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The Sea Eagle by Royal Huisman

Review: Sea Eagle Sailing Yacht

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

Sea Eagle Main Saloon

The spacious main saloon

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

Sea Eagle Twin Helm Stations

The twin helm stations with a commanding view of the deck

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

Sea Eagle Master Suite

The master suite

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

Sea Eagle Dining Area

The ‘tea-deck’ and dining area

Easy Living

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

Sea Eagle Galley

The fully equiped galley

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

Sea Eagle Foredeck

Sunbathing area on the foredeck

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

Sea Eagle Swim Platform

Swim platform

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

Sea Eagle Sailing

Sea Eagle Sailing

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

Specifications
Type ROYAL HUISMAN 43m

Naval architects Germán Frers

Interior design Rhoades Young

Length overall 43.31m / 142ft

Length waterline 37.91m / 124ft

Beam 8.98m / 29ft

Draft 4.50m / 15ft

Displacement 203 tons / 447,537lbs

The Tang Prize FoundationTang Prize

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

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

Dr Yin, Chi-Huey Wong; Tang Prize

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

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

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

Alice Huisman, Dr Yim; Tang Prize

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

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

Gulf Craft: Majesty 110

Majesty 110 Cannes Yachting Festival Debut

Europe will be hosting two major yacht shows in September, which will see major yacht manufacturers displaying their finest creations. At the Cannes Yachting Festival, Gulf Craft will be debuting the Majesty 110.

Available for viewing from September 6 to 11, the tri-deck creation will feature an impressive space that provides comfort and relaxation. The 34.8-meter superyacht spans three decks and also includes a sundeck. On the sundeck, the designers have created a dining and seating space while the upper deck hosts a Jacuzzi and the master suite.

Moving down to the main deck, we find the living area and dining area that even houses a flat screen television for entertainment while state-of-the art Bang & Olufsen speakers provide an impressive sound system. On the same level is a small but adequate kitchenette area. The light colored flooring and furniture provide an ambiance that is warm and inviting. On the lower deck, are four suites with en-suite showers all to provide the necessary comforts for guests on board. This home-away-from-home also has space for a garage that is large enough to store a dinghy and a jet ski.

The Cannes Yachting Festival runs from September 6 to 11.

M/Y Nashwan Superyacht Delivered: Gulf Craft

Yacht builder Gulf Craft delivers classic luxury yachts that aim to enhance the cruising experience and the Majesty 135 superyacht does just that. The company has just delivered the sixth Majesty 135, the M/Y Nashwan, proving the popularity of the model and confirming the reputation of Gulf Craft. Measuring 41 meters, the M/Y Nashwan will no doubt make its new owner very happy.

The Majesty 135 has design chops aplenty, having earned numerous awards including Best Asia Built Yacht at the Asia Boating Awards in 2013, besides delivering half-a-dozen models thus far. It is this same successful design that Gulf Craft is truly proud of and understandably so. Under the careful eye of the shipyard’s very own Design Studio, the M/Y Nashwan boasts a spacious and well-lit interior. Never one to skimp on the luxury trimmings, Gulf Craft has fitted the superyacht with elegant materials such as marble and leather as per the new owner’s request.

Owner's balcony

Owner’s balcony

A unique feature of the superyacht is the owner’s stateroom balcony that offers a magnificent view of the ocean. For those not so lucky as to enjoy the comfort of the owner’s stateroom, the superyacht also has ample room on board for some relaxation and fun. In total, the M/Y Nashwan is able to house 12 guests in six lavish staterooms.

While we would love to continue singing the praises of the sleek interior, we cannot ignore the elements that help make this superyacht a truly wonderful creation. Twin MTU 2,600 hp engines propel the superyacht across its impressive maximum range of 3,800nm at a top speed of 10 knots.

For more information on the M/Y Nashwan and the Majesty 135, visit Gulf Craft.

Superyacht Sai Ram By Benetti Sold

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

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

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

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

Isaac Burrough Designs Catamaran Superyacht Concept

What can we tell you about a catamaran that you don’t already know? To be fair, catamarans are routinely misunderstood and we don’t have enough space here to get into it all but the one thing you should always remember is that catamarans have a space advantage over conventional yachts, as you’ll see in this concept yacht by Isaac Burrough. In this case of the new 60-meter sailing catamaran superyacht concept by Isaac Burrough, we can actually tell you a fair bit without getting pedantic. From luxurious amenities to spacious interiors, the concept is one that could rival a dream home. As you can tell more clearly from the picture below, this all still academic but a lesson worth looking into, we think.IB_60mCat_01_Front

To enter the superyacht, guests can use the private entry on the fold down hull door. One of the most attractive features — simply because it would make you do a double take — is the unique window design. Wrapping over the top of the structure, it provides a view of almost every angle in the room (think of all the star gazing one can do). Of course, this is reserved for the two VIP cabins. The other three cabins are provided ensuite bathrooms, all located on the lower port hull.

The luxurious features are certainly what we would love to see in reality. If an infinity pool wasn’t enough, the superyacht also boasts a glass bottomed Jacuzzi, outdoor cooking facilities and even an elliptical winter garden. Already stuffed to the gills (so to speak) with luxury features; the superyacht even has a 12-person cinema that can be found under the bridge. For those looking to entertain, the catamaran is also set to be equipped with a formal dining area, and a generous bar.IB_60mCat_03_Lounge

Below, near the hull door, sits a health club that has a hammam, sauna and massage area along with a beach club that can hold all the necessary equipment for water sports. Apart from paddleboards and scuba equipment, the superyacht is able to hold tenders on the main deck. In the port hull, the design can hold a 10-meter tender while the starboard hull can host a 6-meter tender and three personal watercrafts. Yes, catamarans are also multi-hull but you figured that out from the above description!

Benetti Unveils New Models: Monaco Yacht Show 2016

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

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

The Benetti FB 264

The Benetti FB 264

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

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

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

Pretty Fly: Azimut 100 Leonardo Superyacht

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

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

The Owner's suite

The Owner’s suite

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

The Flybridge

The Flybridge

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

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

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

Second Majesty 122 Superyacht Finds New Owner

A second Majesty 122 Superyacht (M/Y Ghost II) has just been sold to one lucky buyer in Australia. With the help of Australian Superyachts, Gulf Craft will be making the final delivery in August after which, the superyacht will be based in Sydney.

Measuring 37.5 meters, the yacht is built to suit the Australian charter market and adheres to all Australian Maritime Safety regulations. Twin Caterpillar C32 engines will power the vessel, which boasts interiors that can only be described as luxurious. Able to accommodate up to 12 guests in five staterooms (en suite of course), the yacht also has areas for hosting.

The luxurious interiors and extended galley are complemented by a spacious fly-bridge. To complete the amenities on board, the garage is able to house a 16-foot tender and a jet ski. For the exterior, the design is a jet-black gel coat hull with a metallic silver structure.

“With commodious interiors, state-of-the-art technology, and panoramic windows offering breath-taking views of gliding seascapes, the Majesty 122 is essentially a floating resort that promises passengers a memorable journey” said Erwin Bamps, Gulf Craft CEO. “The superyacht combines powerful engineering with contemporary design, allowing holidaymakers to take the home-away-from-home experience to the world’s most exotic cruising destinations.”

The Majesty 122 (M/Y Ghost II) will be available for charter on the East Coast of Australia.

WallyKokoNut Superyacht Sold

The sale of the 26 meter M/Y WallyKokoNut superyacht was announced by Floating Life Charter & Brokerage on Tuesday. With four cabins, the superyacht is able to accommodate up to 14 people — 10 guests and four crewmembers — which only partially explains its 4 million euro price tag.

The superyacht boasts large open social areas spread across two deck levels that measure 128sqm while the interior saloon area measures 50sqm. With a total area of 282sqm, the superyacht is 30% larger than vessels of the same length according to manufacturer Wally Yachts. For those who love the sun, the superyacht boasts six sun beds, three sofas and a fully equipped bar with counter. Surrounded by glass, the design of the structure enhances the outside living concept. 26m-WallyAce_01_Interior-02_ph.-Gilles-Martin-Raget-jkokonut-aa

Suitable for larger families, the M/Y WallyKokoNut superyacht features two large double cabins along with two twin cabins that are fitted with en-suites. The double cabins open up to the terrace-on-the-sea, allowing guests direct access to the water. Two of the cabins on board are also fitted with additional Pullman beds, which allow the superyacht to accommodate 10 guests. 26m-WallyAce_01_Mastersuite-02_ph.-Gilles-Martin-Raget-jkokonut-aa

While the interior is simple yet sophisticated, thanks to the walnut wood joinery and pearl grey fabric, the exterior provides a no-nonsense solid framework. The hull skins are 50% thicker than what is expected, making it tougher on the outside and cosy on the inside. The hull is three times more solid than the mandatory minimum toughness required by the Classification Register. This exceptional quality is a result of sandwich GRP construction technology.

For more information on the boat, check out the sale listing and the official Wally Yachts site.

Two Monte Carlo Yachts Arrive at Ocean Marina

Ocean Marina in Thailand is seen as a prime location for yachts owners and manufacturers such as Monte Carlo Yachts as evidenced by their introduction of the MCY 86 and MC 6 yachts. This marks yet another development in the increasingly popularity in Thailand for the boating lifestyle (other than in Phuket where it is long-established).

MCY 86

MCY 86

The largest marina in Southeast Asia recently welcomed the two new yachts by MCY. In their new home, that can currently hold 380 boats that measure up to 50 meters, the yachts will join the likes of superyacht Ocean Emerald, designed by Norman Forester. Along with the yachts, the marina also features a hardstand, dry storage, travel lifts with a maximum capacity of 75 tons as well as onsite accommodation and restaurants.

The reason for such a location is simple. The marina is just an hour away from Bangkok, close to U-Tapao airport and also has easy access to sailing grounds in the Gulf of Thailand, from Pattaya to Koh Chang. Other potential areas that can be explored from the marina are the untouched cruising grounds of Cambodia. As the home of the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show, the marina in no stranger to accommodating to yachts and superyachts such as those that MCY is known for.Ocean-Marina-Monte-Carlo-Yachts-close-up

“We were very happy to welcome Fabrizio and his team to Ocean Marina recently – the first time he has visited this region. I’m sure after seeing the onshore facilities first hand and the offshore cruising potential, he can appreciate why the two new Monte Carlo Yachts, and many more luxury yachts, are basing themselves here,” said Scott Finsten, Harbour Master, Ocean Marina.

For more information, visit Monte Carlo Yachts.

Numarine 78HT Evolution Debuts at Cannes

They may be a few subtle changes but they are change nonetheless for the Numarine 78HT Evolution superyacht. Bridging the designs of both the 78 Hardtop and the 78 Flybridge models, the 23-meter superyacht made its debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2016. The refreshing update manages to keep the signature design of the previous two models while adding new elements to cater to a wider audience.Numarine-78HT-Evolution-Interior-2

Aesthetically the 78HT Evolution is designed in a way that allows for a generous amount of natural light, thanks to the large glass panels. This helps to showcase the entertainment area where guests can lounge on furniture that lends the space an air of modernity.Numarine-78HT-Evolution-Interior

Away from the enclosed space is a sun-pad where one can languish. With ultra-wide lounge seats, the pad is an ideal location to park yourself as the superyacht travels at cruising speed.Numarine-78HT-Evolution-Exterior

Below deck, the superyacht has three guest accommodation cabins and an owner’s cabin. Each en-suite guest cabin is complete with luxurious fixtures and fittings. Stretching the full width of the 78HT Evolution, the owner’s cabin provides ample room for a wardrobe and an en-suite with walk-in-shower as well as twin basins.Numarine-78HT-Evolution-Exterior-2

While the aesthetic changes stand out when compared with the other two models, it is what lies hidden beneath the surface that truly makes a difference. A new “Silent Package” system of lithium-ion batteries help to power a smart energy management system and an intelligent multi-stage air conditioning system. This provides enough energy for the superyacht to run throughout the day with a short charge at midday while also ensuring that there is little disturbance within the cabins. By reducing the noise levels on board, the Numarine 78HT Evolution has now set a new benchmark for others in terms of comfort on board.

First Numarine 32XP Superyacht Sold

One lucky Northern European client is now the proud owner of the first brand new Numarine 32XP superyacht. The client is no stranger to the yacht manufacturer, having been listed as a repeat client. The model joins the Explorer series — other models in the series are the 24- and 40XPs.

Designed by Can Yalman, the superyacht boasts Numarine’s signature striking lines and attention to detail. The 32 meter yacht is able to house 12 guests in its six cabins, which also includes a full-width owner’s cabin while featuring a host of luxurious amenities and three crew cabins. With a steel hull and two CAT C18 Acert engines, the yacht has a top speed of 14 knots and a cruising range of 3,000 nm.

The interior of the 300-tonne yacht is one that provides guests with space to relax and unwind. Working together with Dutch company Silent Line Group, the Numarine 32XP uses the latest insulation technology in sound absorbing and blocking, keeping noise to a minimum. In doing so, the yacht promises guests a quiet and comfortable journey.

The manufacturer, founded by Omer Malaz, built the Numarine 32XP in its high performance motoryacht shipyard based in Istanbul. The manufacturers’ dedication to using only the highest quality materials possible has helped it hold its own against larger and more established yards.

Shaddai: All-Powerful Mega Yacht

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

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

Main Deck of the Shaddai.

Main Deck of the Shaddai.

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

The Beach Club of the Shaddai.

The Beach Club of the Shaddai.

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

The Suspended Cabin of the Shaddai.

The Suspended Cabin of the Shaddai.

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

Guide: 7 Ways to Use Yacht Glass

For the conventional, the use of yacht glass is kept to a minimum and used deep within the vessel. For those who are slightly more adventurous, yacht glass is used in spaces that can be seen from the docks. Thanks to this wonderful material, yacht owners can now look forward to creating their very own underwater lounges and futuristic glass elevators. We bring you seven uses of yacht glass that could very well be part of your next superyacht.

Glass-bottom Swimming Pool

The first use for yacht glass, obviously, is for a glass bottomed swimming pool. Seen on the M/Y A, which is owned by Russian chemical tycoon Andrey Melnichenko, it would be a dream to have. Measuring in at 119 meters, the superyacht boasts no less than three swimming pools, one of which is glass-bottomed. The swimming pool also functions as a disco ball for the disco below it (yes, a disco). While some may find it slightly extravagant to have a glass-bottomed swimming pool onboard, we wouldn’t blame you for being fascinated by it because we certainly would be. Melnichenko’s new sailing superyacht will also feature yacht glass so he appears to be sold on this material.

Above: M/Y A; Below: M/Y Venus

Above: M/Y A ; Below: M/Y Venus. Images from Yachtharbour.com

Floor-to-ceiling Panels

Remember how the late Steve Jobs loved clean and sleek designs? Well our second example just happens to be designed by him. Collaborating with Philippe Starck, the former Apple CEO constructed the 79 meter M/Y Venus that used yacht glass for the exterior. The floor-to-ceilings panels provide a breathtaking views when the superyacht is at anchor. Given the way yacht glass is used here, when the Venus is berthed in a marina, it will draw maximum attention. Even the cabin below makes use of the glass, though it is just short of a floor-to-ceiling length.

Glass Staircase

Why construct a run of the mill staircase in your superyacht when you can have a unique circular glass staircase? We assume that must have been what the designer had in mind when he created this superyacht. The M/Y Dubai currently calls His Highness Sheik Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum, ruler of Emirate of Dubai and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates its owner. The circular glass staircase gives the illusion of ‘floating’ glass steps when bathed in the light from the skylight but also takes your breath away as it changes color according to the different moods on board.

Above: M/Y Dubai ; Below: M/Y Stella Maris

Above: M/Y Dubai ; Below: M/Y Stella Maris. Images from Yachtharbour.com

Glass Elevator

Understandably, the question of privacy emerges with the extensive use of yacht glass, just as it does in condominiums and apartments. However, in the M/Y Stella Maris, yacht glass is used to create a rich yet private villa-style yacht. It also allows for stunning views of the sea, which is a plus in our book. On the upper aft deck, sits the dining area enclosed in three glass walls; these can also be folded away, transforming the space into an al fresco dining area. And if you thought living on a yacht meant no suitable environment for green fingers to flourish, then think again. With the yacht glass trapping heat and humidity, the indoor living winter garden is a climate-controlled greenhouse. This superyacht also features a glass lift wrapped in a glass tube.

Above: M/Y Rising Sun ; Below: M/Y Savannah

Above: M/Y Rising Sun ; Below: M/Y Savannah.Images from Yachtharbour.com and Feadship.

Curved Windows, Underwater Lounges

Taking the fifth spot in our list is the 138 meter M/Y Rising Sun. A design by the late Jon Bannenberg, the superyacht features full-height curved windows that run the entire length of the upper level. Our sixth pick, is non other than the M/Y Savannah. This superyacht, makes use of yacht glass in several unique ways. From using the material on the exterior, creating a ‘floating’ superstructure, to designing a one-of-a-kind underwater lounge. Guests sitting in the glass-encased lounge are provided with a stunning view of the ocean on one side. On the other is a view of guests in the swimming pool. The lounge also pulls doubles duty as a cinema when not in use as a viewing platform.

M/Y Stiletto

M/Y Stiletto. Image from Oceanco and Ken Freivokh.

Our final pick, is the M/Y Stiletto by Oceanco. This superyacht was unveiled at the Dubai International Boat Show in 2015, making it the newest on this list. It has yet to be built so we may not be able to enjoy the amenities of the superstructure for a while. The use of yacht glass here, happens to be in the central 360-degree glass lift and spiral staircase. Add to that the large skylight that will bring sunlight down to the centre of the yacht, it will be another impressive creation.

This story was adapted from Yachting Pages. The article was written by Sarah Rowland.

Review: Lamima Giant Phinisi for Charter

This Indonesian phinisi-style ketch was built specifically for charter in Sulawesi by Haji Baso and Haji Saka. At 65m she is said to be the largest operational wooden sailing vessel in the region. Simply put, she is big. And very, very comfortable, not to mention luxurious. This is a yacht properly suited for long distances and voyages of exploration. On board Lamima you could retrace the steps of Wallace, sail the old routes of the Spice Trade, or dive into the glories of the Raja Ampat, the beating heart of the Coral Triangle, and reputedly the most biodiverse marine ecosystem in the world.

With four double suites and two twin cabins below, and a master suite on the main deck just behind the wheelhouse, Lamima accommodates 14 guests in sybaritic comfort. Each cabin, or suite, is spacious and elegant, and furnished around a theme of relaxed luxury in a traditional Indonesian style. Every accommodation has an en-suite bathroom, sink-in comfortable seating and extensive storage space. Bring all your swimsuits, and a whole wardrobe of resort wear!

Lamima's Spacious Decks

Lamima’s Spacious Decks

The main saloon, amidships on the main deck, is designed to be a haven of comfort and tranquility. For the more sociable occasions, it is furnished with a bar and lounge, and a dining alcove that happily seats all 14 guests.

The main deck is an expansive open area that’s tailor-made for leisure and al fresco dining. With a shade sail for when the tropical sun is a bit too much, this is where much of life on board takes place. It’s where you’ll be sharing the day’s adventures, enjoying a cocktail as the sun goes down, or dining under the stars. The “Spa Quarter” is located aft, where you can succumb to a pijit massage or any one of Lamima’s many spa treatments after a hard day’s watersports or shore explorations. Get set up for tomorrow.

Onboard Spa Treatments

Onboard Spa Treatments

There’s space for peace and quiet up in the bow where you can watch the sea go by or to curl up with a book. And if all you want to do is… nothing, then stretch out on the sun beds on the upper deck, a space “dedicated to inactivity.” We can’t imagine being any more spoilt for choice than on board Lamima.

Master Cabin

Master Cabin

Feeling energetic? Lamima provides jetskis, a jet tender, diving and snorkelling facilities for all 14 guests, stand-up paddle boards, kayaks, waterskiing and wakeboarding and even traditional Indonesian canoes – jukungs – for when you are tired of doing nothing. Did we mention the 5-star dining, with sumptuous meals prepared from the freshest local produce whenever possible? That’s a given on a superlative charter vessel like Lamima, along with internet and satellite communications, video and audio entertainment, and hot and cold running fun. Dedicated sailors will be delighted that Director and Owner, Dominique Gerardin, is an avid environmentalist, and Lamima minimises her carbon footprint by setting her majestic sails at every opportunity. This is truly a boat ready to take you away on the adventure of a lifetime.

Story Credits

Text by Guy Nowell and Suzy Rayment

This article was originally published in Yacht Style 34

Review: Aventure Superyacht

Aventure is a 29m ketch built in 2011, designed by Patrick Balta and produced in Indonesia at the H J Baso shipyard along fine and proper lines. Finishing and interior fit out was completed in Thailand. The boat is a true testament to an owner’s desire to create a ‘modern classic’: the hull is all mahogany, she carries wooden spars, and the general ventilation is so efficient that there’s no air conditioning built into the boat. Superyachting au naturel. “Magnifique,” as Capt Michele Zircon would say. “This is a boat that is built to be beautiful, and built to bring beautiful adventures to the right people. She is truly l’Aventure.” This is not a marina boat afraid of some salt spray across the bow. This is a boat conceived for circumnavigation, and steeped in soul.

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Compass Rose

On deck, Aventure sports an elegant and powerful ketch rig to drive her along in the lightest of breezes, an aft helm station, and the coach roof of the main saloon. There’s ample space for open air dining, socialising, and just sheer lazing about. There can be few better ways of enjoying a sea voyage than from a comfortable chair on the foredeck of Aventure, with a book to hand – Treasure Island, perhaps? All of the sailing systems – sheets, halyards, and a myriad of other lines – are manually-powered, and her captain is delighted for his guests to be involved with the operation of the vessel.

Saloon Dining Area

Saloon Dining Area

Below deck, Aventure has space for six guests. She features a large master cabin and two guest staterooms, each with queen-sized beds. All cabins are equipped with closet, mirror, en-suite washrooms and showers. The master cabin additionally features a small desk and working area and has its own entrance from the deck, aft. The other two guest cabins are accessible from the saloon. All cabins and common social areas are brightly lit through skylights, which add to the beautiful classic touch of the yacht.

Light and Airy Cabins

Light and Airy Cabins

Centrally located in the middle of the yacht is the spacious lounge area with a small library and a dining table that very comfortably seats all six guests. The interior has a bright, classic, yet contemporary vibe with light-colored furniture that beautifully contrasts with her deep mahogany and teak woods. The saloon also incorporates the central navigation station, from where the captain controls all major instruments and indicators. Get involved! You’ll be welcome! It’s a chic and relaxed atmosphere, perfect for sailing the stunning waters of South East Asia.

Aventure is equipped with all the latest gadgets, instruments and facilities you can expect to find on a yacht of her size and style, and she is ready and waiting to take you away for an adventure. Tomorrow.

 

Story Credits

Text by Guy Nowell and Suzy Rayment

This article was originally published in Yacht Style 34

Review: Lady Thuraya Superyacht

She’s an elegant classic, but actually Lady Thuraya was custom built by Lubbe-Voss in Germany in 1982. This 31m beauty went through an 18-month refit starting in 2009, giving the yacht an ultra modern interior while retaining her classic exterior lines. Surely the best of both worlds?

From the dock, or the shore, Lady Thuraya stuns with an elegant silhouette that is richly complemented by her comfortable, contemporary, and chic interior. Guests enter through a gracious saloon combined with a comfortable dining area spanning the width of the yacht. The saloon features all-around windows, providing serene seascapes while underway or enchanting vistas at anchor. The internal helm station forward, will keep the curious passengers occupied during the cruise. The semi-open galley is only a step away, with Chef standing by to serve up the very finest cuisine – just ask, and it arrives.

Dining area in main saloon

Dining area in main saloon

This is an absolutely perfect superyacht for a family charter. Lady Thuraya accommodates up to eight guests in two double and two twin cabins. The master cabin offers a queen size bed and all expected amenities. The VIP double follows suit, just with slightly less floor space. Along with the two twin bunk cabins – one with two lower singles and the other with upper-and-lower bunks – all accommodation comes with spacious lockers, en-suite bathrooms, stereo, flat screen TVs and air-conditioning.

Helm Station

Helm Station

The comprehensive selection of onboard water toys includes a 6.4m tender, wakeboards, water-skis, tube, slide, doughnuts, snorkeling gear, dive station, and Laser and Optimist sailing dinghies. Indoors, there are board games for children (and grown-ups!), a library, entertainment center, and full international, internet and satellite comms to stay in touch (if you must). Capt Roel is very happy to encourage guests to get involved with sailing – both the small boats and the big one – but of course they don’t have to if they don’t want to. But seriously… what better way for some sailing newbies to get to grips with the ultimate transport experience?

Master Cabin

Master Cabin

For her Captain and crew, setting sail and entertaining guests is a dream come true. Roel is a lifelong sailor, an advanced diver, and an all-round watersports enthusiast. Add in a highly experienced crew of five, and a charter onboard Lady Thuraya is a luxurious adventure. This superbly appointed sailing superyacht recently arrived in Asia after voyaging all the way from Greece. She is, of course, available for charter.

 

Story Credits

Text by Suzy Rayment and Guy Nowell

This article was originally published in Yacht Style 34

Top 10 Yachts for Charter in Asia 2016

With yacht charter growing as one of the most popular ways to discover Asia, these boats from the Asia superyacht market are the top to look out for should you be planning any vacations.

SURI

LOA: 63.4m

Year: 1978 / 2007 / 2012 / 2015

Builder: Halter Marine

Details: available through 37 South, from $350,000 per week plus expenses

No stranger to Asian waters and popular with Asian charter guests, 2016 finds expedition yacht SuRi fresh out of a refit (which saw the master suite aft extended by two meters) and ready to take guests on real adventures again.

Ocean Emerald - Making its mark on Thailand

Ocean Emerald – Making its mark on Thailand

OCEAN EMERALD

LOA: 41m

Year: 2009 / 2015

Builder: Rodriguez Yachts

Details: available through Pattaya Yacht Charters, from EUD90,000 per week plus expenses

Designed by the legendary Norman Foster and refit last year, Ocean Emerald was recently the very first yacht to be granted the newly approved charter licence permitting luxury yacht charters in Thailand.

DUNIA BARU

LOA: 50.9m

Year: 2014

Builder: Konjo Boat Builders

Details: available through 37 South, from $87,500 per week

It would be hard to imagine a more beautiful platform to explore from than wooden Phinisi-style Dunia Baru. Typically found hidden among Indonesia’s secret spots, she will be venturing to Thailand, Singapore and the even-less-voyaged archipelagos of Myanmar this spring.

Titania - The ultimate charter vessel

Titania – The ultimate charter vessel

TITANIA

LOA: 71.9m

Year: 2006 / 2012

Builder: Lürssen

Details: available through Burgess, from $420,000 per week

Part of Burgess’ unprecedentedly large Asian charter fleet this year, Titania is one to satisfy even the most discerning charter guest. With a crew to guest ratio of more than 1:1, guests will be well looked after while cruising Southeast Asia and the wider Indian Ocean in style.

BLISS

LOA: 37m

Year: 2009

Builder: Yachting Developments

Details: available through Ocean Independence, from $89,000 to $95,000 per week

With a flexible schedule that will take in Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar and even North Borneo and the Philippines, Dubois-designed Bliss is a comfortably luxurious sailing yacht, ideal for families.

SALUZI

LOA: 69m

Year: 2003 / 2014

Builder: Austal

Details: available through Burgess, from EUD480,000 per week

A permanent, eye-catching Asian resident, Saluzi is able to accommodate up to 32 guests across five decks and has entertainment at her core, with everything from an open-air cinema to a fully equipped dive centre.

SALILA

LOA: 56m

Year: 1991 / 2011

Builder: DRU

Details: available through Northrop & Johnson, from $105,000 per week plus expenses

A rugged converted expedition yacht turned luxury explorer, Salila offers unique experiences in Indonesia. March sees her host an exclusive solar eclipse tour in Raja Ampat for example.

LADY THURAYA

LOA: 31m

Year: 1982

Builder: Lubbe-Voss

Details: available through Northrop & Johnson, from EUD40,000 per week plus expenses

This schooner has a long history as a classic sailing yacht, but following a rebuild in 2009 she is now a classic beauty on the outside and modern vision on the inside. Perfect for families or groups of friends who want an active but luxurious sailing holiday, she will move from Phuket to the Andaman Islands and the Maldives.

NORTHERN SUN

LOA: 50.9m

Year: 1976 / 2007 / 2015

Builder: Narasaki Shipyard

Details: available through Burgess, from $147,000 per week

Following a refit last year, mighty expedition yacht Northern Sun is ready to show guests the best of Southeast Asia again. Based in Thailand, relaxed and welcoming, this is a luxury yacht with personality and soul, and a stellar crew to match.

SHAMOUN

LOA: 33.05m

Year: 1999

Builder: Jachtwerf Klaassen B.V.

Details: available through Yachting Partners International, from USD61,800 per week

Fresh from racing in the New Zealand Millennium Cup, Asian-owned classic sloop Shamoun is likely to be making her way back to South East Asia for charter later this year. Perfect for exploring the region, she has a lifting keel to allows visits to shallow harbours and secluded bays.

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Text by Angela Audretsch

This story first appeared in Yacht Style.

 

Review: Bliss Superyacht

This contemporary yacht marries style with the very latest in technology. A sparkling blend of speed, comfort and elegance. Bliss has an enviable track record at the major superyacht regattas, and at the same time is the perfect vessel for a luxury cruising charter.

Launched in 2009, the 37m yacht was designed by Dubois Naval Architects and constructed by Yachting Developments. Her 48.3m carbon fibre mast, furling boom from Hall Spars NZ and her lightweight hull and performance rig enable her to sail efficiently in almost any wind conditions. A large fuel capacity and generous space for food storage and refrigeration allow Bliss to remain entirely self-sufficient in remote locations for considerable lengths of time.

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Master Suite

The interiors were styled by the award winning Design Unlimited. Perfectly suited for six guests in three staterooms, the accommodation can be cleverly rearranged to sleep 10 by partitioning the full width master cabin to create a smaller master and two twin bunk cabins. The “His and Hers” en-suite in the master cabin become one for the master and one for the bunk cabins. The two queen guest staterooms convert to two twins with Pullmans. Each cabin has individually controlled air conditioning, heated towel rails, access to the vessel’s Kaleidoscope movie/music library, and a device docking station.

The expansive cockpit, with fixed bimini, has mobile shade blinds adaptable to any occasion – for stargazing, for dining, or for simple lazing. Just aft, there’s a separate convertible lounging area with large cushions for the sun-worshippers. Too hot? Cool off in the fresh water spa pool on the foredeck. Too bright? Enjoy the shade, while lounging in the cockpit.

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Galley

The stern platform provides easy access to the sea for a swim, kayak paddling, waterskiing and other wet entertainment. The jet tender will whisk you ashore to explore – scenery, local sights or shops, or the crew can take you for a snorkeling trip along the shore. Bliss also boasts a full-spec dive station.

Back on board, the Chef is ready to prepare personally tailored menus using the highest quality ingredients (and fresh local produce whenever possible). Every meal is special. Intimate dinners, big family brunches, or buffets for larger groups; whatever the time of day, the dining experience will certainly be a memorable part of your cruise aboard Bliss.

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Main Saloon

Whether you wish to cruise remote atolls in far off destinations in Asia, or prefer to mix it up with the fleet in a superyacht regatta in St Barts or Porto Cervo, Bliss is ideally suited for an exciting charter experience.

Story Credits

Text by Suzy Rayment and Guy Nowell

This article was originally published in Yacht Style 34

Guide: Diary of a Superyacht Project

When you consider the scale and complexity of today’s custom-build superyachts, it is a wonder they ever make it off the drawing board. A one hundred and fifty million dollar superyacht may start with a single vision, but it will require a huge team working on countless details to make that vision a reality. In terms of the engineering challenge alone, think Formula 1 racing car meets private luxury residence meets space station. There will be designers, lawyers, naval architects, marine engineers, noise and vibration specialists, interior designers and decorators, audiovisual and communications specialists and security advisors to name but a few of the players. To get it right takes professionalism and teamwork combined with the highest level of expertise and obsessional detail. For a client who is considering embarking on such a project, it’s essential to have their own dedicated team working on their behalf and coordinating every aspect of the planning and build process.

“Building a large superyacht could well be one of the biggest and most expensive projects that our clients ever undertake in their personal lives,” says Burgess Group Sales Director Tim Wiltshire. “It is a huge challenge and a significant investment from a financial and time perspective. Yet pulling a team together to achieve their dreams can also turn into one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives and many of our clients find they enjoy the process so much they’ll be planning their next new-build project before their current yacht has even been delivered.”

The Burgess Technical Services team talk YACHT STYLE through the critical steps involved.

Step 1 – The Vision

Those embarking on a new build project will already have a good idea of what they want, and Ray Steele, Burgess Technical Services Director, urges clients to work with a technical team from the beginning. “We go through a series of thought processes to ensure the whole team is clear about the vision. We will reality-check your wish list. For example, if you want to keep your yacht in a particular harbor, is the water deep enough and is there space to maneuver?  If you want to cruise longer distances, can additional fuel be carried? We give the client confidence that their ideas are feasible.”

Design drives progress in engineering: innovative design and coming up with something that has not been done before on a superyacht is one of the most exciting aspects of the industry. But ultimately the client’s technical team has to be sure the shipyard can build the yacht the designer imagines and the client falls in love with.

Step 2 – The Choice    

How and where will the yacht be built? Clients can choose a bespoke fully custom build, or a faster-track, semi-custom option, which offers some customisable elements on a proven hull and engineering package. “Every client has different priorities,” notes Sean Bianchi, senior naval architect. “Some want the perceived quality of a Northern European yard, and don’t mind paying a premium. Other projects are more price-sensitive and where time is of the essence, a semi-custom project can be very attractive.”

The client’s technical team will help them choose a construction route and shortlist a number of yards to tender for the project. “Pricing against a design concept is tricky, and no two quotes will be the same,” cautions Bianchi. “You need to watch the technical details to ensure you are comparing like with like, and it takes experience to see where a shipyard is making adequate preparations for extra requirements further into the build, or what they may have left out.”

Step 3 – The Contract

The pre-contract phase is critical because if you don’t include something now, you can’t ask for it later. Well, you can ask – but the shipyard is not obliged to agree, and you will pay a premium.

As such this is the best opportunity to improve the specification of the build, enhance the performance of the yacht and meet the owner’s expectations, while minimizing the risk of issues arising later in the project and avoiding costly post-contract changes. “At contract negotiation, we can make the biggest difference to a project for the least cost,” asserts Ray Steele. “We might spend up to a year in this phase, having detailed technical meetings with Classification Society and Flag authorities and the shipyard.

“Yacht construction contracts are complex, with specifications on structural quality, materials, performance, engineering, safety, Classification, Registration and regulatory compliance. Because we understand these technical aspects, we can see the grey areas and implications of specific contract terms.”

The build specifications form the basis of the contract and should be subject to rigorous assessment and interrogation before they are signed off.  In terms of looking after the client’s interests, it is a process of continuous risk assessment. The BTS team keep every plan and drawing up to date for the client, recording approvals and tracking changes to the specification or special clauses in the contract. It is an auditable history of the key project decisions from the bid stage onwards.

Step 4 – The Design

With the contract signed, the design process intensifies. “Design can be 12 months ahead of build,” says Ray Steele. “Ideally no steel is cut until detailed plans are approved by the client and by the relevant regulatory authorities.”

Naval architect Rory Boyle describes this process as “a spiral, where each rotation brings you closer to the final design. Each round is more detailed and reduces the risk of problems down the line.” The Project Support team logs all drawings, so each modification can be technically verified and tracked.

“The worst delays come as a result of late changes,” says Neville Harrison, senior marine engineer. “In order to minimize this risk, we work in parallel with the designers, integrating the systems for water, electrical, and so forth, into the design. We take care of the infrastructure so that it doesn’t impact on the aesthetics. We also consider the whole-life implications of design. Can that two and half tonnes electric motor be replaced in years to come without cutting a hole in the hull? Is it going to take a climbing-qualified crew eight days to clean the boat? These considerations can save the client significant operating costs and problems.”

Step 5 – The Build

Typically 12 to 18 months after contract, the first steel is cut and the focus moves to the shipyard.

Any deviation from the contracted build specification must be technically verified. At this point a team (who can be permanently on-site) working on behalf of the owner can add significant value when negotiating change orders or variations to the specification and will be able to advise on what is a reasonable change or cost.

“One of our key roles at this stage is ensuring each step of the build is carried out to the quality projected in the contract, and required by the client,” says naval architect Ed Beckett. “We ensure that the kilometers of cabling and ducting hidden behind the luxury interior finish are correctly installed and will operate as designed, minimising noise, vibration and the risk of failure.”

Throughout, the client receives regular (usually monthly) progress reports with photos, drawings and technical notes, an update on approvals or variations and an owner’s ‘decision list’ for action. These reports create a documentary record of the project for quality assurance purposes.

Step 6 – The Trials

After two or more years in the shed, the yacht is finally seaworthy. The soft launch will be a discreet affair, followed by harbor/shipyard trials and owner’s sea trials before the official delivery date. For marine engineer Nathan Durley-Boot, this is an exciting time. “This is our first chance to test the yacht’s power systems, as well as testing for noise and vibration, highlighting any defects and coming up with solutions.”

These sea trials are also of critical importance for testing the sophisticated electronic systems on board, from navigation right through to entertainment. The main systems are tested and certified on installation and then in the later stages of the build the team works with the yacht’s captain and crew as they familiarise themselves with the systems. Defects can sometimes appear during sea trials and anything that can’t be resolved before the delivery date will go onto a warranty list. Essentially, however, by the time the teams have put the yacht through two sets of sea trials, they should have a finished product.

Step 7 – The Delivery

At delivery, the operational phase of the yacht’s life begins, and the technical team hands over to the captain, crew and yacht management team. “At the end of an intense three, four or five year project, we have to be able to recommend that the client accepts the yacht,” says Ray Steele. “We have comprehensive documentation and an auditable decision trail to back up our recommendation, but it is still a major responsibility.”

Step 8 – The Guarantee     

A robust warranty is the final step in de-risking the project for the client. Shipyards usually warrant build quality and finish for 12 months from handover, though it is possible to extend this. Then there are owner-supplied items, such as tenders, jetskis, galley equipment, grand pianos…

During the build the team checks the warranties provided on each piece of equipment and the warranty must also reflect the fact some equipment might be delivered to the shipyard several months before it goes into use. On the rare occasion there is a dispute, the painstaking documentation throughout the project proves vital. The team’s priority is to get the problem fixed as soon as possible, protecting the owner’s interests and ensuring their ongoing enjoyment of the yacht. After all, that is what this is all about.

About Burgess Technical Services

Burgess Technical Services (BTS) was formed in 2001 and has successfully project managed the construction of more superyachts from 40m to 180m than any other company. Working on behalf of owners, the in-house team of technical project managers, naval architects, marine and electrical engineers has supervised projects in 23 shipyards across three continents. Excluding projects under development, current projects in build have a total value in excess of EU1.5 billion, and include three Passenger Yacht Code compliant yachts.

Founded in 1975 and now with 12 offices worldwide, Burgess is the global superyacht leader specializing in yachts over 30m. Renowned for its professional yachting services, the company leverages its expertise to guide clients through every aspect of the yachting experience, including sale and purchase, charter, operational management, crew services and new build advisory services.

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

 

This article was originally published in Yacht Style