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Luxury expedition catamaran Open Ocean launched

July 27, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

The largest ever power catamaran ever launched in South Africa, 25m/82ft OPEN OCEAN is stocked full of features both in terms of entertainment and design. Built for transatlantic journeys, OPEN OCEAN brings together exceptional beauty and engineering. The following is a press release from Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing and Du Toit Yacht Design.

Press Release

Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing and Du Toit Yacht Design launch the Open Ocean 800 Luxury Expedition Catamaran

Du Toit Yacht Design has recently launched the Open Ocean 800 Luxury Expedition Catamaran.

Luxury expedition catamaran OPEN OCEAN

Luxury expedition catamaran OPEN OCEAN

This impressive catamaran is expertly built by Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing and designed by Du Toit Yacht Design, both of Cape Town, South Africa. The Du Toit Yacht Design team and Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing are renowned as industry leaders and specialists in building custom designed, luxury catamarans with a build quality and attention to detail that is exemplary.

Ultra Vires, the Open Ocean 800 Expedition Catamaran, is the largest of the cats in Two Ocean Marine’s Open Ocean series and the largest power catamaran ever to be launched in South Africa.  Powered by two Cummins 228 kW/305 HP motors, she is robustly build for transatlantic voyages and is capable of motoring long distances economically; independently or towing another 50 foot boat. She is built to cross oceans effortlessly and with speed, and to have a motoring range of around 4,500 nautical miles.

Design on this impressive catamaran took many months, with four designers involved at various stages in drawing up the design for the interiors, lines, structure and mechanical details, in consultation with the owner and builder, Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing, at all stages of the project.

Luxury catamaran OPEN OCEAN - Saloon

Luxury catamaran OPEN OCEAN – Saloon

The Open Ocean 800 E was designed as an on-the- water home for a kite boarding and surfing family to chase the perfect kite boarding and surfing conditions. Ultra Vires has ample storage space for kites, kite boards and surf boards.

Ultra Vires is expertly built in a sandwich construction, using epoxy E-glass with a PVC foam core.

She is an elegant yacht with beautiful lines and intricate features. The interiors have been designed for effortless ocean living as the easily accessible spaces are open and free-flowing. Ultra Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing/Du Toit Yacht Design Media Release Vires’ interior is predominantly wood and monochrome. The interior layout, furniture design and finishes were done by Du Toit Yacht Design and the décor and design by designer Hanno de Swardt.

She boasts a spacious saloon and galley, with all the comforts one could ask for on a luxury holiday: air conditioning, sound system, TV and a DVD player in the saloon. In addition there is also plenty of refrigeration and freezer space and appliances such as an ice-maker, microwave, coffee machine, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and a gas oven and hob in the galley area. The galley forms part of the spacious main saloon area which includes a state-of- the-art navigation station.

The atmosphere on the Open Ocean 800E is relaxed; guests can even join in on meal preparation, while enjoying a cold beverage after a day of fishing or playing on the water.

Ultra Vires has two spacious aft cockpits – one upper and one lower – both protected from the sun and the elements. On the lower deck one will find comfortable and stylish, custom-made outdoor furniture and a bar area with a built-in braai and a fridge. The boat is helmed from the main command centre on the upper cockpit on the flybridge and also houses comfortable custom-made outdoor loungers.

Luxury catamaran OPEN OCEAN - Main suite

Luxury catamaran OPEN OCEAN – Main suite

The very practical accommodation is luxurious and comfortable: Ultra Vires has two cabins in each hull, each cabin having its own entry way from the saloon and galley area and en-suite heads with a vanity and shower. The two fore cabins on the boat can be made up as a double bed or as two single beds. Ultra Vires has crew accommodation in each hull for two crew members; each cabin with double bunks, a heads and a shower.

The seemingly endless decks are beautifully finished in teak and around every turn on the elegantly laid out exterior, is another toy. SUPs, a jetski and a smaller RIB/tender can be found on the foredeck, and a large davit which holds a 21’ RIB/tender on the aft deck. This also provides some privacy on the aft cockpit when the boat is moored stern to.

The Open Ocean 800 Luxury Expedition Catamaran is a great success due to close collaboration between the boat builder and designer, working with the owner at every step of the project, in order to create a flawless ocean-going vessel and home. Two Oceans Marine and Du Toit Yacht Design have shown this to be true once again, with Ultra Vires being the perfect example.

The Open Ocean 800 Luxury Expedition Yacht Principle Dimensions:

Metric Imperial

LOA 25.00 m 82.03 ft

LWL 24.03 m 79.74 ft

Beam Overall 11.00 m 36.10 ft

Draft 1.93 m 6.33 ft

Displacement (DWL) 34, 500 kgs 76, 073 ft

Motors (Cummins QSB5.9-305 MCD) 2 x 228 kW 2 X 305 HP

Greenland & Svalbard: Adventure in an untouched wilderness

July 25, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Charter an expedition yacht on your very own adventure to the land of the midnight sun

The east coast of Greenland: A country of vast, untouched beauty.

The east coast of Greenland: A country of vast, untouched beauty.

Traditional charter holidays see most yachts flocking to the Mediterranean or Caribbean in search of warm weather and pristine diving spots, neglecting the wonders of the far north.

Expedition yachts are opening up the farthest reaches of the globe for those whom have always wanted adventure and a unique experience. From the stunning glaciers to the comical puffins and curious wales, Greenland and Svalbard are rich in scenery and wildlife not seen in any other part of the world.

Awarded the Lonely Planet recommendation of ‘Best in Travel 2016 – Top 10 Country’, Greenland is a once in a lifetime opportunity to combine the best in exploration and relaxation. With current temperatures peaking around 10°C/ 50°F, July is a perfect time to catch the last of the midnight sun on a luxury charter.

Whale watching


See some of some of the world’s most endangered species in their vanishing natural habitat. As you cruise through a land that can be both vibrant and monochrome, the sea life will occasionally break the surface to greet you. Expect fantastic displays from orcas, or humpback whales sending columns of water skywards before sliding out of sight under the mirror-like surface.

Whale watching need not be a passive activity: many visitors to west Greenland get great up close views as they kayak around the coastline or scuba dive in the bays.

Kayaking amongst the glaciers

Greenland Kayak Visit Greenland


Kayaking began in the Arctic and was used my successive waves of immigrants to arrive at and hunt in Greenland. To this day, it is still a powerful symbol of national identity and there are plenty of opportunities to take to the water on a tour.

You may encounter seals, whales and puffins along the craggy shoreline before you discover colourful Greenlandic settlements or old ruins right around the bend.

Dog sledding

Dog sledding is still used as transport across Greenland toady.

Dog sledding is still used as transport across Greenland toady.

Head inland and you will have the unique opportunity of travelling across the icy tundra by traditional dog sled. Still used as a method of travel today when hunting, dog sledding is found along the entire east coast of Greenland and north of the Arctic Circle on the west coast. Dog sledding tours can last anything from a few hours to days at a time.

The Ilulissat Icefjord


In 2004, the Ilulissat Icefjord became one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites – and it isn’t hard to see why. The stunning scenery and ever-changing glaciers make this location on the west coast of Greenland a dream for photographers and adventurers.

The sea mouth at Sermeq Kujalleq is one of the most active glaciers in the world, changing at a rate of 19 metres per day. It has been a topic of study for over 250 years and has helped form understanding of climate change.

Scuba diving

Scuba diving at Disko Bay in Greenland

Scuba diving at Disko Bay in Greenland

The clear waters of Greenland make it an ideal spot for cold water diving. Divers that hold PADI OWA certification can go with a guide to get up close to the shipwrecks along the coast of Greenland, touch the glass-like ice sheets hidden under the surface and interact with the unusual wildlife. The sheltered conditions around the Davis Strait prevent the water temperature from fluctuating too much throughout the year, making it an excellent dive location.

At Tasilaq on the east coast, you can dive amongst blue icebergs, ice caves and coral, not to mention the tiny lumpsucker fish, sea cucumbers and Greenland sharks. Sheltered cold water areas are abundant wildlife and are second only to coral reefs for their diversity.

Hot springs

The Uunartoq hot springs is a favourite with locals and visitors.

The Uunartoq hot springs is a favourite with locals and visitors. Image © Alessandra Meniconzt.

Warm up amongst the thousands of natural hot springs scattered throughout Greenland, the most famous of which is on the island of Uunartoq. Three springs feed into a pool that remains around a stable and tempting 38°C throughout the year. Dip into the warm waters surrounded by the icebergs and fields of wildflowers on an island as yet untouched by commercialisation.

There are many springs on Disko Island and some along the east coast, although not all are a comfortable temperature for bathing.

The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights over Greenland

The Northern Lights over Greenland

Whenever Greenland is mentioned, imagination tends to head towards towering, icy glaciers, cold temperatures, and the spectacular northern lights. Appearing in the sky from autumn until late winter, this natural phenomenon awes even the locals who live under it year after year.

Greenland is one of the best countries in the world to see the Aurora Borealis at its most vivid: Check whether all your activities are available during your travel dates, then charter a yacht to Greenland and experience the beauty for yourself.

Explore in comfort and style

Discover Greenland today aboard one of the many sumptuous expedition yachts available from CharterWorld. Combining power and luxury, your journey through the icebergs and frozen seas will be one that is safe, warm and memorable. Here are three expedition yachts ready for your Greenland charter.


67m expedition yacht GLOBAL (ex Allure)

67m expedition yacht GLOBAL (ex Allure)

Want to explore beyond the waters? 67m/220ft expedition yacht GLOBAL is fitted for exploration, with a helicopter landing pad and a Smart car and 2 scooters on board for inland exploration. Amongst the myriad of water toys are 4 kayaks – perfect for engaging in the culture of the country which is arguably the spiritual home of kayaking. As a yacht built in 1982, superyacht GLOBAL has features rarely seen in modern yachts, such as her large rounded porthole windows. She is an ideal charter for anyone looking for a classic yacht with all the comfort and amenities of a modern refit.


Luxury yacht ICE ANGEL - Saloon

Luxury yacht ICE ANGEL – Saloon

Heesen’s 60m/197ft modern beauty ICE ANGEL was built in 2009 and refitted as recently as 2013. As an RYA Approved Water Sports Centre offering plenty of deck space as well as a movie theatre, she has plenty to offer guests during your charter. Aptly named, luxury yacht ICE ANGEL will see guests through the ice sheets to the best whale watching territories and diving spots throughout Greenland.


Superyacht Enigma XK - Interior

Superyacht Enigma XK – Interior

Built in 1987, motor yacht ENIGMA XK has undertaken many visits up to the Arctic Circle. Her recent refit in 2013 resulted in a yacht conversion award and her interior has been updated for timeless elegance and state-of-the-art facilities. With a helipad and a Wrangler Jeep aboard, there’s no stopping your exploration of Greenland’s pristine coastline and rural villages.

To find out more about these amazing expedition yachts or for more information on Greenland charters, contact CharterWorld today.

Expedition yacht Enigma XK ready for charter

July 21, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Built in 1987 and having undergone an award-winning refit in 2013, 71m/234ft luxury yacht ENIGMA XK (ex.NORMA) provides contemporary elegance fit for any occasion and destination.

Expedition yacht ENIGMA XK

Expedition yacht ENIGMA XK

Whether you are looking to relax in the Seychelles or go for a fast-paced holiday amongst the waves, superyacht ENIGMA XK has excellent facilities for up to 12 guests. Vitruvius designed her layout for efficient use of light and space whilst ensuring comfort and an intimate atmosphere between guests. The 360° glass surround main saloon epitomises this mind-set by using a neutral palette and bright whites to create the illusion of larger furniture. The ‘U’ shaped sofa setting is the perfect place to socialise or stretch out and watch a film together.

Luxury yacht ENIGMA XK - Main salon

Luxury yacht ENIGMA XK – Main salon

The dining room uses natural materials and neutral colours to create an environment of understated simplicity which serves for both informal meals and special occasions. In warmer climes, there is an alfresco dining area close to the sunpads and Jacuzzi, making it an excellent lunch spot.

Superyacht Enigma XK - Interior

Superyacht ENIGMA XK – Interior

Guests will find plenty to entertain themselves whilst aboard luxury yacht ENIGMA XK: from the Waveriders, scuba diving equipment, inflatables and on board gym, anyone looking for sports or exercise will find there are many outlets. Explorers can take to the land in the Wrangler Jeep and there is also a helipad on deck for ease of access and taking in the sunning scenery of the Maldives from above.

Expedition yacht ENIGMA XK - Master suite

Expedition yacht ENIGMA XK – Master suite

Each of the 6 rooms is generous in size, so whether your guests are sleeping in the Master suite with its adjacent sauna, one of the 4 double cabins or the twin cabin, everyone is sure to have a comfortable and relaxing journey. Able to carry up to 19 crew, expedition yacht ENIGMA XK ensures that no matter what activity is on the itinerary, everyone will be well looked after.

Expedition yacht ENIGMA XK is currently available in the Indian Ocean from €275,000 per week plus expenses. For more about her availability and other possible charter destinations, contact CharterWorld.

Sanlorenzo to exhibit new superyachts at Monaco

July 13, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Sanlorenzo is to display its two latest superyachts over 30 metres at the Monaco Yacht Show, running from 28th September until 1st October. Both yachts were built on-site at Sanlorenzo’s new facility in La Spezi (Cantieri, San Marco) and boast an impressive array of water toys.

Expedition yacht X

Expedition yacht X

Expedition yacht X - Vehicles stored on aft main deck

Expedition yacht X – Vehicles stored on aft main deck

Sanlorenzo 460EXP “X” (42 meters), the second yacht in the explorer range, is a superyacht with only 460 gross tonnage and an autonomy exceeding 4000 nautical miles, capable of reaching remote destinations. It can house on board a number of extraordinary equipment to continue the exploration under the water, by a real submersible, in the skies, by a sea plane or a helicopter, and to reach the most inaccessible spots by a sailboat. The “toys” can be located on the large space at bow or on the spacious main deck astern, where a dedicated crane easily move them  in and out of the water.



Sanlorenzo 46Steel “Scorpion” (46 meters), the flagship of the Sanlorenzo fleet, is a five-deck superyacht with a steel displacement hull. Scorpion is the latest yacht of the successful 46-metre line; its interiors are an example of the “fusion art deco” style, displaying unique pieces created for her only by Italian and international craftsmen, like an imposing, 4-metre glass sculpture produced by an Italian glass master and reaching up to the sun deck from the main deck, the precious bathroom mosaics created in Moscow and the luxurious silk rugs weaved in China and Nepal.

6 yachts in the 46Steel line are at sea at the moment, and the seventh unit has just been delivered to an owner from Hong Kong.

Expedition yacht Global ready for charter

July 12, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Looking for something different this August? 67m/220ft expedition yacht GLOBAL (ex. ALLURE SHADOW) can offer sea, land and air transport wherever you want to travel. Built in 1982 by Shadow Marine and updated in 2008, luxury yacht GLOBAL offers the ultimate experience in travel around and beyond the shores of your chartered countries.

Explorer Yacht GLOBAL

Explorer Yacht GLOBAL

Whether visiting the Great Barrier Reef in Australian waters, or cruising through the Indian Ocean, superyacht GLOBAL will keep you fit and entertained. A large gym has all the equipment necessary to continue a cardio routine and the swimming pool on the lower deck will be tempting as a quick dip before guests relax on the sun loungers or in the Jacuzzi.

Super yacht GLOBAL - saloon

Super yacht GLOBAL – saloon

The main saloon is combined with the dining area to create a large open plan space capable of containing a bar. The large rounded windows provide ample light for the modern interior, where the furniture is arranged for conversational ease. The contemporary sky lounge hosts a poker table for entertaining in those remote locations where it is too cold or dark to venture outside.

The comprehensive water toy list reflects superyacht GLOBAL’s purpose: travel, exploration and socialisation. As such, guests will be able to choose from no less than 4 waverunners, 4 kayaks, 2 Laser sail boats, 6 sea scooters, 2 tenders and inflatable toys to mention nothing of the 2 land scooters or the Smart car.

Luxury explorer yacht GLOBAL - Master stateroom

Luxury explorer yacht GLOBAL – Master stateroom

Luxury yacht GLOBAL provides a quiet night’s rest for up to 12 guests in her 1 Master suite, 4 double cabins and 1 twin cabin. Up to 13 crew can comfortably live aboard, ensuring that you have all the expertise you need for your action-packed adventure.

Motor yacht GLOBAL is available for charter from €150,000 per week plus expenses. Contact CharterWorld for more information and to make a reservation.

Superyacht Legend available for charter

July 05, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

77m/294ft LEGEND (ex GIANT I) is now available for charter in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. Built in 1974 and refitted only this year, explorer yacht LEGEND features a stunning new contemporary interior which is as much at home in the icy north as the sunny south of Europe.

LEGEND launched

LEGEND relaunched after 2016 refit

The exterior design from M.E. Consulting features a large helipad which can be converted into a sun lounging area, a Jacuzzi on deck, a sheltered all-weather swimming pool and an alfresco dining area able to sit up to 26 guests.

Pamper your friends and family in superyacht LEGEND’s sumptuous interior from John Misiag Design. There is a beauty room full of the latest treatments and a spa offering expert massage therapies. The sauna room will sooth aching muscles and warm frozen feet after an adventure on the snow scooters.

MY LEGEND - Main salon rendering

M/Y LEGEND – Main salon rendering

Relax in the main saloon where magnificent white furnishings complement the many types of warm wood used for flooring and surrounds. Luxury yacht LEGEND is excellent for entertaining: make use of the comprehensive drinks selection at the bar and hire musicians to play on the stage, or show off your own talents.

For quiet nights in, there’s a movie theatre and video-on-demand from the satellite TV. The on board projector is ready to connect to a laptop for both formal meetings and launches, and for showing home videos to loved ones.

Whether exploring the fjords of Denmark or the coves of Croatia, this luxury charter has a comprehensive toy chest which can also be increased if you or your guests have something particular in mind. Kayaks, paddle-boards, scuba diving equipment, 2 fishing boat tenders make up only part of luxury yacht LEGEND’s tender garage.

MY LEGEND - Master suite rendering

M/Y LEGEND – Master suite rendering

MY LEGEND - Aft deck rendering

M/Y LEGEND – Aft deck rendering

With a layout consisting of 1 master suite, 2 VIP cabins, 4 double cabins, 4 twins and 2 convertible cabins, LEGEND effortlessly accommodates up to 26 guests. There is also room to accommodate up to 19 crew on your expedition or your commercial event.

Additional options include a helicopter and submarine charter: exploring above and below the water was never so easy. Charter this fabulous luxury yacht from €455,000 per week, plus expenses and take this expedition yacht to some of the most remote wildernesses on the planet. Contact CharterWorld for more information and to make a booking today.

Cloudbreak completes Iceland leg of world tour

June 22, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Explorer yacht CLOUDBREAK has arrived in Iceland after departing from German shipyard Abeking & Rasmussen earlier in June. The 73 metre yacht has completed her first leg of a world tour and is set to cross the North Atlantic to Greenland as her next destination.

Explorer yacht CLOUDBREAK

Explorer yacht CLOUDBREAK

As sturdy as her appearance and fitting seamlessly into the North Atlantic landscape, Espen Oeino designed the exterior of luxury yacht CLOUDBREAK for socialising and entertainment regardless of the climates she visits. Her modern, clean interior was the work of Christian Liaigre, who focused on creating a contemporary light and spacious atmosphere comfortable at any latitude. Members of the team for the global adventure include a yoga instructor, surf coach, helicopter pilot and a paramedic. Guests can join the charter any time at one of its itinerary destinations.

Charter luxury expedition yacht Big Fish in Papua New Guinea

June 13, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Explore the remote and exotic locations of Papua New Guinea and charter luxury superyacht Big Fish. At 45m/148ft, Big Fish provides a comfortable and tech-savvy base for up to 10 guests and 10 crew.

Luxury expedition charter yacht BIG FISH by McMullen and Wing

Luxury expedition charter yacht BIG FISH by McMullen and Wing

Designed for adventure charters, Big Fish has plenty of observation platforms and large-scale windows to take in its tropical surroundings. Unwind on the large sundeck or in the Jacuzzi and enjoy uninterrupted views of the verdant rain-forests and atolls from this stunning luxury charter yacht.

Big Fish hosts plenty of water toys, including a 7.9m custom tender, a kite-surf and scuba diving gear. The swim platform makes underwater exploration of the coral reefs effortless and with diving and fishing experts on board, there’s never been a better time or location to learn a new skill or build upon an established one. For those guests not tired out by exploring the jungles and waters of Papua New Guinea, Big Fish also contains a fully equipped gym ready to satisfy any workout regime.

Yacht Big Fish in the South Pacific

Yacht Big Fish in the South Pacific

After a day amongst the vibrant wonders of Papua New Guinea, relax and recover in the sumptuous lounges designed by Gregory Marshall for comfort and modern chic. Pale wood and light furniture with blue and green accents amplifies the light flowing in from the surrounding windows – perfect to unwind in after a long day of exploration.

Spacious enough to accommodate 10 guests in its 5 suites, as well as an attending crew of 10, Big Fish is the ideal luxury charter yacht for combining big adventure, luxury and leisure. Contact CharterWorld to find out more today.

43m Motor Yacht ICE LADY (ex Ice Lady Patagonia) Seen in Italy

June 03, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Launched in 1959 and converted in 2012, the 43m motor yacht ICE LADY has been spotted in Italy. She was originally built as a Norwegian Coast Guard icebreaker to tow vessels around the northern coast of Norway. She was converted into a luxury expedition superyacht with exterior styling by German Frers and interiors by Jean-Guy Verges. Today, Ice Lady boasts elegant and modern interior with accommodation for up to ten guests in one master suite, one VIP suite, one double cabin and two twin cabins. The photo was taken by Roberto Malfatti in Livorno, Italy.

ICE LADY expedition yacht - Photo Roberto Malfatti

ICE LADY expedition yacht – Photo Roberto Malfatti

Nauta Air 108 Motor Yacht NARVALO Hits Water at Cantiere Delle Marche

June 01, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Cantiere Delle Marche has announced the launch of the Nauta Air 108 motor yacht NARVALO, a striking 33m explorer vessel constructed of aluminium and steel. She was built for a South American owner and yachtsman, and will see her public debut at the upcoming Cannes Yachting Festival in September.

NAUTA AIR 108 Explorer Motor Yacht NARVALO

NAUTA AIR 108 Explorer Motor Yacht NARVALO

NARVALO is a custom made displacement vessel and spreads over three decks. She was designed by Nauta Design, the same Italian studio that has designed the largest mega yacht in the world – AZZAM.

Nauta Design provided NARVALO with many unique characteristics that make the onboard living even more comfortable for her owners and their guests, especially during long-distance cruises. The upper deck, just behind the wheelhouse, boasts a sky lounge only a few square metres smaller than the main saloon. The deck features over 50 square metres of outdoor space, such as a fabulous dining are and a well for a 5,5-metre tender making her possibly the best and most accessorised unit ever constructed by the company.



The sun deck also acts as a fantastic observatory and a fabulous place to entertain friends and family. There is a dedicated sunbathing area, a whirlpool as well as a dining and cocktail area for refreshments. The main feature of the sun deck is her beautifully designed bar around which the entire deck revolves.

The lower deck offers accommodate in four guest suites, all of which are larger than expected on a yacht of this size. There is a very spacious lobby offering guests an excellent space for relaxation.

The crew area hosts plenty of storage space with the subdeck entirely dedicated to provisions, allowing the yacht to remain at sea for weeks without the need to dock for resupply. The owners of NARVALO are both lovers of luxury and elegant lifestyle, as well as the great outdoors: this yacht is able to offer the best of both worlds with her Nauta Air style and the innovative Hydrotec technical specifications.