Expedition Yachts Luxury Yacht & Superyacht News

73m explorer motor yacht LEGEND (ex Giant) to be converted into a luxury charter yacht by ICON Yachts

September 17, 2014

ICON Yachts have been commissioned to complete the conversion of the 73m (240’) explorer motor yacht Legend (ex Giant). Diana Yacht Design is finalizing the design for the transformation of Legend yacht. She is a fully classified Class 1 icebreaking ship, which will be converted into a luxury charter yacht, capable of carrying 30 guests, without losing her safety and strength as an icebreaker. The vessel was originally constructed to the highest specifications by the IHC Holland shipyard.

73m (240') explorer motor yacht Legend (ex Giant) to be converted by ICON Yachts

73m (240') explorer motor yacht Legend (ex Giant) to be converted into a luxury charter yacht by ICON Yachts

Alongside the completion of the technical and system upgrades of this magnificent Icebreaker, extensive modifications to her exterior will be made. The stern will be extended by 3.6 metres and will be equipped with a swim platform and a swimming pool. The helicopter landing pad will be commercially certified and a submarine will be stored in a garage on the forward deck.

The Legend yacht project is being managed by Verkerk Yachting Projects, the design and the engineering is performed by DIANA Yacht Design and she will be fully Lloyds certified. (Solas passenger yacht 30 pax )

Explorer yacht Legend will be used for adventurous luxury yacht charters in the remote areas of the world, such as Antarctica, Greenland and the North Pole.

New 24m Drettmann Explorer 24 yacht taking shape

September 16, 2014

German builder, Drettmann Yachts, has proudly announced that the construction of the new 24-metre Drettmann Explorer 24 yacht goes towards its completion. The steel hull and aluminium superstructure of the 24m superyacht DEY 24 have been successfully joined together.

Drettmann DEY 24 Yacht taking shape

Drettmann DEY 24 Yacht taking shape

For the many interested parties who had attended the “Boot” in 2013, it is a happy message. Above all the 24 meter model is the first one of a whole fleet of 27-, 32-, 37-, and 45 meter-Drettmann-Yachts which are continuously realized in close future. An event is the wedding also, because no other yacht serves so many innovations like this latest development from the house Drettmann.

Hull and superstructure of superyacht DEY 24 joined together

Hull and superstructure of superyacht DEY 24 joined together

Already the manufacturing location is a novelty: after many years Drettmann Yachts works together for the first time again with a European partner, the Dutch Acico Yachts, one shipyard with a worldwide good reputation and high qualified employee’s and guarantor for high quality standard, which is accustomed by Drettmann. In late 2014 this work will be completed and the amazement begins. For example about the versatility of the DEY. The Exterior design of Drettmann and Focus Yachts Design appears masculine, sporty and created for long excursions on the sea in the deep south or in the high north, for water and diving sport. Additional offers the impressive big beach club with spa freedom of movement, which invites to bath, to surf and jet skiing or to chill, or the attractive lounge landscape, with bar and sunbathing area directly on the water.

Rendering of the 24m Drettmann Explorer 24 Yacht

Rendering of the 24m Drettmann Explorer 24 Yacht

Further highlights on board the 24m DEY 24 yacht are the impressive large eating and living area on the main deck or 54 square meter fly bridge deck with outside steering position, two sofa areas, bar and BBQ. As outside so inside: also here an unusually luxuriant space offer, as it was not seen in this first-class yet. The exclusive, clear and creative interior design of Claudia Drettmann and Birgit Schnaase enforced the impression of comfort and courtesy and give the DEY her own special flair.

DEY24 Yacht - side view

DEY24 Yacht - side view

New power ahead

As a real revolution in progress is optimized the diesel-electric POD drive of the DEY.  A technical innovation, which affects positive at different areas on board, be it rides comfort, maneuverability, and energy consumption or vibration behavior. Not to forget the room layout, which thanks to the innovative, quite new space saving drive system, until now unthinkable possibilities arise. The yacht can be steered simply by joystick, the energy efficiency is increased and oscillations are considerably damped. The machine room is placed decentralized with this mode of drive, underfloor in the foreship. This gives new clearances on lower cover and short ways from the guest cabins to the beach club and from the sea. With these and many other special features steers Explorer directly in new high first-class. The same is also valid for this company Drettmann himself.

Aboard super yacht DEY 24

Aboard super yacht DEY 24

DEY 24 Yacht - Exterior

DEY 24 Yacht - Exterior

With the Explorer Yachts – another 32 meters long superyacht DEY 32 is just in the removal phase – a promising series which would be allowed to do many yacht friends being convincing with their many advantages and intelligent innovations has originated. “We are very delighted about the positive resonance which has received our new Explorer series already in the forefront. Thereby, it is important to us, not only yachts in different lengthen, but also to offer absolute custom-solutions. We move, what customers wish. Always with interesting news, but always in well-known quality”, explains the head of the company Albert Drettmann.

45m Rhoades Young Explorer Yacht Concept

September 16, 2014

Rhoades Young Design are pleased to announce their latest 45m Rhoades Young explorer yacht concept. Featuring  a ‘business like’ profile, the 45m Rhoades Young modern expedition yacht boasts a fantastic Owner’s Deck, which incorporates a forward facing bedroom and terrace, study, lounge and private aft deck.

45m Rhoades Young Yacht Concept - Profile and Deckplan

45m Rhoades Young Yacht Concept - Profile and Deckplan

The Top Deck of the 45m Rhoades Young Motor Yacht houses the spacious bridge; a sky deck with jacuzzi and snug area for guests.

The Upper Deck of the 45m Rhoades Young Yacht is completely secluded from other guests and is reserved totally for the Owner. The combination of a forward facing cabin, with access to a private fore deck area, en suite facilities with shower and bath, a study, private lounge and dining and a spacious aft deck ensure that the Owner has space, luxury and total privacy.

45m Rhoades Young Yacht Concept - General Arrangement

45m Rhoades Young Yacht Concept - General Arrangement

The Main Deck of the 45m Rhoades Young superyacht has accommodation for 8 further guests in four double cabins, all with ensuite facilities. There is excellent room inside for formal dining and a luxurious aft saloon, leading out to an amazing and vast aft deck with jacuzzi.

The Lower Deck of the 45m Rhoades Young luxury yacht has an aft beach club, which is easily accessed from the aft Main Deck, including a sauna/steam room and plenty of space for tenders and toys. The Lower Deck also houses the crew of 10 in three doubles and two twin bunk rooms.  The crew mess and main galley are also located here with easy access to the engine room, freezers and storage.

Each deck of the 45m Rhoades Young explorer yacht has a day head and pantry and crew circulation is kept separate from the main guest staircase by means of a crew-dedicated stairway.

Exterior Design: Rhoades Young Design
Interior Architect: Rhoades Young Design

36m Royal Huisman Motor Yacht ARCADIA visits Dun Laoghaire Marina in Dublin

September 08, 2014

Paal Janson CMM, the General Manager of the Dun Laoghaire Marina, has sent us the below photo of the striking Royal Huisman Motor Yacht Arcadia visiting the Dublin marina located in Dublin, located in the beautiful yacht charter location Ireland.

36m Royal Huisman superyacht ARCADIA at Dun Laoghaire Marine in Dublin, Ireland

36m Royal Huisman superyacht ARCADIA at Dun Laoghaire Marine in Dublin, Ireland

“We are currently very excited to accommodate the beautiful M/Y Arcadia. This Royal Huisman built superyacht is particularly impressive, having successfully navigated the Northwest Passage and is now berthed in Dun Laoghaire Marina, Dublin where the owners and crew are sampling the local culinary and cultural hotspots, as well as taking advantage of the easy access to Dublin airport.” said Paal Janson.

Luxury yacht ARCADIA is a 36-metre Classic Motor Yacht featuring naval architecture by Tony Castro and interior styling by Rhoades Young Design. She was delivered in 2006 and represents a long rage vessel, with excellent engineering, immaculate details and construction to last a lifetime. All her fine detailing is encapsulated in an unobtrusive but elegant and compact envelope.

Dun Laoghaire Marina is located in the historic harbour of Dun Laoghaire, positioned on the southern shore of Dublin Bay.

PlanetSolar ends her 2014 campaign today and starts searching for new owner

September 04, 2014

Today, September 4, 2014, in the popular Italy yacht charter destination – Venice, saw PlanerSolar end her 2014 campaign, launched in Boulogne-sur-Mer in France on April 13. This 9,000 kilometer trip, spread out over 5 months of navigation, featured stops in Atalayoun in Morocco, Monaco, as well as Greece, where the ship transformed into a scientific platform as part of the “TerraSubmersa” archeological expedition, led by the University of Geneva (UNIGE). Once again, the largest solar-powered ship ever built showed she could be used for concrete goals, and thus reaffirmed her position as a multi-functional tool and formidable communication platform. Now at her peak, the ship seeks a new owner.

PlanetSolar in the popular Italy yacht holiday location - Venice © PlanetSolar

PlanetSolar in the popular Italy yacht holiday location - Venice © PlanetSolar

PlanetSolar’s 2014 campaign ends today, on a high note. Through the course of these past 5 months, the largest solar-powered ship in the world has reaffirmed her position as a multi-functional tool, and has definitively confirmed her incredibly important use as a scientific platform, launched in 2013.

During 8 stops spread out along a 9,000 kilometer route, the solar-powered boat met with the public and carried out her mission of promoting solar energy. The high point of this 2014 campaign was the “TerraSubmersa” scientific expedition, which took place in Greece during the month of August. Carried out by the University of Geneva (UNIGE), this mission aimed to explore the prehistoric landscapes that have been swallowed up by the waters of the Kiladha Bay, in order to reconstruct them and identify potential traces of human activity.

PlanetSolar in Venice, Italy © PlanetSolar

PlanetSolar in Venice, Italy © PlanetSolar

Thanks to a partnership with Vento di Venezia (VdV), the organization responsible for promoting the Island of Certosa (Venice), PlanetSolar will spend the winter in the Serene Republic. During this period, which will last until May 2015, VdV and PlanetSolar will jointly organize public visits and private events. To celebrate the end of her campaign, a series of activities will be organized around the boat from September 4 to September 9.

PlanetSolar seeks a new owner

The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar adventures have been due to the Stroeher family (boat owner), a German family that is passionate about solar technologies, and has been operating behind the scenes since the start of the project.

PlanetSolar - upview © PlanetSolar

PlanetSolar - upview © PlanetSolar

“The goal was on the one hand to conceptualize an idea that could prove the effectiveness of solar technology, and would help promote and develop that sector. On the other hand, we also wanted to demonstrate that beyond her technical prowess, the ship could be used for concrete, useful goals,” explains Immo Stroeher, the family’s patriarch. The businessman’s financial investment, as well as his significant personal engagement, has allowed PlanetSolar to go much further than a single trip around the world, in creating a durable enterprise that now allows the ship to be used for concrete goals.

Aerial view of PlanetSolar in Venice © PlanetSolar

Aerial view of PlanetSolar in Venice © PlanetSolar

“The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, winner of 6 Guinness World RecordsTM, not only completed the first solar-powered voyage around the world, but has also successfully carried out two unique scientific missions in 2013 and 2014, both of which were punctuated with prestigious stops during which countless visitors were able to visit the interior workings of the ship! Today, we are very proud to note that after the success of her voyage around the world, PlanetSolar has undergone a perfect transformation, carrying out not only scientific missions, but also serving as a powerful tool of communication thanks to the enthusiasm she generates at each stop. Our expectations have been exceeded, and it is time for us to retire, and pass this unique ship on to a new owner,” Immo Stroeher concluded.

Video and photos from launch of 107m Expedition Yacht Support Vessel – Motor Yacht ULYSSES at Kleven

September 03, 2014

August 30, 2014, at Kleven Verft in Ulsteinvik, Norway, was marked by the launch of the robust and impressive 107m expedition yacht support vessel – Motor Yacht ULYSSES - build no. 366. Scheduled for delivery in the spring of 2015, the outstanding 107m superyacht ULYSSES has been designed by the Norwegian ship design company, Marin Teknikk. Below is a video showing the launch, produced by Fuglefjellet AS and released by Kleven.

The 107m high specification luxury yacht support vessel build no. 366 is designed especially for long expeditions in rough waters, and blends a robust, hard-working character with luxurious added extras. It was a landmark new contract for shipbuilder Kleven, which has a solid track record when it comes to building large and advanced offshore vessels, when it was announced in April 2013.

Launch of the 107m Kleven superyacht support vessel build no. 366

Launch of the 107m Kleven superyacht support vessel build no. 366 - motor yacht ULYSSES - Image credit to Kleven

107m Kleven yacht support vessel build no. 366 hitting the water

107m Kleven yacht support vessel - build no. 366 - Motor Yacht ULYSSES hitting the water - Image credit to Kleven

107m Kleven expedition yacht support vessel build no. 366

107m Kleven Exlorer Yacht ULYSSES - Image credit to Kleven

Latest photos of CdM Nauta Air 86′ YOLO Yacht

August 27, 2014

Cantiere delle Marche (CdM) has recently released the latest photos of the brand new Nauta Air 86’ YOLO yacht, being put through her paces. To be displayed at next month’s Cannes Yachting Festival, the striking 86-foot motor yacht YOLO (“You Only Live Once”) is a robust and elegant Nauta Air 86′ explorer, beautifully designed by Mario Pedol and Massimo Gino of Nauta Yacht Design.

CdM Nauta Air 86 explorer yacht YOLO - Photo by Maurizio Paradisi

CdM Nauta Air 86 explorer yacht YOLO - Photo by Maurizio Paradisi

Luxury motor yacht YOLO - side view - Photo by Maurizio Paradisi

Luxury motor yacht YOLO - side view - Photo by Maurizio Paradisi

Luxury yacht YOLO - side view - Photo by Maurizio Paradisi

Luxury yacht YOLO - side view - Photo by Maurizio Paradisi

YOLO Yacht - front view - Photo by Maurizio Paradisi

YOLO Yacht - front view - Photo by Maurizio Paradisi

Super yacht YOLO - aft view - Photo by Maurizio Paradisi

Super yacht YOLO - aft view - Photo by Maurizio Paradisi

YOLO superyacht - aft view - Photo by Maurizio Paradisi

YOLO superyacht - aft view - Photo by Maurizio Paradisi

Luxury explorer yacht YOLO - Photo by Maurizio Paradisi

Luxury explorer yacht YOLO - Photo by Maurizio Paradisi

Cantiere delle Marche to attend Cannes Yachting Festival with YOLO and PERCHERON Yachts on display

August 27, 2014

Italian shipyard, Cantiere delle Marche (CdM), will be attending next month’s Cannes Yachting Festival, running in the breath-taking French Riviera yacht charter destination – Cannes from September 9 to 14. The company will be showcasing the all-new Nauta Air 86’ motor yacht YOLO, as well as the Darwin Class 86’ superyacht Percheron.

CdM Nauta Air 86 motor yacht YOLO at launch

CdM Nauta Air 86 luxury yacht YOLO at launch

The all-new 2014 superyacht YOLO (“You Only Live Once”) is a robust and elegant Nauta Air 86′ explorer, superbly penned by Mario Pedol and Massimo Gino of Nauta Yacht Design. YOLO mixes up durable substance, seaworthy performance and low fuel consumption with airy, contemporary design, wide exterior space and surprising volumes.

Darwin Class 86 superyacht Percheron by CdM Yachts - Photo by Maurizio Paradisi

Darwin Class 86 superyacht Percheron by CdM Yachts - Photo by Maurizio Paradisi

The lovely 2012 Percheron yacht represents the second Darwin 86 luxury explorer, with exterior design by Sergio Cutolo and interior design by Floris and Veglia. RINA and MCA classed, Percheron can easily sleep her guests in 4 elegant and comfortable staterooms, all en-suite.

PlanetSolar concludes her TerraSubmersa expedition and leaves for Venice, Italy

August 26, 2014

Terrasubmersa, the archaeological mission led by the University of Geneva (UNIGE) aboard the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, was concluded on last Friday, following almost a month in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Greece, of which 11 days were dedicated exclusively to science. The expedition’s objective was to explore the prehistoric landscapes that have been submersed by the waters in the Argolic Gulf, and identify traces of human activity. Aboard the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar and a Greek research vessel, the Alkyon, the scientists took geophysical measurements and carried sub-aquatic excavations in the Bay of Kiladha. The research was preceded by three stopovers, all of which were marked with successfully organized events and visits of the boat. August 23, saw the largest solar-powered boat in the world leave for Venice in Italy, representing her next and last stopover of this year.

PlanetSolar in Napflio - a lovely Greece yacht charter destination - Image credito to PlanetSolar

PlanetSolar in Napflio - a lovely Greece yacht charter destination - Image credito to PlanetSolar

Since July 28, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar has travelled through Greece as part of the UNIGE-led TerraSubmersa expedition. This mission was divided into two distinct phases. The first was to introduce the archaeologists’ work among the public and local authorities through a series of events organized along the three stops (Eretria, Athens, Napflio), while the second phase was exclusively dedicated to archaeological research in the Argolic Gulf.

“The catamaran’s spacious liveable surface and her complete energy independence, as well as her low draught and great maneuverability made it an optimal work platform for the researchers. Once again, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar has shown that she is an ideal base for scientific research, and reaffirms her many versatile uses!” declared the ship’s captain, Gérard d’Aboville.

PlanetSolar from above

PlanetSolar from above - Image credit to PlanetSolar

PlanetSolar is extremely satisfied with this mission. At each stopover, the ship was met with enthusiasm by the public, and drew the attention of Greek authorities. Thus, more than 2,000 people stepped through the catamaran’s walkway. Moreover, PlanetSolar had the opportunity to welcome local political figures aboard, including Konstantinos Tassoulas, the Greek minister of culture, Giannis Maniatis, the Greek minister of the environment, energy, and climate change, as well as the wife of the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. On the Swiss side, PlanetSolar also notably welcomed Walter Steinmann, director of the Federal Energy Office (OFEN).

Currently, the ship and her crew are sailing towards Venice. They are expected to drop anchor in the City of Doges on September 4.

PlanetSolar underway

PlanetSolar underway - Image credit to PlanetSolar

Preliminary results of the TerraSubmersa Expedition

This Greek-Swiss expedition, led by UNIGE in collaboration with the Laténium of Neuchâtel, the Greek Service for Underwater Antiquities, the Swiss School of Archeology in Greece, and the Hellenic Center for Maritime Research, aimed to explore the prehistoric landscapes that have been submerged by the waters of the Argolic Gulf, in order to map them and to identify any potential traces of human activity.

At the end of the last Ice Age, about 20,000 years ago, the sea level was considerably lower than it is today. By mapping the landscapes that have disappeared underwater, archaeologists hope to understand the dynamics through which coastal zones were populated. In the TerraSubmersa expedition, research focused on the Franchti cave, located on the northern shore of the Bay of Kiladha, which was used for close to 35,000 years, from the Paleolithic to the Neolithic ages.

PlanetSolar

PlanetSolar - Image credit to PlanetSolar

“We collected fantastic data, whose analysis will take two years of work,” enthuses Julien Beck, the expedition’s lead scientist. “The preliminary results are encouraging!”. In fact, by mapping the seabeds, the researchers found paleobeaches dating back to different periods in prehistory. All signs lead to believe that these beaches were visited by the users of the Franchti cave, in which scientists recovered shells and the fish bones. Furthermore, faults indicating tectonic shifts in the Argolic Gulf have been detected with the echo-sonar installed aboard the solar-powered ship. These faults could explain the difference in depth of the paleobeaches.

Latest photos of Fifth Ocean 24 motor yacht DESTINY

August 26, 2014

Measuring 24 meters in length, luxury motor yacht Destiny is a robust steel displacement ocean-going explorer, built by the Ukrainian manufacturer, Fifth Ocean Yachts (FOY). The Fifth Ocean 24 superyacht Destiny has been superbly designed by Ginton Naval Architectswith interior design by the yard’s in-house team, in accordance to the Owner wishes. Currently for sale, Destiny will be officially presented at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2014, running in the glamorous French Riviera yacht charter destination – Cannes from September 9 to 14. She will be berthed at Super Yachts Extension sector, stand SYE016 in the Le Vieux Port. Below are the latest images of the FOY 24 Destiny, released by Fifth Ocean Yachts.

Fifth Ocean 24 super yacht Destiny

Fifth Ocean 24 super yacht Destiny - Photo credit to Fifth Ocean Yachts

Superyacht Destiny from above

Superyacht Destiny from above - Photo credit to Fifth Ocean Yachts

Luxury yacht Destiny - side view

Luxury yacht Destiny - side view - Photo credit to Fifth Ocean Yachts

Super yacht Destiny - aft view

Super yacht Destiny - aft view - Photo credit to Fifth Ocean Yachts

Luxury explorer yacht Destiny underway

Luxury explorer yacht Destiny underway - Photo credit to Fifth Ocean Yachts

Luxury yacht Destiny

Luxury yacht Destiny - Photo credit to Fifth Ocean Yachts

Destiny Yacht - Decks

Destiny Yacht - Decks - Photo credit to Fifth Ocean Yachts