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Luxury motor yacht Bering 75 by Bering Yachts

July 31, 2014

Luxury motor yacht Bering 75 by Bering Yachts represents a flagship of the Yachtship Series of motoryachts. This series mixes up all of the seakeeping abilities of the Expedition series, while bringing a modern “contemporary” look and feel to the design. Bering 75 yacht could be rightfully classified as an “expedition yacht” given her amazing capabilities.

Luxury expedition yacht Bering 75 by Bering Yachts

Luxury expedition yacht Bering 75 by Bering Yachts

The heavy displacement motor yacht Bering 75, whose hull form takes design comes from the proven ocean going commercial trawler, excels in the areas that matter most: a sea-kindly motion in heavy weather, reliability and ultimate seaworthiness of design.

Bering 75 Yacht from above

Bering 75 Yacht from above

Beyond using a proven hull design, the entire Bering line relies on a “heavy for size” approach to providing the uncommon sea-kindly motion that very few if any recreational motoryachts are capable of delivering. A carefully designed low center of gravity combined with the sheer mass of the vessel provides a reduction in roll moment and minimized pitching and pounding that so many find unpleasant. This “heavy for size” approach is well proven in the commercial marine market where vessel “weight” is really how one defines a vessel’s size as opposed to length. Note that the luxury yacht Bering 75 displaces 298 000 pounds at full load which is significantly more than her competitors!

Luxury yacht Bering 75 - Top View

Luxury yacht Bering 75 - Top View

While at sea, one’s peace of mind is of utmost importance, which is why in addition to the hull & structural design Bering puts great emphasis on the reliability & durability of their motoryachts. The strict use of only commercially rated and internationally sourced equipment on board ensures you will have minimal equipment related problems, and in the rare case that you do, parts will be readily available regardless of your locale.

Bering 75 Yacht - aft view

Bering 75 Yacht - aft view

A semi-custom build approach allows for true customization of the interior layout and appointments. Bering 75 yacht can be configured in a variety of different ways depending on your particular desires.

Bering 75 Yacht - Exterior

Bering 75 Yacht - Exterior

Motor yacht Bering 75 offers her owners a luxury platform by which to cruise, especially for extended times exploring coastlines or making longer passages. With tanks holding 7000 gallons of fuel, there really is no port out of your reach. Travelling at efficient passage making speeds of around 8 knots your range is in excess of 3 000 nautical miles. Should your plans not call for such distant voyages then you have the peace of mind knowing that a full load of fuel will last many months of coastal cruising. Likewise, 1 000 gallons of fresh water capacity ensures a high quality of life, allowing extended hot water showers without guilt as well as not having to run a water maker so frequently. Bering 75 yacht really is a cruisers delight!

Luxury motor yacht Bering 75

Luxury motor yacht Bering 75

If you are feeling the call of the endless miles of pristine coastline and the vast stretches of blue open ocean that are the world’s cruising grounds, you owe it to yourself to answer that call aboard your own Bering 75 yacht!

Technical Specifications of Bering 75 Yacht

LOA: 22.90m (75’2’’)

LWL: 21.44m (70’4’’)

Beam Overall: 6.80m (22’3’’)

Beam Molded 6.50m (21’3’’)

Ht. (Waterline to Bridge Top) 8.00m (24’7’’)

Draft (Full Fuel Load) 1.80m (6’)

Displacement (Light Load) 298.000 lbs (135.0 metric tons)

Fuel capacity 7000 gal (2650 l)

Water capacity 1000 gal (3800 l)

Speed (Cruise) 8 knots

Speed (Max) 11 knots

Range 3000+ NM

Design:

Exterior: Bering Yachts & Sabdes (Scott Blee)

Interior: Bering Yachts

Latest 164’ New Generation Explorer Yacht Project introduced by JFA Yachts

July 31, 2014

JFA Yachts is pleased to reveal more details about their new 164’ Explorer Yacht project. The 164’ JFA motor yacht project is a new generation explorer vessel, which is contemporary outside, but also inside. It has been developed with one of the world’s leading yacht design studios based in the UK, Bill Dixon Design, as Naval Architect and the French interior designer, Franck Darnet. However, the yacht is not radically modern: her low profile with classic lines and her beautiful bow shape make her timeless.

New 164' Explorer Yacht Project by JFA Yachts - Profile

New 164' Explorer Yacht Project by JFA Yachts - Profile

This elegant silhouette with only 3 decks for the 50m of length permits the 164’ JFA superyacht to stay under 500 GRT. This Explorer Vessel offers 4 guests cabins located on at the lower deck and a full beam master cabin forward on the main deck with private access to the fore deck. This large cabin has a bathroom with a bath, a wardrobe and an office. The main deck proposes a large saloon with a dining area directly connected with the aft deck saloon. Another saloon is fitted on the upper deck aft of the wheelhouse.

164' JFA superyacht project from above

164' JFA superyacht project from above

Franck Darnet also proposes to install the master cabin on the upper deck instead of the saloon. This configuration allows for an amazing view and a private aft deck. The interior design will be modern with light oak furniture and panels enrobed in white tissue.

164' JFA explorer yacht project - aft view

164' JFA explorer yacht project - aft view

The outside area offers a large saloon on the aft deck with stairs to access directly on the fold down swim platform for bathing or tender access. In the aft lower deck, a gymnasium with bathroom will be fitted.

164' JFA Yacht Project - Foredeck

164' JFA Yacht Project - Foredeck

The forward deck is fitted with a large locker that receives the main 20’ tender. This large locker could be converted into a pool when the tender is launched. The foredeck will be fitted with another locker to house the crane and another one for a jet ski.

164' JFA luxury yacht project - Wheelhouse

164' JFA luxury yacht project - Wheelhouse

A small observation deck has been fitted over the wheelhouse to enjoy panoramic views.

164' JFA yacht project - Saloon

164' JFA yacht project - Saloon

Bill Dixon and his team have done a lot of work to ensure the 164’ JFA yacht is an energy efficient yacht with a great deal of autonomy. Aluminum was the chosen build material because of the impact on weight and maintenance. Equipped with 2x 1000Hp engines, this yacht should be able to reach 16.5 Knts top speed and 12.5 Knts cruising speed and to cover a range of over 4800 nm. The yacht will be equipped with zero speed stabilizers, high quality air conditioning system and will be built with very low noise level targets.

164' JFA motor yacht project - Main cabin

164' JFA motor yacht project - Main cabin

The 164’ JFA explorer yacht has been conceived to sail to remote areas. She will benefit from the large experience of JFA Yachts with reliable yachts such as motor yacht Axantha I, charter yacht Axantha II, superyacht Hortense, charter yacht Rose of Jericho and luxury yacht Bystander. All these yachts have sailed intensively and already covered a lot of nautical miles including world tours.

164' JFA super yacht project - Upper cabin

164' JFA super yacht project - Upper cabin

Below is an amazing video introducing the latest 164′ JFA Explorer Yacht Project:

Technical Specifications of the 164’ JFA expedition yacht project:

LOA 50,03m

LWL 49,69m

Beam 9,97m

Draught 2,5m

Displacement 395 T Light Half Load

Range Over 4800 nm@12Knts

Cruising speed 12,5Knts at 85% MCR

Top Speed 16,25 Knots

New 164' JFA explorer yacht project - Profile

New 164' JFA explorer yacht project - Profile

Interview of Yachting Pages with ShowBoats’ Young Designer of the Year Raphael Laloux

July 30, 2014

Superyacht directory, Yachting Pages, has recently spoken to Raphael Laloux, this year’s ShowBoat Design Awards Young Designer of the Year for luxury motor yacht Project Symphony, about where he took inspiration to become a luxury yacht designer and what his top tips are for budding designers.

Raphael Laloux - Oceanco Presentation

Raphael Laloux - Oceanco Presentation

What made you decide to study transportation design?

This decision goes back to my childhood; my father, an architect, gave me his passion for creation. After developing a strong interest for automobiles and other means of transportation, I quickly affirmed to become a transportation designer; dreaming about the day I would be able to see my creations come alive.

What has been your favourite superyacht to design so far and why?

It is most likely the 250ft Ketch which I designed when I was working with Philippe Briand. This client requested a lot of reflection in light of its numerous confines and the complexity of the Ketch project. It was also the first full custom superyacht I worked on for an owner.

Raphael Laloux - Young Designer of the Year

Raphael Laloux - Young Designer of the Year

Do you prefer designing motor or sailing yachts and why?

Designing motor and sailing yachts are two very different processes; I appreciate them both just as much. I like the freedom of expression that a motor yacht offers, just like I enjoy the natural grace of a sailing yacht as well as its harmony with the sea.

Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

I draw inspiration from all the creative fields, graphic design, fashion design and mainly architecture and car design, but also from my observation of nature which is an infinite source of inspiration for me.

75m Hybrid Superyacht Concept by Raphael Laloux

75M Hybrid Superyacht Concept by Raphael Laloux

If you were to design a superyacht for yourself, what would it be like?

I would design a sailing yacht, with a modern and minimalist design inside and out. It would be in harmony with its surrounding environment and offer natural light in all the living areas thanks to the presence of numerous bay windows.

This year Show Boat Design Awards named you as Young Designer of the Year. Can you tell us more about the competition?

The Young Designer of the Year competition is open to all young designers and naval architects under 25 years old. After having completed the entry form online, I received an email brief and drawing of the hull. I was then required to act as a project manager in a superyacht design studio, meeting the potential client. Based on that, I had to provide an exterior and interior design with a realistic layout. It is important to keep in mind that the result was not just a styling exercise but a practical ‘outline design’. All the designs were then judged by an international team of elite superyacht designers.

65m Atlantic superyacht concept by Raphael Laloux

65m Atlantic superyacht concept by Raphael Laloux

Is this the first award you’d applied for?

No, I competed for this award three times. The first time was in 2011 with Stéphane Zache (Young Designer Finalist in 2010); we had to propose our own vision of a futuristic yacht. We answered this with a 75m hybrid; a yacht with prospective concepts, very interesting as the guest cabins are able to be removed, enabling the guests to enjoy the coves.

The second time was in 2013 with the design of Atlantic; I was a finalist. The subject was to answer to a very specific request from the owner, to design a 65m explorer yacht reflecting his passion for sports cars. The result was mega yacht Atlantic, in reference to the Bugatti Atlantic and to the ocean; a yacht that was designed as a sports car, offering innovative living spaces facing the sea.

The third time I entered was this year, where I won the Young Designer of the Year Award for Symphony. The client, a famous classic conductor, asked for a yacht based on a SWATH platform, for him to discover the world with his wife, children and grandchildren. My answer was Symphony which characterised a harmonious combination of elements that respected her surrounding environment. The prevailing feature of the design is an architectural promenade that defines the exterior design and interior layout of the yacht and allows guests to explore all family activities at leisure.

Where do you see yourself in the future?

For now, I would like to find a master who can teach me his knowledge and help me gain experience during the next few years. When I have enough experience I would like to open my own yacht design company.

Do you have any advice for budding superyacht designers?

My advice would be to enter the Show Boat Design Awards, Young Designer of the Year award as it is a great way to show competences in answering specific requests, being realistic and not proposing only “dream boats”. It is also a good opportunity to gain visibility with elite superyacht designers.

What can go wrong and how do you work around that?

Nowadays, yachts are quite similar; the yacht industry does not push us to be creative and is seen as being quite conservative. However, the yacht is an object tailor made for its owner and therefore they should all be unique. I always start a project with a blank page, but before that, I try to guess what the owner would want and how to create a design that perfectly answers his/her expectations and desires.

What are the biggest challenges yacht designers face in your industry?

I think that the biggest challenge we face today is to be able to interpret and answer clients’ desires whilst surprising them with unexpected attentions. This approach aims at designing a unique and tailor-made yacht which transmits the image the client wishes to reflect.

New Cantiere delle Marche Exclusive Dealer for Range of Explorer Yachts in the USA

July 28, 2014

As a result of several months of a close and successful collaboration, which has already brought the sale of a motor yacht Darwin Class 102’ (formerly 96’) and the signature of one letter of intent on a Darwin Class 96’ yacht, Cantiere delle Marche is delighted to announce that it has confirmed his trust in Denison Yacht Sales as the perfect partner to make the Darwin Class as well as the Nauta Air yachts a key reference point also in the American market.

Darwin Class 96 Yacht

Darwin Class 96 Yacht

Vasco Buonpensiere, Sales and Marketing Director, says: ”There is no doubt about the need for Cantiere delle Marche to have someone who transfers our values, mission and vision on a daily basis in the US market. The combined knowledge, experience and enthusiasm of Alex together with Bob Denison is a sure formula to make things happen in the United States. Beside a strong marketing plan, we are also working on a dedicated range of vessels which are engineered and designed exclusively for the American market, after having interviewed more than 250 potential CdM yacht’s owners in the US. This wouldn’t have been possible without such an experienced and proactive partner”.

The award-winning Italian Shipyard, which – in three years and a half – has outperformed all his competitors with its two explorer ranges of yachts (Darwin Class and Nauta Air), will bring two of the seven boats under to the 2015 American Boat Shows (Miami and Fort Lauderdale).

Nauta Air 86 Yacht YOLO at launch

Nauta Air 86 Yacht YOLO at launch

Alex G. Clarke confirms the positive energy which surrounds this new cooperation between CdM and Denison Yacht Sales: ‘The appointment of Denison Super Yacht Division as the exclusive North American representative for Cantiere delle Marche is the culmination of 5+ years of building relationships with the CEO Ennio Cecchini who I consider a personal friend, as well as Naval Architect Sergio Cutolo who is responsible for the highly successful Darwin line of yachts, and of course Vasco Buonpensiere who I feel is the heart & soul of the shipyard. American buyers have pioneered the explorer style vessels, and I am confident that the Cantiere delle Marche brand will be a huge success in the USA and we are honored to be a part of building this great future with CdM.’

Bob Denison, founder and President of DYS strongly believes in the success of CDM in the North American Market and declares: “The Denison team is thrilled to be representing CdM in North America. As a grandson, a nephew, and a son of aluminum boat builders here in the U.S., this product is very special to me personally. I strongly believe in the CdM and can’t wait to introduce the American market to the product.”

Gabriele Virgili, Chairman of Cantiere delle Marche, confirms: ”Alex’s approach to our products and our Shipyard is unbelievable: it is like he has been part of our organization since the beginning. His commitment towards the clients, his professionality and precision when it comes to the most delicate stages of the negotiations are really commendable. I am sure that we will soon move up from our one-sale-every-90-days average performance thanks to this partnership”.

Ever since its foundation, Cantiere delle Marche has set out to distinguish itself, widen its strategies to an international range of clients and focussing on top building quality, a wide standard spec and unique explorer yacht products. Each ship, produced in only a limited number of units, guarantees sturdy, seaworthy performance, combined with low fuel consumption and stunning volumes. The Darwin Class and the Nauta Air Explorer Yachts are considered “niche within a niche” boats as they combine the luxury specifications of a super yacht with the size of a steel hulled mini-ship designed for long range use, at an average speed of 10 knots, for every yacht passionate who is looking for ocean going, long range, overengineered explorer yachts capable of remaining at sea for months at a time, with ranges up to 7000 Miles.

New motor yacht CHEOY LEE 150 design by Cheoy Lee and Jon Overing

July 24, 2014

The exciting new next generation motor yacht CHEOY LEE 150 design represents the latest collaboration between Jon Overing Yacht Design and Cheoy Lee Shipyards. Superyacht CHEOY LEE 150 concept is offered in steel hull with aluminium superstructure or steel hull and composite superstructure construction.

New superyacht CHEOY LEE 150 design - Image credit to 2014 Cheoy Lee Shipyards Overing Yacht Designs

New superyacht CHEOY LEE 150 design - Image credit to 2014 Cheoy Lee Shipyards/Overing Yacht Designs

Built on a slightly smaller version of the proven 50 meter fast-displacement hull, the luxury yacht CHEOY LEE 150 offers excellent performance with astounding range and economy.

Following the prescience set by Cheoy Lee with their Marco Polo and Mazu explorers, the new Cheoy Lee 150 yacht also features a single main engine (Cat 3512) and Schottel controllable pitch propeller. For redundancy, a diesel driven Schottel Pump-Jet is installed forward to serve as a fully azimuthing bow thruster and a “get-home” secondary propulsion system.

Fuel capacity on the new CHEOY LEE 150 superyacht design is increased to 25,000 U.S. gallons (94,625 liters). The increased fuel capacity combined with the highly efficient fast-displacement hull will push the calculated range up to 10,000 NM at 9-10 knots and around 6,000 NM at 12 knots with a top speed of 14.5 to 15 knots with the standard Caterpillar 3512C “B” rating.

Designed and built with the mindset of a commercial ship, super yacht CHEOY LEE 150 is a highly efficient, very low maintenance motoryacht that is built for extended world cruising outfitted with ultra reliable machinery and equipment.

The CHEOY LEE 150 yacht offers one of the best values on the market today with competitive pricing and a build time of just 24 months. She is fully classed to ABS/MCA.

Growing popularity of Singapore as superyacht hub in Asia

July 23, 2014

In a recent interview with superyacht directory Yachting Pages, Y H Fang, managing director of leading yacht services company Yachting Singapore, explained how the glamorous Singapore yacht charter destination, nestled in Southeast Asia, has seen visits from some of the world’s finest superyachts due to its growing popularity.

Luxury motor yacht anchored in the beautiful Singapore yacht holiday location

Luxury motor yacht anchored in the beautiful Singapore yacht holiday location

Singapore is ever expanding in the world of superyachts and can now offer luxury yachts and their crew, a range of facilities, services and other advantages according to Yachting Singapore.

Fang commented, “Business in Singapore has been growing around 20% annually over the last three years. We have worked on many luxury yachts including charter yacht Cloud 9, charter yacht TV and charter yacht Big Fish providing a range of works including anything from engineering works to carpet cleaning.”

Singapore now boasts a range of high quality refit and repair facilities and can accommodate some of the world’s largest superyachts. There are three marinas in Singapore that are suitable for superyachts: Raffles Marina (RM), One15 Marina Club (One15) and Marina at Keppel Bay (MKB). RM was officially opened in 1994 and prior to that, Singapore only had small yacht clubs, sailing clubs and boatels. One15 and MKB both started in 1997. Since then, the marinas and facilities have continued to expand in order to offer superyachts a high standard of facilities.

A lovely Singapore yacht rental location, nestled in Southeast Asia

A lovely Singapore yacht rental location, nestled in Southeast Asia

Fang explained, “Historically, Singapore has been a transhipment centre with one of the busiest ports in the world. There is a huge workforce involved in the marine sector with a well-established ship building and repair industry. There are at least five medium sized shipyards with docking facility for yachts up to 120m and three well managed marinas for berthing and afloat repairs.

“Regional distribution and service centres for major brands have set up shops here. In addition, Singapore is the regional aviation base with a repair and overhaul facility for helicopters. Parts arriving via sea or air are normally cleared within 48hrs because of the efficient logistic support and clear and concise custom procedure (only liquor, tobacco, motor vehicles and petroleum products are dutiable when importing to Singapore).”

As well as the growing industry and repair facilities, Singapore is also an attractive tourist destination for captains and crew.

Fang commented, “Singapore is a modern city offering a clean, safe environment. There is also full transparency when working with government agencies. Air hub connectivity and budget airlines also mean that crews can visit exotic places like Borobudur in Indonesia and Angkor Wat in Cambodia with less than a three hour flight time. That gives crews plenty to do while in Singapore.”

Fang also explained how Singapore still faces challenges from other destinations, which are perceived to be cheaper than Singapore, “We are still facing the stereotype that the cost of works completed in Singapore is more costly than Thailand and Malaysia alternatives. It’s also a challenge in educating new Asian yacht owners on the operation and maintenance of their new found interests.”

Video: 42m motor yacht THE BIG BLUE in New Zealand

July 23, 2014

NZ Marine has released an amazing video, showing the 42-metre Troy motor yacht The Big Blue (ex Imbros), while cruising the azure waters of the breath-taking New Zealand yacht charter destination. Created with the help of the Destination New Zealand initiative, the video provides an inside look at the adventure that awaits superyacht owners and luxury yacht charterers, when they reach New Zealand shores. With a surprise around every headland, this is one for the wanderers, the explorers and for those who demand more from their leisure time. The video has been created with generous input of the Mayer family – the owners of superyacht The Big Blue – in partnership with Tourism New Zealand.

Inagural Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup world solar boat championship a Huge Success

July 16, 2014

The smell of success is cascading throughout the fabulous Monaco yacht charter destination, positioned in the Western Mediterranean, following the completion of the very first Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup world solar boat championship.

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014

Three days of exciting festivities, filmed by Eurosport, attracted 24 teams from all over the world. The first Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup was held at the new Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM) which was designed by Lord Norman Foster. The core foundation of racing participants was made up of international university and college students who travelled from destinations from as far afield as the USA and Russia.

These futuristic vessels were designed and built by these young engineers who competed in 1 of 3 classes. Theses were A Class, Open Class and V20 and teams raced in fleet race, slalom and one-on-one sprints in front of the Principality, which was watched with great interest by passers-by and YCM members.

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup hosted by Yacht Club de Monaco

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup hosted by Yacht Club de Monaco

Champions of the event were the Dutch who pulled off a double, winning the Open Class (the most innovative, as there is only one restriction – the length – 8m or less) and in the A class (maximum length 6m and four solar panels). The Russian Team, Beluga, Powered by Synergy won the one-design V20 class (designed to plane on foils). Finally the Monegasques, who were the only team from the Mediterranean basin, took third in their Nakhimov Racing boat driven by Gianmarco Casiraghi, the son of Marco Casiraghi. Marco himself also played an extremely large role in the vision of the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup.

Aside from racing, the on land activities never stopped. The stimulating solar conference attracted a range of speakers ranging from top universities and engineering businesses to extraordinary naval architects like Vripack, the technical partners for the Solar1 Cup 2014. This event drew in a variety of people of all ages, enthusiasts and curious passer-by’s alike. Solar1 guaranteed that this event was appreciated by one and all, with activities ranging from a live DJ playing right in the paddock to a children’s solar boat competition. This took place in the new YCM swimming pool, where 25 children from 5-14 participated in a miniature solar powered boat race to mimic that of the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup.

PlanetSolar at Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup

PlanetSolar at Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup

If that was not enough for this outstanding and successful event, Solar1 attracted the unique 30m PlanetSolar catamaran. VIP’s, teams and publics were able to view the highly powerful racing right from the top deck surrounded by 512m2 of photovoltaic panels with Gérard d’Aboville, Captain of PlanetSolar.

“We had a fantastic collection of boats here in Monaco! It’s fantastic to see this bright new generation bringing their knowledge to the development of this energy of the future. I am full of admiration for the ingenuity and creativity of the teams, some of whom are only 18. It’s a bold challenge but above all a message of hope for the future. The technology on trial today – and not without its risks – will one day, I hope, become the norm in the leisure boat sector.”

To top off this exquisite event Solar1 received a little thank you at the closing dinner from HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II of Monaco, President of the YCM, whose commitment to preserving the planet is well known through his eponymous foundation.

Inaugural Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup

Inaugural Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup

“Thanks to your ingenuity, your technical skills and scientific knowledge, you have shown that solar-powered propulsion is a very promising solution for the future – which I hope will be developed and applied in the leisure boat industry on larger vessels. It gives me great pride to see our Principality reviving a golden age, remembering that in 1904 the first power-boat races held here made a significant contribution to the development of the combustion engine. Monaco remains at the forefront of new technologies in the motor-boat sector.”

Appreciation and recognition must also be given to the Solar1 Partners and Sponsors, as this 1st year event would not have accomplished the level of success that it did with out them. Partners included; Yacht Club de Monaco, Vripack, Eurosport, UIM, PlanetSolar, Hill Dickinson, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Direction de tourism et des Congres, Oikos. Sponsors included; Orsto, Fairmont Monte Carlo, Green TV, Boat International, Wajer & Wajer, Super Yacht Times, WeWi, Nahkimov, Beluga, Enphase Energy, The Sun Factory, Rviera Magazine and RIB & HSC – High Speed Craft Directory.

“It was a fabulous event and the fact they were able to bring their various clients from across Europe to meet in a single venue of this standard and involved in such a great couple of days was a huge success for them”. Joanne Pochet, West/Central Europe Field Marketing Manager for Enphase Energy. The departure from Quai Louis II of the PlanetSolar catamaran signalled the end of an epic 3 days of racing. As she made her way out to sea she was followed by the blazing horns of her fellow vessels showing their appreciation for the 1st ever race for boats powered by the sun on the open sea in the Mediterranean.

“This is not only an event which will be repeated but an event created to change opinions and impact the minds of the now and the future.” Sergei Dobroserdov, CEO of Solar 1, the driving force behind Solar1.

Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup 2014 Wrap Up

July 14, 2014

The departure from Quai Louis II of the impressive 30-metre catamaran PlanetSolar, boasting 512m2 of photovoltaic panels, marked the end of the inaugural Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup. The recently concluded event was the first race destined for boats powered by the sun, which was held on the open sea in the fabulous Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Monaco.

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup and PlanetSolar @Franck Terlin

Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup and PlanetSolar @Franck Terlin

“The solar energy industry is expanding fast and those involved in the luxury yacht industry are very interested in its development,” comments Sergei Dobroserdov, CEO of Solar 1, the instigator for this project alongside the Yacht Club de Monaco. The Monaco Club, which benefits from the expertise of Marco Casiraghi, wanted this meeting dedicated to the new generation to be the first international event organised in its new premises which were inaugurated on the 20th of June 2014.

Three days of festivities attracted 25 teams from international universities, mainly northern Europe and the United States. The futuristic vessels designed and built by these young engineers competed in a fleet race, slalom races and one-on-one challenges in front of the Principality, watched with great interest by passers-by and YCM members.

Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup and PlanetSolar @Franck Terlin

Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup and PlanetSolar @Franck Terlin

Congratulations to the Dutch who pulled off a double, winning the Open Class (the most innovative, as there is only one restriction – the length – 8m or less) and in the A class (maximum length 6m and four solar panels). The Russian Team Beluga Powered by Synergy won the one-design V20 class (designed to plane on foils), while the Monegasques, who were the only team from the Mediterranean basin, took third in their Nakhimov Racing boat driven by Gianmarco Casiraghi.

“We had a fantastic collection of boats here in Monaco! Some of them even had foils. It’s the first time I’ve seen this technology on solar boats,” observed Gérard d’Aboville, Captain of PlanetSolar, jury boat and guest of honour which was open to the public to come aboard. “As the largest solar-powered boat in the world, PlanetSolar has its place alongside these smaller craft which will one day be big. It’s fantastic to see this bright new generation bringing their knowledge to the development of this energy of the future.”

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup @Solar1

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup @Solar1

As well as providing a futuristic spectacle on the water, the meeting was a laboratory for solar energy.  “I am full of admiration for the ingenuity and creativity of the teams, some of whom are only 18. It’s a bold challenge but above all a message of hope for the future. The technology on trial today – and not without its risks – will one day, I hope, become the norm in the leisure boat sector.”

At the closing dinner, HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II, President of the YCM, whose commitment to preserving the planet is well known through his eponymous foundation, warmly congratulated all the teams: “Thanks to your ingenuity, your technical skills and scientific knowledge, you have shown that solar-powered propulsion is a very promising solution for the future – which I hope will be developed and applied in the leisure boat industry on larger vessels. It gives me great pride to see our Principality reviving a golden age, remembering that in 1904 the first power-boat races held here made a significant contribution to the development of the combustion engine. Monaco remains at the forefront of new technologies in the motor-boat sector.”

New 44m motor yacht POSEIDON concept unveiled by Rossinavi

July 14, 2014

Following the striking 48m Palladium yacht concept, Rossinavi is now proud to unveil the new 44-metre motor yacht Poseidon concept. Superyacht Poseidon concept is a beautiful and robust explorer, with both exterior as well as interior design by Team For Design – Enrico Gobbi.

44m superyacht Poseidon concept unveiled by Rossinavi

44m superyacht Poseidon concept unveiled by Rossinavi

Comments from Federico Rossi, Rossinavi COO: “Poseidon is designed as a “go-anywhere exploration yacht” and the construction in Ice Class 1B permits this yacht to navigate in areas where it’s likely to encounter floating ice. The main impact of this ice class is the reinforced “ice belt” around the hull able to resist impact loads even greater than 55 tonnes per square metre. The entire yacht project contain all aspects of this specific regulation under the technical point of view, emphasizing the right relevance to specific needs in navigation systems, comforts and  living spaces.

Poseidon yacht concept from above

Poseidon yacht concept from above

The explorer style 44m luxury yacht Poseidon concept from the pen of the designer Enrico Gobbi and his TEAM FOR DESIGN pool in Venice absolutely oozes personality. Poseidon is a luxury 44 metre, aluminium, four-deck expedition vessel-inspired motoryacht.

Gobbi’s intent was to design a robust, ultra-safe and powerful, comfortable round the world cruising yacht. lts style is described by Enrico Gobbi as “military and luxury” with aesthetic details recalling the automotive design, and overall lines that are very architectural. The semi displacement vessel offers a fantastic 10,000-mile range, extreme functionality and absolutely unbeatable seafaring prowess.

Luxury explorer yacht Poseidon concept - aft view

Luxury explorer yacht Poseidon concept - aft view

Poseidon 44m yacht is finished to an impeccable standard of comfort: its bright, spacious and luxurious interiors ensure an ongoing  contact with the sea and the sky.

The designer Enrico Gobbi, in fact, pursued the intent to create a project without distinction between the design of exterior and interior spaces . The continuous dialogue between these is emphasized by the 8 vertical windows on both sides of the main deck that give great light inside the formal dining area and gym, and not least by the semicircular “glass house” master suite on the upper deck that guarantees to the Owner a splendid view over the sea. Furthermore a wide V shape kink has been designed on the hull in correspondence with the main deck saloon,  both port and starboard, in order to allow the widest possible panoramic view from the interior of the lounge area.

Poseidon superyacht concept - Decks

Poseidon superyacht concept - Decks

The most stunning detail of the Poseidon superyacht although is it’s stylish stern with a fantastic enclosed pool and beach area. The glass pool located aft has a diamond-cut bottom edge just above the yacht name showing through the water; a detail that guarantees a “wow” effect when the stern platform is open in the “beach” configuration. The main deck cockpit also has a large dining table for all the yacht’s guests, and a sitting area with sun pads adjacent the pool. Another sun area is located on the fly deck, with sun beds, lounge sofas and a fully equipped exterior bar. The external decks of Poseidon have plenty of space for enjoying the outside thanks to the various configurations of sitting, lounge, dining and sun areas, and the Master has his own private exterior lounge area on the upper deck.

The interior style of the Poseidon yacht is characterized by a compromise of  modem lines, brought to an essential minimalism and accompanied by precious coating materials, which definitely gives the rooms a high quality of elegance and luxury. The elegance of the interior areas is emphasized by the use of furniture and decorative objects belonging to the Armani Home collection (armchairs, wooden loose furniture, table lamps, textiles).

Luxury yacht Poseidon - Exterior

Luxury yacht Poseidon - Exterior

The most used materials are dark wengé wood, used and calibrated to carry out the major and most important furnishings, in combination with textiles in various gradations of grey and dove color (all textiles belonging to the Armani Home collection) used for wall coverings, decorative cushions and bedspreads. In certain significant parts, rooms have been preciously decorated with walls covered in white onyx, which has then been backlit to create unique atmospheres of light. The main furniture parts designed for interior areas are loose objects, detached from walls, often suspended (as far example the Owner’s bed) and always emphasized by a diffused indirect light.

The naval architecture and marine engineering of the explorer yacht Poseidon has been developed by Arrabito Naval Architects, who have studied particularly efficient hull lines able to run in low consumption long range, but also to reach higher top speeds than an usual full displacement explorer vessel.

Motor yacht Poseidon concept - Top View

Motor yacht Poseidon concept - Top View

With the standard engines option (C32 Acert Caterpillar 2x 1300 bhp) the 44m expedition yacht Poseidon will reach a top speed of about 17 kn, while with the optional propulsive solution of MTU  16v2000M94 (2×1936 kw) the top speed will be of about 20 kn (cruise speed of 17 kn).

The hull, decks and superstructure of luxury yacht Poseidon will be totally built in Marine Grade Aluminium, the idea is that both hull and superstructure could be light grey color recalling a Marine vessel.

The structural calculation will be aided with finite element methods (F.E.M.) to guarantee the lightest and stiffest explorer vessel in its own category.

TECHNICAL DATA OF PROJECT POSEIDON 44m YACHT

Length Overall: 43.85m

Maximum Beam: 8.9m

Draft: 2.12m

Gross Tonnage: approx. 500 GT

Engines: 2 x Caterpillar C32 Acert (1300 bhp each)

Top Speed: 16/17 kn

Cruising Speed: 14 kn

Material: hull, decks and superstructure in Aluminium 5083 H321

INTERNAL  DISTRIBUTION

OWNER’S AND GUEST: 8 ( 1 OWNER’S SUITE + 3 DOUBLE GUEST CABINS)

CREW: 7 ( 1 CAPTAIN + 6 CREW MEMBERS )

Exterior and interior design: TEAM FOR DESIGN – ENRICO GOBBI