New 58m (190’) sailing yacht by Dubois Naval Architects and Royal Huisman

August 01, 2014

Dubois Naval Architects and Royal Huisman are thrilled to announce that they have been appointed to design and construct a new 58m (190ft) sailing yacht. The all-new 58m Dubois and Royal Huisman superyacht is an edgy and innovative high performance sloop, new in every sense of the word. To be officially unveiled at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show in September, it will embody the past experience of both designer and yard, whilst encouraging advances in all the disciplines required to design and build a yacht of such stature.

58m superyacht by Dubois and Royal Huisman - A preview image by Dubois Naval Architects

New 58m (190') superyacht by Dubois and Royal Huisman - A preview image by Dubois Naval Architects

In an innovative move for Dubois the 58m Dubois and Royal Huisman luxury yacht will feature a dramatic sheer line and sculpted bow that beside its ‘edgy’ look returns added strength and seaworthiness. The molded glass superstructure and crisp stern shape add further to the look of this inherently progressive design.

A slender easily driven hull form will be refined with extensive tank testing to include studying the shape of a high-span lifting keel and the configuration of the carbon fiber rudder arrangement. With mast and deck hatches by Rondal a high aspect sail plan and large square top mainsail will add the final measure of horsepower that will be tamed by twin steering stations noted for Royal Huisman’s ability to engineer these without power assistance.

On deck, wide teak planking with off white seams will downplay a hidden crane, tender garage and large swim spa forward, whilst aft a sun bed connects to a beach deck with articulated swim platform.

Described as an Innovator, Francis Sultana will style relaxing accommodations comprising a master ‘apartment’ that includes a gym, sauna and library as well two guest staterooms and large open expanse of main deck salon with attached outdoor seating. Accent pieces and exotic finishes will be created in the workshop of London based Rick Baker LTD and having been involved in some of the most high profile projects on the planet The Light Corporation has been asked to artfully shed light on the project.

Keel laying, scheduled for January 2015 offers a delivery in the Spring of 2017.

Ed Dubois comments: “This is a thought provoking design that does not take for granted the marriage of high performance, style and comfort. She’s a design that marks a fresh and progressive turning point in our long and successful history. We are so very thrilled that this yacht will be built by one of the world’s most experienced and famous builders of sailing yachts, Royal Huisman. This is some yacht, inspired by a client looking for the next new, new thing; a dream project for a designer.”

Below are the galleries for the stylish charter yachts by Royal Huisman and Dubois.

Nominations for IBEX Innovation Awards 2014 now open and Panel of Judges announced

August 01, 2014

Nominations for this year’s International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) Innovation Awards are now open. The awards acknowledge the importance of technological advancement in the marine industry. All IBEX 2014 exhibitors are welcome to enter their new products in the competition. These will be judged by a panel of industry experts from Boating Writers International and presented during the Annual Industry Breakfast, which will take place at the Tampa Convention Center  on Tuesday, September 30th from 7:30 – 9:30 am.


The awards honor achievement in product development in 13 areas of the marine industry, including boatbuilding methods and materials, inboard and outboard engines, hardware, interior parts and furnishings, OEM electronics, boatyard and dealer hardware and software, and safety equipment. Judges may also present an award to any entry that provides an environmental benefit to the marine industry. Deadline to enter is August 29, 2014.

“The Innovation Awards are one of the marine industry’s most prestigious honors, and we are thrilled to be working with Boating Writers International and this highly regarded panel of judges to give our exhibitors an opportunity to present their new products for the consideration for an Innovation Award,” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. “We encourage all IBEX exhibitors with new products to submit an entry as winners will be recognized at the Industry Breakfast, displayed on Innovation Way on the show floor, and also promoted all year long.”

The panel of BWI judges for the 2014 IBEX Innovation Awards includes:

•             Bill Bishop, writer for numerous publications including the popular The Marine Installers Rant online blog and formerly had a pre-boating career in industrial automation.

•             Ben Ellison, editor of Panbo, the marine electronics hub on the web, his works can also be found in Power and Motoryacht magazine and Sail, along with Soundings, Passagemaker, and Yachts International.

•             Brady Kay, editor for Pontoon & Deckboat magazine, as well as the editor for Houseboat magazine.

•             Beth Leonard, Director of Technical Services for BoatU.S. and the editor of Seaworthy, the only marine publication dedicated exclusively to vessel seaworthiness and boating safety.

•             Mark Masciarotte, principal of DSG Associates, a consultancy specializing in the construction of custom yachts and small commercial vessels.

•             Awards Chair – Zuzana Prochazka, writer and photographer who freelances for a dozen boating magazines and websites including BoatU.S., SAIL, Sea, Yachtworld, Boats and others.

•             Judy Waldman, President of JW Yachts, is a lifelong cruiser specializing in trawlers, long-range cruisers, and unique yachts. She writes of her journeys and reviews these boats in Yacht Forums and online blogs.

“BWI has put together a panel with exceptional technical expertise and the judges are excited to review the cutting-edge technologies and unique solutions that always rise to the surface at IBEX,” said writer and photographer Zuzana Prochazka, IBEX Innovation Awards Chair.

In addition to the IBEX Innovation Awards presentation at the Industry Breakfast, legendary basketball coach Bob Knight will present a motivational speech on “Winning” and Thom Dammrich, NMMA President will deliver the State of the Industry address. There will also be the presentation of the NMMA Hall of Fame Award, the Exhibitor Video Awards, and the Boating Industry Movers & Shakers Award.

Isle of Man Superyacht Forum to host networking breakfast at Monaco Yacht Show 2014

August 01, 2014

To be held in the glamorous Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Monaco, the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show will see the Isle of Man Superyacht Forum host an informal networking breakfast. This will take place at Zest Bar and Restaurant on September 25, 2014.


The breakfast will open with a short introduction from Andrew Roy (Chairman of the Forum) and Dick Welsh (Director of the Isle of Man Ship Registry).

The event, entitled “The Isle of Man – A Centre of Excellence” will promote many services available on the Island and the Isle of Man’s considerable experience in vessel registration, management, company formation taxation and other corporate services.

The sponsors of the event will have representatives attending to answer any questions you may have. The sponsors are Abacus, Affinity, Appleby, Baker Tilly, Boston, IBOS, Knox House, and MHG Ocean Benefits.

Genoa Boat Show 2014: Statements by UCINA’s Chairman Massimo Perotti

August 01, 2014

Massimo Perotti, the Chairman of UCINA – Confindustria Nautica and a member of the Board of Saloni Nautici SpA, the company organizing the Genoa Boat Show and associated with UCINA, has confirmed his satisfaction with the results achieved so far. He has once again stressed the crucial points of the three-year plan to re-launch the event and to renew it, two processes that began in this edition. The aim is to restore the event, held in the lovely Italy yacht charter destination – Genoa, to its previous levels of importance in Europe as well as in the Mediterranean region.

International Boat Show of Genoa

International Boat Show of Genoa


“Even if we have already spoken about the 2015 edition linked to the Milan Expo, we are still intensely concentrating on the 2014 edition. The Boat Show’s new organisation is working full time on the October event – the last participation requests are arriving now. There is great excitement and work is proceeding according to the scheduled three-year development plan. The 2015 Boat Show (despite its different format) will clearly be an evolution step that is part of a coordinated operation to relaunch the Genoa International Boat Show as the most important event that valorises Italian ship building. This project is popular among workers in the industry and exhibitors.”


“It pays to be realistic. 2013 was ‘year zero’. Now we have started again, fully aware there is lots to be done. We are all in the same boat and it is best to deal with problems, set up a system, put aside regrets and, most importantly, avoid burying our heads under the sand. The main objective is to make the Genoa Boat Show the largest and most important in Europe once more. The conditions for doing so exist.”

Massimo Perotti

Massimo Perotti


“We are concentrating on three factors in 2014. The first is the truly international dimension of the Boat Show. We must be a topic of conversation abroad and the data on the presence of

foreign journalists recorded at the end of July is very positive indeed. We must use the press to help people understand the system’s great potential strength and that our tradition is a unique heritage that cannot be lost. These concepts must be stressed. To this we must add the buyers  who are invited to view the quality of Italian ship building productions directly, thanks to funding from the Ministry of Economic Development.

We have organised the show more effectively. Areas are organised according to more logical criteria. Having the boats afloat allows exhibitors to valorise their models with tests in the water and, at the same time, exhibition-related costs are lower. A clear division according to product sectors helps visitors move around more easily. In addition to all the above, all services (from catering to parking) have been considerably improved.

The third point is that the Boat Show must make a firm entrance into the Made in Italy system. It must be a showcase of excellence in our tradition of large and small boat production. We have a long tradition which is an integrating part – the jewel in the crown – of our production. People from all over the world want true Made in Italy. We must bring this home to them in the sector that involves us. At the same time we must act in coordination with other high-quality sectors that have made us famous and that have contributed to the great reputation that continues to endure.”


“This new brand will unite all great Italian yachts at the Genoa Boat Show. Strong synergies are being established with the worlds of design and furnishing. The Super Made in Italy project fits into this context, which will help us overcome the individualist logic that is typical of our Italian character. We are more creative and original than anybody else and Italian design is a point of reference for people all over the world, just as the quality of our components is. This leadership must be highlighted and made known via the Boat Show.”


“Last year accessories and small boats (inflatables and otherwise) fitted very well in pavilion B. The same applies to boats with motors and large facilities, which were exhibited in the Power Village. This year sailing boats will have a better and improved position, with the new and impressive Sailing World section under the frame. So will the great yachts, in the Super Made in Italy area. I like the fact that every product category has a clear, well-defined position.”


“Some important ship yards, which did not participate in the past (struggling) editions are back this year. Some have increased their exhibition areas. Of course I am upset some historical Italian ship yards are not taking part – it is not good for the Boat Show and does not benefit the sector. On the whole, however, people find the 2014 Boat Show appealing. We are enthusiastically and confidently rising to the challenge.”

Experience Day at Sag Harbour hosted by Zeelander Yachts

August 01, 2014

Last month saw Zeelander USA host owners of its luxury yachts and other enthusiasts for a wonderful Experience Day at Sag Harbor, which was held over the Father’s Day weekend.

Experience Day at Sag Harbour - Image credit to Zeelander

Experience Day at Sag Harbour - Image credit to Zeelander

Zeelander was pleased to welcome proud luxury yacht owners and Zeelander enthusiasts. The weather was nice and everybody enjoyed an amazing couple of days on the open water, sharing those special Zeelander experiences.

Zeelander would like to thank everyone that attended and the staff at the Sag Harbor Cove Yacht Club that made everyone feel so welcome.

Delivery of 45m Holland Jachtbouw superyacht HEUREKA

August 01, 2014

Built by the prominent Dutch shipyard Holland Jachtbouw, the all-new 45m superyacht Heureka (ex Y3 or YIII) is currently enjoying the azure waters of the popular Mediterranean yacht charter locations, following her successful delivery. Luxury sailing yacht Heureka has been superbly penned by Bill Dixon, while her beautiful interiors have been designed by Rhoades Young.

Holland Jachtbouw super yacht Heureka at launch

Holland Jachtbouw super yacht Heureka (ex Y3 or YIII) at launch

Luxury yacht Heureka has been commissioned by a repeat client, who has enjoyed many years sailing on his current HJB yacht.

Heureka yacht has been designed to do very well in the light airs of the Mediterranean. She boasts a number of special features, including a fully automatic bimini and dodger, a double hinging transom door/swim platform, as well as a telescopic lifting keel, that has been designed in such a way that it does not interfere with the interior layout of this sleek high performance sloop.

Below is a choice of the exquisite charter yachts built by Holland Jachtbouw.

Dining in Venice on Italy Yacht Holiday with Charter Yacht STARFIRE

July 31, 2014

Venice, Italy’s finest romantic destination and a fantastic place for a romantic Italy yacht holiday in the Mediterranean aboard the 54m (178’) STARFIRE superyacht, has been sweeping lover’s off their feet for centuries with its candied rooftops, sun kissed spires and decadent piazzas awash with art, flowing wine and high class  food. As a beautiful Italy luxury superyacht charter destination nothing compares to the glory of Europe’s golden child – Venice.

Dining in Venice on a Superyacht Charter in Italy

Dining in Venice on a Superyacht Charter in Italy

Sip dark sweet coffee beneath the ethereal beauty of St Marks Basilica, slip away into the tight knit winding streets, peruse the jewelled fruit stalls of the local markets and sigh with delight at the maze of canals that criss-cross the sweetest city in Italy while enjoying your holidays on an unforgettable Venice yacht charter aboard luxury yacht STARFIRE. Of course no luxury superyacht adventure to these shores would be complete without exploring the delectable array of fine food on offer. From traditional trattorias to innovative flavours, take a look at the must experience places to dine in Venice.

Trattoria da Remigio

Hearty, simple surroundings and fresh dressed crab makes Trattoria da Remigio a firm favourite for those who adore seafood served without the fuss. The burst of Italian atmosphere, the clatter of cutlery and the chilled crisp wines make for a fabulous ambience. The gnocchi alla pescatora is a ‘must try’ for melt in the mouth goodness, gentle aromas and bright catch of the day fish that flakes on the fork.

Dining in Venice on a Superyacht Charter -Trattoria da Remigio

Dining in Venice on a Superyacht Charter -Trattoria da Remigio

Vini da Arturo

If you fancy rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous over tender steaks and golden artichokes then Vini da Arturo is the place to be. The likes of Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Andreessen have all fallen head over heels with the award winning menu that hasn’t been touched in decades and the pure local feel that lights up the place. The tight narrow dining space delivers an intimate feel and the owner of this hidden gem is always happy to crush a cup of wine with guests.

La Cantina

Avoid the tourist traps that pepper the streets of Venice and head to La Cantina for chic tapas, locally brewed beer and freshly shucked oysters glistening on the counter. The lightly seared tuna falls apart on the tongue, the blue veined cheese softens on oven fresh bread and the ancient charcuterie slices premium cured meats that match the Prosecco with perfection. On sultry days grab a table on the sidewalk and watch the beautiful people of Venice pass by.

Dining in Venice on an Italy Superyacht Charter - La Cantina

Dining in Venice on an Italy Superyacht Charter - La Cantina

El Refolo

This unassuming hole in the wall wine bar is brimming with local fun and is an absolute diamond for starting your night in style. Watch the venetians bustling past with their brown paper bags from the market, the dark-eyed children running by and the sound of wine soaked jazz filtering through the air. On fair weather evenings guests should make the most of the charming courtyard space, celebrating with a house special Bellini and basket of warm bread, olive oil and plenty of cured meats and market cheeses.

Dining in Venice on a Superyacht Charter - El Refolo

Dining in Venice on a Superyacht Charter - El Refolo

Terrazza Danieli

The sunset spot of Terrazza Danieli offers breath-taking views of the Grand Canal from its premier rooftop terrace. Nowhere else in the city can you watch the sky blush pink and the gold sparkle and fade over Venice. Start with a seasonal Octopus Carpaccio, move on to the truffle scented John Dory and finish with a saffron and mascarpone cheese mousse adorned with strawberry coulis.

Dining in Venice on a Italy Yacht Charter - Terrazza Danieli

Dining in Venice on a Italy Yacht Charter - Terrazza Danieli

About 54m (178-foot) Motor Yacht STARFIRE

Refitted in 2012 to a beautiful Art Deco styled superyacht, motor yacht STARFIRE is a available for Mediterranean yacht charter, including Eastern Mediterranean destinations of Croatia, Greece, Turkey as well as Western Mediterranean’s Italy and French Riviera. She is a fantastic Benetti-built superyacht and a perfect choice for a luxurious Venice yacht holiday.

Charter Yacht STARFIRE

Charter Yacht STARFIRE

Aboard superyacht STARFIRE

Aboard superyacht STARFIRE

Accommodation aboard STARFIRE yacht is provided in 6 beautifully appointed cabins. The layout includes the Owner cabin, which features a large king-sized bed with an en suite bathroom with a spa pool tub, shower and a head. Furthermore, there are two double cabins with queen-sized beds and en suite shower and head, as well as two twin cabins with a Pullman bunk, en suite facilities with a shower and a head. The final cabin boast a king-sized bed, an en suite bathroom with a bath tub, shower and a head.

54m Luxury Charter Yacht STARFIRE by Benetti

54m Luxury Charter Yacht STARFIRE by Benetti

Luxury yacht STARFIRE offers the latest and most advanced in communication systems, offering high speed internet access anywhere and at any time and top audio-visual entertainment systems. She is powered by two Deutz 6 cylinder engines to a maximum speed of 14 knots and cruises comfortably at 12 knots.

Dining on board STARFIRE charter yacht

Dining on board STARFIRE charter yacht

For more information about charter yacht STARFIRE and Venice yacht charter in Italy, please contact our experienced brokers here.

Bio: Captain Carl Sputh spends the majority of his time at the helms of MY Starfire, a 178′ superyacht for charter. When ashore, he enjoys travelling the world, driving his custom Triumph motorcycle and learning to fly helicopters.

All photographs courtesy of M/Y Starfire

ART Marine’s Al Bandar Marina receives TYHA’s Top Award

July 31, 2014

The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) is pleased to announce that ART Marine‘s Al Bandar Marina, a fabulous Abu Dhabi yacht charter destination, situated at Al Raha Beach, has been awarded 5 Gold Anchors. Part of Aldar Properties, the Al Bandar project is a successful combination of housing and commercial activities; the luxury yacht marina just adds to this amazing mix of luxury living as well as leisure.

TYHA's 5 Gold Anchor Award for ART Marine's Al Bandar Marina

TYHA's 5 Gold Anchor Award for ART Marine's Al Bandar Marina, a lovely Abu Dhabi yacht holiday destination

Set in the calm waters that engulf Abu Dhabi’s many islands which are perfect for watersports, Al Bandar faces Yas Island with its famous Formula1 circuit, Ferrari World theme park and family-minded water park ‘Yas Water World’. An attraction of a different kind can be discovered in the mangrove reserve nearby, which is extremely attractive for nature lovers and boaters looking for a peaceful time on the water.

Al Bandar Marina managed by ART Marine Marinas is truly a top boating destination with 177 fully serviced berths and excellent onsite facilities. The staff are extremely professional and all employees show a passion for the marine business.

“The Gold Anchor award scheme is truly aligned with our philosophy at ART Marine Marinas. We have always been supporting TYHA and the Golden Anchors initiatives as we want to make our marinas the ultimate boating destinations offering the best facilities and best services to all families and boat owners,” comments Bruno Meier, the Chief Operating Officer and Head of Marinas at ART Marine Marinas.

Al Bandar Marina is managed by Evertt Ucat who is assisted by two administrators. Evertt says of his award “Al Bandar Marina is committed to providing the highest quality facilities, customer satisfaction, and safe working environment as well the productive use of its resources. We take pride in upholding a clean, friendly and family oriented marina environment and for achieving the 5 Gold Anchors award. Moreover, this award would not be made possible without the full effort of my team and the unceasing support of the higher management”.

The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) provides support for marinas and related business throughout the UK and internationally.

The Gold Anchor Award Scheme, which has been operating for 26 years is based on the TYHA Code of Practice for the design construction and operation of marinas.  Ratings range from one to five gold anchors. Any award issued is a sure sign of a credible, quality marina with the number of anchors demonstrating the facilities and standard of service available to berth holders and full compliance with statutory regulations.

The Gold Anchor scheme was awarded Green Initiative of the year 2011 by Practical Boat Owner magazine.

Panerai Transat Classique 2015 to be hosted by Marina Lanzarote

July 31, 2014

Nestled in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Spain, the fabulous Marina Lanzarote, managed by Calero Marinas, has been announced as departure host to the fleet of the Panerai Transat Classique 2015. Yachts preparing to participate in this amazing transatlantic race will be able to enjoy a new, comfortable and vibrant marine facility, positioned right in the capital of the beautiful volcanic Canary Island of Lanzarote.

Marina Lanzarote is Calero Marinas’ third and most ambitious project, providing a tremendously important nautical centre for the island’s capital Arrecife and a vibrant marine destination for this strategic location in the Canaries

Marina Lanzarote is Calero Marinas’ third and most ambitious project, providing a tremendously important nautical centre for the island’s capital Arrecife and a vibrant marine destination for this strategic location in the Canaries

Leaving on the 7th January, next year, this almost 3000-mile long race is the pinnacle of the classic yacht racing series and currently the only transatlantic event of its kind dedicated exclusively to classic yachts. Owners speak of the purest kind of delight forged from the pleasure of sailing a real distance on board these magnificent vessels and the fulfilling sense of accomplishment, competing with crew as a skilled and offshore racing team.

Castillo San José – overlooking the harbour entry

Castillo San José – overlooking the harbour entry

A number of participants will be returning to the race after having competed in previous editions and the line-up of yachts having expressed an interest is impressive. With the larger proportion of the fleet travelling down from the Mediterranean where many of the Panerai series events are held, these boats will be looking to secure a place in Lanzarote this autumn, ahead of the race.

Along with a new 820 tonne hoist, a splendid new yard in Marina Lanzarote is also home to shipwright “Maestro Tito”; a mainstay of the island’s long-standing tradition of boat-building dating from the late 18th century.

Part of the city’s cultural heritage, these craftsmen descend from those who built and maintained the island’s fishing fleet, also offering a valuable repair service to the traffic of boats passing through Lanzarote

Part of the city’s cultural heritage, these craftsmen descend from those who built and maintained the island’s fishing fleet, also offering a valuable repair service to the traffic of boats passing through Lanzarote

These innate skills and years of experience will serve the Panerai Transat Classique fleet well in the event that work is required. Calero Marinas boatyard staff and resident team of specialists of riggers, sailmakers, machinists and mechanics amongst other skills will help ensure that participants have everything they need.

The preparation week from the 1st to the 7th January will give the fleet a taste of Lanzarote hospitality and an introduction to the island’s famous geography and culture. Participating yachts will be berthed together in Marina Lanzarote during this week, promising quite a sight.

Castillo San Gabriel, Arrecife

Castillo San Gabriel, Arrecife

The event will be well supported by the Real Club Náutico de Arrecife (Royal Arrecife Sailing Club) and the Patronato de Lanzarote.

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week 2014 Photography Competition

July 31, 2014

Following its successful launch last year, Aberdeen Asset Management is delighted to announce the continuation of the Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week Photography Competition at the 2014 regatta, running from August 2 to 9. This year, the competition includes the all-new Instagram category.

Winning shot of Shore-side competition (c) Peter Rivon

Winning shot of Shore-side competition (c) Peter Rivon

The photography competition is open to all spectators, competitors and budding photographers at the regatta, encouraging all event participants to share their own experiences both online and through their smartphones. The challenge for entrants is to capture Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week through the theme of ‘the spirit of the regatta’ in three competition categories, with an additional fourth category for an Instagram #Sailfie competition.

Entrants to the Shore-side, On-the-Water and Under 18 categories will be able to submit their images through the official Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week website and will be in with a chance of winning a £250 photography equipment voucher.

-              Shore-side: Capturing the festival atmosphere and ‘spirit of the regatta’ ashore.

-            On-the-Water: Capturing the diverse fleets, competitive racing action and ‘spirit of the regatta’ afloat.

-              Under 18: A dedicated category designed to support up-and-coming photography talent.

The Instagram competition, which will run through the official Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week Instagram page (@cowes_week) asks entrants to include a #Sailfie image – a play on the word ‘selfie’ – with a nautical theme to be in with the chance of winning a fantastic Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week hamper at the end of the week.

Double Olympic gold medallist, Shirley Robertson, will be joined by representatives from Aberdeen Asset Management and Cowes Week Limited for judging the competition entries in all categories, along with professional sailing photographer, Alan Crowhurst.

Commenting on the announcement, Jill Maxwell, Head of Sponsorship at Aberdeen Asset Management, said: “One of Aberdeen Asset Management’s objectives through sponsorship is to make the events we are involved with as accessible to competitors and visitors as possible. By continuing the success of last year’s photography competition, with the addition of a new Instagram category, we hope that all visitors to the regatta will engage with Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week through the sharing of photography. As we all know, pictures can paint a thousand words, so we are really looking forward to seeing how different people capture their experiences of the event.”

The main competition will be open for entries until Saturday 16 August, whilst the Instagram category will be close at the conclusion of the regatta, 09 August.