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Oceanco Unveils 115 metre Long ‘Tuhura’ Superyacht

During the invitation only, VIP evening of  the 2018 Dubai International Boat Show held at the Four Seasons Hotel, Oceanco unveiled the 115 metre Long ‘Tuhura’ Superyacht. An extraordinary oceancraft designed in collaboration with award –winning Lobanov Design and leading engineering experts, BMT, the Tuhura Superyacht is indicative of Oceanco’s vision of the next generation superyacht.

“This is a technically challenging and intriguing project, iIt is 180-degrees different from our previous two yacht collaborations with Lobanov Design studio, the 86m launched in 2013 and the 110m Jubilee launched just last year. Yet Tuhura is still 100 percent Oceanco DNA.” – Dirk de Jong, Commercial Director, Oceanco.

Oceanco Unveils 115 metre Long ‘Tuhura’ Superyacht

The Tuhura Superyacht, Oceanco’s latest project, was conceived in collaboration with the Lobanov Design studio, BMT Nigel Gee and interior designer Achille Salvagni. “Our Tuhura is a simple idea,” explains Igor Lobanov of his namesake design studio, “The thought was to take a natural shape similar to those seen in the earliest canoe-type craft and augment it multifold to a larger scale, using modern technology.”

Indeed, the Oceanco Tuhura is truly in a category of its own, unlike any superyacht on the market. Lobanov took design muse back to mankind’s earliest forays into oceancraft with exterior styling reminiscent of early canoes; dugouts and other vessels used hundreds of years ago by indigenous people all over the world.

The Oceanco Tuhura Superyacht takes particular inspiration for the Polynesians who made famously made long voyage explorations across thousands of miles of open Pacific Ocean in their outrigger canoes. The thinking behind Tuhura’s unmistakable hull follows basic primal forms designed to evoke a sense of exploration and discovery. In fact, the actual name, ‘Tuhura’ is derived from the Maori verb meaning: to discover, bring to light, unearth, open up, explore, and investigate.

The main inspiration for the interior design follows the exterior in taking cultural references from East Asia and the Pacific islands. The latest Oceanco superyacht features a interior “brushed teak habitat” (floors, walls, ceilings) including thin reveals in gunmetal and natural bronze with tatami floors, radiating peace and calmness with the softness and dynamicity conveying exquisite elegance and sensuality of the primitive organic shapes echoed in the exterior of the oceancraft.

Innovation and cutting-edge technology is evident throughout the design of the Oceanco Tuhura. The hull of the superyacht has been conceived with multiple horizontal windows, utilising an advanced glass technology that consists of a series of dots, allowing the view from within to be completely transparent, while from the exterior, the windows appear the same colour as the hull, disguising their appearance. Glass features further in the impressive black superstructure made up of flat glass panels.

“The hybrid CRP (contra-rotating propulsion) system is inherently efficient and perfectly suited to the canoe form, there is a synergy between the efficiency of the hull form, and that of the propulsion system, leading to a yacht which marries an evolutionary simple hull with an evolutionary advanced propulsion system” – James Roy, Yacht Design Director at BMT

Tuhura’s hull and propulsion system have been developed in collaboration with BMT. The pure simplicity of the canoe form leads to a naturally efficient hull with low overall resistance, good seakeeping and excellent maneuverability. However integrating a modern propulsion system in the canoe form presents a challenge and the team opted for a hybrid Azipod® CRP (contra-rotating) propulsion system from ABB. The development of this CRP system was initially trialed in 2003 and it is currently being applied with success on commercial and consumer vessels like the Oceanco Tuhura superyacht.

Progressive and creative thinking extends to all the systems aboard. LuxLab, the custom design label from Van Berge Henegouwen (VBH) supported Oceanco  to ensure that the Tuhura featured the pinnacle of superyacht technologies, making it essentially a “smart boat.” Not only are there controls for HVAC, lighting, audio, video, curtains and such, but controls will also monitor behavior aboard regarding preferences such as music and temperature. Furthermore, there are plans to create a 360 room, a multipurpose space for both interactive design and information.

Oceanco Tuhura Superyacht technical Specifications

Length 115m / 377ft
Draft 3.9m / 9.8ft
Speed 18 knots
Propulsion System Hybrid Contra Rotating Propeller System (with ABB)

For more information: visit oceanco

Fraser Yachts Significantly Increases its Presence in Asia

Leading luxury yacht company, Fraser yachts, has expanded its operation by opening new offices in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam to continue bringing a full-line service to its clients and prospects. These services will include yacht sales, charter, yacht management, crew and construction, specialising in yachts over 24m.

In recent years, the region has become an ever more popular yachting destination for loyal clientele and enthusiasts. “As the infrastructure and regulations improve, we want to be in a key position to respond to the growing local demand,” commented Raphael Sauleau, CEO of Fraser Yachts.

The new offices will be managed by Eric Noyel, CEO of Asia Marine for Hong Kong, Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam and Vincent Tabuteau, CEO of Asia Marine for Thailand. Both have extensive experience in the superyacht market and manage expert teams of diverse nationalities who have built up a loyal clientele in the region.

Fraser Yachts Significantly Increases its Presence in Asia

The five new offices join the already existing Sydney and Singapore Fraser offices in the Asia Pacific Region.

Raphael Sauleau, CEO of Fraser yachts said: “Asia Marine’s well established and wide network of offices made them an obvious choice to help expand our presence in the region. They are award-winning companies with a good range of yachts available in the area and we look forward to working closely with them to offer our services to new and existing clients.”

These new offices, along with the existing bases in Singapore and Sydney will help support these yachts and penetrate the market further.

“Over the years we have seen an increasing number of superyachts visiting Phuket where many are now based permanently,” said Vincent Tabuteau, CEO of Asia Marine Thailand.

“We are enchanted and honoured to be associated with Fraser for the future development of the superyacht market in Thailand and also the promotion of Fraser’s yachts in other worldwide destinations,” he added.

For more information on Fraser yachts, please visit www.fraseryachts.com.

Superyacht Sunreef 82 Double Deck Houbara at Phuket Rendez-Vous 2018

Following the successful launch of two mega catamarans over 100 feet each in 2010, the Sunreef shipyard has been designated as a builder of an 82ft double decker sailing catamaran with the latest design, featuring sleek hulls and a streamlined deckhouse topped with a giant 35m2 flybridge. Inspired by large superyachts, the Sunreef 82 Double Deck Houbara will be making an appearance at the Phuket Rendez-Vous 2018 and introducing a whole raft of Sunreef’s advanced design technologies and ongoing research into new solutions and nautical inspirations.

Superyacht Sunreef 82 Double Deck Houbara at the Phuket Rendez-Vous 2018

Sunreef Yachts teams up with Infinite Yachts to participate in one of Asia’s most exclusive upcoming marine events – Phuket Rendez-Vous 2018. Managing the Sunreef Yachts Thailand office, Infinite Yachts will first exhibit the superyacht Sunreef 82 Double Deck Houbara at the Phuket Rendez-Vous between the 4th and 7th of January and the superyacht will then make its way to the Thailand Yacht Show from February 22nd till 25th.

The Sunreef – Infinite Yachts Thailand Team can be found at stand 21 and 22 during Phuket Rendez-Vous taking queries and offering presentation tours of the latest and most innovative superyachts to date.

As we observe a massive demand for catamaran charter and brokerage offers, I am convinced that our participation in the two local boat shows will also help us a lot in getting customers to build new multihulls. Most of our Europe-based team is now traveling to Phuket to enable us to reach out to a maximum of people. I believe that namely the new sailing Sunreef 50 could be a success in Thailand and will strengthen the brand’s local presence. – Giovanni Toumi, Infinite Yachts

A Brief Overview of  Sunreef 82 Double Deck Houbara

The double deck Houbara accommodates up to 7 guests in one beam-wide owner suite, a VIP queen cabin and a guest twin cabin convertible to a double cabin with an additional Pullman bed.  The Sunreef 82 DD also features the brand’s signature in-house speciality canoe type boom and carbon mast,


Most noteworthy, the smart mezzanine floor of the Sunreef 82 Double Deck Houbara houses a coffee table within a lounge area located on the starboard side of the main deck within the dining area. Given the capacity for this catamaran for idyllic ocean voyages, there is also a purpose-built storage area for painting equipment, if a bout of ocean-scape renderings and paintings catches your fancy. This additional floor provides more space below decks for extended cabin or storage space. The main deck also includes a second lounge area and provides access to the crew hull on the port side and guest hull on the starboard side.

The 32m2 owner suite, arranged over two floors occupies the entire forward section of the yacht with a master cabin, Jacuzzi and vanity on the main deck, and wardrobe and floor-to-ceiling storage and bathroom located below decks in port and starboard hulls respectively. The right corner of the master cabin includes LED-lit Jacuzzi set on a two step platform, surrounded by an orchid jardinière, providing amazing sea views through beam-wide 180 degree panoramic windows.

To set up a meeting at the Phuket Rendez-Vous or to schedule a private viewing of the Sunreef 82 Double Deck Houbara, please contact Sunreef Yachts Thailand: [email protected]

After exhibiting at Phuket RendezVous with Infinite Yachts, the Sunreef Yachts team will head over to the Singapore Yacht Show taking place between the 12th and 15th of April 2018 for yet another spectacular showcase. Contact Sunreef Yachts at: [email protected] for more information.

Asia-Pacific “Next Big Thing” For the Superyacht Industry

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Could old money Europe, world #1 economy America, Middle East oil sheiks and Russian oligarchs really be overtaken by Asians, particularly Chinese, plus a few resurfacing Japanese, and the financial elite of Australia and New Zealand?

As Feadship alone had six vessels at various stages of construction and delivery for Asia-Pacific owners, it was hard to find fault with his statement. One order, perhaps two, have been the extent of concurrent Asia-Pacific builds by superyacht yards in the past. Six was simply staggering.

Lürssen’s recently announced 120m Project Thunder, an Espen Øino design, is clearly Asian. “The name is derived from Leigong, a mythical god in Asian culture”, said a Lürssen lady. “The vessel will be delivered toward the end of 2018, and is expected to cruise mostly in Asian waters”.

Benetti, which like Feadship established a presence in Asia several decades ago, has a whole fleet of superyachts in Asia-Pacific seas and oceans, most of which qualify for Top 100 in the following pages. The largest vessel in the yard’s history, at 107m, is presently under construction at Livorno for a well-known Australian, reports local media, with delivery in 2019.

Sheds at picture-postcard Royal Huisman are taken up with construction of an 81m schooner for another Asian buyer, after the yard delivered a 43m sloop, Sea Eagle, to Taiwan’s Dr Samuel Lin, who has founded the Tang Prize, a biennial award aimed at matching Norway’s Nobel Prize, “to encourage more research that is beneficial to the world and humankind, promote Chinese culture, and make the world a better place”.

There are many other examples, including strong custom and limited edition sales for Amels in Australia and Asia, and for increasingly larger SanLorenzos, which like Sunseekers have inbuilt Chinese equity, but perhaps it is the philanthropic Dr Lin who provides subliminal clues about new-breed Chinese superyacht buyers.

They are certainly nationalists, despite the current Taiwan Straits divide. This applies equally to the wealthy Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia, and to those in most major cities around the world. Confucianism and Taoism may have bowed to the semi-socialist dictates of governing 1.5 billion people, but capitalism flourishes too, and sophisticated customs and cultures still pervade. Chinese invented the compass, the stern-post rudder, gunpowder, paper making, and the printing press.

Farouk Nefzi says flatly that Asia-Pacific billionaires are almost on a par with those of Europe and America, and increasing at a far faster rate. He warns that the superyacht industry isn’t keeping pace. Essential marketing in the region is far too low. As a result, only the core yards are benefitting. Others are contracting. Prior to his marketing and branding role at Feadship, incidentally, Nefzi ran Holland Yachting Industry for many years, and is regarded as a forward-looking guru of the superyacht scene.

A New Zealand jeweller named this vessel VVS1 after a class of diamond, and Canadian designer Greg Marshall shaped her to look like one. Here she explores sheltered waters in Fiji, one of 50+ private yachts voyaging in the South Pacific this year

The 73m Feadship Hasna has just been delivered to a prominent Australian home loans entrepreneur, and a 69m sold and still managed by Thailand-based Australian dealer Joshua Lee, the son of a former Cathay Pacific pilot, was being officially named in early September.

But the others revolve around a group of like-minded colleagues in Hong Kong, and the 44m Moon Sand, which was #100 in Yacht Style’s Top 100 Superyachts of Asia-Pacific last year.

We can’t go into detail, but suffice to say they wanted vessels that were slightly smaller, allowing better options and berth availability at marinas in Scandinavia, Europe, the Indian Ocean and Asia, while still retaining the Feadship pedigree and performance. Feadship didn’t build smaller vessels, but when it came to four such orders, the directors said okay, and a new 34m class was born. They keep turning up on the China Coast, Letani being last to arrive.

Hong Kong business people have always had a penchant “for buying by the brace”. Sai Kung boaters will recall a pair of throaty offshore powerboats suddenly appearing at Club Marina Cove in the 1980s, and the trend continues.

Originally-named Family Day and Lady Lau were much-used Codecasa 65ms for Hong Kong owners. Built with the same hull and complex systems, they achieved considerable cost savings, yet in profile look nothing like each other.

A fine line is trodden between look-alike or completely custom vessels, however, and colours also enter the equation. Luxury car buyers, for example, will often only order a model if it comes in a colour that nobody else has, making it distinctively theirs. When the first Porsche 911s appeared, this was a serious problem that prominent Hong Kong dealer Herb Adamczyk ran into.

Sales agents have much-reported opinions about what sort of boat Chinese would really prefer. In earlier days, plenty of shade was a prerequisite, because lighter-coloured skin was more distinguished than the dark brown hues of sun-exposed farmers and indeed seafarers. Ensuring mahjong tables and karaoke sets were aboard was regarded as essential. More entertaining space was preferable to elaborate bedroom suites, as smaller motor yacht owners often limited their voyages to day trips.

Chinese owners have tried adventurous hull artwork. This one shows a Tang Dynasty emperor’s warhorse Saluzi

Fung shui and geomancers still play a part. Nowadays these stereotypes are fading somewhat, although the quest for better stability in a seaway and at anchor, to allay seasickness, is an ongoing concern. Solutions include buying bigger boats, fitting better stabilisers, and multihull configurations such as the White Rabbits in Singapore.

The bottom line is that if Arabs are more conservative in their use of superyachts, and the Russians and Indians are known to throw a wild party or three, then the Chinese are probably more like the Europeans and Americans, and the Japanese seem to be making a comeback too.

Those who have accumulated the significant wealth required to own and run a superyacht doubtless have traits in common anyway, and that is definitely true of the IT billionaires, of which China now has a significant number.

Another factor in the Asia-Pacific market is an underlying hankering to “do-it-yourself”. Early superyachts like Van Triumph in Hong Kong and Evergreen in Taiwan were built at Asian commercial shipyards. Asean Lady came from Yantai Raffles on the Bohai Gulf, and lately New Zealander Graeme Hart has come up with his 107m Ulysses and 116m built at Kleven shipyard in Norway.

Like Hart the Singapore owner of White Rabbit E, kept at Marina at Keppel Bay, has previously owned Feadships. But WRE was built at North West Bay Ships in Hobart, Tasmania, and the next 84m WRG, styled and design by Oceanco luminary Sam Sorgiovanni, is nearing completion at Echo Yachts south of Perth, only a short flight from the city state.

Echo Yachts has already built a composite 46m “tender and toys” vessel for WRG, called Charley, which was shown at this year’s Singapore Yacht Show. Such confident orders indicate, says Echo MD Mark Stothard, that yards like his are capable of very high-quality one-offs and custom series at attractive prices, but only astute Asian owners have so far realised what can be done. Next door to Echo is German-owned SilverYachts, which has built four vessels to 77m, and Austal, supplying many of Asia’s fast ferries.

The system works in reverse too. Back in the 1980s Pekka Koskenkyla, the founder of Nautor’s Swan, built a series of Mirabella super sailboats near Pattaya on the Gulf of Thailand, flying in specialists in each related trade. The same technique was used for the classic Nero, largest vessel shown at Monaco only a few years back. Corsair Yachts of Britain was in charge of that project, but the build took place at Yantai Raffles, now Pride MegaYachts, in China.

In fact many of the medium-to-large motor yachts and sailboats sold in the West today, including some very well-known brands, are actually built at yards in Taiwan and China, under careful supervision, but that is another story.

Cheoy Lee, launched in Shanghai in 1885 and based in Hong Kong from 1949 until a recent move back to Doumen near Macau, was China’s first superyacht yard, and still builds on demand between commercial orders. Shaw Vee King’s Sea Shaw in Singapore, for example, had her hull built at Yantai Raffles, and she was completed at Cheoy Lee, overseen by Dutch designer Frank Mulder. Heysea Yachts is the latest mainland up-and-coming 40m+ builder.

Last but by no means least, Horizon in Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second city, is Asia’s largest boat builder, and it hovers around the top 10 in the world. It too is gradually building bigger superyachts in both composites and steel, and vessels like Sunone, which commutes between Kaohsiung and Shanghai, made Yacht Style’s Top 100 list last year.

The list itself includes superyachts kept at Asia-Pacific marinas, some of those built here and others that are Asia-Pacific owned but are cruising elsewhere. Visitors that have spent a reasonable time in Asia-Pacific waters during calendar 2017 or are expected early 2018 also qualify, and a few new builds nearing delivery are mentioned too.

As with all such lists, some subjective decisions have to be made, and a few vessels may be missed, but a wide spectrum of reliable sources contribute to this annual Yacht Style compilation, so we hope it reflects the latest state of play as accurately as possible.

Remember some of these vessels are available for charter, and doing so for a week or two is a good way to get an initial feel for the superyacht lifestyle, in which experienced captains and crews try to give owners and guests truly unique cruises. Asia-Pacific waters are in general the most pristine in the world, and our cities are among the most fascinating.

Finally, this year we have added a page to list some superb superyachts that fall just outside the latest Top 100 cut-off, and a new aft section of “selected stories”, in which aspects of the Asia-Pacific superyacht scene are discussed in more detail.

For any suggested future additions, or comments on the list, please contact Yacht Style Associate Editor Bruce Maxwell at [email protected] and copy Publisher Gael Burlot at [email protected].


The Seventh Majesty 135 Superyacht Sold to a Repeat Client

Supplied by Gulf Craft, an Emirati yacht and boat builder, the exclusively designed 41-metre, technologically advanced Majesty 135 superyacht has been sold to a repeat client, who is also a proud owner of the 2015’s long-range motor yacht from the Nomad Yachts series. This new acquisition makes Majesty 135 superyacht the seventh masterpiece sold thus far.

The owner has named the newly acquired yacht “Lulwa”

M/Y Lulwa can be spotted afar from “Her timeless exterior styling resounding the DNA of Majesty Yachts,” said Notis Menelaou, VP of Sales of the Emirati yacht and boat builder. “The Majesty 135 boasts exceptional features in every aspect and the volume that is offered on the Majesty 135 is not seen in any yacht of its size, while her innovative layout takes her to a class of its own.”

Featuring a generous sized sundeck with a curved wet bar, a Jacuzzi on the fly-bridge and a Williams Diesel-jet 505 tender, every inch of this superyacht has been optimised for entertainment. Jet skis can now be launched from the forward peak crane, while a ‘beach club’-style deck at water level offers a perfect spot for family fun and relaxation. Other on-board facilities, include a hot tub in the master en-suite, a cold storage room and the main saloon-side balcony to enjoy a bit of sunshine and gentle breeze.

Created to serve the aspirations of boating and yachting enthusiasts, what makes the award-winning manufacturer one of the world’s leading superyacht shipyards, includes catering to customer’s changing taste profiles and requirements, and growing alongside their long-standing customers to ensure they get what they are looking for in a yacht.

M/Y Lulwa is powered by twin MTU 2,600 hp engines and can achieve a top speed of 20 knots and a cruising speed of 16 knots. The 350-gross tonnage superyacht has a range of 3,310 nautical miles when operated at the economical speed of 12 knots. Technical features include Zero Speed stabilisation, fuel purification, and an integrated control and monitoring system.

Alongside the brand’s proficiency in naval architecture and top-quality construction, Gulf Craft also based its merit upon the continuous innovation, advanced engineering, paying attention to detail, and reliability are some of vital traits on which the Majesty Yachts brand has built its reputation.

Another glorious achievement of The Majesty 135 lies in its state-of-the-art ‘smart home’ technology where the audiovisual entertainment system, lighting, and dining and cockpit tables can be controlled remotely at the touch of a button via the smartphone app.

With each unique creation that roll-out from its production facility, Gulf Craft aims to meet the diverse requirements of its discerning clientele, and transform their coastal experience into an unforgettable journey worth indulging in.

For enquiries on the Majesty 135 Superyacht, please visit Promarine and for more details about the Emirati yacht and boat builder, visit Gulf Craft.


Force of Nature: World’s Grandest Yacht designed by Sinot

We at Luxuo, influenced by esteemed colleagues at YACHT STYLE, are no strangers to superyachts, so when exclusive yacht design firm Sinot present the 120 metre long concept megayacht named Nature, we paused long enough to pick our collective jaws off the ground and get the news out on this incredible 900 sqm yacht immediately.

Projecting purity and greatness, Sinot’s Nature offers a new perspective on yachting that transcends the traditional parameters of status and grandeur. Nature takes her name from the holistic approach which yacht design company Sinot took to bring the intimacy of the passionate, tempestuous oceans into the tranquil and peaceful atmosphere on-board the Nature. Complete with garden and observatory decks, Sinot’s Nature superyacht aims to be desirable ocean vessel with carefully-designed spaces, an interplay of natural and artificial light, and the pure materials and surfaces combine to create a new world that represents all the good we recognize from nature.

Force of Nature: World’s Grandest Yacht designed by Sinot and the 120 metre, 900 sqm yacht is named “Nature”

Designed as part 6-star hotel and spa, the opulent 120-metre Sinot Nature superyacht concept defies definition due to its atypical design and intelligent layout. From the thoughtful routing and the fully-customized furniture, Nature is extremely functional while offering the most desirable yachting amenities, including luxurious state and VIP rooms, a strikingly spacious Owner’s room, luxurious Spa deck, gym, swimming pool at sea level, and the spectacular circular staircase, winding from the Owner’s deck up to the 900sqm+ Panorama deck.

Presented at Monaco Yacht Show in late September to Sinot’s partner Feadship Royal Dutch Shipyards, the Nature superyacht concept was wildly received by the VIP guests and invitees. Founded by namesake designer Sander Sinot, the yacht design firm often displayed a deft balance between natural and artificial, elements which are on fully display on the Sinot Nature superyacht concept. Take for example: The essence of Nature, as epitomized by the Owner’s state room’s fully-functional Inner Garden, equipped with state-of-the-art climate control technology – it stands as not just Sinot yacht design’s ethos but also the fundamental interconnection between the yacht and her environment. Literally, nature within Nature.

Offering Open views, clear sight lines and expansive exterior decks, the 120-metre length Nature superyacht has an abundance of space on four main decks, yet is is still connected to its natural maritime environment. Every detail is intently scrutinized, with immaculate attention devoted to window frames and door handles, mullion design, finishes, sheers and decorative window coverings and outdoor furniture pieces. The resulting sense of unity in style throughout the yacht generates a natural atmosphere of ultimate quality. The meticulous architecture shows how Nature is essentially about balance: between technology and nature, crafted detail and natural grandeur, the inside and the outside. Nature conveys the timelessness of functional beauty evidenced by its ability to accommodate 18 guests in six guest staterooms, two VIP staterooms, and the owner’s suite.

Natural & Artificial Balance on Sinot Nature Yacht Concept

At the lower deck aft, Nature unfolds to forge a close connection to the seas. Opening the stern and side hatches and sliding out the roof hatches creates an open-air beach area exuding an exposed, yet intimate, relationship with the maritime environment. The central pool and surrounding terraces provide unlimited views and space for water toys, relaxation, sunbathing and parties. The roof hatches provide extended balconies at the Owner’s deck level and create an unexpected second level in the beach area, connecting the Spa and Owner’s decks; while the lowered pool ends towards the bow with a waterfall creating an enticing area for diving and swimming in comfort and safety.

The exceptionally spacious indoor Spa area features a spectacular layout with central, column-lined corridors connecting the pool to the plunge pool, sauna and hammam. The full-sized gym is equipped with all the state-of-the art equipment required to perform a total body workout. Throughout Nature superyacht concept, the use of precious stones, skillfully-treated timber and meticulously-sourced natural materials help to create a natural atmosphere that is far-removed from hectic day-to-day life.

The spacious and naturally-outfitted Guest and VIP state rooms stand out by virtue of their spacious design and highly-elaborate furniture. The rooms are specifically designed to offer guests the best possible environment to enjoy their time on-board, cleverly combining a perceptive layout with the optimal use of space. Textured silk carpets, fully-customized furniture pieces in durable woods and the use of multiple woods in wall and ceiling paneling will make everybody feel at home, creating an atmosphere of ultimate hospitality and natural tranquility.

The 900sqm+ top deck aboard Nature is where hospitality, socializing and the interaction with the marine environment intertwine. With its full glass façades and open exterior decks, the ever-changing views will never cease to astonish.

The vast interior and exterior spaces can be connected by opening the sliding glass floor-to-ceiling doors, enabling intimate al-fresco dining, extensive sunbathing in privacy and massive indoor-outdoor gatherings. Everyone aboard the Sinot Nature concept truly experiences the ocean in all its magnificence and unwind from the tensions of daily life.


Navetta 33 superyacht from Custom Line unveiled in Ancona, Europe

Introducing the Navetta 33, a new state-of-the-art superyacht joining the wave of Custom Line’s latest generation of semi-displacement superyachts. Measuring 33 metres (108.3 feet) and following in the footsteps of its predecessor, the Navetta 37, the Navetta 33 is the second model in the new series to hit the water on June 22 at the Ferretti Group’s Superyacht Yard in Ancona, one of the leading yacht building hubs in Europe and the site of the production facilities for the entire series.

With five units sold ahead of its official presentation at Ibiza on July 29 and 30, the new 33 model is a joint collaboration between the Group’s Product Strategy Committee, headed by Pierro Ferrari, along with Studio Zuccon International Project for exteriors and the Group’s Engineering Department for interior design. “Thanks to its special charm and its innovative features, cutting edge technology and superior design, it outclasses every other boat within the same category. It’s essentially in a league of its own,” says Alberto Galassi, Ferretti Group CEO.


Boasting a 2000 nautical mile range at economical cruising speed and VOTIS software providing the most flexible and practical onboard infotainment systems, the Navetta 33 also features a special flexible joint in the transmission lines, which absorbs shaft vibrations, as well as other cutting-edge solutions that assist in keeping noise levels to a minimum.

Accommodating up to 10 guests across its spacious four decks, the 33’s external panoramic terrace, multiple lounge areas, interior and exterior dining areas, as well as sun deck with swimming pool provides luxurious comfort and privacy with fabulous views.

“The Navetta 33 will define the nautical landscape in the years to come with its irresistible beauty” declares Galassi. “It is uniquely chic, upgrading luxury to the pure sophistication that every yacht owner desires in order to enhance the pleasure of yachting. I am not surprised that we’ve already sold 5 units ahead of its presentation.”

Custom Line’s Navetta 33 joins the series’ 37-metre models under construction at the yard with a flagship, the Navetta 42, currently in development with a first unit already sold.

US Department of Justice Seizes 91.5m Oceanco Equanimity yacht

As part of growing 1MDB investigations involving the beleaguered Jho Low, the United States’ Department of Justice recently seized $540m worth of assets acquired using misappropriated 1MDB funds, among them, the 91.5 metre Oceanco Equanimity yacht.

1MDB, the Malaysian Sovereign wealth fund is riddled with scandalous allegations of financial mismanagement and criminal misappropriation involving codename “Malaysian Official 1” – widely reported to be embattled Malaysian Premier Najib Razak and model chasing Malaysian business Jho Low. The seizure of the 91.5 metre Oceanco Equanimity yacht among the recovery of other assets adds $540m to the total recovered by the US Department of Justice to $1.7 billion, close of half of the total $4.5 billion amount allegedly stolen from 1MDB or 1Malaysia Development Berhad fund.

US Department of Justice Seizes 91.5m Oceanco Equanimity yacht

The beneficiary of the alleged criminal misappropriation is Jho Low, of which the US government is seeking over $400 million. A close associate of Najib Razak, the Equanimity was delivered by Oceanco to Low in June 2014.

According to US Department of Justice statements, over $250 million was allegedly moved from 1MDB and used to acquire and maintain the 91.5 metre Oceanco Equanimity yacht whose paperwork showed a suspected shell company – World View Ltd, a company in the Cayman Islands.


The Dutch-based Oceanco delivered the 91.5 metre Oceanco Equanimity yacht in 2014.  It is considered among the best in class for its size, custom built in 2014 by Oceanco in Alblasserdam ( Netherlands ) with yacht’s interior designed by Winch Design.

91.5 metre Oceanco Equanimity yacht can accommodate 26 guests in 9 staterooms and has a crew of 28. Features include a full-suite spa and beach club on the lower deck, a beauty salon, a gym, a sauna, a Turkish bath and a large pool. And additional transport facilities by way of a helipad to her aft. The interior has some oriental inspired themes, using materials as wenge, bamboo and gold lead. She is currently – 2017 – the 54th largest yacht in the world.





The Schwinge HYSWAS Tetrahedron Super Yacht. Project instigation and Designer: Jonathan Schwinge / SCHWINGE; TETRA Lightweight Technologies & Project Management: Marcel Müller, INMAINCO Visionary Marine Management; TETRA HYSWAS Propulsion: The Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, USA; CGI Images: EYELEVEL CREATIVE

Floating superyacht designed by Jonathan Schwinge: HYSWAS Tetrahedron Super Yacht

The Schwinge HYSWAS Tetrahedron Super Yacht. Project instigation and Designer: Jonathan Schwinge / SCHWINGE; TETRA Lightweight Technologies & Project Management: Marcel Müller, INMAINCO Visionary Marine Management; TETRA HYSWAS Propulsion: The Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, USA; CGI Images: EYELEVEL CREATIVE

The Schwinge HYSWAS Tetrahedron Super Yacht. Project instigation and Designer: Jonathan Schwinge / SCHWINGE; TETRA Lightweight Technologies & Project Management: Marcel Müller, INMAINCO Visionary Marine Management; TETRA HYSWAS Propulsion: The Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, USA; CGI Images: EYELEVEL CREATIVE

Channelling alien spacecraft is now a descriptor for yachts. Just look at Jonathan Schwinge’s design for the HYSWAS (Hydrofoil Small Waterplane Area Ship hull) Tetrahedron Super Yacht. Currently, in the conceptual stage, the vessel which is approximately 70 feet in width has an impressive range of 3000 nautical miles when hull bourne and 1000 nautical miles when foil bourne.

The Schwinge HYSWAS Tetrahedron Super Yacht. Project instigation and Designer: Jonathan Schwinge / SCHWINGE; TETRA Lightweight Technologies & Project Management: Marcel Müller, INMAINCO Visionary Marine Management; TETRA HYSWAS Propulsion: The Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, USA; CGI Images: EYELEVEL CREATIVE

The Schwinge HYSWAS Tetrahedron Super Yacht. Project instigation and Designer: Jonathan Schwinge / SCHWINGE; TETRA Lightweight Technologies & Project Management: Marcel Müller, INMAINCO Visionary Marine Management; TETRA HYSWAS Propulsion: The Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, USA; CGI Images: EYELEVEL CREATIVE

Two waterlines mean that once the Tetrahedron Super Yacht becomes a reality, you can sail the vessel at low speed, such that it rests on its three underbelly hulls. When sailing at high speed, the hydrofoils on the lower submerged hull rotate, giving an alien-spacecraft-like effect as the pyramid-shaped yacht emerges from the water’s surface. Designed with Maritime Applied Physics Corporation in America’s 1995 ‘The Quest’ in mind, the Tetra Super Yacht’s elevated hydrofoil propulsion means the vessel can navigate stormy weather with almost no issue.

The Schwinge HYSWAS Tetrahedron Super Yacht. Project instigation and Designer: Jonathan Schwinge / SCHWINGE; TETRA Lightweight Technologies & Project Management: Marcel Müller, INMAINCO Visionary Marine Management; TETRA HYSWAS Propulsion: The Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, USA; CGI Images: EYELEVEL CREATIVE

The Schwinge HYSWAS Tetrahedron Super Yacht. Project instigation and Designer: Jonathan Schwinge / SCHWINGE; TETRA Lightweight Technologies & Project Management: Marcel Müller, INMAINCO Visionary Marine Management; TETRA HYSWAS Propulsion: The Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, USA; CGI Images: EYELEVEL CREATIVE

Thanks to its instantly recognisable shape — a Tetrahedron which is a type of pyramid — busts the notion that ocean-going hulls cannot be made of simple geometrical forms. Another key feature of the Tetra Super Yacht is an auto-pilot ‘fly-by-light’ system from the aviation industry that allows the ship to navigate at foil bourne speed even with roll forces at play.

The Schwinge HYSWAS Tetrahedron Super Yacht. Project instigation and Designer: Jonathan Schwinge / SCHWINGE; TETRA Lightweight Technologies & Project Management: Marcel Müller, INMAINCO Visionary Marine Management; TETRA HYSWAS Propulsion: The Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, USA; CGI Images: EYELEVEL CREATIVE

The Schwinge HYSWAS Tetrahedron Super Yacht. Project instigation and Designer: Jonathan Schwinge / SCHWINGE; TETRA Lightweight Technologies & Project Management: Marcel Müller, INMAINCO Visionary Marine Management; TETRA HYSWAS Propulsion: The Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, USA; CGI Images: EYELEVEL CREATIVE

It may take a while for us to learn more about the interior layout and amenities of the Tetrahedron Super Yacht seeing as how the superyacht is still in the stages of conceptualisation, but the CGI Images give us a few ideas of what we can expect. Once it is anchored, guests can look forward to activity options such as snorkelling, lounging and practising yoga on its three fold-out decks. Accommodation for five guests, excluding the owner and four crew members means an exclusive group can enjoy the space aboard. We look forward to learning the Tetrahedron Super Yacht’s future developments, particularly in terms of interiors and amenities.

For a CGI view of how the Tetrahedron Super Yacht moves in the water, please see the video below.

The Tetra Super Yacht Credits

Project instigation and Designer
Jonathan Schwinge / SCHWINGE
TETRA Lightweight Technologies & Project Management
Marcel Müller, INMAINCO Visionary Marine Management
The Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, USA
CGI Images

All images in the article are courtesy of Jonathan Schwinge.

Stateroom Four onboard SS Joie de Vivre. Image courtesy of Uniworld

Luxury superyacht cruises in France: SS Joie de Vivre sails from Paris boasting onboard cinema and spa lifts

Stateroom Four onboard SS Joie de Vivre. Image courtesy of Uniworld

Stateroom Four onboard SS Joie de Vivre. Image courtesy of Uniworld

A luxury superyacht designed as an opulent floating hotel has launched on the Seine in Paris, as the rich person’s version of the ubiquitous sightseeing cruise.

Aboard the SS Joie de Vivre which translates to “Joy of Living”  there is no queueing like herd animals or jockeying for the best seat against selfie stick-toting tourists on the open-air deck.

Instead, guests board a luxury yacht equipped with a spa and wellness centre, onboard cinema, gourmet restaurant and opulent rooms decorated with handcrafted furniture, antiques and original artwork.

The vessel, which accommodates 128 guests, was christened in Paris this week by actress Joan Collins.

After sailing past Parisian landmarks alongside sightseeing cruises on the Seine, the SS Joie de Vivre continues its journey outside the city, to regions like Normandy, Bordeaux and Avignon in eight to 15-day cruise itineraries.

Guests slumber in sumptuous cabins that feature custom-designed Savoir of England beds, tufted velvet headboards, heavy drapes, Egyptian cotton sheets and marble-lined bathrooms stocked with luxury Hermès and L’Occitane bath and body products.

The Normandy cruise is pitched as the dream holiday for history buffs, as the itinerary takes guests through the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s postcard-perfect home in Giverny, Versailles and the famed Normandy beaches.

The 15-day Paris-to-Bordeaux cruise is pitched for oenophiles and gastronomes, with an itinerary that includes wine tastings and gourmet epicurean experiences.

New superyachts in Asia: 5-decker SanLorenzo 46 Steel docks in Asia

SanLorenzo doesn’t consider their beautiful creations as Superyachts unless they have to count their length in metres. The superyacht family starts at 120 feet, and the 46 metre SL46 Steel is 150 feet overall. A sharply cut-back bow and a semi-wide hull at 30 feet maximum beam disguises the fact that there is a fifth (below-lower) deck below the water line, the floor of the engine, purifiers and steering gear rooms, and that essential thing on long voyages, the laundry.

Both the crew (who have nine berths between them) and the eight guests have cabins on the Lower Deck, the guests in two doubles and two twins, all with the benefit of full-size bathrooms as heads. The guest cabins are just forward of the upper part of the engine room, where the twin 2,040 hp CAT diesels live, separated by double bulkheads and the heads themselves. Forward of the guest cabins and reaching to the forepeak are the crew berths. Four double-bunked rooms each with its own head. The crew mess is in here too, with its own companionway to the main deck.

The lower deck continues right aft, with its own cockpit and opening transom and enclosed gym. This space becomes the exercise space, beach and swim centre when the boat is stationary. The main toy garage is just forward, opening through the starboard side. There are another two on the upper deck above the crew cabins right forward.

The main deck comprises another large three-quarter-shaded cockpit and a wide saloon, by-passed by side-decks that connect eventually to crew access points and companionways to higher and lower decks. Forward of the saloon is the galley, about 200 square feet of it, placed within steps of both crew and guest companionways.

Forward of the galley, the main deck continues with the Master cabin, a full-width room with a huge bathroom that even runs to a bath. Beyond this in the bow, but only reachable from above, the two storage areas for more toys: a couple of ribs and a jet ski, to complement the huge rib stored athwart the stern on the deck below in the main garage.

The upper deck has yet another cockpit, the largest yet, leading through semi-circular doors into a huge circular dining room, dominated by a much-too-large circular dining table that extends into the rectangular lounge area just beyond. Forward of this is the bridge and the Captain’s Quarters, the fore-deck sunning area and the access down to the bow and the toy rooms.

Topping this extravaganza is the upper deck, more of a flybridge except that there is no upper helm position. This is mostly shaded, and given over to sun-worshipping with loungers, seats and a dining space. There’s also a jet-spa with attached loungers, in case you need someone to splash while you let the power jets massage away the cares of being a guest on a boat so large that hide and seek is a positively challenging game.

With a full complement of crew, (and a boat this large needs a minimum number of highly-qualified officers and seamen in addition to the stewarding staff), and the full complement of guests, there are up to 19 people on board, some of whom will be off-duty some of the time. With four couples on board as guests and four decks to choose from, it isn’t hard to find somewhere private if you just want to switch off and read a book, at least half a deck’s worth of privacy, without having to hide in your cabin.

For more information, visit SanLorenzo and Simpson Marine.

This article was first published in Yacht Style 37.

Echo Yachts Introduces Sculptured Yacht

Trimaran master builders Echo Yachts has teamed up with One2Three Naval Architects and Sam Sorgiovanni to create this incredibly sculptured yacht. The trimaran design allows for an amazingly stable and ocean going ability in its own right, however gyro stabilizers have also been added to keep things extra smooth.

On board you’ll find an array of amenities, including a sundeck helipad and foredeck touch and go landing pad, as well as multiple swimming pools. When it comes time to head out into the water for some fun, there’s a large tender garage for all the toys. Long journeys are also not a problem for the 120m Trimaran. With a 5,000 nm range and a top speed of 20 kts, the hybrid propulsion system could easily take you from San Francisco to Yokohama or Portsmouth to Port of Spain.

Genting Miami Marina, Wider Yachts Focus

Genting CEO Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, who bought a substantial stake in the Italian superyacht builder Wider Yachts in December 2012, is a step closer to his planned 50-berth superyacht marina in Miami’s Biscayne Bay.

In early October, the Miami Herald reported that Genting’s attorney, Spencer Crowley, made a detailed presentation to the Miami River Commission (MRC), and the MRC voted 10-1 to endorse the idea. Genting is only eligible for eight slips at the site however, and needs approval to transfer 42 existing boat slips from two river marinas to the bay, which Crowley argues would be better for endangered manatees in the area. Slips for vessels up to 175ft or 53m are envisaged.

Genting bought the Miami Herald’s former Bayfront headquarters in 2011 for $236 million and announced plans for a massive Resorts World casino, marina and baywalk. Although the building was demolished last year, Genting has so far been unsuccessful in persuading the Florida Legislature to approve gambling on the site. Currently, it seems that the land and marina proposals are being tackled as separate rather than integrated entities, which reflects a complex approvals process.

Meanwhile, the owner of Resorts World in Sentosa, Genting and Manila, and of Star Cruises, has been helping Wider Yachts expand its acclaimed range by further investing in the superyacht sector. Tan Sri Lim has also merged his private 50% Wider Yachts holdings through Exa, into Genting Hong Kong Ltd, which is a leading global leisure, entertainment and hospitality company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

At the Cannes Yachting Festival in September, the Wider 150 Genesi won the “most innovative” World Yachts Trophy during the usual Carlton International Hôtel dinner, while yachts paraded past the famous Croisette. Then in Monaco a few weeks later, another Genesi debut at Quai Chicane in Port Hercule, accompanied by two smaller Wider 32 Express Cruisers, saw her receive the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show-RINA Award for the most eco-friendly superyacht exhibited, in front of 350 high-profile guests in the historic Salle Belle Époque at the Hôtel Hermitage. Genesi received a perfect 100/100 score from RINA for her class-leading low levels of noise and vibration, the first time this has ever been achieved.

The vessel’s elegant silhouette was created by Fulvio De Simoni and Tilli Antonelli with Wider’s in-house design team. This is the dynamic duo behind the creation of Pershing Yachts, which was later sold to Ferretti. Antonelli has been at Singapore Yacht Shows in the past few years.

Stemming from the original Wider concept, features include a 90sqm beach club with a 7m indoor and outdoor pool, which is part of the huge 350sqm outdoor area. A 32ft rigid tender, allowing owners to enter smaller bays and creeks, is usually only available on vessels 20m longer than Genesi’s 45m LOA. There is a 75sqm owners’ apartment with sea terrace, two VIP and two standard suites, and an ergonomically-designed wrap-around bridge with attached Captain’s cabin. Another highlight is the diesel electric and azimuthal pod propulsion system. This provides Genesi with a silent “stealth mode.”

A Wider 165, Cecilia, is presently under construction. The company was established in 2010, and is headquartered in Castelvecchio di Monte Porzio. There are two separate facilities: the Express Cruiser composite range up to 42ft is based in Castelvecchio, while the Superyacht Division builds the aluminum range in Ancona, on Italy’s Adriatic Coast.

This article was first published in Yacht Style.

YACHT STYLE 36 Superyacht Issue

With the brand new YACHT STYLE Issue 36, the team behind the quarterly yachting magazine countdown the top 100 superyachts in the Asia-Pacific. It was no easy feat for them, considering that there was a list of 140 to choose from.

Joining this interesting read is a look at the history and milestones of Princess Yachts, a British shipyard with a long and illustrious history. The new issue also explores the vision that the British boating industry has and how it plans to connect to the global boating community.

The European journey continues with the round-up of leading Dutch shipyards that are changing the game in the yachting industry. In the scenic Mediterranean, YACHT STYLE looks at new marina destinations and how developers are catering to the needs of owners.

Of course, the issue would not be complete without highlighting the sea trials and reviews of new yacht models that are available in Asia. The team checks out the ever-so-elegant Sanlorenzo SL78, the spacious Ferretti Yachts 450 and the Leopard 43 Powercat. The final piece of the puzzle are the exciting pieces on the Volvo Ocean Race and the America’s Cup before Fukuoka.

Looking to the future, YACHT STYLE will be celebrating the Top 100 personalities in Asian boating. With a chance to find out more about the major players in the yachting industry to explore the Indonesian archipelago has to offer.

Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous Begins In December

From December 10 to 12, Phuket will see superyacht owners, villa owners, industry partners and luxury lifestyle media in town for the inaugural Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous 2016. Organized with sponsor Infinite Luxury, the event will welcome sailing and motor yachts that measure more than 24 meters in length. The yachts in question are those based on or visiting Phuket.

The exclusive event is by invitation only and features an ever-growing list of partners such as Feadship, Burgess, Edmiston, Benetti, Simpson Marine, Northrop & Johnson and many more. The event is more than just a chance for luxury yacht partners to descend upon Southeast Asia’s luxury superyacht haven. The luxurious venue, Kata Rocks, will begin the three-day programme with the Superyacht Rendezvous Opening Reception on board a superyacht and will end with the Kata Rocks Charter Season Opening Party on the final day.

In fact, Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous happens to be one of the many coordinated yachting events from December 3 to 18. The season kicks off with the Phuket King’s Cup Regetta, followed by Kata Rocks Superyacht Rendezvous and ends with the Thailand Yacht Show. “This event is a great opportunity for yacht owners and charter brokers to showcase their yachts in leading yachting and globally renowned luxury media publications” said Michael Nurbatlian, Marketing Director of Infinite Luxury.

Mixed Use Marinas: Residences for Yacht Owners

In the Bay of Kotor, a meandering bay in southwestern Montenegro, craggy mountains rise dramatically from the Adriatic, their rugged backs sheltering the narrow channel where stone villages meet the cobalt sea. The bay’s tranquil beauty belies a turbulent past. Since the beginning of the 19th century the strategic port has been annexed by Italy, France and the Austrian Empire. More recently, it was the site of a former Yugoslav naval facility. Today you are more likely to spot a Benetti than a Destroyer. In the coastal city of Tivat, a marina development called Porto Montenegro is specifically designed to accommodate the world’s growing collection of superyachts.

Bay of Kotor

Bay of Kotor

“The number of superyachts floating in the Mediterranean has increased by 50% in the last 10 years”, says Danilo Kalezic, Public Relations manager at Porto Montenegro. This has led to a shortage of berths, he says, especially as today’s boat buyers are opting for ever-larger models. “Yachts are getting bigger and bigger and people are complaining that they can’t find proper berths for them”, says Peter Munk, a chief investor at Porto Montenegro. In Tivat, he says, this is not a problem. “It used to cater to warships”.

Few marinas in the world can accommodate vessels over 30 meters (98 feet) in length, let alone offer onshore provisions and crew services to complement the standards of the facilities found onboard. Porto Montenegro aims to redress this issue by becoming the Mediterranean’s most comprehensive nautical facility. The homeport for yachts can accommodate up to 850 boats, including 311 superyachts.

However, the project not only accommodates boats. Developers are also creating a coastal community of waterfront residences, a hotel, shops and amenities that offers clients a comprehensive waterfront lifestyle. “Most of the marinas in the Mediterranean rely on the infrastructure of the nearby city/town”, says Kalezic. “The advantage of building a village from scratch is that you can tailor it to the needs of your marina residents”.

The project joins a new wave of waterfront enclaves around the world, from Europe to the Caribbean to Asia, where developers are creating mixed-use marinas catering to wealthy boat owners who want properties in coastal locations.

Porto Montenegro Residence interior

Porto Montenegro Residence interior

So far, developers at Porto Montenegro have built 229 residential units, a 5-Star hotel, retail village and sports club. The second phase, currently under construction, includes a second luxury hotel, The Regent Porto Montenegro, and the Regent Pool Club Residences, a condominium building with 64 units, scheduled for completion in summer 2017. The residences range from one- to three-bedrooms of 796 to 3,702 sq. ft. in size. Prices start from $459,000 and range up to $4.1 million and buyers have access to hotel services and amenities. There is also an optional rental program whereby owners retain 85% of all generated revenues.

Buyers at the Regent Pool Club Residences are not guaranteed a berth at the Porto Montenegro Yacht Club, but if a buyer is interested in purchasing an apartment unit and a berth lease they will receive a preferential rate on the berth (provided that latter is of equal or greater value). Leases range from 10 to 30 years.

Despite its natural beauty and central European location, Montenegro has only recently experienced an upsurge in the popularity it enjoyed during the 1950s and 60s when it was a haven for film stars such as Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor and Kirk Douglas. As the country re-establishes itself, Porto Montenegro aims to compete with the more established European destinations such as Antibes and Portofino, whose yachting facilities are already fully saturated.

Montenegro’s location east of Italy makes for great sailing along the 295 kilometer Adriatic coastline, says Kalezic. “Within a 1.5-hour sail across the UNESCO protected Boka Bay, clients will be able to sail north through the Croatian archipelago to Venice, or down to Corfu visiting the Ionian islands”.

Another country that aims to compete with the more established Mediterranean hotspots, is Cyprus. A new mixed-use waterfront resort in Potima Bay, Kissonerga called Paphos was recently announced, with capacity for 1,000 berths, while Limassol Marina, a luxury development near the Old Town in Limassol is currently nearing completion.

Limassol Marina

Limassol Marina

Limassol Marina features 236 residences, now over 90% sold, as well as a range of amenities and facilities, including restaurants, boutiques and a spa. Some villas are built on reclaimed islands with private boat berths included in the purchase. The Neso Villa, one of the largest, is located on a private island and includes two yacht berths and a 13,132 sq. ft. residence accessed by a private bridge.

Sophia Paraskeva, marketing manager for the site, says a feasibility study for the project showed a lack of berths in Mediterranean locations, but she says, “Even non-boat owners want the lifestyle of waterfront communities”.

Limassol Marina is located within an easy sail of picturesque and popular coastal resorts in Cyprus, a country that has one of the mildest winters in the Mediterranean (average temperatures of 14 degrees from November to February). Cruising destinations further afield include Greece and the Greek Islands, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt and Turkey, as well as the Suez Canal crossing to the Red Sea.

In the Middle East, Qatar, Dubai and Bahrain are all receiving strong government-backed investment into waterfront development. In Bahrain, residential marina projects currently in the pipelines include Reef Island, a $1.5 billion reclaimed island development that includes plans for luxury residences, a five-star hotel, shopping mall, medical center, marina and yacht club, and Durrat Marina, a 6,458,346 sq. ft., $1.3 billion project that includes sea-facing villas, apartments, a marina and yacht club, and a promenade with cafes and retail outlets.

Demand for mixed-use marinas is rising in Asia too. A recent study by the China Cruise and Yacht Industry Association reports that China is expected to have Asia’s largest yacht ownership within five years, surpassing Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Already there is a shortage of large-berth marinas to accommodate the growing demand.

China has built a number of new marinas on Hainan Island, a popular winter getaway for wealthy northerners, but until recently, most were built as an addendum to real estate projects, says Godfrey Zwygart, General Manager of Operations at Sanya Serenity Marina. Now, he says, mixed-use marinas are on the rise, projects such as Clearwater Bay offers 780 berths, residential components and a range of leisure and lifestyle facilities, and Shimei Bay, a mixed use project that includes luxury hotels, residences and retail components, as well as a marina that offers 213 wet berths, 121 dry berths and a ‘mega berth’ that can accommodate yachts up to 50 meters (164 feet), the largest length of berths currently in China.

Mixed-use marinas are also being constructed in Haikou, on the north of Hainan, as well as other parts of the Chinese mainland, including Xiamen, Qingdao, Tianjin and Dalian. “There are so many other marinas under construction right now, I can’t keep track”, Zwygart says.

Melaka Gateway

Melaka Gateway

Southeast Asia’s largest mixed-use marina, Melaka Gateway, is currently in development in the southern part of the Malay Peninsula. Scheduled for completion in 2025, the USD 10 billion project from KAJ Development Sdn Bhd will feature a 1,000-berth marina and a range of residential, commercial, cultural and lifestyle elements, including an 80-storey tower housing a hotel and residences. The reclaimed area offers 15 kilometres of seafront land and there will also be a number of waterfront villas with private boat slips.

In the Caribbean, known for its strong winter sailing trade, there are a number of highly ranked superyacht marinas, but few of them offer integrated residential components. This may soon change, however, as developers attempt to address the issue.

At the Albany, a high-end resort in the Bahamas, amenities include an Earnie Els golf course and a deep-water, 71-slip marina with floating concrete docks that can accommodate boats from 50 feet in length up to 300-foot megayachts. Berths are sold, primarily to property owners, with prices starting from USD 12,000. Properties range from land plots to colonial-style villas and condominiums designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, where prices range from USD 3 million to USD 25 million.

In St. Lucia, a project called The Landings combines a beachfront resort with spacious designer suites, a private marina and a 7,000 sq. ft. spa. Moorings are available to residents only, and the properties, which range from one to three bedrooms, are priced from USD 400,000. In St Kitts, a residential resort named Christophe Harbour recently opened a 300-berth marina where berths are sold on a freehold basis. Prices start from USD 1.5 million and qualify buyers for the Citizenship by Investment program. Developers are also building a Park Hyatt Hotel, villas and fractional ownership units that range from USD 450,000 to around USD 4 million.

As the international appetite for superyachts grows, developers appear to be catering, not only to the demand for larger boat berths, but to boat owners who desire a seamless transition between land and sea. This is what Tino Zervudachi, designer for Port Montenegro had in mind when he created a low-rise waterfront community. “The interior and exterior design incorporates the magic of the existing destination: the way the light bounces off the water, the distinct interconnection between sea and land…we want the transition from bay to land, deck to promenade, yachts to residences to be seamless and stylish”, he says.

Today’s boat owners want to disembark at a place where their luxurious nautical adventure can continue uninterrupted. As Tony Browne, Marina Director at Porto Montenegro puts it: “We have created
a visionary marina and homeport that offers land-based services, facilities
and amenities that mirror the standards that guests would expect to receive on-board”.

This article was first published in PALACE.

Sanlorenzo 46Steel Superyacht: Hong Kong Debut

Within its Superyacht Division out of Hong Kong, Simpson Marine have sold their first Sanlorenzo 46Steel since becoming a dealer for Sanlorenzo Spa. Delivered to Hong Kong earlier this year, the superyacht will be based there for her owner’s to use for adventures around the region. Simpson Marine have gone on to sell a 460EXP and Sanlorenzo 106 since the sale of the initial 46Steel.

Boasting a spacious interior and spanning five decks, the 46-meter long 46Steel is a superyacht kitted out with all the creature comforts you can imagine. The Sanlorenzo 46Steel has space for 10 guests and nine crew, with a maximum speed of 17 knots. With such a generous offering of style and comfort, it was certainly no surprise that Simpson Marine was able to make its first and subsequent sales in the country.

This article was first published in Yacht Style.

For more information, visit Sanlorenzo and Simpson Marine.

OCEANEMO 55 Superyacht Unveiled

The Monaco Yacht Show drew many yacht manufacturers as they unveiled new designs and OCEANEMO certainly didn’t miss out. From the brand’s Sport Utility Yachts range, comes the OCEANEMO 55 that is the latest introduction to the OCEANEMO series.

Designed by Fulvio De Simoni, the 55-meter superyacht has particular advantages for those looking to bring their toys aboard as they take to the open seas. As a result of this design, we find here smaller external spaces that make room for more tenders, water-toys and accessories. However, this does not mean that the design skimps on the needs of the passengers. In fact, it is crafted to suit the specifications of the owner.

With the design better suited for those who prefer a more athletic lifestyle while aboard a superyacht, Simoni provides a covered hanger and a raised deck that will accommodate various equipment. In the hanger, owners can store a tender limousine that measures 9.6 meters in length, a crew tender of 4.5 meters, two water-jets and even a helicopter or airplane with folding wings. The raised deck can host a fisherman, a luxury car or SUV, a hovercraft or even a personal submarine should one wish to explore what lies beneath the waves.

In the stern area, is a beach area measuring 45 meters where guests can relax while a 42 square meter covered veranda provides privacy and shelter from bad weather. Within the yacht, is a dedicated apartment that provides pure comfort.

Isaac Burrough: 35-Meter Catamaran Design Concept

Isaac Burrough is all set to present his new 35-meter superyacht concept to the world and we get a sneak peek. You may ask what exactly makes this catamaran design any different from other catamarans. Made almost entirely of glass, this is a concept that may just set the standard for others to follow.ib_35mcat_03-top

Rather than leaving matters to batteries and regular fuel, the superyacht is fitted with 40 solar panels that are integrated into the glass roof. The result is an impressive graphic feature that reflects a honeycomb pattern. With natural light passing through the gaps between the panels, the feature also provides privacy for those on board. As you move towards the aft, the panels make way to invite more natural light, which then leads to an open space on the sundeck.

These solar panels help to provide enough energy for lighting, communications, climate control and entertainment. By cutting the emissions from fuel consumption, the design creates a positive bond between the superyacht and nature. With five cabins, each with its own ensuite, the catamaran can host up to 10 guests. While the owner’s cabin takes up the space of the main deck, the other four cabins can be found on the lower deck.ib_35mcat_04-sundeck

The owner’s cabin provides panoramic views thanks to its open layout, complete with a large ensuite and private office space. Sharing the same level as the owner’s cabin are three distinct zones in the aft area that feature two lounges and a dining space. Not forgetting a pace for entertaining guests, the design also incorporates a bar that means everyone is well taken care of. On the outlook over the bridge sits an elliptical Jacuzzi that allows guests to stargaze once the sun sets.

Benetti Delfino 95 Rendering

Benetti Sells Third Delfino 95’ Superyacht

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

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

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