They already drive flashy cars, wear expensive watches and eat at top-end restaurants. Now rich Chinese businessmen have found a new way to flaunt their wealth –Â luxury boats.
“They want to go out on the ocean and have fun — and take VIP clients to fish and negotiate deals,” said Zheng Weihang, secretary general of the China Cruise and Yacht Industry Association.
With the second-largest number of dollar billionaires in the world after the United States, according to Forbes magazine, China is drawing eager foreign marina developers and boatmakers to its shores to tap the fast-growing market.
Luxury yachts that whisk their millionaire owners or charter guests to the world’s top beauty spots, guzzling gallons of fuel on the way, have long scraped the bottom of the green league tables.
But as superyachts converged on the Riviera for this year’s 20th Monaco Yacht Show, a small but determined minority were flying the green flag as the ever expanding fleet of mega yachts seeks to reduce its carbon footprint.
Paolo Moretti, who heads the yachting division of Italy’s ship certification body RINA, told AFP interest in environmental topics has spiked in the yachting sector over the last five years.
“Luxury yachts have big budgets but owners now not only want to excel in terms of comfort and luxury but also in environmental sustainability,” he said. Continue reading →
At 289 ft., the amazing Maltese Falcon is the worldâ€™s largest, best designed, and most expensive sailing yacht â€“ for now.
Its builder Perini Navi is now hard at work on a much larger sailing megayacht, a 335-ft. craft dubbed the C.2157, James Spotting reports.
Similar is styling to the Maltese, the 335-footer also has three enormous self- standing, rotating masts masts and will be equipped with an even more impressive version of Perini Naviâ€™s revolutionary carbon fibre DynaRig sailing system.
Topping the Malteseâ€™s 15 sails and 25,791 sq. ft. sail area, the 335 will be capable of a maximum speed of 19.5 knots despite its impressive size. Continue reading →
The newest cruiser that joins the fleet of luxury yachts is the ‘Orchid’. It’s most striking aspect is its intelligent design layout and the accommodation she offers for a yacht of her size.
Designed by famous yacht designer Luiz de Basto and the German shipyard Lurssen Yachts, the 88-meter Orchid motor yacht features a reduced number of cabins for the yacht of her size.
The megayacht accommodates just eight guests, with large windows in the four staterooms to take in the view.
The designer and builder have kept the number down to increase the amount of space devoted to saloons, dining areas, alfresco spaces, and other entertainment and relaxation areas that everyone can use. Continue reading →
French luxury clothing designer Hermes and Monaco based yacht maker Wally have collaborated to create the ultimate luxury yacht.
The watercraft by Wally-Hermes Yachts, dubbed WHY for short, are the perfect mix of luxury and ‘green’ living.
This revolutionary yacht is developed with the latest and most advanced sustainable technologies, recycling thermal energy, as well as any organic and inorganic waste without compromising on its luxury aspects. Continue reading →
Israel’s richest woman, billionaire Shari Arison, has put up her yacht, “My Shanti” up for sale. She is asking $100 million.
Merle Wood’s listing states that the My Shanti is 212 feet/64 meters long, and built by the Dutch shipyard Amels in 2007.
The My Shanti was assessed at $70-80 million a year ago, the price that Arison paid for it. The yacht has a banquet hall, cinema, staterooms, kitchen, and large mess room. It can reach a maximum speed of 40 knots. Continue reading →
Derecktor shipyards is nearing completion on the Cakewalk superyacht for a private client, which at 281 ft. will be the largest luxury yacht built in the U.S. since the 1930s, and at 2,950 tons possibly the biggest ever built in the States when measured by volume.
The result of a collaboration between Derecktor, Azure Naval Architects of Holland, exterior designer Tim Heywood and interior designer by Liz Dalton, Cakewalk features a total of six decks, with the owners’ and guests’ accommodations representing half of that space, and a helipad and swimming platform aft. Continue reading →
One of the worldâ€™s rising stars of mid-sized luxury yachts made a glamorous entry to Hong Kong with a lavish launch party ! Marquis Yachts, a US-based luxury yacht builder that sports the latest in Italian design, made a dazzling debut to Hong Kong with a sizzling launch party last month, on 3 September at the Aberdeen Boat Club.
Olivier Besson, managing director of Asia Yachting, the regional dealer for Marquis, said that four serious buyers came forward after just one viewing â€“ a very impressive result.
Indeed, luxury sailing yachts and motorboats are becoming the ultimate accessory of the super-rich in China. Out of the just 400 private boats registered nationwide, almost all of them are motorboats. But, Adrien Magnan of Marine Dragon Consulting in Shanghai cites that the amount spent on luxury boats has been escalating upwards by tens of millions of dollars in the past few years. Pleasure sailing, virtually unheard of in China until a few years ago, is becoming increasing popular. Chinese millionaires are willing to spend a fortune on yachts and aircrafts. Looks like the wealthy Chinese customers are seeking a western lifestyle.
Robert VanGrunsven, the president of Marquis Yachts, arrived in a luxurious Maybach limousine, which dropped him off just yards from the speakerâ€™s podium. VanGrunsven commented on the winning combination of European design standards and US build quality and pricing. Olivier Besson addressed the crowd shortly after, saying that the 420 offered Hong Kong boaters â€œtotal comfort, total style and total luxury when cruising local islands and bays.â€
One of the key highlights of the glamorous night was a watch display by Blancpain, featuring models bearing best of brand products and riding onboard the 420, which executed several turns past the on-looking crowd. Rebecca Yeung, the 2003 Miss Hong Kong, was master of ceremonies at a night that illuminated and exhilarated. Asia Pacific Boating magazine and sister publication China Boating , both published by Blu Inc Media, were media partners of the prestigious event.
I have personnaly spent a day on this amazing yacht and wow, I must say it was very exciting.
This yacht is one of the first boats designed to take full advantage of the space-saving qualities of the Volvo-Penta IPS drive. The huge 60-sq.ft. cockpit with teak sole flows past a bi-folding door into the flush salon (inlaid hardwood) to create one huge entertaining area. No step up! Just one, large flowing deck which will keep cocktail parties mingling instead of breaking into two groups which always happens when the bridge deck is raised to accommodate the inboard engines. Just Check out the video below : )
The London-based Stephane Schwarz Studio has revealed the 125-metre superyacht Project IKKO that showcases a counter-proposal to the current market trend by defining a new approach to exclusive yachting.
Her innovative architecture offers a new level of harmony with the landscape: 360Â° breath-taking sight lines of her upper deck lounge including side transparent floorings, topped by an optimum full view helicopter platform, a 180Â° panorama on the main deck and a sprawling forward outdoor entertainment space.
Spray on solar-power cells from the exterior faceted surfaces supply energy, amongst others, to Domotics, a cutting edge computing network managing interior-wide automation and communication for appliances and equipment, distributed and remote control of domestic tasks from inside out, enabling more intimacy thanks to a reduction of the crew number.
Over her four decks Project IKKO holds airy cabins overlooking private balconies and adaptable saloons with electro-luminescent sliding panels. With her patented BMT Nigel Gee designed Pentamaran hull she achieves new standards of hydrodynamics to reduce fuel consumption whilst providing more speed and excellent seakeeping comfort.
The Eden is a luxury motoryacht concept by Daniel Hahn, a German design professional who studied product design. It is drool-worthy owing to its sleek lines and luxurious silhouette.
The design of the Eden is an interpretation of classic motoryachts. The aim of the project was to create a luxurious, desirable design which relied on its aesthetics more than technical innovation. The “Eden” name is intended to evoke “desirability, freedom and personal space”. The result is a sleek, generously proportioned, luxury watercraft with unique styling elements.
The interiors are crafted with fine wood and with a carbon body work for the other half of the boat, it forms a contrasting union. The interior of the speedyacht has room for 3 guests and a single crew member. The proposed range at maximum speed (40 knots) is 360 miles.
Hopefully Danielâ€™s concept design will soon hit production and then we can see the price tag that comes with the lavish ecstasies.
James Bond films are never complete without the high speed chases. James Bond: Quantum of Solace will have one of the one of the biggest ever boat chases in a Bond film.
Three high performance yachts from UK company Sunseeker are featured in the film, including the Superhawk 43 and the 121-ft (37 m) M4 behemoth (above), the largest semi-custom production motoryacht ever to be built in the UK.
Bond also rides in a classic vintage Sunseeker Sovereign 17 motorboat from 1970 at one point during the film. The James Bond: Quantum of Solace release will be the fourth consecutive appearance for Sunseeker luxury yachts. Continue reading →
Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich’s new $400 million, 555-ft. Eclipse, designed to be the world’s biggest (and so named because Abramovich desires that it overshadow all other boats at sea) will have a military-grade missile defense system to keep the oligarch safe.
Abramovich owns three other megayachts already: the 377 ft. Pelorus, the 282 ft. Ecstasea and the 160 ft. Sussurro but the Eclipse will be 25 ft. longer than Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s 530-ft. Platinum, currently ranked as the biggest yacht in the world. Continue reading →
Celebrity Solstice is a cruise ship for Celebrity Cruises. She is the largest cruise ship built in Germany and she left the Meyer Werft on September 28, 2008. This colossal ship can house as many as nearly 3,000 passengers !
The 315m-long ship is so wide it barely squeezed out of the Papenberg watergates, but ably helped by two tug-boats it escaped on it’s to the North sea, where it will head to Denmark.
Onboard amenities will include a large theater, multiple restaurant dining options, The Patio on the Lawn, numerous bars and clubs, Solstice Deck, youth facilities, [email protected], and many other common and unique features. Some new innovations that have been revealed include glass-blowing classes/demonstrations as well as The Lawn Club, a live grass lawn between the ship’s funnels on the upper deck. This U.S. cruise ship will have four sister ships, Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Eclipse, and two as-of-yet unnamed ships. The sisters will enter service in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively.
Celebrity Solstice will be officially launched some time in November this year, giving a huge challenge to other liners that have suddenly become so puny in comparison to this giant.
For the world’s wealthiest individuals, who are looking to create a magnificent incomparable interior of the finest luxury materials,Pietra Firma launched the exclusive limited edition LuxTouch range at the Monaco Yacht Show.
The LuxTouch floor, wall and ceiling tiles are hand crafted by master craftsmen utilising traditional skills using rare and precious materials.
The company targets customers who wish to create a priceless centre piece within their home, yacht or apartment by transforming a living area, bedroom or bathroom into a bejewelled work of art.
Catamarans have become increasingly popular over the last year or so. This one is the creation of Swedish design and engineering firm Vizualtech (designer : Bo Zolland), which was contacted by a customer from Dubai who was seeking a new design for a race boat. Starting with an R8 as its inspiration, Vizualtech set about creating what it is now named the Biocat R8 racing catamaran.
According to the Swedish designer, the 8.8 meter long R8 speedboat has been designed to use a V10 biodiesel marine engine or two smaller 320 HP diesel units helping it to achieve a theoretical top speed of 110 MPH.
The R8 Catamaran has an Audi inspired design and equally impressive technology that goes with it. The boat comes in a number of cool colors like metallic gray, black and red.
Vizualtech exec Bo Zolland is yet to confirm whether the Biocat will be produced but states that the original customer that commissioned the design is very happy with the initial concept.