New catamaran-yacht Sunreef 92 Double Deck project unveiled by Sunreef Yachts

April 24, 2014

Sunreef Yachts has proudly revealed their new catamaran-yacht Sunreef 92 Double Deck project. As a leader in design and building of large-sized catamaran-yachts, the yard’s in-house design team keeps working on new, ever more innovative luxury yacht projects. This time, Sunreef’s original concept of a Double Deck catamaran from 2009 was additionally redesigned, which resulted in a much wider and spacious deckhouse of superyacht Sunreef 92 Double Deck project, spreading over the entire beam.

New superyacht Sunreef 92 Double Deck project unveiled by Sunreef Yachts

New superyacht Sunreef 92 Double Deck project unveiled by Sunreef Yachts

The NEW luxury yacht Sunreef 92 Double Deck features almost 430 square meters of living space, twice as much as the superyacht Sunreef 82 Double Deck introduced in 2012. The enlarged deckhouse gives the owners greater comfort and the possibility to invite even more guests on a luxury cruise. The yacht will comfortably accommodate up to 12 guests giving each of them the maximum of privacy thanks to the crew quarters with separate access.

The master suite situated in the front section of the yacht will definitely meet the most demanding expectations and desires of its owner. Total living area has been arranged over two floors with splendid panoramic views. The suite consists of a chic master cabin with a king sized bed, lounging corner with sofa and armchairs and an office space, all available with full customization with the finest fabrics and most precious materials. The suite also features a large wardrobe, generously sized bathroom with his and hers sink and a shower tube. The main deck offers a 54 sqm glamorous saloon with a galley on the portside (to be located in the hull should the owners request it) and a mezzanine floor comprising navigation station on the starboard side.

Luxury yacht Sunreef 92 Double Deck project - side view

Luxury yacht Sunreef 92 Double Deck project - side view

All guest cabins, located within the hulls, are fully equipped with comfortable queen size beds, spacious wardrobes with lockers and private bathrooms with showers. In addition, every single cabin has its own comprehensive audio – video system and individually controlled air-conditioning. If requested, in the port side hull, can be arranged as a gym and a luxurious steam sauna.

The 65 sqm cockpit includes a comfortable rest area with a dining table and a sofa. The gigantic sundeck is fitted with the main helm station, a superb dining area for up to 12 guests, sunbathing pads and a bar with barbecue to be enjoyed by the guests. For those who adore water sports there is also additional space for a tender and a jet ski hidden in a purpose – built locker under the main sun pad in the cockpit. The Sunreef 92 Double Deck will be built of light high-tech composite materials that the shipyard introduced to construction in 2007 and successfully applies on all yachts and in-house built masts and booms.

Sailing yacht Sunreef 92 Double Deck project - aft view

Sailing yacht Sunreef 92 Double Deck project - aft view

The construction time for the Sunreef 92 Double Deck yacht is approximately 10 months.

Specification of superyacht Sunreef 92 Double Deck project:

Overall length: 28 m/ 92 ft
Maximum Beam: 14 m/ 46 ft
Draft: 2,5 m/ 8 ft
Mast Length: 37 m/ 121 ft
Main Engines: 2×355 HP
Fuel Capacity: 2×4 000 L
Fresh Water Tank: 2x 780 L
Main Sail: 240 m2/ 2 583 ft2
Genoa: 180 m2/ 1937 ft2
Gennaker: 280 m2/ 3014 ft2
Total living space: 429 m2/ 4 618 ft2
Main Deck : 100 m2/ 1076 ft2
Saloon: 53 m2 / 570, 5 ft2
Master cabin: 47 m2/ 506 ft2
Flybridge: 90 m2 / 969 ft2
Cockpit: 65 m2/ 699 ft2
Naval Architecture: Sunreef Yachts
Interior Design: Sunreef Yachts

Below is a choice of the stylish charter yachts built by Sunreef.

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014, 10-12 July

April 24, 2014

Scheduled to take place at the new and eagerly awaited Yacht Club de Monaco, designed by Sir Norman Foster, which is due to open in June this year, the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup will take place from 10-12 July, 2014. The event represents two days of thrilling, never-before-seen nautical races, demonstrating speed, endurance and manoeuvrability of solar-powered boats.

Monaco Sea Trials ahead of the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014

Monaco Sea Trials ahead of the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014

Founder and CEO of Solar1 Race as well as Nakhimov Yachts, Mr Sergei Dobroserdov talks about the upcoming Solar1 race:

‘Solar1 races was created to promote the use of solar power in our every day lives, which I strongly believe in. I see it as a great opportunity to animate and excite a new generation, whilst also focusing their attention on important issues such as renewable energy. I would like our future to be clean, economical and sustainable.  Solar1 moves us all towards a greener, brighter future!’


Long renowned for hosting spectacular events for more than 1300 members from 60 nationalities, the Yacht Club de Monaco will be breaking in its new Norman Foster designed clubhouse with one of the most innovative events of the year. Speaking of the developments, the Yacht Club de Monaco’s General Secretary Bernard d’Allesandri said:

‘With its new building, Yacht Club de Monaco is set to become the hub for all nautical activities in Monaco, so an event like this will be a great addition to our existing calendar… I am thrilled that it will attract many young people to Monaco from all over  the world, as this new generation is clearly very involved and concerned about technical advances that will help safeguard our planet.’

Solar 1 Associates

Solar 1 Associates


Solar powered boats from all over the world will battle it out over two days in the first truly ‘green’ yachting event in Monaco. The Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup promises to deliver a fantastic display of skill and endurance using boats powered purely by the sun. Slalom, fleet and sprint races will take place in front of Port Hercules and in Larvotto Bay.

Among Solar1’s technical partners is Vripack, the professional yacht designers behind a new class of solar powered boats known as the V20. These boats will race at the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup and will also be available to purchase with a custom branded design and pilot training.

Marnix Hoekstra, Director of Vripack, speaks of the race trials Vripack organised last August: ‘It is incredible to see these boats fly across the water. The sea trials left us in no doubt that solar boats are capable and seaworthy enough for tough races. Understanding how they work is all part of the educational process we aim to integrate into this event.’


Just as Prince Albert I introduced the first ever powerboat race in 1904, Prince Albert II will launch the next generation of revolutionary boat racing at the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup. The Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014 will include Slalom, Fleet and Sprint races plus a Solar Conference, Kids Solar Boat Model Race, Opening Ceremony and Prize Giving Ceremony. Further events will be announced in due course to complete a fun weekend of innovation and education.

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show ‘Women on Water’ program to return in 2014

April 24, 2014

Just for the ladies – the 2014 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) will once again feature the ‘Women on Water’ program, with a pamper-packed entertainment schedule. This year’s four-day event will run from May 22 to 25.

Onboard pampering at SCIBS 2013 Women on Water

Onboard pampering at SCIBS 2013 Women on Water

A popular highlight to every SCIBS, this year’s Women on Water line-up will see the ladies embark on the signature High Tea on the High Seas cruise aboard Brisbane’s premier charter vessel Pure Adrenalin, fine-tune their sailing skills with Sailing Masterclasses by Sunshine Sailing Australia or learn the latest in on-board styling with the masters of boating sophistication – Boat Style.

Running each day of the Show, Boat Style’s free Discover Your Style Onboard courses will explore all the latest interior styles available to equip your floating abode, including stylish, yet high performance and weather-proof furniture and accessories.

Also free and running daily at the Sanctuary Cove Marina, Sunshine Sailing Australia will host teaching sessions on-board a (stationary) yacht, covering sailing essentials such as wind direction and wind awareness, safety and radio communications, knots and associated winch awareness.

On the Saturday of the Boat Show, the must-attend Women on Water event, High Tea on the High Seas will set sail at 1.30pm sharp, giving ladies the chance to enjoy two and a half hours of luxury cruising, complimentary bubbles, a light lunch, pampering sessions, entertainment, prizes and gifts.

Aerial view of SCIBS 2013

Aerial view of SCIBS 2013

SCIBS head of events Johan Hasser said the Women on Water program was always a highlight of the Boat Show event calendar, and provided ladies with an enjoyable, social and educational way to make the most out of the Show.

“Women on Water is always a favourite for the ladies and we are seeing it grow more and more popular each year,” said Mr Hasser.

“Women are getting more involved in every aspect of boating and on the water and these free courses are a fantastic opportunity for ladies to learn more about their favourite pastime.

“We always strive to provide something for the whole family to enjoy at SCIBS and Women on Water gives ladies the opportunity to get together with their friends and like-minded women and learn new skills and tips from the experts, while also enjoying some pamper time and fun.”

Bookings are essential for the Women on Water High Tea on the High Seas Cruise, with limited tickets available for $75 per person, including entry to the Boat Show.


Time:  11:00am – 11:30am daily
Date: Thursday 22, Friday 23, Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 May
Where: On-board “Pure Adrenalin” – Marina C Arm
Cost: Free (with Boat Show ticket)

Conducted by Sunshine Sailing Australia -
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm daily
Date: Thursday 22, Friday 23, Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 May
Where: On-board “Eressea” – Marina E Arm
Cost:  Free (with Boat Show ticket)
Limited places available – bookings essential!

Time: From 1:00pm for a 1:30pm (sharp) departure – returns at 4:00pm
Date: Saturday 24 May
Where: On-board “Pure Adrenalin” – Marina C Arm
Cost: $75.00 per person (includes Boat Show entry)
Limited places available

Sponsored by Club Marine and Maserati Euromarque Brisbane, SCIBS 2014 will run from May 22 to 25.

In 2014, SCIBS has partnered with Translink to offer free train travel to and from the Boat Show on all regular Queensland Rail City Network trains when users display a pre-purchased ticket to the event.

Free ‘Park ‘n’ Ride’ services will operate for all self-drive visitors from Helensvale.

The 2014 Boat Show will showcase a wide variety of international boating brands, products and technologies on display alongside the superb backdrop of the award-winning Sanctuary Cove marina and The Marine Village.

Offering something for the whole family, SCIBS will also feature a full program of live entertainment, cooking demonstrations and seminars as well as a Kids Zone and Women on Water program throughout the four-day event.

Tickets are on sale now through the SCIBS website and through Ticketmaster. Adult day passes start at $20, with concession passes available for seniors and students. Children under 18 are free.

The $A2 billion Sanctuary Cove, located on the northern Gold Coast, is Australia’s leading and most successful master-planned community.

Featuring two 18 hole championship golf courses, a 300 berth marina, five-star InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, Country Club including full fitness centre, tennis courts and 25m swimming pool, Sanctuary Cove is also home to some of the most diverse waterfront, golf course fronting or hilltop residential house and land options on the Gold Coast.

At the heart of the community is the Marine Village – Sanctuary Cove’s very own waterfront commercial, retail and dining precinct, with more than 80 tenancies.

Frauscher becomes first partner of Flensburger Yacht-Service for its planned expansion into motorboat sector

April 24, 2014

Established in 1970, the Flensburger Yacht-Service provides a full range of high-quality services for the yacht sector. Like Frauscher Shipyard in the motorboat and electric boat sector, the long-established company provides an all-inclusive package with its own harbour, several sales outlets, as well as comprehensive pre- and after sales services.

Frauscher 1017 GT superyacht tender at full speed

Frauscher 1017 GT superyacht tender at full speed

Many years of experience in technology and its application, combined with a well-established infrastructure surrounding the yacht as an experience concept have made the Flensburger Yacht-Service what it is today: one of the most important points of contact for exclusive and highquality yachts.

For years the Flensburger Yacht-Service has dealt in the high-quality yachts of the Finnish luxury yacht manufacturer Nautor’s Swan, which due to a long-standing reputation for high standards of excellence in every detail and aspect of a sailing yacht has caused a sensation among a demanding international clientèle.

Despite the focus on tradition the Flensburger Yacht-Service, like Frauscher Shipyard, is always on the lookout for innovation and good ideas. Continued development and expansion are understood to be important aspects of the company philosophy. Accordingly, 2014 will be a year of expansion for the German firm, which again like Frauscher Shipyard maintains a sales office in Mallorca‘s elegant Port Adriano.

The repertoire is being expanded from exclusive sailing yachts to include motorboats. The first choice as an important partner for this business adventure went to the established brand name of Frauscher motorboats, which due to their sensational handling and unique design have already been distinguished on an international stage several times.

The new cooperation with Frauscher Shipyard was announced by Managing Partner Jan Opländer during a grand opening event from 12th-13th April 2014 in Flensburg. Stefan Frauscher represented his family-owned company at the event and had the opportunity to personally talk with prospective clients about Frauscher’s high standards of quality and the convincing qualities of the company’s motorboats in the water.

Frauscher boats stand for high-end products in the sector for sporty motorboats. This is exactly what has been lacking in the portfolio of the Flensburger Yacht-Service until now. The aspects of high-performance, sportiness and versatility of Frauscher motorboats in the water was recognised early on in Flensburg and led to the establishment of a promising cooperation.

Frauscher’s inspiration is the future. The versatility of the company’s motorboats and their outstanding handling qualities in any water have long convinced international dealers and clients.

International Superyacht Coatings Conference 2014

April 24, 2014

This year’s International Superyacht Coatings Conference (ISCC) will take place in Amsterdam, running on December 11 and 12. The ISCC will once again host the superyacht industry, providing a unique opportunity to exchange information and discuss the latest developments in the field of coatings.


Superyacht coatings take up a significant part of a yacht’s building process and overall budget, and its importance is reflected in this fully dedicated conference. Decisions taken during the ISCC will subsequently be implemented by the industry, making it a must-attend event for all parties in the superyacht sector.

In partnership with the internationally renowned event venue and organiser Amsterdam RAI, the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) and the Superyacht Builders Association (SYBAss) invite key stakeholders involved in the superyacht coatings process to attend this conference.

With an interactive and in-depth approach, subjects related to paint application, quality inspections and assessments, training and certification, standards and guidelines, expected technological progress in products, services and facilities and current and future global legislation are on the agenda during the two-day programme.

ISCC 2014 is a prominent business-to-business event that allows professionals to align themselves with the latest legislation, tools and standardised procedures that have been developed to drive quality and ensure success with regards to superyacht coatings.

UCINA’s Advisory Board approves commencement of work to organize International Boat Show of Genoa 2014

April 24, 2014

UCINA’s Advisory Board, representing more than 400 companies of the yacht industry, has recently hosted a meeting to approve the commencement of work to organize the 54th International Boat Show of Genoa, thus continuing the experience of great development, which started last year.

International Boat Show of Genoa 2013

International Boat Show of Genoa 2013

Over the past few months the Association has worked hard to identify the development strategies to be implemented for an event which, despite the challenges of the domestic market, has maintained a primary and indispensable role in the promotion of the boat industry, bearing in mind that the center of mass of pleasure craft is called Mediterranean.

The Boat Show will focus on four aspects to reinforce the position of the boat industry.

The first is the duration of the event, which will be extended by one day and therefore last six days, from 1 to 6 October. The extra day will ensure the optimal implementation of the internationalization programs.

The second, major aspect is the enhancement of the international scope of the event, which will be able to count on conspicuous investments for the accommodation and facilities for the specialized and non-specialized international press, as well as for the vertical development of business contacts with the most important buyers in the industry.

The city of Genoa plans to fully support this event, which is one of its major assets, by placing at the disposal of the Boat Show exhibitors its most prestigious locations to be used as venues for press conferences and international dealer meetings. This will be a remarkable opportunity to discover the many wonders and resources of the area.

Another huge challenge the event must win is to transform itself into the ultimate sea experience.

Every visitor should be able to see beyond the showcase the event represents and feel involved in a variety of ways, and especially as a protagonist rather than simply a spectator. The venue will furthermore provide new services and activities for each target.

The fourth aspect will be a substantial revisal of the Marina Ormeggi rates, which will ensure the possibility to display the widest assortment of products and focus more on the previews.

UCINA looks forward to the official opening of the registrations in the first week of May.

Official Charitable Partner for 44th Annual Newport International Boat Show

April 24, 2014

Yesterday, April 23, 2014, saw the Newport Exhibition Group announce that the Coast Guard Foundation has become its Official Charitable Partner for the 44th Annual Newport International Boat Show. A non-profit organization, the Coast Guard Foundation has been committed to inspiring leadership, learning, and a proud legacy of service to the U.S. by supporting the men and women of the United States Coast Guard.


As the show’s charitable partner, the Coast Guard Foundation will receive a portion of Sunday’s ticket sales, complimentary exhibit space at the event and the opportunity for its staff to educate and share information regarding their important mission.

“The Coast Guard Foundation does extremely important work supporting the men and women of the Coast Guard, and we are proud to have them as our charitable partner,” said Nancy Piffard, show director, Newport Exhibition Group. “This partnership gives us the opportunity to remind the thousands of people who attend our show of the Coast Guard’s selfless dedication to safety on the water as well as the Foundation’s dedication to the Coast Guard itself.”

The Coast Guard Foundation supports members and their families with higher education grants, financial relief and morale programs such as recreation and exercise facilities across the country. The Foundation has been providing these services for over 40 years. In the last 20 years alone the organization has given out more than $2.4 million to family members of Coast Guard men and women through its higher education scholarship program. The Foundation is proud of the members and reservists who risk their lives on the water every day for our safety, and pleased to help the families that provide support for these heroes from the home front.

“We are incredibly grateful and honored to be the Newport International Boat Show’s charity of choice for 2014,” said Anne Brengle, president, Coast Guard Foundation. “The event is a fantastic venue for us to raise awareness about the Foundation’s work and programs, and the gift from the Show will help us in our support of New England-based Coast Guard members and their families. We truly value both their partnership and support.”

Expected to draw tens of thousands to historic Newport, the Newport International Boat Show will take place September 11-14, 2014 on the Newport Waterfront along America’s Cup Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. One of the largest in-water boat shows in the country and the kick-off to the boat show season, the event will host exhibitors from around the world with an exceptional assortment of boats of every type and style, and a wide variety of accessories, equipment, electronics, gear and services for boaters.

Newport Charter Yacht Show 2014 to immerse its guests into world of luxury yacht chartering

April 24, 2014

This summer, the 32nd edition of the Newport Charter Yacht Show will immerse its guests into the world of luxury yacht chartering, with an emphasis on New England as a premier cruising destination. Set to run in Newport, Rhode Island from June 23-26, the four-day event, managed by Newport Exhibition Group and held at the Newport Yachting Center on the city’s historic waterfront, represents the only charter yacht show of its kind in the U.S., featuring an exclusive selection of motor and sailing yachts that vary in size from 80 feet up to the superyacht length of 150 to 225+ feet.

The 155-foot sailing yacht Asolare will be attending the 2014 Newport Charter Yacht Show - Photo courtesy of Nicholson Yachts

The 155-foot sailing yacht Asolare will be attending the 2014 Newport Charter Yacht Show - Photo courtesy of Nicholson Yachts

All of the yachts are currently being marketed for summer vacation excursions in New England, and from that perspective the Newport Charter Yacht Show’s mission is to help each of them showcase the best of their offerings, including accommodations, amenities, menu options, recreational programs and capabilities of the captains and crew aboard, to charter industry professionals and discriminating consumers (attending with brokers).

“We are moving at a record pace this year,” said Newport Exhibition Group Show Director Nancy Piffard, explaining that yacht registrations are already up 40 percent from last year, and a large selection of those vessels fit the superyacht criteria. “New England is a highly sought after vacation spot, especially in the summer months, and the charter market has always been steady, but recently we have seen even more activity, especially from yachts that are new to our waters. They have come to the right place to be in front of the country’s finest brokers and agents.”

Superyacht Asolare features a light-filled interior

Superyacht Asolare features a light-filled interior - Photo courtesy of Nicholson Yachts

Among the newcomers to New England and the show is the luxury sailing ketch Asolare, which at 155 feet is the largest sailing vessel entered to date. “It took four years and about one million man hours to build Asolare, which is absolutely fascinating,” said its Captain Roy Wadeson (Newport, R.I./Palma Mallorca, Spain), adding that the yacht – a Bruce King design built in 2003 by Hodgdon Yachts in Maine – is made entirely out of wood, and its Andrew Winch interior is adorned with over 500 hand-carved designs.

“Asolare is currently en route from St. Martin to Newport and plans to spend the summer season cruising New England,” said Wadeson, who along with a majority of his crew from his previous command were hired for their extensive chartering experience shortly after Asolare (originally named Scheherazade) was purchased last year.

Asolare Yacht sleeps six guests comfortably

Asolare Yacht sleeps six guests comfortably - Photo courtesy of Nicholson Yachts

Asolare yacht’s light-filled interior sleeps six guests comfortably in its two identical staterooms and master suite. It also offers a private aft cockpit area, “his and her” bathrooms and two ensuite cabins that serve as an office or library. Other distinctive features include an open deck plan and an upper saloon with curved glass windows that offer a 180-degree view of the horizon. “She is an incredible yacht that sails beautifully, and we are looking forward to an exciting year,” said Wadeson.

Also new to the Newport Charter Yacht Show and the area is the 142-foot motor yacht Chevy Toy, which will be showcasing an upgraded look when it lowers its gangway to welcome show participants aboard.

The 142-foot motor yacht Chevy Toy will be attending the 2014 Newport Charter Yacht Show

The 142-foot motor yacht Chevy Toy will be attending the 2014 Newport Charter Yacht Show - Photo courtesy of International Yacht Collection

“Right now we are undergoing a major refit to the interior and upgrading most of the technology onboard, including zero-speed stabilizers and a state-of-the-art Kaleidoscape System,” said Captain Greg Russell (Camden, Maine), who has participated in the Newport Charter Yacht Show multiple times over the past 12 years as captain of two other yachts.

The yacht, designed by Criteria Marine and built in 2004 at Trinity Yachts in Florida, features sleek marble and mahogany finishes throughout, and its five palatial bedroom suites can accommodate up to ten guests. The yacht’s three decks include an oversized sunbathing area and hot tub, plus a slew of water toys and equipment to add to the fun in store for luxury yacht charter guests.

Luxury yacht Chevy Toy features sleek marble and mahogany finishes throughout and three decks

Luxury yacht Chevy Toy features sleek marble and mahogany finishes throughout and three decks - Photo courtesy of International Yacht Collection

“We want to do the best advertising for the yacht that we can, and this show is valuable to us as far as exposure, especially in New England,” said Wilson, adding that Chevy Toy will spend its summers chartering along the Northeastern Seaboard and its winters in Caribbean and Bahamian waters.

The 140-foot charter yacht Capricorn follows a similar itinerary to that of superyacht Chevy Toy, and with major updates being implemented on both the cosmetic and technical sides, it will be bumping up the “wow” factor for its second visit to the show. “The interior saloon has been redone; a helipad and zero-speed stabilizers have been added; and before the show we hope to have the built-in bar completed on Capricorn’s sundeck,” said Captain Eddie Persichetti (Rehoboth, Mass.), adding that the yacht, originally built in 2002, boasts eye-catching designs and details on all four of its levels, including panoramic windows surrounding the main level, six staterooms dressed in eclectic art, a private theater and much more.

The 140-foot motor yacht Capricorn  will be attending the 2014 Newport Charter Yacht Show - Photo credit to Billy Black

The 140-foot motor yacht Capricorn will be attending the 2014 Newport Charter Yacht Show - Photo credit to Billy Black

Persichetti has been running superyacht Capricorn with his Wife Merry since January 2013, and the duo manages six other crewmembers onboard. “Merry and I strive for a family atmosphere with our team.  If we have 12 guests onboard for a seven-day charter and one of the stewards or stewardesses is busy with another task, you might see me down in the staterooms turning down beds. Our goal is to train people and implement uniform systems onboard while also having fun.”

It is that enthusiasm that makes the entire chartering experience with luxury yacht Capricorn delightful. “Whether it’s pirate-themed parties in the British Virgin Islands or luxury lounging in New England, the team will make sure our guests are having fun while receiving five-star service,” said Persichetti. “We always tell guests that whatever they desire, we can do.”

The Newport Charter Yacht Show also weaves into its luxury chartering tapestry several on-land exhibits and activities, including industry-focused seminars, culinary and crew competitions, and the traditional “Yacht Hop” where captains and crew host themed cocktail parties.
For an intimate view of Newport as a cruising destination, brokers and agents have the option of participating in a land Familiarization Tour on Sunday, June 22. A trolley will take guests by several beautiful and historic landmarks while a professional guide shares information on the many things to see and do while chartering in Newport.

Sponsors and Partners (to-date)

Supporting Partners to-date are the American Yacht Charter Association, Come Sea U.S., U.S. Superyacht Association, Florida Yacht Brokers Association, Yacht Insider’s Guide and  AvPorts- Quonset Airport.  Active Interest Media’s Power & Motoryacht and Yachts International magazine are the official media partners.

IGY Marinas is the Lanyard Sponsor. G Travel – USA is the show’s Exclusive Crew Travel Supplier, Newport Shipyard and Engineered Marine Coatings are sponsors of the Captain & Crew Reception on Sunday, June 22nd and on Monday, June 23rd Maagical St. Maarten will sponsor the Welcome Reception. Marsh Insurance will sponsor a daily continental breakfast in the main show tent, CD Consultants is the Wednesday evening Happy Hour Sponsor.

Refit of luxury expedition mega yacht NAIA (ex Pegaso) at Freire Shipyard

April 24, 2014

Originally launched by the Spanish builder Freire Shipyard in 2011, the impressive 73,60-metre expedition yacht NAIA, formerly known as ‘Pegaso’, has recently undergone a three-month refit at her home yard. The refit of luxury motor yacht NAIA started at the beginning of January 2014, and she left the Freire facilities at the end of March 2014.

73.6m mega yacht NAIA (ex Pegaso) refitted by Freire Shipyard

73.6m mega yacht NAIA (ex Pegaso) refitted by Freire Shipyard

Freire Shipyard had carried out numerous works during NAIA yacht’s three-month stay at the yard. These included a conversion of the original laboratory into two staff cabins. Structural works, piping, cabling and HVAC have been realised by Freire, with carpenter work carried out by Metrica and multimedia by AV&IT. The lighting was done by Aqualuce. Luxury yacht NAIA also received new stern thrusters. The shipyard replaced the damaged Van der Veldens with new Voith thrusters.  Additional standard dry-dock works have been carried out, including antifouling, anodes, propeller and rudder readings.

New cabin aboard NAIA superyacht

Superyacht NAIA - one of two new cabins

Expedition yacht NAIA (ex Pegaso) represents one of the world’s largest private luxury research vessels, and features numerous impressive amenities on board. One of these is the 9-metre submarine with a capacity for six people to dive up to 165m deep. Accommodation on board NAIA is provided in six cabins to twelve guests in total. Her massive 10,000 nautical mile range allows her to cruise from Spain to Australia and back, without refuelling.

NAIA Yacht - Voith stern thrusters

NAIA Yacht - Voith stern thrusters

NAIA superyacht - Thruster

NAIA superyacht - Thruster

Antibes Yacht Show 2014: Day 1

April 24, 2014

This year’s eagerly awaited Antibes Yacht Show opened its doors yesterday, on Wednesday, April 23, providing an ideal place for crews to gather before heading off on summer cruises. This year signalled a change of management for the eight year old event and heralded a decision to allow yacht manufacturers to attend for the very first time.


It has to be said that builders were thin on the ground and only Azimut really showed up, with Pendennis and Royal Huisman putting in an appearance, but heavily promoting their refit capabilities.

Overall the show did seem a bit quieter than usual with less exhibitors from the main stream yacht services, and more local ‘trade fair’ types occupying the few tents on the dock.

What also has to be taken into consideration is the proximity in timing of AYS to Italy’s Genoa Charter Show and also the relatively new, but most definitely burgeoning Palma Superyacht Show in Mallorca, which starts just four days after Antibes closes its doors on 26th April. This means three large yacht shows all in the same two week period, so logically something has to suffer.

The opening day of the 2014 Antibes Yacht Show  was greeted, with clear blue skies overhead, a pleasant breeze and temperatures nudging the low 20′s C when a small crowd gathered to see the mayor of Juan-les-Pins cut the tape and declare the show officially open.

It was a great day for dock walking and taking in the sights of  well prepared shiny yachts, all waiting for new owners or charterers to fall in love with them.

One thing that AYS  demonstrates is that a lot of good value, solidly built and well maintained boats are available in the market at fair value prices without potential buyers having to delve into new builds.

One example at the show and being very actively being promoted in the luxury charter market was the Azimut 110 charter yacht Avella. The locally based charterers ‘Mover & Shaker’ have worked with the owner to get this 1991 built yacht in pristine condition with the benefit of complete refit last year.

Avella - Running profile

Avella - Running profile

The original Azimut build quality and ongoing professional care shines through and presents a very luxuriously appointed year round, Western Med charter yacht Avella for up to 8 guests, with  master and VIP double cabins, and deep warm interior wood finishes that really appeal.

As another example, but this time a ‘seriously for sale’ super sailing yacht is the 147ft charter yacht Mari Cha III exhibited in a prime position on her own individual quay by Bernard Gallay Yacht Brokers.

MARI CHA III - And Tender

MARI CHA III - And Tender

This one really justifies her ‘superyacht of distinction’ tag!

Designed by Philippe Briand and John Munford and built by Sensation Yachts in 1997. This is an award-winning and record-breaking yacht which was originally conceived as a hybrid high performance cruiser, with a lavish interior so that her owner could enjoy fast, comfortable and safe cruising whilst entertaining his guests in style and luxury.

To this day she is regarded as one of the fastest ´super sailors´ afloat and still turns heads at any anchorage with her sleek hull and huge ketch rig.

For those with deep enough pockets, at just under $13 million USD superyacht Mari Cha III is a fine example of superbly maintained quality and distinction which can be purchased at well below new build prices in today’s market.

The Antibes Yacht Show continues until Saturday 26th April, and is also running its usual daily program of Captains Lounge technical/commercial seminars alongside the show.

Altogether around 100 yachts and exhibitors are participating at AYS so there is more than enough  of interest to occupy a full day.

Article supplied by BYM News and YachtMedia
Peter R. Franklin
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