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The world’s most capable luxury superyachts for 2015 unveiled by McMullen & Wing

March 05, 2015

The prominent New Zealand superyacht manufacturer, McMullen & Wing, has unveiled a design partnership with three of the world’s leading yacht design studios. H2 Yacht Design, Vripack Naval Architecture and Greg Marshall were all tasked with developing new superyacht designs, which would reflect McMullen & Wing’s focus on building the world’s most capable luxury yachts.

Luxury superyacht BLADE design by H2 Yacht Design

Luxury superyacht BLADE design by H2 Yacht Design

The leaders of these three studios recently joined McMullen & Wing CEO Michael Eaglen in a global roadshow of the world’s main brokerage centres, giving yacht brokers a personal preview of the new designs and an insight into the personalities of the designers.

Jonny Horsfield, of London’s H2 Yacht Design, presented his design entitled BLADE, combining iconic H2 styling cues with very specific luxury expedition credentials: massive tenders, swimming pool, refreshing and flexible interior spaces and vast exterior decks.

Luxury motor yacht FLOW design by Vripack Naval Architecture

Luxury motor yacht FLOW design by Vripack Naval Architecture

Marnix Hoekstra and Bart Bouwhuis, owners and creative directors of the Netherlands’ Vripack Naval Architecture presented FLOW, a muscular yet highly styled family motor yacht featuring multiple new innovations including enclosed “beach house” on the aft deck, “gull wing lookouts” from the skylouge offering a unique perspective on the changing landscape outside and unique perforated window graphics personalised by the owner.

Greg Marshall, of Victoria British Columbia, Canada, presented his design entitled DIAMOND. In this design he built on the stellar success of 45m charter yacht BIG FISH and his current 50m also building at McMullen & Wing to release three size variants. While closely referencing many of the most popular and successful features of the previous designs, he has also developed the space planning and softened the styling for a distinctive 2015 look.

Luxury yacht DIAMOND design by Greg Marshall

Luxury yacht DIAMOND design by Greg Marshall

McMullen & Wing CEO Michael Eaglen also took the opportunity to remind brokers of the place McMullen & Wing has played in New Zealand’s yachting journey: from ocean racers and America’s Cup winners to super sailing yachts and luxury motor yachts. He went on to highlight the unique value of building in New Zealand with McMullen & Wing: the creative journey of developing a new yacht, the opportunity to cruise New Zealand’s beautiful coastline on handover, and the stunning nations of the South Pacific waiting to mark the perfect start of a new yacht’s world adventure.

Paul Allen’s 126m motor yacht OCTOPUS finds sunken Japanese WWII Battleship Musashi

March 05, 2015

Using historical records from four countries, detailed undersea topographical data, as well as advanced technology aboard his 126-metre motor yacht Octopus, philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen has located the Musashi, one of the two largest and most technologically advanced battleships in naval history. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of World War II, and the finding of the battleship is an important milestone in the annals of naval history.

Paul G. Allen's 126m mega yacht Octopus - Photo Credit Lurssen Yachts

Paul G. Allen’s 126m mega yacht Octopus – Photo Credit: Lurssen Yachts

Mr. Allen and his team of researchers began their search for the Musashi aboard mega yacht Octopus more than eight years ago. Mr. Allen and his team located the battleship in the Sibuyan Sea on March 1, 2015.

Despite numerous eyewitness accounts, the exact location of the ship was unknown. The team combined historical data with advanced technology to narrow the search area. Mr. Allen commissioned a hypsometric bathymetric survey of the ocean floor to determine the terrain. This data was used to eliminate large areas for the search team and also resulted in the discovery of five new geographic features on the floor of the Sibuyan Sea. In February 2015, the team set out to conduct the final phase of the search using a BlueFin-12 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). Because the search area had been so narrowly defined by the survey, the AUV was able to detect the wreckage of Musashi on only its third dive. A Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) with a high-definition camera confirmed the identity of the wreckage as Musashi.

This is the bow of the Musashi, which would have had a large teak chrysanthemum, the Imperial Seal of Japan. (PRNewsFoto/Paul G. Allen)

This is the bow of the Musashi, which would have had a large teak chrysanthemum, the Imperial Seal of Japan. (PRNewsFoto/Paul G. Allen)

“Since my youth, I have been fascinated with World War II history, inspired by my father’s service in the U.S. Army,” said Mr. Allen. “The Musashi is truly an engineering marvel and, as an engineer at heart, I have a deep appreciation for the technology and effort that went into its construction. I am honored to play a part in finding this key vessel in naval history and honoring the memory of the incredible bravery of the men who served aboard her.”

Commissioned in 1942, the Musashi was the largest battleship in naval history, weighing in at 73,000 tons fully loaded. It featured eighteeninch armor plating and was armed with nine eighteen-inch guns, the largest ever mounted on a warship. Utmost secrecy was maintained by the shipyard in Nagasaki during the construction; the entire length of the ship was hidden from view to prevent the Allied Forces from learning of its construction. Active in several battles, including the Battle of the Philippine Sea, the Musashi was eventually sunk by an estimated 19 torpedoes and 17 bombs on October 24, 1944 in the lead up to the Battle of Leyte Gulf.  Of Musashi’s 2,399 crew members, nearly half lost their lives including the Commander Vice Admiral Toshihira Inoguchi. Even today, the Musashi and her sister ship, the Yamato, are considered to be unparalleled feats of naval design and construction.

The Musashi carried two 15-ton anchors. The starboard anchor remains in place. (PRNewsFoto/Paul G. Allen)

The Musashi carried two 15-ton anchors. The starboard anchor remains in place. (PRNewsFoto/Paul G. Allen)

Mr. Allen and his research team are mindful of the responsibility related to the wreckage of the Musashi as a war grave and intend to work with the Japanese government to ensure the site is treated respectfully and in accordance with Japanese traditions.

Built by Lurssen to a design by Espen Oeino in 2003, the outstanding 126-metre superyacht Octopus is regularly used for exploration projects, scientific research initiatives and rescue missions. In 2012, Mr. Allen and the Octopus underwater teams participated in the exploration of the wreck of the HMS Hood, in conjunction with the British Navy.

New 42m explorer motor yacht Cape Scott 137 design

February 26, 2015

Cape Scott are proud to unveil their latest explorer motor yacht Cape Scott 137 design. Luxury superyacht CS137 is a beautiful 42-metre go-anywhere vessel, with spacious accommodation for 12 guests and a crew of up to 6.

New 42m super yacht CS137 design by Cape Scott

New 42m super yacht CS137 design by Cape Scott

The Cape Scott 137 yacht has ample space to entertain and cruise in grand style, with interior design and furnishings to each client’s individual taste and finished to the company’s uncompromising standard. Beautifully appointed accommodation belies the fact that this is a vessel to take you safely anywhere in the world; trans-oceanic range and an Ice Class hull ensure that whether you decide to head for the tropics or the Poles, you do so in one of the safest vessels afloat.

A full-displacement design, the easily driven, stabilised hull form provides an extremely comfortable ride and excellent fuel economy. All Cape Scott yachts are built on a semi-custom basis, providing for a range of bespoke features and styling details, both inside and out. Cape Scott’s unique business model ensures that the all-new luxury yacht CS137 represents outstanding value, when compared to other vessels of equivalent quality.

New images of Tony Castro-designed 68m Explorer Superyacht concept

February 23, 2015

Tony Castro Design has proudly released the new images of their Explorer Superyacht concept, based on an established platform at Sunrise Yachts, Turkey. Measuring 68 metres with a beam of 13 metres, the 68m Tony Castro motor yacht concept can comfortably sleep 12 guests and 15 crew.

68m Tony Castro Explorer Superyacht Concept

68m Tony Castro Explorer Superyacht Concept

Designed from the outset as a serious world cruising and personal exploration vessel, the 68m Tony Casto capable yacht is for adventurers who want to circle the globe- a real Range Rover of the seas. Her sturdy and heavily outfitted design can withstand any weather conditions whilst providing spacious and luxurious accommodation.

68m Tony Castro Yacht Concept - aft view

68m Tony Castro Yacht Concept – aft view

You will see by its purposeful looking profile, the heritage of the offshore supply vessels and long range fishing ships – designs borne out of the worst weather that nature can throw at them.  She is a robust ship of proven seakeeping ability combined with a super-efficient hull, created using Tony Castro’s well established Naval Architecture credentials coupled with the latest CFD techniques. The result?  Greater efficiency and vaster cruising range to explore further than typical yachts of this size.

68m Tony Castro Motor Yacht Concept by night

68m Tony Castro Motor Yacht Concept by night

The 68m Tony Castro luxury yacht concept is intended as a very modern ship altogether, yet with rugged utilitarian looking aesthetics, but closer inspection will reveal a modern elegance.  With the geometric clean lines and architectural glazing, she will present a commanding presence whenever entering port.  With a large carrying capacity for toys and tenders, she is capable of carrying a helicopter in a climate controlled garage, twin limo tenders, car, submarine, jet skis, paddleboards and a variety of inflatables water toys.

68m Tony Castro Superyacht Concept - Exterior

68m Tony Castro Superyacht Concept – Exterior

Offering amazing levels of comfort and a chic interior in a style to suit the owner, her unique layout holds a full beam enclosed observation deck with opening roof, cinema, beach club, sauna, scuba diving pool, gymnasium, pool, wine cellar and ample space to accommodate a total of 12 guests.

68m Tony Castro Luxury Yacht Concept - Beach Club

68m Tony Castro Luxury Yacht Concept – Beach Club

Many of her design features are intended to make exploring a real pleasure, able to see and observe the environment you travel through with large windows providing great visibility to the outside, making you feel at one with the environment.

68m Tony Castro Yacht Concept - HeliDeck

68m Tony Castro Yacht Concept – HeliDeck

Technical Specifications of the 68m Tony Castro Explorer Yacht Concept 

LOA : 68.4m

LWL : 60M

BEAM (MAX) : 12.9M

DRAFT : 3.5M


1 Master Cabin

1 VIP Suite

4 Guest Cabins

Crew Accommodation:

1 Captain’s Cabin

1 First Officers Cabin

1 Engineers Cabin

6 Double Crew Cabins



PHILEAS – New line of 35m steel and aluminium Expedition Yachts unveiled by Cerri

February 18, 2015

PHILEAS, the new line of 35m steel and aluminium Expedition Yachts designed by A.Vallicelli & C. Yacht Design, was proudly presented by Italian shipyard Cantiere Navale Cerri during the 2015 Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show, marking the beginning of the shipyard’s new era. The all-new line was named after Phileas Fogg, the main character of Jules Verne’s “Around the World in Eighty Days”.

New 35m motor yacht Phileas by Cerri - Profile

New 35m expedition motor yacht Phileas by Cerri - Profile

“The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides. The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion; it is the Living Infinite.”Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days.

Through Phileas the Carrara-based shipyard, which specialises in the construction of high-performing fibreglass yachts, has chosen to explore new production segments and diversify its offer, to effectively meet the needs of an increasingly demanding market. Relying on the experience and expertise of its new Management in the construction of steel and aluminium and all-aluminium crafts, Cerri has started the production of a new line of highly flexible and performing Explorer Yachts ranging between 30 and 35 metres in length, which are ideal for long-range cruising and to experience freedom and contact with sea and nature to the fullest.

Interior light is ensured by the large windows allowing to enjoy a magnificent view over the sea from across the entire yacht. Moreover, thanks to a total range of 4,000 miles and the capacious black water and grey water tanks (6,000 litres), this is the perfect yacht for anyone wishing to cruise long and far from ports or marinas.

35m superyacht Phileas

35m superyacht Phileas

Sober lines, modularity and versatility are the key features of the Phileas yacht project, pencilled by A. Vallicelli & C. Yacht Design. The hull, in turn, was developed by Cerri’s Technical Department.

The straight sides of the yacht make it easily customisable to the most diverse needs of the Owners, who can choose a 3-, 4- or 5-cabin layout, arranging the cabins depending on their specific needs and requirements. Great care has also been devoted to the comfort of the crew, who have available spacious crew quarters including a large crew mess, a laundry area, and 2 cabins, while the captain’s cabin is located on the upper deck, behind the wheelhouse. The linear layout and lines of the yacht make maintenance extremely easy, as all equipment and systems are promptly accessible for inspection and repair.

A large number of optional solutions and accessories is available, including – among other things – the possibility to have the yacht in the Ice Class or to install hybrid engines.

The Phileas superyacht comes with 2 MTU 8v engines that push it to a cruising speed of 12 knots and a maximum speed of 14 knots.

“We are really excited about this new project and, more in general, about the new course that Cerri has embarked upon – comments Cerri’s CEO Diego Michele Deprati. – Our objective is to offer a highly versatile and innovative product. Phileas is joining the niche segment of Explorer Yachts, but its limited size and essential lines make it truly unique. Even its name -Phileas- evokes (at least among those who still remember classical literature) a world of explorations and long voyages, adventure and life at sea: and this is exactly the philosophy that drove us, together with architect Vallicelli, towards this impressively charming project”.

New ISS Representative for Australasian Superyacht Industry

February 17, 2015

The industry’s southern-most members will once again be represented on the International Superyacht Society (ISS) board, following the news about Matt Johnston, managing director of Tasmanian company, MUIR, that has been elected to the board. MUIR specialises in the manufacture of windlasses and anchoring system, and provides exceptional solutions to yachts. Recent projects of note include Alloy sailing yacht Hey Jude and La Belle Classe Monaco winner, expedition yacht Yersin.

MUIR’s Matthew Johnston

MUIR’s Matthew Johnston

The announcement has been greeted with pleasure by Australian and New Zealand proponents of the industry who believe the growing manufacturing, service and luxury yacht charter industries can offer much to the wider superyacht sphere.

“It is important for Australia to ensure representation on key global organizations that focus on supporting the superyacht sector. With the growing interest in cruising in Australia, building superyachts here and our significant capability in the repair and refit sectors we need to understand the needs of the global market and ensure the global market understands our industry,” says MaryAnne Edwards, CEO of Superyacht Australia.

“Matthew Johnston of MUIR is a highly experienced manufacturer within the superyacht sector with a strong global brand. Matthew has been a regular attendee for many years at key international boat shows and, alongside John Muir, is a well known figure within the industry. His input at ISS board level will be valuable for the industry as a whole and will certainly ensure Australia and the Pacific region has input and direct feedback regarding global issues,” Edwards said.

Johnston is keen to continue to increase the region’s participation with the wider superyacht industry.

I’m looking forward to contributing as an ISS board member in all aspects of the position and am particularly eager to ensure that the board is privy to issues that relate to the South Pacific region and how we can tackle these for the best outcome for all concerned,” says Johnston.

With international shows a key part of MUIR’s growth strategy, Johnston is a familiar face within the industry and is looking forward to bringing news and developments from the Asia-Pacific region to the attention of ISS members, helping them both grow their markets into the burgeoning region, and understand what it brings to the industry in terms of manufacturing benefits.

Ballots were sent to ISS members on January 2, and the vote for ISS members only, was collected on 5 February.

Solar Powered Sailing Yacht HELIOS concept by Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi

February 16, 2015

Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi from Italy, both students of Yacht and Cruise vessel design at Politecnico di Milano, have developed the solar powered sailing yacht Helios concept for Young Designer of the Year 2015 contest, organized by Boat International Media and sponsored by Oceanco. The performance flybridge ketch Helios concept represents an innovative and eco-friendly 55-metre vessel, able to explore the world, providing accommodation for 10 guests and 8 crew members.

Solar Powered Sailing Yacht HELIOS concept by Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi

Solar Powered Sailing Yacht HELIOS concept by Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi

The exterior styling of the deckhouse is modern and is shaped from the soft curves of an oyster-shell.  The height of the ketch rig allows the Helios yacht to pass through the Panama Canal, and the sails are suitable for cruising and occasional race.

The cockpit of super yacht Helios offers dining to 10 guests and is protected from the elements, while the deck , which is clean from riggings, offers a wide space for relaxation and sunbathing areas for the guests.

Superyacht Helios under sail

Superyacht Helios concept under sail

The flybridge deck has a dual helm stations with excellent all-round visibility and an infinity pool looking aft, but when luxury yacht Helios is under way the water is pumped out and is converted into a sunbathing area with cushions.

On the main deck there are two tender garages with a 5-metre tender, two jet skis and two canoes, while on the lower deck there is another  tender garage for the 7-metre exact-replica limousine tender with opening on the starboard side. On the port side the platform allows the guests to board the tenders.

The main salon can be converted in a cinema and is separated from the dining area.

Luxury yacht Helios concept - aft view

Luxury yacht Helios concept - aft view

On the lower deck there are crew cabins, four guest cabins and the owner’s suite that has a private beach club with a retractable swimming platform.

The main characteristic of Helios superyacht are the sails, which are composed of flexible solar cells made of silicon. The surface of the solar cells (2052 sq. m.) of about 2500 panels can generate a power of circa 355 kWh that can be accumulated in storage batteries placed in the engine room.

Helios Yacht Concept by night

Helios Yacht Concept by night

The spinnaker is made of nylon and the mizzen staysail is made of dacron because they must be light, handy and functional to be lifted up and then hauled down in the forepeaks.

Luxury yacht Helios is a diesel-electric sailing yacht that, together with the reduced draught of 4 metres thanks to the lifting keel, can go in shallow waters or protected areas using only electric propulsion expanding its range for expedition.

Helios superyacht concept - Owners Cabin

Helios superyacht concept - Owners Cabin

Helios yacht concept - Owners Cabin

Helios yacht concept - Owners Cabin

About Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi

Marco Ferrari and Alberto Franchi from Italy study Yacht and Cruise vessel design at Politecnico di Milano. They were among the Top 10 designers at 2014 Show Boats Design Awards in the Young Designer of the Year section with superyacht Project Lyra, a 60-metre SWATH design. They gained experience with internship at Mondo Marine Shipyard (Marco) and Amico & Co Shipyard (Alberto). They have both passion for the sea and go sailing during the summer.

Video: 115m expedition motor yacht LUNA

February 12, 2015

The impressive and outstanding 115-metre motor yacht LUNA was launched as the world’s largest expedition yacht by Lloyd Werft and Stahlbau Shipyard in Germany in 2009. Luxury mega yacht LUNA has been superbly penned by Newcruise Design, with interior design by Donald Starkey. Below is a video showing this jewel of the sea in the beautiful Caribbean yacht charter location – Grand Cayman, released by ‘alvinski100’ in 2012.

JFA Yachts – Showboats Design Awards & Superyacht Design Symposium 2015 Event Associate

February 12, 2015

Event associate of Showboats Design Awards as well as Superyacht Design Symposium 2015, the prestigious French luxury yacht builder, JFA Yachts, is proud to take part in these events, resolutely turned to the future and the innovation. As in 2014, JFA President Frédéric JAOUEN will have the honour to present the Naval Architecture Award – Motor Yachts Award.

JFA 115' Power Catamaran Concept

JFA 115' Power Catamaran Concept

Since 1993, date of the creation of JFA Yachts, the shipyard didn’t stop being in touch with innovative projects. Today, JFA Yachts is an internationally recognised French shipyard.

Frédéric JAOUEN, its president, has, during all these years, managed to preserve personal relationships between the owners, the representative owners, naval architects, designers and the yard.

JFA Yachts has also kept its human size and its family atmosphere. At JFA Yachts, “owners are building their boats”.

JFA 164' Explorer Yacht

JFA 164' Explorer Yacht

The versatility is another strong point of the shipyard: sailing yachts – motor yachts – multihulls – yachts in steel, aluminium or composite including carbon, are showing JFA Yachts as the only shipyard in Europe able to answer at such diversity.

Its facilities allow JFA Yachts to build or refit projects up to 60 metres.

With permanent relations with naval architects and interior designers all around the world, JFA Yachts is in contact with renowned offices.

Today JFA Yachts is convinced that sailing yachts and multihulls from 80 to 150’ will be more and more present in the future. It is only the beginning of the “green yachts” generation.

Long Island 100' Yacht by JFA

Long Island 100' Yacht by JFA

Ecological, fast, stable and comfortable: a new generation of multihulls looms up on the horizon.

The Long Island 85 (example is charter yacht Windquest) – a Marc Lombard design – confirms this orientation. Launched last year, she already sailed a lot and get a warm welcome from press and luxury yacht charter clients. The range of the Long Island will be declined in several sizes, and JFA Yachts is building the Long Island 100 yacht.

In 2014, JFA also developed a 115’ Power Catamaran Concept with Peugeot Design lab. This project could be the future of motor yachts.

Another project is important for JFA Yachts: a new generation of Explorer Vessels revealed in 2014.

Developed in collaboration with the naval architect Bill Dixon, this new 164’ motor yacht shows the Dixon Yacht Design’s vision of a modern Explorer Vessel.

Superyacht Design Symposium

22 – 24 February 2015 in Kitzbühel, Austria

ShowBoats Design Awards

23 February 2015 in Kitzbühel, Austria

PFA design srl among IY&A Awards 2015 Finalists with super yacht STELLA DI MARE

February 06, 2015

design et al is proud to announce that PFA design srl has been shortlisted for the fifth annual International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2015, with super yacht Stella di Mare. Luxury motor yacht Stella di Mare will compete in the ‘Interior Design Award – Power Yacht’ category.

Luxury motor yacht Stella di Mare - Interior

Luxury motor yacht Stella di Mare - Interior

With interior design from Pierluigi Floris of PFA design and Marco Veglia, luxury yacht Stella di Mare features a linear and contemporary interior.

Super yacht Stella di Mare - Interior

Super yacht Stella di Mare - Interior

The project Darwin 96 superyacht Stella di Mare is an the evolution of the model 86, but, from the younger sister retains the intimate elegance, with greater availability in terms of space and amenities.

Stella di Mare Yacht - Interior

Stella di Mare Yacht - Interior

The interior is developed around a theme: the search for lightness. A smooth colour palette and luxury materials such as natural Elm, open pore white Elm and Travertino marbles, Stella di Mare boasts an interior style that is lush, luxurious and welcoming. This in addition to the large windows ensures a feel modern, clean and warm at the same time, thanks to the elm colours that change from brown to golden reflections.

Luxury yacht Stella di Mare - Cabin

Luxury yacht Stella di Mare - Cabin

An Italian superyacht often means Italian design, and Stella di Mare yacht is certainly no exception. With all interiors her style is perfectly contemporary and light, with sleek lines and modern, soft shapes. Overall, Stella di Mare offers an impressive, subtle and stylish take on superyachting.

Stella di Mare superyacht - Cabin

Stella di Mare superyacht - Cabin

Perfectly suitable for traditional cruising as well as adventurous travels, she soothes guests with her airy design, light ambiance and exceptional amenities.