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All-new 77m Explorer Motor Yacht YERSIN designed by Pierre J. KUBIS Designs

June 29, 2015

Beautifully designed by Pierre J. KUBIS Designs, the all-new 77-metre explorer motor yacht YERSIN has been christened in the Principality of Monaco this month. The naming ceremony, during which the François Fiat’s YERSIN yacht was blessed by the Vicar General of Monaco, was also attended by HSH Prince Albert II.

77m explorer motor yacht YERSIN designed by Pierre J. KUBIS Designs

77m explorer motor yacht YERSIN designed by Pierre J. KUBIS Designs

Named in honor of Doctor Alexandre Yersin, expedition yacht YERSIN has been designed in accordance with the values of the La Belle Classe Superyachts. She will be used as a tool for the project named ASE – stands for Adventure, Science & Education.

Expedition yacht YERSIN

Expedition yacht YERSIN

Based on the requirements of her experienced owner, mega yacht YERSIN has been designed by PJ KUBIS designs in partnership with the engineering department of the Piriou Shipyard, also responsible for the construction of this impressive vessel.

Luxury motor yacht YERSIN - side view

Luxury motor yacht YERSIN – side view

The unusual exterior lines of YERSIN superyacht take inspiration from the ships of the beginning of the 20th century. The yellow funnel and hydroplane complete the almost vertical bow, tensed waters entries, a small bulb on a bronze grey hull, topped by flow and sober superstructures shape with her Portuguese bridge to result in an identifiable and assumed exploration vessel.

YERSIN superyacht - aft view

YERSIN superyacht – aft view

Luxury motor yacht YERSIN also takes inspiration from the desire of adventure and Owner’s childhood dreams. These include three legendary characters: Tintin, the Commandant Cousteau, as well as the Prince Albert 1er.

Expedition yacht YERSIN - Exterior

Expedition yacht YERSIN – Exterior

Destined for sailing, exploring and teaching, explorer yacht YERSIN has been designed and built to navigate from the polar cold to the extreme heat in maximum comfort, while respecting the environment. The interiors feature the finest natural materials and certified wood, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Luxury motor yacht YERSIN - Bar

Luxury motor yacht YERSIN – Bar

The interiors of luxury yacht YERSIN feature a mix of oak and Zebrano linings, ceilings lacquered staff to aged oak wood floor with wool carpet, belted of stainless steel and leather stripes, to always create a serene and relaxing atmosphere.

YERSIN Yacht - Owners Lounge

YERSIN Yacht – Owners Lounge

The main deck provides direct access to the vertical circulation column with an elevator and guest stairs, which connect lower and top decks. There is also a gymnasium and spa, comfortable guest cabins and the Owner’s lounges, including the external deck and suite, in addition to the wheelhouse deck and the sun deck.

YERSIN Yacht - Layout

YERSIN Yacht – Layout

More about Pierre J. Kubis

Pierre Jacques Kubis graduated in interior design at the French Ecole Boulle, the leading school for artistic crafts and applied arts, as well as in naval design at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture, the national college of architecture in Nantes. He regularly works with such iconic protagonists in the marine industry as Martin Francis Design and JFA Yachts.

Pierre J. Kubis

Pierre J. Kubis

Delivery of Nordhavn 76 hull #21 Motor Yacht SWEET HOPE 2

June 26, 2015

US shipyard, Nordhavn, has successfully handed over the all-new Nordhavn 76 hull #21 motor yacht SWEET HOPE 2. The owners of expedition yacht SWEET HOPE 2 plan to cruise the breath-taking Alaska yacht charter destination.

21th Nordhavn 76 Motor Yacht SWEET HOPE II

21th Nordhavn 76 Motor Yacht SWEET HOPE 2

The Nordhavn 76 line is available in a hull length of 72 feet or 76 feet, and with a “pilot house aft” or “pilot house forward” deck configuration. Luxury yacht SWEET HOPE 2 is a “pilot house forward” configuration on the 76-foot hull. The salon area has been designed and constructed as a “wide body”. The owner of SWEET HOPE 2 has moved up to his new vessel from a Nordhavn 64, which was also a forward pilot house design.

Luxury yacht SWEET HOPE 2 - aft view

Luxury yacht SWEET HOPE 2 – aft view

SWEET HOPE 2 Yacht - side view

SWEET HOPE 2 Yacht – side view

Moreover, the brand new SWEET HOPE 2 boasts an extended boat deck. This hosts a gorgeous large cockpit area destined for entertaining, protected from the sun and weather.

Aboard motor yacht SWEET HOPE 2

Aboard motor yacht SWEET HOPE 2

Luxury yacht SWEET HOPE 2 - Exterior

Luxury yacht SWEET HOPE 2 – Exterior

View more charter yachts built by Nordhavn here.

First Sanlorenzo Explorer Yacht 460Exp to make world debut at Monaco Yacht Show 2015

June 23, 2015

The first Sanlorenzo explorer yacht 460Exp will make her world debut at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show 2015, running in the beautiful Monaco yacht charter location from September 23 to 26. During the event, Sanlorenzo will showcase two luxury vessels, including the all-new 42-metre superyacht 460Exp.

New Sanlorenzo explorer motor yacht 460Exp

New Sanlorenzo explorer motor yacht 460Exp

The flagship of the Sanlorenzo explorer range designed by Francesco Paszkowski, motor yacht 460Exp provides stability, security, autonomy, limited draft, as well as a remarkable agility for her category. She has been designed and built to reach distant or rarely visited destinations, and can navigate close to the shoreline. Furthermore, the Sanlorenzo explorer boasts substantial self-sufficiency and features a large space on board to store different water toys as well as equipment. The lower deck hosts a beach club with a bar, a sauna, a fitness area, a spa and an “endless swimming pool”, in which guests can swim against an artificial current.

In terms of performance, the brand new Sanlorenzo super yacht 460Exp is fitted with twin CAT C32 Acert engines (1319 HP), capable of covering over 4000 nautical miles autonomously at an economical speed of 11 knots.

Additional charter yachts built by SANLORENZO.

Fiji Yacht Charter Special aboard 34m Expedition Yacht VvS1

June 22, 2015

The striking and exceptional charter yacht VvS1 is currently available for Fiji yacht charters, offering eight days charter for the price of seven. The charter special is available for any vacations booked by the end of July, 2015. VvS1 superyacht is an expeditions-style vessel constructed by the renowned New Zealand shipyard Alloy Yachts. She was launched in 2007 and has since been maintained in top condition, offering lucky charter guests unforgettable holiday experiences.

The 34-metre superyacht VvS1 was built in aluminium to a design by Gregory C Marshall Naval Architects. Her elegant and spacious interior was created in collaboration between the shipyard, Gregory C Marshall and the Owner.

The interior features American white oak panels with white stain and exposed, slightly raised grain. The guest areas feature wedge furniture, with bamboo interior soles lain in 90mm planks with wedge inlays and matt finish.

Vvs1 Master Cabin

Vvs1 Master Cabin

Accommodation on board VvS1 yacht is divided in between one master suite forward on the main deck and three double guest staterooms forward on the lower deck. All suites are elegant, very comfortable and include en suite bathroom facilities. Crew is accommodated in three crew cabins, situated on the lower deck aft. The Captains’ cabin and ship’s office are located on the bridge deck.

Vvs1 Twin Cabin

Vvs1 Twin Cabin

Positioned on the main deck is the main saloon with a dining area for eight guests. In between the dining room and the aft deck dining area guests will find the galley. Deliciously peppered meals can be served both to interior or exterior server bars forward and aft of the galley. There is also a tepanyaki bar, which can be found on the fly bridge.

Vvs1 Flybridge Tepanaki Bar

Vvs1 Flybridge Tepanaki Bar

VvS1 yacht is also equipped with a full-sized gymnasium and a cinema both found on the bridge deck. Dive equipment and compressor are stored in the lazarette. There are two tenders, which are stored on the bridge deck aft, including on 6,5m tender powered by a 150hp outboard. Both tenders are launched by the yacht’s hydraulic crane.

VvS1 Luxury yacht

Year:2007 (Refit na)  L.O.A.:34m (111ft)  Beam:7.78m (25' 6") 
Max Speed:13 knots  Cruise Speed:12 knots  Engines:2 x Caterpillar 475hp 
Cabins: Charter Guest: Crew:


Visit this beautiful paradise on earth and get to know the amazing local people as well as explore the breath-taking islands, islets and beaches Fiji has on offer. Getting to know Fiji aboard a luxury charter yacht will provide you with a unique experience which cannot be compared to any other way of travelling. If you choose to charter VvS1 yacht through CharterWorld we will organise your entire charter holiday based on your deepest desires and dreams, creating a Fiji itinerary that best suits your needs and those of your guests.

Enchanting Fiji - Image credit to Tourism Fiji

Enchanting Fiji – Image credit to Tourism Fiji

Fiji is know as one of the most scenic island destinations in the South Pacific and well known for the classic movie Blue Lagoon, which was also made here. The island offer plenty of privacy yet are full of possibilities for adventure and new discoveries. Contact our professional team today to discuss the various possibilities and dates for your next dream holiday in the South Pacific.

Impressive 77m Explorer Yacht YERSIN Official Presentation in Monaco

June 22, 2015

Both a private vessel as well as multi-purpose vessel for cruising all oceans and in all weathers, the impressive 77-metre explorer yacht YERSIN was blessed by His Grace René Giuliano, Vicar General of Monaco, at a ceremony in the Principality of Monaco, attended by HSH Prince Albert II. As tradition dictates, YERSIN yacht’s godmother and daughter of the owner, broke a bottle of champagne against the hull, to the tune of When the Pipers Play, performed on the bagpipes by Chief Warrant Officer Olivier Dréan, conductor of the Prince of Monaco’s military band, Fanny Fiat.

77m expedition yacht YERSIN in Monaco - Photo by Ameller

77m expedition yacht YERSIN – Photo by Ameller

“The Yersin is an exceptional vessel, a boat for cruising also designed for research purposes, and an impressive autonomy of several days or even several months. She keeps alive the tradition of Prince Albert 1st’s and Captain Cousteau’s boats and other explorers who left from Monaco. It is quite moving and extraordinary to think that thanks to Mr Fiat and his family, and his attachment to the Yacht Club de Monaco, this great adventure, where science and education take centre stage, can be revived,” said HSH Prince Albert II.

YERSIN Yacht Official Presentation in Monaco - Photo by Ameller

YERSIN Yacht Official Presentation in Monaco – Photo by Ameller

Built to passenger ship standards (hence the term Motor-Vessel), M/V YERSIN was constructed by the French shipyard Piriou in Concarneau. No agent, no naval architect and no designer: the owner François Fiat, his wife, his Captain, Jean Dumarais, and his Chief Engineer, Yordan Hristov designed the vessel, monitored the whole construction process and selected the equipment as well as fittings themselves.

Motor yacht YERSIN has been built around the A.S.E. project, with three key objectives in mind as to how the vessel will be deployed: Adventure, Science and Education.

Explorer Yacht YERSIN Blessing - Photo by Ameller

Explorer Yacht YERSIN Blessing – Photo by Ameller

A for Adventure: “It has been a dream of mine since childhood – inspired by Tintin, Prince Albert 1’s Hirondelle and Captain Cousteau’s Calypso – which within three years has become a reality. I wanted a boat that could sail anywhere, in any weather, with a reinforced hull for the ice. As her vocation is exploration we wanted to set aside 70% of the space to communal and technical areas.”

HSH Prince Albert II aboard YERSIN Yacht @Ameller

HSH Prince Albert II aboard YERSIN Yacht @Ameller

S for Science: the exceptional 77m YERSIN yacht is fitted with eco-friendly technology. “We have electric propulsion, supplied on demand by generators as one still cannot store energy in batteries. At a cruising speed of 11 knots we consume 380 litres of diesel, half of what we would consume with diesel engines. At a slow-steaming speed of 9 knots, our total consumption (electricity, heating / air conditioning included) falls to 180 litres an hour, giving us autonomy for 12,000 miles and 40 days at sea with 40 people on board. Nothing is discharged into the sea: we recycle grey water for washing the boat for example, and produce freshwater for all our needs. But we only do oil changes in ports equipped for this, and then there’s no question of introducing foreign particles to an environment hundreds of miles from where we have taken water on for the desalination system.”

HSH Prince Albert II and Mr Fiat aboard Explorer Yacht YERSIN - Photo by Ameller

HSH Prince Albert II and Mr Fiat aboard Explorer Yacht YERSIN – Photo by Ameller

E for Education: “We can take children on board to educate future generations on protecting the environment. This is also what we did at the event with HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco. The broad smiles and messages they retained after a day on the water convinced us that this mission for the vessel is a very valid one.”

Motor Yacht YERSIN Blessing - Photo by Eric Mathon

Motor Yacht YERSIN Blessing – Photo by Eric Mathon

“The vessel is called Yersin in honour of Doctor Alexandre Yersin (1863-1943), who worked for the Messageries maritimes merchant shipping company. Humanity owes this man a great deal for his research, notably his discovery of the bacillus behind the bubonic plague on 20th June 1894. I also chose one of his quotes – “You are not truly alive unless you keep moving” – to be the vessel’s motto,” commented an emotional François Fiat on the realisation of his dream, and who chose for this symbolic date the first anniversary day of the Yacht Club de Monaco’s new building.

Following a family cruise in the Eastern Mediterranean and Adriatic, M/V YERSIN, a winner of the Monaco Trophy 2014, will be displayed at the Monaco Yacht Show 2015 in September, before cruising the wider oceans.

First Selene Explorer 92 Yacht Launched

June 18, 2015

Chinese shipyard, Jet Tern Marine, builder of Selene Yachts, has successfully launched the first Selene Explorer 92 yacht, entirely designed by Guido de Groot. Measuring almost 28 meters in length, luxury motor yacht Selene Explorer 92 now represents the shipyard’s flagship vessel.

Rendering of Selene 92 Ocean Explorer superyacht

Rendering of Selene 92 Ocean Explorer superyacht

Superyacht Selene Explorer 92 provides deluxe accommodation in 5 well appointed cabins, including an owner’s suite, as well as four generous guest cabins. Moreover, there is a top class kitchen and a spa, positioned on the flybridge deck.

Built in composite, the 28m luxury yacht Selene Explorer 92 is run by twin economical 660hp Caterpillar C-12 engines. Destined for long range, blue water cruising, she can comfortably cruise at 12 knots.

Further charter yachts by Selene Yachts.

MML supports refit of Outstanding 88m Explorer Yacht ARCTIC P

June 17, 2015

MML have successfully supported the recently completed refit on the outstanding 88-metre explorer mega yacht ARCTIC P. The major 7-month refit of luxury motor yacht ARCTIC P started in October 2014, and was performed at the Navantia Shipyard in Cartagena, Spain.

Newly refitted 88m explorer superyacht ARCTIC P

Newly refitted 88m explorer superyacht ARCTIC P

The works on the 88m expedition yacht ARCTIC P included a complete refit of the bridge, engine control room and galley, the installation of new, and significantly more fuel-efficient propellers, as well as a major overhaul of the vessel’s beach club. That comprised the installation of a swimming pool, jacuzzi and a dining table. When not in use, the pool, jacuzzi and dining table create a flush deck so the beach club presents a clean flat teak deck, allowing it to be used as a huge entertaining area.

By touching selected buttons, the glass bottom of the pool and teak bottom of the jacuzzi sink into the deck and the spaces then fill with water. On the other side of the beach club, the dining table rises from the deck in two sections; a smaller round section to which a further section can be added to result in a large oval table and which allows for the accommodation of varying dinner party sizes. The whole deck conversion can be completed in less than five minutes.

Luxury yacht ARCTIC P - hidden pool and Jacuzzi

Luxury yacht ARCTIC P – hidden pool and Jacuzzi

With young children often aboard superyacht ARCTIC P as guests, safety is a key concern of the owner. MML created a removable railing, the latest in a series of technical innovations, which separates the jacuzzi and pool area from the rest of the deck space when in use. With the pool and jacuzzi in the flush-to-deck, stowed position the railings can be completely removed to re-establish a clear deck space.

”Working in partnership with Arctic P’s captain and crew over the years has enabled MML to fully understand their specific requirements for each refit or period in maintenance. We can then do our utmost – through careful planning, preparation and negotiation – to ensure all work is completed to a high standard with minimum impact on the yacht’s cruising schedule whilst striving to achieve best value for money for their comprehensive work packages,” comments Matt Liddell, MML technical manager.

Super yacht ARCTIC P - pool and Jacuzzi

Super yacht ARCTIC P – pool and Jacuzzi

MML’s support of the refit is part of an ongoing relationship between ARCTIC P yacht and the company, which began in 2008.

New Darwin Class 86’ Explorer Yacht STELLA DEL NORD by CdM launched

June 12, 2015

Ancona-based Italian shipyard, Cantiere delle Marche (CdM), has proudly announced the recent launch of the sixth Darwin Class 86’ explorer yacht STELLA DEL NORD. A sister ship to the highly successful superyacht PERCHERON, the brand new motor yacht STELLA DEL NORD boasts beautiful interiors, created by Studio PFA Design. Her style is light and contemporary, with elegant lines and soft, modern shapes.

New Darwin Class 86 Superyacht STELLA DEL NORD at launch

New Darwin Class 86 Superyacht STELLA DEL NORD at launch

Luxury yacht STELLA DEL NORD represents the first model of “Darwin 2.0″ series: the panoramic windows in the salons of the main deck as well as the upper deck match with the lowered bulwarks to provide fantastic views from inside the vessel. Different and sleeker bow windows as well as lines are only some of the features that give a more contemporary and cutting edge style to the Darwin Class line.

“Once again we credit much of the success of this project to the incredible harmony and synergy that has been created with the shipyard, the owner, the surveyor, and the captain. CdM proves itself to be once again a boutique shipyard where attention to detail and to everyone’s needs, together with the ability to listen, and willingness to fulfill every wish of the owner are the key to the success of every project,” comments Vasco Buonpensiere, Sales and Marketing Director of CdM.

The interiors have been designed around the theme of lightness and light. This has been achieved through simple combinations, utilizing a palette of luxury and carefully selected materials, including the natural elm, the open-pore white lacquered wood, travertine, and warm natural fabrics. Accommodation aboard STELLA DEL NORD yacht is offered in the master cabin and the VIP cabin in the bow, both full beam. As required by the owner’s family, a special attention was paid to the study of outdoor spaces, especially the area of the sun deck, which boasts a gas barbecue and bar area, a dining area with a large sofa and chairs, as well as a pilot station.

Luxury motor yacht STELLA DEL NORD

Luxury motor yacht STELLA DEL NORD

CdM CEO, Ennio Cecchini, personally supervised this project and proudly declares: “In many years of yachting neither my men nor I remember a launch of a boat at this level of quality and completion. The path of consolidation and improvement of the processes that we undertook  is definitely paying off and I am convinced that, during the next boat shows, we will again surprise our potential customers for what our products represent in terms of quality and finishing.”

Cantiere delle Marche continues its course of success, marked by a series of launches throughout this 2015 season. July will see the shipyard launch the flagship Darwin Class 107′ motor yacht STORM. She will make her premiere together with STELLA DEL NORD and the Nauta Air 90 motor yacht NOGA at the 2015 Cannes Yachting Festival in September. Moreover, the Darwin Class 102′ motor yacht ACALA is expected to leave Ancona for Fort Lauderdale to be displayed at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2015 in November.

The shipyard is presently working on the construction of a Nauta Air 108, a Nauta Air 111 and a Darwin Class 102. Furthermore, two contracts are going to be completed very soon for another two Nauta Air 111 yachts, to be built on two different naval platforms, which will be of 299 GRT and 330 GRT.

Rossinavi Diesel Electric Yacht ENDURANCE 50 (FR032) to be presented at EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015

June 12, 2015

Rossinavi Diesel Electric yacht ENDURANCE 50 (FR032) will be presented at this month’s EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015, running from June 15 to 19. The event will feature a seminar, illustrating the technical solution implemented in the 50-metre motor yacht ENDURANCE 50.

Superyacht ENDURANCE 50 (FR032) by Rossinavi – Photo by Team For Design – by Enrico Gobbi

Superyacht ENDURANCE 50 (FR032) by Rossinavi – Photo by Team For Design – by Enrico Gobbi

Titled “Diesel-electric technology, from cruise ships to yachts – how to optimise energy utilisation on board”, the seminar will illustrate the reasons for making diesel-electric propulsion systems for vessels destined for long-range cruising around the globe. The first vessel with this kind of propulsion hit the water in 1903. This system is starting to be implemented for vessels between 500 and 2000 gross tons (GT) only now. The workshop will unveil the various technologies applied to a vessel to optimise energy production as well as management.


The all-aluminium luxury yacht ENDURANCE 50 is a striking 50-metre fast displacement explorer, beautifully penned by Enrico Gobbi from Team For Design (T4D), with interior design by Achille Salvagni.


This new vessel is our latest expression of technic and style. The new Endurance 50mt is a fully customized yacht with essential and linear layout, characterized by many minimalist details and lightweight materials. The twin diesel electric engines and the unlimited registration allow long range cruising around the world.

This vessel has been design for the “tour of the globe”. The main vessel performance is the seakeeping and the long cruising range.


The generous full-beam owner’s suite forward to the weather deck enjoys plenty of light and a wonderful panorama thanks to the long windows along the two main sides and an unusual private balcony. The exterior areas of the Endurance 50 make various configuration possible, including an exclusive sun area forward, placed over the wide garage. The outside dining area is on the upper deck, while the cockpit is furnished with luxurious sunbed close to a panoramic custom pool on aft. 

Further charter yachts built by Rossi Navi.

New Darwin 86 Explorer Motor Yacht STELLA DEL NORD ready to be launched by CdM

June 11, 2015

Italian shipyard, Cantiere delle Marche (CdM), is ready to launch their all-new Darwin 86 explorer motor yacht STELLA DEL NORD, as show a great video and photos below, made by Maurizio Paradisi and shared by the shipyard. The eighth Darwin 86 superyacht STELLA DEL NORD has been successfully transported from the CdM facility to the launch area.

Designed and engineered by Hydro Tec/Sergio Cutolo, the brand new Darwin 86/08 luxury yacht STELLA DEL NORD bears lovely interior design by Architect Pierluigi Floris. She can be characterized by sturdy, seaworthy performance, mixed up with low fuel consumption as well as large internal volume for her length.

Darwin 86 explorer yacht Stella del Nord by CdM - Photo by Maurizio Paradisi

Darwin 86 explorer yacht Stella del Nord by CdM – Photo by Maurizio Paradisi

Motor yacht Stella del Nord - Photo by Maurizio Paradisi

Motor yacht Stella del Nord – Photo by Maurizio Paradisi

Luxury yacht Stella del Nord - aft view - Photo by Maurizio Paradisi

Luxury yacht Stella del Nord – aft view – Photo by Maurizio Paradisi