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Upcoming launch of the revolutionary Amer 94’ Motor Yacht SAVE THE SEA

July 08, 2015

Liguria-based shipyard, Amer Yachts, part of the Permare Group, is thrilled to announce that the launch of the revolutionary Amer 94’ motor yacht SAVE THE SEA is rapidly approaching. First superyacht to adopt the Volvo Penta IPS engines, Amer 94’ luxury yacht SAVE THE SEA will be displayed in world preview and introduced to the market in occasion of the Cannes Yachting Festival in September, the Genoa Boat Show in October, as well as the Qatar International Boat Show in November.

Amer 94 superyacht SAVE THE SEA

Amer 94 superyacht SAVE THE SEA

The shipyard started working on the construction of Amer 94’ superyacht SAVE THE SEA in Autumn 2014. The development of this groundbreaking vessel is the result of a close cooperation, both during the design as well as the executive phases, between Amer Yachts, Volvo Penta, Seakeeper and the tender specialist, Extender. In fact, the vessel will feature the only foldable tender with vertical bow available on the market.

Giorgio Avigdor, Seakeeper Sales Manager for Southern Europe, comments: “In coordination with the Technical Department of the Shipyard, we have analyzed the gyro-stabilizer’s installation requirements, choosing the innovative model Seakeeper 16 to be positioned aboard the Amer 94’: thanks to the limited weight of the boat, the roll reduction that will be achieved will guarantee a high level of onboard habitability and comfort.”

Amer 94 luxury yacht SAVE THE SEA underway

Amer 94 luxury yacht SAVE THE SEA underway

Thanks to the adoption of the revolutionary propulsion system, the hull of the Amer 94’ yacht SAVE THE SEA allows to achieve a speed which doubles the maximum speed of a displacement hull, with a further decrease in noise, emissions and vibrations.

Nicola Pomi, head of Marine Market Italy at Volvo Penta, comments:  “The Amer 94’ represents to Volvo Penta a turning point in the Yacht segment. Thanks to the technical collaboration with the Permare Shipyard, this 94 ft boat symbolizes to us a definitive step as well as a constant presence in the realization of large sized boats.”

In the meanwhile, the shipyard has also started a new study phase, concentrating on the research of highly innovative motorization solutions, focused, on one side, on the adoption of 4 Volvo Penta IPS engines and, on the other side, on electric motorizations.

More charter yachts built by Amer can be found here.

New Luxury Trimaran DRAGONSHIP 25 launched by PI Super Yachts

July 07, 2015

PI Super Yachts has proudly launched the new luxury trimaran DRAGONSHIP 25, boasting a highly innovative charging autosail technology, ensuring near silent eco-friendly running. Measuring 25 meters in length, luxury yacht DRAGONSHIP 25 belongs to a new range of sailing trimarans, destined for the luxury end of the yachting market. The flagship of the fleet is the 80m mega yacht DRAGONSHIP 80, unveiled in 2014.

New 25m luxury trimaran DRAGONSHIP 25 by PI Super Yachts

New 25m luxury trimaran DRAGONSHIP 25 by PI Super Yachts

Superyacht DRAGONSHIP 25 offers a total of 291sqm of sumptuous luxury living space and incorporates the very latest technology. She is designed to easily sleep up to 10 guests and four crew members for extended cruising. The master stateroom can be found in the main hull with fixed portlights in the transom.  Four ensuite guest staterooms are positioned on the main deck, while the twin crew cabins are situated in the amas. There are also vast dining and lounge areas at the aft cockpit, as well as salon and flybridge which has port and starboard helm stations. An extended deck hosts a 5,2m tender and hydraulic crane. Each ama houses a lazarette with fold-down swim platform aft, storing a wonderful selection of water toys.

Luxury sailing trimaran DRAGONSHIP 25 from above

Luxury sailing trimaran DRAGONSHIP 25 from above

“At PI Super Yachts, we pride ourselves in providing creative solutions to the design, usability and environmental issues that our clients face.” The “Baby-Dragon” as CEO and founder Will O’Hara likes to call the DRAGONSHIP 25 yacht is ‘carbon free’, with electric propulsion and solar PV panels on the coach roof and integrated into the Autosail wingsail. This results in zero carbon fuels, zero emissions and almost silent running on full power, providing owners with a truly ethical sailing experience with zero impact on the environment.

DRAGONSHIP 25 Yacht - aft view

DRAGONSHIP 25 Yacht – aft view

Boasting durable design and top quality materials for environmentally ethical sailing, all of the Dragonship range of vessels incorporate British design, Autosail technology and ecological blue sky thinking mixed up with the company’s ‘blue sea ethos’.

Rossinavi Diesel Electric Yacht ENDURANCE 50 (FR032) to be presented at EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015

June 12, 2015

Rossinavi Diesel Electric yacht ENDURANCE 50 (FR032) will be presented at this month’s EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015, running from June 15 to 19. The event will feature a seminar, illustrating the technical solution implemented in the 50-metre motor yacht ENDURANCE 50.

Superyacht ENDURANCE 50 (FR032) by Rossinavi – Photo by Team For Design – by Enrico Gobbi

Superyacht ENDURANCE 50 (FR032) by Rossinavi – Photo by Team For Design – by Enrico Gobbi

Titled “Diesel-electric technology, from cruise ships to yachts – how to optimise energy utilisation on board”, the seminar will illustrate the reasons for making diesel-electric propulsion systems for vessels destined for long-range cruising around the globe. The first vessel with this kind of propulsion hit the water in 1903. This system is starting to be implemented for vessels between 500 and 2000 gross tons (GT) only now. The workshop will unveil the various technologies applied to a vessel to optimise energy production as well as management.


The all-aluminium luxury yacht ENDURANCE 50 is a striking 50-metre fast displacement explorer, beautifully penned by Enrico Gobbi from Team For Design (T4D), with interior design by Achille Salvagni.


This new vessel is our latest expression of technic and style. The new Endurance 50mt is a fully customized yacht with essential and linear layout, characterized by many minimalist details and lightweight materials. The twin diesel electric engines and the unlimited registration allow long range cruising around the world.

This vessel has been design for the “tour of the globe”. The main vessel performance is the seakeeping and the long cruising range.


The generous full-beam owner’s suite forward to the weather deck enjoys plenty of light and a wonderful panorama thanks to the long windows along the two main sides and an unusual private balcony. The exterior areas of the Endurance 50 make various configuration possible, including an exclusive sun area forward, placed over the wide garage. The outside dining area is on the upper deck, while the cockpit is furnished with luxurious sunbed close to a panoramic custom pool on aft. 

Further charter yachts built by Rossi Navi.

New Arcadia 115 Motor Yacht Hull #4 Sold

June 01, 2015

The sale of the new Arcadia 115 motor yacht Hull #4 in the Middle East region has been proudly announced by the innovative and ‘eco-friendly’ Italian builder, Arcadia Yachts.

First Arcadia 115 Motor Yacht M Ocean

First Arcadia 115 Motor Yacht M’Ocean

Ugo Pellegrino, President of Arcadia Yachts, comments:For our yard the sale of the fourth unit of Arcadia 115 represents an additional crucial business achievement that confirms our production and visionary strategies over this model. The sale of 4 hulls in four years is a solid step for a “niche yard” like we are. In regards to the Yacht, it’s not necessary to point out that you haven’t seen a yacht like this before. But if you can see from the outside that she offers something different, it’s not until you step aboard that you can appreciate just how radical she really is.

Photovoltaic panels aboard M Ocean Yacht

Photovoltaic panels aboard Arcadia 115 M’Ocean Yacht

Thanks to the hydrodynamic efficiency of her hulls, luxury yacht Arcadia 115 provides thrilling performance, mixed up with remarkable fuel savings and comfortable sea keeping. The 5-kilowatt photovoltaic panels aboard this striking vessel provide enough power on a bright day to run the refrigerators and freezers, plus lights, fans, as well as pumps, without the need for a generator.

Superyacht M Ocean - Cockpit - Main Deck

Superyacht M’Ocean – Cockpit – Main Deck

The modern and spacious interiors of superyacht Arcadia 115 are full of natural light, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows. The standard layout consists of a gorgeous full-beam owner’s suite on the main deck and four guest cabins on the lower deck, providing comfortable accommodation to 10/12 guests, plus accommodation for a crew of 8 in 4 crew cabins – an ideal combination for a luxury superyacht charter.

Arcadia 115 superyacht M Ocean - saloon

Arcadia 115 superyacht M’Ocean – saloon

Super yacht Arcadia 115 boasts amazing entertaining areas, with plenty of sofas and seating places on the main deck. In addition, the upper deck hosts a wide-open space, offering a generous relaxing zone, consisting of a breath-taking transparent “lounge”, connected with suite with an amazing “terrace on the sea”, featured with sun-beds, sun umbrellas, wet-bar and a second formal dining table. There is also an ample tender garage, which can store a 14-foot RIB and two Personal Water scooters.

Super yacht M Ocean - Owners Suite

Super yacht M’Ocean – Owner’s Suite

More charter yachts built by Arcadia.

Eagerly awaited launch of 97 Metres of Columbus Superyachts to take place on May 16, 2015

May 12, 2015

May 16, 2015 in the Port of Naples, on one of Palumbo Group’s floating docks, will be marked by the official launch of two new Columbus Yachts vessels: a Classic 57m yacht and the Sport Hybrid 40m motor yacht Hull no. 2, both together measuring impressive 97 meters in length. The vessels will be officially unveiled at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show in September.

Columbus 40s Hybrid Yacht – Image credit to Thierry Ameller

Columbus 40s Hybrid Yacht – Image credit to Thierry Ameller

The top secret Columbus Classic 57m superyacht has never been revealed before. This beautiful custom, full displacement steel and aluminium vessel belongs to the Classic line, represented for the first time by motor yacht Prima, the first winner of the prestigious World Superyacht Award branded Columbus Yachts. The interiors of a Classic 57m are eclectic, including a variety of particular woods, mirrors and marbles.

The second Sport Hybrid 40m yacht is built on the proven platform of the first 40S Hybrid superyacht, launched in 2013. She also boasts an aerodynamic light-weight aluminum hull, soft and innovative exterior lines and a modern interior lay-out, plus an amazing “eco-friendly” optional advanced electric propulsion.

Hybrid Sport 40m super yacht Hull no. 2 features spacious and stylish interiors with large windows and eco-friendly materials, as well as large balconies with huge deck space and various sunning as well as dining arrangements. In addition, there are generous and comfortable external areas and the relaxation areas, such as the rear beach club.

At the end of the launch ceremony, Columbus Yachts will unveil three new project lines, destined for Asian and USA market and representing a new perfect balance between sportsmanship and comfort. The range includes all-aluminium, semi-displacement open yachts, which also feature a more classic tri-deck layout.

Three new Columbus Yachts project lines are:

Columbus Liberty Range from 33m to 38m, developed in partnership with Marco Casali – Too Design Studio. The main idea behind the Liberty range is freedom of living and organizing wide flat spaces, freedom of getting close to the sea, thanks to huge glass surfaces, an open and transparent beach area, as well as a huge swimming platform, as well as freedom of being unique – each Liberty is customizable in layout, exterior and interior design.

Columbus Sport Oceanic Range from 50m to 80m. This is a forward oriented line with a fresh and dynamic cutting-edge stylistic approach, mixing up generous outdoor areas and deluxe interiors. The vessels boast innovative, pleasant and timeless design, thanks to a great amount of light from the vast glazing.

Columbus Oceanic Coupé Range of which the first two models are a 45m and a 50m.

The new Oceanic Coupé range as well as the Sport Oceanic range were both designed in a close cooperation with Studio Vafiadis and Associates.

St Kitts Eco Tourism for Superyachts

April 08, 2015

Surrounded by pristine virginal rainforests, jewelled blue waters and pale stretches of sand, St Kitts – a superyacht charter destination – is a divine sight for tired eyes. Superyachts sailing into this Caribbean yacht charter paradise will quickly fall in love with the bounty of blue and green, the thick canopied forests fringing the bay and the shuffling turtles nesting on the beach.

St Kitts - Image credit to St Kitss Tourism Board

St Kitts – Image credit to St Kitss Tourism Board

Charter Yacht Starfire is a lavish luxury superyacht that can show you the beauty of St Kitts without treading on the toes of Mother Earth. St Kitts eco tourism for superyachts is essential to preserve the rarity of the environment and to protect the native flora and fauna so that everyone can enjoy this unspoiled island in the West Indies for years to come. Aboard Superyacht Starfire you can dine on fresh local produce, snorkel across untapped coral playgrounds and soak up the serene ambience of this Caribbean gem.

Luxury Yacht Starfire

Luxury Yacht Starfire

Motor Yacht STARFIRE - Dine on fresh local produce

Motor Yacht STARFIRE – Dine on fresh local produce

Embrace the Rainforest

St Kitts is a verdant wonder with a quarter of the island snuggled under a blanket of emerald green. The lush jungle is a myriad of sparkling cool water streams, blooming tropical flowers and bright plumed birds. It’s essential that St Kitts’ fragile eco system can be enjoyed by superyacht charter visitors whilst remaining protected from harm. The gorgeous rainforest is actually one of the rarest types on earth and seems to be growing rather than shrinking. You can hike the numerous winding trails breathing in the sweet air mingled with sea salt and flora, you can sail across the canopies on an eco-friendly zip wire and you can picnic beneath the trees and wait for the Green Vervet monkeys to make an appearance in the branches overhead.

Sail across the canopies on an eco-friendly zip wire - Photo courtesy of Motor Yacht STARFIRE

Sail across the canopies on an eco-friendly zip wire – Photo courtesy of Motor Yacht STARFIRE

Swim and Snorkel

The underwater playground of St Kitts is a thriving environment for a wealth of marine life. The untouched corals bloom with rainbow beauty, schools of bright fish flit in shoals and sea turtles drift enigmatically past your eyes. St Kitts works closely with the coral reef alliance to ensure that its gin-coloured waters remain protected and that tourism doesn’t overstep the mark to damage the world beneath the waves. For these reasons swimming and snorkelling in St Kitts is a dream come true. You can dive down to discover sunken ships on the seabed, admire the parade of colourful fish, and soak in the sun glazed warmth of the Caribbean waters.

Swimming and snorkeling in St Kitts - Photo courtesy of Superyacht STARFIRE

Swimming and snorkeling in St Kitts – Photo courtesy of Superyacht STARFIRE

Natural Ingredients

Getting back to nature on a St Kitts charter yacht is certainly not hard when surrounded by an array of tropical colours, sweet floral notes and a landscape of blue and green. Yet embracing the beauty of nature can also help to soothe your soul especially when it comes to divine spa treatments. With several beautiful spas lighting up the bay of St Kitts you can indulge in a Mt. Liamuiga Volcanic Mud Wrap, a fresh mango scrub or a number of natural and truly green exotic treatments to help you relax and unwind.

Photo courtesy od M:Y Starfire - Divine spa treatments

Photo courtesy od M:Y Starfire – Divine spa treatments

Conscience Free Golfing

Tee off in guilt-free style at the prestigious Royal St Kitts Golf Resort under the shady acres of swaying palms and stretches of green. Having recently been recognised with an environmental award, this fabulous course beautifully blends first-class golf facilities with state-of-the-art eco-tourism.

First-class golf facilities  - Photo courtesy of M:Y Starfire

First-class golf facilities – Photo courtesy of M:Y Starfire

Embrace the natural splendour of this island aboard the magnificent St Kitts luxury charter yacht Starfire. After spending balmy days exploring the rainforest, snorkelling across crystalline waters and rejuvenating your senses in the energised spa retreats you can return to the comfort and class of Starfire yacht. Boasting a divine sundeck with hot tub and outdoor cinema you can sip cocktails beneath the stars, enjoy personalised curated menus from the five-star chef and sleep in opulent style in the luxury staterooms.

Hot tub and outdoor cinema - Photo credit to charter yacht STARFIRE

Hot tub and outdoor cinema – Photo credit to charter yacht STARFIRE

Additional Information

When planning your next Caribbean yacht vacation, don’t forget to choose a company that has access to all the yachts… And choose an impartial one that works for you personally (not the yacht owner) and has your best interests at heart – like CharterWorld, as demonstrated by our customers’ feedback. We are the largest professional broker specialising in luxury yacht charters and we are the most dedicated.

For additional information on St Kitts yacht availability and personalised itineraries, please contact our professional and friendly charter agents who will be pleased to assist you in organising your next dream holiday.

New Exclusive Dealer for Arcadia Yachts in Greater China

March 31, 2015

Arcadia Yachts, the innovative and unique “eco-friendly” Italian builder, is delighted to announce the appointment of Eletek Technology as exclusive dealer for Greater China. Eletek forecasted 15 units to be sold in Greater China within the upcoming 5 years, together with the presentation of Arcadia’s yachts during the most prestigious Chinese boat shows. The first show for Arcadia and its motor yacht Arcadia 85 will be the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show 2015.

Arcadia 85 Yacht by Arcadia Yachts

Arcadia 85 Yacht by Arcadia Yachts

Eletek Technology Limited – established in 1997, is mainly focusing on business related to the marine industry and has rapidly established itself as a leading marine electronic service provider in Hong Kong and China. Eletek is the only company presently offering comprehensive sales and service encompassing shipping industry, from the recreation boat, work boat, fishing boat to the deep sea commercial vessel.

Eletek has established distribution networks which links up hundreds of dealers covering almost every part of China’s waterside, harbour workboat and river trade markets.

Ugo Pellegrino President of Arcadia Yachts states: “We are very excited for this strategic agreement with Eletek. We are confident that our yachts can have a serious success with potential Chinese yacht owners, for several reasons. First of all, new and current Arcadia models are so different from all the other yachts and comply in full with the Chinese yacht buyers expectation for excellent see-keeping; our yachts count on generous, roomy and shielded spaces (approx around 220sqm) as Arcadia offers by its aft-deck. Arcadia’s maximum beams are the largest available on market. The lifestyle on board Arcadia, thanks to its peculiar continuity of spaces on the main-deck and the volume of its convivial areas, is perfect for socializing during their frequent social events. And last but not least the Italian style that a large number of Chinese owners prefers”.

Mr W.K. Leung – Eletek CEO refers: “After a long and accurate market survey in search of the ideal motoryacht suitable for China market, Eletek selected Arcadia’s production since we are convinced that the peculiarities offered by Arcadia’s innovative projects comply perfectly with Chinese growing clientele. New technologies, green approach, modern design, innovative concept for space distribution on board and an unmatchable comfort in navigation make all Arcadia models unique and pertaining to a “new yacht generation”. You will discover why only coming personally on board”.

Below is a choice of the superb charter yachts built by Arcadia Yachts.

Arcadia Yachts releases 2015 plans and update on yacht range completion

March 03, 2015

Arcadia Yachts has unveiled details about their 2015 plans, along with updated information about yacht range completion. Three new models will be soon added to the shipyard’s fleet of yachts. In addition, the company plans a +25% upgrade of green energy production for all new and current yacht models.

ARCADIA 100 Superyacht

ARCADIA 100 Superyacht

THE 2015 FLEET PLANS  – Actual series of fibreglass yachts ranging from 85 and 115 feet will enlarge with a new model: motor yacht Arcadia 100. In addition the 2015 yard fleet expansion plan is the steel production of full-displacement yachts sizes from 145 feet up to 180.


Motor yacht Arcadia 85 -10 units already delivered in different areas, between the Mediterranean, USA and China; hulls #11, 12 and 13 are now under construction. Order Book of large number of units sold in China to be delivered within the next 5 years, the first of which has arrived in Hong Kong on the beginning of December. Materials: Arcadia 85 hull is built in reinforced fiberglass with vinylester resin for the three external layers. Sides are built in PVC sandwich with fiberglass. Superstructure is GRP and verandas in stainless steel. Now available in two versions : Mediterranean  (standard) and Far East /US.

Superyacht Arcadia 100 – new 2015 model – hull #1 in lamination. Materials: Arcadia’s 100 hull is built in reinforced fiberglass with vinylester resin for the three external layers. Sides are built in PVC sandwich with fiberglass. With a remarkable GT, positively effecting living space. This new yacht will have three decks then, and an overall length of 31.06 meters, 29.29 meters on the waterline, a beam of 7.75 meters and a displacement at full load of 110 tons.

Arcadia 145 Superyacht

Arcadia 145 Superyacht

With an optimized hull for efficiency, whose primary advantage is to reduce the fuel consumption compared to other yachts of similar dimensions, the new Arcadia 100, powered  by two 1,000 hp engines reaches a maximum speed of about 18 knots and offers a cruising speed which is perfect for long distance day trips. Actually, at 16 knots, fuel consumption is apx. 260 liters/hour and at 14 knots this decreases to 160 liters/hour. At economical cruising speed, suitable for night navigation and long range cruises,  it drops down to 80 liters/hour. Arcadia 100’s extended cruising range is also favored by low generators usage as, when the yacht is at anchor during the daylight, electrical energy production can be also supplied by the solar panels that cover almost all of the superstructure.

Luxury yacht Arcadia 115 – 4 units produced and sold. Materials: Arcadia’s 115 hull is built in reinforced fiberglass with vinylester resin for the three external layers. Sides are built in PVC sandwich with fiberglass. Superstructure is GRP and verandas in aluminum.

MORE ON NPL HULL HYDRODYNAMIC EFFICIENCY – The semi-displacement hull requires limited engine power, guaranteeing low consumption, emissions and maintenance costs. Arcadia Yachts produces semi-planing yacht. Its particular hull (NPL) is named after the National Physical Laboratory of England where tests were conducted to determine the best shape hull and the best ratio length-beam in terms of hydrodynamic efficiency. Studies and tests were implemented by Arcadia’s chief engineer and designer Francesco Guida as well as hull shape – prior to adopt the NPL as Arcadia’s Hulls with the result of excellent sea keeping qualities and noise reduction for an exceptional comfort while cruising or at anchor. Arcadia hull in reinforced fiberglass with vinylester resin for the three external layers. Sides are built in PVC sandwich with fiberglass. The advanced semi-displacement hull which allows efficient performances together with the very light superstructure significantly reduces weight and fuel consumption and related running costs of its low-power engines .


Superyacht Arcadia 145 – new 2015 model – The project has been recently completed and the Shipyard is ready to start construction. It’s a 44mt of Loa with remarkable volumes. Arcadia 145 will record a Gross Tonnage few below 500 GT. Arcadia 145 despite generous main deck created according to a ahead wide body concept, will be a benchmark for yachts of this size.

The solar panel verandas, already present on other models of the Arcadia range, are located on the upper deck, and thanks to even more efficient photovoltaic elements, the panels will produce up to 6 kwh, a 25% upgrade of  green energy.

Both of the two versions offered by the yard feature the owner’s suite on the main deck, with an adjacent office and sitting room, a spacious bathroom and direct access to the lobby. Aligned with Arcadia Yachts “family feeling”, lighting and spacial concepts for the 145′ are decisive factors. Ample bay windows, at full hight for vertical panels, but also present on the overheads, provide a unique sensation of airiness.

Luxury yacht Arcadia 180 – new 2015 concept – more details during the year 2015.


Double glazing solar panels in all Arcadia Yachts are integrated within the superstructure. This feature ensures maximum comfort whilst recharging the batteries and powering many utilities and services on-board. This is the only way to reduce the use of generators.

On all Arcadia’s model, Yard will installs solar panels, placed inside a special insulating glass designed and produced especially for Arcadia in accordance to rigid protocols, guaranteeing a 25% increase in electricity production. This was made possible in part by the increased generating capacity of the cells themselves, in part with attentive superstructure design, increasing the surface area dedicated to the panels.

Since the Yard’s establishment in 2008, Arcadia’s design choices, based on environmental considerations, characterize the Yard’s design philosophy. Arcadia has consistently proposed unprecedented solutions that harness solar energy and allow lower energy consumption and generator dependency. Across the design range, irrespective of length, from the past into the future.

The Arcadia design and technical department always makes use of a scientific approach. The technology allowing transparent superstructures with internal solar panels derives from studies undertaken at the University of Naples Federico II – Prof. Adolfo Palombo.

The solution is special insulated glass that uses low-emission electric energy production cells insulated by Krypton gas. The first infrared studies done by both the Yard and the university have confirmed positive results: 18° of thermal cooling between interior and exterior temperatures, the equivalent of a 20 cm. brick wall.

A standard Arcadia’s “Eco-tech solution” in addition to the +25% of green energy, is related to waste water. Every new and current Arcadia model has sophisticated systems which provide waste water treatment to avoid pollution. Another relevant step oriented to Arcadia’s Eco-think.

Solar Powered Sailing Yacht HELIOS concept by Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi

February 16, 2015

Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi from Italy, both students of Yacht and Cruise vessel design at Politecnico di Milano, have developed the solar powered sailing yacht Helios concept for Young Designer of the Year 2015 contest, organized by Boat International Media and sponsored by Oceanco. The performance flybridge ketch Helios concept represents an innovative and eco-friendly 55-metre vessel, able to explore the world, providing accommodation for 10 guests and 8 crew members.

Solar Powered Sailing Yacht HELIOS concept by Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi

Solar Powered Sailing Yacht HELIOS concept by Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi

The exterior styling of the deckhouse is modern and is shaped from the soft curves of an oyster-shell.  The height of the ketch rig allows the Helios yacht to pass through the Panama Canal, and the sails are suitable for cruising and occasional race.

The cockpit of super yacht Helios offers dining to 10 guests and is protected from the elements, while the deck , which is clean from riggings, offers a wide space for relaxation and sunbathing areas for the guests.

Superyacht Helios under sail

Superyacht Helios concept under sail

The flybridge deck has a dual helm stations with excellent all-round visibility and an infinity pool looking aft, but when luxury yacht Helios is under way the water is pumped out and is converted into a sunbathing area with cushions.

On the main deck there are two tender garages with a 5-metre tender, two jet skis and two canoes, while on the lower deck there is another  tender garage for the 7-metre exact-replica limousine tender with opening on the starboard side. On the port side the platform allows the guests to board the tenders.

The main salon can be converted in a cinema and is separated from the dining area.

Luxury yacht Helios concept - aft view

Luxury yacht Helios concept - aft view

On the lower deck there are crew cabins, four guest cabins and the owner’s suite that has a private beach club with a retractable swimming platform.

The main characteristic of Helios superyacht are the sails, which are composed of flexible solar cells made of silicon. The surface of the solar cells (2052 sq. m.) of about 2500 panels can generate a power of circa 355 kWh that can be accumulated in storage batteries placed in the engine room.

Helios Yacht Concept by night

Helios Yacht Concept by night

The spinnaker is made of nylon and the mizzen staysail is made of dacron because they must be light, handy and functional to be lifted up and then hauled down in the forepeaks.

Luxury yacht Helios is a diesel-electric sailing yacht that, together with the reduced draught of 4 metres thanks to the lifting keel, can go in shallow waters or protected areas using only electric propulsion expanding its range for expedition.

Helios superyacht concept - Owners Cabin

Helios superyacht concept - Owners Cabin

Helios yacht concept - Owners Cabin

Helios yacht concept - Owners Cabin

About Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi

Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi from Italy study Yacht and Cruise vessel design at Politecnico di Milano. They were among the Top 10 designers at 2014 Show Boats Design Awards in the Young Designer of the Year section with superyacht Project Lyra, a 60-metre SWATH design. They gained experience with internship at Mondo Marine Shipyard (Marco) and Amico & Co Shipyard (Alberto). They have both passion for the sea and go sailing during the summer.

Another success for Filippetti Navetta 30 motor yacht GATSBY

February 06, 2015

After being announced as a finalist for the ShowBoats Design Award 2015 in the “Environmental protection Award” category, another great recognition arrives for the Filippetti Navetta 30 motor yacht Gatsby. Luxury superyacht Gatsby has been shortlisted for the World Superyacht Award 2015 in the “Displacement Motor Yachts of below 500GT – 30m to 42.99m” category.

Filippetti Navetta 30 super yacht GATSBY underway

Filippetti Navetta 30 super yacht GATSBY underway

Two major awards arrived for Filippetti Navetta 30 superyacht Gatsby by Boat International Media. M/Y Gatsby is one of the finalists in two of the most important and prestigious industry awards: the World Superyacht Awards and ShowBoats Design Awards. The impressive group of finalists includes the best super yachts built and delivered to the  owner in the last twelve months.

The World Superyacht Awards recognize, from more than 10 years, the best superyachts newly built, delivered to their owners during the last year. The jury, arranged by eighteen superyacht owners and two high-level professionals, has visited the boat during the Cannes Boat Show, where it was presented in a world premiere. The Filippetti Navetta 30 luxury yacht Gatsby was named as a finalist in the category “Displacement Motor Yachts of below 500GT – 30m to 42.99m.” The awards ceremony will take place in Amsterdam in May.

While the World Superyacht Awards recognizes superyachts in their entirety, the ShowBoats Design Awards focuses directly on the fundamental design aspects of superyacht design such as naval architecture, exterior design and interior layout. The Navetta 30 yacht Gatsby has been nominated in the category “Environmental Protection Award”.

Two major awards for the first Filippetti Navetta 30 super yacht Gatsby that further confirm the high quality of the founding principles of this “green boat”. This 30 meters, like the other vessels of the line Navetta, has been entirely designed according to environmentally sustainable criteria: displacement hull, soft, rounded lines, low emissions and consumption. Thanks to the fuel tank capacity of 27,000 liters and the low power consumption, Filippetti Navetta 30 is able to travel long cruises without the need for intermediate supplies. In addition to the attention for the environment, great importance has been given to the comfort and the large spaces on board. The interior of M/Y Gatsby were completely customized by the owner to maximize comfort. M/Y Gatsby has six cabins and a deck fully dedicated to the owner, an unusual layout for boat of this size.