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Showboat Design Awards: Otam 35m Gipsy jets to first place

The annual Showboat Design Awards (SDA) celebrates the work of creative talents behind elegant and innovative yacht designs from international yacht design studios. Boasting sleek lines and unique performance, this year’s winner of the Best Naval Architecture category was the Otam Custom Range SD 35m M/Y Gipsy.

Intended to recognize naval architects who seamlessly marry efficient hydrodynamics with elegance, Otam Yachts — with over 63 years of history — snags first place for its models’ exceptional seaworthiness, efficiency and powerboating-based performances. The Otam 35m Gipsy is a three deck, 35m long, 7.8-meter beam yacht. Bespoke for an Italian owner who was searching for a full custom aluminium yacht, the tailor made yacht offers a sprawling amount of living space onboard. The interior layouts and exterior lines have been entrusted to famous international yacht design office Tommaso Spadolini.

With the entirety of interiors unique and customized in line with the owner’s personal taste, the Otam 35m Gipsy wears a full-bespoke suit. Together with their long standing Naval Architect Umberto Tagliavini, Otam Yachts brings a gift to the Otam 35.  This includes an extremely efficient semi-displacement hull that propels the Otam 35m Gipsy to a top speed of 20 knots, as well as a considerable range of over 2,000 nautical miles at 11 knots. The Otam range promises a soft and fluid ride through the waves, with complete safety and comfort.

Gianfranco Zanoni the CEO of Otam Yachts comments: “We really wish to thank and dedicate this important achievement to the Owner of M/Y Gipsy and his family. It has been an amazing experience for Otam shipyard to build such a different product translating the full owner detailed vision and way of living the sea into a real product. We wish to share this satisfaction together with our internal Team of direct Workers and last but not least with Mr Umberto Tagliavini from Marine Design Studio, with Mr Tommaso Spadolini for the important cooperation. “

The Otam 35m Gipsy is swift and speedy on sea, and surely does exceed expectations, making its title an extremely well deserved one.

For more information, visit www.otam.it 

SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS 2017: The ultimate luxury lifestyle event returns to Raffles Marina from October 5 to 8

Southeast Asia’s most anticipated luxury lifestyle event will be back in October 2017. The SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS 2nd Edition will take place from October 5th to 8th 2017 at Raffles Marina to close the F1 season in Singapore and coincide with China’s Golden Week.

GET YOUR TICKETS FOR SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS HERE.

SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS 2016 Ends on High Note

After a successful first edition, the experienced and passionate team behind Asia Rendezvous Pte. Ltd is all set to surprise the public with an alluring set up. The four-day affair will combine everything luxury and fun. Visitors can look forward to world-renowned brand showcases offering unique customization options. Fine jewelry, curated leather goods and handmade watches are some items that will be available for personalization. On top of yachts, properties, supercars and classic cars, art and fashion, the event will offer a great selection of wining and dining options.

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The second edition will be focused on creating opportunities for interaction in the luxury context. The partnering brands are being carefully selected to ensure an impressive impact on the VIP visitors. The event is curated to appeal to a broad audience of HNWIs. The day activities – kid’s entertainment, panel discussions and wine tastings – combine with the night parties to create a formula for the ultimate luxury lifestyle experience in Singapore.

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Raffles Marina has been chosen as the strategic venue – providing the opportunity of sea trials thanks to its open water access, welcoming regional visitors being positioned close to Malaysia and offering high quality existing facilities.

The venue comprises of more than 5,000sqm of indoor and outdoor exhibition space, with flexibility for creative branding, promotion and advertising on land and water.
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SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS is a pioneer in the luxury sector with its innovative approach to showcase brands and create upscale experiences. The 2017 edition is expected to welcome more than 10,000 visitors with over 30 yachts, 20 high-end property exhibitors, over 30 supercars and classic cars, and 20 luxury service providers.

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Watch the official inaugural edition aftermovie below:

 

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SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS Interview: Thibaut de Montvalon, Beneteau Group

The Lagoon 42 is about to make waves at the SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS, the luxury lifestyle event happening this week, October 20-23. Brought to Raffles Marina by Beneteau Group and Simpson Marine, the prestigious yacht will be on display during the 3-day event, as announced in Simpson Marine’s press release – read the full version here.

Making her debut at this lifestyle event is the Lagoon 42, an award winning model which was launched earlier this year in January 2016. Since her launch she has sold over 100 units and also won two awards. Her accolades include ‘Best Multihull Sailing Yacht’ award at Asia Boating Awards and recently winner of the Multihull category at Sailing Today Awards in Southampton Boat Show last month.

Before we immerse ourselves in the fun-filled weekend that will see the Lagoon 42 as one of the luxury yachts on display, we engage Thibaut de Montvalon, Director of Beneteau Group Asia Pacific in a brief conversation. He tells us about the brand’s growing presence in Asia and what is in store for visitors at the SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS.

Give us some background on the Beneteau Group ? How does it perform today on a worldwide basis ?

The Beneteau Group is the world’s number one sailing yacht builder – both mono and multi-hull – and a global market leader for motorboats. The Group’s strategic roadmap is based on four pillars: building on its position as the world leader for sailing yachts, continuing to develop its business on the motorboat market, expanding its range to include larger units and lastly, further strengthening its presence in the North American market.

These four strategic areas, which have been guiding the Group’s development for several years, are especially relevant as the global recreational boat market is growing again for the first time since 2008-09. This growth is being driven primarily by the upturn in the European market and continued growth in the American market. This buoyant environment has enabled the Group to improve its profitability.

As far as Asia is concerned, the Beneteau Group has a long term commitment to the region as it set up its first Asia branch back in 2005 in Shanghai, to focus on the Asian market and develop its market share in the region. Asia is still a rather small market for us as a Group but we believe in its future and we are committed to participate to its development.

Where are you based in Asia? In a few words, how is your dealership network organized ?

We relocated our Asia Regional Office from Shanghai to Hong Kong last year and took over the management of the Pacific area in addition to Asia. From our Asia Pacific office, we are now managing a network of 32 dealers – 18 in Asia and 14 in the Pacific –  ranging from Vladivostok, through Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia and French Polynesia! We are very proud to have the largest network of distributors in Asia and the Pacific and, just as importantly, incredible teams of professionals distributing and servicing our brands.

This is key in our strategy: we look for the best professionals in one market and we are building relationships for the long run. Another one of our objectives is to step-in early in a new market. We’re always scouting for emerging boating markets and we aim to take part in the development of the boating culture in these new destinations.

There has been a strong focus on the launch of the MONTE CARLO Yachts 80, how important is this range of motor yachts in Asia ?

Monte Carlo Yachts is strategic for us in Asia. There is a strong demand for luxury motor yachts in the region and a request for new, outstanding designs.

Asian yachtsmen and yachtswomen have high expectations and always look for the latest styles and values. This suits Monte Carlo Yachts beautifully as our yachts are made to be unique, namely thanks to the talent of Nuvolari & Lenard, our designers, and thanks to the innovative building process we are implementing in our Italian shipyard.

Additionally Monte Carlo Yachts offer unrivaled flexibility when it comes to customization. Once again we aim to build unique yachts perfectly aligned with each owner’s tastes and aspirations.

Our latest MCY 80, which was launched in July and presented at the Cannes boat show in September, is a pure example of this Monte Carlo Yachts promise: unforgettable lines and an outstanding level of finish in every detail. We are very pleased with her success and already have a yacht on the way to Asia for one of our customers. lagoon catamaran singapore rendezvous

The Lagoon range continues to enjoy strong success in Asia. It has almost become synonymous with catamarans. How do you explain the success of the Lagoon range ?

Lagoon is indeed a great success in Asia, and all around the world. We refer to Lagoon as the boating success story as the brand was launched in the 1980s, based on a vision according to which catamarans would become popular in the future. It was a gamble which Lagoon is winning. Catamarans are becoming increasingly popular especially in Asia as clients appreciate the volumes and stability you can find on such boats.

The reason why Lagoon is performing better than any other brand lies in three factors: the ingenuity of the design from VPLP, simply the best multihull designers in the world, which offers incredible space, is light and has good functionality while preserving performances at sea. The quality of the yacht is also essential as it is not an easy matter to build a catamaran. The physics and loads involved are complex; the ability to consistently build good boats is also challenging. The strength of the Lagoon brand through our thousands of loyal owners who are circumnavigating the globe as our best ambassadors and of course our distributors who, once again, perform an exceptional job at promoting and servicing our yachts.

Your group will be displaying a Lagoon 42 at the SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS, what are the specificities of this Catamaran ?

The Lagoon 42 is a new model launched in January at the Dusseldorf boat show. She has met her market as we have already sold more than 100 units of this particular model worldwide!

You can spot her  strong personality at first sight, combining modern, dynamic lines and flowing curves.  On board, the focus is on the living space, with incredible volumes, comfort and amenities. When it comes to sailing, the Lagoon 42 has already made a name for itself, to be performing outstandingly. This is namely thanks to the latest generation of rigging and the sail plan Lagoon has developed, which increases performances under sail while simplifying maneuvres.

The Lagoon 42 is presented for the first time in Asia at the SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS. 

What are the actions taken by the BENETEAU group to lead more Asians to discover and enjoy the yachting lifestyle ?

If I was to list all the actions we implement across Asia in terms of yachting lifestyle, the list would be too long! As you can imagine, through the years since we have been active in the region and thanks to our extensive distribution network, we keep a busy agenda! On the sailing front for example we are involved with a number of regattas all across Asia. In each of these regattas we aim to have one or two boats which we manage and we invite on-board guests and owners, to experience yacht racing together with our team of passionate sailors.

On a less competitive front we are partnering with sailing schools and charter companies to promote sailing culture and encourage people to go boating across Asia, during their holidays. On the power boat front we organize a sport fishing competition, called Barracuda Tour. We run Open Days, where we welcome guests and owners to experience our new models. We also organize Owner’s Rendez-Vous, where clients go to discover new destinations together as a group, under our supervision. And of course, we host numerous parties and dinners on board our yachts, at sea or in the marinas and yacht clubs. 

Chartering a yacht or looking at buying one, how do you tackle this sensitive question ?

In my opinion, this question is irrelevant. Owning a yacht and chartering one are as complementary as owning a property and visiting hotels, or spending holidays in resorts. I can think of many yacht owners who charter yachts on a regular basis.

I see charter as a stepping stone to becoming a yacht owner: you get to experience life on board, see how it feels, share the experience with your friends and family, try different types of boats. This is one aspect of yacht chartering. The other aspect is the ability to extend your horizon, discovering new boating grounds. Yacht charter is a means to combine the love of yachting with travels and holidays abroad. To that extent, I believe that Asia has some of the best boating destinations.

Your best experience on the sea in Asia ?

I recall two experiences. The first one is discovering Phang Nga Bay, in Phuket and Koh Lipe near Langkawi, as skipper of a sailing yacht (a charter yacht actually!) with my family on board. We invited our parents from Europe and cruised between Thailand and Malaysia. To me, cruising is simply the best and purest way to discover a new destination.

The second experience was yacht racing in the China Cup as crew for Michel Desjoyeaux. He is a famous skipper, a French sailing legend. I was, all at the same time, proud to get him participating in one of the Asian regattas with our Beneteau team and humbled to witness his talent, and experience as a member of his crew.

 

For more info and tickets, visit SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS website and SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS Facebook Page

Oceanic Yacht 76 GT

Oceanic Yacht 76 GT: New Delivery

In a span of five short months, Canados has not only built but also delivered its very first Oceanic Yacht 76 GT. What makes this time span so impressive is the fact that the yacht manufacturer stuck to the contractual delivery date despite the changes made by the client.

The 23-meter yacht is Rome-based manufacturer’s new entry-level model of Fast Expedition vessels. Thanks to a ‘displaning’ stepped hull, the yacht is able to provide comfort to its passengers at low speeds and even at 26 to 30 knots. The expansive outdoor space is also another positive design element of the yacht. Available in three or four cabin versions, owners can customise the borderline superyacht to their varying needs. To cater further to their desires, Canados even provides the option of two different main decks: a fully enclosed galley to the front or an American styled galley aft.

For the interior, the superyacht is fitted with two pantographic doors in the wide body wheelhouse as well as continuous lateral glass panels that fill the main deck with natural light. This gives guests the option of enjoying the view or some privacy as the crew runs the boat. Like other Canados creations, the lower deck is fitted with horizontal portholes that allows for more natural light to fill the space.

Apart from the many spaces where guests can relax, the Oceanic Yacht 76 is also able to hold three tenders within the tender garage as well as a four-meter tender on the swimming platform.

To learn more about the Oceanic Yacht 76 GT, visit Canados.

Benetti Unveils New Models: Monaco Yacht Show 2016

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

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

The Benetti FB 264

The Benetti FB 264

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

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

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

Hong Kong Debut: Galeon 500 Fly Powerboat

It has a brand new hull and a great deal of interior space on all three decks so it is no wonder the Galeon 500 Fly powerboat is a highly anticipated yacht. Set to arrive in Hong Kong later this year, the 16.2-meter yacht boasts a 725hp engine and a maximum load of 4,270kg. The award winning “European Powerboat of the Year 2016” is one that brings a series of innovations to the Galeon Range.Galeon-500-Fly-galley

With three distinct aft configurations to choose from, the 500 Fly is set to be a third generation yacht. The choices are endless: full-sized garage, sundeck, classic L-shaped sofa, crew cabin set-up or even a roto-seat option. The unique beach mode feature extends the width of the cockpit to almost 5.8 meters by dropping down both port and starboard sides.Galeon-500-Fly-galley-2

Up on the flybridge, one can choose between a wet bar, sundecks and a second helm station. The option of two different garage possibilities and powerful hydraulic bath platform allows for a range of engaging water sports possibilities. Thanks to glass doors that can be moved easily, the maindeck hides the saloon. A flush floor hides the cockpit area that is linked to the maindeck.Galeon-500-Fly-master-suite

Entertaining guests is a breeze with the help of an outdoor bar while the saloon is a well-lit area that provides a comfortable space to relax in. Below deck, guests have access to three cabins and two bathrooms that cater to up to six people. The master cabin is fitted with a double bed and a walk-in wardrobe along with an ensuite bathroom for added privacy. A VIP cabin on the bow provides two more guests with a series of skylights above the bed while a guest cabin is spacious enough for two. The guest cabin can also be converted into a study, wardrobe or additional leisure area should the need arise.

Kifaru Unveils New Suite 47

Designed by Luca Dini, the brand new Kifaru Suite 47 is a yacht that will appeal to those who cannot decide between a tech-savvy, sporty or luxurious yacht designs. The Suite 47 measures up nearly 14 meters and is described as a powerboat that derives its lines from the previous boats in the Kifaru family.

Keeping the Kifaru signature, the boat showcases a touch of retro style and a flush foredeck. For those looking to unwind, you will be happy to learn that the boat has a spacious sunbathing area in the cockpit thanks to the setees and a foldable table. Along with the sunbathing area is the galley with space for a sink and refrigerator, making it ideal for entertaining guests while the helmsmen’s station is located within the same area.

Described by the designer as a waterborne Bentley GT, the boat will be available in single and twin cabin versions that allow you to customise the interiors. Both versions will also include separate quarters for the crew members while the single cabin editions can be fitted with a galley and bathrooms. The interior of the boat will be styled with warm and inviting furnishings.

Migaloo Brings Submersible Yachts to Market

Spanning across a set of several yacht-submarine hybrid models and one very awesome ‘floating habitat’, Migaloo Private Submersible Yachts are coming up with a new conception of aquatic comfort that promises great things for the future. These yachts were made to fit the increasing desire and demand for privacy and personalization – because what else is more luxurious than staking out your own watery domain both over and under sea in one of these beauties? We of course love these beauties, as you can see from our coverage of luxury submarines.

MIGALOO PRIVATE SUBMERSIBLE YACHTS (5)

The models range from the 72 meter M2 Yacht to the 225-283 meter (yes, that is seriously how big the company says it is) M7 Yacht, each with built according to U.S. Navy Subsafe safety standards, featuring amenities and traits that also appear on other surface yachts of equal size. Of course, the exterior and interior designs are completely up to the owner’s preferences.

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But we should probably move on to the main dish – the Kokomo Ailand. This bespoke state-of-the-art megayacht just stokes up a person’s inner Poseidon or James Bond villain (that’s exactly what the Migaloo website references) as it slowly drifts across the water’s surface with its 117 meter long body. Being decked out with a jungle deck, pool, waterfall, palm, trees and vertical gardens is only the cherry on top to the whole package. For even more fun, check out the shark feeding elevator. Yep, you heard that right. Who needs the pool bar or outdoor cinema when you can have that for entertainment.

KOKOMO AILAND by MIGALOO PRIVATE SUBMERSIBLE YACHTS (7)

Migaloo was founded by professionals with several years’ experience in the industry, and boy do they know exactly what fuels any yacht-owner’s innermost desires. For more information, you can check out their website over at http://www.migaloo-submarines.com/.

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.”

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

$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

BAC Marine Edition Mono Render

Got a Big Yacht? You need the BAC MONO Marine Edition

BAC Marine Edition Mono Render

Like the standard racer, the new Mono offers incredible performance but with the added bonus of easy winching onto a luxury yacht.

Set to make its global debut at the Monaco yacht show, the BAC Marine Edition Mono is aimed squarely at the super rich petrol head.

“Today’s super-yachts are paragons of exquisite taste, exceptional design, and the ultimate experience possible. It is only fitting that owners should be able to extend that experience beyond the vessel upon arrival,” said Andrew Whitney, Director of Strategy & Corporate Development at BAC.

The standard hand-built BAC Mono is already somewhat of a niche supercar. Conceived as a single seat, road-legal alternative to a full on Formula One racer, it has a 305bhp engine.

BAC Mono Marine Edition

However, because the car only weighs 580kg, that powerplant delivers 525bhp per tonne meaning a 0-100km/h time of 2.8 seconds, which makes it faster than pretty much anything else on the road, including a Bugatti Veyron or any current Ferrari.

The Marine Edition comes with its own carbon fiber crane arm that’s compatible with all yacht crane systems, and the car itself has been given designated chassis lifting points for use with a lifting cradle or for affixing to a helipad.

It’s also been given a special anti-corrosion coating in case a marine-based accident occurs. The final touch is an Environmental Control Container System in which the car can be stored while at sea and protected from the elements. The owner can fine-tune temperature and humidity levels depending on where he or she is sailing.

BAC Mono Marine Edition

The Marine Edition, although as simple as the standard edition — i.e., a single seat and an open Formula One style cockpit — can be customized inside and out based on the owner’s taste. Each example will be a bespoke, built-to-order car and prices will start at £500,000.

Yet despite the cost, the company is expecting the new model to be a hit, particularly in Asia and the US.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Nautica

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Nautica looks to the sea

Rolls-Royce Phantom Nautica

After Limelight and Serentity, unveiled earlier in 2015, Rolls-Royce will present a new version of its Phantom, the Nautica.

Inspired by the graceful lines of a yacht, it was designed and created by the brand’s Bespoke branch, onsite in its Goodwood workshop in England.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Nautica interior

The Rolls-Royce Nautica, a one-off model for now, is a two-tone Orchid White and Arabian Blue car that reflects the colors of the ocean.

Yacht references are aplenty, starting with the materials used for the Nautica’s interior, including a Tudor oak veneer along with boxwood inlays.

Rolls Phantom Nautica

On the passenger panel resides another anchor motif inlayed in the marquetry while the seats have been wrapped in Forest Fall leather with Navy Blue piping complemented by Tudor oak door capping.

Phantom Nautica interior

The whole is complemented by a compass specifically designed for this one-off Phantom that sits in the drawer on the central dashboard.

Phantom Nautica compass

Bespoke hasn’t disclosed who ordered the one-off Nautica Edition and how much of a premium it carried over a stock Phantom.

Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes 2014

Cannes Yachting Festival: 2014 guide

Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes 2014

Once again this year, the world’s latest and most exceptional seafaring vessels will be on display at the Cannes Yachting Festival, which takes place from September 9 to 14 in the French port city.

For luxury boating enthusiasts, it’s an event not to be missed. Here’s why.

World premieres galore

At the festival, visitors will get an up-close look at ships that have never before been presented to the public.

Among the 150 new models set to make their debut are the Benetti Tradition Supreme 108 (a hybrid diesel-electric model), the 58 HT Chaseboat by Otam (the brand celebrates its 60th anniversary this year), the Riva Mythos 133, the Lagoon 630 Motor Yacht (the first motor yacht from the French manufacturer), and the Beneteau Oceanis 60.

550 new boats on display

The Yachting Festival, which marks the start of the fall boat show season, gives boat lovers a chance to see some 550 brand new models and around 50 used ones, all of which will of course be available for test driving and for purchase.

Between sailboats and motorboats, mono-hulls and multi-hulls, there will be something for all tastes and (almost) all budgets.

New this year: a Shopping Village

Yachting enthusiasts are known for their appreciation of all things high-end. So it is fitting that the Palais des Festivals is also hosting a Shopping Village this year to showcase the collections of several luxury brands not necessarily specialized in nautical gear and attire.

The Cannes Yachting Festival takes place from September 9 to 14 at the Vieux Port and Port Pierre Canto in the French city.

More information: www.cannesyachtingfestival.com

Alila Purnama

Cruises: sailing yachts offer authenticity, adventure

Cruises let us get away from it all, leaving our troubles and everyday life on the shore. For an even more dramatic change of scenery, forgo the massive ocean liners and book a berth in one of these authentic and charming sailing yachts.

Alila Purnama

Cruise the Indonesian isles aboard the Alila Purnama

This traditional Phinisi ship, made of teak wood, measures 46 meters from stern to bow and has three decks. The Alila Purnama can accommodate 10 passengers along with its 16 crew members.

Guests are lodged in five luxury suites, including one with a panoramic view. Coral reef explorations and spa visits are among the activities included in the Komodo Isles or Raja Ampat cruises. A seven-day cruise for two people is priced at around $10,500.

Managed by Alila Hotels & Resorts: www.alilahotels.com.

Royal Clipper

Board the largest sailing yacht in service: The Royal Clipper

The majestic, five-masted Royal Clipper, measuring 134 meters, is touted as the largest sailboat still in service today. With the capacity to take on 227 passengers, the luxurious boat includes three pools and a gym. Depending on the season, the Royal Clipper sails through the Caribbean or the Mediterranean.

More information is available through Star Clippers: www.starclippers.com.

The Ponant

Cross the Atlantic on Le Ponant 

This three-masted sailing yacht, measuring 88 meters in length, accommodates 64 passengers alongside its 32 crew members in a refined ambiance. Passengers will find a pool, a sauna and two restaurants aboard the ship. Le Ponant sails through the Mediterranean in the spring and summer and in the French Antilles and Cape Verde in the winter. Twice per year, travelers can board the ship for a non-stop journey across the Atlantic (prices start at €1,250 or around $1,700).

More information is available through Compagnie du Ponant: www.ponant.com.

Lagoon 500

Explore the coast of Thailand in a catamaran 

Leaving from Phuket, an eight-cabin catamaran sails the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea, stopping at some of Thailand’s most exceptional island destinations, including the lagoons on Koh Phanak, the Koh Phi Phi beach, and Koh Lanta.

The 10-day “Thai Boat” cruise is available starting at  $2,800 per person. www.govoyages.com.

monohull sailboat

An active cruise in the Greek Isles

On a monohull measuring between 10 and 17 meters, a small crew takes passengers on a tour of the Greek islands from Santorini to Mykonos, giving them an opportunity to participate in manning the ship.

Passengers sleep peacefully in their cabins at night, and during the day they learn how to maneuver the craft using the sails. Swimming and excursions are also part of the experience.

The cruise is available through the French travel agency Comptoir des Voyages from May to October, with prices starting at €1,130 per person. www.comptoir.fr

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.

Benetti Ocean Paradise yacht

Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes

Spectacular yachts at the Cannes Boat Show 2013

Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes 2012

Visitors to the Festival de Plaisance in Cannes, this September 10-15, will get a first look at around 100 new boats, each more luxurious than the last. Here we take a look at the five models likely to stand out as the most impressive.

A catamaran with 280 square meters of living space

Oxygene Yachts Air 77

Oxygene Yachts is the manufacturer behind the Air 77, a houseboat with 280 square meters of living space, equipped with a 2×260 hp motor capable of hitting a top speed of 20 knots. Passengers can cross the boat from stern to bow straight through the living room, which measures 65 square meters.

A racing boat for cruising at over 40 knots

Frauscher speedboat 2013

The 858 Fantom, a masterpiece of design and innovation by Frauscher, comes with a diesel or fuel engine of up to 430 hp, allowing for speeds of up to 48 knots. Passengers can catch some rays on the large sunbathing platform while relaxing to the sound of the Bose audio system.

A sailboat for lovers

Admiral Tecnomar Silent 76

Admiral Tecnomar designed the Silent 76 specifically for a two-person crew, making it an ideal boat for a romantic getaway on the seas. The garage can hold a 3.2m tender or a jet ski.

A luxury home on the water

Princess Yachts 98MY

The Princess Yachts 98MY is a houseboat whose comfort and style rivals that of a palatial home. The living and dining rooms are enclosed by large picture windows, and the main deck provides access to a relaxation area with comfortable chairs for kicking back.

Passengers can take a dip through the electro-hydraulic bath, which can also be used to put a jet-ski in the water. 8 to 10 guests can settle into the cabins, and the crew can be composed of six members.

A yacht with aeronautical influences

Monokini 44M Baglietto deck

The Monokini, measuring 44 meters long and 8.3 meters across, can take on up to 10 passengers and 8 crew members. The aerodynamic exterior curves of this seafaring giant were developed by Francesco Paszkowski, while designer Alberto Mancini has created its stylish interior.

Monokini 44M Baglietto

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

Sea trials

Mercedes-Benz unveils Silver Arrows Granturismo yacht

The design of the Silver Arrows Marine Granturismo, a motor-powered mini-yacht created by the Mercedes-Benz design team, will be on display at the Monaco Yacht Show September 25-28.

Mercedes-Benz Yacht Concept

Silver Arrows Marine called upon the design expertise of the German car manufacturer to come up with the concept for this 14-meter luxury yacht. To create the futuristic and sophisticated look of a seafaring sports car, the Mercedes-Benz team applied techniques from the automobile industry. Sea trials of prototypes were conducted to confirm the maneuverability and handling of the design.

Sea trials

It took the designers 12 months to finalize and perfect every detail, and the result is an innovative and elegant concept that brings to mind the brand’s GT roadsters.

Mercedes-Benz Yacht Concept

The design — which Silver Arrows Marine president Ron Gibbs sees as the blueprint for “an absolute world-class motor yacht” — includes a spacious cabin that opens onto the exterior, as well as a pool with a terrace giving direct access to the water. The curves on the hull and the materials used inside and out are more reminiscent of a luxury car than of a yacht.

Mercedes-Benz Granturismo yacht interior

Ahead of the production phase, full details on the Silver Arrows Marine Granturismo will be presented in late September at the next edition of the Monaco Yacht Show.

Silver Arrows Marine Granturismo mini yacht

Previous Mercedes-Benz Style projects include a cabin fitout for a special run of Eurocopter EC145 helicopters, and designer furniture pieces.

Mercedes-Benz Granturismo Yacht Concept

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.