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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.

Story Credits

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

5 Concept Superyachts for the Future

After our picks of 2016, let’s take a look into the future of yacht development with these five interesting superyacht concepts by innovative designers, forging ahead into unexplored territories.

Dragonship 25 - An ethical sailing experience built for exploring Asia

Dragonship 25 – An ethical sailing experience built for exploring Asia

DRAGONSHIP 25

LOA: 25m

Designer: Pi Super Yachts

At the centre of Welsh company Pi Super Yachts is a desire to ensure the only thing their trimarans create are memories. Designed to accommodate 10 guests and four crew, the trimaran Dragonship 25 concept is almost ‘carbon free’, meaning that by combining technology powering electric propulsion and solar PV panels on the roof with the Autosail wingsail technology, there are almost no carbon emissions and the yacht is nearly silent when running on full power. A truly ethical sailing experience.

Wavepiercer - Combining volume and visibility

Wavepiercer – Combining volume and visibility

WAVEPIERCER CATAMARAN

LOA: 68m

Designer: ThirtyC

Specifically developed for cruising and exploring the Asia Pacific region, this 68m catamaran concept from British design studio ThirtyC combines a great deal of volume with excellent visibility. Designed with a forward touch-and-go helipad and space for a large tender concealed below, this cat will enable her owners to explore closer to shore the unique coves, bays and island anchorages that this region has to offer.

SeaXplorer - Designed by Amels and Damen to reach the most remote places on earth

SeaXplorer – Designed by Amels and Damen to reach the most remote places on earth

SEAXPLORER

LOA: 65m / 90m / 100m

Designer: Azure Yacht Design and Naval Architecture

Builder: Damen

At the Monaco Yacht Show 2015, Amels and Damen revealed plans for the world’s first purpose-built, Polar Code-compliant range of expedition yachts. Available in 65m, 90m or 100m versions, the SeaXplorer is designed to reach the most remote locations on earth. Specialists in planning exclusive trips for high end clients, EYOS Expeditions partnered with the shipyard team to ensure the design is entirely adventure-ready in a way most converted expedition vessels are not.

GDG65 - Created by Guide de Groot Design for an Asian client

GDG65 – Created by Guide de Groot Design for an Asian client

GDG65

LOA: 65m

Designer: Guido de Groot Design

Guido de Groot has exclusively revealed this first image of a 65m, six-deck motor yacht capable of cruising and operating for long periods in both the tropics and arctic regions. Designed for an Asian client, this yacht has been created for living on board for extended periods and as such features a unique owner’s deck with balconies, private external spaces, a private lounge, informal dining area and a large office.

WD100 - Andrew Winch; inspired by innovation

WD100 – Andrew Winch; inspired by innovation

WD100

LOA: 100m

Designer: Winch Designs

Inspired by clients who want to push the boundaries, Winch Design has created a 100m trimaran with a masculine profile that has space on deck to land an Agusta Westland 609, a kind of tiltrotor aircraft with better range, performance, and payload when compared to a helicopter.

Story Credits

Text by Angela Audretsch

This story first appeared in Yacht Style.

 

10 Most Innovative Superyachts

Conforming with the norm — where’s the fun in that? It wouldn’t be a superyacht if it was normal and that is exactly why the following 10 yachts are our picks for this list.

Silver Fast

LOA: 77m
Year: 2015
Builder: Silver Yachts
Exterior Design: Espen Øino
Interior Design: Vain Interiors
Naval Architect: Espen Øino
Yachts like Silver Fast are destined to lure in a new breed of owner. Beyond her sexy Espen Øino profile and cosy but cool interior, she is a fast, functional and mould-breaking superyacht; the largest and fastest aluminium yacht with conventional propulsion, in fact. Sleek and lightweight, she’s economical at high speeds (her maiden voyage from Western Australia to Sri Lanka, some 3,200nm, saw her average 17 knots and just 105 gallons per hour of fuel), she handles challenging conditions with ease and her shallow draft means she can access places that most of her size cannot.

Grand Voyager

LOA: 43.9m
Year: 2016
Builder: Kingship Marine
Exterior Design: Horacio Bozzo
Interior Design: Horacio Bozzo
Naval Architect: Axis Group Yacht Design
Conceived for the kind of owner who is looking for a low-impact yacht to for world cruising, Grand Voyager is the very first yacht under 50m being built to Green Star Plus standards, which means exceeding the minimum levels set by international regulation on environmental protection. Currently in build at Kingship Marine’s shipyard in Southern China, this project is looking for a conscious buyer and will be ready in 12 months.

Savannah

LOA: 83.5m
Year: 2015
Builder: Feadship
Exterior Design: CG Design / Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects
Interior Design: CG Design
Naval Architect: Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects M/Y
Savannah is possibly Feadship’s most innovative yacht ever. This sea-foam green yacht can operate in diesel, electric, or hybrid modes and its entirely unique propulsion system can improve fuel economy by 30 percent when compared to traditional engines. Other innovations include her striking ‘floating’ superstructure and a jaw-dropping underwater lounge inside the hull, which features a thick glass wall allowing guests to watch fish outside the yacht or watch swimmers in the pool.

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LOA: 141m
Year: 2016
Builder: Dream Ship Victory
Exterior Design: Ken Freivokh Design
Interior Design: Ken Freivokh Design
Naval Architect: Dykstra Naval Architects
Bringing together the same team that designed the iconic S/Y Maltese Falcon, Dream Symphony will be the largest wooden sailing yacht and the second largest sailing yacht in the world, coming second only to Nobiskrug’s 142.8m Sailing Yacht A. Building a 141m yacht out of wood is a daring and sophisticated task, a journey that began in 2010, and has required a dedicated 200m construction shed be built at the Aegean shipyard.

Azamanta

LOA: 55m
Year: 2015
Builder: Heesen Yachts
Exterior Design: Omega Architects
Interior Design: Sinot Design
Naval Architect: Van Oossanen Naval Architects
A real golden girl, M/Y Azamanta broke boundaries when she was launched, becoming the world’s first fast displacement steel-hulled yacht longer than 50m. Pioneered by Van Oosanen Naval Architects, the fast displacement hull form has traditionally used aluminium, but Azamanta’s ice-reinforced steel hull still exceeded the contractual speed by 0.4kts, reaching a top speed of 16.9kts. She is also extremely efficient, ready to take her owners around the world.

Lady Lara

LOA: 91m
Year: 2015
Builder: Lürssen
Exterior Design: Reymond Langton
Interior Design: Reymond Langton
Naval Architect: Lürssen
Formerly known as Project Orchid, M/Y Lady Lara is arguably one of the more elegant superyacht launches of recent times. While at 91m she makes it into the top 100 largest yachts, her sweeping curves and sculpted superstructure ensure she looks far from awkwardly large.

Illusion

LOA: 88.8m
Year: 2017
Builder: Pride Mega Yachts
Exterior Design: Rainsford Mann Design
Interior Design: Sinot Design Associates
Naval Architect: Azure Naval Architects
Set to be the largest superyacht ever built in China and the only Chinese-built yacht in the top 100, Pride Mega Yachts’ M/Y Illusion will be the first project built solely by the yard and thus the first real showcase of its capabilities. Details are limited, but her powerful profile comes from the drawing board of Rainsford Mann Design and inside, the floor to ceiling windows will flood the spacious, Asian-inspired interior with light.

IrimariIrimari-Sunrise-YachtStyle

LOA: 63m
Year: 2015
Builder: Sunrise Yachts
Exterior Design: Espen Øino
Interior Design: Focus Yacht Design
Naval Architect: Unique Yacht Design
At 63m with a gross tonnage of 1,463, Irimari is the largest yacht to come from Sunrise and to be built in Turkey by volume. Designed for transoceanic range and long-distance cruising, she has been created as a veritable haven for her owner. Large entertainment spaces, high-tech gaming and cinema rooms (there is a five-metre video wall and an interactive games room on the top deck), copper tones, complementary woods and bespoke pieces make this a superyacht you would happily never leave. A second 63m based on this platform is due for delivery later this year.

Sailing Yacht A

LOA: 142.81m
Year: 2016
Builder: Nobiskrug
Exterior Design: Philippe Starck
Interior Design: Philippe Starck
Naval Architect: Dykstra Naval Architects
Innovative and challenging, Andrey Melnichenko’s latest superyacht project is already just as renowned and divisive as his M/Y A. Shrouded in secrecy, this leviathan will be the largest sailing yacht in the world, featuring the world’s tallest carbon yacht masts. She has eight decks, free-floating spiral staircase and multiple elevators, a touch-and-go helipad and a underwater viewing pod will be moulded into the keel, offering guests a subaquatic view of the props through 30cm of glass.

Project White Rabbit Golf

LOA: 84m
Year: 2017
Builder: Echo Yachts
Exterior Design: Sorgiovanni Design
Interior Design: Sorgiovanni Designs
Naval Architect: One2three Naval Architects
Mothership to Echo Yachts’ 46m catamaran shadow vessel launching this year, this 84m trimaran is going to be a groundbreaker. When she is delivered in the later part of 2017, she will be the largest aluminium superyacht ever built, the largest superyacht ever built in Australia and the first diesel electric superyacht ever built in Australia.

Story Credits

Text by: Angela Audretsch

This story first appeared in Yacht Style.

Top 10 Superyacht Launches 2016

We have taken a look at the top launches of 2015. Seeing as how the Singapore Yacht show has come to a close, we decided to show you some of the top launches of 2016. Sit back, relax and enjoy Yacht Style‘s picks of 2016.

D4

LOA: 38.6m
Year: 2016
Builder: NCA shipyard
Exterior Design: Dynamiq
Interior Design: Bannenberg & Rowell
Naval Architect: Azure Naval Architects and Van Oossanen
The brainchild of yacht designer and broker Sergei Dobroserdov, Dynamiq came on the scene mid-2015 with the intention of disrupting the entire superyacht buying and building model. The first Dynamiq in build is the D4, scheduled for delivery ahead of Monaco Yacht Show 2016. A smart yacht for smart clients, D4 is the result of a top tier collaboration from across the industry. Combining speed (21kts) with long range efficiency (535 litres of fuel at 19 kts), luxury (designer partner brands such as Trussardi Casa, Technogym, Aqua di Parma) and more space than other yachts of this size, the D4 will show the world how Dynamiq is a welcome disruptor for the industry.

Global 104 Pilothouse

LOA: 31.95m
Year: 2016
Builder: Cheoy Lee Shipyards
Exterior Design: Cheoy Lee Shipyards
Interior Design: Sylvia Bolton
Naval Architect: Jon Overing
Built for a repeat client, this is the first of the Global 104 series that Cheoy Lee has launched and is the Chinese yard’s new flagship. A highly efficient and comfortable tri-deck motor yacht, its interior is extremely voluminous for its size, unusually featuring a full-beam master suite and a country-style kitchen on the main deck as well as spacious walk-around side decks all the way forward.

Genesi

LOA: 45m
Year: 2016
Builder: Wider Yachts
Exterior Design: Fulvio De Simoni
Interior Design: Fulvio De Simoni
Naval Architect: Wider Yachts
While its technical launch came at the end of last year, Wider’s first superyacht M/Y Genesi is one to look out for in 2016. For a first superyacht, this is a boundary-pusher. Her innovative diesel-electric power system features lithium polymer battery banks that not only supply the entire hotel system but also hold enough power to exclusively battery-run the yacht. Still available for sale, this is a yacht for a conscious client who enjoys the outdoors and is looking for something unique.

RP120Horizon-RP120-YachtStyle

LOA: 36.6m
Year: 2016
Builder: Horizon Group
Exterior Design: JC Espinosa
Interior Design: Luca Dini
Naval Architect: Horizon Group
Nicely debuted at this March’s Taiwan International Boat Show, Horizon’s RP120 is a sleek yacht that aims to combine luxury with liveability. Indoor spaces are varied to offer different options of entertaining and Italian designer Luca Dini has ensured an aesthetic that airs towards the easy elegance of a beach house. Outside, guests can take their pick from the sofa on the boat deck, the Jacuzzi or the bow’s dinette.

Project 1016

LOA: 50m
Year: 2016
Builder: McMullen & Wing
Exterior Design: Gregory C. Marshall
Interior Design: Gregory C. Marshall
Naval Architect: Gregory C. Marshall
This blue-hulled beauty with the yellow boot stripe is the largest yacht McMullen & Wing has built and the second from its Diamond series. Like her older sister, the world explorer 45m M/Y Big Fish, this project is destined to take her owners off-the-beaten track and has been designed as such. Project 1016 (her name is still a secret) is a muscular yacht with a range of 6000nm, light interior spaces and expansive outdoor space with protected spots like the lowered aft cockpit for fishing and lounging.

SybarisSybaris-Perini-Navi-PH-Design-YachtStyle

LOA: 70m
Year: 2016
Builder: Perini Navi
Exterior Design: PH Design with owner
Interior Design: PH Design
Naval Architect: Philippe Briand
While Sybaris’ launch date has suffered various delays, it can be promised that when she hits the water later this year, she will be one special yacht. A true passion project in every sense, she has been designed by newcomers to the yachting world PH Design with significant input from her owner. Modern and minimal, art is at the core of Sybaris’ design and she will be a floating gallery for pieces selected by her owner, who is an avid and knowledgable collector. Make no mistake though, with an estimated top speed of 17kts and plans for circumnavigation, this will be a gallery with serious sailing credentials too.

OA112

LOA: 34.1m
Year: 2016
Builder: Ocean Alexander
Exterior Design: Evan K Marshall
Interior Design: Evan K Marshall
Naval Architect: Gregory C Marshall
Ocean Alexander’s new tri-level OA112 is a rare example of a yacht in this size bracket that offers five staterooms, including a full-beam master on the main deck. The first hull was launched in February in time for Yachts Miami Beach, after construction began in the summer of 2012 following a long period of perfecting.

Serenity

LOA: 40.4m
Year: 2016
Builder: IAG
Exterior Design: Evan K Marshall
Interior Design: Evan K Marshall
Naval Architect: Axis Group Yacht Design
In build for a US client, Serenity is a tri-deck motoryacht from IAG’s Noble Star series and has been optimised with both private and charter use in mind. The Evan Marshall design combines open and enclosed balconies and terraces throughout the yacht, creating a special extension of the interior.

Project CharleyProject-Charley-Echo-Yachts-YachtStyle

LOA: 46.7m
Year: 2016
Builder: Echo Yachts
Exterior Design: LOMOcean
While the explorer yacht concept is an increasingly popular one for many owners, clients who want the full complement of tenders and toys for exploring, but don’t want to compromise on space or luxury, turn to support vessels. Australian shipyard Echo Yachts has one such vessel due for launch this year. Built to support the 84m trimaran mothership (also in build at Echo Yachts for the same experienced owner), Project Charley is a catamaran with an impressive level of composite infused construction R&D behind it, and has been designed to house a fleet of 11 watercraft.

Arcadia 100

LOA: 29.29m
Year: 2016
Builder: Arcadia Yachts
Exterior Design: Francesco Guida
Naval Architect: Francesco Guida
This is the first of two Arcadia 100 hulls due for launch this summer. While many yards claim eco-conscious designs, this Italian shipyard puts its money where its mouth is. The 100’s hull was designed at the National Physical Laboratory to test efficiency while the aesthetically striking floor-to-ceiling windows integrate solar cells, which provide enough power to run refrigerators, water converters, lights, electrical systems and toilets, and also ensure around 18 degrees of thermal cooling from outdoor to indoor temperatures. A smart yacht for a smart owner.

Story Credits

Text by Angela Audretsch

This story first appeared in Yacht Style.

Top 10 Superyacht Launches in Asia 2015

With the Singapore Yacht Show well underway, we take a look back at some of the best superyacht launches from last year. With the spending power in the region growing each year, several big names in the yachting industry have strengthened their presence in the East. With Asian shipyards going from strength to strength and Asian clients becoming more knowledgable and more adventurous, YACHT STYLE has put together a unique selection with an eye on the Asian market.

Rather than simply the largest or the newest, we have compiled a list designed to inspire and show the many facets of the yachting world. We present 10 superyachts – vessels generally 24m and above – from 2015 built in Asia, built for Asian clients and those that are deserving this discerning market’s attention. 2015 was a year that saw some extremely innovative projects and 2016 looks like it will be no different, as owners look to challenge the norms of design and efficiency; thus YACHT STYLE highlights 10 of the most boundary-pushing projects. Of course, innovation isn’t possible without imagination and inspiration, so we also look at five unique superyacht concepts from design studios around the world that would hold appeal for the Asian market.

King Baby

LOA: 42.7m
Year: 2015
Builder: IAG Yachts
Exterior Design: Evan K Marshall
Interior Design: Evan K Marshall
Naval Architect: Sergio Cutolo
Built for an American client, King Baby (pictured top) is the Zhuhai shipyard’s largest launch to date and the first of its new NobleStar 140 series. A superyacht with a decided rock ’n’ roll edge, she is well suited to entertaining, with adaptable outdoor social spaces. Large windows and high ceilings ensure that the comfortable, contemporary interior is always full of light.

F870 Tai He BanTai-He-Ban-Ferretti-YachtStyle

LOA: 26.5m
Year: 2015
Builder: Ferretti
Debuted and sold at the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show, the F870 Tai He Ban special edition is Ferretti’s answer to the preferences of the Asian market. The yacht’s interiors have been designed to host business meetings, receptions and informal events, drawing inspiration from Bejing’s famed Hall of Supreme Harmony in the Forbidden City. The F870 refreshingly abandons traditional layout formulas, replacing a full-beam master stateroom a ‘playroom’ for karaoke, cards and private socialising replacing a full-beam master stateroom.

Moon SandMoon-Sand-Feadship-YachtStyle

LOA: 44.2m
Year: 2015
Builder: Feadship
Exterior Design: De Voogt Design
Interior Design: Bannenberg & Rowell
Naval Architect: De Voogt Naval Architects
With tidy design solutions and sophisticated engineering, the beautifully refined Moon Sand is what happens when Feadship combines forces with clients who are as passionate and exacting as it is. A labour of love with experienced Asian clients, this is a yacht that packs in a lot of design innovation for its size. The contraflow swimming pool on the aft deck, for example, is a Feadship first, with the team engineering a system that lowers the deck and fills the pool in 20 minutes. When it came to the interior concept, the clients worked
closely with Bannenberg & Rowell to create elegant spaces suited to socialising and full
of bespoke pieces.

Sea EagleSea-Eagle-Royal-Huisman-YachtStyle

LOA: 43.3m
Year: 2015
Builder: Royal Huisman
Interior Design: Rhoades Young
Naval Architect: Germán Frers
Sea Eagle signals Royal Huisman’s first ever delivery to the Asian market. Designed and engineered for Taiwanese businessman and philanthropist Dr Samuel Yin, this sloop effortlessly balances performance and style. Destined to take her owner around the world, participating in the occasional superyacht regatta along the way, Sea Eagle will be as at home lazily cruising in South East Asian waters as she will be racing head to head against sailing veterans in the Caribbean.

MCY 105

LOA: 32m
Year: 2015
Builder: Monte Carlo Yachts
Exterior Design: Nuvolari & Lenard
Interior Design: Nuvolari & Lenard
Naval Architecture: Monte Carlo Yachts
The cover star of YACHT STYLE Issue 33, MCY 105 is the new flagship for French-Italian shipyard Monte Carlo Yachts. Built for a hands-on Hong Kong owner and revealed at a private event in Venice in July 2015, this chiseled yacht is all the more impressive for her condensed six-month build time. MCY’s advanced construction methods enable it to offer highly customised projects in significantly less time than it would take most yards to deliver a production project of this magnitude. And crucially, this yacht feels anything but rushed: sporty, spacious and stylish, she is a credit to MCY’s fresh approach to yacht building.

MokaMoka-Sanlorenzo-YachtStyle

LOA: 42.8m
Year: 2015
Builder: Sanlorenzo
Exterior Design: Francesco Paszkowski Design
Purchased at 2015’s Monaco Yacht Show (reportedly by an Asian client), Moka marks a new direction for Sanlorenzo as the first explorer from its 460Exp range. While her lines are that of a classic expedition yacht, Moka still has all the style you would expect from an Italian shipyard. The shallow draft will make sure that few places are off-limits and she will be able to cruise for long periods with low fuel consumption. Inside, contemporary cool style seamlessly blends with comfort, creating welcoming spaces that anyone would happily watch the world go by from.

Sea ‘N Sea

LOA: 30.48m
Year: 2015
Builder: Ocean Alexander
Exterior Design: Evan K Marshall
Interior Design: Evan K Marshall
Naval Architect: Ocean Alexander
One of two OA100 models to be delivered in 2015 by Taiwanese builder Ocean Alexander, Sea ’N Sea was sold to her owner at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and is another example of the evolution of the highly customised production yacht. By bringing in designer Evan Marshall, typically known for his larger custom projects, the yard has created a pocket-sized superyacht that takes the yard’s aesthetic to the next level while maintaining the OA ‘look’.

Lagoon 630

LOA: 19.5m
Year: 2015
Builder: Lagoon Motoryachts
Exterior Design: Nauta Design
Interior Design: Nauta Design
Naval Architect: VPLP
With an LOA that is just nipping at superyacht status heels, the Lagoon 630 has been gaining a steady following since its appearance in 2014 and is worthy of a mention. Behind this catamaran is a design and engineering dream team: VPLP, known for developing hyper-fast sailing multihulls like S/Y Comanche, and Nauta Design, the designers of countless sailing and motoryacht projects from 10m to the 180m M/Y Azzam. Offering superyacht style, reliability, stability and low fuel consumption plus real value for money, this is an attractive option for newcomers to the yachting lifestyle who still want something with real pedigree. It is no wonder that brokers have found the Lagoon 630 to be particularly popular with the Asian market in 2015.

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LOA: 26.8m
Year: 2015
Builder: Princess Yachts
Exterior Design: Princess Design Studio
Interior Design: Princess Design Studio
This Princess 88, delivered last year, was produced specifically for the Chinese market. Featuring a chic Hermès interior and stove element adaption for a wok. As a concept, the Princess 88 is the ultimate pint-sized superyacht. High attention to detail, efficient hull, top performance, clever use of space, extremely customisable and good value-for-money: all the boxes ticked.

SL106

LOA: 32.2m
Year: 2015
Builder: Sanlorenzo
Exterior Design: Nauta Design
Interior Design: Nauta Design
Naval Architect: VPLP
2015 saw Sanlorenzo energise its efforts in Asia. As well as opening a Shanghai showroom, it debuted the SL106 Special Edition at the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show, designed and built specifically for the greater Chinese market, with Simpson Marine selling it to an Asian buyer later in the year. This yacht keeps in mind that boats are typically used as much for business as pleasure in this region and that clients here take an unobtrusive approach to ownership. Partitions and multifunctional spaces, a round dining table and auspicious fish tank, separate crew passages and extra privacy – this is a yacht that understands its audience.

Story Credits

Text by Angela Audretsch

This story first appeared in Yacht Style.

Focus: Sanlorenzo Explorer 460Exp

Sanlorenzo’s first Explorer, Moka, was unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show in 2015. She has just successfully concluded her maiden voyage, a transatlantic ocean journey that brought her to American shores where she was met by her owner. With a successful crossing under her keel, Sanlorenzo is keen to promote this new addition to their superyacht range.

The Explorer superyachts launched by Sanlorenzo are specifically designed to undertake long-range cruising. The fully equipped vessels offer a variety of services and features (and, of course, all the oceangoing superyacht necessities), along with large internal spaces that are so important to an owner intending to cruise for prolonged periods.

Characterized by Sanlorenzo’s unmistakable and distinctive lines, the 460Exp measures up at 42m in length and tips the shipyard scales at 460 gross tons. She has a displacement hull in steel, and an aluminum superstructure inspired by big exploration vessels capable of reaching far flung destinations. Spaciousness on board, safety and self-sufficiency are the three key factors that make this yacht unique, with the aim of the 460Exp bringing back the real meaning of ‘adventure’ for an owner.Sanlorenzo-460Exp-main-deck

The design of this superyacht pays great attention to environmental and conservation concerns, and the 460Exp has been classified as “Green Plus” by RINA. ‘Smart design’ allows her to remain at anchor for long periods of time without having to make use of generators – thereby eliminating emissions, vibration and noise. The level of self-sufficiency and cruising stability are notable for a motor yacht of this size, and the boat’s length allows it to be both more agile and more maneuverable when turning, permitting access to confined harbours, ports and docks.

The interior décor was chosen by the owner of the first in the 460Exp line. Like all Sanlorenzos, it is ‘made to measure’, and is perfectly in keeping with the expedition philosophy of the yacht. Wood features strongly, in the most classical shades of mahogany and teak, matched with elegant and timeless furniture, and with intensely coloured leathers by way of accents, creating at the same time a relaxing environment.

The lower deck hosts four large double bed cabins and a wellness room which includes an endless swimming pool, gym, and sauna with a Turkish bath. The room is illuminated by large vertical windows on either side, offering tantalising views of the sea and nature.Sanlorenzo-460Exp-Living-Area

The lower deck also houses the crew cabins, and the Captain’s cabin is on the main deck, adjacent to the wheelhouse, allowing the Captain to be on hand and ready to supervise operations during long range cruising passages.

The fun factor has not been forgotten. The Sanlorenzo 460Exp can accommodate a huge number of water toys in the large stern area on the lower decks; these include tenders, speed boats and fishing boats up to 9 meters, and other toys such as sailing dinghies, jet skis, Sea Bobs, windsurfers, surfboards and more.

At anchor, and once the large teak deck at the stern is free of toys, the area becomes a large recreational space where guests can enjoy sunbathing, or swim against the current in (another) large and aptly named ‘endless swimming pool.’
The stern area also offers a complete beach club with bar, a sauna, and space for diving operations.Sanlorenzo-460Exp-Master-Bedroom

The Sanlorenzo 460Exp seems to be bigger inside than out, offering more volume than her size suggests, and less fuel consumption during extended voyages thanks to her two 1,300+ hp engines, giving the yacht a maximum speed of 16kts. With a fuel capacity of 50,000 litres, she can cruise for more than 4,000nm at 11kts without refueling.

Keeping with the Explorer philosophy, the superstructure is located further forward than on conventional yachts, leaving an ample aft deck capable of carrying a tender of dimensions far exceeding what one would expect to find on a yacht this size.

Following hull #1, M/Y Moka, four further units of the 460Exp have been sold and are currently under construction.Sanlorenzo-460Exp-Gym

Diary of an Atlantic Crossing

Straight out of the box: Confident in the ability of the newly-launched vessel, and after extensive sea trials conducted by her new crew together with the relevant technical consultants, the owner called for the SL460Exp to be delivered to the Caribbean immediately. Her maiden voyage was, therefore, a cold and wintry Atlantic crossing.Sanlorenzo-460Exp-Helm

11 December 2015:
Only a few hours after the delivery celebrations, Moka departed with her Captain and eight member crew from the port of Viareggio, heading for Palma de Mallorca, arriving 13 December after a passage of 500nm through the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Golfe de Lyon.

21 December 2015:
Taking advantage of a break in the weather, Moka departs and arrives two day days later in Gibraltar, the gateway to the Mediterranean. After topping up her fuel tanks, Moka sets sail on the same day into the Atlantic Ocean. The next stop will be in the Canaries. The weather on this leg was not ideal, and Moka experienced severe conditions along the African coast, with beam seas and crosswinds. None of these constituted a problem, and she arrived safely in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on Christmas Day.

25 December 2015:
The yacht makes a stopover in Santa Cruz to refill fuel tanks and load fresh supplies before the longest leg of the journey.

28 December 2015:
Moka departs from Tenerife and sails 2,700nm before reaching her next stop – Saint Martin, half French and half Dutch.

6 January 2016:
The Captain catches a glimpse of the dark landmass of St Martin on the horizon, and Moka has completed the longest leg of her ocean crossing without any fuss at all.

7 January 2016:
Moka sails towards West Palm Beach in Florida. She still has to cover 1,100nm, over a third of the Atlantic crossing, passing the British Virgin Islands and through the channel between Cuba and the Bahamas.

10 January 2016:
Florida’s luxurious city welcomes Moka to her warm waters, after a month at sea covering 5,600nm at an average speed of 12.5kts. Moka does not show any sign of wear and has experienced no serious issues along the way.

SPECS:
Gross tonnage: 460 GT
Overall length: 42.20 m
Maximum beam: 9.20 m
Draught at full load: 2.50 m
Displacement at full load: 430 t
Guest cabins: 5-6
Crew cabins: 4
Engines Caterpillar: C32 Acert or MTU 8V 4000 M63
Power output: 2 x 970 kW (1.319 cv) or 2 x 1,000 kW (1.360 cv)
Maximum speed: 16 knots
Max range: >4.000 nm at 11 knots
Fuel: 50,000 litres
Water: 8,000 litres
Construction: Steel and aluminum
Displacement hull Design: Sanlorenzo

Story Credits

Text by Suzy Rayment, Editor-at-large, Yacht Style

This story first appeared in Yacht Style.

Review: Benetti M/Y 11∙11

Unveiled at the latest edition of the Monaco Yacht Show, this immensely stylish 63m superyacht features a distinctive vertical axe bow – only the second plumb-bow yacht designed by Benetti’s naval architects. Designed to cut through the water and deliver an exceptionally stable ride, the vessel’s distinctive shape and wide beam permit increased living and storage space aboard.

Significantly redeveloped from her original concept in just 10 months, this full displacement superyacht has four decks contained in her steel hull and aluminum superstructure, and can accommodate up to 12 guests and 16 crew.Benetti-MY-11-11-Forward-Deck-Seating-and-Sunbathing

The yacht’s external architecture is elegant and streamlined. The absence of bulwarks and the integration of full height portrait windows on the main deck, as well as the enormous 180 degree windows that enclose the upper and sun decks, means that the forward area of the main deck is completely unencumbered. The ship’s handling and docking areas are concealed so as not to obstruct the view from the bridge or the master suite. Together with the significant natural daylight illumination achieved through the continuous glass windows, and the striking nocturnal illumination effects generated by 46 underwater lights along the waterline, the designers have created a magical effect.Benetti-MY-11-11-Forward-Deck-Bow-Sunloungers

11∙11 is the epitome of a luxury superyacht. This is particularly evident in the superior quality and high specification of her interiors, all which provide the comfort, functionality and innovation of a most luxurious residential home. From the principal living and entertaining spaces, to the spacious crew quarters and superbly-appointed galley, fine craftsmanship, exquisite finishes, and intricate attention to detail are at the heart of the interior. All the furniture, joinery and soft furnishings are bespoke.Benetti-MY-11-11-Living-Area

The generous and spacious living areas both inside and out offer softness, comfort and functionality. The main saloon is an impressive entertaining space with its custom-made U-shaped sofa, 12-seater formal dining table and calming grey color palette, while the sky lounge on the upper deck offers a more informal lounge environment complete with cocktail bar and generous seating.Benetti-MY-11-11-Dining-Area

An impressive lobby and staircase on the main deck features a bright Italian marble floor and handmade balustrade crafted from marine grade stainless steel with a shimmering shagreen handrail. There are numerous opportunities for dining across the main and upper decks, but perhaps the most distinguishing feature can be found on the upper deck aft where 14 guests can be accommodated at a unique ‘backlit’ quartzite dining table. The outside bar, crafted from over a tonne of natural Italian fluted stone, and two symmetrical seating areas with custom fitted sofas, complete this exceptional entertainment space.Benetti-MY-11-11-Main-Foyer

When it comes to social areas, it doesn’t get better than the main saloon on the 11-11, which welcomes passengers with a large, plush, U-shaped sofa, surrounded by a unique cushioned coffee table, which makes for a ‘Wow’ factor both by day and by night.

Two luxurious cabins on the main deck enhance the living quarters. The spacious VIP suite is a full-beam cabin with six full-height portrait windows and an adjoining study / vanity area and fitted walk-in dressing room. The master suite enjoys an expansive 180 degree panorama over the bow, overlooking the entirely private owner’s sun deck with large jet pool and a sunbathing area stretching all the way to the bow. As the yacht is designed for the owner’s family, child safety features strongly in the yacht’s design, including rounded edges and fabric-wrapped walls and furniture, with a children friendly cabin adjacent to the master suite.Benetti-MY-11-11-master-bedroom

On the lower deck, guests are accommodated in four spacious suites comprising two double cabins and two twins. All the ensuite bathrooms feature Italian marble hand-selected from the quarry, and bespoke Lalique crystal taps to complement the generous basin areas. There is also a powder room on every deck.Benetti-MY-11-11-VIP-Suite-Bathroomd

The Sun Deck is the pre-eminent leisure area aboard, and was entirely restructured to create 15m of deck space for outdoor relaxation, sunbathing and entertainment. The most indulgent spot on the yacht comes in the form of a dedicated Spa area. The Steam Room is made entirely from pearlescent mosaic tiles, with smoky quartz stones and soothing chromatherapy decor. The white marble Treatment Room features an adjustable massage bed and heated towel cabinet.Benetti-MY-11-11-Treatment-Room

The crew cabins are identical in size and without the disadvantage of narrowing as they near the bow, creating generous quarters for the 16-strong crew. The remaining volume is used as valuable storage space for this substantial vessel.

Technology features have been carefully integrated into the design and include individual iPads in every room. These provide controls for customising audio/visual content, lighting, curtains, blinds and air conditioning. Built-in curved Samsung UHD TVs also feature throughout, housed in bespoke cabinets and frames to complement the overall design.Benetti-MY-11-11-Helm-Station

Apart from the dreamy accommodations and the yacht’s luxurious amenities, the technical details are also important: twin CAT 3512C engines power the superyacht up to an impressive recorded top speed of 17.5 knots – exceeding the contractual speed by 1.5 knots – and delivering a cruising range of 5,000 nautical miles, which should be more than enough for most owners. The two nickel-aluminum-bronze DETRA propellers are designed for high efficiency and low-pressure transmission to the hull. A Custom Benetti 8m limousine tender and a Novurania 6m RIB complete the inventory of this exceptional vessel.Benetti-MY-11-11-Custom-8m-Tender

  • SPECS
    LOA: 63m
    Beam: 10.80m
    Draught (loaded): 3.5m
    Construction: Steel (hull) and aluminum
    (superstructure)
    Displacement: 1,000 tonnes
    Gross Tonnage: 1181 GT
    Naval Architect: Benetti
    Exterior and Interior Design: Benetti
    Main engines: 2X Caterpillar 3512C, total 2700 KW combined
    Speed: Max 17.5 knots / Cruise 16 knots
    Fuel Capacity: 110,000 liters
    Range at Cruising speed: 5,000 nautical miles
    Stabilisers: OPEM Sistemi with Zero speed

Story Credits

Text by Suzy Rayment, Editor-at-Large, Yacht Style

Images by Jeff Brown

This story first appeared in Yacht Style.