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Growing popularity of Singapore as superyacht hub in Asia

July 23, 2014

In a recent interview with superyacht directory Yachting Pages, Y H Fang, managing director of leading yacht services company Yachting Singapore, explained how the glamorous Singapore yacht charter destination, nestled in Southeast Asia, has seen visits from some of the world’s finest superyachts due to its growing popularity.

Luxury motor yacht anchored in the beautiful Singapore yacht holiday location

Luxury motor yacht anchored in the beautiful Singapore yacht holiday location

Singapore is ever expanding in the world of superyachts and can now offer luxury yachts and their crew, a range of facilities, services and other advantages according to Yachting Singapore.

Fang commented, “Business in Singapore has been growing around 20% annually over the last three years. We have worked on many luxury yachts including charter yacht Cloud 9, charter yacht TV and charter yacht Big Fish providing a range of works including anything from engineering works to carpet cleaning.”

Singapore now boasts a range of high quality refit and repair facilities and can accommodate some of the world’s largest superyachts. There are three marinas in Singapore that are suitable for superyachts: Raffles Marina (RM), One15 Marina Club (One15) and Marina at Keppel Bay (MKB). RM was officially opened in 1994 and prior to that, Singapore only had small yacht clubs, sailing clubs and boatels. One15 and MKB both started in 1997. Since then, the marinas and facilities have continued to expand in order to offer superyachts a high standard of facilities.

A lovely Singapore yacht rental location, nestled in Southeast Asia

A lovely Singapore yacht rental location, nestled in Southeast Asia

Fang explained, “Historically, Singapore has been a transhipment centre with one of the busiest ports in the world. There is a huge workforce involved in the marine sector with a well-established ship building and repair industry. There are at least five medium sized shipyards with docking facility for yachts up to 120m and three well managed marinas for berthing and afloat repairs.

“Regional distribution and service centres for major brands have set up shops here. In addition, Singapore is the regional aviation base with a repair and overhaul facility for helicopters. Parts arriving via sea or air are normally cleared within 48hrs because of the efficient logistic support and clear and concise custom procedure (only liquor, tobacco, motor vehicles and petroleum products are dutiable when importing to Singapore).”

As well as the growing industry and repair facilities, Singapore is also an attractive tourist destination for captains and crew.

Fang commented, “Singapore is a modern city offering a clean, safe environment. There is also full transparency when working with government agencies. Air hub connectivity and budget airlines also mean that crews can visit exotic places like Borobudur in Indonesia and Angkor Wat in Cambodia with less than a three hour flight time. That gives crews plenty to do while in Singapore.”

Fang also explained how Singapore still faces challenges from other destinations, which are perceived to be cheaper than Singapore, “We are still facing the stereotype that the cost of works completed in Singapore is more costly than Thailand and Malaysia alternatives. It’s also a challenge in educating new Asian yacht owners on the operation and maintenance of their new found interests.”

Video: 42m motor yacht THE BIG BLUE in New Zealand

July 23, 2014

NZ Marine has released an amazing video, showing the 42-metre Troy motor yacht The Big Blue (ex Imbros), while cruising the azure waters of the breath-taking New Zealand yacht charter destination. Created with the help of the Destination New Zealand initiative, the video provides an inside look at the adventure that awaits superyacht owners and luxury yacht charterers, when they reach New Zealand shores. With a surprise around every headland, this is one for the wanderers, the explorers and for those who demand more from their leisure time. The video has been created with generous input of the Mayer family – the owners of superyacht The Big Blue – in partnership with Tourism New Zealand.

Inagural Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup world solar boat championship a Huge Success

July 16, 2014

The smell of success is cascading throughout the fabulous Monaco yacht charter destination, positioned in the Western Mediterranean, following the completion of the very first Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup world solar boat championship.

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014

Three days of exciting festivities, filmed by Eurosport, attracted 24 teams from all over the world. The first Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup was held at the new Yacht Club de Monaco (YCM) which was designed by Lord Norman Foster. The core foundation of racing participants was made up of international university and college students who travelled from destinations from as far afield as the USA and Russia.

These futuristic vessels were designed and built by these young engineers who competed in 1 of 3 classes. Theses were A Class, Open Class and V20 and teams raced in fleet race, slalom and one-on-one sprints in front of the Principality, which was watched with great interest by passers-by and YCM members.

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup hosted by Yacht Club de Monaco

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup hosted by Yacht Club de Monaco

Champions of the event were the Dutch who pulled off a double, winning the Open Class (the most innovative, as there is only one restriction – the length – 8m or less) and in the A class (maximum length 6m and four solar panels). The Russian Team, Beluga, Powered by Synergy won the one-design V20 class (designed to plane on foils). Finally the Monegasques, who were the only team from the Mediterranean basin, took third in their Nakhimov Racing boat driven by Gianmarco Casiraghi, the son of Marco Casiraghi. Marco himself also played an extremely large role in the vision of the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup.

Aside from racing, the on land activities never stopped. The stimulating solar conference attracted a range of speakers ranging from top universities and engineering businesses to extraordinary naval architects like Vripack, the technical partners for the Solar1 Cup 2014. This event drew in a variety of people of all ages, enthusiasts and curious passer-by’s alike. Solar1 guaranteed that this event was appreciated by one and all, with activities ranging from a live DJ playing right in the paddock to a children’s solar boat competition. This took place in the new YCM swimming pool, where 25 children from 5-14 participated in a miniature solar powered boat race to mimic that of the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup.

PlanetSolar at Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup

PlanetSolar at Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup

If that was not enough for this outstanding and successful event, Solar1 attracted the unique 30m PlanetSolar catamaran. VIP’s, teams and publics were able to view the highly powerful racing right from the top deck surrounded by 512m2 of photovoltaic panels with Gérard d’Aboville, Captain of PlanetSolar.

“We had a fantastic collection of boats here in Monaco! It’s fantastic to see this bright new generation bringing their knowledge to the development of this energy of the future. I am full of admiration for the ingenuity and creativity of the teams, some of whom are only 18. It’s a bold challenge but above all a message of hope for the future. The technology on trial today – and not without its risks – will one day, I hope, become the norm in the leisure boat sector.”

To top off this exquisite event Solar1 received a little thank you at the closing dinner from HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II of Monaco, President of the YCM, whose commitment to preserving the planet is well known through his eponymous foundation.

Inaugural Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup

Inaugural Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup

“Thanks to your ingenuity, your technical skills and scientific knowledge, you have shown that solar-powered propulsion is a very promising solution for the future – which I hope will be developed and applied in the leisure boat industry on larger vessels. It gives me great pride to see our Principality reviving a golden age, remembering that in 1904 the first power-boat races held here made a significant contribution to the development of the combustion engine. Monaco remains at the forefront of new technologies in the motor-boat sector.”

Appreciation and recognition must also be given to the Solar1 Partners and Sponsors, as this 1st year event would not have accomplished the level of success that it did with out them. Partners included; Yacht Club de Monaco, Vripack, Eurosport, UIM, PlanetSolar, Hill Dickinson, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Direction de tourism et des Congres, Oikos. Sponsors included; Orsto, Fairmont Monte Carlo, Green TV, Boat International, Wajer & Wajer, Super Yacht Times, WeWi, Nahkimov, Beluga, Enphase Energy, The Sun Factory, Rviera Magazine and RIB & HSC – High Speed Craft Directory.

“It was a fabulous event and the fact they were able to bring their various clients from across Europe to meet in a single venue of this standard and involved in such a great couple of days was a huge success for them”. Joanne Pochet, West/Central Europe Field Marketing Manager for Enphase Energy. The departure from Quai Louis II of the PlanetSolar catamaran signalled the end of an epic 3 days of racing. As she made her way out to sea she was followed by the blazing horns of her fellow vessels showing their appreciation for the 1st ever race for boats powered by the sun on the open sea in the Mediterranean.

“This is not only an event which will be repeated but an event created to change opinions and impact the minds of the now and the future.” Sergei Dobroserdov, CEO of Solar 1, the driving force behind Solar1.

Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup 2014 Wrap Up

July 14, 2014

The departure from Quai Louis II of the impressive 30-metre catamaran PlanetSolar, boasting 512m2 of photovoltaic panels, marked the end of the inaugural Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup. The recently concluded event was the first race destined for boats powered by the sun, which was held on the open sea in the fabulous Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Monaco.

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup and PlanetSolar @Franck Terlin

Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup and PlanetSolar @Franck Terlin

“The solar energy industry is expanding fast and those involved in the luxury yacht industry are very interested in its development,” comments Sergei Dobroserdov, CEO of Solar 1, the instigator for this project alongside the Yacht Club de Monaco. The Monaco Club, which benefits from the expertise of Marco Casiraghi, wanted this meeting dedicated to the new generation to be the first international event organised in its new premises which were inaugurated on the 20th of June 2014.

Three days of festivities attracted 25 teams from international universities, mainly northern Europe and the United States. The futuristic vessels designed and built by these young engineers competed in a fleet race, slalom races and one-on-one challenges in front of the Principality, watched with great interest by passers-by and YCM members.

Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup and PlanetSolar @Franck Terlin

Solar1 Monte-Carlo Cup and PlanetSolar @Franck Terlin

Congratulations to the Dutch who pulled off a double, winning the Open Class (the most innovative, as there is only one restriction – the length – 8m or less) and in the A class (maximum length 6m and four solar panels). The Russian Team Beluga Powered by Synergy won the one-design V20 class (designed to plane on foils), while the Monegasques, who were the only team from the Mediterranean basin, took third in their Nakhimov Racing boat driven by Gianmarco Casiraghi.

“We had a fantastic collection of boats here in Monaco! Some of them even had foils. It’s the first time I’ve seen this technology on solar boats,” observed Gérard d’Aboville, Captain of PlanetSolar, jury boat and guest of honour which was open to the public to come aboard. “As the largest solar-powered boat in the world, PlanetSolar has its place alongside these smaller craft which will one day be big. It’s fantastic to see this bright new generation bringing their knowledge to the development of this energy of the future.”

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup @Solar1

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup @Solar1

As well as providing a futuristic spectacle on the water, the meeting was a laboratory for solar energy.  “I am full of admiration for the ingenuity and creativity of the teams, some of whom are only 18. It’s a bold challenge but above all a message of hope for the future. The technology on trial today – and not without its risks – will one day, I hope, become the norm in the leisure boat sector.”

At the closing dinner, HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II, President of the YCM, whose commitment to preserving the planet is well known through his eponymous foundation, warmly congratulated all the teams: “Thanks to your ingenuity, your technical skills and scientific knowledge, you have shown that solar-powered propulsion is a very promising solution for the future – which I hope will be developed and applied in the leisure boat industry on larger vessels. It gives me great pride to see our Principality reviving a golden age, remembering that in 1904 the first power-boat races held here made a significant contribution to the development of the combustion engine. Monaco remains at the forefront of new technologies in the motor-boat sector.”

New 44m motor yacht POSEIDON concept unveiled by Rossinavi

July 14, 2014

Following the striking 48m Palladium yacht concept, Rossinavi is now proud to unveil the new 44-metre motor yacht Poseidon concept. Superyacht Poseidon concept is a beautiful and robust explorer, with both exterior as well as interior design by Team For Design – Enrico Gobbi.

44m superyacht Poseidon concept unveiled by Rossinavi

44m superyacht Poseidon concept unveiled by Rossinavi

Comments from Federico Rossi, Rossinavi COO: “Poseidon is designed as a “go-anywhere exploration yacht” and the construction in Ice Class 1B permits this yacht to navigate in areas where it’s likely to encounter floating ice. The main impact of this ice class is the reinforced “ice belt” around the hull able to resist impact loads even greater than 55 tonnes per square metre. The entire yacht project contain all aspects of this specific regulation under the technical point of view, emphasizing the right relevance to specific needs in navigation systems, comforts and  living spaces.

Poseidon yacht concept from above

Poseidon yacht concept from above

The explorer style 44m luxury yacht Poseidon concept from the pen of the designer Enrico Gobbi and his TEAM FOR DESIGN pool in Venice absolutely oozes personality. Poseidon is a luxury 44 metre, aluminium, four-deck expedition vessel-inspired motoryacht.

Gobbi’s intent was to design a robust, ultra-safe and powerful, comfortable round the world cruising yacht. lts style is described by Enrico Gobbi as “military and luxury” with aesthetic details recalling the automotive design, and overall lines that are very architectural. The semi displacement vessel offers a fantastic 10,000-mile range, extreme functionality and absolutely unbeatable seafaring prowess.

Luxury explorer yacht Poseidon concept - aft view

Luxury explorer yacht Poseidon concept - aft view

Poseidon 44m yacht is finished to an impeccable standard of comfort: its bright, spacious and luxurious interiors ensure an ongoing  contact with the sea and the sky.

The designer Enrico Gobbi, in fact, pursued the intent to create a project without distinction between the design of exterior and interior spaces . The continuous dialogue between these is emphasized by the 8 vertical windows on both sides of the main deck that give great light inside the formal dining area and gym, and not least by the semicircular “glass house” master suite on the upper deck that guarantees to the Owner a splendid view over the sea. Furthermore a wide V shape kink has been designed on the hull in correspondence with the main deck saloon,  both port and starboard, in order to allow the widest possible panoramic view from the interior of the lounge area.

Poseidon superyacht concept - Decks

Poseidon superyacht concept - Decks

The most stunning detail of the Poseidon superyacht although is it’s stylish stern with a fantastic enclosed pool and beach area. The glass pool located aft has a diamond-cut bottom edge just above the yacht name showing through the water; a detail that guarantees a “wow” effect when the stern platform is open in the “beach” configuration. The main deck cockpit also has a large dining table for all the yacht’s guests, and a sitting area with sun pads adjacent the pool. Another sun area is located on the fly deck, with sun beds, lounge sofas and a fully equipped exterior bar. The external decks of Poseidon have plenty of space for enjoying the outside thanks to the various configurations of sitting, lounge, dining and sun areas, and the Master has his own private exterior lounge area on the upper deck.

The interior style of the Poseidon yacht is characterized by a compromise of  modem lines, brought to an essential minimalism and accompanied by precious coating materials, which definitely gives the rooms a high quality of elegance and luxury. The elegance of the interior areas is emphasized by the use of furniture and decorative objects belonging to the Armani Home collection (armchairs, wooden loose furniture, table lamps, textiles).

Luxury yacht Poseidon - Exterior

Luxury yacht Poseidon - Exterior

The most used materials are dark wengé wood, used and calibrated to carry out the major and most important furnishings, in combination with textiles in various gradations of grey and dove color (all textiles belonging to the Armani Home collection) used for wall coverings, decorative cushions and bedspreads. In certain significant parts, rooms have been preciously decorated with walls covered in white onyx, which has then been backlit to create unique atmospheres of light. The main furniture parts designed for interior areas are loose objects, detached from walls, often suspended (as far example the Owner’s bed) and always emphasized by a diffused indirect light.

The naval architecture and marine engineering of the explorer yacht Poseidon has been developed by Arrabito Naval Architects, who have studied particularly efficient hull lines able to run in low consumption long range, but also to reach higher top speeds than an usual full displacement explorer vessel.

Motor yacht Poseidon concept - Top View

Motor yacht Poseidon concept - Top View

With the standard engines option (C32 Acert Caterpillar 2x 1300 bhp) the 44m expedition yacht Poseidon will reach a top speed of about 17 kn, while with the optional propulsive solution of MTU  16v2000M94 (2×1936 kw) the top speed will be of about 20 kn (cruise speed of 17 kn).

The hull, decks and superstructure of luxury yacht Poseidon will be totally built in Marine Grade Aluminium, the idea is that both hull and superstructure could be light grey color recalling a Marine vessel.

The structural calculation will be aided with finite element methods (F.E.M.) to guarantee the lightest and stiffest explorer vessel in its own category.

TECHNICAL DATA OF PROJECT POSEIDON 44m YACHT

Length Overall: 43.85m

Maximum Beam: 8.9m

Draft: 2.12m

Gross Tonnage: approx. 500 GT

Engines: 2 x Caterpillar C32 Acert (1300 bhp each)

Top Speed: 16/17 kn

Cruising Speed: 14 kn

Material: hull, decks and superstructure in Aluminium 5083 H321

INTERNAL  DISTRIBUTION

OWNER’S AND GUEST: 8 ( 1 OWNER’S SUITE + 3 DOUBLE GUEST CABINS)

CREW: 7 ( 1 CAPTAIN + 6 CREW MEMBERS )

Exterior and interior design: TEAM FOR DESIGN – ENRICO GOBBI

Additional images of luxury yacht Gulf 75 Exp by Gulf Craft

July 11, 2014

Gulf Craft, named one of the world’s top 10 superyacht manufacturers, launched luxury yacht Gulf 75 Exp, a sister ship to superyacht Gulf 95 Exp in the Gulf Collection series, at the last year’s Dubai International Boat Show. During this year’s Dubai International Boat Show, the shipyard displayed another design sample of the versatile motor yacht Gulf 75 Exp.

Gulf Craft motor yacht Gulf 75 Exp

Gulf Craft motor yacht Gulf 75 Exp

Guests at the show were very eager to see the expedition yacht Gulf 75 Exp and more often, those who have seen her for the first time cannot believe the amount of space inside and how cleverly the company has engineered her internal construction. Her panoramic windows at the main deck provide a wide angle view of the scenery outside while staying indoors. She also has a spacious fly-bridge for outdoor parties.

Luxury yacht Gulf 75 Exp

Luxury yacht Gulf 75 Exp

Expedition yacht Gulf 75 Exp - Flybridge

Expedition yacht Gulf 75 Exp - Flybridge

Gulf 75 Exp Yacht - Cockpit Seating Area

Gulf 75 Exp Yacht - Cockpit Seating Area

Motor yacht Gulf 75 Exp - Bow Seating Area

Motor yacht Gulf 75 Exp - Bow Seating Area

Gulf 75 Exp Yacht - Helm

Gulf 75 Exp Yacht - Helm

Explorer yacht Gulf 75 Exp - Dining

Explorer yacht Gulf 75 Exp - Dining

Gulf 75 Exp Yacht - Main Saloon

Gulf 75 Exp Yacht - Main Saloon

Luxury yacht Gulf 75 Exp - Owners Stateroom

Luxury yacht Gulf 75 Exp - Owners Stateroom

Motor yacht Gulf 75 Exp - Owners En Suite

Motor yacht Gulf 75 Exp - Owners En Suite

Explorer yacht Gulf 75 Exp - Twin Guest Stateroom

Explorer yacht Gulf 75 Exp - Twin Guest Stateroom

Below is a choice of the exquisite charter yachts built by Gulf Craft.

Eight new yachts on offer at Merrill-Stevens Yachts

July 09, 2014

Eight new yachts from the top European designers – Espen Oeino, Hot Lab, Rolls-Royce Marine, Omega and Vripack – are currently on offer from RMK Marine’s award-winning shipyard. The yachts will be constructed to U.S. specifications and delivered at RMK Merrill-Stevens shipyard in Miami.

85m (280’) mega yacht NVC 85Y designed and powered by Rolls-Royce Marine

85m (280’) mega yacht NVC 85Y designed and powered by Rolls-Royce Marine

“It’s a new chapter in American yachting,” states Paul Madden, head of new construction at Merrill Stevens Yachts. “Now you can have your European built mega-yacht, with U.S. specs, delivered to you in Miami where the warranty and ongoing service is provided by America’s oldest and most respected yacht company.”

RMK4800 Yacht designed Espen Oeino

RMK4800 Yacht designed Espen Oeino

RMK4900 Yacht designed by Omega Architects

RMK4900 Yacht designed by Omega Architects

The portfolio of new build mega-yachts spans from the 85-meter (280’) superyacht NVC 85Y, designed and powered by Rolls-Royce Marine, down to a very practical 110’ Vripack Explorer yacht (which is part of a Vripack-designed award-wining Explorer series that goes up to 175’). Both Espen Oeino and Omega Architects have created yachts that share a new 49-meter Fast Displacement Hull which is a patented new hull form designed by Van Oossanen & Assoc. and used by Heesen.

RMK5000 Yacht designed by Hot Lab

RMK5000 Yacht designed by Hot Lab

Italian design house, Hot Lab, has delivered an innovative design for the RMK 5000 Explorer yacht. The 164-foot mega-yacht features an ice-class hull with either diesel or electric propulsion packages for long-range cruising. The Luxury Explorer’s aft deck features a helipad and room to stow a 30- foot tender, a submarine, a hovercraft, personal watercraft, and diving equipment.

RMK Explorer 120 Yacht designed by Vripack

RMK Explorer 120 Yacht designed by Vripack

RMK Explorer 175 Yacht designed by Vripack

RMK Explorer 175 Yacht designed by Vripack

“Our clients can spec out their yacht, and even select interior marble, fabrics and furnishings right in our Miami new build center,” comments Paul Madden, who has also represented Blohm+Voss and CRN Ancona. “We conference directly with the shipyard’s naval architects and project managers via Skype and can watch the vessel being built in real-time on an I-Pad. This is the new way to get the best of both worlds – a European build with a reliable U.S. shipyard overseeing everything.”

PlanetSolar to participate as Guest of Honour in first Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup

July 07, 2014

Following a sunny, nearly 20-day stay in the Marchica lagoon in Morocco, PlanetSolar enjoyed an amazing journey towards the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Monaco, where it dropped anchor at Port Hercules in the afternoon on July 6, 2014. Upon returning to the very place that witnessed the first solar-powered journey around the world, the catamaran will participate as the guest of honour in the ‘Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014′, representing the first solar boat race organized within the Principality of Monaco.

PlanetSolar back in the lovely Mediterranean yacht holiday destination - Monaco

PlanetSolar back in the lovely Mediterranean yacht holiday destination - Monaco - Image credit to PlanetSolar

From July 6th to July 12th the boat will host events, and will become the official vessel of the members of the jury during the race, which will take place from July 10th to 12th. The ship will set sail on July 13th to continue its Mediterranean journey towards Greece, where it will embark upon the University of Geneva’s TerraSubmersa scientific expedition.

After 12 days at sea, the solar-powered boat reached its destination. Strong winds forced the captain to take shelter in the Balearic Islands, which gave the catamaran the chance to enjoy some of the archipelago’s most beautiful scenery.

Aboard PlanetSolar

Aboard PlanetSolar - Image credit to PlanetSolar

The MS Tûranor PlanetSolar dropped anchor at the Hirondelle dock of Port Hercules (Monaco) yesterday, on the occasion of the Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014, the first solar boat race organised by the Principality, which will take place from July 10th to 12th. A strong symbol of the efficiency of photovoltaic energy, the largest solar-powered ship in the world will offer its unique characteristics to the competition’s organisers, serving both as an event platform, as well as to welcome the race’s jury panel.

PlanetSolar in front of Yacht Club de Monaco

PlanetSolar in front of Yacht Club de Monaco - Image credit to PlanetSolar

The catamaran will then continue upon its Mediterranean journey towards Greece. Once in the Hellenic Republic’s waters, the ship will once again become a scientific platform for the University of Geneva, enabling the study of submerged prehistoric landscapes as part of the “TerraSubmersa” expedition.

New senior appointments for McMullen & Wing

June 20, 2014

New Zealand superyacht manufacturer, McMullen & Wing, is pleased to announce a number of senior appointments to help lead the company in the delivery of their current 50m custom luxury expedition yacht ‘yard number 1016′ (ex Big Star), as well as several further projects in development.

New 50m explorer yacht 'yard number 1016' by McMullen and Wing - Image courtesy of McMullen & Wing

New 50m explorer yacht 'yard number 1016' by McMullen and Wing - Image courtesy of McMullen & Wing

Experienced yacht builder and Dutch national Stef Smeenk has been appointed to the position of Production Manager, bringing eight years’ experience in a similar role as Manager Business Office with Feadship De Vries Aalsmeer, where he was responsible for managing and overseeing shipyard activities including progress of all work on their projects and leading and directing their building coordinators.  At McMullen & Wing, Smeenk has overall responsibility for all building operations at the shipyard, directing operations through an experienced team of six departmental supervisors.

New Zealander Steve Bates joins McMullen & Wing as Design Manager, from fellow New Zealand superyacht builder Alloy Yachts. Bates brings over 20 years’ experience across the full range of design disciplines, with a particular specialty in systems engineering. Bates has responsibility for all design activities, managing McMullen & Wing’s multi-disciplinary in-house design office, through a design leadership team of four departmental lead designers.

Well-known fellow New Zealander and former yacht captain Richard Low joins McMullen & Wing as Project Coordinator. Low has over 20 years’ and  some 300,000 nautical miles of experience as captain and chief engineer on a range of sailing and motoryachts, most notably the 45m superyacht Imagine D and 33m sailing yacht Imagine B. Low’s extensive experience in superyacht operations and project management around the globe, together with close personal experience representing clients in new build and refit projects gives Low a unique first-hand knowledge of the reasons why clients choose to build their new yachts in New Zealand. Low will play a lead role in liaison between McMullen & Wing and the clients’ project teams.

Long time McMullen & Wing team member Jeff Porter has been appointed to the role of Chief Technical Officer with responsibility for overall technical delivery. Porter is a professional engineer with 18 years yacht building experience at McMullen & Wing including design management and project management. Moving from direct project management into an oversight role will enable Porter to contribute more broadly to design, project management and production as well as being more available to share his exceptional technical strengths in the project development and pre-contract stages.

Overall leadership of the organisation has been assigned to Michael Eaglen, who takes the role of Chief Executive, having been Commercial Manager for the past three years. Eaglen’s own background is also technical, having qualified as a naval architect and spent time as a designer, engineer and more recently manager of New Zealand-based global composites engineering consultancy High Modulus (now Gurit).

An internationally acclaimed custom yacht builder with specialist new build and refit capability up to 60m, McMullen & Wing is rare in the yacht building world in their ability to build to the highest world standards in steel, aluminium and advanced composites, leading to the moniker “A Jack of All Trades, and a Master of Every Single One”.

McMullen & Wing recently signed a contract for a 50m steel/aluminium motoryacht, a close sistership to their multi award winning 45m charter yacht BIG FISH (recently recognised by IPC Superyacht World as one of the 50 finest yachts ever built). The new yacht, known only by its yard number “1016” will be delivered in early 2016.

Cantiere delle Marche announces launch of 86′ motor yacht YOLO and new CdM Nauta Air Line

June 19, 2014

Last Saturday, June 14, saw the Italian shipyard Cantiere delle Marche launch motor yacht YOLO. The all-new superyacht YOLO is a striking 86-foot explorer vessel in aluminium, built by Cantiere delle Marche and designed by Mario Pedol and Massimo Gino of Nauta Design.

Night transport of CdM Nauta Air 86 superyacht YOLO

Night transport of CdM Nauta Air 86 superyacht YOLO

Luxury yacht YOLO is the first yacht in the new CdM Nauta Air line. These Explorer Yachts in aluminum offer the perfect blend of superyacht style and the same sturdy substance that characterizes Cantiere delle Marche’s Darwin Class Explorer yachts, already a benchmark in the market.

Explorer yacht YOLO at launch

Explorer yacht YOLO at launch

Vasco Buonpensiere, Director of Sales and Marketing and partner at CdM, had these words at the launching: “Thanks to the new Nauta Air 86’ project, Cantiere delle Marche has yet again shown that we are a shipyard that pays close attention to the market and knows how to anticipate its needs. We noticed that a large group of owners was looking for motor yachts that are different from the typical white-hulled planing boat with a flying bridge. They wanted an energy efficient boat that has larger interior volumes, something fully customizable and with sturdy metal construction. This without having to go for a large, three-bridge displacement yacht that can be heavy in more ways than one. Cantiere delle Marche decided to create the Nauta Air 86’ line to meet their needs. This line has the essential superyacht characteristics of ample, fully customizable spaces united with energy efficient autonomy and freedom of use with limited crew. The CdM Nauta Air line is designed to meet the needs of experienced yachtsmen who want the security and comfort of a large metal-hulled displacement yacht without losing the flexibility and the ease of use of a planing yacht. The project has been an immediate success. Several yachts have been sold even before the launch of the first yacht in the series and I want to thank Nauta Design for their perfect interpretation of our brief. Their designs for the Air line fully meet our goal for yachts with strong, direct character combined with simple and elegant lines”.

YOLO yacht ready to hit the water

YOLO yacht ready to hit the water

CdM Nauta Air yachts have been designed with new proportions and balance. Interior and exterior spaces are kept in direct visual contact thanks to use of transparent glass in both windows and doors. The galley on the main deck has been designed to be accessible both from indoors and out and the central main salon is divided into conversation, relaxation and dining areas.

CdM offers full customization to its clients. YOLO yacht’s owner was able to define, together with the shipyard and the designers, the yacht’s layout. The 60 smq panoramic fly bridge, with a sun area and spacious al fresco lounge, was specifically designed for easy outdoor living. A dedicated stairway leads from the main deck to the owner’s suite for total privacy. A separate entrance leads to the lower deck and guest cabins.

Luxury yacht YOLO on the water

Luxury yacht YOLO on the water

Arch. Mario Pedol says, “We feel that the unique aspect of life aboard a yacht lies in the opportunity it gives you to immerge yourself totally in the natural environment around you. When we sat down to design the CdM Nauta Air we always kept one priority in mind: that of bringing the outside world “in”. To do this we used wide areas of glass and created architectural spaces where the indoors could communicate in harmony with the outdoors. By thinking of the yacht as one continuous space we created a new concept of on board living, especially on the main and upper decks. CdM Nauta Air yachts are motor yachts that stand out thanks to their autonomy, their on board safety and their ample living spaces. All this while retaining a solid, robust, seaworthy core that inspires confidence.”

With the new Nauta Air range, Cantiere delle Marche has established its name as a byword for evolution in the conception of yachts. This range can modify its interior layouts without changing its nautical DNA, making CdM Nauta Air owner’s dreams come true in waters anywhere in the world.

Technical Specifications of CdM Nauta Air 86′ super yacht YOLO:

DIMENSIONS
Length, overall 27,15 m 89.10 feet
Length, water line 24,70 m 81.00 feet
Beam, moulded 6,50 m 21.35 feet
Depth, moulded 3,85 m 12.65 feet
Draught, at full load 1,60 m 5.25 feet
Displacement, full load 99,9 t 98.30 long ton

LOAD LINE LENGTH UNDER 24 METERS

TANK CAPACITIES

Fuel oil 17 265 l 4 560 U.S.gal
Fresh water 2 135 l 565 U.S.gal
Black water 860 l 225 U.S.gal
Grey water 1 715 l 450 U.S.gal
Oil 300 l 80 U.S.gal
Dirty oil 300 l 80 U.S.gal
Sewage 335 l 88 U.S.gal

PROPULSION
Engines 2x CATERPILLAR C18 ACERT (2x 870 hp @ 2200 RPM) or eq.
Transmission/Propulsion 2x Gearbox i=3:1
Diesel generator 2 x33kW Kohler 33EFOZD or equivalent
Bow thruster Electrical engine 25 kW

PERFORMANCE
Maximum continuous speed 17.0 knots
Cruising speed 13.5 knots @ 80% MCR Range 3.200 nm @ 9 knots

ACCOMMODATION

Guest up to 4 double cabins, up to 10 beds
Crew up to 2 double cabins, up to 4 beds