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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?

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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.

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Specifications
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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Specifications
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.

Specifications

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Specifications
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.

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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.

Story Credits

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Story Credits

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

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

Ottantacinque

Pininfarina-designed mega yacht makes its Monaco debut

Ottantacinque

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.”

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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.

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$88 million superyacht with helipad

Billionaires and other fans of seagoing style will be hanging out in Monaco this week to shop for superyachts like the Silver Fast, a sleek, floating luxury hotel that comes with an outdoor cinema, sauna, beauty salon, gym, and helipad for the price of US$88 million.

At the 25th edition of the Monaco Yacht Show, 121 superyachts with a total value of $3.3 billion will be on display for the 33,000 visitors who will be in the tony principality shopping for the latest water toy.

One of the stars of the show will be the Silver Fast, a sleek, silver bullet of a vessel singled out by Boat International as the most anticipated launch and the biggest new superyacht of the show.

Silver Fast Superyacht

Stretching 77 meters in length, the yacht can sleep 18 guests in eight cabins and reaches top speeds of up to 29 knots.

The vessel from Australia-based SilverYachts, is billed as the world’s largest and fastest aluminum motor yacht, with conventional propulsion in terms of length to speed ratio.

For the yachtless layman, however, it’s the interior features that offer the most wow factor. The sun deck, for instance, comes with an outdoor movie cinema and a glass-fronted eight-person jacuzzi.

Silver Fast Superyacht

The beach club comes with a full spa, including sauna, steam room, gym, massage room and beauty salon.

A bit chilly? No problem. The ‘winter garden’ is built with wraparound sliding glass panels for indoor, terrace dining.

And because, ‘what’s a superyacht without a place to park your helicopter?’ there’s a spot for that too.

Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse Cabriolet Monaco 2015

Last week, in a collaboration with Mercedes Benz, SilverYachts aired a promotional ad at the Frankfurt Motor Show, showing the luxury car parked on the yacht’s helipad as the vessel sped across the waters at 20 knots.

The Monaco Yacht Show runs Sep 23 to 26 – monacoyachtshow.com

Blue Bird SuperYacht

Colorful Luxury Yachts by Vasily Klyukin

Blue Bird SuperYacht

SUPERYACHTS are getting a makeover, thanks to Russian entrepreneur Vasily Klyukin. The businessman is shaking up the jetset world with six striking yacht concepts, each based on an instantly recognizable theme.

White Swan Yacht

The series includes the “Red Shark“, a contemporary design featuring bold contours and sharp angles which represent the most terrifying of all water creatures. The 75-meter long, four-deck piece certainly makes an impact.

Red Shark SuperYacht

“There are no dolphins in the big money world, the sharks are all over the place, and if you see the yacht over 50 meters, you can be sure it’s owned by a business shark,” jokes Klyukin.

Red Shark Yacht

The luminous “Manhattan” is more serene, giving the impression of an illuminated floating skyline capped by a replica of the Empire State Building.

Manhattan Yacht

Conversely, the nostalgic “Mississippi” yacht features a retro design inspired by the paddle steamers of Mark Twain’s era, featuring an eye-catching glass and metal central wheel design detail.

Mississippi yacht

The magnificent “Mondrian” is fairly similar to a traditional yacht in terms of form, but its bold geometric colors make sure it stands out.

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“Mondrian inspired Yves Saint Laurent, Lola Prusak, the architects and designers all around the world,” explains Klyukin, who wanted to pay homage to the Dutch modernist.

Mondrian yacht

The “White Swan” is one of the most avant-garde designs, featuring a retractable neck which leads to a hidden open-air breakfast area.

White Swan superyacht

Meanwhile “Blue Bird” resembles a sports car with its streamlined physique and sharp contours.

Blue Bird Yacht

The series will be officially presented this September during the Monaco Yacht Show 2014. See the full series at vasilyklyukin.com/yacht.

Ocean Paradise

Ocean Paradise named “greenest” yacht

Ocean Paradise

The annual gathering of yacht connoisseurs came to a close in Monaco over the weekend, with the prestigious Rina Green Plus prize going to a new mega-yacht from Italian manufacturer Benetti.

The 55-meter boat, presented in a world premiere at the Monaco Yacht Show, was recognized as the year’s leading example of yacht constructors’ efforts to reduce the carbon footprints of their vessels.

Ocean Paradise yacht dining

The prize is awarded based on the criteria set out by Rina, a marine services company, in its Green Plus certification label, which encourages all manufacturers to produce more eco-friendly boats.

Ocean Paradise yacht living room

Among the innovative and green technologies aboard the Ocean Paradise is a system that reabsorbs greenhouse gas emissions in order to limit their dispersion in the marine environment. Benetti used a brand new coating on the hull of the yacht, reducing resistance in the water and thus enhancing fuel efficiency. The boat is lit with next-generation LED lights, also an optimal choice for energy efficiency.

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Sneak peek at Benetti’s Ocean Paradise

Ocean Paradise yacht

Benetti has just unveiled the first images of the Ocean Paradise, the brand’s latest yacht, which will be presented in a world exclusive at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show, which runs September 25-28.

Ocean Paradise yacht living room

This 55 meter-long mega yacht was assembled in the Livorno boatyard in Tuscany, where it has just been put to sea. Designed according to the specifications of the boat’s owner — a wealthy Singaporean businessman — the yacht combines high-end technology and ultra luxury design.

Ocean Paradise yacht bedroom

Automated systems handle all the settings. The interior design is based on minimalist lines, with a mix of transparent materials and openings onto the outside to let in natural light, such as the large bay windows in the living room.

Ocean Paradise yacht dining

The Ocean Paradise includes four guest cabins with marble bathrooms and a main suite with its own terrace at the bow on the main deck. Every detail has been carefully, luxuriously treated, such as the leather-surfaced interior of the wardrobes.

Ocean Paradise yacht waterfall pool

The upper deck is dedicated to a private home beach club, equipped with a solarium, a waterfall pool, a gym and a mini bar with DJ mixing tables.

Ocean Paradise yacht deckBenetti Ocean Paradise yacht

Azzam yacht

World’s largest superyacht launched

Azzam superyacht

German company Lürssen has launched Azzam, the world’s largest private yacht, eclipsing the previous record holder, Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich‘s 533-foot Eclipse.

Designed by Nauta Yachts in Italy, the $609 million Azzam is almost two football fields long and rivals the size of some cruise ships. It took four years to complete from concept to construction.

Azzam yacht

Amongst many other features the yacht has a main salon with a length of 29 m and a beam of 18m with an open plan and no pillars.

The interior decoration was undertaken by French designer Christophe Leoni, whose brief was to create “a sophisticated and luxurious interior in a turn of the century ‘Empire’ style”.

Azzam

The Azzam will travel in excess of 30 knots, powered by a combination of 2 gas turbines and 2 diesel engines with a total of 94000 horse powers; she will require a 50-person crew to maintain her.

monaco yachtshow

Monaco Yacht Show 2012

Monaco-Yacht-Show-2012

One of the most important events in the super yacht calendar, The Monaco Yacht Show kicks off on September 19 and runs until September 22.

The 22nd edition of the Monaco Yacht Show is showcasing a fleet of 103 superyachts for four days, turning the Port Hercules marina into the host for some of the world’s biggest and most luxurious vessels. The latest designs and constructions will be seen by more than 28,000 visitors including industry experts.
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benetti Diamonds Are Forever yacht

Benetti launches superyacht Diamonds Are Forever

benetti Diamonds Are Forever yacht

Benetti will bring the recently delivered 61 metre Diamonds Are Forever to this year’s Cannes Boat Show, making it the largest yacht ever to be on display at the show.

Built in 2011 and with a guest allowance of 12, Diamonds has four decks (complete with an elevator) and plenty of room for relaxing and entertainment.
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