A very successful Vilanova Crew Party at Vilanova Grand Marina – Barcelona

October 24, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014, saw the Vilanova Grand Marina – Barcelona, a lovely Spain yacht charter destination, nestled in the Western Mediterranean, host the annual party for superyacht captains and crew, the Vilanova Crew Party. The event was attended by more than 250 people from different superyachts moored in the Barcelona area, as well as various guests of yacht sector. Vilanova Grand Marina – Barcelona consolidates this event as a referent for superyacht industry in the area of Barcelona.

Vilanova Crew Party hosted by Vilanova Grand Marina - Barcelona

Vilanova Crew Party hosted by Vilanova Grand Marina - Barcelona

At the Vilanova Crew Party was enjoyed by different live music concerts entretain the dinner with a delicious selection of tapas and meals by Josper, Riofrío caviar and Señorío de Montanera with show cooking included. A selection of drinks joined the party during the meeting in with also held a raffle among all attendees.

Vilanova Crew Party

Vilanova Crew Party

One of the funniest pictures from the Vilanova Crew Party

One of the funniest pictures from the Vilanova Crew Party

Different sponsors like BWA Yachting, Elite Crew, Dolphin Wear, Sika International, Awlgrip and City Hotels supported the event.

RORC Transatlantic Race 2014 to host international fleet of yachts

October 24, 2014

The Royal Ocean Racing Club‘s new offshore race, RORC Transatlantic Race, will start from Lanzarote, the most eastern in the Canary Islands chain, on Saturday, November 29, 2014, finishing in the fabulous Caribbean yacht charter location – Grenada. The event will host a varied and international fleet of yachts, ranging from 40 to 100ft (12,19 to 30,48m).

The largest yacht in the RORC Transatlantic Race fleet The 100ft (30.48m) Finot-Conq superyacht, Nomad IV - Credit to Gilles Martin RagetFinot Conq

The largest yacht in the RORC Transatlantic Race fleet: The 100ft (30.48m) Finot-Conq superyacht Nomad IV - Credit to Gilles Martin Raget/Finot Conq

After a week of preparation and social events hosted at Puerto Calero Marina, the inaugural RORC Transatlantic Race will see competitors from several countries weave their way through the historic archipelago before making landfall 2,800 nautical miles away where they will be welcomed at Camper & NicholsonsPort Louis Marina.

Ever since Columbus started the trend over 500 years ago, the Canary Islands have remained the jumping-off point for yachts crossing the Atlantic to the Caribbean. The RORC Transatlantic Race will provide RORC members and other highly competitive race boats with the chance to compete in a top-level event during the east-west transatlantic crossing.

Run in association with the International Maxi Association (IMA), the race is set to become a firm favourite and fixture on annual racing calendars. Here’s a glimpse at just some of the competitors taking part in this year’s race.

Vying for line honours

A number of boats will be vying for line honours including the largest boat in the fleet, the 100ft (30.48m) Finot-Conq maxi yacht Nomad IV (MLT), the Southern Wind 94 superyacht Windfall and Baltic 78 charter yacht Lupa of London.

Jeremy Pilkington's 78ft maxi yacht Lupa of London (GBR) - Credit to Enno Oldigs

Jeremy Pilkington's 78ft maxi yacht Lupa of London (GBR) - Credit to Enno Oldigs

Jeremy Pilkington’s 78ft maxi yacht Lupa of London (GBR) will be sailed by Daniel Stump with a top crew, including Isle of Wight-based solo sailor and project manager, Jonny Malbon, and young solo offshore Artemis Offshore Academy graduate and top British ‘rookie’ in the 2013 Solitaire du Figaro, Jack Bouttell on board.

Built to combine the ultimate in performance, this Reichel Pugh-designed Baltic 78′ is a high tech package, built for speed. She has already notched up some impressive records this year, winning the Mini Maxi Racing/Cruising class at Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Sardinia and 1st in Combined Class IRC 0 at Giraglia Rolex Cup 2014.

“To take part in the first RORC Transatlantic Race on board Lupa of London will be a great adventure and something we wanted to support,” says Boat Captain, Daniel Stump, who has sailed in both the Canary Islands and Grenada previously. “We expect to be at sea for about 12 days and have a superb crew who are all seasoned ocean sailors and, above all, great company. I have been the Captain of Lupa of London for the past 8 years and it has been thrilling to be part of and see the development of Lupa from a fast cruising boat to a podium finisher. I owe this to a wonderful owner who very much enjoys the racing and fine-tuning of Lupa. So on the 29th November when the start gun goes off, it will be all on for Lupa’s first ever transat race,” continues Stump.

Apollo ready for lift-off

The J/133, Apollo 7 (GBR), was bought and refitted by regular RORC racer Nigel Passmore in order to compete in his first transatlantic race. “I’m taking part in the RORC Transatlantic Race in order to achieve a lifetime ambition of sailing across the Atlantic,” explains Passmore.

The Plymouth, Devon-based team has notched up a string of local victories as well as notable wins in the Rolex Fastnet Race and as overall winner of the RORC’s De Guingand Bowl and Morgan Cup races earlier this season. A crew of six for the crossing includes Isle of Wight sailor Brett Aarons.

“Once the RORC announced its intention to organise the race, I wanted to make sure I took part in the first event. We intend to do the best we can and enjoy the experience. Maintaining boat equipment and keeping on a race pace for two weeks, 24 hours a day is going to be tough. I’m looking forward to the whole race and ticking off another ‘To Do’ box when the finish gun goes off in Grenada. It’s sure to be a memorable moment,” says Apollo 7′s owner, Passmore.

Offshore training with veteran circumnavigators

The Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges Team is delighted to have completed a successful first year on the Volvo 60, Spirit of Adventure (CAN). A season that included the RORC Caribbean 600 allowed 91 individuals, from 27 to 77 years old, to take up the opportunity to sail on the grand prix yacht with two round the world sailors, Derek Hatfield and Chris Stanmore-Major, who between them have more than 400,000 ocean miles and five circumnavigations.

Derek is the first Canadian to race around the world twice after competing in the single-handed Around Alone Race (when he was the fastest 40ft boat throughout the event) and the VELUX 5 Oceans. His latest challenge is training other people to go offshore. Using the Volvo 60 Spirit of Adventure, (formerly Amer Sports One) which was raced around the world in the 2001 Volvo Ocean Race, Derek is now taking people offshore for the experience of a lifetime. The Mk III Volvo 60 is undergoing a refit in Nova Scotia before crossing from the Nova Scotian port of Lunenberg to arrive in good time for the start from Lanzarote. Spirit of Adventure will compete for the second time in the RORC Caribbean 600 in February and already has a full boat for the race.

New kids on the block

Four young sailors from Oakcliff Sailing’s training and coaching centre based in the North Shore of Long Island, Oyster Bay, NY have been given the opportunity to compete in the RORC Transatlantic Race thanks to the generosity of their newly donated Class40.

The Oakcliff Ocean Racing Team (USA) were formed almost 12 months ago by Oakcliff’s Dan Flanigan and Hobie Ponting, with the goal to race in the Transatlantic Race 2015 from Newport, RI to Lizard Point, UK. The four-man team will start their training in less than a month, sailing the Class40 from Southampton, UK to Lanzarote in time for the start:

“We have worked hard over the past 12 months to make our Ocean Racing Team a reality,” explained navigator Hobie Ponting. “Building your own team is difficult and it often seemed like it would never happen. Then all of the sudden we have a boat and a programme and we are headed to Europe! We will use the race to launch our campaign as an offshore racing team and we expect this race to be incredibly challenging. It will not be easy, but nothing good in life comes easy. We are a new, young team who are always in fundraising mode and always learning. For us, the most challenging part of the race will be getting the boat to Lanzarote from England but we are looking forward to being on the starting line with many of the most talented offshore sailing teams around,” continues Ponting.

The crew of Dan Flanigan (23), Chris Kennedy (26), Andrew “OD” O’Donnell (27), and Hobie Ponting (23) will be depart Long Island for England at the beginning of November as they meet with the crew of Bodacious Dream to get a walkthrough of the boat before the handover. After completing the race, the team will go into full fundraising mode as they set their sights on the west to east transatlantic.

Three’s company on Sérénade

Denis Villotte’s 12m Joubert-Nivelt-Pinta, Sérénade (FRA), will join three other French yachts competing in the new race. The Parisian Management Consultant will be competing in his twin-keeled version of the JNP along with Alain Houchard from Caen and Pit Porter from Bayonne.

“I have raced Sérénade across the Atlantic once before in the 2011-12 two-handed race, La Transquadra (2 legs: Saint-Nazaire to Madeira and Madeira to Martinique). I wanted to make another Atlantic crossing in a race again. Though I loved the Transquadra experience, I wanted something different and made an entry as soon as I found out that the RORC was organising a new race. I would like to make a faster crossing than the previous one (16 days, 4 hrs) which won’t be easy as the distance is a bit longer and winds might be weaker,” explains Villotte.

“Crossing the Atlantic with the trade winds is not so easy when you are racing. You may get sudden strong squalls, especially before dawn and you have to be swift and reactive. Strategic choices may also prove crucial, especially just after the start. Tactical choices (to gybe or not to gybe) have to be made constantly. As for us, we’ll be a small crew (only 3) and we won’t use the automatic pilot, so the race is going to be a real challenge. I hope we’ll be able to make a good result in the race. Whatever happens, it’s always a great moment to steer a yacht running downwind in the trades, with her spinnaker on,” continues Sérénade’s owner Villotte.

Fairline preparing for new product introduction program

October 24, 2014

This month saw the well known UK luxury motor yacht builder, Fairline Boats, embark on a major human investment into its engineering capability as it prepares for an extensive new product introduction program.

Fairline

Fairline's Headquarters in Oundle

Continuing to focus on high quality engineering and boatbuilding excellence, Fairline has invested in two new appointments to support the upcoming programme. Stefan Whitmarsh joins as Head of Engineering and Ben Harrison as Engineering Manager, both based at Fairline’s Headquarters in Oundle.

Stefan and Ben have joined existing team members, Gary Smith, Fairline Technical Manager and Andrew Pope, Design Director, to underpin the outstanding engineering and design expertise at Fairline.

Stuart McCullough, Commercial Director at Fairline Boats, commented: “Our new-look engineering team provides us with the necessary skills and expertise to deliver cutting-edge design and drive forward our new product development plans. The new appointments will further strengthen our innovative design and high quality engineering capabilities.”

With a lifetime in the boating industry, Stefan brings a wealth of global boat industry knowledge and experience gained with leading distributors and manufacturers across the world. He is widely recognised as a leading authority in shipbuilding, construction, manufacturing methods and the operation of large yachts.

In recent times Stefan has worked with Princess Yachts and Sunseeker International where his last role was as Project Manager on the build of former F1 team owner Eddie Jordan’s ‘Sunseeker 155 Yacht’ superyacht BLUSH. He also has many years’ experience in high performance GRP vessels and currently races in offshore powerboat championships, winning the 4-day 800 mile Venture Cup Race in 2013. In his new role at Fairline Stefan will be responsible for driving the new product introduction programme and developing the design and engineering systems across the product range.

Ben will be working alongside Stefan to deliver the engineering design, development and validation of new and current products. Ben’s previous experience includes engineering and program management roles at Nissan, Perkins Engines, Land Rover, Visteon and Caterpillar, where he undertook a two-year assignment in Qingdao, the People’s Republic of China as part of a Joint Venture engineering team.

Stefan commented: “I am looking forward to working with this talented design and engineering team to deliver Fairline’s vision for the future. This is an exciting time in its growth and development and the new team has ambitious plans in the pipeline to underpin Fairline’s position as a world class company, offering premium luxury motor yachts manufactured using state-of-the-art technology.”

Dubois-designed sailing yacht MONDANGO 3 and motor yacht COMO among finalists for ISS Awards 2014

October 24, 2014

Both superbly penned by the multi-award winning UK design studio Dubois Naval Architects, sailing yacht Mondango 3 as well as motor yacht Como have been announced as the finalists for the 2014 ISS Awards. The winners will be unveiled at the gala evening in Florida’s Fort Lauderdale, set to be held on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

56m sailing yacht MONDANGO 3 (AY46) by Alloy Yachts - Image credit to Chris Lewis

56m sailing yacht MONDANGO 3 (AY46) by Alloy Yachts - Image credit to Chris Lewis

MONDANGO 3

Measuring 56,4 meters in length over all, superyacht MONDANGO 3 (AY46) was launched from Alloy Yachts earlier this year. Designed by Reymond Langton, the elegant, timeless and functional interiors offer deluxe accommodation to 11 guests in 5 comfortable cabins. There is one master suite, two double cabins, two twin cabins and one pullman bed. Some of the special features of this superb performance ketch include an aft deck spa pool, two large tenders stowed below the foredeck and a swing lift centre board, allowing the yacht to slide into shallow lagoons and waterways.

46m motor yacht COMO by Feadship

46m motor yacht COMO by Feadship

COMO

Measuring 46 meters in length over all, superyacht COMO from Feadship was launched back in February. Interior styling of this luxurious vessel was designed by Redman Whiteley Dixon and was created to complement a modern and sophisticated lifestyle. Accommodation is provided in two spacious VIP cabins and two twin cabins below deck, as well as a generous owner’s suite on the main deck.

Below is a selection of the outstanding charter yachts with design by Dubois.

Chris-Craft ® to debut new Catalina 34 yacht tender at press event at FLIBS 2014

October 24, 2014

Chris-Craft will unveil the brand new Catalina 34 yacht tender at a press conference, set to take place during the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), at 11:00am on Thursday, October 30th. Together with Simrad, the Catalina’s navigation system, Chris-Craft will speak about how the classic design of its newest flagship in the Catalina range is mixed up with the newest technology.

Catalina 34 superyacht tender

Catalina 34 superyacht tender by Chris-Craft

The Catalina 34 superyacht tender will be the largest addition to the Catalina line for Chris-Craft and will be powered by triple Mercury® 300 HP Verado® outboard engines along with dual 16-inch multi-touch Simrad NSO evo2 displays at the helm.

“We, at Chris-Craft, are proud to introduce our newest development and flagship in our Catalina series of Center Console boats. The Catalina 34 was developed after high demand from hundreds of our Catalina owners. We have combined all of our customer and dealer comments to deliver a product that is sure to be a winner in its class,” said Jeff Ellis, VP of Sales and Marketing at Chris-Craft.

See how the combination of power, innovation, and Chris-Craft styling in the new Catalina 34 luxury yacht tender will make this boat a one of a kind on the water.

Pepón Garriga-Nogués passes away

October 24, 2014

Marina Barcelona 92 (MB92), a company providing superyacht service-refit, repair and maintenance works, has announced with great sadness that one of the first figures in the company, Pepón Garriga-Nogués, passed away at the age of 56, following a long battle with cancer.

Pepón Garriga-Nogués was the Managing Director of MB92 from 1991 to 1999 and he made a great contribution to the success of the company in the yacht industry.

“All of us who have had the honor to have shared part of our life with him will miss him greatly. He will always be remembered” said Pepe García-Aubert, CEO of MB92.

Pepón Garriga-Nogués is survived by his wife Tote Buira. Private services were planned for the 22nd of October in Barcelona.

New images of Nordlund 115’ Sportfisher motor yacht NETTO

October 24, 2014

Launched by the US shipyard Nordlund Boat Company earlier this year, the all-new 35-metre motor yacht NETTO is a lovely Nordlund 115’ Sportfisher yacht, with naval architecture by E. Edwin Monk. Superyacht NETTO features structural design by Tim Nolan, while her interior design is by Jonathan Quinn Barnett – JQB Ltd. Below are the new images of NETTO, taken by photographer Neil Rabinowitz.

Nordlund 115 Sportfisher yacht NETTO - Photo by Neil Rabinowitz

Nordlund 115 Sportfisher yacht NETTO - Photo by Neil Rabinowitz

Technical Specifications of Nordlund 115’ Sportfisher yacht NETTO:

Top speed 21 knots, cruises at 14 knots

Range – 3,500 nautical miles at 10 knots

2 – MTU 12V2000 M93 1,800 HP engines

2 – 65 KW Northern Lights generators  MP445T

6,000 gallon total fuel

6 – steering stations

4 – live bait wells

2 – 275 gallon bait tanks on cockpit deck

1,000 gallon reserve bait tank below cockpit

Superyacht NETTO - Photo by Neil Rabinowitz

Superyacht NETTO - Photo by Neil Rabinowitz

Small bait well forward

2 – 84 cu ft fish holds with ice makers in cockpit

2 – Eskimo ice makers

2 – 139 gallon clean oil tankage

1 – 195 gallon dirty oil

4.5” drive shafts, Aquamet HS

Delta T engine room air system

Custom designed for worldwide sportfishing

Sleeps: 8 owners & guests, 6 crew

Interior by Jonathan Quinn Barnett – JQB Ltd

Glasshape metallic blue glass

Alex Seal Paint – Dolphin Blue

4,000 lb Steelhead davit

Luxury motor yacht NETTO - aft view - Photo by Neil Rabinowitz

Luxury motor yacht NETTO - aft view - Photo by Neil Rabinowitz

Dive compressor

2 – FCI 1,800 gallons per day fresh water makers

800 gallon fresh water tankage

20 ton Technicold AC

2 – 24 cu ft refrigerators

2 – 24 cu ft freezers

44 cu ft freezer drawers aft

2 – 100 amp Glendenning cord reels

Waste treatment system

Anchoring 1-400 lb CQR and 1-100 lb CQR

Jastram steering

NETTO Yacht from above - Photo by Neil Rabinowitz

NETTO Yacht from above - Photo by Neil Rabinowitz

PILOTHOUSE

Complete Furuno sportfishing electronics package

6 – Nauticomp 19” glass bridge displays

3 – Nauticomp 12” displays

Furuno FR2127BB 25kw BlackBox radar system

Furuno FCV1200BB fishfinder w/repeater in fishing cockpit

Furuno CH300BB dual frequency sonar

Furuno NavNet 3D BlackBox system, radar, sounder, plotter

Furuno FA150 Class A AIS system

Dual Furuno RD33 remote displays w/PB200 weather sensor

Simrad AP80 autopilot system w/5 jog levers

Simrad AP24 back-up autopilot system

Simrad GC80 gyro

Dual Icom 604 VHF radios

Furuno LH3000 hailer

Flir M-625XP thermal imaging camera

Samsung CCTV system w/5 PTZ cameras & DVR

InteliSea vessel monitoring system

Dual navigation computers w/MaxSea

Luxury yacht NETTO - Decks - Photo by Neil Rabinowitz

Luxury yacht NETTO - Decks - Photo by Neil Rabinowitz

BUCKET

Furuno MFD12 NavNet 3D system, radar, sounder, plotter

Simrad AP70 autopilot

Icom 504 VHF radio

Icom M504 hailer

OTHERS

KVH V7iP VSAT system

KVH V3iP VSAT system (back-up)

MSAT satellite phone system

KVH HD7 HDTV satellite TV system

Iridium satellite phone system

Definitive Audio stereo system

Panasonic telephone system

Technicold air conditioning

Trio of new Solar Hybrid Multi-Hull Superyachts introduced by Eramotive

October 24, 2014

Miami-based design studio, Eramotive, is delighted to introduce a trio of new Solar Hybrid Multi-Hull Superyachts: the Iris Series. These three striking luxury yachts are offered in lengths of 45  meters over three decks, 75 meters over five decks, and 125 meters over seven decks.

The Iris Series by Eramotive

The Iris Series by Eramotive

The elliptical shape was chosen for its timeless appeal, as well as its allowance for much more voluminous interior spaces. This opens a vast range of customizable interior possibilities for each individual owner. From a private leisure yacht to a vessel for scientific expeditions, a floating convention center, an entertainment venue or even as a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel.

125m Iris Series mega yacht by Eramotive

125m Iris Series mega yacht by Eramotive

The exterior surface areas were kept in mind to allow maximum coverage using Photo-voltaic panels, while maintaining wide angle views from within. The Photo-voltaic panels wrapping the exterior are also revealed as retractable roof enclosures on the top three decks, that make it possible to maintain zero carbon cruising at a speed of 10 knots.

125m Iris Series superyacht - Heli closed

125m Iris Series superyacht - Heli closed

125m Iris Series Yacht - Heli open

125m Iris Series Yacht - Heli open

The helipad on the 125m mega yacht has a retractable enclosure as well, allowing the space to be easily converted into a recreational area for all types of climates. The Iris Series is offered in full or semi Photo-voltaic coverage.

125m Iris Series Yacht - Front Deck

125m Iris Series Yacht - Front Deck

A hydroponic garden an even be added for true self-sufficiency at sea. An open layout two-tiered Salon, VIP suites with saunas, multiple pools, an art gallery, cinema, grand library, tender garage with bamboo drop doors and area for showcasing up to nine collector cars are also among the many possibilities available.

125m Iris Series superyacht - Solar Panels

125m Iris Series superyacht - Solar Panels

The 45 meter superyacht features an array of sliding glass panels on both sides of the structure which open the interior and fully expose an outside deck. The decks seamlessly retract at 1,8m meter length thus harmoniously merging the inside and outside spaces into one.

75m Iris Series Yacht - side view

75m Iris Series Yacht - side view

75m Iris Series Yacht from above

75m Iris Series Yacht from above

The Iris Series is designed to change your perception of what a yacht can be, whether you are looking at it from the outside or from within.

Below are two videos from Eramotive presenting the new Iris Solar Hybrid Multi-Hull Superyacht Series:

New Rolls-Royce engine selected to power Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible motor yacht SCOOTER to be presented at FLIBS

October 24, 2014

From October 30 to November 3, Rolls-Royce will attend the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), presenting its new generation MTU Series 2000 M96 yacht engine. The EPA Tier 3-compliant engine will be showcased in the MTU booth (#1212) and presented for the first time in North America aboard the new Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible motor yacht Scooter. Superyacht  Scooter represents the largest resin-infused sport fishing convertible hull in the world.

During recent sea trials with Viking, the new generation MTU 16V 2000 M96L impressed with faster acceleration and outstanding maneuverability while powering the new super yacht Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible

During recent sea trials with Viking, the new generation MTU 16V 2000 M96L impressed with faster acceleration and outstanding maneuverability while powering the new Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible super yacht Scooter

The new MTU 16V 2000 M96L will be showcased in the new luxury yacht Scooter during a press conference on Friday, 31 October at 11 a.m. EST at the Viking Yacht Company’s D-Dock display.

Continuing its long tradition of reliable and efficient high-performance yacht engines, the MTU Series 2000 M96 generation offers enhanced acceleration and low fuel consumption in 12-cylinder ratings from 1700bhp to 1920bhp and 16-cylinder ratings from 2185bhp to 2600bhp of power, making it particularly suitable for luxury and sportfishing yachts. It is also backed by MTU’s Premium Yacht Service, providing unparalleled support for the engine over its entire lifespan.

During recent sea trials with Viking, the new generation 16V 2000 M96L impressed with faster acceleration and outstanding maneuvrability while powering the 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible yacht Scooter.

Engine room of the new Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible yacht

Engine room of the new Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible yacht Scooter

“We recently introduced our dealers to the new Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible and their feedback on its performance has been outstanding,” said Bill Gibbons, senior project engineer, Viking Yacht Company. “2014 marks 50 years of excellence in luxury yachting for Viking Yacht. We have spent the last decade becoming the No. 1-selling convertible sportfishing yacht builder and selecting the new MTU 16V 2000 M96L to power our newest flagship yacht will enable us to keep that position for many years to come. We have trusted partners in MTU and we look forward to sharing the many milestones of this exquisite vessel with them.”

“The new 16V 2000 M96L engines paired with the Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible is a powerful combination and one that will surely make waves during the show and at sea,” said Andrew Boyer, senior sales manager, MTU America. “Because our customers demand high levels of performance and reliability, it was essential for the next generation of MTU yacht engines to create excitement and set a new standard for the pleasure craft industry.”

A full system provider, MTU will also present its latest control and monitoring system Blue Vision New Generation (BVNG), which features standard color displays, integrated start-stop control and standard shipyard interface. The system is complete with simple harnessing to enabling ease of installation.

Also on display at the show is a new Joystick System that is fully integrated to BVNG as an option. Designed for the pleasure craft market, this new Joystick System will be available in early 2015 and will offer:

• Intuitive maneuvrability – complex maneuvers are made more convenient by automatically and cleverly managing all the propulsion and thruster systems.

• Thruster Compatibility – wide range of electronic or hydraulic OEM supplied thruster units; proportional control capability; joystick operating mode for thruster only control

• GPS-based Station Keeping – automatically remain stationary with a sophisticated GPS-based system

Boat show attendees are also invited to visit the MTU exhibit to experience a simulation of the new Joystick System while controlling a virtual yacht.

Attendees are also invited to learn more about MTU’s Premium Yacht Service, a comprehensive range of services tailored to meet the most demanding customer requirements. The package includes an Extended Propulsion Coverage warranty (EPC), annual inspections and professional training for customers and their partners.

Sunrise Yachts and John Staluppi Market 68m motor yacht Project SKYFALL

October 24, 2014

John and Jeanette Staluppi and Sunrise Yachts are delighted to announce that they have decided to market the 68m motor yacht Project Skyfall (N681), the first of a series. This announcement follows an amazing level of interest, generated by the Project Skyfall superyacht since her introduction earlier this year.

68m mega yacht Project Skyfall by Sunrise Yachts

68m mega yacht Project Skyfall by Sunrise Yachts

Since they are currently owning two superyachts, charter yacht “Skyfall” (ex Mi Sueno), and superyacht “Skyfall II” (ex O’Khalila), the Staluppi’s have agreed to concede their slot to the right buyer.

Hull #1 steelwork is nearly completed and the first vessel will be available in March 2017.

Luxury yacht Project “Skyfall”, designed by Vallicelli & Co., with an interior design by Focus Yacht Design and naval architecture by Mulder Design and Ozgün Yacht Design, is a fast-displacement, steel hull and aluminium superstructure, transatlantic luxury motor yacht.

In line with the Staluppi’s spirit of innovation that has produced many ground-breaking yachts, the “Skyfall” superyacht series will feature performance levels and new technologies never combined in yacht projects before, including MME microturbines – the power generating solution of the future.

Technical Specifications of Project Skyfall Yacht

Project Name: Sunrise N681 “Skyfall”

Length: 68.50m/224’

Beam (moulded): 11.30m/37’

Draft (max): 3.15m/10’3”

Displacement (full load): 900 tons

Gross Tonnage: 1,300 grt

Max. speed: 17 or 23 knots options

Range: 5,000 nautical miles

Guests: 12

Crew: 16

Yacht Design: A.V.C. & Co. Vallicelli Design, Rome, Italy

Interior Design: Focus Yacht Design, Bremen, Germany

Naval Architecture: Mulder Design/ Özgun Yacht Design

Classification: Bureau Veritas / LY3

Hull type & Material: Fast-displacement – Steel

Superstructure material: Aluminium

Engines: 2 x MTU 16V4000M93 or 93L

Propulsion System: Voith Linear Jets

Generators: 2 x 220 kW + 1 x 200 kW MME microturbine