kong flats! From her wide open Nauta-designed saloon to her spacious weather decks, the Lagoon 630 Motor Yacht is a comfortable and luxurious platform.

Specifications

  • Length overall 19.50m (63ft 11in)
  • Length waterline 18.65m (61ft 2in)
  • Beam 10.00m (32ft 10in)
  • Fresh water capacity 960 lts (254 US gal)
  • Standard fuel capacity 3000 lts (793 US gal)
  • Standard engine power 2 x 260hp
  • Optional engine power 2 x 300hp
  • Naval architects VPLP
  • Interior design Nauta Design

In Asia, Lagoon is available exclusively via Simpson Marine.

This article first appeared in Yacht Style Magazine.

Guide: Dutch Superyacht Builders

It was the Dutch who invented the concept of yachting; the word ‘yacht’ originated from the Dutch word ‘jacht’, meaning ‘hunt’. Over time the concept of a yacht changed from meaning a light naval vessel for chasing pirates, to a pleasure vessel used by wealthy Dutch merchants. And so began the use of yachts purely for pleasure, and fun.
HISWA Holland Yachting Group is a consortium of 45 Dutch shipbuilders and suppliers, all committed to putting the Dutch Superyacht Industry on the world stage under the umbrella ‘Think Yachts, Think Holland’.

Our friends at YachtStyle bring us this guide, an extensive look into the prime movers in the business of building superyachts in the Netherlands, specifically the region known as Holland.

Jeroen Sirag, export director of the Holland Yachting Group says, “heritage, creativity and innovation are the pillars that form the foundation of the superyacht industry and give Holland an unrivaled reputation for building ‘simply the best’ in the world.” Many Dutch shipbuilding companies started out as family-owned businesses and many of them still are. This continuity of knowledge gives the shipbuilding industry enormous depth; each generation passes on to the next the traditions and the passion for boat building.

The Dutch can be stubborn, and are proud of it. This works to their advantage, as it is their determination to build the best, and never compromise on quality, which means they are able to meet the requirements of the most demanding superyacht owners. Creativity is another positive trait, as it translates into boundless development, which allows them to be able to translate into reality many of the out of this world ideas that superyacht owners dream up. And to temper the mix, the Dutch do have a flexible side to their nature, which means that they are able to adapt to ever-changing regulations and client demands, turning unprecedented challenges and complications into ‘run-of-the-mill’ daily activities. Constantly finding innovative solutions for the things that have never been done before is a skill that makes this small country stand out.

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One of the oldest and most well known of the family owned superyacht shipyards is Feadship. Considered by many to be the Rolls-Royce of the shipbuilding world, Feadship traces its roots back to 1849, when the Akerboom family bought a small shipyard off the coast of the Netherlands to build and repair boats. They joined with the Van Lent family in 1927, and then in 1949 together with De Vries, another family-based shipyard, founded Feadship. With a reputation par excellence, Feadship are leaders in the field of research and development and the yachts are built with the future in mind. Feadship believes that the build process is just as important as the product itself, and they work hard to involve the client during the build.

Dick van Lent, CEO of Van Lent shipyard

Dick van Lent, CEO of Van Lent shipyard

Over 450 yachts have been launched since 1949, and Feadship owners include royalty and celebrities from around the world; Gerald Ford, Charlton Heston, King Khalid of Saudi Arabia and Roman Abromovich to name but a few. The award-winning brand is gaining recognition in Asia with Feadship’s sponsorship of the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous in Phuket, and the recent tour of the 45m Helix to the Asian region, which lead to their first Chinese buyer. Some of Feadship’s recent award-winning launches includes Hampshire II and Como for Neville Crichton.

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Como by Feadship

The most recent launches Moon Sand and Kiss will be on display at the forthcoming Monaco Yacht Show.
If it is a super sailing yacht you are looking for, then Royal Huisman is the shipyard yard to beat. Founded in 1884, this is another Dutch shipyard with family roots, and the new main shareholder Doeksen is another family run shipyard with a royal warrant. Alice Huisman is the fifth generation to be at the helm, and assisting her is the new managing director Roemer Boogaard who joined the company in June this year. In 1976, the shipyard built the 65ft Flyer for Conny van Rietschoten, who entered the 1977–78 Whitbread Round the World Race and won. Their success was repeated in the following Whitbread race (now called the Volvo Ocean Race) with van Rietschoten’s 76ft Flyer II (1981), which took line honours in all four legs. In 1984 the shipyard was awarded the Royal Seal by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and became known as Royal Huisman.

Over the years the shipyard has built some of the most famous maxi racing yachts, along with performance cruising superyachts that now compete in growing numbers, in the superyacht regattas around the world. Twizzle (57.5m), which was launched in 2010, recently participated in the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous, and the 43m Germán Frers designed sloop Sea Eagle commissioned for an experienced offshore sailor from Taiwan was launched in August 2015. Whether it is a replica J-Class like Hanuman, or the 90m Athena (the largest yacht built by the yard), or even the new Ed Dubois 58m nicknamed ‘The Beast’, Royal Huisman continues to make history by building some of the best sailing yachts in the world.

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Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2013 Hanuman; Photo: Carlo Borlenghi

Amels is another company with a long history. Situated on the estuary of the river Scheldt, Vlissingen has long been considered the spiritual home of Dutch shipbuilding. When the Dutch navy moved out at the end of the 19th century, the Royal Shipyard de Schelde took its place, and the historic yard is the site of both Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding and Amels. Since 1918, Amels has launched over 50 luxury yachts, and today there are eight new superyacht projects underway, including the largest ever Amels-built yacht, the 83m Amels 272. Their Limited Editions range (55m to 83m) began as an idea to create the perfect balance between full custom and semi-custom, and the recently launched 60m Madame Kate will be on display at the Monaco Yacht Show.

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Roeland Franssens, MD of Holland Jachtbow. Photo: Guy Nowell

Holland Jachtbouw is a giant in the superyacht sailing world. Their recently expanded facilities based in Zaandam, located on the outskirts of Amsterdam, are turning out some of the most beautiful classic yachts in the world. The company has a superior reputation for top quality builds of innovative custom projects, and the skilled craftsmen take almost fanatical pride in their work to produce a world class product using efficient modern techniques and cutting edge technology, ultimately providing each client with an exceptional yacht at a realistic price level. Holland Jachtbouw enjoys close ties to the J-Class Association, and has become a partner to the (JCA) at a pivotal point in the history of this majestic class.

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AMELS Shipyard in Vlissingen

The very latest J, Topaz, was launched from the shipyard in June 2015, joining her stablemate Rainbow who was launched from HJB in 2012. Exciting times lie ahead for the J-Class, which was recently invited to take part in the 2017 America’s Cup, and also for Holland Jachtbouw, who have exclusive ownership of the rights to build two more J-Class yachts – J9 and Yankee. At the same time HJB are at the leading edge of modern builds and have a co-operation with Multiplast for the build of carbon composite superyachts – undoubtedly the future for superyacht builds.

Superyachts to take you into the future are the speciality of the ultra modern shipyard, Oceanco. This state of the art facility is a privately owned custom yacht shipyard that builds full displacement yachts in the 80m+ range. Since its inception in 1987, Oceanco has built 26 custom superyachts up to 110m in length. Several 100m+ yachts are currently under construction, and the company has the ability to simultaneously build five yachts in the 80m+ category (in various stages of design, engineering and construction), delivering approximately two yachts per year. In 2008 the company acquired more land adjacent to their existing yard, and in 2010 they set about demolishing the old buildings and slips to make way for a new state of the art covered dry dock, which now allows them to construct yachts up to 140m – indoors, until the moment they float out of the shed. Also in 2010 the company was acquired by private investor Dr Mohammed Al Barwani, who is based in the Sultanate of Oman.

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Oceanco’s spectacular 88.5m Nirvana

Oceanco maintains a sales, design, marketing and communications office in Monaco and its extended production facility (total of 8.2ha) is located in Alblasserdam, approximately 20km from Rotterdam, with unrestricted direct access via the inland waterway system to the North Sea. Some of the most famous yachts to have been launched by Oceanco include Alfa Nero (Y702) 82m, and the 75.5m Anastasia, which was on display at the Singapore Yacht Show this year. Several Oceanco vessels are currently under construction including a 106m and a 110m yacht.

Heesen Yachts was the first Dutch shipyard to construct yacht hulls in aluminium. Since then the company has become a world leader in design, engineering and construction of high-performance motor yachts. Founded by Frans Heesen in 1978 in Oss, the breakthrough year for Heesen was 1988 when American entrepreneur John Staluppi commissioned Heesen to build a yacht that could do more than 50kts. The result was Octopussy, later renamed Octopussy 007, after the 1983 James Bond film. In 1992 the shipyard expanded its business to include the construction of traditional displacement yachts, and today they deliver superyachts in the 30m to 80m size range – and beyond.

Over 35 years Heesen has delivered nearly 170 yachts, and the current fleet includes aluminium, steel, displacement, semi-displacement and the new revolutionary fast displacement designs. The spectacular 65m Galactica Star received a number of awards after her launch, and in 2014 Heesen Yachts signed their largest project to date, a 70m aluminum fast displacement yacht, codenamed ‘Project Kometa’. Built in collaboration with Espen Oeino, she will have a top speed of 30kts and is scheduled for delivery in 2016.

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Elegant Continental series from the van der Valk shipyard

Hakvoort is one of the smaller shipyards in Holland, but they have mastered the building process in steel, aluminium and wood, and build motor yachts and sailing yachts up to 65m in length and have a purpose-built facility for major refits. Situated in the beautiful and historic village of Monnickendam, the facilities include two enclosed and temperature controlled docking and construction halls, along with a metal workshop. In 1919 Albert Hakvoort purchased a shipyard, and then went on to lay down the firm foundations of a thriving business that would eventually put the name of Monnickendam back on the world maritime map. Hakvoort Shipyard started out building fishing boats, moving into the superyacht niche as the demand grew. The yard has remained firmly in family hands, passing down from father to son several times. In fact, entire families of craftsmen have worked at Hakvoort for generations, helping create an atmosphere of personal involvement in company and community alike.

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Wim van der Valk

Another passionate Dutch yachtsman and watersports enthusiast, Wim van der Valk founded the company that bears his name and remains the driving force behind the shipyard. Located in Waalwijk, the shipyard was founded in 1968 and has built a rich heritage in both steel and aluminum motor yachts. The elegant Continental series is the signature product, and the shipyard has produced over one hundred yachts of this design. The yard has begun construction on an all-aluminum 24m semi-custom Continental Trawler 2395 Flybridge model that has been designed for the yard by Guido de Groot.

Holland boasts some wonderful yacht designers as well as shipyards. Guido de Groot Design are specialists in innovative interior and exterior design of luxury superyachts. De Groot spent six years as a car designer in Paris with French car manufacturer Citroën before launching Guido de Groot Design in 1997. Guido’s passion for yachts began back in 1986 when he saw the fourth “Highlander” close to completion at the Feadship De Vries yard. Awestruck by the majesty of this 45m masterpiece, Guido started drawing yachts in parallel with his career in car design. The next decade was spent learning everything there was to know about luxury yachts.

Marnix Hoekstra and Bart Bouwhuis are the creative directors of Vripack. Since 1961, their office has created over 7000 designs including Star, which was built in China. Known for their high quality no-nonsense-go-anywhere ships that roam the seven seas, Vripack believe that good design shouldn’t meet all requirements – rather, it should surpass them. The company’s holistic approach is crucial when working with cutting edge design and technology and they believe they don’t just design yachts; they ‘engineer fantasies’.

Holland has an absolutely unique connection to the sea, and the success of the superyacht industry in the Netherlands is most entirely due to the calibre of the Dutch Shipyards and suppliers who wave their wands and weave a kind of magic that translates into something beyond the best.

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By Suzy Rayment (Editor-at-large, YachtStyle)

Photos by Dick Holthuis (opener), Guy Nowell, Carlo Borlenghi and Franco Pace

Floating Tourbillon: Franck Muller Yachts 55 Open

Last year, with plenty of celebratory aplomb but also a strict exhortation to secrecy on the part of attending press, the Italian Sea Group (ISG) announced a new partnership with luxury watch brand Franck Muller, the creation of Franck Muller Yachts, and the first build in the new FMY range, the Franck Muller 55. Our friends at Yacht Style share the story with us.

When it comes to luxury brands – and yachts and watches are no exception – the key to visibility and character is differentiation. After all, watches are expected to tell the time, and we rather hope that all yachts float. So it’s when it comes down to the short strokes that we start looking for what sets the brands apart.

Creating a yacht building division by rolling together a superyacht builder and a superluxe watch brand is a novel idea. And yes, look carefully and you can see the signature lines of a Franck Muller watch carried through into the lines of the FMY powerboat. So how did this marriage of elegance come about?

The Italian Sea Group is a relative newcomer to the Italian superyacht scene, although that is not true of its constituent parts.

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NCA (Nuovi Cantieri Apuania) started building commercial ships in 1942, the Admiral brand launched its first 18m wooden vessel in 1966, and Tecnomar – another commercial builder – was founded in 1987. The three names came together as a ‘Group’ in 2013, under the enthusiastic direction of the Chairman, Giovanni Costantino.

At the same time a substantial injection of shareholder capital (reportedly in excess of €15 million) allowed ISG to totally rebuild and refurbish the existing NCA shipyard in Marina di Carrara, just up the road from Viareggio, Tuscany. The Italian Sea Group now boasts 100,000sqm of pristine production facilities that look more like an operating theater than a shipyard. An Italian journalist confided to us, “I pass by here quite often, and drop in unannounced. It always looks like this.”

Pride of place within the Marina di Carrara yard, within sight of the blinding white hillsides of the famous Carrara marble quarries, is the new shed with ‘Franck Muller Yachts’ on the door. The project is the creation of ISG’s Chairman, Giovanni Costantino, and Vartan Sirmakes, owner and founder of Franck Muller Watches, and is designed to artfully blend the high-end worlds of luxury watches and luxury boats. First off the cab rank for Franck Muller Yachts will be the FMY 55 that had just been popped out of the mold when we visited ISG in March, and was presented to the public at the Monaco Yacht Show in September. Yes this model is a reality…

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Viewing the newly-finished hull, and comparing it with the plans on display and the impressively shiny scale models, ISG/Franck Muller Yachts have come up with a boat with very attractive lines. Whether the lines of the boat have been inspired by the new line of yachting watches, or the other way round, is hard to tell – says Nicholas Rudaz, Director of Franck Muller. “Franck Muller creates aerodynamic watches with curves, and we wanted to create an aerodynamic boat – inspiration came from the watches.” On the other hand ISG Sales Director Francesco Carbone revealed that “the watch was created for the boat… with a curve, like a woman, a very sensual curve.” Take your pick.

What is special about this little craft, and what may well make it a huge success in Asia, is that it is first and foremost a day boat. The 55 Open, of which three have reportedly been sold into the US, straight ‘off plan’, boasts a huge open cockpit and then an expansive saloon beneath the foredeck. It is a big, elegant speedboat with bags of entertaining space. Carbone again: “It is a ‘Lounge Concept’. We have gone right away from the ‘small galley, one small cabin, one medium cabin, one small bathroom’ department, and opened up the interior. The design encompasses a huge open cockpit, a huge open foredeck space covered in sunpads, and the huge covered lounge. It’s a party boat – please, bring the champagne.”

A pair of Volvo 950 engines will push it up to 46kts, so you’re going to go wherever you want to – fast. Whether it is pure serendipity, or whether Franck Muller Yachts’ designer, Gian Marco Campanini, has been listening to the Asian whispers that keep taking about “day boats, not weekenders”, we could not ascertain, but on the drawing board the result is elegant, classy, and – yes – absolutely designed-for-Asia.

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Giovanni Costantino, Chairman Italian Sea Group (left); Nicholas Rudaz, Director FM Watches (second from right); and VIPs at the unveiling of the FM55 model

The complete family of Franck Muller Yachts will include 55, 68, 80 and 100 versions, with the 55 and 68 available as either Open or Hard Top. When the first Franck Muller Yachts 55 Open showed at Monaco in September, the craftsmen and artisans of the Italian Sea Group revealed something thoroughly different in carbon, aluminum, glass and sapphire, and all yours for an estimated €1.6 million, which makes it exceptionally good value for money. There won’t be a straight line in sight, and the attention to detail and finish will be as perfect as Swiss clockwork. ISG Chairman Giovanni Costantino declares that “this is a boat built by artists, not by boat builders.”

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By Guy Nowell

Bugatti Niniette is Open Water Veyron

The rumor about the Bugatti yacht is a fact, thanks to a new partnership with US boat builder Palmer Johnson. Seafaring supercar fans will be able to take to the open waters in a choice of open-top sports yachts imbued with the storied French marque’s design philosophy, attention to detail and obsession with exotic lightweight materials. Well, for now it is all CGI goodness and promises but we recommend just going with it for now – riding the wave if you will.

The Niniette, as it is being christened, will come in three carbon fiber constructed sizes, from 12.8-26.8m (that’s 42ft to 88ft), and prices will start at €2 million.

Bugatti is not the only company more closely related to going very fast on land to turn its attentions to the sea. Aston Martin, through its partnership with Dutch yacht-maker Quintessence, has the AM37, which handles like an Aston and feels like an Aston in terms of its use of precious woods and leather. Pininfarina, the Italian studio that has been responsible for Ferrari’s exterior design for decades, has just collaborated on its first superyacht, and Mercedes has its Arrow460 Granturismo luxury motor yacht.

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However, unlike the competition, Bugatti’s history is as closely related to the sea as it is the track. Ettore Bugatti was just as adept at building very fast ships, and his favorite yacht was called Niniette, which also happened to be the pet name of his daughter, Lidia.

Therefore the new boats could be seen as a return to the brand’s roots. This existing connection is why the two companies have looked to the classic Bugatti cars of the ’30s and ’40s for inspiration for the positions, strength and directions of exterior lines.

The central model, the 30ft Niniette, offers owners accommodation for four guests, a 63 sqm salon on deck and another 43 sqm space below, all within a carbon fiber hull clad with titanium, and a choice of bubinga, maple or morta oak wood.

Each boat will take 12 months to construct and clients can work with Bugatti to ensure that the interior is completely to their bespoke tastes.

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

Review: Lagoon 630 MY Catamaran

The Lagoon brand name is better known for its sailing yachts, but its recently launched Lagoon 630 MY and return to the motor yacht sector is set to change the face of luxury motor yacht cruising. Part of CNB, a division of the Beneteau Group, Lagoon is one of the world’s largest sailing yacht producers. Asia has been an important market for the group, where catamarans are very popular due to their spaciousness and stability.

From the beginning of this project, the Group aimed to produce an exceptional blue-water passage maker with accommodation and equipment that made living aboard feel both safe and elegant. The Lagoon 630 MY has certainly achieved this goal and since she was launched at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2014, has received unanimous praise wherever she goes. Our friends at Yacht Style brought back the proof of the pudding in this tale.

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Designers Marc Van Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prévost (VPLP) have an exceptionally strong record in multihull design, including Oracle Team USA, the winner of the hotly contested 2010 America’s Cup. Peteghem and Prévost designed the Lagoon 630 MY and she has already proven herself to be reliable and seaworthy on long ocean passages. Lagoon selected Nauta Design to give the yacht a modern, comfortable look with elegant finishes providing the luxury modern boat owners are looking for in their yachts these days.

The spacious catamaran is 63ft long and has a beam of 32ft, meaning a huge amount of space available for entertaining. The side decks are teak lined and with safety rails encircling the entire yacht you can literally run around the boat in total safety. The spacious trampoline area at the bow is the perfect spot to watch the world go by and listen to the sea rushing past.

There is a seamless transition between outdoor and indoor spaces when you step onboard the yacht. The aft deck houses a comfortable lounging space as well as an alfresco dining area that can easily seat 12 guests. The aft deck is party central, housing its own bar, refrigerator, ice maker and a huge barbeque. Continuing through to the spacious main saloon, two comfortable sofas can be found on either side, one with elegant coffee table that can expand to provide a comfortable indoor dining area for 10 to 12 guests. The sofa is paired with a multifunctional table and seating arrangement.

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The chart table is positioned in the center of the area, putting the navigator in a comfortable and strategically positioned location. With windows all around, the room is filled with natural light and guests have a full view of wherever the yacht is heading.

Downstairs, the magic continues with a spacious galley more akin to the private kitchen in an upmarket residence. With a double fridge-freezer there is plenty of space for storing provisions, making it easy to whip up a dinner party for 12 guests. The two hulls also contain the guest and owner accommodation. The cabin arrangement is flexible and can be changed depending on whether the yacht is for private use or for charter. The VIP cabins have raised double beds, dressing tables and ensuites. There is also an option for twin bunk accommodation, which comes with a dressing table and spacious ensuite. But the real show stopper on this yacht is the owner’s long and spacious stateroom. Furnished with a queen-sized bed, the area has a separate seating area and dressing room, and the ensuite bathroom boasts a glassed-walled shower, double sink vanity and enclosed head. All this luxury is then topped off with steps leading straight up to the swim platform for that early morning swim.

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Access to the flybridge is from the port side of the aft deck, up a flight of stairs equipped with stainless steel handholds. An electrically actuated hatch closes off the flybridge to help keep the aft deck dry during a rainstorm. Two Simrad multifunction display screens are at each of the three helm stations; two on the flybridge aft, on either side, and one in the centre of the forward saloon. The saloon station has a joystick instead of a steering wheel, while the flybridge stations are near a seating and sunning area with a folding-leaf dining table to starboard, an outdoor kitchen and bar, and two sun pads – perfect for a crowd or family getaway. In the hardtop there is a folding fabric sunroof, allowing the host to optimize or minimize the amount of sun coming through to the flybridge seating and sunning areas.

Given the size of the yacht the boat is extremely fuel efficient and with just two Volvo D4 engines of 260 or 300HP to push her along, she is capable of top speeds of 16kts but cruises more happily in the 10 to 12kts range. The fuel capacity of 3,000 liters is perfect for long distance cruising. The custom Lagoon RIB tender is stowed on a hydraulic platform and at anchor with the tender deployed doubles as a small teak beach for swimmers. It can be lowered just beneath the water for youngsters and those looking for a lift back to the aft deck stairs after a swim or a snorkeling adventure.

There are so many seating and sunning options it’s hard to grasp the size of the Lagoon 630 MY. Simply put, the aft deck is a full 247sqft and the total inside area is 893sqft – a great deal bigger than many Hong Kong flats! From her wide open Nauta-designed saloon to her spacious weather decks, the Lagoon 630 Motor Yacht is a comfortable and luxurious platform.

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  • SPECS
    Length overall 19.50m (63ft 11in)
  • Length waterline 18.65m (61ft 2in)
  • Beam 10.00m (32ft 10in)
  • Fresh water capacity 960 lts (254 US gal)
  • Standard fuel capacity 3000 lts (793 US gal)
  • Standard engine power 2 x 260hp
  • Optional engine power 2 x 300hp
  • Naval architects VPLP
  • Interior design Nauta Design

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BAC Marine Edition Mono Render

Got a Big Yacht? You need the BAC MONO Marine Edition

BAC Marine Edition Mono Render

Like the standard racer, the new Mono offers incredible performance but with the added bonus of easy winching onto a luxury yacht.

Set to make its global debut at the Monaco yacht show, the BAC Marine Edition Mono is aimed squarely at the super rich petrol head.

“Today’s super-yachts are paragons of exquisite taste, exceptional design, and the ultimate experience possible. It is only fitting that owners should be able to extend that experience beyond the vessel upon arrival,” said Andrew Whitney, Director of Strategy & Corporate Development at BAC.

The standard hand-built BAC Mono is already somewhat of a niche supercar. Conceived as a single seat, road-legal alternative to a full on Formula One racer, it has a 305bhp engine.

BAC Mono Marine Edition

However, because the car only weighs 580kg, that powerplant delivers 525bhp per tonne meaning a 0-100km/h time of 2.8 seconds, which makes it faster than pretty much anything else on the road, including a Bugatti Veyron or any current Ferrari.

The Marine Edition comes with its own carbon fiber crane arm that’s compatible with all yacht crane systems, and the car itself has been given designated chassis lifting points for use with a lifting cradle or for affixing to a helipad.

It’s also been given a special anti-corrosion coating in case a marine-based accident occurs. The final touch is an Environmental Control Container System in which the car can be stored while at sea and protected from the elements. The owner can fine-tune temperature and humidity levels depending on where he or she is sailing.

BAC Mono Marine Edition

The Marine Edition, although as simple as the standard edition — i.e., a single seat and an open Formula One style cockpit — can be customized inside and out based on the owner’s taste. Each example will be a bespoke, built-to-order car and prices will start at £500,000.

Yet despite the cost, the company is expecting the new model to be a hit, particularly in Asia and the US.

Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes 2014

Cannes Yachting Festival: 2014 guide

Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes 2014

Once again this year, the world’s latest and most exceptional seafaring vessels will be on display at the Cannes Yachting Festival, which takes place from September 9 to 14 in the French port city.

For luxury boating enthusiasts, it’s an event not to be missed. Here’s why.

World premieres galore

At the festival, visitors will get an up-close look at ships that have never before been presented to the public.

Among the 150 new models set to make their debut are the Benetti Tradition Supreme 108 (a hybrid diesel-electric model), the 58 HT Chaseboat by Otam (the brand celebrates its 60th anniversary this year), the Riva Mythos 133, the Lagoon 630 Motor Yacht (the first motor yacht from the French manufacturer), and the Beneteau Oceanis 60.

550 new boats on display

The Yachting Festival, which marks the start of the fall boat show season, gives boat lovers a chance to see some 550 brand new models and around 50 used ones, all of which will of course be available for test driving and for purchase.

Between sailboats and motorboats, mono-hulls and multi-hulls, there will be something for all tastes and (almost) all budgets.

New this year: a Shopping Village

Yachting enthusiasts are known for their appreciation of all things high-end. So it is fitting that the Palais des Festivals is also hosting a Shopping Village this year to showcase the collections of several luxury brands not necessarily specialized in nautical gear and attire.

The Cannes Yachting Festival takes place from September 9 to 14 at the Vieux Port and Port Pierre Canto in the French city.

More information: www.cannesyachtingfestival.com