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New 50m motor yacht SIBELLE (YN 16750) launched by Heesen Yachts

January 23, 2015

The brand new 50-metre motor yacht Sibelle (YN 16750) is believed to have been recently launched by the prestigious Dutch shipyard, Heesen Yachts. Boasting striking lines and vertical stem, superyacht Sibelle features exterior and general arrangement by Frank Laupman from Omega Architects & AB Studio. Her naval architecture is based on the revolutionary Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDFH), developed by Oossanen and Associates, allowing significant improvements in fuel efficiency. The official information and images of the latest Heesen launch are still to be released by the shipyard.

50m explorer motor yacht YN 16750 – A FDHF by Van Oossanen and Associates - Photo credit Omega Architects

Rendering of the 50m explorer motor yacht Sibelle (YN 16750) – A FDHF by Van Oossanen and Associates - Photo credit to Omega Architects

YN 16750 super yacht Sibelle is able to accommodate up to 10 guests in 5 deluxe cabins. The generous 61-square metre master suite is traditionally located forward on the main deck, boasting two separate dressing rooms, each with a private ensuite bathroom. The four guest cabins, including two VIP and two twin cabins, are all fitted with ensuite bathrooms and can be found on the lower deck. Beyond their cabins, guests can enjoy 237 square metres of outdoor living space.

Below is a gallery for the stylish charter yachts built by Heesen.

Marlow Explorer 80E motor yacht Hull #2 to be displayed at 2015 Miami International Boat Show

January 22, 2015

Marlow Yachts is delighted to announce their presence at the upcoming 2015 Miami International Boat Show. The company’s models will be displayed at the Sea Isle Marina on Biscayne Bay, including the Marlow Explorer 80E motor yacht Hull #2.

Marlow Explorer 80E Yacht

Marlow Explorer 80E Yacht

Marlow Explorer 80E superyacht Hull #2 is one of four Marlow Explorers in transit from their environmentally green manufacturing facility in the Garden City of Xiamen, China to Florida for display at the 2015 Miami International Boat Show.

A specially designed flying bridge in addition to the Command Bridge has been designed and built on Marlow Explorer 80E super yacht Hull #2 to satisfy the requests of a highly experienced yachtsman whose normal cruising grounds stretch as far as the San Blas Islands and beyond. After many long hours of drawings and discussion with the bright minds at Marlow, they have produced a yacht in harmony with itself while maintaining her classic lines that are a trademark of all Marlow Explorers. Forward of the Command Bridge is the Sport Bridge designed as a superb sun lounge area for a large number of privileged guests.

Carrying 4000 gallons of fuel in proprietary tanks that allow a 97% fuel capacity burn in complete safety, this long ranger will, like her sisters, show her transom to the fleet in open water high speed sprints or higher speed with exceptional range unequaled by so called long distance and much slower offshore cruisers. Unparalleled specifications to the highest of classification societies and choice of materials that have no peer, installed after careful engineering and design review. In fact no other yacht of similar size and type has ever achieved the exalted classification status from the most stringent world bodies that Marlow enjoys.

With medium load conditions, the initial trials proved this vessel to have outstanding performance. Her C-32 ACERT Caterpillar 1800 HP engines allowed a speed of 30 knots. There are no crowded spaces in this stunning model as every area is spacious, including the engine room, machinery spaces and crew accommodations.

Come see Marlow Yachts at the Sea Isle Marina on Biscayne Bay during the Miami International Boat Show!

Marlow Explorer 80E Yacht Specifications:

Centerline Length – 84’ 0”

LOA – 86’ 8”

Length Waterline – 74’ 10”

Beam – 21’ 6”

Draft – 5’ 3”

Displacement (approximate) – 125,000 lbs

Fuel Capacity – 4000 gals

Water Capacity – 600 gals

New Ocean Series 125 STX Explorer Yacht Concept by Bray Yacht Design

January 15, 2015

Ocean Series 125 STX Explorer  yacht concept represents the latest design of the Canadian design studio, Bray Yacht Design. The versatile motor yacht Ocean Series 125 STX Explorer  boasts the very latest technology from the studio’s super fuel efficient F.A.S.T. hull program. Developed for Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth, England, she may be utilized as a support craft / toy carrier for a mother ship or as a stand-alone Ice Class global explorer.

Luxury motor yacht Ocean Series 125 STX Explorer concept by Bray Yacht Design

Luxury motor yacht Ocean Series 125 STX Explorer concept by Bray Yacht Design

The large versatile aft deck has room for a 20 ft. RIB, a personal mini-sub, as well as jet skis, windsurfers and kayaks. Conversely the space can be used to carry a 30 ft. sportfish and still have room for other additional support craft. Alternatively the deck can be used for a large infinity plunge pool with generous amounts of outdoor lounging and entertaining room.

Ocean Series 125 STX Explorer  superyacht is not a “follow behind” vessel, evidenced by the unique profile which provides an indication of her exceptional abilities. Fully engineered for optimum performance, seakeeping and stability, the advanced technology of Bray Yacht Design will allow you to go farther, faster, and with 30% less carbon footprint. Powering options allow for speeds up to 25 knots. At long range cruise fuel consumption is just over 1 ½ gallons per mile for over 8,000 miles endurance.

Ocean Series 125 STX Explorer Yacht Concept - aft view

Ocean Series 125 STX Explorer Yacht Concept - aft view

The interior layout is open to the client’s requirements. Whether those requirements include a main deck master with an upper deck sky lounge or a bridge deck master with private deck and uninterrupted views of the aft deck and limitless horizon, luxury yacht Ocean Series 125 STX Explorer  can encompass all this and more.

Video of Asia Superyacht Rendezvous

January 14, 2015

The Asia Superyacht Rendezvous represents an exclusive gathering of sail and motor boats over 100 feet, annually held in the fabulous Thailand yacht charter location – Phuket from 16th to 18th December. The fleet of the 2014 event featured some of the most impressive motor and sailing yachts, including the 73-metre charter yacht Titania, joining for the first time, as well as the iconic 50-metre charter yacht Northern Sun, which assumed the role of committee boat for the two days of races. Below is a video showing the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous, made by Phuket Gazette/Phuket Today and published by Asia SuperyachtRV.

Knierim celebrating 50 years of yacht building

January 07, 2015

Knierim boasts an outstanding reputation among international yacht owners. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Knierim stands for everything that is top of the range in the boat builder’s craft. In its second generation, the yard has focused on building individual high-tech yachts, comprising the unique German America’s Cup racer Germany I (2006) as well as the 31-metre catamaran TÛRANOR Planet Solar (2010), driven by solar energy alone.

The world's largest solar catamaran Planet Solar designed by Knierim

The world's largest solar catamaran Planet Solar designed by Knierim

The success story began in 1965 on the real estate occupied by a former lifeboat shed on the Eastern bank of the Kieler fjord. Günter Knierim’s yacht and boatyard serviced and repaired solid timber fishing cutters.

However, it wasn’t very long before they concentrated on sporting boats. Plywood hulls were developed and even entire yachts laid down at Kiel. In the 70s, the quarter-tonne “Vagabund”, with a chine hull, was the prototype for three successors. The first quarter-tonners, made from moulded plywood, the “Attacke” and the “Kninispri”, followed and took the Mini Tonner world championship in the South of France in 1983.

In 1999, Gunnar Knierim, who won the Admirals’ Cup in 1993 on Willi Illbruck’s Pinta and had learned about refined composite technologies at the Admiral’s Cup in New Zealand, took over as managing director. Two years later, he relocated the company to a colossal area on the Kiel Canal. To date, this courageous step has produced some 30 new builds, ranging from comfortable cruise ships for sailing round the world to high-tech racing yachts. The number of employees rose to around 45.

First and only German Americas Cupper ever since GERMANY I yacht

First and only German Americas Cupper ever since GERMANY I yacht

Jointly managed by Knierim and the businessman Steffen Müller, the shipyard then became a member of the DEUTSCHE YACHTEN Working Group. With its 26-metre Maxi UCA, the fastest ship across the Atlantic in the 2003 DCNAC race, it scaled new heights. Germany 1, the first German America’s Cup campaign contender in 2006, was a high-tech prestigious build, just like TÛRANOR Planet Solar, a solar-powered catamaran, significantly designed by KNIERIM in 2010.  With a length of 31 metres and a beam of 15 metres, it is to date the largest waterborne craft powered purely by solar energy, and is CO2-neutral into the bargain.

After producing the Knierim Runabout 36 yacht tender in 2013, the yard, last year, launched the 18.30 metre long Knierim 60 a truly speedy giant sailing yacht. An extraordinary 53-foot boat, which will be publicly unveiled shortly, is currently under construction. The keel for a 57-foot long high-tech racing yacht has also been laid. Since 2005, the prototype hulls and decks together with rudders, keels, bulkheads and other structural components have been milled independently in the yard’s own subsidiary, KNIERIM Tooling, on state-of-the-art 5-axis machines.

Knierim Runabout 36 superyacht tender

Knierim Runabout 36 superyacht tender

Two of these are more than 30 metres long, 8.50 metres wide and four metres high. They also provide extraordinarily precise shaping for wind power system rotor blades, in aerospace and shipbuilding, as well as large industrial parts and deck equipment for mega yachts. They have also been producing direct female tooling for a long time.

Spread over more than 20,000 square metres, the company provides winter storage, refit services, repairs, conversions and paintwork. KNIERIM Yachts n’ Technics was founded to cover the entire range of yachting equipment. “We don’t want to do anything other than build good boats”, is the company’s watchword. The self-made claim as an incisive philosophy for the next 50 years.

New 31m steel motor yacht 31 Explorer under development at C.Boat

December 30, 2014

New 31-metre steel motor yacht 31 Explorer is currently under development at C.Boat in Italy. Designed with the technical specifications of the tugboats, but dressed up as luxury yachts, C.Boat 31 Explorer yacht can be compared to floating luxurious villas or 5 star hotels, thanks to her design and comfort. She boasts generous cabins as well as huge exterior deck. These make the vessel one of a kind in its category.

New 31m steel superyacht 31 Explorer by C.Boat

New 31m steel superyacht 31 Explorer by C.Boat

The philosophy of Palermo’s brand is to offer ship-owners not only a quality boat, but a touch of novelty combined with Italian tradition, and an avant-garde technology applied to innovative and classic materials: each boat produced by C.Boat represents the unique mix of tradition, innovation, elegance and craftsmanship.

Luxury yacht 31 Explorer - side view

Luxury yacht 31 Explorer - side view

Motor yacht 31 Explorer from above

Motor yacht 31 Explorer from above

C.Boat 31 Explorer superyacht is an imposing Yacht. She has a soul of a real Explorer and is as refined and elegant as all the yachts produced by C.Boat. She can be 100% customized according the owner’s taste.

C.Boat 31 Explorer yacht - aft view

C.Boat 31 Explorer yacht - aft view

C.Boat 31 Explorer superyacht with balcony

C.Boat 31 Explorer superyacht with balcony

Made entirely of steel, and thanks to her depth and high prow, luxury yacht ’31 Explorer’ guarantees an excellent hold on the water and is capable of facing the oceans as the solid and reliable fishing boats of the North American tradition; she boasts amazing interiors and exteriors that allow the builders and the owners to create spacious and bright environments that can be only found in larger boats.

C.Boat 31 Explorer Yacht by night

C.Boat 31 Explorer Yacht by night

Luxury yacht 31 Explorer by night - aft view

Luxury yacht 31 Explorer by night - aft view

C.Boat Yacht Builder is the only shipyard in Europe that gives a four-year guarantee on all boats; this reflects the great quality of the boats built by the Shipyard.

Cantiere delle Marche to compete with motor yacht NOGA in IY&A Awards 2015

December 22, 2014

design et al are delighted to announce that Cantiere delle Marche has been shortlisted for the Fifth Annual International Yacht & Aviation Award 2015, with motor yacht NOGA. Luxury superyacht NOGA will compete in the ‘Power Yacht 25-40 metres’ category.

Luxury motor yacht NOGA by CdM

Luxury motor yacht NOGA by CdM

Built by Nauta Design and designed by Mario Pedol and Massimo Gino, with Interior Design by Nauta Design and Herta Capelle, luxury yacht NOGA is a 90′ semi-displacement Explorer Yacht in aluminium. This yacht combines durable substance, seaworthy performance and low fuel consumption with airy, contemporary design and wide exterior space and surprising volumes.

Superyacht NOGA - aft view

Superyacht NOGA - aft view

Nauta Air offers the perfect blend of the luxury and style of superyachts with the sturdy substance that characterises Cantiere delle Marche’s yachts such as the Darwin Class Explorers.

NOGA Yacht - Exterior

NOGA Yacht - Exterior

Nauta Air yachts have been designed following a new proportion and a different balance of the interiors and exteriors architecture. They are actually in direct visual contact thanks to a wide use of clear glass in both windows and doors.

Luxury yacht NOGA - Interior

Luxury yacht NOGA - Interior

Special attention has been dedicated to the exterior areas, particularly to the 710 SqFt Fly Bridge: with five separated areas (sundeck, lounge, breakfast/lunch, bar and pilot station) all communicating, it easily allows one to live in the spaces whilst also enjoying the company of friends and family.

Former Japanese fisheries vessel to be converted into 45m explorer motor yacht Cklass Nautique by HYS Yachts

December 18, 2014

Philippines-based refit shipyard, HYS Yachts, is currently working on the transformation of a former Japanese fisheries vessel into a rugged yet opulent go anywhere 45-metre explorer motor yacht Cklass Nautique.

45m explorer superyacht Cklass Nautique

45m explorer superyacht Cklass Nautique being converted by HYS Yachts in November 2014

The boat was previously known as the Sakae Maru and before its retirement in early 2011, it spent many years cruising the length and breadth of Japan as a government fisheries training vessel.

Knowing that this sturdy, immaculately maintained vessel would be perfectly suited for a long-range luxury explorer conversion, HYS purchased it shortly after being released from government service.

After all fit-out and functionality requirements were hammered out with its new owner, the conversion process began in April of 2013.

When the 45m explorer superyacht Cklass Nautique emerges from the HYS facility in mid February 2015, she will include a 45 square meter owner’s penthouse with Jacuzzi (forward) and open air lounge (aft), massive 60 square meter saloon, bar, formal dining and kitchenette area, 30 square meter alfresco dining deck, a 70 square meter helideck and outdoor entertainment platform, gymnasium, cinema, four en-suite guest accommodations and a 80 square meter tender deck which – when clear of tenders and other toys – doubles as a “beach club” lounge area with fold-out water-level side terraces.

CdM announces sale of Darwin Class 102’ yacht and Nauta Air 108’ superyacht

December 18, 2014

The well known Ancona-based builder, Cantiere delle Marche, has proudly announced the sale of Darwin Class 102’ yacht and Nauta Air 108’ superyacht. The shipyard thus closes 2014 with two more sales, making a total of five yachts sold in less than twelve months.

Luxury motor yacht Darwin Class 102’ by Cantiere delle Marche

Luxury motor yacht Darwin Class 102’ by Cantiere delle Marche

Of this year’s five sales, three took place in South America, a market that CdM had decided to target in 2014 through specific marketing and sales activities made possible thanks to an important relational network. Its territorial activity will be notably intensified in 2015, with the appointment of a local dealer/area manager. The other two sales this year were concluded in Europe, with an English and with an Italian clients.

In particular, the last two yachts sold were:

CdM Nauta Air 108’ yacht: a displacement yacht in steel and aluminum, conceived in all its particulars for the Americas, with an especially reduced draft. In addition to the usual features of an Explorer yacht (over-engineering, redundancies, great seaworthiness, transpacific autonomy, etc.), this yacht designed by Nauta Design boasts ample outside spaces that culminate in a 70-square meter sun deck and, on the main deck, a real beach club that is in direct contact with the water. This is a particularly innovative alternative to having a beach club in the place that is usually dedicated to garage space. To CdM, another important feature of this boat is the 7.5-meter beam platform built to accommodate a layout that includes a master cabin on the main deck. On the technical side, besides the usual features also found in the Darwin Class, this boat will be fitted with a latest generation Dynamic Positioning System, along with a highly sophisticated navigation system, a ship-owner’s toy garage with side access door (the two tenders will be positioned externally, like on the Explorer yacht), and a Bulb (a CdM first-time feature). The interiors will be appointed by Italian designers and will include tactile and luxury surfaces.

CdM Air 108 Yacht - Profile

CdM Air 108 Yacht - Profile

Darwin Class 102’ yacht: the sister ship to the Darwin Class 102’ sold in February and designed by Sergio Cutolo of Hydrotec, this Explorer distinguishes itself thanks to an important modification brought to the stern, its particularly convivial layout, and special attention to the toys that are housed in its enormous garage. The very spacious stern platform can accommodate a five-meter tender, whereas the upper deck can hold a 6.20-meter one. During long voyages, the first one can also be put on the upper deck. At the Client request, a management team was involved in the ship-building process and was tasked with configuring the yacht for extended navigation, especially in the Caribbean and in the waters of South America, and for getting the most out of the Charter market. In answer to the many requests received by the shipyard in recent years, there will finally be a Darwin Class available for the Charter market.

CdM highlights some interesting information on the commercial success of its products:

•             The sales average has gone from one contract every 90 days to one contract every 75 days;

•             The size of yachts sold has increased and consequently, so has the valued of the single contracts: 4 of the last 5 boats have been over 100 feet long;

•             The shipyard’s backlog of orders is enough to keep production running at saturation capacity until 2017;

•             The launch of the Darwin 2.0 line and the immediate success of those sales has confirmed CdM’s ability to listen to and heed the yacht market voices, and has shown its capacity to respond quickly to the input received so as to satisfy demand;

•             The success of the Nauta Air line, which amounts to about 25% of the shipyard’s total production, bears witness to the fact that the market has fully responded to the innovative principle implicit in Explorer Yacht that is to be found in the form but in the content;

•             Virtually all of its buyers come from a world of serial-production shipyards with brands that have been solidly anchored in the market for decades or, in two cases, they are owners of yachts built in northern European shipyards with just as aristocratic a lineage. CdM’s commercial success shows how the market is evolving towards serving a type of clientele that demonstrates a greater maturity in its heightened attention to content, to quality, and to reliability above all else, just as was predicted in 2010 when the shipyard began its adventure.

Cantiere delle Marche, which distinguished itself from the start, thanks to the typology and quality of the boats produced in its Ancona facility, has earned its place among the best performers of the sector. As of now, three more yachts are planned for delivery in 2015 (Darwin Class 107’, 102’ and 86’) and there are additional orders on the books and in production for delivery between 2016 and 2017.

Latest 60m explorer motor yacht EXCALIBUR concept unveiled by Sigmund Yacht Design

December 17, 2014

Austria-based design studio, Sigmund Yacht Design, has unveiled their first explorer concept – motor yacht Excalibur. Using a hull approved by BMT Nigel Gee, luxury mega yacht Excalibur concept is an impressive 60-metre explorer, designed to discover the High Seas and coasts all over the world.

Latest 60m super yacht Excalibur concept unveiled by Sigmund Yacht Design

Latest 60m super yacht Excalibur concept unveiled by Sigmund Yacht Design

Named after the mythical sword which gives power to its owner, the 60m explorer yacht Excalibur concept hopes to take that name once again and allow owners of the vessel the power to go on adventure wherever and whenever they want.

Superyacht Excalibur concept has been designed to excel in all areas of yachting. The design is a result of form following function and being a highly functional yacht makes Excalibur a Super yacht full of form. Sleek, clean and balanced are themes found inside and out and set the vessel apart from contemporaries.

Luxury motor yacht Excalibur concept - aft view

Luxury motor yacht Excalibur concept - aft view

Helicopter landing pad and open decks swimming pool and vast windows treat guests and owners of Excalibur yacht concept to an unrivalled exploration experience.

Technical Specifications of mega yacht Excalibur concept:

LOA 60m

LWL 59.6m

BOA 10.3m

Draught 3.45m

Displacement  1100 t

Gross Tonnage 1175 t

Fuel Load 115 t

Fresh water 35 t

Black water 30 t

Max Speed  18 knots

Cruising Speed 14 knots