Abramovich loses yacht in poker game

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich lost one of the yachts in a game of poker, Russian newspapers reported on Monday, prompting a strong denial from the oligarch. “The story is absolutely, completely, entirely false,” Abramovich spokesman John Mann told AFP after three Russian daily newspapers published versions of the story that originated in the Italian press. … Continued

Singapore becomes a superyacht hub

In a report published in November 2008, the World Bank picked Singapore as the example of successful urban development. The bank highlighted some of the key factors that enabled this tiny island-country to move from its industrial beginnings to a modern, livable city. Two of these factors were: master-planning with the right dose of flexibility, … Continued

Norman Foster launches Super Yacht Ocean Emerald

The Lord Foster designed 41m Ocean Emerald has been launched at Porto Lotti Marina near La Spezia in Italy on 25th April. The $24 million yacht is the first in a series of four identical super yachts being built for the YachtPlus fractional ownership programme. Ocean Emerald is a startling departure in design from the … Continued

Boat Design by Andrew Bedov

This new concept boat by industrial designer Andrew Bedov, promises to be an eye catcher and designed with traffic stopping looks. The speed boat by its looks seems to be on the move even when it is standing on the shore. The length of a boat exceeds 30 meters with 30 knots as its maximum … Continued

Asia Boating Award winners revealed

Singapore was crowned Asia’s Maritime Capital at the fifth edition of the Asia Boating Awards, held at the prestigious Le Royal Meridien Hotel in Shanghai. This is the second time the Lion City has been awarded the sought-after accolade – last year’s prize went to Qingdao, China. The award recognises the tremendous effort that has … Continued

The Yacht That Rocks

I do like a good stroll along the Thames – it re-asserts my London-ness as well as providing a completely different landscape to the heady hills of Hampstead. Last week, on one of these strolls, I noticed that one of boats of the Embankment pier – the only permanently moored yacht, no less – was … Continued

The Antibes Yacht Show

For the third consecutive year, the Antibes Yacht Show heralds the opening of the Mediterranean yachting season with this landmark event held in Europe’s largest yacht harbour. Having already doubled its capacity last year, the 2009 event innovates again with new facilities and services, and additional show space with more in-water spots and exhibition stands … Continued

Harrods Will Fly You to Your Superyacht in Style

Air Harrods, the high-end private aviation program run by the world famous London luxury depot, is partnering with Watkins Yacht Management to provide air and concierge support via helicopter and corporate jet to the superyacht set. The two firms will provide a streamlined and ultra-stylish luxury travel experience for those embarking on a luxurious private … Continued

MultiMarine VSV MarySlim

What’s a VSV? The acronym stands for Very Slender Vessel and applies to the boat shown above, the needle-like MarySlim, a 72-foot wave-piercing yacht design created and crafted by Multimarine Composites Limited. The $2.14 million boat can cut through waves in any conditions and the hull and windscreen have been constructed to withstand the pressure … Continued

Yacht Designs Up For Auction

Ten unique yacht designs created by famed luxury yacht designer Tom Fexas, who died in 2006, will be sold at auction. These copyrighted designs will offer an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of boating history and craft a yacht from a choice of 10 individual Fexas designs never seen before. The designs include the … Continued

Pershing Won Best Luxury Performance Yacht 2009 Award

The immense popularity of the Pershing brand on the Chinese market has been reconfirmed for 2009, too. An awards ceremony was held recently in the elegant setting of the Hotel Pudong Shangri-La in Shanghai, during which Pershing, a Ferretti S.p.A. brand and famous Italian shipyard specialising in the production of luxury yachts, was presented with … Continued

Lady Ann Magee Yacht For Sale

The Herald reports that packing magnate Michael Smurfit is selling his luxury yacht for €16.5m after buying it eight years ago for more than €40m. Fifty metres in length and containing six luxury cabins, the Lady Ann Magee is capable of accommodating 12 guests. A jacuzzi, a swimming pool and an en-suite sauna are among … Continued

Synchrony Fractional Yacht Ownership

“First there were summer house shares, then fractional jet ownership. Apparently, the next step in spreading the wealth is Synchrony, which offers syndicated yacht ownership.” Indeed, owning a yacht is far from a practical proposition, with a high buy-in cost, increasing annual costs and a depreciating asset that remains unused for much of the year. … Continued

Megayacht : Feadship’s C-Stream

Called the C-Stream, this concept out of Studio de Voogt is designed to indulge everyone in the family, from the kids to the adults, with its family-centric design. The C-stream design is a mix of playfulness and luxury : it features spacious outdoor area, with the outside aft deck featuring a dock and a number … Continued

Peri 29 Luxury Yacht

The Peri 29 is a V planing motor yacht with a glass-reinforced epoxy sandwich hull. Her tough, light composite construction makes her a high-performance, exceptionally spacious yacht The Peri 29 is decorated in a minimalist style that emphasises the spaciousness of the yacht and the high quality of craftsmanship. All furniture is on a generous … Continued

JamesList Launches Global Luxury Marketplace

Stockholm-based Jameslist.com has just launched the “world’s first truly transparent luxury marketplace”, allowing buyers to find and compare high-end cars, watches, boats, yachts and aircraft from dealers around the world. The site features some 20,000 listings, including rare watches such as the Paul Newman Rolex Daytona, hard-to-find cars like the Maserati MC12 and Ferrari Superamerica, … Continued

Fearless 28 Yacht by Porsche Design

Porsche Design has teamed up with high-end builder Fearless to create a new line of super sexy yachts. The first yacht released in 2007 was the Porsche Design Fearless 28 Yacht ($300,000). The power enables the boat to maintain a noteworthy speed bestow of 46-knots within a range of about 344 miles.

Iraq fails to sell Saddam’s yacht

The 269-foot yacht that once belonged to Saddam Hussein has failed to sell. It had been in Greece for maintenance work. Despite features including a missile launcher and operating theatre, no-one was willing to pay $30m for the 82m (270ft) Basrah Breeze. Brokers warned that the “Arabesque” decor would not suit all tastes. The yacht, … Continued

Riva Yachts Brings the new Ego Super to Miami Boat Show

Riva, the Italian world’s leading company of luxury motoryachts will bring its splendid and glamorous yachts to the Miami Boat Show (February 12th to February 16th 2009). Riva will be showing six models at this year’s show and will be introducing the new 68’ Ego Super to the USA, on display at Ferretti Group booth. … Continued