Further shortlist success for NEW Wider 150 Luxury Yacht GENESI at IY&A Awards 2016

December 01, 2015

The new Wider 150 luxury yacht GENESI has achieved a further shortlist success at the International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2016. In addition to the ‘Power Yacht over 40m’ category, superyacht GENESI by Wider Yachts will also compete in the ‘Interior Design – Power Yacht’ category.

Wider 150 superyacht GENESI - Main Saloon

Wider 150 superyacht GENESI – Main Saloon

An ideal vessel for those searching for large outdoor spaces, demanding same indoor comforts they require from a home and an engineering package which allows the highest levels of comfort, motor yacht GENESI with diesel electric propulsion system boasts exceptional, intelligent design and the highest quality of finish. The many special features on-board include the class leading outdoor spaces, particularly the beach club and the use of latest technology to reduce sound and vibration levels to a minimum.

Luxury yacht GENESI - Owners Suite

Luxury yacht GENESI – Owners Suite

Some of the key aspects of super yacht GENESI include a 90m2 Beach Club, comprising a 7m pool – the biggest in its competitive set, with floating launching system for the tender. There is also vast outdoor area, totaling in excess of 350m2. Moreover, the opening forward terrace provides maximum privacy at dock for al-fresco dining or a fantastic position to relax.

GENESI Yacht - Pool

GENESI Yacht – Pool

The elegant, contemporary interior of the Wider 150 yacht GENESI features furniture and leather supplied by Poltrona Frau and fabrics by Gentili Mosconi Home. These create unique, custom made furniture like the pilot seat, the owner’s tub, large floor to ceiling windows throughout the main and upper deck lounge areas permitting sunlight to flood in and offer panoramic views of the sea.

An Exclusive Networking Party Hosted by Sunseeker France aboard Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht SPONTANEOUS

December 01, 2015

Last month saw Sunseeker France host an exclusive networking party aboard the graceful Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht SPONTANEOUS. Industry professionals had a unique opportunity to view luxury motor yacht SPONTANEOUS and meet her Captain to fully understand the capabilities of the cutting edge design, boasting an intelligent use of space that creates the daring and dramatic look and feel of this popular Sunseeker model.

Guests aboard Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht SPONTANEOUS

Guests aboard Sunseeker 28 Metre Yacht SPONTANEOUS

In collaboration with Club Vivanova, Sunseeker Beaulieu hosted a lovely afternoon of corporate and professional networking on-board the gorgeous SPONTANEOUS yacht. The fabulous French Riviera provided a fantastic backdrop to enjoy a chilled glass of wine perfectly paired to compliment the Japanese cuisine expertly chosen by Club Vivanova owner Beadley Mitton.

Club Vivanova Guests aboard Sunseeker superyacht SPONTANEOUS

Club Vivanova Guests aboard Sunseeker superyacht SPONTANEOUS

Lindsay Hutchinson, Commercial Director of Sunseeker France, said: “We were absolutely delighted with the turn out with a most professional mainstream sectors were represented; from Private Banking and Currency Trading, to Couture Fashion and International Press. Conversations with existing clients, new clients, partners and friends all enjoying the party atmosphere. Sunseeker France Group have committed to creating more collaborations and partnerships with various other luxury brands synonymous with Sunseeker for the 2016 year.”

Note: Original article appeared on the official Sunseeker Blog Book.

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Imposing 91m Super Yacht LADY LARA by LURSSEN in Amsterdam

December 01, 2015

The imposing 91m super yacht LADY LARA (Project Orchid) was spotted by Peter Eijking in Amsterdam on November 25, 2015. Recently delivered by Lurssen, the brand new motor yacht LADY LARA has already left Amsterdam. She is expected to enjoy the winter season in Florida, the Bahamas and The Eastern Caribbean islands.

The exterior as well as interior design of luxury mega yacht LADY LARA (Project Orchid) comes from Reymond Langton, who designed this striking vessel around creating a harmonious balance. She boasts a feminine elegance when viewed at a distance, thanks to her sweeping curves and elegant proportions that allow her masculine details to emerge. Her sharp lines define her strong, sculpted surfaces, showing the vessel’s vast deck space.

There are more charter yachts built by Lurssen here.

Lovely 2007 Hatteras 77 Sportfish Yacht USELESS underway

November 30, 2015

Take a look at the lovely 2007 Hatteras 77 Sportfish yacht USELESS (ex Orion) in the video below, released by ‘ZipZapPower’. Motor yacht USELESS is able to reach a thrilling top speed of 32 knots, thanks to her twin 2000hp MTU diesels. The vessel offers accommodation to up to 8 guests and a crew of 2.

More charter yachts built by Hatteras.

Second edition of eagerly awaited RORC Transatlantic Race kicks off

November 30, 2015

The second edition of the eagerly awaited RORC Transatlantic Race kicked off from Marina Lanzarote in Spain over the weekend, with the fleet enjoying an amazing start in Atlantic swell and a solid 15 knots of breeze from the north east. The race is expected to be marked by close battles within the fleet for the next 3,000 miles, before the yachts reach the finish at Camper & NicholsonsPort Louis Marina in the beautiful Grenada yacht charter location, nestled in the Caribbean.

Jean-Paul Riviere's Finot 100 Yacht Nomad IV and the Southern Wind 94 Yacht Windfall enjoy a close battle at the start - Photo credit to RORC James Mitchell

Jean-Paul Riviere’s Finot 100 Yacht Nomad IV and the Southern Wind 94 Yacht Windfall enjoy a close battle at the start – Photo credit to RORC/James Mitchell

“A fantastic start,” commented Eddie Warden Owen, Chief Executive of the Royal Ocean Racing Club. “Beautiful conditions for the fleet which all got away extremely well under full sail. Every single yacht competing in this race has been so well prepared and they are all expecting a very competitive race across the Atlantic. There are battles throughout the fleet which will undoubtedly have many twists and turns over the next few days and weeks of racing. Safety is always our top priority and after that major consideration, these teams are all up for the challenge of pushing hard across the Atlantic.”

Three powerful Maxis are participating in the RORC Transatlantic Race, with the Southern Wind 94 superyacht Windfall, taking part for the second occasion. Skippered by Irish Olympic sailor Timothy Goodbody, Windfall made the best start to lead the Maxis to the first mark at Puerto Calero Marina, just holding off Jean-Paul Riviere’s French Finot-Conq 100 superyacht Nomad IV, which is also participating for the second time. Will Apold’s Canadian Swan 78 yacht Valkyrie with a towering cathedral rig was not far behind the two larger rivals and holds a generous IRC rating advantage.

After rounding Tenerife, the next mark of the course is Glover Island Light in Grenada, positioned about 3,000 miles south west across the Atlantic.

Luxury Motor Yacht OPY80 by Fassmer shipyard and beiderbeck designs

November 30, 2015

Fassmer shipyard and beiderbeck designs, both belonging to the DEUTSCHE YACHTEN Superyachts Germany working group, have worked together to come up with a design that turns the tried and tested OPV80 patrol boat into a luxury vessel – motor yacht OPY80. Measuring impressive 80m in length, luxury mega yacht OPY80 is not only particularly seaworthy, but also aesthetically pleasing.

Fassmer Motor Yacht OPY80 by beiderbeck designs

Fassmer Motor Yacht OPY80 by beiderbeck designs

Since 2008, the OPV80 (Offshore Patrol Vessel) from Fassmer has been working off the coasts of Chile and then Colombia. The ship was developed by in-house designers in Berne near Bremen as an economical patrol vehicle. The shape of the hull was optimised in towing tank tests carried out at the Hamburg Ship Model Basin HVSA to ensure that the clients’ highest speed, seaworthiness and manoeuvrability requirements would be exceeded.

Fassmer OPV80 on duty in Chile

Fassmer OPV80 on duty in Chile

Luxury superyacht OPY80 by beiderbeck designs is based on Fassmer’s tried and tested technical platform, which saves on R&D costs and time when it comes to new builds. She boasts a highly innovative mechanism used for launching tenders that can launch a dinghy into the water and can then pick it up again both even while cruising. The landing pad for large helicopters, which can be refueled even while on board, has a foldable handrail which gives way to an open party deck. During this time, the helicopter disappears into the tried and tested hangar mid ships.

The forward-facing owner’s area at the front of OPY80 yacht as well as the lounge are surrounded by one and a half decks’ worth of glass fronts making it hardy in all types of weather. The wheelhouse is positioned higher to give a clear view. Behind it, there is an amazing well protected outdoor deck area.

In terms of performance, luxury yacht OPY80 is powered by twin Wärtsilä engines with a total output of around 4,000 kW on the propellers. These deliver a maximum speed of 18 knots. With twice the power, the vessel can reach thrilling speeds of 22 knots.

Well sized and graceful 77M Motor Yacht NB63 – The Largest Yacht to be built by Turquoise Yachts

November 30, 2015

Currently under construction, the well sized and graceful 77m motor yacht NB63 (project name) will be the largest yacht built by Turquoise Yachts, once completed. Taking inspiration from the 2012 award-winning 72m mega yacht VICKY, superyacht NB 63 boasts an elegant exterior profile, drawn by H2 Design and boasting a distinctive swooping arch along the side that extends around the aft of the vessel.

New 77m mega yacht NB63 by Turquoise Yachts

New 77m mega yacht NB63 by Turquoise Yachts

The vast external deck space of luxury mega yacht NB63 hosts an amazing sundeck with a large sunbathing area and a 5-metre swimming pool with a waterfall. The owner’s deck positioned one deck below boasts a sports gym and a sheltered lounge area with seating and dining for up to 14 guests. The lower deck features a generous beach club accessed via the transom stairs or internally via the main salon.

Luxury Yacht NB63 - Beach Club

Luxury Yacht NB63 – Beach Club

The beautiful interiors of NB 63 superyacht can sleep up to 18 guests across 9 luxuriously appointed suites. The main deck offers a main salon and dining room, with guest suites positioned forward. The amazingly large owner’s suite and bedroom can be found on the bridge deck, along with a smaller cabin for either children or staff. Aft of the owners’ cabin, there is a lovely sky lounge and a bar for socializing. This space can also be utilized as a family room for games or movie entertainment. Moreover, there is also a large gym/spa treatment area located aft.

Motor Yacht NB63 - Owners Suite

Motor Yacht NB63 – Owners Suite

The impressive 77m super yacht NB 63 by Turquoise Yachts can also easily accommodate a numerous crew of 20 members. The vessel provides the crew members with two lounges and access to their own gym.

See more on Proteksan Turquoise (now Turquoise Yachts).

Autonomous Yachts

November 30, 2015

What is the future of luxury yacht charter when it comes to autonomous superyachts? Will autonomous yachts become a reality in the world of luxury yacht vacations? Do superyacht captains have to worry about their positions in the industry? These, and many other similar questions come to mind when talking about the future of superyacht technology and autonomous yachts – wether in the sector of private yacht ownership or luxury yacht charter.

100-foot MARS research vessel - an autonomous trimaran

100-foot MARS research vessel – an autonomous trimaran

Driverless cars have become a reality, with Google currently testing its Google Self-Driving Car (SDC), a new concept that has neither a steering wheel nor pedals, which Google plans to make available to the public possibly next year. But how long will it take for completely ‘driveless’ superyachts to become an everyday reality? Mike Blake, president and founder of Palladium Technologies and a driverless car fan, spoke in front of a large audience of superyacht professionals at the 2015 Superyacht Forum, addressing the subject of autonomous yachts of the future. “I see full automation – that is, with no captain on the bridge – as a reality in four or five years.” Said Mr Blake in an interview with SuperyachtNews.

So, what would happen to the Captain and the crew aboard? Will there be no need for a Captain? There is a steady decrease in navigation-related tasks aboard superyachts, as the on board technology, such as autopilots, become more and more sophisticated. Perhaps superyacht Captains won’t ever be made redundant, but their roles could change to accommodate the requirements on board these futuristic vessels.

Ultimately, it might come down to the owner to decide what type of vessel he or she would like to build. What impact could it have on the world of superyacht charter, where guests are used to constant attention and impeccable service, and most of all the sense of safety and security achieved by the presence of a captain? We think, this change is inevitable as the world continuously develops and becomes more and more automated. Only the future can give us answers to all these questions once the various theories are put to practice.

We know that other industries, such as the aviation industry and train transport already use autonomous technology in their vehicles, so it is only a matter of time before we see luxury superyachts cruising without captains’ intervention as a ‘normality’.

Autonomous Boats a Reality?

One of the autonomous superyacht-sized vessels currently under development and construction is the 100ft MARS – The Mayflower Autonomous Research Ship. The futuristic new trimaran developed by Shuttleworth Design in partnership with the Plymouth University, will sail across the Atlantic Ocean completely unmanned. It will be equipped with number of drones, enabling it to conduct experiments along the route. The Atlantic crossing is scheduled for 2020, marking the 400th anniversary of the original Mayflower sail in from Plymouth to the North American continent.

There are a number of smaller autonomous boats either in development or under construction, however we hope to see new and exciting autonomous superyacht designs and concepts come to light in the near future!

Construction of NEW sailing yacht wallycento#4 underway

November 30, 2015

The all-new sailing yacht wallycento#4 has been successfully sold and is currently in build at Persico Marine yard in Italy, due to be delivered in June 2017, just in time for the second part of the Wally Class racing season. Superyacht wallycento#4 is the ultimate racer-cruiser, joining the fleet of the innovative box-ruled superyachts, including the first three units: Galateia, Magic Carpet Cubed and Open Season.

New sailing yacht wallycento#4

New sailing yacht wallycento#4

Being built for a passionate racing yachtsman, luxury yacht wallycento#4 represents a further step forward in the evolution of the high performance super yachts, benefitting from the previous units experience. She is developed by Mark Mills of Mills Design, introducing in Wally a new naval architect.

Superyacht wallycento#4

Superyacht wallycento#4

“Significant progress has been made in a number of areascommented naval architect Mark Mills- one of the first targeted for improvement was optimisation of the layout with the structure to reduce structural weight, improve hull stiffness, and centralise the significant machinery weights to reduce pitching inertias.  The hull shape exhibits a combination of low drag in lighter conditions and increased stability in more wind that makes her more versatile than previous generations.” 

Luxury yacht wallycento#4

Luxury yacht wallycento#4

“Deck development is another significant thread, combining the simple sleek aesthetic that Wally agreed with the client with a functional race-able layout encouraging quicker easier manoeuvresadded MillsDrawing on the ramp deck first seen on Alegre, this geometry was developed firstly to fit over the interior accommodation mandated by the wallycento rule in the most efficient way possible, while providing an easier deck on which to operate.”

wallycento #4 superyacht main technical specifications:

length o.a. 30,48 m

beam max 7,2 m

draught 4,40 / 6,20 m

displacement  49,95 tons

speed (engine) 11 knots

sail area 640 m2

accommodation 6 guests + 2/4 crew

saloon table and seats for 10

naval architecture Mills Design

exterior design TBC

interior design TBC

construction Persico Marine

certification Germanish Lloyd

mast and boom Southern Spars

rigging EC6 Southern Spars

engine TBD – 300 hp

See more charter yachts by Wally Yachts here.

Extensive programme of works for Luxury Charter Yacht VvS1 at McMullen & Wing

November 30, 2015

McMullen & Wing is thrilled to announce that it has secured the 10-year refit of the 34m luxury charter yacht VvS1, superbly penned by Gregory C. Marshall. Providing fantastic superyacht charter holidays in the South Pacific, as well as Australia & New Zealand, the 2007 motor yacht VvS1 will enjoy a busy 2016 summer cruising, before being hauled at McMullen & Wing’s Auckland shipyard in April 2016 for an extensive programme of works.

Luxury Charter Yacht VvS1 in Fiordland - Photo by Michael Eaglen (McMullen & Wing)

Luxury Charter Yacht VvS1 in Fiordland – Photo by Michael Eaglen (McMullen & Wing)

A winner of the World Superyacht Award in 2008 for Best Motoryacht Under 40 Metres, as well as three more awards at World Yacht Trophies in Cannes, luxury expedition yacht VvS1 will undergo a refit that will be centred on survey work and will be largely technical. “The focus of the project will be the yacht’s 10-year Lloyds special survey and replacing the generators and shore power converter, but we will also be undertaking some general maintenance and improvements around the yacht,” commented Richard Low, Projects Manager at McMullen & Wing, himself an accomplished superyacht captain. “We’re looking forward to working closely with the captain and crew to deliver a top quality cost-effective programme of refit works and taking advantage of the availability of McMullen & Wing’s outstanding central Auckland facilities.”

The yard is delighted to be working on the refit of the outstanding VvS1 superyacht. Boasting many decades of experience in refit work and a longstanding working relationship with Marshall – who designed the yard’s 45m charter yacht BIG FISH and the in-build 50m superyacht Hull 1016 – McMullen & Wing represents the perfect choice for the refit of the acclaimed VvS1 yacht.

VvS1 Luxury yacht

Year:2007 (Refit na)  L.O.A.:34m (111ft)  Beam:7.78m (25' 6") 
Max Speed:13 knots  Cruise Speed:12 knots  Engines:2 x Caterpillar 475hp 
Cabins: Charter Guest: Crew:

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