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Expedition yacht ZEEPAARD by JFA Yachts finalist for the Voyager’s Award 2014

April 22, 2014

Luxury expedition yacht ZEEPAARD (ex Axantha I) has been announced as one of the finalists for the Voyager’s Award 2014 in the World Superyacht Awards, as proudly announced by the French shipyard JFA Yachts. The prestigious World Superyacht Awards will be held in Amsterdam on 3rd May, 2014. Zeepaard superyacht was built by JFA Yachts and delivered in 2003.

Explorer yacht Zeepaard in French Polynesia- CopyrightsZeepaard

Explorer yacht Zeepaard in French Polynesia- Copyrights Zeepaard

JFA Yacht Zeepaard - ex Axantha I - world tour map

JFA Yacht Zeepaard - ex Axantha I - world tour map

This explorer vessel really did an amazing trip! She realised a full world tour following the Equator and going West. Motor Yacht ZEEPAARD spent 3 years and 3 months sailing form Nice to Nice, visiting 39 countries and sailing 50,000 miles.

Explorer yacht Zeepaard in Tonga islands - Copyrights Zeepaard

Explorer yacht Zeepaard in Tonga islands - Copyrights Zeepaard

The Owner of Zeepaard confided these words to the JFA shipyard :

“We began our world tour on July 1, 2009 in Malta, with no plan, no time schedule and no exact route. We would soon discover that this philosophy would make our trip great fun, but would also make the experience a very daring undertaking…I can now look back and reminisce about the best time of my life spent with my dear friends and family.”

Zeepaard yacht - ex Axantha I - in Borneo Indonesia - Copyrights Zeepaard

Zeepaard yacht - ex Axantha I - in Borneo Indonesia - Copyrights Zeepaard

Such great trip  is a unique way to travel and discover the world:

“After our month in Cuba, we departed for The San Blas Islands – my absolute favourite destination. These islands are an Indian reserve in the state of Panama consisting of a stretch of coastline and some 30 islands, owned and occupied by the Kuna Yala Indians. Stepping on to these islands feels like walking into a National Geographic movie.”

Zeepaard yacht in Indonesia 2 - Copyrights Zeepaard

Zeepaard yacht in Indonesia 2 - Copyrights Zeepaard

Reading this, JFA Yachts is proud to have build ZEEPAARD yacht, but moreover is proud to have contributed  to  realising owner’s dreams.

Zeepaard superyacht in Carribean - Copyrights Zeepaard

Zeepaard superyacht in Carribean - Copyrights Zeepaard

Expedition yacht Zeepaard in San Blas - Copyrights Zeepaard

Expedition yacht Zeepaard in San Blas - Copyrights Zeepaard

World tour program :

2009 – Malta, Tunisia, France, Monaco, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Turkey

2010 – Turkey, Greece, Malta, Tunisia, Italy, France (Corsica), Spain, Gibraltar, St Martin, St Barths, British Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos Islands, Bahamas, USA (Florida)

2011 – Cuba, Panama, San Blas, Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Niue, Tonga, Fiji, Australia, Indonesia,

2012 – Malaysia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Yemen, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Tunisia, Italy, France, Spain

Zeepaard yacht in Miami - Copyrights Zeepaard

Zeepaard yacht in Miami - Copyrights Zeepaard

Zeepaard yacht in USA - Copyrights Zeepaard

Zeepaard yacht in USA - Copyrights Zeepaard

Motor Yacht Zeepaard in Greece - Copyrights Zeepaard

Motor Yacht Zeepaard in Greece - Copyrights Zeepaard

Luxury Yacht Zeepaard in Italy - Copyrights Zeepaard

Luxury Yacht Zeepaard in Italy - Copyrights Zeepaard

Update on 147′ Cheoy Lee motor yacht Dorothea 3 refitted by Derecktor Florida

April 22, 2014

Originally launched by the Chinese shipyard Cheoy Lee in 2007, the 147′ Marco Polo expedition yacht Dorothea 3 underwent a major refit at Derecktor of Florida, which was completed in December 2012. Since then, motor yacht Dorothea 3 has been enjoying a spectacular world cruise.

147' Marco Polo superyacht Dorothea 3 built by Cheoy Lee and refitted by Derecktor Florida

147' Marco Polo superyacht Dorothea 3 built by Cheoy Lee and refitted by Derecktor Florida

Captain John Crupi has been kind enough to stay in touch so that Derecktor of Florida can now share with us this great news:

“All is well here on D3. We have departed Australia and have passed thru the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and are currently in route to Indonesia. We are putting on the miles, just over 18,000 last year and this year will top that for sure! I’ll be in Singapore the end of April ’14, estimating Japan in late June and across to Alaska in July. After that it’s down hill to Panama and back to Ft Lauderdale in the spring of ’15. Jen and I had a great Aussie vacation. We took a month and saw all there is to see from Ayers Rock, the Reef, Outback etc. It’s been a wonderful year.” Captain John Crupi.

“I wanted to let you know we are nearing 50,000 miles on the odometer since leaving the yard. Wow! We were sitting around thinking about how many countries we have visited as well as miles traveled. We counted twice and the number was 51! Anyway I just wanted to tell you and the rest of the team thank you. You have a lot to be proud of – I don’t think many boats rack up this sort of mileage and I attribute a lot of the success to Dereckor’s team. Keep in touch…currently 225 miles from Singapore!” - Captain John Crupi.

Offshore 90 Voyager Yacht sold

April 22, 2014

The Offshore 90 Voyager yacht by Offshore Yachts has been recently sold and is currently cruising the waters of the popular Central America yacht charter destination – Mexico. Luxury motor yacht Offshore 90 Voyager can be characterised by cruising smoothness and exceptional ease of handling.

Offshore 90 Voyager Yacht in the lovely Central America yacht charter location - Mexico

Offshore 90 Voyager Yacht in the lovely Central America yacht charter location - Mexico

Superyacht Offshore 90 Voyager is one of the most livable and flexibly usable yachts in her class. It seems to have just the right features and accommodations for any circumstance.

As the flagship of the yard’s model line the Voyager is the culmination of their dedication to quality and innovation. William Crealock’s design emphasizes unparalleled sea kindliness, structural strength, and safety.

A multitude of unique and functional features distinguish the Voyagers from all other yachts in their class. The use of only the finest materials, hundreds of intricate details and unparalleled craftsmanship will be immediately apparent.

Horizon Yachts and Taiwan Audi team together

April 15, 2014

April 10, 2014, saw the respected Taiwan-based luxury yacht builder, Horizon Group, and Taiwan Audi team together for the amazing launch of the all-new A8 luxury car. Hosted at the Horizon Premier Shipyard, the A8 launch comprised a press conference, acrobatic show, banquet, as well as the display of three A8 luxury sedans.

Horizon Group and Taiwan Audi team together for the launch of A8

Horizon Group and Taiwan Audi team together for the launch of the new A8 car

Horizon, one of the top custom shipyards in the world, and Audi, one of the most internationally well-known car brands, both advocate for the ideal combination of technology and luxury in their products, as exhibited during the launch; the A8’s streamlined design was unveiled against the backdrop of the Horizon E88 (example is superyacht Mechtilda) and E56 motoryachts. VIP guests were also treated to a cruise on board the Horizon EP148 expedition yacht “Polaris” and toured Kaohsiung Harbor as well as visited the new Kaohsiung Exhibition Center, which will host the 2014 Taiwan International Boat Show in May.

Horizon P148 superyacht Horizon Polaris and Audi

Horizon EP148 superyacht Polaris and Audi cars

Horizon Group CEO John Lu stated: “Horizon was very pleased to cooperate with Taiwan Audi on the launch of the new A8. We are both global brands that shine in our respective fields, and we also share the same experiences in providing hi-tech luxury products for our clients to enjoy. We wish Taiwan Audi much success with the new A8 luxury sedan.”

McMullen & Wing signs contract to complete 50m expedition motor yacht ‘yard number 1016′ (formerly known as Big Star)

April 09, 2014

New Zealand superyacht manufacturer, McMullen & Wing, is thrilled to announce that they have signed a new contract to complete the 50m steel/aluminium luxury expedition motor yacht ‘yard number 1016′, formerly known as Big Star. The new name of the ‘yard number 1016′ yacht remains confidential.

New 50m explorer yacht 'yard number 1016' by McMullen and Wing

New 50m explorer yacht 'yard number 1016' by McMullen and Wing - Image courtesy of McMullen & Wing

The new ‘yard number 1016′ superyacht, which will be delivered in early 2016, will have a strong focus on live-aboard amenity, outdoor living and extended cruising range. She will feature a spacious cockpit for waterside lounging and activities. Natural gardens on the bridge deck as well as large hot tubs on both sun deck and foredeck lend themselves to a relaxed outdoor lifestyle.

Luxury motor yacht ‘yard number 1016′ builds on the tremendously successful world cruising and charter record of 45m charter yacht BIG FISH (McMullen & Wing, 2010), both technically and aesthetically. Styling, naval architecture and engineering will be another collaborative effort between the Buyer’s project team, Gregory C Marshal Naval Architects and McMullen & Wing’s extensive in-house design team.

Expedition yacht 'yard number 1016' - front view

Superyacht 'yard number 1016' - front view - Image courtesy of McMullen & Wing

The contemporary interior, also designed by Gregory C Marshall Naval Architects, will accommodate up to 12 guests in 5 cabins and will showcase natural materials in a relaxed modern ambience. Light, airy interior spaces flow seamlessly onto extensive decks on all levels. Bulwark balconies allow the floor-to-ceiling glazed doors from the dining space to frame a spectacular vista, whilst also providing the ultimate sunbathing location, suspended over the water. The breathtaking owners’ suite, on the bridge deck aft, opens onto its own private aft garden deck. A symphony of light and space, the owners’ suite is a haven of calm and relaxation.

The contract provides welcome security for McMullen & Wing’s core team of employees, many of whom have been with the company for 10, 20 or even 30 years. It also sees McMullen & Wing actively recruiting for significant numbers of additional staff in design, planning, management and trade departments.

McMullen & Wing continues to quote new projects in all sizes up to 60m and welcomes all inquiries. With substantial waterfront facilities, there is ample ability to accommodate at least one other new build alongside the 50 meter motor yacht ‘yard number 1016′.

McMullen & Wing would like to thank Bartram & Brakenhoff for their outstanding efforts that led to the sale and Burgess as their central agent for this project.

Successful Gulf Craft Exclusive Preview in Qatar

April 08, 2014

Gulf Craft, one of the world’s top 10 superyacht builders, in partnership with Aurora Yachts & Boats Trading from Qatar, has recently concluded its successful 3-day exclusive preview at The Pearl, nestled in the fabulous Middle East yacht charter destination – Doha.

HE Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari (right), Qatar’s Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage and Mr. Mohammed Alshaali, Chairman of Gulf Craft (left) officially opened the Gulf Craft Exclusive Preview event - See more at: http://blog.gulfcraftinc.com/gulf-craft-exclusive-preview-qatar-photo-gallery/#sthash.OnJlf2lZ.dpuf

HE Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari (right), Qatar’s Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage and Mr. Mohammed Alshaali, Chairman of Gulf Craft (left) officially opened the Gulf Craft Exclusive Preview event

The event was officially opened on March 19 by HE Dr. Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, Qatar’s Minister for Culture, Arts and Heritage and Mr. Mohammed bin Hussein Alshaali, Chairman of Gulf Craft.

The fleet of luxury yachts on display at the Gulf Craft Exclusive Preview

The fleet of luxury yachts on display at the Gulf Craft Exclusive Preview

Leading  Gulf Craft’s fleet at the event was luxury yacht Majesty 135, the largest superyacht ever built by Gulf Craft and the winner of the “Best Asia Built Yacht’ at the Asia Boating Awards in 2013, along with superyacht Majesty 105, luxury yacht Majesty 88, motor yacht Majesty 70, Majesty 63, Gulf 75 Exp yacht, Oryx 40 Fly, Oryx 42 and Silvercraft 36 HT.

Superyacht Majesty 135 at the Gulf Craft Exclusive Preview in Qatar

Superyacht Majesty 135 at the Gulf Craft Exclusive Preview in Qatar

Also on display at the event were the two recently launched models of Gulf Craft at the 2014 Dubai International Boat Show- the Majesty 48 and the Waveshuttle 56.

Top view of yachts at the Gulf Craft Exclusive Preview

Top view of yachts on display at the Gulf Craft Exclusive Preview

Below is a gallery for the exquisite charter yachts built by Gulf Craft.

Keel laying of first 60m Mondo Marine motor yacht SARASTAR (M60)

April 07, 2014

Mondo Marine is proud to announce the keel laying of its first 60-metre motor yacht Sarastar (M60), following her sale in September 2013. Luxury mega yacht Sarastar is a striking all-aluminium semi-displacement vessel, beautifully penned by renowned Luca Dini.

Mondo Marine superyacht M60 - Profile

Mondo Marine superyacht Sarastar (M60) - Profile

The new 60m Mondo Marine superyacht Sarastar (M60) is a vessel with lines equally sportive and elegant, with both hull and superstructure all in aluminium and designed to reach a speed of over 21 knots and with a full beam of 10.50m. This feature turns her to be among the few ones on the panorama of yachts with such high level of speed and comfort, similar to a sporty Granturismo.

The merger of Mondo Marine philosophy and the new vision of the designer Luca Dini combined to an accurate choice of material, care for details and a new project approach have originated a new series of fast boats suitable for those owners in search of high performance without compromising comfort, internal space and excellent quality. This is the first of a series of boats that complete the new Mondo Marine range from 41,50m to 64m. All of them share not only the same style but also a particularly accurate choice of materials and an innovative project approach.

The main characteristics of the 60m luxury yacht Sarastar (M60) beyond the hull stylistic design, are: a specific arrangement of the interior with 5 guest cabins on the Lower Deck, the Owner’s cabin on the fore side of the Main Deck the size of a proper apartment and the full beam Sky-lounge on the Upper Deck of an unusually big size due to placing the fifth cabin elsewhere. A particular attention has been reserved to the crew quarters which under the latest regulations offer space and comfort almost like guest cabins. There will also be new technology audio-video equipment chosen among the most advanced in the market, with the only aim of turning every area and moment aboard into a special one and transforming into particularly unique any ordinary living on board through the big scenographic effects produced by led.

Just like all the most recent yachts of the shipyard, the structural, hydrodynamic and technical aspects also of the 60 Meter Semi-Displacement yacht Sarastar (M60) have been studied by Mondo Marine Engineering.

The project was first unveiled at the last Monaco Yacht Show. Delivery is planned for Summer 2015.

Originally as shipbuilder and repairer since 1915, Campanella shipyard (as Mondo Marine was then known) achieved success with a team of highly dedicated professionals at any level. In 1975 Campanella designed, built and delivered the 48 m. M/Y MOHAMEDIA awarded the same year as best built motor-yacht classed Lloyd’s Register. The yacht was owned by the Arab millionaire Adan Kashoggi, the wealthiest men in the world at that time.

This great achievement gained a major annotation within the history of Italian shipyards, also thanks to the ship’s technical and stylistic features turning her into a true innovation icon among luxury megayachts.

In 1978 Mondo Group founded Mondo Marine. Started off in Alba with mid-sized yachts, in the early nineties the production changed to custom-made steel and aluminium alloy yachts over the 40 m. length and was first moved to Genoa and subsequently to the current Savona location (former Campanella’s Shipyard).

In the first half of 2013 Mondo Marine S.P.A. was taken over by Mr. Alessandro Falciai and Mr. Roberto Zambrini who officially sealed the acquisition of the company’s brand and production site on May 30, 2013. All Mondo Marine vessels are designed, engineered and built at the production site in Savona.

62 are the units built so far by Mondo Marine in addition to the number previously reached by Campanella Shipyard. One example is the stellar charter yacht TRIBU’, the first yacht to be awarded Green Star certification by RINA, showing her owner’s environmental commitment through a series of technical criteria.

Mondo Marine offers a full-cycle production, right from the cutting of the hull steel sheets, and each detail of its luxury yachts exports worldwide the company’s commitment to excellence combined to Italian skills and talent.

The Italian shipyard, member of SYBAss (Superyacht Builder Association) right after recently opened Mondo Marine MC office in the Principality of Monaco, Mondo Marine made its moves to China market deciding to invest and become Shareholder in Sease Yachting Co., Ltd. to produce Mondo Marine fiber glass yachts dedicated for Chinese market.

MAIN CHARACTERISTICS OF SUPER YACHT SARASTAR (M60)

NAVAL ARCHITECTURE: Mondo Marine Engineering
EXTERIOR DESIGN: Luca Dini Design
INTERIOR DESIGN: Luca Dini Design
HULL MATERIAL: Light alloy
SUPERSTRUCTURE MATERIAL: Light alloy
LENGTH OVERALL: 60.00 m – 196.8 ft
BEAM OVERALL: 10.50 m – 34.44 ft
DRAFT: 2.90 m – 9.51 ft
ENGINES: 2 X MTU 16V 4000 M73L
MAXIMUM POWER: 2 X 2,880 kW – 2 X 3,860 HP a 2,050 rpm
RANGE AT 12 KNOTS: 4,100 nm
CRUISING SPEED: 18 knots
ABS CLASS REGISTER: C HULL • Mach Yacht Unrestricted Navigation

Below is a gallery for the beautiful charter yachts built by Mondo Marine.

Mondo Marine fiber glass yachts to be produced in China

April 02, 2014

The prominent luxury yacht builder, Mondo Marine is proud to announce its partnership with the Chinese shipyard, Sease Yachting Co., Ltd. This will see the production of Mondo Marine fiber glass yachts in China for the Chinese market.

From left: Roberto ZAMBRINI, Alessandro FALCIAI, Guangfu ZHANG.

From left: Roberto ZAMBRINI, Alessandro FALCIAI, Guangfu ZHANG.

Mondo Marine, this prestigious brand with rich Italian heritage, reached another landmark when Alessandro Falciai and Roberto Zambrini, Owners of Mondo Marine, and Guangfu Zhang, Managing Director of Sease Yachting Co., Ltd jointly announced their partnership to produce in China Mondo Marine fibre glass boats at the occasion of Hainan Rendezvous in Hainan, China on Friday 28 March 2014. All the Mondo Marine fiber glass boats will be produced in Sease shipyard with the support from Mondo Marine Engineering. The models to be produced for the first stage will be 53 feets, 62 feets and 88 feets.

This led to some notable events and milestones, not only for these two companies but also for the boat building industry as a whole. Firstly, the collaboration between these two brands allows Chinese owners to enjoy Italian brand products with reasonable cost as well as exquisite style and quality.

Originally as shipbuilder and repairer since 1915, Campanella shipyard (as Mondo Marine was then known) achieved success with a team of highly dedicated professionals at any level. In 1975 Campanella designed, built and delivered the 48m motor yacht MOHAMEDIA awarded the same year as best built motor-yacht classed Lloyd’s Register. The yacht was owned by the Arab millionaire Adan Kashoggi, the wealthiest man in the world at that time.

This great achievement gained a major annotation within the history of Italian shipyards, also thanks to the ship’s technical and stylistic features turning her into a true innovation icon among luxury megayachts.

In 1978 Mondo Group founded Mondo Marine. Started off in Alba with mid-sized yachts, in the early nineties the production changed to custom-made steel and aluminium alloy yachts over the 40 m. length and was first moved to Genoa and subsequently to the current Savona location (former Campanella’s).

In the first half of 2013 Mondo Marine S.P.A. was taken over by Mr. Alessandro Falciai and Mr. Roberto Zambrini who officially sealed the acquisition of the company’s brand and production site on May 30, 2013. All Mondo Marine vessels are designed, engineered and built at the production site in Savona.

62 are the units built so far by Mondo Marine in addition to the number previously reached by Campanella Shipyard. One example is the stellar charter yacht TRIBU’, the first yacht to be awarded Green Star certification by RINA, showing her owner’s environmental commitment through a series of technical criteria.

Mondo Marine offers a full-cycle production, right from the cutting of the hull steel sheets, and each detail of its luxury yachts exports worldwide the company’s commitment to excellence combined to Italian skills and talent.

Right after recently opened a branch in the Principality of Monaco, Mondo Marine made its moves to China market. Alessandro Falciai and Roberto Zambrini believe that China market will be one of the future markets not only for small and mid-size yachts, but also for the megayachts. In Monaco Boat Show 2013, Mondo Marine signed a Dealership Agreement with Sease Yachting Co. for the Chinese territory. Only 6 months later, Mondo Marine decided to invest and become Shareholder in Sease Yachting Co.,Ltd. to produce Mondo Marine fiber glass yachts dedicated for Chinese market. The strong confidence in the market and its partner made Mondo Marine take this big move.

Sease Yachting Co., Ltd is a young and dynamic company, founded in 2007 and based in Jiangsu province. From the beginning, Sease always aim to produce better and more luxurious crafts year after year compared to other Chinese shipyards.

With its know-how of China market, Sease collaborated with worldwide top designer Bill Dixon and Cor D. Rover to develop its products to meet the needs of Chinese consumers. Up to today, Sease has already launched 3 models in the market, Sease 46’, Sease 53’ and Sease 62’. With its outstanding combination of design and performance, Sease yachts are recognized by the consumers and won a good fame in the market within a few years. 14 units of Sease 53’ has been delivered since its launch in 2010 and 7 units of Sease 62’ has been delivered since its launch in 2012. And the first 46’ has just been delivered at the beginning of 2014.

Mondo Marine’s entrance in the Company will no doubt help Sease Yachting Co., Ltd to reach international level not only in technological innovations but also the latest up-to-date material processed. And Sease’s sales network and professional after-service system will ensure the distribution of the boats.

The production of the fiber glass yachts with Mondo Marine’s trademark will be completed controlled by Mondo Marine’s engineering. The existing 53’ and 62’ boats will be renewed with Italian touch and a brand new 88’ will be designed by Mondo Marine, the first unit is expected to be completed at the beginning of 2015.

When announcing this great news, Alessandro Falciai with Roberto Zambrini and Guangfu Zhang showed their confidence in the China market, “We believed that this collaboration will bring a truly Italian luxury lifestyle experience to the market. The owners will be those willing to buy a craft of creativity and quality”.

Below is a choice of the lovely charter yachts built by Mondo Marine.

Chris Connell Design shortlisted for IY&A Award 2014 with motor yacht BLACK PEARL

April 01, 2014

design et al are proud to announce that Chris Connell Design has been selected as one of the finalists for the International Yacht & Aviation Award 2014, with motor yacht Black Pearl. Superyacht Black Pearl has been nominated in the ‘Yacht Interior Design’ category.

Superyacht Black Pearl with interior design by Chris Connell

Superyacht Black Pearl with interior design by Chris Connell

Luxury yacht Black Pearl is the creation of a 21st Century expedition yacht. The 31.5m yacht was designed for a couple wanting their own purpose designed yacht that complimented their needs and contained inhabited features they loved from their previous yacht.

Black Pearl Yacht - Wheelhouse

Black Pearl Yacht - Wheelhouse

The Black Pearl yacht features Chris Connell’s minimalist and sophisticated aesthetic; natural materiality, design quality and the commitment to design details. A classic and restrained interior was proposed for Black Pearl ‘almost like an Armani suit, tailored and detailed, neutral and calm’. As Chris Connell’s first boat interior, it was maintained that materiality and scheme should be consistent throughout, even down to the linen. Chris Connell Design was responsible for all interior detailing.

Black Pearl superyacht - Saloon

Black Pearl superyacht - Saloon

It was crucial that the functionality of the yacht’s interior was successful and was important for the boat’s essential interior components to be finetuned to the millimetre to maximise space and efficiency. These essential components included the feature stair hand rail, joinery, wet zones (i.e gallery), cabins, main helm, fly bridge and dining. All built-in storage and detailed upholstery items were also designed as well as colour scheme and materials for the exterior.

Luxury yacht Black Pearl - Cabin

Luxury yacht Black Pearl - Cabin

All areas were carefully analysed and designed to maximize space and utility items like air conditioning streamlined or concealed were possible. Light fittings were among the things designed by the Chris Connell design office, including the stair hand rail, which became an important sculptural element of Black Pearl superyacht. The exterior colour scheme was also selected by the Chris Connell design office, including the orange boot stripe, which in turn suggested the colour of the skull-and-crossbones logo design.

Turkish superyacht builder RMK Marine: 2014 update on facts and figures

March 26, 2014

RMK Marine has unveiled the 2014 update on the yard, production, capabilities, technologies, as well as deliveries. Established in Istanbul’s Haliç in 1978 to build yachts in steel, aluminium and composite, the company joined the Koç Group of Companies in 1997, and subsequently was renamed ‘RMK Marine’, with facilities based in Tuzla. RMK Marine specializes in building, repairing and maintenance of commercial and naval vessels, as well as super yachts. One of Turkey’s largest private shipyards, the company is projected to grow with high quality and added value projects.

Superyacht Nazenin V built by RMK Marine

Superyacht Nazenin V built by RMK Marine

RMK MARINE’S HISTORY
RMK Marine is a Turkish super yacht builder for sail and motorboats from 30m upwards in composite, steel and aluminium, offering clients uncompromising quality and exceptional value. On site facilities include full refit, repair and restoration services for visiting yachts with specialist personnel and the yard has a refit capacity of lifting up to 700 tonnes. RMK Marine is privileged to be part of the world renowned Koç Group. The Group is involved in many areas of manufacturing and services and 2012 saw it celebrate its 86th Anniversary.

RMK 4500 superyacht Karia

RMK 4500 superyacht Karia

PRODUCTION
RMK Marine is widely known in the realisation of prestigious and head-turning motor and sailing yachts. Superyacht “Nazenin V”, built by RMK Marine was awarded a Judges’ Special Commendation for “The Best Sailing Yacht over 45 Meters” at the “2010 World Superyacht Awards”, which is considered to be the “Academy Award” of global super yacht industry. The 45m super motor yacht “Karia” and Oyster 100 sailing yacht “Sarafin”, built at RMK Marine, have both been honoured with the Judges Special Commendation prize at the World Superyacht Awards in 2012. Caressa K yacht was one of the five winners of the prestigious Superyacht Design Award by the ISS (International Superyacht Society) for Powerboats 32-43m category in 2006. Designed by Naval Architects, Vripack Yachting International b.v. this elegantly styled trawler yacht is intended for long distance cruising with all of the comforts of fine living for the discerning owner.

Luxury sailing yacht Sarafin

Luxury sailing yacht Sarafin

CONCEPTS PORTFOLIO
RMK Marine has a wide experience in constructing explorer motor yachts such as Vripack designed Caressa K, charter yacht Jasmin and charter yacht Private Lives as well as Cornelia yacht and the last but not least, the 45 meter Ron Holland designed superyacht Karia. The company, as gained by the past experience, developed a new type of modern looking lines with the support of famous designers. Their world cruiser and rugged explorer lines overcome the seven seas of the world easily.

Luxury motor yacht Caressa K

Luxury motor yacht Caressa K

EXPLORER CONCEPT PORTFOLIO
RMK Marine developed RMK 3400, RMK 3700, RMK 4200, and RMK 5500 yachts. All of these lines represent the uncompromising quality and exceptional value of RMK Marine. They all have steel hull and aluminium construction with ranges allowing trans-atlantic passages, and they are all designed by world-renowned and famous design and naval architecture house, Vripack.

Luxury charter yacht Jasmin

Luxury charter yacht Jasmin

2013-14 LUXURY EXPLORERS
Joint colloboration between RMK Marine and Hotlab Yacht Design has resulted with the clean lines of RMK 5000 True Luxury Explorer yacht. RMK 5000 is capable of going anywhere in the world even the arctics with her optional ice-capable hull and voyaging into uninhabited areas of the south pole. Designed with modern lines and soft curves there is smooth uncluttered look and feel to the design. The full displacement hulls on both RMK 5000 True Luxury Explorer and Sport Utility provide long range cruising with thanks to the optional diesel/electric propulsion package under 500 GT thresholds. Both projects accommodate up to 10 guests and 8 crew plus the Captain. On the True Luxury Explorer concept, there is a vast aft deck specifically designed to accommodate a tender of up to 10.2m. When equipping the aft deck with the custom tender, the area beneath is dedicated to underwater and on-water excursion toys including submarine, diving room, hov pods and jet-skis.

RMK 5000 True Luxury Explorer yacht concept

RMK 5000 True Luxury Explorer yacht concept

FAST DISPLACEMENT
This new superyacht concept is distinct from the full displacement yachts and neither overlaps or replaces them but offers a different solution. The ability to run at higher transit speeds does take more power but this range is unique in avoiding the normal compromise of inefficiency at displacement speeds normally associated with this type of yacht. The sea keeping and efficiency of the displacement hull are available in the same design as one with fast transit speed. They come in 2 different length, 48 meter and 5000 meters , RMK 4800 and RMK 5000. They can reach up to 30 knots maximum in their fast transit voyages. They all are under 500 gross tonnage and fully complied with new LY3 regulations.

YARD EXPERTISES
RMK Marine combines the traditional boat building techniques with uncompromising quality since its foundation. The company’s in-house workforce starts a project from sketch into the final end product using the in-house engineers, naval architectures, architectures, carpenters, plumbers and electricians. Full in-house capability provides them keeping the quality level up and rising at all times. The company’s in-house personell is capable of working with various designers such as Vripack, Ron Holland, RWD, S&S while realising the projects into life.

KEY PEOPLE
Total staff of 560 people.
Ilhami Can Ozturk – RMK Marine General Manger
Rick van de Wetering – RMK Marine Yacht Division Director
Ibrahim Deniz Kaymaz – RMK Marine Yachts Sales & Marketing Manager

DELIVERIES
IN THE LAST 2012-2013
M/Y KARIA – RMK 4500 – Debut at MYS 2012
S/Y TWILIGHT – OYSTER 125 – Debut at MYS 2013
S/Y PENELOPE – OYSTER 100 – Debut at MYS 2013
S/Y SARAFIN – OYSTER 100
M/Y KEYLA – 44m refitted yacht in 2013

YARD TECHNOLOGIES
TOTAL AREA of 95.000 sqm ( 1.023.000 sqf)
1 MEGA HANGAR by/ 80m x 25m ( 265’ x 82’)
1 COMPOSITE HANGAR by/ 72m x 25 (236’ x 82’)
1 COMPOSTIRE HANGAR by/ 72m x 15m ( 236’ X 50’)
1 AUTOCLAVE by / 42m x 15m (137’ x 50’)
1 REFIT HANGAR by/ 50m x 20m ( 165’ x 66’)
1 PAINT HANGAR by/ 40m x 13m ( 131’ x 43’)
1 LAND TO WATER SLIPWAY can haul up to 685tons (1511000 lbs)
3 TRAVEL LIFT respectively 320 tons ( 706000 lbs), 100 tons ( 221000 lbs) and 40 tons (  89000 lbs) capacity
3 fingerdocks with 11m (36’) maximum beam capacity
2 outfitting and refit dock wfor yachts up to 200m ( 657’)

Below is a selection of other luxurious charter yachts built by RMK Marine.