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Superyacht Crystal At Cannes Yachting Festival

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

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

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

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

Hawk Yacht: Sea Hawk Concept

Guide: Exotic Adventures Aboard Explorer Yachts

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

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

Vard and Bannenberg & Rowell, Kilkea

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

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

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

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

Sanlorenzo’s 460 EXP M/Y Moka

Sanlorenzo’s 460 EXP M/Y Moka

Luxury travel is changing

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

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

Mike Simpson of Simpson Marine

Mike Simpson of Simpson Marine

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

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

The many faces of the explorer yacht

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

M/Y Storm

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

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

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

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

SeaXplorer SX90

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

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

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

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

Virpack Sketches

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

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

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

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

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

On Your Doorstep

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


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

When to go: July to September

Australia’s Kimberley Coast

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

When to go: March – September


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

When to go: November – February

This article was first published in Yacht Style Magazine.

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Text by Angela Audretsch

The Sea Eagle by Royal Huisman

Review: Sea Eagle Sailing Yacht

Sea Eagle is the direct result of Royal Huisman’s long-term commitment to developing business opportunities in Southeast Asia. She is the second yacht, in a Limited Series* of three and her owner Dr. Yin, who is a prominent Taiwanese businessman and philanthropist, is an experienced offshore sailor.

Sea Eagle Main Saloon

The spacious main saloon

Dr Yin believes passionately that education is the driver of social progress and that we should give back to society by sharing what we know with others. This philosophy extends to his appreciation of sailing: “Sailing is a very special activity”, says Dr. Yin. “You can enjoy being relaxed on the sea or experience different scenery, you can be alone or witness things you’ve never seen before. It is the same as in life: it might not always be smooth sailing and there will be ups and downs. Nonetheless, as with life, it is very rewarding.”

Sea Eagle Twin Helm Stations

The twin helm stations with a commanding view of the deck

Sea Eagle, a beautiful 43m (142ft) sloop was recently launched and will spend the summer cruising the Baltic states, exploring the jagged Fjords of Norway and enjoying Sweden’s myriad islands, before heading westward to the Caribbean. With her dark blue hull and “Chevy white” superstructure, the yacht is as stylish as she is performance driven. A high-aspect carbon fibre mast towers some 57m / 187ft above the water and carries upwind over 1,000 sq/m of standing sail. The fixed keel drawing 4.5m / 14.7ft and a displacement of around 200 tons will ensure a thrilling ride while under sail.

Sea Eagle Master Suite

The master suite

Well-positioned sightlines from the twin helm stations offer a commanding view of the uncluttered deck and sail plan. Guests are accommodated in the adjoining cockpit; this keeps everyone socially connected whilst under sail or when the yacht is at anchor. A unique awning-covered ‘tea deck’ and dining area also provides the perfect place for outdoor dining or shaded seating whilst under sail. An added feature of Sea Eagle is the aft ‘beach’ deck. Two steps down from the main deck, the transom opens out to reveal a large swim platform and full-beam staircase where the ‘beach’ and platform transform into a water playground. A 5.2m / 17ft Castoldi jet tender can be deployed from the transom garage by way of a hydraulically lowered ramp, providing the ideal launch pad for a day of water skiing or diving.

Sea Eagle Dining Area

The ‘tea-deck’ and dining area

Easy Living

Sea Eagle’s interior design is by Rhoades Young. Quietly grained French walnut sets the backdrop for white oak floors, upholstered wall panels and birchwood accents, making for a calming, low-key and sophisticated ambience. Forward of the awning-covered center cockpit with upholstered seating, the main cockpit and entrance to the main deckhouse saloon are shaded by the generous overhanging coach roof.

Sea Eagle Galley

The fully equiped galley

Surrounded by large wrap-around windows and flooded with natural light, the spacious deckhouse features a cosy conversation zone and dining for a full complement of guests, as well as the interior helm position for navigation during inclement weather. From here, a staircase turns aft and leads below to two guest cabins and an expansive aft owner’s suite with private entrance to the stern ‘beach deck’.

Sea Eagle Foredeck

Sunbathing area on the foredeck

Another staircase forward of the main deck saloon gives way to a lobby with three heavily insulated doorways: one leads to the day bathroom; one to the starboard side cabin, which can either be a gym or a VIP cabin; and the last to the crew area that includes the portside engine control room and ship’s office, allowing for convenient crew access to the engine room without intruding into the guest areas. A staircase from the crew quarters leads directly to the foredeck aft of the crew tender garage. Like all Royal Huisman yachts, close attention was paid to noise reduction and vibration to be hushed to library-like levels, even when the engines and/or generators are in full operation.

Sea Eagle Swim Platform

Swim platform

Reinforcing his trust in the shipyard, Sea Eagle’s owner, Dr. Samuel Yin has offered his full support by making his yacht available for presentations at various worldwide yachting events, including in his home waters in South East Asia. Viewed by Royal Huisman as a huge honour, this opportunity allows the yard to demonstrate around the world what the brand represents: the pinnacle of Dutch quality and the clear distinction between ‘what looks good’ and ‘what seriously is good’ in superyacht building. The last of this 43m series awaits a discerning client who is looking to take advantage of a proven design that offers a shortened delivery time and amortized cost savings, whilst allowing a choice of interior and exterior arrangements to personalize the design to a very high level.

Sea Eagle Sailing

Sea Eagle Sailing

Following the distinctive performance of the Germán Frers-designed Unfurled and Hyperion [overall winner and second in class respectively at the 2016 St. Barths Bucket Regatta], Sea Eagle, also designed by Frers, has entered the 2017 edition of the St Barths Bucket, a leading superyacht regatta.


Naval architects Germán Frers

Interior design Rhoades Young

Length overall 43.31m / 142ft

Length waterline 37.91m / 124ft

Beam 8.98m / 29ft

Draft 4.50m / 15ft

Displacement 203 tons / 447,537lbs

The Tang Prize FoundationTang Prize

Dr Samuel Yin, the owner of Sea Eagle, is also the founder of the Tang Prize. Named after China’s inspirational Tang Dynasty (618-907), The Tang Prize Foundation is a non-governmental, non-profit educational foundation that awards outstanding contributions in four fields, which aims “to encourage the world’s best and brightest to view in a new light the problems which face human civilization, and to dedicate themselves to bringing about positive change to the global community.”

With these goals in mind, Dr Yin founded the Tang Prize in 2012 through a multi-million dollar donation. It awarded its first year of prizes in 2014 in four major fields: Sustainable Development, Biopharmaceutical Science, Sinology (the study of China and its culture) and the Rule of Law.

Dr Yin, Chi-Huey Wong; Tang Prize

Dr Yin (left) and Chi-Huey Wong (翁啟惠), former president of Academia Sinica

Individuals or institutions who are judged to have made original, influential contributions to their field receive a cash prize and grant to promote ongoing development in their field. At an approximate US$1.56 million per category, the prize money exceeds that of the Nobel Prize. In the progressive spirit of philanthropy, Yin deliberately chose disciplines that complemented rather than eclipsed the famous Swedish awards.

Dr Yin studied history at Chinese Culture University in Taipei before receiving a Master’s degree in Business Administration at National Taiwan University and a doctorate in the same subject at National Chengchi University. He has supported various educational programmes for Chinese students and, in the early 1990s, set up the Guanghua School of Management at Peking University in Beijing, where he is a professor. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at National Taiwan University.

Alice Huisman, Dr Yim; Tang Prize

Alice Huisman and Dr Yim; the Tang Prize for Rule of Law

In addition to his academic achievements, Yin is an award-winning civil engineer and educator. He is currently chairman of Taiwan’s Ruentex Group, which has invested heavily in China, and chief development officer, chief technology officer and chief engineer of Ruentex Construction & Development.

Oceanic Yacht 76 GT

Oceanic Yacht 76 GT: New Delivery

In a span of five short months, Canados has not only built but also delivered its very first Oceanic Yacht 76 GT. What makes this time span so impressive is the fact that the yacht manufacturer stuck to the contractual delivery date despite the changes made by the client.

The 23-meter yacht is Rome-based manufacturer’s new entry-level model of Fast Expedition vessels. Thanks to a ‘displaning’ stepped hull, the yacht is able to provide comfort to its passengers at low speeds and even at 26 to 30 knots. The expansive outdoor space is also another positive design element of the yacht. Available in three or four cabin versions, owners can customise the borderline superyacht to their varying needs. To cater further to their desires, Canados even provides the option of two different main decks: a fully enclosed galley to the front or an American styled galley aft.

For the interior, the superyacht is fitted with two pantographic doors in the wide body wheelhouse as well as continuous lateral glass panels that fill the main deck with natural light. This gives guests the option of enjoying the view or some privacy as the crew runs the boat. Like other Canados creations, the lower deck is fitted with horizontal portholes that allows for more natural light to fill the space.

Apart from the many spaces where guests can relax, the Oceanic Yacht 76 is also able to hold three tenders within the tender garage as well as a four-meter tender on the swimming platform.

To learn more about the Oceanic Yacht 76 GT, visit Canados.

Superyacht Sai Ram By Benetti Sold

A mere five months after being put on sale, the Sai Ram by Benetti has been sold. At 51.8 meters, the custom-built superyacht is an example of fine Italian craftsmanship. The sale of the refurbished superyacht, comes more than a decade after the superyacht was made delivered to its original owner.

Designed by Stefani Natucci, the Sai Ram comes with upgraded audio-visual equipment and ample space for relaxing and entertaining. Unsurprisingly, the superyacht is fitted with six cabins over three decks that accommodate 12 guests. Important guests can rest easy in the VIP double cabin that occupies the bridge deck. The full-beam master suite is complete with a double dressing room and owner’s studio. It sits on the main deck of course. Two double and two twin cabins are housed in the lower deck.

The brand new interior is the work of Lazzarini Pickering, Barbara Fragale and Michael Stahlam. With their goal of creating a peaceful environment, the yacht showcases a warm and inviting main saloon, which opens up to a social dining saloon for 10. Whoever the lucky owners may be, it is certain that this is a calm and comfortable oasis that they will enjoy for years to come.

To find out more about the superyacht Sai Ram, visit Burgess Yachts.

World Premiere: Blu Martin Yachts Sea Top 13.90

The Cannes Yachting Festival is gearing up to be one exciting event with a slew of world premieres. Another manufacturer planning a big reveal at the festival is Blu Martin Yachts, with a brand new Sea Top 13.90.

The 14-meter yacht is inspired by a classic model from the Blu Martin range but is updated with a modern design and new technology. The clean lines offer guests an spacious entertainment area on the outer deck as well as cabins for guests to stay. Thanks to two different layouts, owners can choose between having two or three cabins below deck along with a galley, dining area and two bathrooms.

Apart from providing visitors with a change to get on board the yacht, Blu Martin Yachts will also use the Cannes Yachting Festival to feature future projects that it has in store. For more information on the Sea Top 13.90, visit Blu Martin Yachts.

Media Premiere: MCY 80 Yacht, Trieste

Monte Carlo Yachts went back to its hometown of Trieste, Italy, late last month for the unveiling of its brand new yacht the MCY 80. We joined several invited guests for the exclusive media premiere to find out more about the yacht and witness the exquisite design for ourselves. At a gala dinner on July 23, Monte Carlo Yachts brought out the newest member of the Monte Carlo Yachts family. While the MCY 80 was the star attraction, the Beneteau-owned firm also invited opera singers Christiano Cremonini and Simona Ferrari to serenade guests as they wined and dined the night away.

While the public will be able to lay eyes on 24-meter yacht at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September, we can provide you with a few titbits about the sixth yacht to join the MCY collection. To craft a new addition to the award-winning model line-up, Monte Carlo Yachts teamed up with the MCY designers Carlo Nuvolari and Dan Lenard. The result was an elegant design that kept the classic elements of the MCY range while providing a spacious area for relaxation.

Interior of the MCY 80

Interior of the MCY 80

Far from minimalistic, the yacht is fitted with bleached oak floors alongside luxurious leather and stone fittings and finishings. Adding to the design of the interior are furnishings from luxury labels such as Hermes, Armani Casa and Minotti for a modern and tasteful result.The MCY 80 doesn’t hold the title of third largest yacht in the collection for nothing. While the yacht is crafted to serve as a home while out on the high seas, it aims to be a powerful and refined piece of machinery that provides good performance.

“Don’t call ours a dream, call it a vision,” says Carla Demaria, President of Monte Carlo Yachts. “Behind every success story there is always a powerful dream, but we prefer to call it vision. A vision is the art of seeing what it is invisible to others, but to deliver results, the vision needs to be converted into a strategy, and the strategy deployed into a plan of action. 80 is our new goal, that is the MCY 80s campaign claim, and it is a fitting motto for the way Monte Carlo Yachts operates.

Monte Carlo Yachts is represented by Simpson Marine (Asia) and Asia Yachting (Hong Kong, Macau). For more information on the MCY 80, visit Monte Carlo Yachts.

Benetti Unveils New Models: Monaco Yacht Show 2016

The Monaco Yacht Show is a wonderful opportunity for distributors and manufacturers to showcase their splendid creations. Benetti is one of the many yacht builders set to make use of this event to bring out its finest and shiniest new superyachts to the playground of the rich and famous. Straight from the Italian yacht builder’s Custom Line comes the Benetti MY Domani (above) and the Benetti FB 264, both of which will be on display at the Monaco Yacht Show.

We first take a look at the MY Domani that measures in at 45 meters. Spanning three decks, the yacht has four guest cabins that provide comfort and space for those on board. The upper deck plays host to the VIP cabin while the main deck houses the full beam owner’s suite, complete with a private terrace that gives you a view of the sea. Those looking for some fun under the sun can enjoy the sundeck that is split into three different areas. Choose between frolicking under the rays on a dedicated sunbathing space or cool down in the pool then enjoy a meal in the external dining area.

The Benetti FB 264

The Benetti FB 264

Slightly larger than the MY Domani, the Benetti FB 264 comes in at an impressive 63.5 meters. Boasting a steel and aluminum hull, it is clear the Benetti took inspiration from naval architecture. With four decks, designed by FM Architettura d’Interni, the superyacht is fitted with four guest cabins on the lower deck, much like the MY Domani. However with the extra space, Benetti was able to include one extra VIP cabin on the main deck with an 80 square meter owner suite on the upper deck. An external salon also takes its place on the upper deck, providing ample room for entertaining and dining. Those who love fitness will enjoy the sun deck. With a 4-meter swimming pool, gym and beauty area, we can’t think of a better place to get in touch with yourself.

For more information on the MY Domani and the MY FB264 at the Monaco Yacht Show, visit Benetti Yachts.

This story is also available in Bahasa Indonesia. Read it here: Benetti Memamerkan Model Baru: Monaco Yacht Show 2016

Megayacht Concept by Hareide Design

In case you didn’t already know, we love a megayacht that combines luxury and functionality. So when we heard about this new 108-meter hybrid mega yacht concept by Hareide Design, it got our attention for several reasons. The Norwegian company based the six-story (yes, six) design on a classic 108-meter mono hull design.

Entertainment Space

Entertainment Space

The perfect mobile home for a billionaire, it will feature a spacious outdoor deck that has an infinity pool with a garden. If the renderings are any indication, the megayacht will also be fitted with a second infinity pool at on the upper deck. It also boasts a ‘hole’ in the hull of the yacht, where lavish parties can be thrown. With its very own helipad, there is little need for the mega yacht to be docked near a marina to allow passengers to board.

Shallow Pool

Shallow Pool

The back of the mega yacht features a unique design that, when built, will have a covered sitting area with sun loungers along with a shallow pool. The pool dips into the ocean, making for an interesting entertainment area on the mega yacht. Should the design ever become a reality, it will hold the record as the largest megayacht — until another ambitious plan comes to life. To provide power and lighting for entertainment, the mega yacht will also be fitted with 3,000 square feet of high-efficiency solar panels and a diesel-electric propulsion system.

This story is also available in Bahasa Indonesia. Read it here: Megayacht Konsep Oleh Hareide Design

V-Technology Rotary Sofa for Yachts

No matter what anyone tells you, the layout is an important aspect — if not the most important aspect— of a yacht that ensures you provide ample room for guests. With a little help from European firm V-Technology, you can now have an interior space that is versatile. From an entertainment area with two sofas to a circular sofa that allows you to look out and enjoy the view of the ocean, it is hard to choose.

With a semi-circular rotary sofa, the firm allows you to customize the formation of your sofa at the drop of a hat. The engineers at V-Technology utilize a rotary floor, to morph a sofa in multiple positions. With its low installation depth, the sofa can rotate 360° anywhere on the yacht. For those worried about the aesthetic effects or the safety of guests, the design is free of visible rails or drives.

To further ensure that it sits firmly on the floor, the rotary sofa’s electric drive is equipped with brakes that keep the banks from moving due to the movement of the waves. The world of customization never ceases to amaze us but with the smaller details such as a rotating sofa, it is something that we can look forward to.

Pretty Fly: Azimut 100 Leonardo Superyacht

Bigger is always better — at least that is what we have been told when it comes to yachts (and beds). With the new Azimut 100 Leonardo, it truly is the case. What sets this superyacht apart from the competition is the flybridge that maximizes space in a clever way.

Boasting a main deck that stretches out across 30 meters, the superyacht is one that provides luxury and comfort. An ingenious play on the design of the space, allows for guests to enjoy the large refined areas onboard. Overlooking the sea, is a terrace that once again reinforces the scale of the superyacht.

The Owner's suite

The Owner’s suite

Over on the flybridge sits the perfect area for entertaining guests. Yes, the flybridge is really a great place to entertain! Thanks to the dining area, sofas and a whirlpool bath, it would be difficult for one to say that this superyacht lacks seating space. If two entertainment spaces aren’t enough, Azimut has included a third area for relaxation.

The Flybridge

The Flybridge

Able to accommodate 12 guests, the Azimut 100 Leonardo offers a master suite in the center of the yacht with large rectangular windows on both sides for a panoramic view. Other facilities here include are wardrobes, a vanity area and bathroom with a large whirlpool shower and a double washstand made of blown glass. Playing on contrasts, the superyacht pairs teak flooring with shades of ivory and cream that add to the sophistication of the interior.

Mr. Choppy Tan, CEO of Azimut Yachts Singapore has stated that “it has been extremely gratifying to witness the extent to which the Singapore market has embraced us.” He goes on to say, “we look forward to introducing Singapore to the range of yachts from our broad catalogue and also plan to expand into other key Southeast Asian markets. We’ve built a strong local network within a year and look forward to many more successful years ahead.”  The new dealer in Singapore is part of Azimut’s revised Asian distribution partnership strategy.

This story is also available in Bahasa Indonesia. Read it here: Pretty Fly: Azimut 100 Leonardo Superyacht

Ride UberBOAT in Cannes Today

Uber is well on its way to conquering the world with its services available for land and sea. Yes, you can Uber at sea although you can’t yet summon an Uber yacht to get you home if you’re lost at sea. For the duration of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, which will be held until June 26, visitors will have UberBOAT at their service.

Much like the private car hire service, the UberBOAT will be available for hire via the regular Uber app. The boats, from Wajer Yachts, can seat as many as 12 people and will ferry passengers from Cannes to Saint-Tropez, Monaco or the Lérins Islands. Prices range between €300 for a trip to the Lérins Islands or €1,000 for trips to Monaco or Saint-Tropez.

Prior to launching its services here, the high-end water-taxi service was made available in cities such as Boston and Istanbul. Another arm of Uber’s transportation service, is the UberCOPTER that will ferry passengers between Nice and Cannes in a matter of minutes — so Uber may just conquer the air too. The expansion of the company has not been limited to transportation though, as the company has also kicked off a food delivery service that delivers food from partner restaurants to users’ doors in what we are told is record time.


Port Montenegro Yacht Club Announces Expansion

It only makes sense that, with its sight set on expanding its reach in the world of luxury yachting, Port Montenegro Yacht Club provides guests with additional amenities. The club now houses a Sports Club, Tennis Club, 64m outdoor infinity pool and outdoor dining space, adding to its current line-up for members.

Thanks to the expansion, the club is now regarded as one of the Mediterranean’s elite yacht clubs. Designed by Richard Hywel Evans and first opened in 2006, the main building still stands out for its architectural design. Today, it boasts a newly refurbished private Members Lounge that was created with the help of MHZ of Paris. The lounge even comes with a view of the waterfront as well as the new infinity pool and restaurant.

“The PMYC has a stunning backdrop to sail against and a first class yacht club with outstanding facilities, we are now developing an ambitious new racing programme to complete the picture”said Admiral James Wates, Admiral and Board member of the Montenegro Yacht Club. Along with this new expansion, the club also adds internal structure to the club by appointing a seven-person Board.

For more information on the Port Montenegro Yacht Club, click here.


Shaddai: All-Powerful Mega Yacht

The concept of power varies with each individual. In the case of Gabriele Teruzzi, this translated into his design of the mega yacht concept called Shaddai. The name translates to “Omnipotence”, meaning all-powerful. History is full of structures that were conceived with this in mind — from the Pyramids of Egypt to modern skyscrapers.Shaddai-three-levels

Measuring 150 meters, the mega yacht brings you closer to both the sea and sky. The upper deck provides you with a space to relax by the pool. It happens to be an infinity pool, which certainly doesn’t hurt. It drops off like a waterfall, to the main deck below it, which houses a second scenic infinity pool — one can never have too many on a mega yacht.

Main Deck of the Shaddai.

Main Deck of the Shaddai.

This being a creation packed with luxury, it is no surprise that the infinity pools are not the main highlights. Situated below the main deck, is the Beach Club, which at 300 sqm, not only houses an aquarium in the middle of the room but also calls the infinity pool “ceiling.” This helps to create a spacious feeling while serving as a vantage point for those on board.

The Beach Club of the Shaddai.

The Beach Club of the Shaddai.

While the various amenities may spell luxury, the star of the mega yacht is the Owner’s Cabin suspended 38m above the two decks and Beach Club. We wouldn’t blame you if you started quoting the Lion King in the presence of company since the cabin offers you a view of the ocean as far as the eye can see. Bringing the owner privacy is yet another infinity pool that gives a wonderful sensation of being in paradise. Face it: if you are kicking back on this yacht, you probably already are in paradise.

The Suspended Cabin of the Shaddai.

The Suspended Cabin of the Shaddai.

Of course, having luxurious one-of-a-kind amenities is not the only draw of the mega yacht. It will be decked out with materials and textures that are inspired by some of the finest fashion houses in Italy.

Evo 43 Official Tender at Rolex Capri Regatta 2016

For four days in May, Rolex Capri International Regetta 2016, saw some of the finest yachts sail around the islands in the Gulf of Naples, Italy. With the Evo 43 as the official tender, the competition saw superyachts; Maxi and Minimaxi racing and cruising fleets compete in one of the biggest offshore season events.

Organized by the Italian Yacht Club, Yacht Club Capri and Circolo Canottieri Aniene and in collaboration with Rolex, the regatta marks the opening of the Capri Sailing season. With the irresistible blue ocean, serving as the backdrop, VIP guests were able to closely follow the competitors on board the 13-meter day cruiser by Evo Yachts.

Designed and manufactured by Sea Engineering Group, the tender is the first creation by the Evo Yachts brand. The yacht boasts interior and exterior designs by Valerio Rivellini from Studio Rivellini and is powered by two Volvo IPS 600 engines. As expected from a luxury yacht, the Evo 43 features materials such as teak, glass and leather. Said to be 20% lighter than yachts in its class, the Evo 43 can also reach a maximum speed of 38 knots and has a range of 300 nautical miles.Evo43_Rolex-International-Regatta-2016-(6)

“Rolex Cup has definitely been one of the most prestigious experiences Evo 43 rewarded us with. We are extremely proud to have been chosen as the official tender, which allowed us to follow closely all the regattas,” said Vito Prato, CEO of Sea Engineering. “With the racing crews, then, we feel like we share the same passion for the sea, speed and challenges, the same passion that has led us to design first, and then built later, the Evo 43,” he added.

Review: Prestige 680 Yacht

This new model combines luxury with function, and the versatile Prestige 680 is a winner for both her entertaining and her long distance cruising abilities. Her exterior styling is ageless, in keeping with the Prestige heritage, and she is relatively light for her size, due to smart manufacturing techniques that deliver superior strength in a lighter hull. Proprietary computer-aided design software and digitally controlled assembly processes combine to ensure that components are finished and assembled correctly the first time round. The whole boat (hull, grid and decks) is built using infusion, thus ensuring an overall light weight.

The extra large flybridge is broken up into three areas: the helm and observation seating

The extra large flybridge is broken up into three areas: the helm and observation seating; forward sun pad; and an L-shaped seating area aft with built-in table

XXL Flybridge

The flybridge is a large private space, which is broken up into three primary areas: the helm and observation seating; forward sun pad; and an L-shaped seating area aft with built-in table. The Prestige 680 comes standard with an overhead arch and hardtop containing a foldaway sunshade, with a set of protected teak ‘flying’ stairs with stainless steel finishes that lead the guests from the lower deck to the bridge deck.

The helm station bench provides room for two, and has a full set of gauges and navigation tools located slightly below the operator’s line of vision. To port, another dual bench seat provides space for observers, but can also fold down and extend the already spacious sun pad. A dedicated lounging/social area is located forward of the upper helm station directly below the windscreen, which provides an effective windbreak. The outdoor galley is fully equipped with a sink, ample counter space, a grill, refrigerator and a separate icemaker. The separate seating arrangement with a dining table provides the perfect alfresco entertaining area on a sunny day, and with its retractable soft-touch sunshade, it may well become the most popular spot on the boat.

The flying bridge deck extends all the way to the transom over the aft deck, providing sun and rain protection, and also allowing for a retractable vertical screen. The deck can also be enclosed for use in bad weather. While the 680 is a flush-deck motoryacht, the lower helm is on a special raised platform forward of the saloon, and this arrangement creates better visibility for the captain, and handy access to the watertight doors directly to starboard.

Easy to drive for the hands-on owner

Easy to drive for the hands-on owner

360° Vision

Three large windows in the main saloon give guests a 360° vision while cruising, and bathe the interior in light. On entering the main saloon the galley is at the entrance and opens onto a dining area with a table that can seat 6-8 guests. A large lounge/sitting area in the middle of the yacht provides space for all the guests to enjoy a sea view. Each area has plenty of specially designed storage space, and on some models there is also a separate access from the starboard sideway that extends the saloon like a balcony with a large, glazed sliding door.

Main Saloon

The main saloon is a small step up from the galley, and features an L-shaped sofa with two additional accent chairs and a hideaway flat screen TV. A glass coffee table continues the theme of ‘open’ concept, and still leaves plenty of room for a gathering and entertaining space. The hardwood floorings flow from the galley to the saloon seamlessly, while area rugs add a sense of warmth and colour. All lighting is built into the overhead, and HVAC is run behind the moulding (invisible to the eye). Bose surround speakers continue the theme of luxurious amenities without sacrificing the breathtaking views from the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Al fresco dining

Al fresco dining

Galley and Dining

In response to customer feedback, and current trends in design, Prestige Yachts went ahead and moved the galley aft. The L-shaped island creates a sense of division between the dining area and the saloon, without sacrificing an open feel. When entertaining, the aft location becomes even more ideal as it provides easy access to all four-entertainment venues: the dining area, the saloon, the seating area on the aft deck, and the stairs up to the flying bridge. The Prestige Yachts 680 has a separate dining space and table, which is a breath of fresh air compared to the usual L-shaped settees next to the helm of raised bridge deck designs. Located directly across from the galley, it adds functionality and another venue for entertaining. A glass table with a built-in bench seat to starboard maximizes seating without sacrificing space or the “open” concept.

The master suite

The master suite

Master Suite

The private master suite is conveniently located down two steps adjacent to the lower helm. This arrangement is quite unusual for a motoryacht of this size, and it mimics the traditional layout plan of much larger superyachts. The master suite has a lounger to port, and a desk to starboard that also serves as a vanity. A flat screen TV on the forward bulkhead and built-in surround speakers add a touch of luxury. A walk-in closet to port and a separate head with a large shower stall, and a doublewide single sink to starboard, complete the layout. Directly above are three large windows that make the space open and bright, and at the press of a button the blackout shades close off the windows for privacy. An overhead skylight right over the head of the berth allows for stargazing from the bed. Separated from the other accommodation on the yacht, the master stateroom design creates a large measure of privacy for both the owners and their guests, and makes cruising all the more comfortable for everyone on board. It also allows guests coming back to the boat late at night more freedom to move around without waking the owners as the guest quarters have their own private entrance farther aft.

The ensuite bathroom

The ensuite bathroom

VIP Staterooms

A second companionway in the saloon leads to the aft staterooms, where the owner has the option of two or three separate quarters. The VIP stateroom is standard, while forward is the option of either an additional full-beam VIP stateroom, or two smaller rooms with twin berths for added functionality. The second option would be a popular one for those interested in chartering as it provides the maximum number of berths aboard. Many buyers choosing a motoryacht of this size will be travelling with friends, and with this in mind Prestige has designed the yacht to be able to accommodate three master suites so the two VIP guest couples feel pampered. While the VIP staterooms do not have overhead skylights, the staterooms feature ample lighting provided by large side windows with portholes for additional ventilation.

At the Bow

Separate lounging and socialising spaces with endless entertainment possibilities, particularly for those interested in sun tanning and fresh air, can be found at the bow of the yacht.  A forward facing bench seat can accommodate multiple people, and a sun pad with a retractable cabana-like sunshade can easily deploy during hotter afternoon hours. The wide side decks also allow free movement throughout the yacht.

Main Saloon and helm station

Main Saloon and helm station

Aft Deck

Located off the aft swim platform, a watertight transom door leads to the crew cabin and engine room. The crew quarters are smaller in size, but adequate for sleeping and privacy. The cabin features twin berths with light through transom windows, a private head, and a washer/dryer combination. Engine access is also available through the crew cabin. Down three steps is the hydraulic swim platform that lowers into the water to create the popular ‘teak beach’ experience. The platform also provides a place for launching PWC and/or a small tender. As an added perk of having the crew quarters accessed from the swim platform, the “crew” head also serves as a day head for those enjoying the benefits of the swim platform. This alleviates the need for guests who are resting on the submerged platform from having to enter the saloon and traipse below in wet feet and bathing suits just to use the head.

Engine Room and Performance

The Prestige 680 preserves the technical attributes of the Prestige DNA by offering a Volvo IPS 1200 engine type for easy maneuverability and suitable even for cruising short-handed. The engine room is accessed from either the watertight door ahead of the crew quarters, or a hatch in the aft deck. The layout is roomy, with all areas being easily accessible. With the engines located forward and the pods well aft, there’s a better balance achieved with the weight distribution. The draft on the Prestige 680 is 5’2” (1.57 m) and this is impressive for a boat of this size. The shallow draft allows more flexible access to a wider range of cruising grounds, particularly in Asia where water depth can be a consideration. Another feature of this model is its stated displacement of just under 66,000 lbs. (19,937 kg). This has to do with her proprietary build techniques that reduce weight, while maintaining strength. The performance advantage of lighter displacement translates into smaller engines, better fuel efficiency and greater range.

For more information: www.prestige-yachts.com

Other Highlights
All living spaces on one level
360-degree panoramic views
Independent owner’s suite and guest suites
Retractable sunshades
Wide side decks
86,000 BTU Mediterranean air conditioning
Hydraulic platform
POD Joystick system

Length Overall: 21.46m (70’4”)
Beam: 5.33m (17’5”)
Draught: 1.58m (5’2”)
Fuel Capacity: 3,450 Gal (911gal)
Water Capacity: 920L (243gal)
Engine Options: 2 x 900hp Volvo Penta IPS 1200, 2 X 900hp Volvo D-13 IPS3

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Text by Suzy Rayment

This article was originally published in Yacht Style

Review: Absolute Navetta 58 Yacht

Italian boatbuilders Absolute received an important accolade at the Boat Show 2015 in London: Best Motor Boat in the Trawler and Aft Cabin category. They are naturally very chuffed; years of innovation and design have paid off. Absolute were early adopters of the Volvo IPS drive system, and have made full use of the space savings made available. IPS drives are more powerful and more efficient than conventional shaft drives of the same size, and take up less space than the equivalent-power shaft drives.

All this space is made available to the passengers and crew (while the owner trousers the fuel-cost savings), and the general impression of this vertical-knife-bowed stubby trawler is that of a 70ft boat, not the more compact 58ft-er she really is.

Intimate dining with a view

Intimate dining with a view

“Trawler” is more of a term to describe its shape than a job-description. No fisherman needs to shift at 29kts, or even cruise at 10kts – the Navetta 58’s most efficient cruising speed.

Eschewing the normal salesman’s grandiloquency, Absolute say of her: “She is a real boat.” That makes you sit up and pay attention: so much that is out there isn’t fit to be more than a couple of miles from shore in anything like poor weather, so it is interesting to look at what they say she can do.

“Navetta” can be taken to mean “nice little ship” and she does seem more the ship than the boat, albeit boat sized.

Stylish ensuite luxury

Stylish ensuite luxury

Safety starts with getting on board without a ducking or worse and access is from the stern, or either side directly onto the side passages behind the high bulwarks and protection gunwale along the entire edge of the main deck and flybridge; handrails are available along all passages, the deck is in teak and non-slip surfaces without steps up to the side pilot door.

Safety is even more emphasised by the great visibility from both helm of stations, by the two independent accesses to the engine room and by superior manoeuverability in all conditions of use.

She looks strong, sturdy, yet on the inside, like the best praline chocolates, all is luxury and comfort.

Owner's suite with views on both side

Owner’s suite with views on both side

She is high. Ceilings throughout, from the owner’s cabin to the crew quarters and the engine room are the highest in the category, and all this vertical space makes it easy to offer decks without steps and doors and passageways like those in a home. Windows and portlights provide views on all sides and the feeling of even more space. Despite the modest length, a lot is squeezed in without conveying any impression of being squeezed. There are three double cabins, plus two singles for the crew, all with private heads and a full complement of the appliances you normally leave behind on shore as well as generous wardrobes and modern multimedia gadgets to help you while away the long passages this boat is capable of making.

The upper deck has space for a couple of loungers in addition to the built-in dining/lounge just aft of the helm station which has an excellent view of the main deck forepeak and its sunpads and forward-facing sun lounge. Main deck right aft is the cockpit, a wide lounge and a table capable of seating all the guests leading forward through a disappearing bulkhead to the saloon, then up a couple of steps to the galley and dining area, the indoor helm station and the companionway down to the three cabins, all en-suite.

LOA: 17m (55.09ft)
Beam: 5m (16.05ft)
Max Speed: 28.5kts
Cruising Speed: 10kts
Engines: 2 x IPS 600 or IPS 800
Fuel Capacity: 2,400 liters
Water Capacity: 600 liters
Builder: Absolute
Website: www.absoluteyachts.com

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This article was originally published in Yacht Style

Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show Goes Affordable

‘Affordable Luxury’ might seem like an oxymoron, especially in a country where billionaires and the elite life are associated with the excesses of people like Stephen Hung. Yachting is, likewise, an activity synonymous with an idea of exclusivity only beholden to the super-rich. This year’s Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show, running 29 April to 2 May 2016, aims to dispel that idea by setting up ‘Affordable Luxury’ as its primary theme. With the growth of a burgeoning middle class across Asia, yachting may be one of the hobbies that takes its place in the ‘Chinese Dream’ of a wider population.

This year’s Boat Show is expected to draw in over 12,000 visitors with more than 60 major international exhibitors and 75 yachts participating. The show will be backing up a good cause too, with aims to raise funds for the Children’s Cancer Foundation by holding the Cardboard Boat Charity Regatta. In that event, participating teams from Hong Kong corporations, institutes of learning, and other organizations will use materials provided to make their own skiff for a race. In addition to all the fun, the event aims to reach more than just yacht enthusiasts by accommodating the whole family with a Food Street, mixing diverse cuisines from both East and West, and a Children’s Entertainment Zone.

The Charity Regatta

The Charity Regatta

Totaling at a combined value of HK$1 billion, including everything from small sailboats to superyachts, the yachts start at less than HK$100,000 and finish at more than HK$50 million. We won’t leave you waiting. Let’s go into some of the notable vessels out there:

Capri, 27/06/11 Arcadia Illusion 8 Photo: © Emilio Bianchi

Arcadia 85

The 85-feet long Arcadia 85 is named after the home of the Greek god Pan, master of wine and song. With modern and vibrant lines, and fitting up to 8 guests in its interior, this vessel lives up to that image of a spot to relax and enjoy life’s pleasures. Yet, it also brings an awareness of eco-friendliness into its pleasure by using 431 square feet of solar panels, powering into a maximum of 18.5 knots.

Princess S72

Princess S72

The Princess S72 has a touch of regality infused into its top tier British craftsmanship and style, featuring a wide sunroof, a hydraulic bathing platform and three en-suite cabins. This superyacht was launched by Princess Yachts International and it is 72 feet long — hence the name — draws at a top speed of 40 knots.

Project 31 Interior

Project 31 Interior

Project 31 has a mysterious ring to its name and will make its exclusive debut at the boat show. In actuality, it is a rebirth of sorts. The name comes from the first boat ever released by Princess Yachts International. This model has been restored back to represent its glory and elegance. The refurbished interior and exterior displays the shipyard’s ability for style and innovation.

“We are very enthusiastic to present our 16th edition of the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show, which has attracted more international exhibitors and visitors each year. With more than 260 islands and 700km coastline, Hong Kong is an amazing destination for boating. Over the four days, we will showcase the region’s pleasure boating industry and aim to offer both local and overseas boat lovers a variety of options for every kind of budget.” commented Robert Blythe, General Manager of the Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club.

With the array of possibilities on display, yachting may pick up a new fans across the East.

Lightweight Cruiser: Numarine 60 Yacht

Numarine are an unusual manufacturer of luxury yachts in several respects, but being in Asia and 8,000km from Hong Kong is just part of the story. They build and design in Istanbul, and have a large, modern, hi-tech, ISO9001-certified yard there, capable of building over 50 boats a year in the 55ft -130ft range. They mostly design in-house, but don’t hesitate to bring in other architects and designers – in this case Umberto Tagliavini as the naval architect. Locals, Gurit, did the structural engineering and Numarine’s long-term lead designer, Can Yalman, did the concept, lines and interiors.

The Numarine 60 is fast and stylish with a comfortable foredeck area

The Numarine 60 is fast and stylish with a comfortable foredeck area

The Numarine Flybridge 60 was designed to have the largest volume in this market category, and like the other boats to seemingly spring from this Turkish yard, is designed with a certain sporty comfort and cheer that goes well with Numarine’s characteristic traditional layout.

Tradition does not stand in the way of innovation. The full-beam owners’ suite has the bed off-center to make way for plenty of private sitting space – important to fully-appreciate the big picture windows that reach down to water level if you get tired of the fabulous view from the bed. Both the other guest cabins have en-suite heads too, as does the twin-berth crew cabin below the cockpit.

The aft deck is the perfect entertainment space

The aft deck is the perfect entertainment space

The main saloon is pleasingly asymmetrical with seating to starboard facing the big TV and galley with dining just behind the helm position and the steps down to the sleeping accommodation. Big well-placed windows give great views and simply huge amounts of light. The cockpit is also asymmetrical with the table and seating for the entire guest complement in a u-shaped configuration to starboard. Port side is given over to the steps down to the stern swim platform and the stairs up to the Flybridge.

The Flybridge is large for a boat of this size – it has two seating/lounging areas – each of which can hold up to 6 people – the upper helm position and plenty of sun space and a nifty mini-galley. Serious sun-seekers will be down on the foredeck where the usual sunpads are placed – albeit in a different way to the usual arrangements. With more space than usual, the foredeck includes deep sheltered forward-facing long seats with a folding Bimini roof and two raised benches for the flat-sunpads placed athwartship at each bow. There is also plenty of room, not just for cabin passengers, but for day visitors, whether it’s for a cruise, or drinks at anchor after the day’s end.

Numarine 60 Master Suite

Numarine 60 Master Suite

As for cruising, this hull hits the sweet spot. The engines aren’t that big, yet she does 28kts without breathing heavily and will get up to 35kts at a push. She carries as standard twin Volvo Penta IPS 950 engines. These are the modern multi-directional drives which make handling a breeze, even when docking. Not only handy, but very small too, so the engine room is unusually-small, giving space for larger fuel tanks. That, and the Pentas offer considerable fuel consumption savings – as much as 30% lower – and similar savings in emissions and noise, while extending range, speed and improved handling. You also get a bargain price: engine cost is a very significant part of overall cost. The Numarine 60 Fly costs a little under EUR1.3m.

The hull was designed around these engines – not just to use the extra space – but they also had to have a hull that would be able to handle conventional in-line engines. Just as well – Numarine have already built, sold and delivered one of each and that was before the boat was officially “released”.

For more information:  www.numarine.com / www.amysasia.com

LOA: 18.4m (60’4”)
Beam: 5.08m (16’8”)
Displacement: 27 tonne
Fuel Capacity: 3,200 litres
Water Capacity: 900 litres
Engines: Twin Volvo IOS 950
Max Speed: Up to 35kts
Cruising speed: Up to 28kts
Cruising range: Up to 375nm
*Engine options are available

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This article was originally published in Yacht Style Magazine

Mercedes-Benz Introduces Luxury Motor Yacht

Mercedes-Benz may not be the first to have been the first to unveil the first-ever luxury motor yacht — we’re looking at you Aston Martin and Bugatti — but the German automaker is making a splash nevertheless. The Arrow460-Granturismo was presented to the world in Côte d’Azur, France.

The 14-meter long ‘silver arrow of the seas’ is the perfect blend of what motor and boating fans look for. With a 960 horsepower (706 kW), the yacht brings the performance of Mercedes-Benz sports cars with the unique innovations of the boating industry. This move to areas outside the automotive industry is another chapter in the brand’s expansion.

Commenting on the debut of the “Arrow460–Granturismo,” Silver Arrows Marine Chairman Ron Gibbs said: “Almost everything about Arrow460-Granturismo is unique, from its concept to the smallest bespoke detail. It is a motor yacht with a personality that truly embraces life, combining the best marine engineering with the inspired innovations and elegance that the world associates with the Mercedes-Benz name. By merging marine and automotive worlds, with their respective design language, technologies and ideas, we have created a new standard of motor yacht, unlike all others.”