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Fincantieri Yachts to be present at London Yacht, Jet and Prestige Car Show 2015

March 24, 2015

Fincantieri will be present at the first London Yacht, Jet and Prestige Car Show 2015, running from April 8 to 10. The company represents one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups, which in over 200 years of maritime history has built more than 7,000 vessels. One of the latest Fincantieri superyachts is the impressive 140m motor yacht VICTORY, delivered to her Owner in 2014.

80m mega yacht Skyback with Crystal Beach project by Fincantieri and Cor D Rover

80m mega yacht ‘Skyback with Crystal Beach’ project by Fincantieri and Cor D Rover

 It is world leader in cruise ship construction and a reference player in other sectors, from naval vessels to cruise ferries, from mega-yachts to special high value-added vessels, ship repairs and conversions and offshore vessels. Headquartered in Trieste, the Group has a total of more than 20,000 employees, of whom 7,700 in Italy, 21 shipyards in 4 continents and total revenues of Euro 4 billion.

Fincantieri Yachts is an autonomous division, focused on designing and building first-class luxury yachts over 70 metres, based in the Muggiano shipyard near La Spezia. Fincantieri Yachts continuously develops modern and technologically advanced concept designs, ranging from 70 to 150 metres and above, in cooperation with the most prominent yacht exterior designers.

With a dedicated Yacht Design Department and a Project Management organization, the Muggiano shipyard can boast a reputation for excellence in high-tech and high-quality vessels. This is proved by the 134 metre motor yacht “Serene” delivered to the owner on July 2011, one of the top ten largest yachts in the world, and the 140 metre mega yacht “Victory” designed by Espen Oeino and delivered in 2014.

Several new projects have been presented and will be on display during the London Yacht, Jet and Prestige Car Show, such as superyacht “Vanitas”, 123 metres of luxury created by Andrea Vallicelli, the “Skyback with Crystal Beach” (80 m).

Visit Fincantieri Yachts on stand no. A09 at the London Yacht, Jet and Prestige Car Show 2015.

JFA Yachts to exhibit at London Yacht Jet and Prestige Car Show

March 24, 2015

JFA Yachts will be attending the inaugural London Yacht Jet and Prestige Car Show 2015, running at Old Billingsgate in London from April 8 to 10. The prestigious French luxury yacht builder will be on stand B11.

New 164' Explorer superyacht concept developed by JFA Yachts

New 164′ Explorer superyacht concept developed by JFA Yachts

JFA Yachts is building or refitting both custom sailing yachts and custom motor yachts from 70’ to 200’ either monohulls or multihulls. Experienced in Aluminium, Steel & Composite (including carbon), JFA Yachts already built many different yachts. More known for sailing yachts at its beginning, JFA Yachts is building motor yachts. Boats such as superyacht Zeepaard, motor yacht Bystander and charter yacht Axantha II are Explorer boats that sailed a lot.

JFA Yachts has recently developed a 164’ New Explorer yacht new style, contemporary outside but also inside. This motor yacht, equipped with a diesel electric propulsion which combines fuel efficiency and low noise level, has been developed with Bill Dixon Design, as Naval Architect and the interior designer Franck Darnet Design. But this motor yacht is not radically modern: her low profile with classic lines and her nice bow shape make her timeless.

Long Island 85' superyacht Windquest

Long Island 85′ superyacht Windquest

Launching the Long Island 85’ yacht in 2014 the first boat range of semi-custom catamarans, JFA Yachts has confirmed the importance of its presence on the multihull market with 3 catamarans over 80’ already built. Currently under construction, superyacht Long Island 100’ is designed to sail far and in greatest comfort. Long Island catamarans offer groundbreaking arrangement with the master cabin on fore wet deck with panoramic view and direct access on the fore net.

Long Island 100' Superyacht

Long Island 100′ Superyacht

Frédéric JAOUEN, CEO of JFA Yachts: “This show in London is very promising. We hope this will be a great success and will attract many visitors. Our great versatility (Motor Yachts, Sailing Yachts, Catamarans) permit us to be very innovative and reactive to one off yacht demands. We also propose semi-custom catamarans that offer great comfort. Ten months ago, WindQuest passed under the Tower Bridge. Such a great experience”.

Below is a choice of the luxurious charter yachts built by JFA:

New 40m motor yacht OCEAN NOMAD concept by Van Geest Design

March 19, 2015

Van Geest Design has proudly unveiled their latest 40-metre motor yacht Ocean Nomad concept, developed for an experienced world travelling client. Completely new and different for private use only, superyacht Ocean Nomad design is a multi-purpose vessel, able to navigate all oceans.

New 40m motor yacht OCEAN NOMAD concept by Van Geest Design

New 40m motor yacht OCEAN NOMAD concept by Van Geest Design

The Ocean Nomad yacht’s rugged looks relate to her purpose. The design leads to a modern and stylish arrangement with its lines and surfaces, giving a distinctive and sleek appearance which is both easy to the eye and yet comfortable at sea.

The new super yacht Ocean Nomad concept stands out for its exclusive design, multipurpose usability and refined design down to the finest detail. A new standard for exploring the world.

The studio is proud to have designed the Ocean Nomad superyacht concept in line with their design principles: UNIQUE, INNOVATIVE, PURE, UNCLUTTERED, INTERACTIVE & TIMELESS.

Superyacht OCEAN NOMAD concept - side view

Superyacht OCEAN NOMAD concept – side view

Description of the General Arrangement:

From top to bottom, the Sky deck is a large open deck space with an interior and exterior access from the bridge deck below. It features a Jacuzzi with a surrounding sunbathing area, bar, lounge/dining, BBQ, day head, storage and observatory seating forward. The centre section is protected from the sun by a large canopy. Additional sun shading is foreseen with Biminis, parasols and sun screens. This space will be a true fun part of the Ocean Nomad yacht.

Bridge deck houses besides the bridge, the main salon with a 270 degree panoramic view. This salon has large deck to deck windows with a sliding door opening to its extensive aft deck. Forward of the salon is a dedicated gym with sliding doors to enjoy the exteriors while exercising. The aft deck will have a full panoramic view giving a true feeling of freedom and unity with its surroundings. If required some areas can be protected from the sun by overhead awning and eventual side panels. All deck furniture can be removed to accommodate a touch and go heli pad. The foredeck gives access to crew seating, crew tender storage, anchoring and mooring equipment.

Luxury yacht OCEAN NOMAD concept - aft view

Luxury yacht OCEAN NOMAD concept – aft view

On Main deck forward is located the full beam master stateroom. Its entrance houses the office with desk and sofa. Both stateroom and office feature large hull windows for full appreciation of the outdoors. The main lobby is the transition area from the owner’s stateroom to the main salon. A large dining area and lounge are set in open space with full height windows and sliding doors giving ample light and views to the outside. An interactive galley and crew mess are located on the portside of this deck.

The aft deck’s main feature is the unique tender storage. This area will feel like a working area. The two pillars with access to the engine room and storage spaces below deck are also the engine room ventilation. Taking these away from the accommodation leads to a quieter yacht experience. Small overhead cranes are foreseen to assist in handling sports equipment and supplies.

The lower deck aft has a large bay to store a 30ft explorer tender. To the side of this bay are storage spaces and access to the engine room/control room. The starboard storage space will have an exit through the hull once the hull side platform is down. Forward of these areas is an extensive engine room space. Four double guest cabins are situated in the middle of this deck. The crew areas forward are comfortably planned with spacious service areas and one additional multipurpose cabin.

OCEAN NOMAD superyacht concept from above

OCEAN NOMAD superyacht concept from above



LOA: 40 m

LWL: 38 m

B max: 9.1 m

Tenders and toys:

1 Large tender 10 m

1 Crew tender 5 m

Additional storage foreseen for bicycles, diving- and fishing gear


1 Owner Stateroom

4 Guest Cabins

1 Captain Cabin

3 Double Bunk Crew Cabins

1 Multipurpose Cabin


  • Tender storage in the back of the main yacht
  • Bridge deck extending over tender deck
  • Heli pad possibilities in due course on aft bridge deck
  • Gym with opening to the exterior
  • 4 crew cabins plus one multipurpose cabin
  • Interactive galley and crew mess
  • Owner/guest accessible bridge
  • Side boarding platform accessible from deck by side boarding ladder
  • Generous storage for bicycles and other sports equipment
  • Overhead crane for supplies and movement of sports gear
  • Crew tender with designated crane located in closed space on foredeck
  • Ice class
  • Sky deck with observatory seating, Jacuzzi, sunbathing and BBQ dining

45m Cklass Yacht to be delivered by HYS Yachts soon

March 17, 2015

A former Japanese fisheries vessel, motor yacht Cklass has been converted into a beautiful 45-metre world explorer by HYS Yachts. Superyacht Cklass is just weeks away from sea trials and delivery. Her owner was so thrilled with the outcome of his shiny new 45 meter that he has decided to sell Cklass upon completion and order an 80 meter from HYS immediately.

45m explorer motor yacht Cklass nearing completion at HYS Yachts

45m explorer motor yacht Cklass nearing completion at HYS Yachts

The Cklass superyacht project includes a private owner’s penthouse suite, crow’s nest and Jacuzzi, a helideck (which doubles as an outdoor entertainment platform), four guest cabins, a tender deck complete with twin 6.5m tenders launched by dual beam-lifts, a four-deck guest elevator, zero-speed stabilizers, bow and stern thrusters, and a 10,000nm range.

HYS, a veteran of 14 major conversion projects and scores of refit contracts has significantly changed the game with their “Highbred” Cklass yacht project.

“Cklass is as close as you can get to a new build… without the price tag” said HYS President Mark Prangnell.  “What’s important to note about this project is that this isn’t a mere conversion as the yachting industry commonly understands the term; this project is more accurately described as a ‘Highbred’ yacht.”

“Our Highbred construction model… which we initiated with Cklass”, Prangnell continues “is much more efficient to build while affording the owner greater leeway in customizing the internal/external arrangement to their satisfaction.”

“A typical yacht conversion” HYS Naval Architect Simon Jupe explains, “essentially involves physically altering existing spaces within a vessel. Using a ‘Highbred’ project workflow, the only items we retain from the original vessel is the meticulously maintained Japanese Government hull and prime mover systems. Everything else – from deckhouse construction to exterior and interior fit-out to hotel services and all supporting equipment – is all brand new and as-per the owner’s requirement.”

Luxury expedition yacht Cklass will go on the market in early April for an asking price US $13.8m.

Video of new 85m Explorer Yacht Concept by Vripack

March 17, 2015

Combining husky look with an ultra-sensible layout, the new 85m Explorer yacht concept has been recently unveiled by the prestigious Dutch design studio, Vripack. The 85m Vripack Explorer motor yacht concept is a purposeful Smit Tak ocean Tug, comfortably sleeping up to 14 guests and a numerous crew of 26 members. Below is a video showing the 85m Vripack Explorer concept, released by ‘perfect’.

New 85m Explorer Motor Yacht Concept by Vripack

March 16, 2015

The prominent Dutch design studio, Vripack, has  proudly unveiled their latest 85m Explorer motor yacht concept. Designed for an experienced yachtsman, the 85m Vripack mega yacht is a purposeful Smit Tak ocean Tug, mixing up husky look with an ultra-sensible layout, thanks to her 18m high bow.

85m Explorer Superyacht Concept by Vripack - Image credit to Vripack

85m Explorer Superyacht Concept by Vripack – Image credit to Vripack

85m Vripack Explorer Yacht Concept - aft view - Image credit to Vripack

85m Vripack Explorer Yacht Concept – aft view – Image credit to Vripack

85m Vripack Explorer Yacht Concept from above - Image credit to Vripack

85m Vripack Explorer Yacht Concept from above – Image credit to Vripack

Technical Specifications of the 85m Vripack superyacht concept

Current name: 85 m Explorer

Type of vessel: Explorer Motor Yacht

Design number: 4944

Designer: Vripack Naval

Architect: Vripack

Structural Engineering: Vripack

Mechanical Engineering: Vripack

Interior Design: Vripack

Interior Engineering: Vripack

Builder: T.B.D.

Hull type: Round bilge

Materials: Steel, Aluminum

Classification: Lloyds registered

Engine: Caterpillar 3516B DITA – DE

Prop. Speed (cruising/max): 13 / 18 kts

Fuel capacity: 711000 ltrs

Fresh water capacity: 116000 ltrs

Grey / black water capacity: 19000 ltrs

Owner & Guest: 14 persons

Crew: 26 persons

New 50m expedition motor yacht ENDURANCE 50 (FR032) sold by Rossinavi

March 12, 2015

Italian shipyard, Rossinavi, is proud to announce the sale of the all-new 50m expedition motor yacht ENDURANCE 50 (FR032). The next Rossinavi full custom construction, superyacht ENDURANCE 50 has been superbly designed by Enrico Gobbi from Team For Design (T4Design), while her interior design is by Achille Salvagni.

New 50m superyacht ENDURANCE 50 (FR032) by Rossinavi

New 50m superyacht ENDURANCE 50 (FR032) by Rossinavi


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.

Technical Specifications of super yacht ENDURANCE 50 (FR032)

Vessel Type: Expedition.

Hull construction number: FR032

Material: hull and superstructure in aluminum

Type: fast displacement motor yacht

LOA: 50,00 mt

Engines: Diesel Electric/Rolls Royce POD

Maximum speed: 17 Knots

Exterior Design: T4D

Interior Design: Achille Salvagni


New 49m Classic Explorer Motor Yacht Concept by Rhoades Young

March 11, 2015

New 49m Classic Explorer motor yacht concept has been proudly unveiled by Rhoades Young Design. As with motor yacht Bystander, a previous Rhoades Young Design period-1920’s inspired yacht launched in 2006, the 49m Rhoades Young Explorer superyacht concept has been developed with meticulous attention to detail, combining the latest technology with unparalleled luxury. It takes inspiration from the heritage and legacy of classic workboats. 

New 49m Classic Explorer Motor Yacht Concept by Rhoades Young

New 49m Classic Explorer Motor Yacht Concept by Rhoades Young

With a highly efficient sea-going hull this beautiful yacht is perfect for global adventures. Her strong and purposeful forward superstructure creates huge social areas aft, with space for two tenders up to 9 metres long. The luxurious guest area houses accommodation for up to 12 guests, whilst capacity for 12 crew members can be found on the lower deck.

49m Rhoades Young superyacht concept

49m Rhoades Young superyacht concept

The centrepiece of the guest accommodation aboard the 49m Rhoades Young superyacht concept is the feature quadruple-height staircase that punctuates the centre of the yacht. Lit from above through the exterior ‘funnel’, the staircase begins at the Bridge Deck which features a generous navigation area for planning the day’s adventures, whilst seclusion can be found on the spacious aft deck, perfect for a quiet moment reading a book on a steamer chair.

49m Rhoades Young Classic yacht concept - Bridge Deck & Upper Deck

49m Rhoades Young Classic yacht concept – Bridge Deck & Upper Deck

Leading down to the Upper Deck, this level is dominated by the spacious Owners Suite with a 180-degree view out, private study and enormous private deck featuring an inside / outside saloon, separated by large glass sliding doors which flood the saloon with natural light.

49m Rhoades Young luxury yacht concept - Lower Deck & Main Deck

49m Rhoades Young luxury yacht concept – Lower Deck & Main Deck

On the Main Deck there is a generous entrance foyer that leads to the large saloon and dining area, with aft doors leading onto a huge social deck that hides the large toy storage beneath. The VIP Suite also on this level has a central connecting lobby with a private convertible study and his and hers bathrooms. The large galley on this deck connects through to the pantry above via a dumbwaiter and keeps the crew circulation completely separate from the guests if required.

The world’s most capable luxury superyachts for 2015 unveiled by McMullen & Wing

March 05, 2015

The prominent New Zealand superyacht manufacturer, McMullen & Wing, has unveiled a design partnership with three of the world’s leading yacht design studios. H2 Yacht Design, Vripack Naval Architecture and Greg Marshall were all tasked with developing new superyacht designs, which would reflect McMullen & Wing’s focus on building the world’s most capable luxury yachts.

Luxury superyacht BLADE design by H2 Yacht Design

Luxury superyacht BLADE design by H2 Yacht Design

The leaders of these three studios recently joined McMullen & Wing CEO Michael Eaglen in a global roadshow of the world’s main brokerage centres, giving yacht brokers a personal preview of the new designs and an insight into the personalities of the designers.

Jonny Horsfield, of London’s H2 Yacht Design, presented his design entitled BLADE, combining iconic H2 styling cues with very specific luxury expedition credentials: massive tenders, swimming pool, refreshing and flexible interior spaces and vast exterior decks.

Luxury motor yacht FLOW design by Vripack Naval Architecture

Luxury motor yacht FLOW design by Vripack Naval Architecture

Marnix Hoekstra and Bart Bouwhuis, owners and creative directors of the Netherlands’ Vripack Naval Architecture presented FLOW, a muscular yet highly styled family motor yacht featuring multiple new innovations including enclosed “beach house” on the aft deck, “gull wing lookouts” from the skylouge offering a unique perspective on the changing landscape outside and unique perforated window graphics personalised by the owner.

Greg Marshall, of Victoria British Columbia, Canada, presented his design entitled DIAMOND. In this design he built on the stellar success of 45m charter yacht BIG FISH and his current 50m also building at McMullen & Wing to release three size variants. While closely referencing many of the most popular and successful features of the previous designs, he has also developed the space planning and softened the styling for a distinctive 2015 look.

Luxury yacht DIAMOND design by Greg Marshall

Luxury yacht DIAMOND design by Greg Marshall

McMullen & Wing CEO Michael Eaglen also took the opportunity to remind brokers of the place McMullen & Wing has played in New Zealand’s yachting journey: from ocean racers and America’s Cup winners to super sailing yachts and luxury motor yachts. He went on to highlight the unique value of building in New Zealand with McMullen & Wing: the creative journey of developing a new yacht, the opportunity to cruise New Zealand’s beautiful coastline on handover, and the stunning nations of the South Pacific waiting to mark the perfect start of a new yacht’s world adventure.

Paul Allen’s 126m motor yacht OCTOPUS finds sunken Japanese WWII Battleship Musashi

March 05, 2015

Using historical records from four countries, detailed undersea topographical data, as well as advanced technology aboard his 126-metre motor yacht Octopus, philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen has located the Musashi, one of the two largest and most technologically advanced battleships in naval history. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of World War II, and the finding of the battleship is an important milestone in the annals of naval history.

Paul G. Allen's 126m mega yacht Octopus - Photo Credit Lurssen Yachts

Paul G. Allen’s 126m mega yacht Octopus – Photo Credit: Lurssen Yachts

Mr. Allen and his team of researchers began their search for the Musashi aboard mega yacht Octopus more than eight years ago. Mr. Allen and his team located the battleship in the Sibuyan Sea on March 1, 2015.

Despite numerous eyewitness accounts, the exact location of the ship was unknown. The team combined historical data with advanced technology to narrow the search area. Mr. Allen commissioned a hypsometric bathymetric survey of the ocean floor to determine the terrain. This data was used to eliminate large areas for the search team and also resulted in the discovery of five new geographic features on the floor of the Sibuyan Sea. In February 2015, the team set out to conduct the final phase of the search using a BlueFin-12 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). Because the search area had been so narrowly defined by the survey, the AUV was able to detect the wreckage of Musashi on only its third dive. A Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) with a high-definition camera confirmed the identity of the wreckage as Musashi.

This is the bow of the Musashi, which would have had a large teak chrysanthemum, the Imperial Seal of Japan. (PRNewsFoto/Paul G. Allen)

This is the bow of the Musashi, which would have had a large teak chrysanthemum, the Imperial Seal of Japan. (PRNewsFoto/Paul G. Allen)

“Since my youth, I have been fascinated with World War II history, inspired by my father’s service in the U.S. Army,” said Mr. Allen. “The Musashi is truly an engineering marvel and, as an engineer at heart, I have a deep appreciation for the technology and effort that went into its construction. I am honored to play a part in finding this key vessel in naval history and honoring the memory of the incredible bravery of the men who served aboard her.”

Commissioned in 1942, the Musashi was the largest battleship in naval history, weighing in at 73,000 tons fully loaded. It featured eighteeninch armor plating and was armed with nine eighteen-inch guns, the largest ever mounted on a warship. Utmost secrecy was maintained by the shipyard in Nagasaki during the construction; the entire length of the ship was hidden from view to prevent the Allied Forces from learning of its construction. Active in several battles, including the Battle of the Philippine Sea, the Musashi was eventually sunk by an estimated 19 torpedoes and 17 bombs on October 24, 1944 in the lead up to the Battle of Leyte Gulf.  Of Musashi’s 2,399 crew members, nearly half lost their lives including the Commander Vice Admiral Toshihira Inoguchi. Even today, the Musashi and her sister ship, the Yamato, are considered to be unparalleled feats of naval design and construction.

The Musashi carried two 15-ton anchors. The starboard anchor remains in place. (PRNewsFoto/Paul G. Allen)

The Musashi carried two 15-ton anchors. The starboard anchor remains in place. (PRNewsFoto/Paul G. Allen)

Mr. Allen and his research team are mindful of the responsibility related to the wreckage of the Musashi as a war grave and intend to work with the Japanese government to ensure the site is treated respectfully and in accordance with Japanese traditions.

Built by Lurssen to a design by Espen Oeino in 2003, the outstanding 126-metre superyacht Octopus is regularly used for exploration projects, scientific research initiatives and rescue missions. In 2012, Mr. Allen and the Octopus underwater teams participated in the exploration of the wreck of the HMS Hood, in conjunction with the British Navy.