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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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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.


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.

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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.

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

    LOA: 63m
    Beam: 10.80m
    Draught (loaded): 3.5m
    Construction: Steel (hull) and aluminum
    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.

Singapore Yacht Show Opens Next Month

Given the size of the island nation, an impressive line-up of over 100 superyachts and motor boats will be packing into ONE°15 Marina Club in Sentosa Cove in April for the sixth edition of the highly anticipated Singapore Yacht Show.

Despite the daily downpours during the 2015 edition, business boomed and the same sentiment is being predicted for April’s event. The combination of the show and conferences, not to mention various other luxury and lifestyle offerings is definitely encouraging further development in this growing market place.

This year the Singapore Yacht Show offers visitors an all-round experience with a range of events set to tantalize.Singapore-Yacht-Show-2016-2

The glamorous Friday evening Red and Black Gala dinner at the W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, kicks off a weekend of festivities that includes supercar parades, fashion shows and live cooking demonstrations by MasterChef Asia Judge Audra Morris. A notable addition to this year’s show will be a brokerage section, where professional brokers present pre-owned yachts and boats which are either less than five years old, over 40ft in length, or have a minimum value of $250,000.

But the main event is still all about the boats and this year the line-up is impressive.

Sunreef Yachts, one of the world’s leading designers and builders of luxury sailing and power catamarans, will showcase the Sunreef Supreme Line and its first unit Supreme 68, the world premier of the revolutionary sailing catamaran, the second-ever world premiere unveiled at a Singapore Yacht Show.

World-renowned Azimut will be showcasing its new Azimut 66 Fly, making its Asian debut alongside the Azimut Atlantis 43 and Azimut 50 Fly.

A big success story from last year’s Singapore Yacht Show, Simpson Marine is back to present a range of vessels from its prestigious portfolio of brands including Sanlorenzo, Beneteau, Monte Carlo Yachts with the Monte Carlo 86 making its first appearance at the show, and Lagoon who will present the Lagoon 630 and Lagoon 450 SporTop, making her Asian premiere.

Fincaniteri will join the growing list of Superyacht Builder’s Association members exhibiting in Singapore. The Italian shipyard made waves in 2015 with the launch of motor yacht Ocean Victory, which was moored in Singapore during the show and has since remained in the Asia Pacific region on the owner’s maiden voyage world tour.

Triple 8 was built in 2009 by Royal Denship and is every inch as luxurious today as she was then

Triple 8 was built in 2009 by Royal Denship and is every inch as luxurious today as she was then

Another exciting addition will be Australian yacht builder Silver Yachts who is still on a high following the launch of the super-sleek and eco-friendly Silver Fast in Monaco last year.

A regular on the show circuit, Princess Yachts will be presenting Princess 88MY, Princess 75MY, Princess 72MY, Princess 68, Princess 56 and Princess 52 from the Flybridge range. They will also have the Princess S72 from S Class and V39 from V Class and will be showcasing Project 31 (see this issues’s Onboard Showcase section) and Jeanneau Velasco 43F. The impressive 43m motor yacht Triple 8 built by Royal Denship and currently cruising South East Asia will be presented for sale by Fraser Yachts.

Other local players include Reel Torque, Hong Seh, Asia Pacific Superyachts, SG Boating, Multihull Solutions and Supratechnic who will take pride of place next to international leaders Grand Banks, Gulf Craft, Sunseeker, Benetti, Burgess, Northrop & Johnson, Amels, Feadship, Westport, Heesen Yachts and Lürssen.Luxury-cars-at-Singapore-Yacht-Show

Superyacht Australia, the industry body representing all the boat-building, service, marina and refit providers on the continent, will be hosting a major Australian Pavilion in the exhibition halls with many of the country’s leading suppliers and manufacturers showing their wares to the ever-increasing boat-buying public of the region.

Another important element to the show are the toys on display and by toys we mean serious adrenalin-boosted toys. Long-standing exhibitor Supratechnic will be back with an even greater array of jet skis, amphibious vehicles and outboard engines. Quadrofoil will be making its Asian debut, an eco-friendly Jet Ski raised on four hydrofoils that rapidly slices through water. U Boat Worx will be returning with its C-Explorer 3 personal submarine.

Running in conjunction with the show is the Asia Pacific Yachting Conference (APYC April 5 to 6) which will this year discuss recent economic developments of key Asian economies of China and South East Asia and the implications on business and the yachting industry in particular. In addition to market updates, APYC delegates will also participate in discussions on opportunities arising from significant developments in legislation of yacht charters in Thailand, Indonesia and Australia.

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This story first appeared in YachtStyle.

Review: Sunseeker 86 Yacht

Sunseeker’s long pedigree of speedboats with something extra has been extrapolated into the superyacht arena for some years now, with a range of boats that owe something to the fast hulls that made Sunseeker’s name and a whole lot more to the British tradition of tasteful luxury achieved through thorough workmanship and attention to detail.

At 86ft long and six and half feet wide, Sunseeker’s latest member of their high-end yacht range is no sylph-like racer, yet how many racers can handle a stiff channel chop at 30kts without bouncing the occupants around and also be able to handle a 1200nm passage without refueling?


She’s big, and she’s tall. Headroom is 6’6” throughout, and the views from the flybridge, which put your eyes at about 26ft above the water, seem to go on forever.

Designed with a huge engine room to take various engine options, she was designed around the twin V10 MTU 94s, giving 1622hp. Almost all the Sunseeker 86 customers so far have opted for the largest engine option: twin V12 MTU 94s which deliver 1925hp, which notch the top speed up a bit, but offer similar fuel efficiency at the top cruising speed of about 24kts.

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The 2900 gallon fuel tank gives a range at 26kts of a little over 400nm. If you are looking for distance rather than speed, a passage at 11kts would give you a range easily exceeding 1200nm. Fuel consumption measurements for slower speeds indicate much longer ranges are possible. The world is your oyster.

Enough about the driver and the sheer fun of putting a big powerful she-beast like this through her paces. What about the passengers?

Two ensuite full-width double cabins have room for lots of storage and an easy chair or two, and two twin cabins, also ensuite, complete the passenger accommodation. Aft of the engine room are the crew cabins, sleeping four. The double cabin in the forepeak has its own private access from a companionway beside the helm station.

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On the main deck, a large cockpit leads through sliding patio doors into the saloon, which has the seating and dining areas close together. The seating, rather than the usual side-bench scenario, is curved around at front and rear to give a more inclusive feel. The space created is given over to the galley/bar area placed forward and to port of the helm station together with some more seating making this area a second sitting room with the console of a 747 in the corner and a handy bar. What’s not to like about this? The usual seating and sunpads in the bow are given plenty of room, and the sunpads don’t just lie flat. There’s room for everyone.

The flybridge has its own helm station, so you can let the wind blow through your hair when giving it a bit of a run, and it is surrounded on three sides by deck, seating and sunbathing space. They don’t call it a Sunseeker for nothing. And in case the sun isn’t your thing, there’s a hard top providing partial shade and a substantial bar for replenishing essential fluids.

The cockpit, my favourite place on any boat, is fully-shaded, and in addition to yet more space for sitting, standing and lounging, the swim platform/tender-lift below has been turned into a seating area too with fold down seats to enjoy some sea level views.

All in all, this is a serious live-aboard long-range cruiser with some serious get up and go.


LOA: 26.48m (86.10ft)
Beam: 6.40m
Draft: 1.96m (6.5ft)
Displacement: 6.90 tonnes
Max Speed: 30kts
Cruising Speed: 23kts
Fuel Capacity: 7,500L / 1,649.77 USG
Water Capacity: 1,500L / 329.95 USG
Range: 350nm
Hull Material: GRP
Builder: Sunseeker
Website: www.sunseeker.com

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This article was originally published in Yacht Style

Interview: Mohammed Alshaali for Gulf Craft

“If you don’t wake up at six o’clock in the morning thinking about boats, then you shouldn’t be in this business.” For Mohammed Hussein Alshaali, Chairman of Gulf Craft, the emotional involvement goes back a very long way. When he says, “I was born on the beach” it is not a throwaway line. Alshaali’s father was a sea captain in the days when fishing and pearling were the staple maritime trades in what were then called the Trucial States – a British Protectorate that became the United Arab Emirates in 1971. “My father made trading voyages all the way to East Africa, and I was brought up on tales of seafaring and the challenges of the sea,” he reflects, “and these became deeply ingrained in my memory.” There really is salt water in his veins.

The Gulf Craft Head Office

The Gulf Craft Head Office

Early experiences of boat building were strictly experimental – young boys messing about with boats. A fuel tank ‘glued’ together with tar was not something to be repeated. “The boat sank anyway, but fortunately we could swim.” Alshaali survived long enough to collect a degree in Management and Economy from Beirut Arab University and then joined the UAE Foreign Ministry, where a distinguished career took him to Ambassadorships in Washington and at the UN in New York and Geneva. But that’s nothing do with building boats… “All my free time, I always went back to the water. I love fishing. I bought a small boat, a Wellcraft, and shipped it from the US to Dubai… and a year later I bought another one, just 2ft longer. Then my brother and I wondered why we were spending so much money shipping boats, and why didn’t we build them ourselves? And that’s how Gulf Craft was born, in 1982.” (For the record, the company is presently ranked 10th in the 2014 Global Order Book of Superyacht Shipyards).

The Gulf Craft's largest manufactured Superyacht, Majesty 155 being launched

The Gulf Craft’s largest manufactured Superyacht, Majesty 155 being launched

“We used our capital to buy expertise. We bought moulds from the US, but the design was for a lake boat which was unsuitable for the local conditions, so we went back and redesigned… it was a very steep learning curve, and it was a very hectic time,” says Alshaali, but with a smile that says it was also exciting and hugely enjoyable. “We learned a lot during those first 10 years.” The first proper production boat out of the yard was a Colvic 53 designed by John Bennett, and in 1996 Gulf Craft invited Massimo Gregory to design a 77’ motoryacht that gradually expanded itself in an 82-footer. “We sold the first one to the President of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Nahyyan.”

Over the years, many notable names have been involved with Gulf Craft – Frank Mulder and Evan Marshall to name but two. Alshaali thinks for a moment. “We always had the passion, and that was natural, but passion and ambition have to be tempered by ability. This is very important. You really can’t start building 100ft+ superyachts on day one. There is a sort of apprenticeship that you have to go through. A 100ft boat is not simply two 50-footers end-to-end together. It’s going to be almost ten times the volume, and a hundred times more complicated. At each stage of our growth we have been successful because we always ‘listened’ to our ability and kept an eye on the quality.”

Majesty Yachts shipyard

Majesty Yachts shipyard

In 1993 Gulf Craft yachts started appearing in Asia – principally Malaysia and Thailand – and in 2001 the company introduced the Majesty Yachts series, starting with the 66’ and then the 77’. These were aimed squarely at the US market and went on display at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, but the market for a Middle East-built boat was never going to be good in the aftermath of 9/11.

So Gulf Craft went back to building smaller boats, and then gradually expanded all over again. Top of the range are presently the Majesty 125 and Majesty 135 tri-deckers, with a 155 due to be launched in Umm Al Quwain in June this year. “The market has shifted in recent years,” reports Alshaali, “and we are now selling almost 40% of our production straight into the Middle East. We are positioned in a very strategic location – close to the traditional yacht markets of Europe, and on the edge of a fast-developing Asia. It’s a good place to be.” Along the way Gulf Craft have been obliged to develop a super-efficient production supply chain. “We source components from all over the world, and what we can’t find easily and at a good price, we make ourselves. This forces us to produce our yachts in a timely manner and in an economical way. We can’t just go down the road to the chandlery for a different size shackle because we have changed our mind… It encourages attention to detail in the process, and efficient production planning.”Majesty-Yachts

After 32 years of operation, Gulf Craft has staff that have been with the company since the start. Alshaali is proud of that. “Experience is probably more valuable than anything else I can think of. You also need stability in this business: yacht building is a high-value low-units business. It doesn’t work on quarterly returns. Before the global financial crisis there were five very good years of business, but still some builders were saddled with huge and unrealistic debt. If you are not making money in the good times, how can you survive in the lean times?”

Mohammed Hussein Al Shaali, Chairman of Gulf Craft and Erwin Bamos, CEO of Gulf Craft, at the opening of the Singapore Yacht Show

Mohammed Hussein Al Shaali, Chairman of Gulf Craft and Erwin Bamos, CEO of Gulf Craft, at the opening of the Singapore Yacht Show

Mohammed Alshaali has now forsaken the Diplomatic receptions to concentrate on building boats. He still loves to fish, and is able to do so in rather more luxury than he did 30 years ago. And he still wakes up at six o’clock in the morning thinking about building boats.

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Text and portrait by Guy Nowell, Editor-at-Large, Yacht Style

This story first appeared in Yacht Style.

Review: Monte Carlo MCY 105 Superyacht

Monte Carlo Yachts recently celebrated its fifth anniversary by unveiling its newest and largest flagship yacht, the MCY 105. This 32m superyacht exemplifies the company’s vision and is to date the ultimate expression of Monte Carlo Yachts’ style. Monte Carlo Yachts presented its new flagship yacht at an invitation-only event at the Arsenale in Venice and again at the Cannes Yachting Festival, the Monaco Yacht Show, and the Genoa International Boat Show. This is the first MYC over 100’ and she follows the exterior styling and aerospace construction methods pioneered in the company’s four earlier models. The MCY look was created by the design team of Nuvolari & Lenard with the active input of her Hong Kong owner.


The yacht’s interior exhibits a contemporary flair and the interior spaces onboard are voluminous. The large Portuguese deck at the bow, and the flybridge with spacious and stylish living space are unmatched in its class. The unique and ergonomic raised Pilot House gives maximum comfort and the sense of space extends down backlit alabaster stairs to the 484 square foot master suite, which is located on the main deck. The overall impression of the master suite is one of space and light, and this is enhanced by large floor-to-ceiling windows.


The saloon mingles distressed-teak flooring with distressed-grey-oak walls with none of the wood being artificially treated or finished. Leather and marble accents are used sparingly and create an authentic and natural ambiance throughout the yacht. The split-level master suite at the bow is more like a spacious apartment than a cabin, with the upper-level bed illuminated by a broad skylight. Brushed-grey-oak surfaces are paired with nubuck and African leathers inlaid with bronze. Again, the impression is tasteful, subtle, and elegant.


The bathroom suite is divided by a fabric panel, instead of a solid wall, providing privacy without impeding the sense of openness. Warm brown Tabaco Wave, a natural stone from Brazil, covers the floor and shower walls and the stonework is framed by white Carrara-marble stripes, lending an interesting ambience to the area. Enclosed toilets are divided by a large his and her sink.

Monte Carlo Yachts did not skimp on the three other staterooms either. The full-beam VIP cabin measure 333 square feet—as large as the master suites found on many larger yachts. One twin-bed cabin, another with triple bunks, and quarters for five crew members (accessed via a separate entrance) comprise the rest of the lower deck.

The secret behind the new MCY 105’s voluminous interior is its construction processes taken from the automotive and aviation industries. This has allowed the Italian yard to build to precise tolerances and this translates to extra square footage throughout the yacht. The flybridge space features a carbon-fibre hard top with a large opening in the centre. This outdoor living area houses two round tables for dining, and an outdoor grill and bar and at the aft end, two large lounges sit in the sunshine. This 753 square foot flybridge is the perfect location to enjoy alfresco dining.


In addition to its lavish interiors and sculpted exteriors, the beauty of the MCY 105 is its short, six-month build time, made possible by its advanced construction methods. This approach allows the company to produce precisely built, highly customised superyachts in about half the time it would take other shipyards to turn out a production yacht of this size.

The new 105 is laminated with 8,800lbs of Kevlar and carbon fibre and her decks are supported by 1,760lbs of aluminium beams and these materials plus the vacuum infusion lamination process and the coring strategies used in the shipyard in Monfalcone, allows the superyacht to be “15 percent lighter than the market reference,” according to the Monte Carlo Yachts. With a beam of 7.12m, she is one of the biggest in her class.


The reduced weight also translates into higher speeds and better fuel efficiency at planing and displacement speeds. Monte Carlo Yachts has established itself as a builder which aims for a high top speed for its vessels, but not the highest possible. There is a reason they have taken this approach: in order to push a boat of this size to speeds above 30 kts you need either a narrower beam or greater horsepower – and more likely both. Big engines are expensive. Bigger ones are very expensive. Most veteran motor yacht owners agree that speed for speed’s sake is not a practical option these days.

Because Monte Carlo Yachts uses a monocoque structural concept, the hull and the deck provide most of the vessel’s strength, thus reinventing the structural bulkheads and flooring with innovative materials. This allows the builder to be able to offer customers virtually any interior layout they want. A secondary advantage of this construction concept is that high, longitudinal stringers can be reduced, allowing the actual living spaces to be lowered somewhat in the vessel giving her a more sleek profile.


Typically, the interiors of most motor yachts of this size are built in situ and over 100,000 man-hours are usually needed to complete the interiors. A large percentage of those hours are expended on workers just moving around, and squirming to get into hard-to-reach spaces.It is for this reason that boats of this size can take from one to three years to complete and are terribly expensive.

Because of Monte Carlo Yachts’ monocoque design the interiors of its boats are built in modules outside the hull on the shop floor where the craftsmen can attack all four sides of a project at once with tools and materials easily at hand. Not only is critical work done faster, it is also done better because the installation is not done in confined spaces. Wiring and plumbing are designed to be “plug-and-play” and all of this results in tremendous savings in time and effort. Monte Carlo Yachts say the 105 can be built with just 40,000 man-hours.


Fabrizio Iarrera, Monte Carlo Yachts’ Managing Director, believes the company is on the right track, as it has grown from a turnover of EU3 million in the first year with a team of 20, to over EU58 million five years on, with a team of 300. Monte Carlo Yachts President Carla Demaria believes the MCY 105 is the first of a new era for Monte Carlo Yachts. “We began this journey with a mission to redefine the concept of luxury in yachting, and a promise of delivering the very best that ‘Italian genius’ is able to, and five years on we’re proud to say we have met those promises, and even gone beyond them.”

The MCY 105 with its sporty profile but sculpted look is one of the most elegant yachts in the 100-foot range and this combined with spacious interiors, and decor from Hermès and Armani, along with custom furniture from Poltrona Frau, make it the ultimate expression of Monte Carlo Yachts style.


Overall length (LOA): 32.00m (105’)
Maximum beam: 7.15m (23’ 46’’)
Displacement: 104T (Dry)
Engines: 2 x MTU 16V 2000 M93 2434HP (V-Drive)
Maximum speed: up to 27 kts
Cruise speed: 22 to 24 kts
Fuel: 12000L
Fresh water: 2000L
Design category: RINA Pleasure or RINA Charter Class

In Asia, Monte Carlo Yachts are available exclusively via Simpson Marine.

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Text by Suzy Rayment
Photos courtesy of Monte Carlo Yachts

This article was initially published in Yacht Style

Review: Ferretti 650 Yacht

Ferretti, proud owners of several great yacht brands, are particularly proud of their oldest brand, Ferretti itself and their yacht range. This is where their heart lies as boat-builders, and as such they put their heart and soul in to any new member of the range.

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The Ferretti Yachts 650 is another result of the cooperation between Ferretti’s own research, style and product development centre (Advanced Yachts Technology & Design), and Studio Zuccon International Project. Three were sold before the first hull was launched. The first to a buyer from China, the next to a buyer in Lebanon and a hard-top flybridge version is on its way to the US this year.

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The hull sold to the Chinese buyer has already been featured in Yacht Style magazine – the so-called Tai He Dian – and was designed throughout (a testament to the flexibility of the hull and superstructure engineering) to be attractive to buyers from the Far East. Little things like round dining tables and reduced cabin space to provide room for cinema rooms or karaoke facilities as well as quite substantial increases in the public areas all make a difference if your boat is principally going to be used for business entertainment rather than extended cruises with the family.

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Like other contemporary designs, glazing predominates. Interiors are light, bright and stylish and materials and finish colours are generally designed with light in mind. The flybridge offers most of the open space: the foredeck is the usual sloping sunpad, just forward of the internal helm station. This is placed well forward of the centre of the boat on the port side. The flybridge helm station is placed well behind and on starboard, so two very different viewpoints there. The flybridge is compact, and has a rear seating area that mimics the style usually associated with cockpit seating. Substantial enough.

The cockpit itself is more generous, with lots of space for just standing around and passing the drinks from the bar and the galley, both situated just inside the door from the cockpit. Very sociable. There’s even a handy flap on one of the rear windows allowing access to the galley even when the cockpit doors are shut. It’s the little things sometimes that set good design apart from the rest.

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The rest of the saloon comprises the eight-seater saloon, the helm station and the companionway to the two double and one twin cabin, all ensuite. The seating part of the saloon is raised, as is the helm station, so care is needed walking past the bar to the sofas beyond as there are two steps to navigate. As befits a member of the prestigious Ferretti marque, the finishes and craftsmanship are of the highest quality and the entire finish and color scheme have been revisited for this new member of the family.

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Two engine configurations are offered: twin 1015hp or twin 1150hp Caterpillar diesels. Depending on engine choice, your Ferretti Yachts 650 will cruise at 30kts and can get up to 33kts. You will have a range of 300nm, more if you nurse it, with the 3,700L fuel tanks.

Finally, at the end, at the rear end, and in point of fact the stern, there is my favourite toy – the lowerable bathing platform-cum-boat lift adding considerable living space to the yacht and keeping it davit-free. It also creates a super little private and sheltered sun spot.


LOA: 19.67m
Max beam: 5.25m
Draught: 1.50m
Unladen displacement: 34.8tonnes
Laden displacement: 41.2tonnes
Engines: 2 x CAT C18 1015Hp
Propulsion: Line Shaft
Max speed: 30.5kn
Cruising speed: 27kn
Range: 270nm
Fuel capacity: 3.7L
Freshwater capacity: 530 L
Hull shape: Deep V
Hull material: GRP
Cabins: 3 + 1
Maximum no. persons on board: 18
Design: Zuccon International Project lines and interior, Ferretti AYT technical engineering
Builder: Ferretti Yachts

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This article first appeared in Yacht Style

Review: Numarine 102

Based in Istanbul, Numarine have an impressive 35,000sqm yard, capable of building yachts of all sizes. Their latest 102, delivered in March, marks a design step upwards from its predecessors. The new Numarine 102 features fully re-worked glazing to the hull sides that has enhanced the exterior appearance and invited extra daylight. In addition, the crew accommodation and engine room have been switched around. The crew accommodation is now larger and more centrally located and the engine room is much further aft resulting in a very quiet ride. External design and naval architecture is by Design Studio Spadolini and Umberto Tagliavini, respectively. Can Yalman, also based in Istanbul, created the interior design and has been doing design for Numarine for many years.


For a large yacht the 102 is as agile as it is fast. She provides comfortable cruising for all aboard. With a maximum speed approaching 30kts, the 102 was designed to go places efficiently, at speed and in style. Twin Caterpillar 1,825hp diesels drive the boat, supported by 12,580L of fuel, giving her a range of up to 500nm.


Inside, a bright, beautifully appointed interior and a beam of over 23ft, boasts a wealth of space with a lavish lounge and dining area. To port, a fully-equipped galley offers direct access to both the saloon and side deck along with a conveniently located day bed. Further forward on the same level is the spacious owner’s suite featuring a luxurious bathroom. The forward facing bed enjoys panoramic views thanks to the unique curved glazing. Steps lead down to walk-in wardrobe space complementing the overall feel of space and luxury. Comprising two doubles and two twins, the other four guest cabins are equally well-appointed on the lower deck, all spacious and all ensuite, benefitting from the abundance of natural light thanks to innovative glazing. The newly configured crew quarters comprise three single cabins, all ensuite, and a substantial sitting/relaxation area.


Between the main and upper deck is the raised pilot house, full beam with a captain’s armchair at the helm and a seating area with adjoining chart table giving a true superyacht feel. The expansive flybridge is appointed for relaxation and entertaining, leaving nothing to want, with sofas, cocktail tables, a bar area and space for sunloungers. The aft area of the flybridge houses a tender/jetski/motorbike storage area complete with crane.


Most of the usable space on this large yacht is inside or on top. The cockpit is modest in relative terms and the foredeck is almost negligible, although it has a very nice forward facing bench, long enough to lie on, or wide enough for three to sit and enjoy the breeze even at full speed: the bridge behind will fend off most of the wind.02-Numarine102

The flybridge is colossal. Fully half the length of the yacht, it completely shelters the cockpit and provides seating for 10 or more at the dining table and a few more casual seats besides. The cabins and saloon, even the crew quarters, often pokey, are generous in size. This is not your casual day-trip boat, or even a weekender: it is capable of doing the big trips and the long cruises, so all you have to do now is pick your first cruising ground and go.


LOA: 31.08m
Beam: 7.1m
Draught: 1.2m
Displacement Full Load: 94 tonnes
Engines: Twin CAT C32 1825 HP 2300 rpm
Max Speed: 28kn
Cruising Speed: 22kn
Range: up to 500nm
Generators: 22,5Kw and 40kW
Fuel Capacity: 12,580L
Freshwater Capacity: 1,300L
Cabins: 4
Naval Architect: Umberto Tagliavini
Exterior design: Studi Spadolini
Builder: Numarine

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This article first appeared in Yacht Style

Focus: Yacht Builder Sanlorenzo

The origins of Sanlorenzo date back to 1958, when Italian yacht builder Giovanni Jannetti founded the Cantiere Navali San Lorenzo shipyard in Viareggio, Italy. The company’s history spans across 50 years and during that time the brand has gained a strong reputation for quality, reliability and timeless elegance. Having produced over 600 yachts, the company today ranks second in the 2015 Global Order Book, which lists the world’s top 10 superyacht builders.

Now owned by Italian businessman Massimo Perotti, who became a majority shareholder in the shipyard in 2005, the company operates two shipyards in Ameglia and Viareggio. The Ameglia yard offers bespoke fiberglass planing and semi-displacement motor yachts from 76ft to 118ft, and fiberglass superyachts from 92ft to 126ft in composite material. The Viareggio yard produces alloy and steel planing, semi-displacement and displacement superyachts from 40m to 60m plus. Each yacht comes with its own unique layout and décor, and is ‘Made to Measure’ for clients who demand nothing but the best. Sanlorenzo has recently expanded its footprint in China and Asia by entering into two new partnerships; one with Sundiro Holdings in China, the other with Simpson Marine Ltd.


Key Milestones

From 1958 all yachts produced by the Sanlorenzo shipyard were constructed in wood, it was only in 1995 that the first fibreglass yacht was launched. The SL75 set the scene for a new breed of Sanlorenzo luxury motor yachts, but it was not until the SL100 was launched in 1998 that Sanlorenzo established itself as a premier superyacht builder. The company expanded its operating facilities in 1999 by opening a new facility in Ameglia, La Spezia, located in a nature park and the company’s commitment to the environment was acknowledged when they received the ISO 14001 certification for Environmental Management. The next major milestone for Sanlorenzo was in 2005 when the ownership of the company changed hands and Massimo Perotti acquired a majority shareholding.

The Sanlonrezo Steel64

The Sanlonrezo Steel64

Sanlorenzo Fleet

Timeless classical beauty has always been the key feature of the yachts produced by the Sanlorenzo shipyard and the company’s philosophy remains focused towards an undivided concentration on customers’ requirements. Over the last 10 years Sanlorenzo has launched no fewer than 11 important and significant new models, full of innovation and cutting-edge solutions, but always defined by the Sanlorenzo style.

Exterior of the SD112

Exterior of the SD112

These included three units of the SD92 (27m) and one SD112 (33.6m), all semi-displacement hulls in composite construction. The traditional flying bridge range of planing hull motor yachts includes the SL76 (23m), SL86 (26m), SL96 (28m) and the SL106 (32m) which was the winner of the Italian Innovation ADI Award in 2011.

In 2007, the 40Alloy was launched. This extraordinary yacht, with a lightweight aluminum hull and superstructure, is capable of reaching speeds of 27kts. Sanlorenzo was the first builder to incorporate ‘terraces’ into the superstructure – now a common feature on superyachts. Sporting such a thoroughly avant garde solution (at the time), a total of nine 40Alloys were commissioned and launched.

The Interior of the SD112

The Interior of the SD112

Sanlorenzo Flagship

The 46Steel is the largest yacht ever built by Sanlorenzo. Constructed in steel and aluminum, and launched in February 2010, she was 44Steel, but was then changed to 46Steel (46 being the length of the waterline), to better balance the exterior outline. With a semi-wide body, the yacht is a three-deck bulbous bow superyacht of 499GT, to remain under the 500GT SOLAS limit. Her elegance is complemented by unique characteristics such as the wide beach club with folding beach door to water level and gym behind, and the Under Lower Deck, which is in reality a fifth deck, fully walkable from engine room to bow which permits easy access to all the systems and equipment of the yacht. The 46Steel boasts a garage with a starboard side door that can host a 7m tender, and then there is the vast flying bridge, a properly multi-functional sun deck shaded by a Sanlorenzo hard top with opening roof.

World Wide Premieres

After two decades of uninterrupted success for the SL72 and SL82, Sanlorenzo has decided to refresh these two models, working with one of Italy’s most reputable design companies, Officina Italiana Design, managed by Mauro Micheli and Sergio Beretta. The new SL86 motor yacht, unveiled at the Cannes Yachting Festival this year, is sure to be a hit with its innovative features, including a living area in the bow with sofas, table, chairs and adjustable sunshades. In the main salon, large windows allow guests to enjoy a sea view while seated, without compromising the classic Sanlorenzo exterior lines, and a floating glass staircase to the flying bridge has been incorporated into the main lounge area in a manner reminiscent of a piece of contemporary art. Below decks, and sound-insulated to no more than a whisper, the SL86 is powered by two MTU 12V2000 M94 (1,947 hp) engines and can reach a maximum speed of 32kts.

Interior of the SL86

Interior of the SL86

Another world premiere during 2015 will be the first steel explorer superyacht, the 460Exp at the Monaco Yacht Show. This will be the flagship model of the Sanlorenzo Explorer range, and is designed by Francesco Paszkowski. At only 460 gross tonnes and 42m overall length, the 460Exp offers stability, security, autonomy, limited draft and a considerable agility for its category. It is able to reach distant or rarely visited destinations and can navigate close to the shoreline. The Sanlorenzo Explorer offers substantial self-sufficiency and contains a large space on board to house different toys and equipment. The lower deck features a beach club with bar, sauna, fitness area, spa and an “endless swimming pool” in which guests can swim against an artificial current. The 460Exp is equipped with two CAT C32 Acert engines (1319 HP) capable of covering over 4000 non-stop nautical miles at an economical speed of 11kts.

Exterior of the SL86

Exterior of the SL86

New Designer

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Massimo Perotti’s acquisition of Sanlorenzo, there is a new collaboration with American designer Chris Bangle and the CBA team who will be involved with the next generation yacht exteriors. This marks the beginning of a new chapter in the design for Sanlorenzo yachts, bringing a fresh ‘voice’ into the all-important creative process of these luxury products. While Chris Bangle is well known in the circles of car design – having lead the team of designers at BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce while Group Design Director of BMW for 17 years – this will be his first foray into the world of superyachts. Bangle’s creative vision, design leadership and track record of successful innovation dovetails perfectly into the strategic goals of Sanlorenzo and the passionate expertise of their engineers, architects, and craftsmen.

Elite Days

Over 350 guests from all over the world were given the chance in 2015 to interact with the whole Sanlorenzo range. Fourteen Sanlorenzo yachts were moored alongside main quay of Carlo Riva Port, which was specially leased for the occasion, allowing guests a unique chance to experience the Sanlorenzo fleet through on board visits and sea trials in beautiful Portofino Bay. The underlying theme of the ‘Elite Days’ was an effort to demonstrate Sanlorenzo’s unique and bespoke philosophy, whilst offering the guests a variety of made to measure experiences. These included an opportunity to disassemble and reassemble a watch mechanism in a démontage show by IWC Schaffhausen’s master watchmakers; the chance to create a personal fragrance under the guidance of Sileno Cheloni, the Master Perfumer and ‘nose’ of Florence’s Aquaflor boutique; getting carried away by the elegance of the Rolls-Royce Ghost made available to guests as a courtesy car; driving wonderful classic cars along Portofino Bay in a rally; enjoying the thrill of flying a drone over Carlo Riva Port – or driving BMW’s innovative C Evolution electric scooters. Guests were also invited to experience an art installation by Giovanni Frangi on board Sanlorenzo’s 40m superyacht, the 40Alloy, whilst enjoying the delicate pairing of upstream salmon with Laurent-Perrier Champagne and the option to sample Diadema’s finest Cuban cigars. A beautiful gala dinner was held for the guests in the historic Villa Cervara overlooking views of the Portofino coastline.

The Exterior of the Sanlorenzo 40Alloy

The Exterior of the Sanlorenzo 40Alloy

New Directions

In 2013 Sanlorenzo S.p.A. entered into a joint venture with Sundiro Holdings to build a new range of yachts branded Sundiro Yacht for the China market. Sundiro Holdings are Simpson Marine’s strategic partner to help develop the China market, Simpson Marine being the sole distributor of Sanlorenzo across Asia including mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore. Zhao Xu Hong, Chairman of Sundiro Holdings Co. Ltd, was delighted to present the worldwide launch of the SY70 at the recent Gold Coast Boat Show in Hong Kong. The joint venture will allow Sundiro Holdings to produce yachts from 10m to 20m in China, as well as sell motor yachts from 22m to 62m built in Italy into the China market.

The new joint venture has given Sanlorenzo a capital increase of EU30million that still allows the Italian majority shareholding of the company to remain in the hands of Perotti. Another strategic partnership is with Simpson Marine Ltd, who represent countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore and mainland China, and is now the exclusive Asian distributor for Sanlorenzo.

“Sanlorenzo has had a presence in the Asian market in the past, but this new partnership with Simpson Marine makes perfect sense as the companies share common values and vision,” said Perotti. “Sanlorenzo represents a history and a future in which passion for quality, elegance and exclusivity becomes a common heritage, and we are pleased to see that our made to measure approach is proving very attractive to our customers across the Asia Pacific region.”

Exterior of the SL106

Exterior of the SL106

Made To Measure

Massimo Perotti became the Chairman and CEO of Sanlorenzo just over 10 years ago, but this was not his first involvement in the boating industry.  “It all started with a chance meeting with Paolo Vitelli,” says Perotti. “I met the creator and driving force behind the Azimut brand when I was doing some part time tennis coaching… I was studying for an MBA at Bocconi University, and when I graduated Vitelli invited me to work with him – and I did so for the next 25 years.”

Perotti arrived at Azimut with little knowledge or experience of the boating world, but the 1980s were heady times for the industry and he learned all he needed to on the job. “I started working in the shipyard, and learning sales and production first hand. When I started at Azimut there were 25 staff – by the time I left in 2004, the company had grown to a workforce of 3,000 with an equity rating that had climbed from EU200 million to EU650 million.”

By now, in his mid-40s, Perotti felt he had reached the point when he wanted ‘more’, so decided to branch out on his own. “Sanlorenzo S.p.A is one of the last expressions of exclusivity, and that was exactly the dimension I was looking for. It was the ‘Made to Measure’ approach to exquisite craftsmanship that attracted me. I wanted a company that I could develop in my own way. My father was an artisan who ran a small business, and although he worked hard and produced quality goods, he never really achieved the financial rewards that he deserved. But he believed in quality and that was a good life lesson for me.”

Perotti approached Giovanni Jannetti, founder of Sanlorenzo, in 2004 to buy the company but the owner wouldn’t sell unless Perotti worked with him for one year. “Jannetti felt that I still needed to learn a lesson or two, before I could buy his baby. The first thing he said to me was that I needed to learn to slow down! I arrived all fired up from my experiences from Azimut and the acquisition and relaunch of the Benetti shipyard, but Jannetti felt that this was not the right way to approach the Sanlorenzo brand. He taught me how to run the company in a different way, the Italian ‘slow cooking’ way… you go to a supermarket to buy fast food, but if you really want to enjoy the dining experience then you need to be involved in cooking the pasta, making the sauce and then finally eating the special dish that has been prepared. It becomes a beautiful experience rather than a product to satisfy a need.” Perotti goes on to give another example, “If you go out for dinner with a beautiful woman do you eat fast, or do you savour the experience and try to make it last as long as possible?”

Perotti took over Sanlorenzo in 2005, and the first four years saw the company grow quickly. But then came the 2008 financial crisis, and hard times for almost everyone. “I worked 16 hours a day, and we managed to maintain the company’s position as one of the top superyacht builders in the world. Difficult times can create opportunities,” he quips.

Massimo Perrotti and Chris Bangle

Massimo Perrotti and Chris Bangle

The luxury yacht business is not an easy business to manage. “Boating is about passion, and you just need to look at the iconic brands such as Riva, or Ferretti, to see that they were all started by passionate people – Carlo Riva, and Norberto Ferretti. Superyachts are a very specialised product, and when your customer is spending EU10million, they want to be looked after in the right way.” Perotti doesn’t want Sanlorenzo to be the biggest superyacht yard in the world, but he is committed to producing the best quality yachts, and meet the needs of the most demanding of owners. “For me it is not just about the money; it is about the quality of life, and that is one of the reasons why the Sanlorenzo brand is important to me.”

Perotti believes it is this desire for quality that connects the Sanlorenzo brand to the Chinese boating market. “The Chinese are now enjoying the finer things in life. We have never been the first to enter an emerging market; instead, we wait until we feel there is a real understanding of quality. If you have time for good cigars and single malt whisky then maybe you have time to enjoy the luxury of boating.”

Sanlorenzo’s commitment to the East is very much in evidence these days with the new partnership with Sundiro Holdings, who are producing motor yachts in the 10m to 20m range for the Chinese market.  The new SY70 had its worldwide launch at this year’s Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show, and the yacht’s interior designed by Chris Bangle has brought a fresh approach successfully combining the taste of the Orient with ‘classic Italian heritage’. Perotti believes Hong Kong is going to be their best market, but – with the rest of Asia opening up quickly – there is opportunity to expand to Singapore, Thailand, and Indonesia all of whom are developing their own boating culture.

Perotti, who had been looking for a Chinese partner for some time, says “I was looking for someone who really understands what luxury and quality are all about. Our partner Zhou Xuhong, based in Shanghai, produces top quality motorcycles. He understands why you need to pay more for luxury products, and with that understanding I believe our companies can grow in the right way.”

Sanlorenzo has also entered into another new partnership – with Simpson Marine Ltd, Asia’s leading yacht sales and brokerage company. Mike Simpson and Massimo Perotti have known each other for many years, and “our partnership makes perfect sense,” says Perotti. “We share common values and vision, and this partnership will provide the strategic services in Asia and back up that luxury yacht customers require.” Perotti sees the Asian yachting industry evolving rapidly. With such an east-west partnership in place this 54-year old veteran of the boating industry is ready to share his passion for quality, elegance and exclusivity with Asia.

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

In Asia, Sanlorenzo is available exclusively via Simpson Marine.

This article first appeared in Yacht Style Magazine.

Guide: Dutch Superyacht Builders

It was the Dutch who invented the concept of yachting; the word ‘yacht’ originated from the Dutch word ‘jacht’, meaning ‘hunt’. Over time the concept of a yacht changed from meaning a light naval vessel for chasing pirates, to a pleasure vessel used by wealthy Dutch merchants. And so began the use of yachts purely for pleasure, and fun.
HISWA Holland Yachting Group is a consortium of 45 Dutch shipbuilders and suppliers, all committed to putting the Dutch Superyacht Industry on the world stage under the umbrella ‘Think Yachts, Think Holland’.

Our friends at YachtStyle bring us this guide, an extensive look into the prime movers in the business of building superyachts in the Netherlands, specifically the region known as Holland.

Jeroen Sirag, export director of the Holland Yachting Group says, “heritage, creativity and innovation are the pillars that form the foundation of the superyacht industry and give Holland an unrivaled reputation for building ‘simply the best’ in the world.” Many Dutch shipbuilding companies started out as family-owned businesses and many of them still are. This continuity of knowledge gives the shipbuilding industry enormous depth; each generation passes on to the next the traditions and the passion for boat building.

The Dutch can be stubborn, and are proud of it. This works to their advantage, as it is their determination to build the best, and never compromise on quality, which means they are able to meet the requirements of the most demanding superyacht owners. Creativity is another positive trait, as it translates into boundless development, which allows them to be able to translate into reality many of the out of this world ideas that superyacht owners dream up. And to temper the mix, the Dutch do have a flexible side to their nature, which means that they are able to adapt to ever-changing regulations and client demands, turning unprecedented challenges and complications into ‘run-of-the-mill’ daily activities. Constantly finding innovative solutions for the things that have never been done before is a skill that makes this small country stand out.


One of the oldest and most well known of the family owned superyacht shipyards is Feadship. Considered by many to be the Rolls-Royce of the shipbuilding world, Feadship traces its roots back to 1849, when the Akerboom family bought a small shipyard off the coast of the Netherlands to build and repair boats. They joined with the Van Lent family in 1927, and then in 1949 together with De Vries, another family-based shipyard, founded Feadship. With a reputation par excellence, Feadship are leaders in the field of research and development and the yachts are built with the future in mind. Feadship believes that the build process is just as important as the product itself, and they work hard to involve the client during the build.

Dick van Lent, CEO of Van Lent shipyard

Dick van Lent, CEO of Van Lent shipyard

Over 450 yachts have been launched since 1949, and Feadship owners include royalty and celebrities from around the world; Gerald Ford, Charlton Heston, King Khalid of Saudi Arabia and Roman Abromovich to name but a few. The award-winning brand is gaining recognition in Asia with Feadship’s sponsorship of the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous in Phuket, and the recent tour of the 45m Helix to the Asian region, which lead to their first Chinese buyer. Some of Feadship’s recent award-winning launches includes Hampshire II and Como for Neville Crichton.

Como by Feadship

Como by Feadship

The most recent launches Moon Sand and Kiss will be on display at the forthcoming Monaco Yacht Show.
If it is a super sailing yacht you are looking for, then Royal Huisman is the shipyard yard to beat. Founded in 1884, this is another Dutch shipyard with family roots, and the new main shareholder Doeksen is another family run shipyard with a royal warrant. Alice Huisman is the fifth generation to be at the helm, and assisting her is the new managing director Roemer Boogaard who joined the company in June this year. In 1976, the shipyard built the 65ft Flyer for Conny van Rietschoten, who entered the 1977–78 Whitbread Round the World Race and won. Their success was repeated in the following Whitbread race (now called the Volvo Ocean Race) with van Rietschoten’s 76ft Flyer II (1981), which took line honours in all four legs. In 1984 the shipyard was awarded the Royal Seal by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and became known as Royal Huisman.

Over the years the shipyard has built some of the most famous maxi racing yachts, along with performance cruising superyachts that now compete in growing numbers, in the superyacht regattas around the world. Twizzle (57.5m), which was launched in 2010, recently participated in the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous, and the 43m Germán Frers designed sloop Sea Eagle commissioned for an experienced offshore sailor from Taiwan was launched in August 2015. Whether it is a replica J-Class like Hanuman, or the 90m Athena (the largest yacht built by the yard), or even the new Ed Dubois 58m nicknamed ‘The Beast’, Royal Huisman continues to make history by building some of the best sailing yachts in the world.

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2013 Hanuman Photo: Carlo Borlenghi

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2013 Hanuman; Photo: Carlo Borlenghi

Amels is another company with a long history. Situated on the estuary of the river Scheldt, Vlissingen has long been considered the spiritual home of Dutch shipbuilding. When the Dutch navy moved out at the end of the 19th century, the Royal Shipyard de Schelde took its place, and the historic yard is the site of both Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding and Amels. Since 1918, Amels has launched over 50 luxury yachts, and today there are eight new superyacht projects underway, including the largest ever Amels-built yacht, the 83m Amels 272. Their Limited Editions range (55m to 83m) began as an idea to create the perfect balance between full custom and semi-custom, and the recently launched 60m Madame Kate will be on display at the Monaco Yacht Show.

Roeland Franssens, MD of Holland Jachtbow

Roeland Franssens, MD of Holland Jachtbow. Photo: Guy Nowell

Holland Jachtbouw is a giant in the superyacht sailing world. Their recently expanded facilities based in Zaandam, located on the outskirts of Amsterdam, are turning out some of the most beautiful classic yachts in the world. The company has a superior reputation for top quality builds of innovative custom projects, and the skilled craftsmen take almost fanatical pride in their work to produce a world class product using efficient modern techniques and cutting edge technology, ultimately providing each client with an exceptional yacht at a realistic price level. Holland Jachtbouw enjoys close ties to the J-Class Association, and has become a partner to the (JCA) at a pivotal point in the history of this majestic class.


AMELS Shipyard in Vlissingen

The very latest J, Topaz, was launched from the shipyard in June 2015, joining her stablemate Rainbow who was launched from HJB in 2012. Exciting times lie ahead for the J-Class, which was recently invited to take part in the 2017 America’s Cup, and also for Holland Jachtbouw, who have exclusive ownership of the rights to build two more J-Class yachts – J9 and Yankee. At the same time HJB are at the leading edge of modern builds and have a co-operation with Multiplast for the build of carbon composite superyachts – undoubtedly the future for superyacht builds.

Superyachts to take you into the future are the speciality of the ultra modern shipyard, Oceanco. This state of the art facility is a privately owned custom yacht shipyard that builds full displacement yachts in the 80m+ range. Since its inception in 1987, Oceanco has built 26 custom superyachts up to 110m in length. Several 100m+ yachts are currently under construction, and the company has the ability to simultaneously build five yachts in the 80m+ category (in various stages of design, engineering and construction), delivering approximately two yachts per year. In 2008 the company acquired more land adjacent to their existing yard, and in 2010 they set about demolishing the old buildings and slips to make way for a new state of the art covered dry dock, which now allows them to construct yachts up to 140m – indoors, until the moment they float out of the shed. Also in 2010 the company was acquired by private investor Dr Mohammed Al Barwani, who is based in the Sultanate of Oman.


Oceanco’s spectacular 88.5m Nirvana

Oceanco maintains a sales, design, marketing and communications office in Monaco and its extended production facility (total of 8.2ha) is located in Alblasserdam, approximately 20km from Rotterdam, with unrestricted direct access via the inland waterway system to the North Sea. Some of the most famous yachts to have been launched by Oceanco include Alfa Nero (Y702) 82m, and the 75.5m Anastasia, which was on display at the Singapore Yacht Show this year. Several Oceanco vessels are currently under construction including a 106m and a 110m yacht.

Heesen Yachts was the first Dutch shipyard to construct yacht hulls in aluminium. Since then the company has become a world leader in design, engineering and construction of high-performance motor yachts. Founded by Frans Heesen in 1978 in Oss, the breakthrough year for Heesen was 1988 when American entrepreneur John Staluppi commissioned Heesen to build a yacht that could do more than 50kts. The result was Octopussy, later renamed Octopussy 007, after the 1983 James Bond film. In 1992 the shipyard expanded its business to include the construction of traditional displacement yachts, and today they deliver superyachts in the 30m to 80m size range – and beyond.

Over 35 years Heesen has delivered nearly 170 yachts, and the current fleet includes aluminium, steel, displacement, semi-displacement and the new revolutionary fast displacement designs. The spectacular 65m Galactica Star received a number of awards after her launch, and in 2014 Heesen Yachts signed their largest project to date, a 70m aluminum fast displacement yacht, codenamed ‘Project Kometa’. Built in collaboration with Espen Oeino, she will have a top speed of 30kts and is scheduled for delivery in 2016.

Continental I 20.00 Wheelhouse Croatia

Elegant Continental series from the van der Valk shipyard

Hakvoort is one of the smaller shipyards in Holland, but they have mastered the building process in steel, aluminium and wood, and build motor yachts and sailing yachts up to 65m in length and have a purpose-built facility for major refits. Situated in the beautiful and historic village of Monnickendam, the facilities include two enclosed and temperature controlled docking and construction halls, along with a metal workshop. In 1919 Albert Hakvoort purchased a shipyard, and then went on to lay down the firm foundations of a thriving business that would eventually put the name of Monnickendam back on the world maritime map. Hakvoort Shipyard started out building fishing boats, moving into the superyacht niche as the demand grew. The yard has remained firmly in family hands, passing down from father to son several times. In fact, entire families of craftsmen have worked at Hakvoort for generations, helping create an atmosphere of personal involvement in company and community alike.

Wim van der Valk

Wim van der Valk

Another passionate Dutch yachtsman and watersports enthusiast, Wim van der Valk founded the company that bears his name and remains the driving force behind the shipyard. Located in Waalwijk, the shipyard was founded in 1968 and has built a rich heritage in both steel and aluminum motor yachts. The elegant Continental series is the signature product, and the shipyard has produced over one hundred yachts of this design. The yard has begun construction on an all-aluminum 24m semi-custom Continental Trawler 2395 Flybridge model that has been designed for the yard by Guido de Groot.

Holland boasts some wonderful yacht designers as well as shipyards. Guido de Groot Design are specialists in innovative interior and exterior design of luxury superyachts. De Groot spent six years as a car designer in Paris with French car manufacturer Citroën before launching Guido de Groot Design in 1997. Guido’s passion for yachts began back in 1986 when he saw the fourth “Highlander” close to completion at the Feadship De Vries yard. Awestruck by the majesty of this 45m masterpiece, Guido started drawing yachts in parallel with his career in car design. The next decade was spent learning everything there was to know about luxury yachts.

Marnix Hoekstra and Bart Bouwhuis are the creative directors of Vripack. Since 1961, their office has created over 7000 designs including Star, which was built in China. Known for their high quality no-nonsense-go-anywhere ships that roam the seven seas, Vripack believe that good design shouldn’t meet all requirements – rather, it should surpass them. The company’s holistic approach is crucial when working with cutting edge design and technology and they believe they don’t just design yachts; they ‘engineer fantasies’.

Holland has an absolutely unique connection to the sea, and the success of the superyacht industry in the Netherlands is most entirely due to the calibre of the Dutch Shipyards and suppliers who wave their wands and weave a kind of magic that translates into something beyond the best.

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By Suzy Rayment (Editor-at-large, YachtStyle)

Photos by Dick Holthuis (opener), Guy Nowell, Carlo Borlenghi and Franco Pace


Pininfarina-designed mega yacht makes its Monaco debut


The Ottantacinque is 85 meters long, weighs 2460 tons, boasts 5 decks and 2 swimming pools, yet, still manages to blend form and function.

Unveiled on Wednesday at the Monaco Yacht Show, the Ottantacinque is a partnership between Pininfarina, the styling studio famed for its work with Ferrari, and leading Italian mega-yacht maker Fincantieri.

“We already are among one of the few mega-yacht builders managing all the business activities, from sales to the product life cycle,” said Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri. “Now, thanks to this stunning project, resulting from the partnership with Pininfarina…we are a real Italian point of reference in a market that, as all luxury niches, highly demands the capacities and taste of our country.”

Ottantacinque interior

And the attention to detail and the craft’s wholesale embrace of the latest technologies will definitely reinforce Italy’s standing within the industry.

For instance, the Ottantacinque’s main deck boasts twin swimming pools that have been raised so that they’re level with the side bulwark.

This means that those bathing or reclining on sun chairs next to the pool can be sure of an unobstructed sea view. What’s more, the pools’ depth can be adjusted — deeper for serious swimming or completely flat so that the pools become a single 160m platform for hosting parties.

Ottantacinque pool

For Pininfarina, the project was all about the technology of beauty and distilling its understanding of the super rich in a way where simplicity and cleanliness always trumps complication and obvious design.

“The result is a sculptural floating home with elegant and dynamic areas, where style meets function, aerodynamics, on-board comfort, ergonomics. Every detail is designed to harmonize with the aesthetic theme of the yacht,” said Paolo Pininfarina, Chairman of the Pininfarina Group.

Ottantacinque deck