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First Vantage 86 – The pinnacle of racing and charter catamarans

February 05, 2016

UK company, Vantage Catamarans, is excited to announce that the first Vantage 86 has entered the final stage of its unique design and is ready for build. The pinnacle of racing and charter catamarans, luxury yacht Vantage 86 will be the first vessel of its kind to host a giant toy locker, specially commissioned for its motorcycle enthusiast owner.

First Vantage 86

First Vantage 86

The Vantage design team, comprising Nigel Irens Design and Christophe Chedal Anglay, has created an adventure vessel that will be able to reach the most remote locations and will enable its owner to cross islands by motorcycle.

Vantage 86 - Exterior Decking

Vantage 86 – Exterior Decking

To be the most technologically evolved catamaran on the market, the Vantage 86 will also be the longest, lightest and fastest sailing yacht ever built. She will conform to the MCA code for small craft engaged in commercial operations, ensuring profitable returns and therefore greater value to any prospective owner.

Vantage 86 - Lounge

Vantage 86 – Lounge

Vantage 86 - Exterior

Vantage 86 – Exterior

Aboard Vantage 86

Aboard Vantage 86

Phil Scott, managing director of Vantage Catamarans: “The Vantage 86 is unique in its intention and form, designed to break the mould of what a modern cruising catamaran represents. It is designed to perform, and combine a racing pedigree with the comfort of a stable charter yacht. Its goal is ‘adventure’. It will provide the most adventurous way of exploring the ocean and its secrets.”

Vantage 86 from above

Vantage 86 from above

Vantage 86 - aft view

Vantage 86 – aft view

Capable of hosting two motorbikes on board – a Ducati Multistrada and a CCM trials bike, the Vantage 86 will also boast innovative interiors, fitted with exceptional British furniture and meeting the needs of her adventurous owner.

Vantage 86 catamaran - side view

Vantage 86 catamaran – side view

Sanlorenzo’s First 460 Explorer Superyacht MOKA successfully completes her maiden voyage

February 02, 2016

Italian shipyard, Sanlorenzo, is thrilled to announce that their first 460 Explorer superyacht MOKA has successfully completed her maiden voyage that brought her to her new US Owner. Following over 5,600 of navigation, a month at sea, of which 19 whole days of sailing at the average speed of 12,5 knots, MOKA arrived in Florida on January 10, 2016.

Sanlorenzo's First 460EXP MOKA

Sanlorenzo’s First 460EXP MOKA

Tailor made to her Owner’s specific requests, MOKA has a steel displacement hull and aluminium superstructure that come together to create an impressive volume of 460 gross tons for an overall length of only 42,8 meters. Keeping with the explorer philosophy, the superstructure is located further forward than on conventional yachts, leaving an ample aft deck capable of carrying a tender of dimensions far exceeding what one would expect on a vessel of this size. In addition to the main tender, the aft deck can host a collection of water and land toys, allowing guests and crew to explore the visited areas. Once at anchor and free of equipment, the aft deck becomes a wide solarium complemented by a large swimming pool with counter current swimming capability.

MOKA underway

MOKA underway

Spanning over five impressive decks, MOKA provides comfortable accommodation across five cabins on the lower deck, and a generous Owner’s suite on the main deck. Moreover, the lower deck also hosts a fully equipped gym, and there are two salons on the main and upper deck respectively.

Perfect for long range cruising, the first 460Exp MOKA has an increased autonomy. Her CAT C32 Acert develop 970kW (1,319mhp) and allow her to cover over 4,000 miles at an economic speed of 11 knots.

Five units have been already sold since MOKA’s debut at the Monaco Yacht Show 2015 in September. All of these are currently under construction.

More charter yachts built by SANLORENZO.

ARCANA – Latest superyacht concept by Horacio Bozzo Design

February 02, 2016

Viareggio-based Italian design studio, Horacio Bozzo Design, has unveiled their latest superyacht concept: ARCANA. Specially designed to safely and efficiently explore the oceans with minimum impact to the environment, this beautiful 35-metre explorer boasts plenty of special features, including a three-seat submarine.

Arcana by Horacio Bozzo Design

Arcana by Horacio Bozzo Design

Moreover, the vessel features a highly innovative three-seat submarine custom-launch and recovery platform at the stern that provides the passengers with an easy access to the submarine. This mechanical system works by raising the sub, which is connected to the platform with arms that carry it up and over the stern bulwark with zero yacht heel, since the movement is forward aft and the pitch of the yacht compensates the weight of the sub. The platform arms stop when the sub is at a safe distance from the water, and it is then lowered using a winch fitted within the platform. To raise the level of safety, guests board the sub when on deck before it is launched.

Arcana - submarine custom-launch and recovery platform

Arcana – submarine custom-launch and recovery platform

Arcana by Horacio Bozzo Design - submarine custom-launch and recovery platform

Arcana by Horacio Bozzo Design – submarine custom-launch and recovery platform

Offering a fit-for-purpose design for marine exploration with all the luxury amenities of a superyacht, ARCANA boasts a shallow draft mixed up with the excellent manoeuvrability provided by her azimuth propellers and stability from gyro stabilisers at zero speed. Furthermore, Dynamic Positioning allows the vessel to stay in location without anchors, thus causing no damage to fragile sea floor. The sea environment is moreover respected with the inclusion of an efficient and compact state-of-the-art diesel-electric power system, which ensures power flexibility as well as fuel efficiency.

Aboard ARCANA

Aboard ARCANA

Winning yacht refits at 2016 Refit Excellence Awards

February 02, 2016

The first day of the 2016 Refit International Exhibition & Conference in Florida’s Fort Lauderdale was marked by the first annual Refit Excellence Awards. Winners were the yacht teams behind STARFLITE, ENIGMA XK, AXIA and QUITEÑA.

Beautifully refitted Enigma XK - Photo by Guillaume Plisson

Beautifully refitted Enigma XK – Photo by Guillaume Plisson

Nominated by Jarrett Bay Boatworks, STARLITE received the award in the “Best Poweryacht Refit between 50 and 100 Feet” category. This 54-foot custom sportfisherman was originally built in 1999. Owned by Jarrett Bay Boatworks’ company president, Randy Ramsey, and captained by Joey Johnson, STARFLITE underwent a two-year refit between April 2013 and May 2015.

Nominated by Atlantic Refit Center, ENIGMA XK won the award for “Best Poweryacht Refit Over 100 Feet“. The yard converted the military patrol vessel NORNA into the explorer yacht ENIGMA XK. Designed by Philippe Briand and Veerel Battiau of Vitruvius Yachts, the refit included superstructure modifications and an interior transformation that resulted in a luxury vessel for 12 guests and 23 crew. There was a complete overhaul of the two main 3000-kW Ruston engines, new 500-kW generators, a new air-conditioning system, new sprinkler system and new bridge.

Re-launch of Axia at Front Street Shipyard

Re-launch of Axia at Front Street Shipyard

The award for “Best Sailing Yacht Refit” went to charter yacht AXIA, nominated by Front Street Shipyard. This Sparkman & Stephens-designed 123-foot aluminum vessel was originally built in 1990 by Palmer Johnson. Her owner worked with Langan Design Partners to enhance the boat’s performance in hopes that AXIA would win the St. Bart’s Bucket in 2015. Langan Design Partners developed plans for a new fin keel and high-aspect spade rudder, and the work was carried out by Front Street Shipyard. With a new keel poured by Mars Metal, the crew at Front Street Shipyard removed the old shallow-draft keel and refit AXIA with a high-performance deep keel in a very tight time frame. Following her refit, AXIA went on to win her class in the 2015 St. Bart’s Bucket. Last autumn saw AXIA undergo a follow-up refit at Front Street Shipyard to receive new engines and generators.

The award for “Best Accomplishment for a Yacht Refit” was presented to QUITEÑA, submitted by Saunders Yachtworks. In 2014, the 62-foot Viking Convertible QUITEÑA was the perfect boat for sportfishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Thanks to a major refit at Saunders Yachtworks, QUITEÑA became the perfect boat for fishing in the Pacific Ocean.

“Today’s complex yacht refits are multi-faceted and require a cohesive team to be successful. The Refit Excellence Awards give the industry the opportunity to honor those teams,” commented Jim Miller, show manager of Refit International Exhibition & Conference and publisher of Professional BoatBuilder magazine. “All of the winners demonstrated both exceptional craftsmanship and outstanding teamwork.”

Nominations for the 2017 Refit Excellence Awards will open late this summer. There is no entry fee, nor limit to the number of entries. Next year’s winners will be once again presented during the Refit International Exhibition & Conference, running from January 26 to 27, 2017.

Dutch Shipyard AMELS achieves new IMO Environmental Milestone

January 29, 2016

AMELS is pleased to announce that it had reached the final milestone in its 18-month ‘Tier III’ programme. The new milestone means that AMELS is the first Dutch shipyard to slash harmful NOx emissions by almost 80%. This custom engineering project lessens the environmental influence of the new 57,70-metre AMELS 188 superyacht, without the need to compromise the very highest AMELS quality and comfort on board.

AMELS 188 yacht in 3D

AMELS 188 yacht in 3D

The renowned constructor of luxury yachts is the very first builder in the Netherlands to achieve ‘Tier III’ levels, after the main engine tests last week and generator set tests as the end of last year. According to the strict new regulations developed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), large new motor yacht exceeding 500 GT with a global cruising area must drastically reduce harmful NOx emissions in their engine exhaust gases.

AMELS 188 rendering

AMELS 188 rendering

Even though there are concerns in the industry regarding the lack of available technology and the tight timeframe, AMELS is pleased to be demonstrating the way forward with its new AMELS 188 yacht, presently under build.

AMELS 188 - Rendering aft

AMELS 188 – Rendering aft

“When the IMO clarified the deadline for the Tier III limits, we realised that the industry had no available integrated solution and very limited practical knowhow.” says Amels’ Technical Director Hans van Triet. “So, we took the lead to ensure there would be no delays for our clients, no compromise on luxury space, and no compromise on our renowned low levels of noise and vibrations. And, I believe we’re doing our part to face up to these technical challenges and reduce the environmental impact of our industry. That can only benefit us all.”

AMELS 188 TIER III engine test

AMELS 188 TIER III engine test

In addition for being the first shipyard in the Netherlands, AMELS believes that it was the first organisation to reach out to Lloyd’s Register for IMO Tier III certification. AMELS engineered a complete, holistic solution, working together with suppliers to custom engineer components and integrate the MTU 12V4000 M53 diesel engine, HUG Engineering Selective Catalytic Reduction system, silencer and soot filter. The testing took place under independent Lloyd’s Register class supervision at MTU Benelux.

AMELS 188 TIER III engine test

AMELS 188 TIER III engine test

Further development of AMELS 188 The following step in the AMELS 188 construction is testing the design’s highly efficient, fuel-saving technology. The superyacht is the first AMELS to boast a Hybrid Power switchboard with peak shaving (battery bank); plus a generator set configuration with AMELS Smart Power Management (SPM) and AMELS Heat Recovery system.

AMELS premiered with the innovative 57.70-metre AMELS 188 (970 gross tonnes) at the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show in 2015. With a preliminary scheduled delivery of Spring 2018, the completely new Limited Editions design lead to a lot of excitement and with number of enquiries being handled by the shipyard at the moment.

Two Moonen 97 Yachts under Refit: NIMBUS and ETOILE D’AZUR

January 27, 2016

Moonen shipyard is keeping busy, as it announced it is currently refitting two Moonen 97 yachts: NIMBUS and ETOILE D’AZUR, in addition to the new build work at the yard. Both Nimbus and Etoile D’Azur will receive new exterior pain livery, interior modifications and a number of technical upgrades.

Captain Tristan Le Brun of M/Y ETOILE D'AZUR

Captain Tristan Le Brun of M/Y ETOILE D’AZUR

“The owner decided to buy a larger superyacht so that he could have the range to make longer cruises and have more equipment available for charter activities. Having enjoyed eight great years onboard his previous Moonen it was an obvious choice to buy another Moonen motoryacht.” states Captain Tristan Le Brun of the Moonen 97 Etoile D’Azure, previously Captain of the Moonen 84 Etoile D’Azure, which was extensively refitted at the yard over the winter 2012/13.

ETOILE D'AZUR

ETOILE D’AZUR

“What’s more, we got an excellent price for the Moonen 84 Etoile d’Azur – 75% of the new amount despite her age and the many hours on the engines and generator. This is a testimony to the original build quality, and the fact that she had been refitted at Moonen also made a huge difference on the market and preserved the value of the boat. As the owner likes to keep his yacht in a pristine condition, it therefore made perfect sense to bring the ‘new’ Etoile d’Azur back ‘home’ too in order to bring her fully in line with his wishes.”

ETOILE D'AZUR

ETOILE D’AZUR

ETOILE D'AZUR at Moonen

ETOILE D’AZUR at Moonen

Originally launched as SOFIA II in 2008, ETOILE D’AZUR was bought during the Palm Beach boat show in 2015. She is a displacement cruise perfect for extensive exploration.

Works under way at Moonen

Works under way at Moonen

Moonen 97 Yacht under refit

Moonen 97 Yacht under refit

Both Owner and captain were aware that Moonen has been recovering from a difficult financial period following its main shareholder having to pull out of the construction of the 37m/120’/350 GT Martinique due to the collapse of the global steel market. The hull of this particular project is now complete and the yard is looking for new customer for this exciting project and complete the construction of this pioneering member of the Caribbean series.

Modern classic redesign of sixties-built Superyacht CAPELLA C by ER Yacht Design

January 21, 2016

ER Yacht Design has just completed a modern classic redesign of the sixties-built superyacht CAPELLA C for a London-based client. Boasting original classical hull lines mixed up with a new modernised superstructure, the impressive 60-metre vessel is a beautiful functional explorer, capable of long distance cruising to remote parts of the world.

60m explorer CAPELLA C redesigned by ER Yacht Design

60m explorer CAPELLA C redesigned by ER Yacht Design

The aim was to modernise the classic vessel and enhance the existing beautiful lines so that the new expedition yacht looks more graceful and recognisable in any marina or anchorage. The yacht is being designed for an experienced owner who appreciates the beauty of the classic ship’s form and who is planning to undertake extensive long distance cruising.

Redesigned CAPELLA C

Redesigned CAPELLA C

The studio has created a new thoroughbred expedition yacht, with timeless styling. The vessel retains the structural backbone of the original hull and fore section of the superstructure, with the addition of a new helideck and extension of the existing accommodation, boasting generous proportions and including a full-beam owner’s stateroom, en suite guest cabins, two salons and plenty of entertainment areas.

Redesigned CAPELLA C from above

Redesigned CAPELLA C from above

Spanning over three impressive decks, the outside space hosts an amazing fly-bridge deck serving as an observation area, whilst the main and the upper deck spaces are large enough to accommodate two 8 metre tenders, full size helipad and a transom swim platform, which still leaves a lot of space for entertaining, outdoor dining, as well as sunbathing.

Redesigned CAPELLA C - aft view

Redesigned CAPELLA C – aft view

The yacht, equipped with fast robust tenders, helipad and up to date communications systems, will be a very comfortable long-distance cruising vessel, but also a base from which to manage all day-to-day business.

Imposing 103m Explorer Mega Yacht SEA HAWK concept

January 20, 2016

The imposing 103m explorer mega yacht SEA HAWK represents the first concept unveiled by the new company Hawk Yachts at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show. Take a look at this breath-taking vessel, perfect for a true world-wide exploration and adventure, in the video below, made by ‘perfect’.

Destined to cruise the world in maximum safety and luxury, the 103m SEA HAWK is designed to Polar Ice Class 6 level. She boasts the sea-worthy capabilities to reach the most remote and inaccessible areas of the world’s oceans.

Hawk Yachts extends its range of Luxury Explorer Superyachts

January 19, 2016

Following the launch of the 103m SEA HAWK in September 2015, Hawk Yachts has now added two exciting new luxury explorer superyachts to its range: the 56m CAPE HAWK and the 75m SKY HAWK, the latter designed by Marco Casali. Based on the philosophy of beauty and function, the two all-new projects will be officially presented at this month’s boot Dusseldorf.

56m CAPE HAWK by Hawk Yachts

56m CAPE HAWK by Hawk Yachts

The unique explorers by Hawk Yachts are vessels that go further and do more for the new breed of owners not content with the status quo. Yachting experience is key in the company’s designs. Captain Matthias Bosse, boasting unprecedented experience in fronting all conditions and climates, commented: “It’s not rocket science, much of it is common sense. It’s obvious that many designs are created by people that have no practical sea faring experience; and it this practical experience that leads to highly functional sea-worthy vessels like those that Hawk Yachts are launching here.”

56m CAPE HAWK

56m CAPE HAWK

“It would appear to me that the byword for exploration has become polar. Of course polar should be on the wish list, it’s a very beautiful part of the ocean landscape, but I wonder if the average owner will visit the polar regions regularly; probably not more than a few times I would suggest. We like to consider our yachts as voyagers, capable in all climates and conditions.”

75m SKY HAWK by Hawk Yachts

75m SKY HAWK by Hawk Yachts

“Another question we ask is why explorers/voyages have to be so industrial in looks, there is no need, a sea-worthy vessel can and should still be glamorous in the prestige ports of the world. We believe the range of Hawk Yachts all deliver port beauty where many others in this field do not.”

75m SKY HAWK from above

75m SKY HAWK from above

Both explorers are designed to offer deluxe and comfortable accommodation to 12 guests. In addition, they provide all the luxury amenities of a superyacht, including indoor/outdoor dining, beach club, spa, large sun areas, large garage for a great variety of water toys, and even guest expedition preparation rooms and a science lab.

Meet Hawk Yachts and learn more about these breath-taking explorers at this month’s boot Dusseldorf, running from January 23 to 31, 2016. The company will be on hand in Hall 07a / E12.

Take a glimpse at NEW 35m Expedition Yacht BERING 115

January 18, 2016

Perfect’ has made a video showing the latest 35-metre expedition yacht Bering 115, recently unveiled by Bering Yachts. Destined to cruise the heaviest of seas with grace and efficiency due to a tall bow profile, this beautiful transoceanic vessel has been developed in collaboration with Sabdes Yacht Design.  

Spanning over three lovely and impressive decks, the striking Bering 115 boasts bold and powerful lines. With an amazing fuel capacity of 15,000 gallons, she can easily travel well over 8,000 nautical miles.