Expedition Yachts Luxury Yacht & Superyacht News

72M Expedition Yacht CLOUDBREAK Back from Sea Trials

May 23, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Designed by renowned Espen Oeino, the 72m expedition yacht CLOUDBREAK has been captured on video returning from her sea trials on Saturday morning. She is currently under build at the well-known shipyard Abeking & Rasmussen and, once delivered, is believed to be available for adventure superyacht charters in remote and exciting areas. For more information on her availability and destinations, contact our team. The video was taken by DrDuu and published on YouTube.

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Luxury Motor Yacht VEDA Splashes at Bering Yachts

May 12, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Bering Yachts announced a successful launch of their new Bering 80 luxury motor yacht VEDA; a full displacement steel yacht representing the flagship of the Bering Fleet and the fourth vessel in their Expedition Class series.

Bering 80 yacht VEDA during launch

Bering 80 yacht VEDA during launch

VEDA is a the heaviest vessel in her class, with a displacement of more than 470,000 pounds and boasts a fuel capacity of more than 10,000 gallons. Her exterior lines are masculine, featuring blue/grey colour combined with classic rich Makore wood interiors boasting marble and granite elements, as well as hand-made furniture.

Bering 80 - VEDA at launch

Bering 80 – VEDA at launch

With a spacious interior and exterior deck areas thanks to her huge 25’8” beam, Veda provides her guests with plenty of possibilities to relax, entertain and socialise. The accommodation has been created for eight guests in four deluxe staterooms, all of which are equipped with private en-suite bathroom facilities.

VEDA launched at Bering Yachts

VEDA launched at Bering Yachts

Fitted with two Cummins QSM-11 350hp engines, the yacht is able to reach a top speed of twelve knots and has a range of 6,000 nautical miles at 9 knots.

The new Bering 80 is a true expedition yacht with the finest of finishes and the luxuries found aboard superyachts.

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Numarine Sell Motor Yacht 24XP Hull Number One

May 09, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The Turkish shipyard NUMARINE has announced the sale of the new 24XP motor yacht, hull number one, with delivery scheduled for 2018.

NUMARINE 24XP Yacht

NUMARINE 24XP Yacht

The 24XP hull #1 will be a semi-displacement vessel with a GRP hull and superstructure. She is 25,20 metres in LOA with a beam of 6,6 metres and a draft of 1,5 metres. The semi-displacement version is fitted with two Caterpillar 503 hp engines, expected to power her up to a maximum speed of 12 knots and allow her to cruise comfortably at 10 knots.

Together with the 40XP and 32XP models, the Numarine XP24 represents a new line of explorer series that will bring together Numarines attention to detail, radical looks, unsurpassed performance and uncompromising luxury.

The yacht has been designed by Can Yalman who has delivered a creative design for this new line which boasts Numarine’s signature striking lines and head-turning looks.

XP24 will also boast spacious interiors with four en-suite guest cabins, including three VIP cabins. The main saloon will be worthy of a 90-foot yacht while the fabulous flybridge will offer space for a 5+ metre yacht tender.

This superyacht will be constructed to take her owner on the toughest journeys with ease and in comfort.

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Cantiere Delle Marche Launch 102′ Explorer Yacht BABBO

May 09, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Cantiere Delle Marche in Italy has announced that it has launched the second vessel of the four Darwin Class 102′ units sold – the explorer yacht BABBO. The yacht was launched on schedule for a South American ship owner. BABBO will also be officially presented at the upcoming Cannes Yachting Festival.

BABBO superyacht at launch

BABBO superyacht at launch

BABBO spreads over three spacious decks, with equally spacious interior areas. She is characterised by a particularly user-friendly layout and attention to detail. Her massive garage of 25 square metres hosts a great selection of water toys as well as a diving centre. The aft platform will house a 5-metre yacht tender while the 6,30-metre tender will find a place on the upper deck.

Just like the rest of Darwin Class yacht, BABBO has also been created to cruise even the most difficult areas, resisting winds of over 50 knots. Her full system efficiency has been proven by other models already cruising the world’s waters.

BABBO launched at Cantiere Delle Marche in Italy

BABBO launched at Cantiere Delle Marche in Italy

“We are incredibly pleased with the results achieved this time as well: the quality of our Explorer Yachts increases launch after launch and this, together with respecting – once again – the contractual schedule, makes us very proud,” said Vasco Buonpensiere, Commercial Director of the shipyard. “We also want to emphasize that the success of the Darwin 102, with the four units already sold, confirms the intelligence and the effectiveness of the foundational design choices: a true superyacht explorer comparable to yachts widely over 300 GRT, with the ease of management of a 24 meters yacht”. The Chairman of Cantiere Delle Marche, Gabriele Virgili, adds: “Operating results in constant growth, the 6 units under construction all over 100 feet, the international recognition culminating this year with two boats in the Final for the World Superyacht Awards. All of these are definitely great satisfactions for those who started this adventure a little more than five years ago. But the greatest joy and the most important sense of success, I think, it’s the satisfaction and pride of our clients sailing around the world on our Explorer. A real community was created among friends sharing the same passion and pride in owning a Cantiere delle Marche: real spontaneous testimonials of our brand. And this is the best result that a company can get from all points of view”.

The interiors have been created in collaboration between Simon Hamui for style and decor and the PFA Studio for master plans, layout, and internal project management. BABBO is characterised by modern, contemporary and international style, boasting luxurious fabrics, leathers and woods, incorporating bespoke pieces of furniture of the most important Italian design houses, such as Flexform, Baxter or Dedon. The flybridge is a particularly warm and inviting area with a friendly atmosphere offering a hydromassage pool lined with Murano mosaics.

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Star of David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Documentary 56m Explorer Yacht ALUCIA Refitted by Diverse Projects

May 04, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Diverse Projects, located in Auckland, New Zealand were once again chosen to refit the 56-metre research and exploration yacht ALUCIA, marking their third consecutive refit on this vessel. The yacht’s refit has started in San Francisco in December 2015, following the completion of the filming of the three-part BBC series: Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough.

Expedition Yacht ALUCIA following her refit in 2016

Expedition Yacht ALUCIA following her refit in 2016

The Diverse team were selected for their broad experience in complex refits with demanding timeframes and moved to San Francisco for the duration of the refit. The project started in December 2015 and was finished at the beginning of March this year.

The extensive job included interior works, engine and machinery services and entire hull paint job. Multiple systems were also upgraded from the bridge through all areas of ALUCIA, as well as her five-year regulatory needs were also attended to.

ALUCIA under refit in New Zealand by Diverse Projects in 2016

ALUCIA under refit in New Zealand by Diverse Projects in 2016

The superyacht also features submarines on board, which play an important role in her exploration voyages. The refit project also included the rebuild of several submarines used in her iconic expeditions, which are now due for testing in Mexico.

The project management team kept to an exacting delivery schedule, with ALUCIA being re-launched on time at the end of February and departed on 13th March.

Diverse Projects’ are able to deliver refits on time thanks to the management software utilised by the company, Predict, which provides for easy, complete tracking of tasks, budget, interaction by the crew, shipyard and management teams, and offers the company successful delivery results.

ALUCIA was refitted by Diverse Projects three times to date, with an extensive upgrade in 2014 to stay in the survey for her multi-faced operational requirements. The work, carried out over 12 months, saw a completely refreshed yacht leave the yard. The refit took place at Bay Ship & Yacht Alameda, with Synchrolift able of hauling out vessels up to 1,200 tonnes and up to 62 metres, and dry dock lift capacity up to 3000 tonnes.

The team at DiverseProjects has enjoyed the challenges working on this very unique vessel over the last three years and wish all involved with her the best for their transit voyages in the Pacific Rim through to the Atlantic.

David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Trailer

Don’t forget to check out ALUCIA in the fantastic new documentary on the Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough, and get inspired to explore this amazing destination in Australia. If you would like to charter an expedition yacht or a luxury superyacht to cruise some of these breath-taking locations, feel free to contact us today.

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Eco-Conscientious 82m Expedition Superyacht Project KILKEA by Bannenberg & Rowell to be launched this year

April 14, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The renowned Bannenberg and Rowell Design studio have revealed details of the 81,70-metre luxury expedition superyacht project Kilkea, currently under build at the commercial shipyard Vard in Norway. This innovative vessel is environmentally friendly with a clean design and emphasis on low fuel consumption.

Project KILKEA Rendering by Bannenberg and Rowell Design

Project KILKEA Rendering by Bannenberg and Rowell Design

Boasting optimised hull form and bow shape for all weather conditions and specific propulsion configuration, project Kilkea will provide exceptional sea-keeping abilities. With the main focus on safety and comfort on board, the yacht will have capacities for 30 days and ability to cruise in unchartered waters, exploring remote areas of the planet, including operations in light ice conditions.

VARD Explorer Superyacht Project KILKEA - Side Profile and Sketch

VARD Explorer Superyacht Project KILKEA – Side Profile and Sketch

It is unknown at this stage if she will be available for yacht charter in the future or used by her owner privately, however, the superyacht will be equipped with a great range of equipment and water toys, which will be easily available to guests.

Project KILKEA under cosntruction at Vard shipyard in Norway

Project KILKEA under construction at Vard shipyard in Norway

Her main purpose is to provide the utmost in comfort and entertainment for a large amount of guests in the various socialising spaces such as salon, dining and relaxation areas. She will undertake discovery cruise operations, including exploring uncharted and remote destinations, in addition to supporting exploration and water sports activities.

Project KILKEA Designed by Bannenberg and Rowell

Project KILKEA Designed by Bannenberg and Rowell

Deluxe accommodation will be offered to up to 36 guests on board. It appears that she will feature such luxury amenities as swimming pools and a helicopter pad. She is expected to reach a maximum speed of 15,4 knots and a cruising speed of 12 knots.

Bannenberg and Rowell Expedition Vessel Project KILKEA

Bannenberg and Rowell Expedition Vessel Project KILKEA

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Sanlorenzo Transfers Two 52M Superyachts to La Spezia

April 12, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Sanlorenzo has transferred two 52-metre superyachts to its new yard facilities in La Spezia, which it rents from the Cantieri San Marco. The two yachts are 52Steel models and represent the first yachts to have been moved to the new yard.

two 52STEEL superyachts being moved to La Spezia by Sanlorenzo

two 52STEEL superyachts being moved to La Spezia by Sanlorenzo

The relocation of the production of metal superyachts, which until now was taking place at Sanlorenzo in Viareggio, has begun following a recent signing of an agreement for the rental of new premises from Cantieri San Marco. The two yachts were transported thanks to a barge, from the port of Viareggio to La Spezia during the night.

Two 52m steel superyachts being moved to La Spezia by Sanlorenzo

Two 52m steel superyachts being moved to La Spezia by Sanlorenzo

Additional two yachts, both 42-metre explorer vessels (460Exp models) will be transferred to the new premises by the end of April.

The new yard for construction is large in size, fully equipped with direct access to the sea, providing ideal facilities for the construction of 40- to 80-metre metal vessels. This means that Sanlorenzo is able to organically develop its superyacht division, which main focus is on construction of overused metal boats, a segment little affected by the economic crisis, representing an important portion of the company’s turnover.

Moving two 52m Sanlorenzo Yachts to La Spezia yard facility

Moving two 52m Sanlorenzo Yachts to La Spezia yard facility

In addition, Sanlorenzo is planning on opening an important refit area in La Spezia, which will be dedicated to large boats.

Sanlorenzo is now able to offer three distinct construction areas:

1. The company’s HQ will still be situated inside the Ameglia shipyard, and will continue the build of 78 to 106 feet long medium-sized fiberglass boats.

2. Sanlorenzo’s premises in Viareggio will concentrate on the build of 112 to 126 feet long large fiberglass yachts, taking advantage of the new spaces available since the relocation of the Superyacht division.

3. The La Spezia shipyard will focus on the production of the largest, metal-made superyachts, which, taking size into account, can be considered as proper “cruising vessels”.

52Steel Yacht by Sanlorenzo being moved to La Spezia

52Steel Yacht by Sanlorenzo being moved to La Spezia

Sanlorenzo, through this strategic expansion decision, re-asserts the company’s constant growth in the last three years, which resulted in a 220 mln turnover in 2015 and a 21 mln Euros Ebitda (with a net profit of 6 mln Euros).

As for 2016, Sanlorenzo mantains the second position in the world ranking of the top 20 builders for yachts above 24 meters in length.

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72m Luxury Expedition Superyacht CLOUDBREAK Captured on Sea Trials on the North Sea

April 12, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Measuring impressive 72 metres, CLOUDBREAK was once again spotted in her full glory undergoing sea trials on the North Sea this morning. Built by renowned Abeking & Rasmussen shipyard to a design by Espen Oeino, with interior design by Christian Liaigre, the yacht represents an innovative expedition vessel, which is due to be delivered to her owner in May. Following her delivery she is believed to be available for expedition yacht charter. Below is a video by DiFooll, created today.

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Luxury Explorer Yacht BABBO to be Launched by Cantiere Delle Marche

April 11, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Cantiere Delle Marche in Italy is nearing the launch of the new Darwin Class 102′, which is to take place in about a month. The shipyard is also preparing to launch the 108ft flagship of the successful explorer yacht range CdM Nauta Air, constructed in aluminium and created in collaboration with Nauta Yachts.

Darwin 102 - BABBO - rendering

Darwin 102 – BABBO – rendering

The 102-foot BABBO explorer is due to be launched in early May, following which she will be officially presented at the Cannes Yachting Festival. The superyacht represents the second Darwin Class 102 sold by the shipyard. The yacht is characterised by spacious interiors and exterior areas, well laid out for larger groups of guests on board, with great attention to water toys and diving centre, which is located in the large and fully equipped garage of almost 25 square metres. Just like her sistership ACALA, BABBO will also store a 5-metre tender on the aft platform, while the 6,3-metre tender will be located on the upper deck.

Darwin 102  - rendering

Darwin 102 – rendering

An experienced management team, including Captain Marc Maudet and the staff at CdM, paid close attention to the yacht’s configuration in order to create a vessel that is reliable in all weathers and in any part of our globe, a characteristic that distinguishes the explorer yachts constructed by CdM.

CdM’s capability in creating fantastic oceangoing vessels is reflected by BABBO’s sistership ACALA which, following her delivery, crossed the Atlantic and visited diving havens such as Cuba, Queen’s Garden and the Blue Hole in Belize, or PERCHERON which crossed the Atlantic already twice. Darwin Class yachts have the capability to sail smoothly in seas with waves of 6,5 m and winds over 50 knots, without any problem of seakeeping and in full system efficiency.

BABBO is a spacious superyacht, spreading over three decks with generous interior spaces of 240 square metres and 244 GRT volume, which together hold in detail the essence of an explorer vessel, while keeping the quality finishes and the luxury typical of superyachts. M/Y BABBO features interior design created in collaboration between the South American designer Simon Hamui on behalf of the owner, who defined the style and decor, and the PFA studio from Fano, that was responsible for general plans, space planning and for overseeing the whole management of the interior design of the project.

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Luxury, Adventure and Science Aboard Expedition Superyachts: Hawk Yachts in Support of Science At Sea

April 06, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Hawk Yachts have reported that last September at the Monaco Yacht Show the company together with the National Geographic Magazine hosted a combined presentation, where they launched the new National Geographic Explorers Circle. During the presentation, they have discussed collaboration between the yachting industry, yacht owners, and the scientific marine research.

103m explorer superyacht SEA HAWK project by Hawk Yachts

103m explorer superyacht SEA HAWK project by Hawk Yachts

President of Hawk Yachts, Captain Matthias Bosse,commented: “The need for cooperation between owners of luxury yachts and the marine science research institutes has never been greater. With the increase in owners wanting to go further, the time is right to encourage all owners to allocate greater resource to this cause. Every significant voyage can add vital research information and help conserve the fragile bio-marine system”

Luxury motor yacht SEA HAWK project – Image Credit to Patrick Kelley

Luxury motor yacht SEA HAWK project – Image Credit to Patrick Kelley

Explorer yachts are becoming increasingly popular, as superyacht owners and yacht charterers are looking for new destinations to discover and more exciting and adventurous voyages to undertake. There is a steady increase in commercial vessels being converted in luxury expedition yachts, offering both deluxe amenities that are normally found aboard superyachts, with the addition of world-cruising capabilities, sophisticated ‘water toys’, such as submarines, as well as occasional onboard laboratories, amongst others.

Luxury explorer yacht SEA HAWK project

Luxury explorer yacht SEA HAWK project

The MYS also saw Hawk Yachts launching their new expedition yacht project SEA HAWK: a motor yacht of 103 metres, ideal for true worldwide exploration and adventure in safety and luxury. The company has recently added two new explorer vessels: the 75-metre Sky Hawk as well as the 56-metre Cape Hawk as a response to the increasing trend of some yachting owners to go further, explore more and move away from the restrictions of the Mediterranean and occasional fair weather extensions to the Caribbean.

At the same time, Hawk Yachts believe that scientific research of the oceans is increasingly important as global warming and cyclical climate change is fast changing the balance of marine life and weather pattern.

Paul Rose, a well-known explorer and expedition leader, pointed out the benefits of collaboration between the research and leisure yachting. The cost of travel is making up some 70%+ of the cost of a scientific expedition. As well as providing transport to scientist to otherwise inaccessible research areas there could be a multitude of aspects involved, from the tagging of marine life to the dropping of scientific floats and ultimately scientific laboratory facilities aboard the larger vessels.

As announced by Hawk Yachts, the time of significant collaboration has come and with this joint event, they aim at promoting the merging of interests and offer the platform for an ever increasing need to marine research. The company is deeply committed to this cause, including scientific facilities within the GAs of their sophisticated expedition yacht designs in order to convince new owners to cooperate with the needs of the oceans that they use.

We, at CharterWorld, believe that this cooperation can be applied to potential clients that wish to combine their yacht charter vacation with adventure while supporting marine research and science at the same time, by the means of chartering one of these highly sophisticated expedition vessels in the future.

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