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New Zealand superyacht specialist Integrated Marine Group celebrating 10 years of business

October 30, 2014

New Zealand superyacht specialist, Integrated Marine Group (IMG), is thrilled to be celebrating 10 years of business this year. Established in 2004, IMG has built itself a solid reputation as superyacht agents, as well as specialists in superyacht refit, service and repair in New Zealand and the South Pacific. The company has also forged good commercial ties, with their recent investment into Shipco 360, a Whangarei-based facility, specializing in commercial work.

The IMG team (l to r Dave Low, Tony Whiting, Rachel Harrison, Mark Wightman and Munesh Sharma)

The IMG team (l to r Dave Low, Tony Whiting, Rachel Harrison, Mark Wightman and Munesh Sharma)

Led by Managing Director Mark Wightman, IMG has a highly experienced long-standing team and strong core values, which Wightman credits for the company’s success. “Our team is at the heart of all we do,” he says. “We have always stuck to our principles and our core values focusing on quality and dependability. These are the kind of things that help a company to outlast others, and we are very proud that we have always had great feedback from those who use us.” As well as their own central team, IMG also works with a proven network of longstanding partner companies to ensure their consistently high standards of work are always maintained.

IMG has gone from strength to strength over the years, with several initiatives enhancing their global roots. The yacht support division has worked with, and undertaken exchanges with Lunautica, based in Nice, Hamburg and Valencia. In 2012 IMG also partnered with Spanish yard Atollvic to provide a global full-service offering to yachts in their network. One yacht that has taken full advantage of this service is 58m charter yacht Seawolf, which is now in for her third refit with the companies since the partnership was formed.

Every project the team has worked on has been unique, and understanding the custom nature of the superyacht industry has been an important factor in IMG’s wider success. “All the projects we have worked on have been notable in their own way,” said Wightman. “It is always a privilege to work on and with these incredible yachts.” Over the years IMG has maintained a high number of repeat customers, which Wightman says is a hugely gratifying testament to the quality of service that IMG offers.

One repeat customer is the Royal Huisman-built 58m sailing yacht Ethereal, which visited New Zealand for the two consecutives summers of 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 “The owners decided to visit New Zealand because of the the beautiful and dynamic cruising on offer, but also due to the unparalleled quality that the marine services there have to offer as well,” said James Turner, relief captain/first mate on Ethereal. “Each occasion involved owners cruising along with significant refit/maintenance and survey work and during each of our visits we enlisted the invaluable assistance of Integrated Marine Group. The IMG team gave us not just reliable, efficient and quality workmanship at a competitive rate but also fantastic shore side and logistical support ready at a drop of hat. Furthermore IMG assisted with the budgeting and financial side of the refit work, which in turn saved a lot of time, effort and stress.”

Key projects for IMG over the last ten years have included:

49m M/Y Karima (Amels) – A split refit, with the owners taking time to cruise between works periods, Karima underwent a major refit between October 2007 and February 2009. Work included the installation of a new helicopter deck, survey work, a new Quantum Stabiliser system and significant interior work.

56m S/Y Zenji (Perini Navi) – The eight-month refit on Zenji in 2009 was a large-scale project that included her five-year ABS survey, and interior refurbishment and extensive engineering and systems work. “The refit [of Zenji] was the largest in monetary expenditure, scale and complexity to ever be undertaken in New Zealand at that time. The combination of work required was beyond extensive and made seemingly effortless by the strong leadership that IMG brought to the eight month yard period.” – Bradley Tong, Refit Manager, Zenji.

58m M/Y Seawolf (J&K Smit) – The five-month refit that Seawolf underwent in Auckland in 2012, is one of many the yacht has since undertaken within the IMG-Atollvic partnership. Work done included the refurbishment of the owner’s area, repaint of upper deck area, engineering and systems work. “IMG has great group trades under their wing. They want to do a good job for you and are passionate about what they do. There was no warranty work to speak of, drive away [with] no issues, and they were realistic with timelines and meeting them.” – Captain Drarg Richards, Seawolf.

61.4m M/Y White Rabbit Echo (North West Bay Ships Pty) – The owners of trimaran White Rabbit Echo brought the yacht all the way from Singapore to have her refit work undertaken with IMG in 2013. Work done included New Zealand’s biggest ever paint job, with 3,400m2 of paint applied. Other jobs included underwater work and a survey.

The IMG team is now looking forward to the next ten years of business, with a busy workbook ahead. Upcoming projects include refit work on the 42.5m Royal Huisman-built S/Y Juliet, a repeat customer of IMG, and 73m SilverYachts-built M/Y Dragonfly.

Sailing yacht OCD 130 – A 130’ Blue Water Cruiser/Racer concept by JFA Yachts and Owen Clarke Design

October 28, 2014

The striking 130’ sailing yacht OCD 130 developed by JFA Yachts and Owen Clarke Design is a concept design based on the requirement for a practical blue water cruiser-racer, with a raised deck saloon that maintains the sleek clean deck appearance of a Mediterranean day boat. Superyacht OCD 130 concept boasts a very latest hull form and appendage set, designed for fast, safe offshore passage making.

OCD 130 Cruiser Yacht by JFA Yachts and Owen Clarke Design

OCD 130 Cruiser Yacht by JFA Yachts and Owen Clarke Design

The specification developed by Owen Clarke Design called for:

•             True blue water cruiser with a luxurious interior and capable of ocean passages.

•             1 owner suite and 3 guest cabins

•             Separate owner’s saloon with access to private deck area aft

•             Lounge dining and cockpit dining for eight

•             Crew area forward for 4-6 crew

•             Nav area in saloon with panoramic vision for watch-keeping

•             Rig and deck package designed to be handled inshore and offshore by a minimum crew

•             Garage for the storage of a permanently inflated rigid inflatable tender.

•             Access to the engine and machinery spaces that allows maintenance to continue without disrupting the rest of the interior and inconveniencing the owner/guests

•             Guest cabins with modular furniture that allows it to be configured with twin or double beds for use in port or sailing. Additional ‘Pullman’ berths for children/guests when required

•             Plenty of stowage accessible from deck: aft garage, forward sail lockers  and deep side deck lockers with watertight hatches

OCD 130 superyacht concept

OCD 130 superyacht concept

For the design illustrated OCD researched where other similar projects had arrived at in layouts and specifications for vessels of this size. Among the datum yachts OCD reviewed were Visione, Canica, Angels Share, Mystere, Ghost and OCD own as yet un-announced 45m project. One of the advantages of a modern hull form is the additional volume and usable hull area aft. OCD have used this to achieve the now familiar ‘terrace on the sea’ which extends into a protected practical cockpit and stylish aerodynamic coachroof. A working area at the base of the mast blends into the clean looking foredeck with flush glass hatches. There are also ‘bomb bay’ doors let into the foredeck for storage of some of the working headsails in the dead space between the deck and the crew area.

The layout is an amalgam of OCD own ideas and what OCD have seen during OCD research. The aft 30% of the yacht is left entirely for the exclusive use of the owner and comprises the secluded aft terrace, owner’s lounge and stateroom. There is a small guest cabin in this area which would be suitable as a children’s cabin or as a dual cabin/office space. Dividing the owner’s area from the rest of the yacht is the raised main saloon and lounge. Stepping down from this space and moving forward past two more guest cabins one enters the crew area forward of the mast.

OCD 130 Yacht Concept

OCD 130 Yacht Concept

From aft, access into the owner’s spaces is via the aft deck/terrace through a glazed sliding hatch. Owner’s lounge is symmetrical port and starboard with an offset passage way, en-suite guest cabin to port and owner’s en-suite with shower and Jacuzzi to starboard. At the forward end of the companionway, step up into the main saloon area.

From the working cockpit companionway step down into the main saloon with 360 degree panoramic views. To port there is a navigation station and lounge area on a raised dias which allows external views while seated. To starboard, a dining area, a couch on the forward bulkhead and access to the machinery spaces under the saloon via the spiral staircase on the aft bulkhead. The raised areas of the saloon, seats and seat backs increase the volume and head height of the machinery space beneath which is 5.5m long and spans the entire width of the yacht.

A short flight of steps (which lift to provide secondary access to the engine room) lead down into the forward half of the yacht with two en-suite guest cabins port and starboard accessed through sliding doors. These are a common feature in the interior of the yacht. The cabins have modular berths allowing configuration as twin or double cabins. A Pullman berth in each increases the capacity of the cabin to three if required. Forward of the mast there is a fully fitted professional galley to port and ships office/utility space to starboard. An alternative (although heavier) arrangement for some owners would be to use this space for a walk in larder. Forward though the companionway watertight door there is a crew mess to port and en-suite captain’s cabin to starboard. A passageway leads forward to the remaining crew accommodation, laundry and storage spaces.

Luxury yacht OCD 130 concept

Luxury yacht OCD 130 concept

The aft lazarette/tender garage, bow thruster compartment/anchor locker and wet stowage area are separated from the main accommodation by watertight bulkheads. Additional storage is provided by lockers that are built into the side decks outboard of the coachroof and the owner’s lounge. Access to these are through watertight, teak finished, flush deck hatches.

Technical Specifications of OCD 130 superyacht concept:

Length 40.0 m

Beam 9.15 m

Draft 6.00 m

Displacement 118 t

Upwind sail area 838 m2

SA/Displacement 36

Length/Displacement 51

New superyacht projects unveiled by JFA Yachts

October 28, 2014

The well known French shipyard, JFA Yachts, has proudly unveiled their latest superyacht projects, including a superb 115′ power catamaran, developed with Peugeot Design Lab, a striking 144’ explorer yacht, as well as a majestic 100’ sailing yacht.

115' JFA Power Catamaran Yacht Concept

115' JFA Power Catamaran Yacht Concept

Motor Yacht 144’ New Explorer

Designed by Dixon Yacht Design, the 144’ JFA explorer yacht project is issued from the 164’ New explorer yacht project. This 144’ offers a large aft deck for a large tender up to 36ft. As the 164’, interiors are designed by Franck Darnet Design.

New 144' Explorer Yacht Concept by JFA and Bill Dixon

New 144' Explorer Yacht Concept by JFA and Bill Dixon

SY 100’ Modern Ketch

New 100´ JFA superyacht developed by Rhoades Young Design in partnership with Rob Humphreys Yacht Design is a beautiful performance cruiser with the emphasis on relaxation as well as lifestyle at sea. The 100´ Young/Humphreys superyacht permits the user to be content, comfortable and safe while being able to select from a wide range of relaxation or entertainment areas all available aboard, depending on the mood.

100' JFA superyacht concept

100' JFA superyacht concept

The profile appearance of a contemporary twin deckhouse 100´ Young/Humphreys luxury yacht belies the expanse of accommodation within. A secluded aft beach is accessible directly through glazed doors to the aft cabin within, whilst the sunken cockpit is inviting and sheltered, and maintains a strong and alluring link to the main deck house.

100' JFA luxury yacht concept

100' JFA luxury yacht concept

Sporting 360 degree views, enhanced by drop down bulwarks and near full height windows, the deck saloon features an uninterrupted vista from the seating / dining area within. Yet another cockpit nestles forward of the main house for secluded privacy.

100' JFA Yacht Concept - Interior

100' JFA Yacht Concept - Interior

With every aspect of life on board considered and revisited, the well developed 100´ JFA yacht is bristling with fresh thinking and approaches to living afloat.

Below is a selection of the lovely charter yachts built by JFA.

NZ Marine companies to showcase new-to-US products at FLIBS 2014

October 28, 2014

From October 30 to November 3, the New Zealanders will be back in force at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). The NZ Marine companies will display the all-new products that reduce fuel-burn, a range of services designed to help make the most of the yacht, as well as a sporty new guest tender, to name but a few.

Strata 770 yacht tender by Smuggler Marine - Photo by Gareth Cooke Subzero Group

Strata 770 yacht tender by Smuggler Marine - Photo by Gareth Cooke/Subzero Group

Smuggler Marine’s sporty new guest tender

Smuggler Marine’s range of luxury tenders for superyachts will be promoted at FLIBS with the new Smuggler 700CC centre console boat sure to be of interest to larger yachts looking for a sporty guest tender. Smuggler’s smaller RIBs, from 5.4metres to 6.7metres are the company’s most popular tenders, with the ability to customise the length and width to fit existing tender wells or design briefs. Engine choice is inboard jet or stern drive, or outboard. Owners of beachfront property will love the stunning amphibious Smugger Strata 770, which eliminates the hassle of launching; no trailer, no waiting at the boat ramp, and drive straight in off the beach.

Propspeed Foul Release Coating shown at FLIBS for the first time

Propspeed Foul Release Coating has been used successfully around the world, including throughout the US, for more than 10 years on sailboats; sportfishing vessels; cruisers and megayachts and for will be shown at FLIBS for the first time. Thousands of happy boat-owners will attest to its success in providing a vessel’s running gear and propellers with a long-lasting, ultra-smooth surface, preventing fouling; reduced fuel-burn and enabling more speed. Oceanmax International is exhibiting at FLIBS for the first time and the stand will be manned by Florida-based representative, Mark Billingsley, in the 700 Tent, stand 705.

Balex Automatic Boat Loader introduced to the US for the first time

Balex’s innovative Automatic Boat Loader will be introduced for the first time to the US at the show. This inventive product revolutionises recreational boaters’ access to water with a one-touch launch and retrieval process for trailer boats. The Balex Automatic Boat Loader means no wet feet, no clambering down the ramp to attach the winch, no slow electronic winch or manual cranking. It also means increased access to the ocean without relying on strength or a team effort, as it can be used solo and has enough torque to tackle 5000kg. It fits to new and existing trailers, requires no modifications to the boat and works equally as well for glass and aluminium-bottomed boats.

MedAire have a new launch to release at FLIBS

MedAire will introduce exciting new products at FLIBS, with their expert team on-site to help crew choose the onboard medical equipment that best suits their, and their guests’ needs – both at sea and on shore. MedAire will demonstrate how their quality medical and security advice, information, and assistance help yacht crew and guests around the world; supported by MedAire’s medical kit systems and MCA-compliant first responder training.

McMullen & Wing lasting quality and seaworthiness on display

As unique as the pristine coastline they’re crafted on, McMullen & Wing craft striking superyachts which perform. Yachts created by McMullen & Wing are renowned for being exceptionally-capable vessels; a capability which proves itself at launch as many McMullen & Wing new builds take advantage of New Zealand’s diverse coastlines for their inaugural cruise. These are yachts which are to be used, enjoyed and loved; but it’s on water that they truly come to life and show what they’re capable of.

There will be two McMullen & Wing yachts at the show: 40-metre explorer yacht Mea Culpa, exhibited for sale with Burgess, and 25-metre express cruiser ELIELLE (ex Jariya), 25m shown at FLIBS by Worth Avenue. While both are earlier vessels, they are excellent examples of the lasting quality inherent in all McMullen & Wing yachts. McMullen & Wing CEO, Michael Eaglen will be at Fort Lauderdale and available to show people aboard both vessels.

Alloy Yachts onsite to discuss new build projects

Chris Brown, Alloy Yachts’ new business development manager will be on hand at Fort Lauderdale to discuss new build projects as well as Alloy motor yacht MY47 and sailing yacht PS46.

Alloy motor yacht MY47

Alloy motor yacht MY47

Born out of the yachting partnership which produced 67.2-metre mega yacht Vertigo, Alloy Yachts and Philippe Briand once again teamed up to create PS46. The 46-metre performance sloop is offered as a fully-engineered turnkey project, with a range of personalisation options, and is ready to commence build immediately with a reduced build time compared to a fully custom yacht.

Likewise, MY47 is the product of a proven partnership, and is a collaboration between Alloy Yachts and Dubois Naval Architects based on award-winning superyacht Loretta Anne. The 47-metre motoryacht offers a streamlined build time and two year warranty.

Alloy sailing yacht PS46

Alloy sailing yacht PS46

Maxwell’s largest anchor to date to be introduced at FLIBS

Maxwell will be introducing its largest anchor windlass design to date; the new Maxwell SY38 to the superyacht market in the United States. Finely crafted in mirror-polished stainless steel, the SY38 is designed for up to 38mm anchor chain and suitable for vessels in the 100 metres LOA range. The SY38 features a self-seating “Dog Clutch” mechanism for the very robust requirements of yachts in this class.

Maxwell will also display associated deck gear and information on anchoring systems suitable for every application on today’s superyachts. At a point when some US builders are working consistently in the 50-metre plus range, Maxwell sees this introduction as timely and will be displaying its superyacht equipment at booths 733 & 734.

IMED’s functional, watertight outdoor helms on the show circuit for the first time

IMED offer something different to the superyacht industry. The Auckland-based company designs and builds watertight, functional outdoor helm stations, allowing the skipper precision control from the deck, with a helm crafted in carbon fibre, membrane or glass

The helms been successfully fitted on S/Y Genevieve, luxury yacht Destination, superyacht  Silvertip, and the tenders of mega yacht A, among others, with IMED’s team regularly travelling to yachts around the world to fit IMED products.

Robinson bringing third generation expertise to US clients

Robinson Interiors are New Zealand’s most experienced yacht interior company, manufacturing and installing bespoke yacht interiors both in NZ and around the world for new build and refit projects. They’ll be on hand at FLIBS to advise both new build and refit clients on the latest innovation in superyacht interiors, delivered to an exceptional standard.

Holton offers refit alternative for Northern Hemisphere-based yachts

Holton Marine provides a one stop service for launch, ship and superyacht maintenance and repair at Orams Marine Village, in the heart of New Zealand’s largest city; Auckland. Close to Auckland’s commercial slipways and the Viaduct Basin, Holton is on-call for routine maintenance or emergency repairs of both pleasure craft and commercial vessels. Savvy international clients of Holton Marine are cottoning on to the fact they can take advantage of the company’s quality workmanship then enjoy cruising New Zealand’s scenic locations during the northern hemisphere winter.

Destination New Zealand helps vessels head south

Destination New Zealand will be on hand to help spread the word on the diversity of cruising available along New Zealand’s coastlines. Personnel on the stand will be passing on itinerary advice for adventurous yachts ready to point the bow for new cruising grounds and on site will be industry experts to guide you in making the most out of the island nation, for cruising, new build or refit. That information will be available in an e-Book. Representatives from the South Pacific’s premier regatta, the New Zealand Millennium Cup, will also be on hand to help with any enquiries.

New Zealand marine industry companies exhibiting at FLIBS include:

Robinson Interiors

McMullen & Wing


Alloy Yachts


Balex Marine



Smuggler Marine

Magnus Marine

Holton Marine

Stainless Downunder

Destination New Zealand

The International SeaKeepers Society to host 14th annual Founders’ Dinner honoring DISCOVERY Yacht vessels

October 23, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014, will see The International SeaKeepers Society host their annual Founders’ Dinner. The event will honor vessels that participated in the 2014 DISCOVERY Yacht expeditions, SeaKeepers Drifter deployments, as well as outreach programs.


Founders’ Dinner will take place at a private waterfront residence in Fort Lauderdale on the night of October 30th during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. SeaKeepers will honor 2014 DISCOVERY Yachts: motor yacht Copasetic, charter yacht Defiance, Fugitive, LoJo, superyacht Meduse, charter yacht Penny Mae, Shredder of Fleet Miami, and Valkyrie yacht for their generous contribution to DISCOVERY Yacht missions.

This year, SeaKeepers facilitated three scientific expeditions, four outreach programs, and had five SeaKeepers Drifters deployed. Copasetic hosted a genome sequencing expedition and housed a custom-made at-sea mobile laboratory. Penny Mae hosted a week-long tiger shark tagging expedition with assistance from LoJo. Fleet Miami’s Shredder hosted a three-day expedition monitoring the behaviors of various designs of ocean drifters.

Five SeaKeepers Drifters were deployed thanks to Defiance, Fugitive, Meduse, and Valkyrie.

Defiance hosted two educational outreach programs this year: a drifter deployment with school children in Bimini, Bahamas and a lesson on ocean conservation with children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County in Newport, Rhode Island. Shredder introduced youth of the Miami-based organization StreetWaves to ocean currents, drifter instrumentation and oil spill research. Copasetic led an outreach program teaching children about microscopic organisms and touring the genome sequencing lab.

Founders’ Dinner guests will enjoy a video highlighting the 2014 DISCOVERY Yacht missions. Guests will have the opportunity to board Shredder, which will be docked at the venue. A silent auction, featuring items from sailing experiences to vacation getaways, will take place during the event.

Luxury superyachts by Moonen to be displayed at FLIBS 2014

October 21, 2014

The prominent Dutch shipyard, Moonen Yachts, will be attending the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), running in the glamorous Florida yacht charter location – Fort Lauderdale from October 30 to November 3. As always, there will be much to see and do during FLIBS as it celebrates its 55th edition this year.

FLIBS - Photo Credit to Forest Johnson

FLIBS - Photo Credit to Forest Johnson

Among the highlights will be the Moonen 124 charter yacht Northlander, which will be displayed at Face Dock 9, 9A-C. This beautiful 2010 vessel has been designed by René van der Velden over a hullform by Stolk Marimecs naval architects. Northlander can accommodate up to 8 guests in maximum comfort and is available for luxury yacht charters in the Western Mediterranean.



Moonen 121 motor yacht Victoria del Mar will be showcased at Face Dock 20 and the 137ft custom Moonen superyacht Sofia will be available for private visits with potential clients at her home berth, which is only a ten-minute boat trip from the show. And the same goes for the Moonen 97 yacht Sofia II.

Moonen motor yacht Sofia

Moonen motor yacht Sofia

Talking of top yachts, two Moonens have been nominated for the ISS Design and Leadership Awards 2014: the Moonen 100 Explorer yacht and superyacht Sofia. The winners will be announced at the special gala evening on October 29, 2014.

Video by YachtVid: 28m motor yacht AllSeas 92 under construction

October 20, 2014

Measuring 28 meters in length over all, the second motor yacht AllSeas 92 is currently under construction at AllSeas Yachts, the US builder of rugged steel and aluminum expedition yachts, based in San Diego. Below is a video with Tim Alls from AllSeas Yachts showing superyacht AllSeas 92 in build, released by YachtVid – a video production company, dedicated to providing interesting, informative and entertaining action yacht videos.

New 48m motor yacht ARCTIC SUN II concept by Dennis Ingemansson

October 20, 2014

The latest motor yacht Arctic Sun II concept by Dennis Ingemansson represents a collaboration with the UK builder, Pendennis Shipyard. Arctic Sun II yacht concept is a striking 48-metre explorer vessel in the smaller superyacht segment. It is suitable as a support vessel for bigger superyachts or as a standalone expedition yacht.

48m explorer yacht Arctic Sun II by Dennis Ingemansson

48m explorer yacht Arctic Sun II by Dennis Ingemansson

The 48m luxury yacht Arctic Sun II project is aimed to be construction-friendly without compromising on complex aerodynamic form and functionality. The aft part is optimized for a fully certified helicopter platform following Eurocopter 155 standards. The helicopter landing area can be transformed to a massive sundeck area. The interior’s most outstanding room is the 360 degrees view room on the sun deck.

48m super yacht Arctic Sun II design

48m super yacht Arctic Sun II design

Preliminary Specifications of super yacht Arctic Sun II concept:

LOA 48.23m

Beam 9.46m

Draught 3.76m

Gross Tonnage 690 GT

Engines 2 x MTU 16V 2000 M70

Max speed 19 knots

Nautical Range 5,700nm at 12 knots

Owner Double owner rooms to be merged upon request

Guests 8 guests in 4 Guest rooms

Crew 6

Construction Steel hull with aluminium superstructure

Idea & Design development by Dennis Ingemansson 2014

PlanetSolar’s last activities for the year 2014

October 15, 2014

Following the news about the progress and end of the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar’s 2014 campaign, the PlanetSolar team is delighted to release the latest news about the boat’s last activities for the year 2014.

PlanetSolar in the popular Venezia yacht charter location, nestled in Italy

PlanetSolar in the popular Venezia yacht charter location, nestled in Italy - Image credit to PlanetSolar

Sailing Through Two Seas to Get to Venice

The first week of navigation towards the City of Doges from Kiladah (Greece) is easy, with favourable weather on the Ionian Sea. On the way, a series of landscapes parade by the crew on both port and starboard, each more beautiful than the last. After a few days, there is Ksamil, the nearest shore of Albania, in the distance. For her last night in Greece, the ship dropped anchor against a turquoise backdrop, in the tourist island of Corfu, and was rocked to sleep one last time by the waters of the beautiful Hellenic Republic.

The next day, in a bittersweet departure, the catamaran and its crew set sail towards the Adriatic Sea, following the coasts of Montenegro. Along the way, the ship made brief stops here and there, discovering previously unexplored areas. There was smooth sailing until Croatia, or more specifically, Dubrovnik. The solar-powered boat could not resist the appeal of sailing (too) close to the coast, which drew the attention of Croatian coast guards (you try being discreet aboard the Tûranor!). A few administrative procedures later, and the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar was allowed to remain in Croatia’s territorial waters. That will teach the catamaran to stick her prow in everything!

PlanetSolar cruising the waters of Venezia in Italy

PlanetSolar cruising the waters of Venezia in Italy - Image credit to PlanetSolar

After this detour, the boat headed North and island-hops across Croatia’s coast: Korcula Island, Hvar Island, the Zadar archipelago, Losinj Island… Croatia is stunning. The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar zoomed along until it reached the North-west corner of the Croatia, near the town of Umag, and turned west to reach Italy.

The radiant sun gave way to sheets of rain, and the sky took on unbelievable purple tones. The catamaran felt her energy supply growing weaker, and knew it would soon be time to take a break from the oceans during the cold season.

Welcome to the Republic of Venice

Despite the rain, the catamaran reached Venice on time, on September 4th. Under a grey sky, the ship glided across the Italian city’s canals, a trip that was captured by the Souris Verte drone, a multimedia partner. This flying contraption unfortunately met a dramatic end a bit later in one of the city’s canals.

Venice is not only one of the 2014 campaign’s stops, but it will also become the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar’s home for a while. What better place to spend a winter than Venice, where boats are the main means of transport? This iconic winter stay was made possible thanks to a partnership with the Vento di Venezia company, which has been responsible for the re-qualification of the island of Certosa. Thanks to this organisation, the MS Tûranor will be moored in the island’s marina until May 2015.

PlanetSolar in Venice, Italy

PlanetSolar in Venice, Italy - Image credit to PlanetSolar

Upon arriving, the ship paraded across the Venice canals, and onlookers soon rushed the docks to see this rare sight. The ship then zig-zagged around gondolas, barges, and small motor boats (vaporettos), an exercise which required a certain amount of dexterity. Imagine yourself trying to drive on a motorway at rush-hour with a 100-ton truck, and add the fact that these vehicles can pass you on both the left and the right! After this eventful little trip, the boat moored at the island of Certosa and prepared for the events that will take place aboard in the coming days.

Because of a stroke of calendar luck, the largest solar-powered boat in the world’s arrival in Venice coincided perfectly with the 71st Venice Mostra (a world-renowned international film festival). No red carpet for the PlanetSolar, which instead had a green one! In fact, the Green Drop Awards took place during the Mostra, a ceremony organised by the international Green Cross organisation, which celebrates films that feature values of ecology and sustainable development. The prize was awarded to Andrej Končalovskij for his film “The Postman’s White Nights”, inside the solar-powered catamaran’s crowded centre. The next day, the largest solar-powered boat in the world is involved in a very different kind of business, as guest of honour at the Regata Storica, an annual event that showcases the art of rowboats. Seeing these splendid, historical and typically Venetian vessels in the shadow of the solar-powered mammoth was quite an experience. Some of them are true works of art!

A few weeks later, the boat once again became an ambassador for renewable energy, and made a memorable entrance in the armoury of the City of Doges.

Currently, the boat is docked at the island of Certosa. She will stay there until May 2015, the start of summer and of her 2015 expeditions. This winter will be enlivened by visits and private events organised in collaboration with Vento di Venezia. After more than 9,000 kilometres at sea, the boat and her crew deserve some rest, but only to be all the more fit for 2015.

To conclude this Venetian episode, here is the last video of 2014, which shows the events that took place in Venice, and is sure to be a feast for the eyes!

The Crew Disembarks

After six months of intense solar-powered navigation, it is now time for the Breton crew members to recharge their batteries. Throughout the course of this 2014 campaign, the sailors were not only able to meet the goals of solar navigation, but also to actively participate in the promotion of the ship and her activities. More than 4,000 people crowded the ship’s hull during these past few months! The crew never stopped making sure that these visits took place safely, as well as answered curious visitors’ many questions. Gérard d’Aboville and his crew also watched over the arrival of several celebrities, authorities, and media presences aboard, and served the scientists well during the scientific research carried out in Greece. We would like to thank the crew once again, and to wish them a good trip home.

Rest assured, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar has not been completely abandoned… in fact, the crew leaving for the winter coincides with the arrival of a new member of the PlanetSolar team: Giulia Seno. This Italian skipper will make sure everything goes well aboard from a technical point of view (checking the moorings, the alarms etc.) and greet guests during organised tours throughout the winter. Welcome to the team!

Rent the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar in Venice

During her holiday in Venice until May, the largest solar-powered boat in the world is open to the public, and will also become an events platform for companies, institutions, and even private guests. Having often been a victim of her own success during short stops throughout these campaigns, this winter in the City of Doges is an opportunity to take advantage of MS Tûranor PlanetSolar’s impressive dimensions and to discover the interior of this unique ship. Want to float along the Venetian lagoon on a cruise, enjoy a cocktail with a view of 512m2 of solar panels, or come aboard for Venice’s carnival? It is all possible.

A New Owner for the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar

The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar winter in Venice also marked a new chapter in the solar-powered boat’s history. The Stroeher family, the catamaran’s current owner, which has been passionate about solar energy and which worked in the background from the beginning of the project, is now retiring and passing on this multifunctional tool.

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

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

Burger’s line-up of luxury yachts on display at upcoming Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show

October 15, 2014

The respected US luxury yacht manufacturer, Burger Boat Company, will be present at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), running in the popular Florida yacht charter location – Fort Lauderdale from October 30 to November 3. The company will be exhibiting a total number of 12 luxury yachts, all available for inspection.

FLIBS - Photo Credit to Forest Johnson

FLIBS - Photo Credit to Forest Johnson

Luxury yachts to be displayed by Burger Boat Company at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show 2014:

ARIANNA – 164′ Delta Motoryacht, 2012 – Location: HILTON MARINA

Yacht ARIANNA -  Main

Yacht ARIANNA - Main

LADY M – 147′ Intermarine Motoryacht, 2002/2011 – Location: HILTON MARINA

LADY M -  Main

LADY M - Main

AT LAST – 145′ Heesen Motoryacht, 1990/2014 – Location: HILTON MARINA

Motor yacht AT LAST - Waterslide

Motor yacht AT LAST - Waterslide

OLGA – 121′ Crescent Motoryacht, 2003/2012 – Location: HILTON MARINA

Motor yacht OLGA -  Main

Motor yacht OLGA - Main

SEA COTTAGE – 102′ Burger Motoryacht, 1990/2013 – Location: PIER 66

Superyacht Sea Cottage by Burger Boat Company

Superyacht Sea Cottage by Burger Boat Company

CURRENT ISSUE – 91′ Burger Motoryacht, 1994/2013 – Location: PIER 66

Luxury motor yacht Current Issue by Burger Boat Company

Luxury motor yacht Current Issue by Burger Boat Company

TUMBLEHOME – 90′ Lyman Morse Motoryacht, 1997/2013 – Location: PIER 66

Tumblehome Yacht by Lyman Morse

Tumblehome Yacht by Lyman Morse

TASMAN – 86′ Carey Explorer Motoryacht, 2007 – Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Carey superyacht Tasman

Carey superyacht Tasman

ROAMIN HOLIDAY – 85′ Burger Motoryacht, 1997 – Location: PIER 66

Roamin Holiday Yacht by Burger Boat Company

Roamin Holiday Yacht by Burger Boat Company

ROSCIOLI 80 – 80′ Roscioli Motoryacht, 2010 – Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Roscioli 80 Yacht

Roscioli 80 Yacht

LOVIN LIFE – 75′ Lazzara Motoryacht, 2008 – Location: Bal Harbour, Florida

Lovin Life Yacht by Lazzara

Lovin Life Yacht by Lazzara

ROSCIOLI 73 – 73′ Roscioli Motoryacht, 2010 – Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Roscioli 73 Yacht

Roscioli 73 Yacht