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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.

Lagoon 630 MY

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.

Lagoon 630 MY

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.

Lagoon 630 MY

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.


    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




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

Blue Bird SuperYacht

Colorful Luxury Yachts by Vasily Klyukin

Blue Bird SuperYacht

SUPERYACHTS are getting a makeover, thanks to Russian entrepreneur Vasily Klyukin. The businessman is shaking up the jetset world with six striking yacht concepts, each based on an instantly recognizable theme.

White Swan Yacht

The series includes the “Red Shark“, a contemporary design featuring bold contours and sharp angles which represent the most terrifying of all water creatures. The 75-meter long, four-deck piece certainly makes an impact.

Red Shark SuperYacht

“There are no dolphins in the big money world, the sharks are all over the place, and if you see the yacht over 50 meters, you can be sure it’s owned by a business shark,” jokes Klyukin.

Red Shark Yacht

The luminous “Manhattan” is more serene, giving the impression of an illuminated floating skyline capped by a replica of the Empire State Building.

Manhattan Yacht

Conversely, the nostalgic “Mississippi” yacht features a retro design inspired by the paddle steamers of Mark Twain’s era, featuring an eye-catching glass and metal central wheel design detail.

Mississippi yacht

The magnificent “Mondrian” is fairly similar to a traditional yacht in terms of form, but its bold geometric colors make sure it stands out.

Mondrian Vasily Klyukin Yachts

“Mondrian inspired Yves Saint Laurent, Lola Prusak, the architects and designers all around the world,” explains Klyukin, who wanted to pay homage to the Dutch modernist.

Mondrian yacht

The “White Swan” is one of the most avant-garde designs, featuring a retractable neck which leads to a hidden open-air breakfast area.

White Swan superyacht

Meanwhile “Blue Bird” resembles a sports car with its streamlined physique and sharp contours.

Blue Bird Yacht

The series will be officially presented this September during the Monaco Yacht Show 2014. See the full series at vasilyklyukin.com/yacht.

Star Clippers

Gourmet dining comes to luxury sailing yachts

Star Clippers

Starting this summer and through to October, Star Clippers is inviting celebrity chefs and sommeliers to board its luxury sailing cruises to concoct gourmet menus.

Passengers aboard the Star Clipper and the Star Flyer this summer will sail the Mediterranean in the company of world-class chefs including Bea Schulz, Otto Koch and Marcus Semmler, as well as expert sommeliers such as Olivier Assire, Nathalie Lumpp and Bruno David.

The chefs will work hand in hand with the wine experts to pair exquisite dishes with carefully chosen beverages.

The cruises, with a minimum length of seven days, are priced starting at €1,720 (around $2,340) per passenger including meals.

Star Clipper and the Star Flyer

The Star Clipper and Star Flyer can each accommodate up to 170 passengers and 74 crew members.

For more information and reservations, visit www.starclippers.com.

Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes

Spectacular yachts at the Cannes Boat Show 2013

Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes 2012

Visitors to the Festival de Plaisance in Cannes, this September 10-15, will get a first look at around 100 new boats, each more luxurious than the last. Here we take a look at the five models likely to stand out as the most impressive.

A catamaran with 280 square meters of living space

Oxygene Yachts Air 77

Oxygene Yachts is the manufacturer behind the Air 77, a houseboat with 280 square meters of living space, equipped with a 2×260 hp motor capable of hitting a top speed of 20 knots. Passengers can cross the boat from stern to bow straight through the living room, which measures 65 square meters.

A racing boat for cruising at over 40 knots

Frauscher speedboat 2013

The 858 Fantom, a masterpiece of design and innovation by Frauscher, comes with a diesel or fuel engine of up to 430 hp, allowing for speeds of up to 48 knots. Passengers can catch some rays on the large sunbathing platform while relaxing to the sound of the Bose audio system.

A sailboat for lovers

Admiral Tecnomar Silent 76

Admiral Tecnomar designed the Silent 76 specifically for a two-person crew, making it an ideal boat for a romantic getaway on the seas. The garage can hold a 3.2m tender or a jet ski.

A luxury home on the water

Princess Yachts 98MY

The Princess Yachts 98MY is a houseboat whose comfort and style rivals that of a palatial home. The living and dining rooms are enclosed by large picture windows, and the main deck provides access to a relaxation area with comfortable chairs for kicking back.

Passengers can take a dip through the electro-hydraulic bath, which can also be used to put a jet-ski in the water. 8 to 10 guests can settle into the cabins, and the crew can be composed of six members.

A yacht with aeronautical influences

Monokini 44M Baglietto deck

The Monokini, measuring 44 meters long and 8.3 meters across, can take on up to 10 passengers and 8 crew members. The aerodynamic exterior curves of this seafaring giant were developed by Francesco Paszkowski, while designer Alberto Mancini has created its stylish interior.

Monokini 44M Baglietto

Azzam yacht

World’s largest superyacht launched

Azzam superyacht

German company Lürssen has launched Azzam, the world’s largest private yacht, eclipsing the previous record holder, Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich‘s 533-foot Eclipse.

Designed by Nauta Yachts in Italy, the $609 million Azzam is almost two football fields long and rivals the size of some cruise ships. It took four years to complete from concept to construction.

Azzam yacht

Amongst many other features the yacht has a main salon with a length of 29 m and a beam of 18m with an open plan and no pillars.

The interior decoration was undertaken by French designer Christophe Leoni, whose brief was to create “a sophisticated and luxurious interior in a turn of the century ‘Empire’ style”.


The Azzam will travel in excess of 30 knots, powered by a combination of 2 gas turbines and 2 diesel engines with a total of 94000 horse powers; she will require a 50-person crew to maintain her.

Adastra Top

Adastra superyacht launches in China

Adastra Top

The Adastra, unveiled last week in China, is the new floating pleasure palace of billionaire Anto Marden who commissioned its construction five years ago.

Designed by Sussex-based yacht designer John Shuttleworth, the Adastra was built in Zhuhai, China  at the cost of a cool $15 million.

The striking trimaran has an integrated ship monitoring system, and can even be controlled with an Apple iPad within a 50-metre range.
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Ferretti 720 motoryacht

Superyacht builder Ferretti sold to Chinese company

Ferretti 720 motoryacht

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

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

Ferretti has 8 yacht brands (Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Itama, Bertram, Riva, Mochi Craft, CRN and Ferretti Custom Line) and owns a total of 8 shipyards.
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Perini Navi 69m sailing yacht hull C2227

Perini Navi to Build Second Largest Yacht

Perini Navi 69m sailing yacht hull C2227

Launched nearly six years ago, the masterful 289-ft. Maltese Falcon remains Perini Navi’s crowning achievement.

While the yard has constructed many stunning yachts since then, none have approached the Falcon’s impressive length.

Now Perini Navi has signed a contract for a 226-ft. sailing superyacht, that, when completed, will be the second largest PN ever built, Superyacht Times reports.
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megayacht Yas

Superyacht Yas launched by ADM Shipyards

megayacht Yas

Abu Dhabi’s ADM Shipyards has just launched the 462.5 ft. megayacht Yas, which now ranks as the world’s 6th largest.

The yacht, whose design was adapted from a UAE Navy frigate, is rumored to have been commissioned by a member of an Arabic royal family.

The vessel features luxurious accommodations for up to 60 guests along with 56 crew and is capable of an impressive 26 knots maximum speed thanks to her military pedigree. Yas’ cruising speed is 20 knots with a transoceanic range.
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Princess V Class Sport Yacht V85S

Princess Yachts V85S

Princess Yachts International have released their latest yacht, the V-85S sports yacht (measuring 85ft overall).

Ingeniously hidden within the sleek lines of her exterior is a flying bridge with dual helm controls and companion seating.

Complete with refrigeration and a sound system, this is also a relaxed space for daytime entertaining as an alternative to the cockpit and foredeck seating areas.
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Octopus Yacht

Superyachts sailing to London Olympics

Octopus Yacht

With only nine months to go until the 2012 Olympics in London, the jockeying for position among megayacht owners is well underway.

Berths for about 30 yachts are being prepared around London’s waterways for the big event, but most of them will only accommodate smaller vessels.

Several more are expected to visit though they won’t all be in town at the same time.
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Serenty Coast Marina

Simpson Marine in China

Serenty Coast Marina

Simpson Marine, Asia’s largest yacht brokerage company, has opened a flagship office at the Serenity Coast Marina in Sanya, Hainan.

“Simpson Marine is ready to serve the Chinese market, and specifically its southern part, which is transforming itself into the yachting hub of China.”

On top of the existing 8 marinas in operation, over 12 new marina projects have been identified on the southern coast of China and Hainan. The idea of a Chinese Riviera stretching from Xiamen to Sanya has never been so relevant.
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Quinta Essentia superyacht

Quinta Essentia Superyacht

Quinta Essentia superyacht

The 55 metre superyacht Quinta Essentia, the largest vessel ever launched by the Netherlands’ Heesen Yachts, has been listed for sale for $100 million.

With sleek exterior lines by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, the yacht’s most striking feature is a grand swimming pool on the aft deck complete with a waterfall.

The yacht has a very modern interior by Ken Freivokh Design and Michela Reverberi with metallic silver accents.
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yacht Vava II

Kirsty Bertarelli’s new Megayacht

yacht Vava II

Kirsty Bertarelli, the richest woman in Britain and her husband Ernesto have bought the biggest motor yacht ever built in the UK, the 315-ft. foot Vava II.

The $160 million megayacht, which now ranks as the 33rd largest in the world, was built by Devonport Yachts in Plymouth and boasts luxury interiors, a helicopter landing pad, lavish guest cabins and four tenders.

Kirsty is a former Miss UK, while her husband is a Swiss pharmaceuticals magnate who has won the America’s Cup twice with his yacht Alinghi and is worth a reputed $10 billion, making him the 81st richest man in the world and the fifth richest in the UK.
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Ponam boat Toyota Motor Corp

Toyota Ponam-35 Luxury Boat

Ponam boat Toyota Motor Corp

More renowned for its prowess with wheeled vehicles, Toyota Motor Corp. is increasing its seaborne fleet with the launch of a new leisure boat, the Ponam-35.

But the 11.95-meter cruiser is still related to the car manufacturer’s mainstream products as its two V8-cylinder engines are adapted versions of the 4.5-liter V8 diesel engine that can be found in the Toyota Land Cruiser.

And while elsewhere it might be considered unusual for a car firm to dabble in pleasure boats, several of Japan’s other major auto firms also have boat divisions.
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Pearl 75 motor yacht

Pearl team up with Kelly Hoppen on new 75ft flagship

 Pearl 75 motor yacht

Pearl Motor Yachts, one of the UK’s leading luxury yacht builders, has announced a special collaboration with British interior designer Kelly Hoppen MBE.

Kellyis has been brought on board to design the luxury interior of the flagship Pearl 75, which will be launched in early 2012.

Kelly creates stunning interior designs for luxury homes, yachts and private jets for an ever-expanding international high-profile client base.
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