New AVALONNE superyacht tender concept by Gray Design

July 25, 2014

The all-new Avalonne superyacht tender concept has been proudly presented by Gray Design from Sweden, as part of their new Zeus Twelve Gold & White Collection. This also includes an electric motorbike, as well as a matching sports car.

Avalonne superyacht tender concept by Gray Design

Avalonne superyacht tender concept by Gray Design

To be available in 2017, Avalonne is a versatile leisure boat that is small enough to serve as a tender on a large superyacht. It is fully equipped with everything you need for an overnight stay onboard and has the power to take you to your destination quickly and comfortably. Above deck, there is room for 8 guests and below deck are sleeping quarters for four.

Avalonne luxury yacht tender concept

Avalonne luxury yacht tender concept

Avalonne yacht tender concept

Avalonne yacht tender concept

BASIC SPECIFICATION OF AVALONNE LUXURY YACHT TENDER CONCEPT:

Length (LOA) 41’

Engines Diesel

Hull Composite

Fuel Capacity 1450

Max speed (knots) 40

New website of revolutionary new support yacht YXT ONE by Lynx Yachts and Diana Yacht Design

July 25, 2014

The new website of the ground-breaking new support yacht YXT ONE is now live. Constructed by the young and dynamic Dutch builder Lynx Yachts to a design by Diana Yacht Design, the 24-metre luxury motor yacht support vessel YXT ONE represents the first of a series of purpose built pocket support yachts.

Launch of 24m support yacht YXT One by Lynx Yachts and Diana Yacht Design

Launch of the 24m support yacht YXT One by Lynx Yachts and Diana Yacht Design

Superyacht support vessel YXT ONE was launched in Zaandam, the Netherlands, on April 9, 2014. The launch was a low key affair, fitting for a yard with a no nonsense approach to yacht building, preceded only by a small celebration for the workers, sub-contractors, suppliers, naval architects and engineers who actually built the yacht and made the dream into reality.

Luxury yacht support vessel YXT One - aft view

Luxury yacht support vessel YXT One - aft view

The major benefits and functions of the luxury yacht support vessel YXT ONE include:

-          More space for larger tenders and more toys

-          Acts as a large beach club when tenders are launched

-          Lower deck custom configurations allow for: Extra accommodation for guests, crew or staff/Spas/Gym/Extra storage

-          Ideal as a large sailing yacht support vessel and regatta committee yacht.

24m luxury yacht support vessel YXT One - side view

24m luxury yacht support vessel YXT One - side view

Luxury yacht support vessel YXT ONE by Lynx Yachts and Diana Yacht Design is currently enjoying the azure waters of the popular Mediterranean yacht charter location.

Technical Specifications of support yacht YXT ONE:

Model  YACHT-X-TENDER

Builder LYNX YACHTS BV

LOA 23.98 m / 78.67 ft

LWL 23.59 m / 77.40 ft

Beam Moulded 7.10 m / 23.30 ft

Depth Moulded 3.65 m / 11.98 ft

Draft 1.45 m / 4.76 ft

Hull Material Aluminium

S / Structure Aluminium

Classification CE category “A”

Designer Diana Yacht Design

Naval Architect Diana Yacht Design

Interior Designer Weber Yacht Design

Main Engines 2 x 1015bHp CAT C18

Speed (Max) 18 kn

Speed (Cruising) 16 kn

Fuel Consumption 400 lt/h (Max Speed)/300 lt/h (Cruising Speed)

Range Approx. 1100nm @16kn/Approx. 1300nm @14kn/Approx. 1800nm @12.5kn

Displacement 85 tons (Full load)

Guests 4 in 2 cabins

Crew 4 in 2 cabins

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – The ultimate testing ground and showcase for Maxi Yachts

July 24, 2014

The ultimate testing ground and showcase for Maxi yachts, their owners, sailors, as well as designers is the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, held annually in the fantastic Sardinia yacht charter destination – Porto Cervo, and open only to yachts over 18,29m (60’) in length. With a fierce level of competition, challenging and complex racecourses, the event represents a stern examination of a Maxi yacht’s capabilities.

Mini Maxi fleet at the start line - Image credit to Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Mini Maxi fleet at the start line - Image credit to Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Owned and helmed by individuals accustomed to success outside of sport, sailed by outstanding professional talent and designed by architectural visionaries, the world’s most impressive monohull yachts – Maxis – are admired for their speed, power and elegance.

The 2014 edition of the competition will take place from 31 August – 6 September. Like spring’s Baselworld for the watch industry, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is an unmissable rendezvous for those captivated by, and at the forefront of, the most cutting-edge developments in their industry.

From aluminium to carbon

Established in 1980, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup was born of a desire to provide the large, powerful yachts with an opportunity to engage in a direct competition, in a suitably challenging environment. Organized by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, the event has been the jewel of Rolex’s international yachting portfolio since 1985. The near thirty-year partnership between the event, yacht club and Title Sponsor is one of the longest and most significant relationships in the world of sailing. Its enduring nature reflects shared values and the common pursuit of excellence and advancing innovation.

Mini Maxis at the start of day one - Image Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Mini Maxis at the start of day one - Image Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

In the 1980s hulls were made of glass fibre, aluminium, sometimes even wood. Masts and rigging were constructed using metal; lines controlling sails were made of wire. Heavy and not particularly fast, loads were high, manoeuvres ponderous and safety margins slim. A far cry from the sleek, carbon fibre-built designs of today that benefit from aerospace technology, making them fast and agile. In the right hands some appear to be sailed like dinghies.

“Initially, Maxis were heavy displacement, fixed keel boats with a fairly shallow draft,” explains Jim Pugh of the San Diego-based Reichel/Pugh studio, the visionary behind several of the world’s great Maxi yachts from Wild Oats XI yacht to superyacht Esimit Europa 2. The Maxis now racing in Porto Cervo are unrecognisable from their predecessors – rules, materials and knowledge have all changed over the intervening years expanding the opportunities considerably. “Some of the Maxi boats now weigh 26 metric tonnes whereas 30 years ago they weighed 75 tonnes – a huge difference. The rigs are probably twice the size and due to a much longer waterline, they are more powerful, probably going three times the speed they did thirty years ago.”

Rolf Vrolijk of German studio Judel/Vrolijk, inspiration behind all-conquering Mini Maxis such as Niklas Zennström’s sailing yacht Rán 2 (and Zennstrom’s latest Rán launched earlier this year and now poised for its first Porto Cervo appearance) and Hap Fauth’s luxury yacht Bella Mente points to a number of factors affecting why and how design has evolved: “A lot of the changes have been influenced by rating rules which have determined how boats are built.” Other developments have occurred following improvements in a different area, for example “sail development in terms of cloth and design has occurred parallel to improvements in mast design.”

BELLA MENTE (USA) starring at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Image by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Sailing yacht BELLA MENTE (USA) starring at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Image by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Continued research into the possibilities offered by the latest construction materials has enabled different sizes and types of boat to emerge. The landscape has broadened immensely: from all-out racing Mini Maxis between 60 and 72 feet to imperious Supermaxis measuring in excess of 165 ft (50m); from boats designed to both race and cruise to those with speed as their single purpose. All reflect a continuing desire to break boundaries in terms of power and elegance. The differences between an all out racing Mini Maxi (Bella Mente) and a Supermaxi (defending Class champion superyacht Nilaya), designed primarily to cruise, are outlined in an accompanying infographic.

A collaborative process

With the range of concepts and solutions on display, it is little surprise that many projects are born at or inspired by the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. “Coming to an event like this you see so many different styles of boat,” explains Pugh. “It is definitely very stimulating in terms of creativity.”

Pugh confirms that the design process is categorized by several key steps starting with the owner’s brief: “You will discuss what the owner wants to do, how he wants the boat to perform, gaining an idea about where the boat has to sail, where it has to have its strong points to meet his vision.”

Some briefs can be truly specific, as designer Mark Mills reveals for the recently launched 72-ft Mini Maxi yacht Alegre: “More than a perfect testing ground, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is the boat’s raison d’être. The boat’s design, everything about it, is about coming here and doing our best. It is the template around which Alegre was designed.”

BELLA MENTE and STIG drop their headsails as they fly downwind - Image by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Luxury yachts BELLA MENTE and STIG drop their headsails as they fly downwind - Image by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Once commissioned, an exhaustive research and development (R&D) process begins. “So much of this sort of boat design is driven by R&D,” explains Mills. “The first thing you do is set up a weather model, agree on the right conditions and let 80 or 90 hull shapes run through that model. The hull shape and parameters of the boat come out of R&D work. To that end it is the child of the research process.”

“Sometimes we will tank test, other times we will test computationally,” explains Pugh. “Then we will develop a number of other designs that are slightly different, varying parameters of the baseline such as beam and displacement and different styles of hull shapes so we can run those computationally. It is a fairly long process, taking somewhere between four to seven months.”

Once the design concept and testing is finalised, the complex build process is set in motion, a collaboration involving composite structural engineers, together with sail and mast makers, and specialists in almost every conceivable aspect of a sailing boat.

Once constructed the crew begin a further testing process through extensive sea trials and then sailing the boat at competitive events. It can take a while for a new launch to reach her full potential. “Everyone hopes to be right on target out of the blocks,” explains Mills, “but the size of these boats and level of complexity involved, including a crew of around 22, means it usually takes a year to get a boat fully working.” This is the position Alegre now finds herself in. She is aiming to better last year’s second place and claim her first Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship.

Technology enables crews to crunch an amazing amount of data from cameras recording sail shape to sensors noting backstay and forestay tension. Of course, the data is nothing without skilled human interpretation. The sailors at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup are a who’s who in this regard, nearly all with a skill beyond simply knowing how to sail.

BELLA MENTE leads the Mini Maxi fleet round the windward mark - Image by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

BELLA MENTE yacht leads the Mini Maxi fleet round the windward mark - Image by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Larger and lighter

Development is not confined to pure race boats. The Wally Cento is one of the latest concepts in dual purpose yachts required to both cruise and perform on the racecourse. Hamilton was the first iteration, launched in 2012, and Reichel/Pugh delivered the second in superyacht Magic Carpet 3 in early 2013. The response to another owner taking advantage of evolution in stronger, lighter materials to improve speed. “It is a very exciting project,” continues Pugh, “It is not an absolute race design and has to reach the class rules of considerable accommodation. This is an even bigger challenge than doing a stripped out racing boat.”

Magic Carpet 3 yacht’s owner, Sir Lindsay Owen Jones, explains his concern throughout the process was whether his new yacht would be fast. The answer he says emphatically is yes: “It’s much faster. It is much more fun, much more exciting. Paradoxically, it is a much better cruising boat because of its extra width, which gives people air and space and makes it a very stable cruising platform. When you feel it accelerating it really is an exciting feeling. It feels like a racing boat and that’s what we wanted.”

MAGIC CARPET 3 chased by HAMILTON during the first day of racing - Image credit to Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Superyacht MAGIC CARPET 3 chased by HAMILTON yacht during the first day of racing - Image credit to Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Evolution not revolution

What can we expect to see over the coming years in terms of Maxi yacht design? “There are parameters that limit you so you are not going to see a revolution in design,” warns Pugh. “But you may see a continuing evolution in hull design in terms of performance, sail plans and in rigs.”

“The possibilities are always there,” adds Vrolijk “and a desire to push the boundaries of speed will always be prevalent. For every generation of boats, the new ones have to be faster.”

Just like the Maxi world with which it has been closely associated with for nearly thirty years, Rolex has championed innovation in its field from the very beginning, adapting to dynamic, changing lifestyles and pioneering the development of the wristwatch as early as 1905. The brand is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism introduced in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. The parallels with the continued developments in the Maxi world are clear: the desire to create something which is enduring and aesthetically spectacular; precise and innovative; robust and functional; admired and recognised for its excellence.

The developments witnessed each year at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup are significant for many reasons: they push the design envelope at the pinnacle end of the sport; the demand for, and availability of, high-tech material filters down to all aspects of sailing; Maxi yacht owners make a substantial investment to push the perceived boundaries of speed; and the desire for increased comfort onboard  propels the sport’s continued evolution. Among the innovations anticipated for the future are consequential changes to the underwater profile and foils to increase speed.

As certain as Maxis will continue to break boundaries, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup will forever be the proving ground for the world’s greatest and fastest yachts. 2014 promises to be no exception.

Sydney International Boat Show 2014 to open next week

July 24, 2014

Set to run in the glamorous Australia yacht charter destination – Sydney from July 31 to August 4, this year’s Sydney International Boat Show is expected to open its doors next week, with both the Sydney Exhibition Centre at Glebe Island as well as the Cockle Bay Marina at Darling Harbour filled to capacity. The event will once again feature everything the water-loving Aussie could ever wish for. More than 60,000 visitors are expected at the show which, for the first time, will take place across two fabulous harbour venues, both available on the one ticket, with transport between the venues included for free.

Sydney International Boat Show

Sydney International Boat Show

Opening Thursday 31 July, more than 150 boats will be on display at Darling Harbour, ranging from the more modest, to the most luxurious, making up part of the recreational marine industry valued at $8 billion in Australia. A free continuous harbour ferry service will transport visitors from Darling Harbour across to the Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island where an additional 210 exhibitors will display Trailer Boats, the latest gadgets and leading products available to recreational boaters this year. The Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island can also be accessed via a free continuous shuttle bus service operating to and from Central Station.

Once there, the Lifejacket Lounge featuring the Glebe Island Beach BBQ, near the entrance to the Exhibition Centre is a wonderful location to rendezvous with friends, catch a bite to eat, have a drink, and enjoy the view across the harbour. Amongst the many exhibitors, regular fishing clinics will take place on stage, also featuring the Musto Fashion Extravaganza (a ‘must-see’ every year), and talks by adventurers Lisa Blair and Andrew Abrahams. Lisa will speak about her goal of being the first woman to sail unassisted around Antarctica. Andrew will present amazing stories and pictures from his incredible feat of rowing solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Celebrity Chef Bart Beek will also be there cooking-up culinary delights and giving demonstrations.

The Sydney International Boat Show is the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, and is the one place where those who love boating, or want to learn more about it, can find information on owning a boat, hiring a boat, how to improve their fishing technique, see the latest in ski gear, or browse for their next tinny or kayak.

Whilst there will be plenty of public transport options, visitors wanting to drive are advised to head to Darling Harbour in the first instance. Those wishing to park at Glebe Island can do so by pre-booking their parking. Boat Show ambassadors Andrew Ettingshausen and Jessica Watson have all the transport details online.

The following tickets are available:

$ 21.00 – Adults (18 years and over)

$ 49.00 – Family (2 Adults & 3 Children, 6-17 years)

$ 13.00 – Children (6-17 years. Free entry 5 years and under)

$ 30.00 – 2-day Guest Pass (18 years and over)

$ 40.00 – 3-day Guest Pass (18 years and over)

$ 15.00 – Aged Pensioners (Must show valid pension card)

$ 19.00 – Seniors (Must show valid seniors card)

The show will open daily from 10am to 8pm at Glebe Island and from 10am to 6pm at the Cockle Bay Marina in Darling Harbour.

The Sydney International Boat Show will be joined by their Partner in Safety, Transport for NSW to ensure visitors are up to date on the latest information to help make their time on the water a better and safer experience.

Tickets and parking for Glebe Island can be purchased online where a downloadable transport guide is also available to help visitors plan their day.

UCINA planning new international event connected with sea and leisure boating

July 24, 2014

UCINA Confindustria Nautica is launching a major international event for Expo 2015. A week devoted to the sea will be organized for the spring of next year to spotlight the synergies between the boating industry, design, art, sport, fashion, and lifestyle, as well as the quality of Italian-made products.

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UCINA Confindustria Nautica wishes to turn over a new leaf and is planning a major and novel event connected with the sea and with leisure boating. The demands of the domestic and world markets have changed and are shaping a new exhibition format. For this reason the Advisory Committee yesterday approved the program designed by the President, Massimo Perotti, for the realization of an important week-long event devoted to the sea. This “sea week” will follow the International Boat Show, to be held in October, and will be organized  according to a brand-new format, which will imply using the entire city of Genoa and its three ports.

Massimo Perotti: “We have been asked to accomplish a revolution and this is what we are doing. We wish to regain our role as world leaders, because Genoa is Europe and because it is on the sea and has a unique exhibition tradition. We cannot deny that we have lost this supremacy, but we cannot remain passive. Our objective is to create an event that will draw world-wide interest while enhancing and boosting the domestic market. We will also take advantage of this event to sell used boats; rent out large yachts; and offer new, ready-to-sail boats for the summer.”

While work continues for the renewed October edition of the International Boat Show, the organization of the event to be held next spring is under way. The latter will consist of diverse initiatives. There will be an international sport sail-boat show; a forum devoted to design and Italian-made products; a convention on the sea, ecology, environment, and food; an art exhibition dedicated to the sea; and a concert. These initiatives will also serve the purpose of creating a new awareness of the sea and of boats, these magnificent vacation instruments.

The development of the spring event will also take into account the arrival of the many people who will come to Italy for Expo 2015 and the events devoted to design, such as the Furniture Fair and the Fuori Salone of Milan. Massimo Perotti added: “The vice-Secretary of Economic Development, Carlo Calenda, has promised us concrete help, which means funds to be used to attract foreign professionals and companies.”

It must be said that leisure boating in Italy consists of diverse elements. There are the shipyards, which are undoubtedly world leaders for the design and construction of superbly-made luxury yachts. And, berthed in many of our ports, there are boats that simply wish to be an alternative to a vacation home for those who love the sea and know how to navigate. According to the Vice-President of Ucina, Pietro Vassena, “The yachtsmen category is often criminalized. We will therefore look for passions where we are likely to find them: in sports, in the desire to spend a vacation on a boat, and in fishing. We aim at rebuilding trust in the industry, hopefully with the help of our Government.”

Further details on the event will be communicated in October, during Genoa’s International Boat Show, which remains one of the most important in the world and which Ucina is preparing with the utmost care and with an innovative format.

Entries now open for Young Designer of the Year Award 2015

July 24, 2014

Entries are now open for the Young Designer of the Year Award 2015. The leading Dutch superyacht builder, Oceanco, has once again confirmed its sponsorship of this prestigious award, presented by Boat International Media.

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This highly regarded award, which celebrates the original concepts of student and trainee designers from around the globe, tasks young designers with a realistic client request to challenge their ideas, technical ability and aptitude for delivery. The brief is set to provide valuable and authentic insight into the reality of working as a designer within the superyacht industry.

This year’s task provides aspiring yacht designers with an initial concept drawing for a 55-metre sailing yacht, which they are challenged to expand into a fully thought-out design including the design of the deckhouse (or deckhouses) and a complete general arrangement plan for the cockpits and all enclosed spaces.

Symphony, the winning design in 2014 by Raphael Laloux received much critical acclaim within the industry

Superyacht Symphony, the winning design in 2014 by Raphael Laloux, received much critical acclaim within the industry

Presented at the ShowBoats Design Awards which take place on 23 February 2015 during the Superyacht Design Symposium, the winner of the Young Designer of the Year award will be presented with a gold Neptune trophy and a €5,000 cash prize. The coveted gold Neptune has quickly become a symbol of pride and distinction for the industry’s design professionals and provides the winner with the unique opportunity to receive critical acclaim in front of an international audience of superyacht owners, designers and industry leaders, and to network among the most influential players in the yachting industry.

All five finalists, chosen by a jury drawn from the ranks of the most highly regarded naval architects and yacht designers, are invited to attend the awards and will benefit from a host of incredible opportunities aimed at advancing their early design careers. They will receive complimentary access to the 2015 edition of the Superyacht Design Symposium and an all-expenses paid visit to Oceanco’s shipyard in The Netherlands.

Interested entrants are encouraged to register their interest online. Entries close at 12:00 (GMT) on 9 January 2015.

New Numarine motor yacht 78 EVOLUTION

July 24, 2014

Today, July 24, 2014, saw the Istanbul-based shipyard, Numarine International, unveil the all-new motor yacht 78 Evolution. Luxury yacht Numarine 78 Evolution represents an exciting and innovative “facelift” evolution of the extremely successful 78 Hardtop and 78 Flybridge yacht models.

New Numarine 78 Evolution Yacht

New Numarine 78 Evolution Yacht - New Porthole

Undoubtedly the two most popular models in Numarine’s range, the 78’s have received rave reviews the world over thanks to striking and unique aesthetics coupled with astounding performance and attention to detail.

Company owner and CEO Omer Malaz comments “Introducing new models is a natural evolution and continuing on from the great success of our new 70 Hardtop, we turned our attention to possibly replacing the 78’s. Each and every time a concept was put together for replacement models of this size category, we confirmed our initial instinct that the existing hulls and configurations did everything perfectly as they were!”

“We then tasked our designers with applying some subtle aesthetic changes which have resulted in a completely revitalised look whilst still retaining our existing “signature” design”.

Luxury motor yacht Numarine 78 Evolution

Luxury motor yacht Numarine 78 HT - New Glass Side

The first new look model enters production in September with completion due in February 2015.

Technical Specifications of Numarine 78 Evolution Yacht:

Length Overall inc Platform 23,98 m (78’8”)

Length of Hull 22,28 m  (73’1”)

Beam 5,79 m (19’)

Draft (inc Propellers)  1,70 m (5’7”)

Displacement – Light Ship  41 ton  (90,264lbs)

Displacement – Full Load  47 ton (193,617 lbs)

Fuel Capacity 5.500 lt (1,210 gal)

Fresh Water Capacity 900 lt (198 gal)

Black Water Capacity 650 lt (143 gal)

Engines twin Cat C18 Acert 1150hp 2300 rpm

Gearbox ZF 500-I IV (1.964:1)

Maximum Speed up to 32 knots

Cruising Speed up to 25 knots

Cruising Range up to 400 nautical miles

Generators 27kW 230 Volt 50 Hz – 13.5 kW 230 Volt 50 Hz

Construction Composite

Naval architecture Tony Castro

Interior design Can Yalman

Exterior design Can Yalman

Number of guests 8

Number of crew 3

Gross tonnage (light ship) 42

Tenders 3.85 William (recommended by Numarine)

Classification CE B

Phase One of new buildings at Holland Jachtbouw set for completion towards end of 2014

July 24, 2014

Phase One of the new buildings at the prestigious Dutch luxury yacht builder Holland Jachtbouw is scheduled for completion towards the end of 2014, with a new 60m x 26m state of the art build hangar, which will be 18,5m in height. In addition, the building works will provide a lengthened main construction hall to 55m.

Rendering of the new Holland Jachtbouw buildings

Rendering of the new Holland Jachtbouw buildings

This new space will provide for the new projects about to come in to the Holland Jachtbouw halls in Zaandam very soon – a Tripp 46m sailing superyacht and a Dijkstra designed 51m schooner Rainbow II (formerly Hamburg).

46m Tripp Design Yacht

46m Tripp Design Yacht

New design offices will be located between the build halls providing an all round view of each project in build or refit, as well as overlooking the 120m of the shipyard’s waterfront.

43m sailing yacht ASGARD (ex Hetairos) under refit at Holland Jachtbouw

July 24, 2014

Sailing yacht Asgard, previously known as Hetairos, is currently at Holland Jachtbouw for some substantial refit works. Designed by Bruce King, superyacht Asgard is a majestic 43m ketch, built by Abeking & Rasmussen in 1993.

43m superyacht Asgard (ex Hetairos) under sail - Image credit to Abeking and Rasmussen

43m superyacht Asgard (ex Hetairos) under sail - Image credit to Abeking and Rasmussen

Luxury yacht Asgard is being fitted with a completely new deck, and is also undergoing some major changes to her interior design by Rhoades Young, along with upgrades to entertainment, navcom, electrical and engine room systems.

Having already cruised to the four corners of the world, super yacht Asgard (ex Hetairos) will doubtless be visiting further faraway places following her recommissioning set for late 2014.

New motor yacht CHEOY LEE 150 design by Cheoy Lee and Jon Overing

July 24, 2014

The exciting new next generation motor yacht CHEOY LEE 150 design represents the latest collaboration between Jon Overing Yacht Design and Cheoy Lee Shipyards. Superyacht CHEOY LEE 150 concept is offered in steel hull with aluminium superstructure or steel hull and composite superstructure construction.

New superyacht CHEOY LEE 150 design - Image credit to 2014 Cheoy Lee Shipyards Overing Yacht Designs

New superyacht CHEOY LEE 150 design - Image credit to 2014 Cheoy Lee Shipyards/Overing Yacht Designs

Built on a slightly smaller version of the proven 50 meter fast-displacement hull, the luxury yacht CHEOY LEE 150 offers excellent performance with astounding range and economy.

Following the prescience set by Cheoy Lee with their Marco Polo and Mazu explorers, the new Cheoy Lee 150 yacht also features a single main engine (Cat 3512) and Schottel controllable pitch propeller. For redundancy, a diesel driven Schottel Pump-Jet is installed forward to serve as a fully azimuthing bow thruster and a “get-home” secondary propulsion system.

Fuel capacity on the new CHEOY LEE 150 superyacht design is increased to 25,000 U.S. gallons (94,625 liters). The increased fuel capacity combined with the highly efficient fast-displacement hull will push the calculated range up to 10,000 NM at 9-10 knots and around 6,000 NM at 12 knots with a top speed of 14.5 to 15 knots with the standard Caterpillar 3512C “B” rating.

Designed and built with the mindset of a commercial ship, super yacht CHEOY LEE 150 is a highly efficient, very low maintenance motoryacht that is built for extended world cruising outfitted with ultra reliable machinery and equipment.

The CHEOY LEE 150 yacht offers one of the best values on the market today with competitive pricing and a build time of just 24 months. She is fully classed to ABS/MCA.