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Interior images of CRN’s 60m J’Ade yacht (CRN 125)

April 23, 2013

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Luxury yacht builder CRN is proud to present the completed interior images of the beautiful 60m  J’Ade yacht (CRN 125). Superyacht J’Ade is the world’s first mega yacht boasting a floating garage.

Luxury motor yacht J'Ade by CRN

Luxury motor yacht J'Ade by CRN

Now ready for delivery to the billionaire owner, motor yacht J’Ade has been designed to feel at one with the sea, featuring special full height windows providing exceptionally wide panoramic views. This is combined with a beach club, a stern hatch that turns into a large platform by the water, and the highly innovative ‘flooded garage’, where the owner can store and easily access the 8 metre Riva Iseo Yacht without the need for a tender lift.

Luxury superyacht J'Ade by CRN

Luxury superyacht J'Ade by CRN

J’Ade yacht can comfortably host the whole extended family, with room for 10 guests and 13 crew members. The mega yacht has a top speed of 16 knots and can make the Trans-Atlantic journey, giving easy access to both Europe and the Americas.

J'Ade yacht by CRN

J'Ade yacht by CRN

A brand of the Ferretti Group, CRN specialises in the construction of fully customised steel and aluminium displacement megayachts ranging from 44 to 90 metres, and a displacement line made of composite (43 metres long CRN Navetta 43). This is an important year for CRN, celebrating its 50th anniversary and marking its resilience and success despite its position in a complex market which has seen the loss of many established brands.

J'Ade yacht by CRN - Spa Pool

J'Ade yacht by CRN - Spa Pool

Lamberto Tacoli, CRN Shipyard Chairman and CEO, commented on the launch: We pride ourselves on the craftsmanship carried out by our skilled workers as they make it possible for us to reach every milestone. The Shipyard is in full swing and all our efforts aim at maintaining CRN’s position in the elite world of shipbuilding.”

J'Ade yacht by CRN - Floating garage

J'Ade yacht by CRN - Floating garage

Yacht Details & Technical Info

Hull number 125 of the Shipyard, made of steel and aluminium, has an overall length of 60 metres and a maximum beam of 10.2 metres. With four decks and a sub deck, the megayacht can comfortably host ten people – distributed in four guest cabins and a master suite – and thirteen crew members.

J'Ade yacht by CRN - Floating tender garage

J'Ade yacht by CRN - Floating tender garage

The interior style of J’Ade yacht is classic and modern, elegant and refined, with a fusion of materials including wood, leather, marble and metals. Canaletto walnut and polished rosewood are particularly prevalent, with hardwood floors made of wide Afromosia strips and white Tai Ping fitted carpets. As the name suggests, the colour jade is accented in different shades throughout the yacht’s décor.

J'Ade yacht by CRN - Exterior areas

J'Ade yacht by CRN - Exterior areas

The internal layout was designed by Studio Zuccon International Project, in close collaboration with CRN Technical Office. The interior design was overseen by Studio Zuccon and CRN Centro Stile, who worked closely with the owner. Special features include the almost full height windows of the upper salon, providing a wide panoramic view and a feeling of close proximity to the water. An audio/video entertainment system was developed by CRN in collaboration with Videoworks, allowing complete control from an iPad, and water, salt and weather-proof televisions are used throughout the yacht.

J'Ade yacht by CRN - Accommodation

J'Ade yacht by CRN - Accommodation

Seen for the first time onboard a yacht, the floodable garage on the lower deck is an innovative engineering solution created by the CRN Shipyard. Operated hydraulically, the garage can dry out in 3 minutes and is lit by underwater lights for a dramatic effect. Next to the floating garage, which can also be used as a swimming pool, is the beach club. A stern hatch that turns into a large beach platform by the sea, the beach clubs offers a sunny terrace and allows safe and easy access into the ocean.

J'Ade yacht by CRN - Interior

J'Ade yacht by CRN - Interior

The main salon of superyacht J’Ade features a bar area made of green marble and rosewood with a stunning backdrop of a large aquarium. Furniture throughout the salon is made by Baxter, and uses nabuk leather in browns and beiges and white travertine marble. Instead of a traditional dining area, the owner requested an area devoted to music; a white Yamaha piano sits among backlit white pergmena columns.

J'Ade luxury yacht by CRN

J'Ade luxury yacht by CRN

The glamorous owners suite features a balcony, furniture clad with white-silver nuance coconut leather by Fendi Club House Italia, a silk carpet and textiles and curtains made of cashmere by Loro Piana. The adjacent bathroom, furnished with Afyon and Emperador dark marble, features an anti-steam mirror concealing a television, customized petal shaped washbasins and an oval bathtub by Boffi.

J'Ade yacht by CRN - Saloon detail

J'Ade yacht by CRN - Saloon detail

J’Ade superyacht’s upper deck comprises an outdoor dining table for 14 people, complete with a rotating servant. Indoors, a custom-made dining table made of polished rosewood and brown galuchat leather can also seat 14 people. The lounge also features two large sofas by Minotti and a Swarovski chandelier. The sun deck has a helipad and spa pool surrounded by sun beds. Indoors, a wellness area is complete with a floor-to-ceiling green Sicis mosaics Turkish bath and a gym.

J'Ade yacht by CRN - Salon

J'Ade yacht by CRN - Salon

Technical stats – The yacht has two MTU 12 V 4000 M 63 1500 kW @1800 rpm engines, allowing it to reach a top speed of 16 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots.

J'Ade yacht by CRN - Salon with dining area

J'Ade yacht by CRN - Salon with dining area

J'Ade yacht by CRN - Dining table

J'Ade yacht by CRN - Dining table

J'Ade yacht by CRN - Beautiful interior - bath

J'Ade yacht by CRN - Beautiful interior - bath

J'Ade superyacht by CRN - Interior

J'Ade superyacht by CRN - Interior

WallyCento HAMILTON yacht wins IY&A award

April 22, 2013

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2013 saw the beautiful WallyCento 100 HAMILTON yacht win the ‘Sailing Yacht 25-40m category. The  uniqueness of the IY&A Awards, organised by the leading design magazine design et al, lies in the fact that the winners are selected by members of the public via online voting, rather than by more usual panel of judges. The awards ceremony was held last Friday at the Connaught Hotel in London.

Luxury yacht Hamilton - Salon with chart table

Luxury yacht Hamilton - Salon - Image courtesy of Design Unlimited

Luxury sailing yacht Hamilton features interior and exterior styling by Design Unlimited.  The first of the new WallyCento class, she is designed to combine both comfortable cruising and fast, exciting racing.  With that in mind the interior had to be designed and engineered to hit challenging weight targets yet show minimal compromise when it came to amenities and accommodation.

The result is a bright, airy interior using natural tones offset by splashes of colour set alongside carbon fibre elements for dramatic effect.

“We’re delighted that Hamilton has been voted the best new sailing yacht (25-40m) of the past twelve months,” said Design Unlimited’s Mark Tucker.  “We, along with the other partners involved in her design and built, put in a great deal of time and effort to produce a yacht that would fulfil the expectations of her owner, using the latest materials and technology.  We were very pleased with the result, and it’s wonderful to see that the wider public feel the same way.”

New Baltic 108 Yacht WINWIN with interior design by Design Unlimited

April 12, 2013

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Design Unlimited has unveiled initial details of the interior design as well as specification for the Baltic 108 sailing yacht WinWin. The beautiful WinWin yacht is a 108ft (33m) composite sailboat, scheduled for completion at Baltic Yachts in early 2014.

Baltic 108 sailing yacht WinWin with interior design by Design Unlimited

Baltic 108 sailing yacht WinWin with interior design by Design Unlimited

With naval architecture by Javier Jaudenes, superyacht WinWin is a high performance cruiser / racer intended to excel at both. The owner of WinWin is an experienced long distance sailor who knows exactly what he wants from the yacht. Notable features include a lifting keel and a retracting glass bulkhead between the deck saloon and cockpit which allows seamless integration between both spaces. Performance is also a key priority, with Mark Tucker and his team at Design Unlimited tasked with keeping overall weight to a minimum.

Baltic Yachts 108 WINWIN superyacht - Study

Baltic Yachts 108 WINWIN superyacht - Study

As the leading interior design studio for yachts of this type, with the WallyCento sailing yacht Hamilton and the refit of the 30.5m charter yacht Leopard 3 two notable projects with a similar brief completed in 2012, Design Unlimited understood the need for an interior that was essentially minimalist yet still with all the comforts required for family cruising.

In response to the owners’ wishes the forward section is mostly taken up by an exceptionally generous master suite comprised of a large, full width cabin with en-suite shower room, and a study and owners’ lounge stretching down the port side complete with desk, three sided settee and ample storage. Facing that across the centreline is a Pullman cabin for the owners to use when passage-making, demonstrating that this yacht is intended for serious sailing.

Baltic 108 Yacht WINWIN - Interior by Design Unlimited

Baltic 108 Yacht WINWIN - Interior by Design Unlimited

The deck saloon of WinWin yacht is a well-proportioned seating and entertaining area with plenty of light, not least as a result of the retracting glass bulkhead that leads out to the cockpit to create a single, dramatic, unified space. Other features of the saloon include a daybed aft on the starboard side and side windows that can be opened.

WinWin yacht - Saloon

WinWin yacht - Saloon

The aft section of the Baltic 108 superyacht WinWin includes two twin guest cabins each with en-suite, plus a fully-equipped galley, crew mess with navigation station, and two Pullman cabins providing high-quality accommodation for up to four crew.

In keeping with the brief for a light, minimalist finish, the interior uses washed and limed oak veneers for the floors and interior joinery, while lacquered overheads aid in reflecting light throughout. Concealed light panels help maintain the atmosphere of clean simplicity.

Loro Piana, the Italian fabric house long associated with the world of sailing, supplied the fabrics used in the interior, while the linings came from Majilite. The leather upholstery and headboards were supplied by Edelman, and the fittings are by Dornbracht, Hansgrohe and Turnstyle.

Luxury superyacht WinWin - Interior by Design Unlimited

Luxury superyacht WinWin - Interior by Design Unlimited

“WinWin is an uncompromising cruiser/racer designed for owners who intend to spend many hours on board,” said Design Unlimited’s Mark Tucker. “It has been a pleasure to work with owners who have a clear vision of what they wish to achieve and we believe the result is a yacht that is perfect for extended, long-distance cruising as well as exciting racing. We look forward to seeing her afloat.”

Nauta Yachts on the largest mega yacht in the world: the 180m AZZAM YACHT

April 10, 2013

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Nauta Yachts has issued a press release talking about the recently launched 180m AZZAM yacht – the largest superyacht in the world. Mega Yacht Azzam boasts exterior design by Nauta Yachts and was constructed by the prestigious German shipyard Lurssen. Her interior was created by Christophe Leoni.

180m Azzam superyacht designed by Nauta Yachts

180m Azzam superyacht designed by Nauta Yachts

“Seven years ago we began to navigate in the wide ocean of superyacht design. We were lucky to start with a commission for an 80 metre motor yacht with moderate volumes and above all the possibility to open large glass surfaces on the superstructure of each deck. We called this project Light with the double meaning of brightness and lightness. When we were then called in to participate in the design and exterior styling of AZZAM we immediately realised that this project would be one of the most demanding of our careers. The brief was strict and challenging in terms of dimensions, performance and technology. At the same time we were pleased to note that the Client’s brief was not calling for large volumes in relation to the overall length. This would give us the possibility to express our vision of balance between airiness and light on a larger scale. Our lines could stay neat and essential, one of the hallmarks of Nauta Yachts, without overflow, redundancy and massive volumes.”

Azzam superyacht - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Azzam superyacht - Photo by Klaus Jordan

“The yacht was to be able to navigate at speeds in excess of 30 knots, powered by a combination of two gas turbines and two diesel engines with a total 94,000 horse power. The highest technology to obtain the highest performance possible for a 180m hull would require, from our point of view, a rational, modern architecture composed by straight lines and balanced and proportioned volumes, outlining her advanced contents and stunning performance.”

“Ever since the first sketches, we could sense that we were on the right track. The design had strength of character and sense of purpose, yet also had timeless elegance, even while incorporating elements of visionary contemporary modern design.”

Luxury mega yacht AZZAM - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Luxury mega yacht AZZAM - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Nauta CEO Mario Pedol states: “When I saw the scale model before the general presentation to the Principal, I was 100% happy with the outcome. So was the Principal. Such recognition made me confident that we had achieved our goal.”

The Client representative assembled a world-class team, composed by Lürssen engineers, technical project managers from Burgess, the interior designer Christophe Leoni, and by ourselves here at Nauta Yachts.

M/Y Azzam - Photo by Klaus Jordan

M/Y Azzam - Photo by Klaus Jordan

AZZAM breaks new ground in terms of dimensions, performance and technology. In addition to being the largest yacht in the world with a length of 180 meters and in addition to her staggering top speed of over 30 knots, she shatters records in terms of building time: after a year of engineering, she was constructed in just three years, another milestone in yachting history.

According to Burgess CEO Jonathan Beckett the construction of this yacht – with its highly complex technical features – has been extremely demanding and challenging. “It has been a real team effort – he says – between all the professionals involved, including ourselves, the builder and the designers, and we are proud to be associated with this extraordinary and unique project as Owner’s technical consultants.”

Luxury superyacht AZZAM - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Luxury superyacht AZZAM - Photo by Klaus Jordan

The renowned French designer Christophe Leoni has been able to realize a sophisticated and luxurious interior in Empire style. “Though yachting is not my main area of business – he comments – I thoroughly enjoyed the cooperation with Nauta and Lürssen and I am confident that the final yacht is everything and more that the Owner expects.”

While waiting for mega yacht Azzam’s final delivery, we can state that all our efforts were concentrated to achieve a design defined by a strong character, but dressed by a timeless elegance. We believe Azzam will be able to represent a milestone in the superyacht fleet for decades.

Mega yacht AZZAM by Lurssen - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Mega yacht AZZAM by Lurssen - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Luxury mega yacht AZZAM

Loa: 180 m / 590’4’’

Beam: 20,8 m / 68’22’’

Draft: 4,3 m / 15’8”

Speed: > 30 knots

Builder: Lürssen Yachts

Exterior Designer: Nauta Yachts

Interior Designer: Christophe Leoni

Technical Project Manager: Burgess

New Canados 120 motor yacht Hull No. 2 with interior design by Cristiano Gatto

April 09, 2013

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

A sister ship to the 2012 luxury yacht Far Away, the Canados 120 motor yacht Hull No. 2 is currently in build at the prominent Italian shipyard, Canados Yachts. The second Canados 120 yacht boasts naval architecture, as well as exterior design by Canados Design Team, while her beautiful interior design is by acclaimed Cristiano Gatto. She is scheduled for delivery this summer.

A sister ship to second Canados 120 Yacht - Superyacht Far Away

A sister ship to second Canados 120 Yacht - Superyacht Far Away

The lovely and elegant interiors of the Canados 120 superyacht Hull No. 2 by Cristiano Gatto boast clean lines, natural material with hi-tech touches, as well as care and attention to the details.

Second Canados 120 Yacht - Dining

Second Canados 120 Yacht - Dining Image courtesy of Cristiano Gatto Design

Canados 120 superyacht Hull No. 2 - Main Saloon

Canados 120 superyacht Hull No. 2 - Main Saloon Image courtesy of Cristiano Gatto Design

The Main Saloon and the Master Cabin aboard the second Canados 120 yacht present big lateral openings to fully enjoy the sea environment.

Second Canados 120 Yacht - Owners Stateroom

Second Canados 120 Yacht - Owners Stateroom Image courtesy of Cristiano Gatto Design

Canados 120 Yacht Hull No. 2 - Owners Bathroom

Canados 120 Yacht Hull No. 2 - Owners Bathroom Image courtesy of Cristiano Gatto Design

The Guest Cabins have been designed maintaining the same details, but with a different style and a different aspect.

Canados 120 luxury yacht Hull No. 2 - Vip Cabin

Canados 120 luxury yacht Hull No. 2 - Vip Cabin Image courtesy of Cristiano Gatto Design

Second Canados 120 Yacht - Twin Guest Cabin

Second Canados 120 Yacht - Twin Guest Cabin Image courtesy of Cristiano Gatto Design

Canados 120 motor yacht Hull No. 2 - Guest Bathroom

Canados 120 motor yacht Hull No. 2 - Guest Bathroom Image courtesy of Cristiano Gatto Design

Modern and refined taste and a constant attention to the research and experimentation, this is the character of the magnificent interiors of the Canados 120 yacht Hull No. 2 by Cristiano Gatto Design Team.

Below is a gallery for the stylish charter yachts with design by Cristiano Gatto.

The beautiful Sailing Yacht PUMULA by Royal Huisman

March 25, 2013

Written by Eva Belanyiova

For yachting enthusiasts that appreciate ‘true yachts’, sailing yacht PUMULA (Project Bugamena) is more than a pleasure to sail. Following her delivery by Royal Huisman in Spring 2012, luxury superyacht PUMULA ventured off on a summer cruise in Norway and Spitsbergen and spend the winter months cruising the Caribbean; two extremes and almost 12,000 nautical miles within one year after her delivery.

Royal Huisman sailing yacht Pumula - Photo Cory Silken

Royal Huisman sailing yacht Pumula - Photo Cory Silken

Imagine a classic yacht that captures the spirit of adventure so perfectly, it might really have been built for adventurous souls of an earlier era.

Royal Huisman Pumula Yacht - Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Pumula Yacht - Cory Silken

Imagine the seamanlike attention to detail: the sheer line, the layout and handling, the true feel of the rudder on the helm, the secure cockpit and comfortable sea berths, the wonderful ambiance below decks.

Royal Huisman Pumula superyacht - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Pumula superyacht - Photo by Cory Silken

Then imagine a yacht with a tall carbon rig and powerful sail plan working in harmony with a fully ballasted and retractable bulb keel for excellent light or heavy weather performance and sea keeping, on or off the wind. A yacht whose stunning classic looks give little indication of the carefully selected technologies that enhance comfort and lifestyle, safety and reliability, communications and navigation, ease of operation by a small crew.

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - Photo by Cory Silken

Put the two together and you have a singular yacht: the 37.33m/122.5ft cutter rigged sloop Pumula – an orchestrated blend of tradition and modernity.

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Yacht Pumula - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Yacht Pumula - Photo by Cory Silken

The vision defines the yacht

Pumula superyacht is an admirable rarity in these days of ever-increasing size and complexity in superyachts. Her owners have great respect for the honesty and simplicity of yachts built in the classic era and sought to create a beautiful and luxurious, yet technologically straightforward and uncomplicated yacht.

Royal Huisman  Pumula Yacht - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Pumula Yacht - Photo by Cory Silken

Such a yacht would be large enough to cruise the world, high latitudes and low, in comfort with family or friends, yet small enough to be easily handled by a small crew and by the owners themselves. The result is undoubtedly stunning.

Royal Huisman Luxury Yacht Pumula - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Luxury Yacht Pumula - Photo by Cory Silken

The commitment of the owners to the purity of the aesthetic and to relative simplicity can be seen in numerous individual features. Like all modern yachts, Pumula enjoys the advantages of modern navigation technologies but, unlike most, there is no visual intrusion of screens and readers around the helm; they are only visible when required. The helm itself is a single, central wheel – twin wheels would hardly be right. Pumula has state of the art communications, yet they are complemented by SSB radio, as this is still a valuable and enjoyable tool for the committed long distance sailor.

Royal Huisman Pumula Superyacht- Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Pumula Superyacht- Photo by Cory Silken

These examples of the owner’s philosophy were sympathetically interpreted by the talented team at Dykstra Naval Architects to create a beautifully understated yacht that “looks right and sails right”. From the fine curve of her bow through the sensitive sheer of her hull to the elegant transom stern, Pumula looks every inch the classic.

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - Photo by Cory Silken

The low profile teak-clad deckhouses and well-proportioned cockpit coamings give balance to her lines while the soaring off-white mast and rollaway boom add a clear sense of purpose. There are no plans for regatta sailing Pumula – she is a long distance cruising yacht – and, to this end, Dykstra Naval Architects have designed an efficient under-body with a fully-ballasted and retractable bulb keel extending to 5m/16ft for maximum windward traction and lifting to 3m/10ft for access to shoal draft anchorages. Her deep semi-spade rudder is constructed from aluminium.

Royal Huisman  Pumula Yacht  - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Pumula Yacht - Photo by Cory Silken

A fresh interpretation

Interior designers Rhoades Young have succeeded in creating an environment below decks that is evocative of an earlier era yet offers a fresh, light and stimulating interpretation rather than a formal homage. A theme of bleached oak joinery, finished to emphasise the texture of the grain and the figuring of the wood, contrasts with darker oak flooring and white-painted panelling and deck-heads to create an intimate, almost contemporary styling. The patina of the wood has been developed through highly skilled wax-based finishing techniques that make the light oak, for example, appear aged and polished through usage. There are a numerous imaginative design features including saddle stitched leather-bound bedside tables, inspired by suitcases from the golden age of cruise liners, that accentuate the warmth and charm of the cabins. Stepping down into the main deck house from the cockpit, one encounters a wonderfully light and airy space, thanks to large windows on three sides, skylight hatches overhead and extensive white painted panelling. To port, a stylish oak dining table, hand-stained to match the oak flooring, seats eight guests while, to starboard, there is informal seating either side of a table that conceals a navigation station.

18 Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - Photo by Cory Silken

A few steps forward and down lead to the lower salon – a relaxed area for socialising that features comfortable seating and entertainment facilities to starboard and a breakfast counter/ cocktail bar to port. The bar counter, attractively finished in pewter, is an extension of the open-plan galley, giving added amenity and extended eye lines; it can also be closed off to the salon, when desired, with a sliding fire-proof screen. A door beside the bar provides access to a multi-purpose double cabin that can be used either by guests or by a local pilot when sailing in remote regions.

Royal Huisman Luxury superyacht Pumula - Owners Cabin- Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Luxury superyacht Pumula - Owner's Cabin- Photo by Cory Silken

Returning to the main deckhouse, stairs aft lead to the principle owner and guest accommodation where beautifully fitted twin cabins are situated to port and starboard with the owner’s full-beam suite aft. All guest cabins enjoy the benefit of natural light through elegant oval portholes in the hull as well as light and air from overhead skylights.

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - luxury bathroom - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - luxury bathroom - Photo by Cory Silken

The owners’ suite includes a master bed on the centerline with views aft through the owners’ deckhouse, a small office, and attractively curved steps leading to sheltered and secluded casual seating area within the aft deckhouse itself. This seating adapts simply into a small couch, should the owner choose to relax or sleep there.

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - Owners Cabin - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - Owners Cabin - Photo by Cory Silken

Meticulous craftsmanship

On deck, the fine attention to detail is evidenced by margin-free hatches giving the appearance of continuous planking, and by painstakingly crafted polished steel and teak cleats precisely positioned to take the feeds from custom engineered fairleads. Pumula yacht’s anchor is securely stowed and conveniently launched from a neat recess in the port bow, ensuring a clear, uncluttered foredeck. In the centre of the foredeck area, just aft of the tender stowage, a teak-finished cuddy provides access to the crew quarters.

 Royal Huisman Luxury SuperYacht Pumula - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Luxury SuperYacht Pumula - Photo by Cory Silken

The main deckhouse has a classic low profile enhanced by three lightly-arched windows on either side and finished in varnished and natural teak. To maximize air flow capacity the subtle “teak” ventilation louvers on the forward face of the deckhouse (as elsewhere on this yacht) are in fact constructed from capacity giving carbon fibre with a fine teak veneer for strength and weight saving. Either side of the coach roof, teak grab rails with polished steel fittings are designed and engineered in visual harmony with the deck cleats.

 Royal Huisman Yacht Pumula - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Yacht Pumula - Photo by Cory Silken

Immediately aft of the main deckhouse, the principle cockpit features comfortable, secure seating around a dining table incorporating refrigerated storage facilities. The helm station and its bench seat are situated at the aft end of the cockpit, providing both a social and a practical link with the cockpit area and the deckhouse.

Royal Huisman Luxury Sailing Yacht Pumula - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Luxury Sailing Yacht Pumula - Photo by Cory Silken

The wheel is mounted on a fine varnished teak pedestal surmounted by a traditional binnacle compass. To port and to starboard, operational controls are subtly incorporated into the cockpit infrastructure. Helm station display screens are neatly concealed within the same units, designed  to glide smoothly upwards into view when in operational mode.

Royal Huisman Luxury Yacht Pumula - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Luxury Yacht Pumula - Photo by Cory Silken

The smaller, aft deckhouse forms part of the owners’ suite and gives onto a secluded private cockpit with its own table, also with refrigerated storage, and seating.

Crew quarters

Sailing Yacht Pumula does not require a large crew but her owner has gone to some lengths to provide high quality accommodation for them. Forward of the lower deck salon (and accessible from either the salon or the foredeck) the crew quarters include a welllit and comfortable crew mess with good natural light and luxurious double and twin crew cabins, each with ensuite bathroom. The captain’s cabin includes a Pullman berth for maximum flexibility of accommodation.

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - crew mess - Photo by Cory Silken

The galley is well-lit, neatly laid out for the practicalities of cooking at sea, and comprehensively equipped. Everything is fitted out to the highest professional standards. Opposite the crew mess, stairs lead to the crew entrance on deck, while service to the lower deck salon is conveniently delivered via the open plan galley counter and adjoining door.

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - galley - Photo by Cory Silken

Handling Pumula

The Pumula project team – her owners, their designers, project manager Jens Cornelsen, and the yard team – have taken infinite pains with every operational detail of this yacht. The large sail plan of 784m2 is designed to ensure good light air performance, yet easily handled by two people thanks to sail management systems that include captive winches for the main sheet and halyard, hydraulic boom furling, and furling headsails.

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - Photo by Cory Silken

The helmsman enjoys excellent all-round visibility, including over the main deckhouse, as well as the reassuring protection of the surrounding coamings. For the committed yachtsman, superyacht Pumula is a pleasure to sail.

Owners’ Statement

Regrettably the owners are unavailable in time for this submission. On their behalf we extrapolate some of their past comments:

“We had a clear and defining vision for Pumula – we wanted a classically inspired design that evoked the honest simplicity of the “gentleman’s sailing yacht” of an earlier era. We wanted to cruise long distances in a yacht that could easily be sailed short-handed; in fact, a yacht that we could sail ourselves with the support of just a small crew. As we were planning an extensive and adventurous cruising itinerary to include the high latitudes we required shoal-draft access to sheltered anchorages, sea-kindly handling in heavy weather, good upwind performance in all conditions and the capability to keep the miles flowing under the keel in light airs. We were keen to avoid a technologically over-complicated yacht, partly for practical reasons and partly for aesthetic reasons. But a luxurious and well-appointed interior with excellent modern amenities does not have to be at odds with that, if well executed; it is a very desirable feature when cruising in remote or extreme weather regions and adds greatly to the ambience and enjoyment when sailing with family and friends. The challenge was to incorporate these amenities in a sympathetic and understated manner.

In summary, we wanted a true “sailor’s yacht” – a boat that looks right and one that sails right. Regarding the looks, we knew that attention to detail in the smallest fixtures, fittings and finishes would be every bit as important as getting the overall lines right. As for the sailing, Pumula has proven to sail just as we dreamed.

We are delighted to have more than fulfilled our vision.”

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - guest cabin - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - guest cabin - Photo by Cory Silken

Naval Architects: Dykstra Naval Architects

“Our watchword, in designing Pumula, was “understatement”. We knew we had to draw a yacht that would be admired for subtle and sensitive interpretation – where all the small details, when taken together, would add up to a compelling result. This aesthetic quality had to be complemented by first class performance, handling, comfort and accommodation – Pumula was not just for show. We drew a classic hull profile with a finely curved bow, sensitive sheer and elegant transom, always keeping in mind the sometimes-opposing demands of accommodation and performance. Low profile, teak-clad deckhouses and carefully-proportioned coamings balance the hull lines, while the tall sloop rig adds a clear sense of purpose. Below the waterline we designed an efficient under-body with a fully-ballasted and retractable bulb keel extending to 5m for windward traction and lifting to 3m for shoal draft anchorage, all complemented by a deep semi spade rudder.

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - lower salon - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - lower salon - Photo by Cory Silken

Special attention was given to the design of a rig and sail plan that would meet performance expectations across the polars and all sea conditions, together with sail management systems that would ensure ease of handling by a small crew. On deck we sought simplicity and a sense of authenticity. To meet this objective, this yacht could only have a central wheel rather than twin helms, so careful attention had to be given to the sight lines from the helm over the deck-houses. For short-handed sailing, the sail controls needed to be close at hand for the helmsman – but not obviously so. This philosophy informed every aspect of our work on what has turned out to be a highly successful project.”

 Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - lower salon - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - lower salon - Photo by Cory Silken

Interior design: Rhoades Young Design

“It was refreshing to work with a brief that, on the one hand, sought to reflect traditional craft and design references and, on the other, was open to a more modern interpretation. Our challenge was to integrate the required accommodation into the 90ft waterline length of a very fine performance hull with low freeboard. This led to an extremely efficient layout with maximum integration of services and build. Eye lines and ergonomics were closely studied to maximise views from the deck house. The aft cabin is most unusual with the aft dog house open to the owner’s cabin, separated only by balustrades, allowing the owners to lie in bed and look aft out of the dog house windows. This is a relaxed social space with a dedicated area for the owner to work, with very cleverly hidden screens and monitors.

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - main deckhouse - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - main deckhouse - Photo by Cory Silken

We introduced numerous design details that express the individuality and involvement of very hands-on owners including a lower saloon that opens to the galley so that the owners can enjoy being with the crew and be an integral part of the running of the yacht. One of the biggest challenges was to develop the patina of the wood. The light oak was to appear as much used and polished; to have a gentle warmth without being precious. We had to search out knots in the wood, rather than omit them, and the finish was hand-applied using stains and tints to fill the wood’s open grain. The result is an old friend – perhaps somewhere where one spent many years holidaying as a child – nostalgic, secure and reassuring.

Leather-bound bedside tables, inspired by suitcases from the golden age of cruise liners, accentuate the warmth of the cabins.

Considerable thought was given to achieving maximum flexibility of the interior layout, just one example being a forward cabin that can be used either for guests, or by additional crew for a delivery passage.”

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - main deckhouse dining - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - main deckhouse dining - Photo by Cory Silken

Builder’s statement: Royal Huisman

“Refreshingly Pumula represents a technologically straightforward build whilst presenting many interesting challenges in meeting the often-competing demands for authenticity of detail, ease of sail handling, scope of accommodation and quality of amenity. For a yacht of her size and long overhangs, Pumula affords excellent accommodation including owners’ suite, two aft guest cabins, forward guest cabin, galley and crew quarters. Common areas offer a deckhouse with dining table and informal seating and a lower salon that even incorporates a bar area. Huisman’s design engineers took great pains to maximise the scale and quality of these spaces whilst sensitively incorporating such necessities as the housing and mechanism for a fully ballasted retractable bulb keel, operational systems, machinery spaces, captive winches being all in accordance with the compulsory regulations of Lloyds / MCA authorities.

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - main deckhouse detail - Photo by Cory Silken

Royal Huisman Sailing Yacht Pumula - main deckhouse detail - Photo by Cory Silken

On deck, the quest for authenticity and simplicity drove the yard’s approach to every task. An interesting example is the helm display screens which, while essential to the operation and navigation of every modern superyacht, do not fit in with the aesthetic of the classic “gentleman’s yacht”. The answer was to design and engineer screens that rise smoothly into view when required and retract equally smoothly to integrate with the coamings when not required. Deck fittings were meticulously designed, engineered and crafted – for example the deck cleats and grab rails were individually created from teak and highly polished steel. Margin-free deck hatches were carefully planned and joinered to give the appearance of continuous planking. Ventilation louvres were constructed from carbon composite with a fine teak veneer for strength and weight-saving – the list of ‘devil in the details’ is lengthy!

Below decks, the yard carefully executed Rhoades Young’s concept, taking great pains to select the appropriate oak types and samples for furniture and flooring, each of which required specific and highly skilled wax based finishing techniques. Royal Huisman is proud to have contributed to the creation of a boat that might appear, on first acquaintance, to be one more fine classic yacht; but that, on closer inspection, reveals herself to be a gem in every detail.”

Columbus Sport 130′ Hybrid Yacht by Palumbo with interior design by Hot Lab

March 13, 2013

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

Measuring 40 meters in length, the magnificent Columbus Sport 130′ Hybrid yacht boasts elegant and superb interiors, created in line with the green approach to yacht construction, pioneered by Columbus Yachts. The brand of the Palumbo Group, Palumbo Shipyard, in partnership with Hot Lab yacht & design have designed the beautiful interiors of luxury motor yacht Columbus Sport 130′ Hybrid, using environmentally sustainable materials.

Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid Yacht

Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid Yacht

The layout and style of Columbus Sport 130′ Hybrid superyacht have been developed by the Shipyard team together with the Interior Designer and the Owner to create comfortable interiors using a combination of warm materials and soft colors which avoid strong contrasts and ensure the interiors flow.

Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid Yacht - Main Saloon

Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid Yacht - Main Saloon

Marbles such as Breccia Sarda and Adria Venato are matched with eucalyptus, Tay wood and dark oak for interior floors.

Luxury yacht Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid - Main Saloon

Luxury yacht Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid - Main Saloon

A touch of warmth and luxury is provided by brightly colored leather and metal details with polished stainless steel. Soft wool carpets and precious fabrics complete the simple yet elegant feeling of the interiors.

Superyacht Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid - Main Saloon

Superyacht Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid - Main Saloon

A well-designed, fully equipped bar is located at the entrance of the main deck. Moving forward there is the dining area seating eight guests on comfortable compact armchairs by Moroso placed around a custom-made table.

Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid Yacht - Sky Lounge

Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid Yacht - Sky Lounge

In the lounge area, the sofa and armchairs by Baxter are placed around a large TV screen that is set in a sleek panel integrated into the ceiling. The area is framed by two large windows that provide breathtaking views onto the ocean and light up the saloon with natural light. The light and open atmosphere is enhanced by two large sliding glass doors and opening bulwarks to better enjoy the feeling of being at sea.

Superyacht Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid - Sky Lounge - Day Head

Superyacht Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid - Sky Lounge - Day Head

Further forward aboard luxury yacht Columbus Sport 130′ Hybrid there is a fully equipped galley on the port side and a lobby on the right. The main deck also houses the master suite with a king size bed positioned in the centre of the cabin between two large windows providing natural light and scenic views.

Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid Yacht - Office

Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid Yacht - Office

The cabin bulwarks are paneled in wood as is the floor and ceiling to create a warm and cozy environment. The master bathroom is equipped with two well-designed ‘his and her’ marble sinks on each side a large shower with glass walls.

Motor yacht Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid - Lobby

Motor yacht Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid - Lobby

Light colors are used throughout the Columbus Sport 130′ Hybrid yacht to complement natural light and the colors of the sea. On the upper deck the relaxing atmosphere is enhanced by two huge sofas more than 140cm deep chosen from the Diesel collection by Moroso.

Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid Superyacht - Owners Stateroom

Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid Superyacht - Owners Stateroom

Luxury yacht Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid - Owners Bathroom

Luxury yacht Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid - Owners Bathroom

In line with the green theme of the Columbus Sport 130′ Hybrid yacht, all the woods selected for the vessel are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified to ensure eco-sustainability while the leather, a by-product of the meat industry, is treated with a special non-toxic water painting process.

Superyacht Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid - Guest Twin Cabin

Superyacht Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid - Guest Twin Cabin

Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid Yacht - Guest Twin Cabin - Bathroom

Columbus Sport 130 Hybrid Yacht - Guest Twin Cabin - Bathroom

The result is a harmonious design to perfectly complement the sporting and open air feeling of the luxury motor yacht Columbus Sport 130′ Hybrid.

AB116 Yacht DIAMOND with interior design by Guido de Groot

March 11, 2013

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The prestigious International Superyacht Society (ISS) Design and Leadership Awards annually recognize individuals as well as companies for their expertise, leadership and dedication to raising the standards of design, building, maintenance, repair and operation of large yachts. It is a remarkable achievement in itself to be nominated as a finalist in these most competitive super yacht awards in the industry. Last year, Guido de Groot Design has been listed with the AB116 Yacht DIAMOND.

AB 116 superyacht

AB 116 superyacht

Motor yacht Diamond features a split level main salon, which follows the AB tradition of creating large vertical spaces ahead of the helm position. The yacht features a generous full beam master cabin, with a spacious bathroom, and relaxation lounge. She also has a fitness room that can be converted in a twin cabin, a further two twin cabins and a VIP double cabin. Her contemporary interior can be described as uncomplicated without being minimalist, with light colours and contrasting finishes.

Like the other yachts built by AB Yachts, the 116 superyacht Diamond is built using materials borrowed from the aerospace industry, which ensure light weight, yet high strength and solidity. She displays the sleek, tapered and harmonious lines of an open, emphasized by an iridescent, lightly gilded livery. There’s also a flying bridge, though this is almost invisible to onlookers.

Lovely interior design by Guido de Groot aboard Diamond Yacht

Lovely interior design by Guido de Groot aboard Diamond Yacht

AB116 luxury yacht Diamond is powered by three MTU 16V2000 M93 CR engines, producing 2400 HP each, with 3 MJP water jets that allow the new AB 116 to reach a maximum speed of 46 knots with the utmost confidence and total absence of vibrations.

Below is a selection of the outstanding charter yachts with design by Guido de Groot.

Wally 164 Yacht BETTER PLACE with interior design by Wetzels Brown Partners shortlisted for IY&A Award 2013

March 08, 2013

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The breathtaking 50-metre Wally sailing yacht Better Place has recently reached the shortlist for the International Yacht and Aviation Award 2013 in the ‘Yacht Interior Design’ category. Boasting sophisticated exterior design by Tripp Design and beautiful interior design by Wetzels Brown Partners, the Wally 164 yacht Better Place represents the world’s largest carbon fibre sloop, defining sporty luxury at its best with the inside to outside connections.

50m Wally superyacht Better Place - Photo by Gilles Martin Raget

50m Wally superyacht Better Place - Photo by Gilles Martin Raget

The brief was to create a really special yacht taking the Wally concept for outdoor living and clean, exciting design style to the next level by adding mega yacht luxury and comfort levels. The Wetzels Brown Partners strived to push boundaries, question requirements and provide a framework for a relaxed lifestyle onboard with no compromise for comfort in the detailing of the interior elements and the accessories – specially designed bed linen, fine porcelain and touch screen controls.

Sailing yacht Better Place - Interior by Wetzels Brown Partners - Photo Toni Meneguzzo

Sailing yacht Better Place - Interior by Wetzels Brown Partners - Photo: Toni Meneguzzo

The interior design of the Wally 164 superyacht Better Place is based on the following key design principles, which were fundamental to the owner:

1) Modern design that works – Clean understandable routing with ease of access and flexibility of use for both guests and crew.

2) A rejuvenating on the water experience. On board one gets the feeling of being in touch with the sea (hull shape is visible throughout).

3) A light spacious feel – Uncluttered space creates a calm and relaxing heaven for the Client.

4) Use of colour – The base finishes are soft shades with unexpected splashes of colour provided by the lighting and accessories.

Bugatti blue identifies owner’s loft with raspberry red, glossy black and ice green in the guest cabins. The crew areas are finished in calming sky blue.

5) Attention to detailing – Streamlined interiors without excessive ornament or accessories. This caters to both the weight saving principles and also the philosophy for this refined state-of-the-art luxury.

The International Yacht and Aviation Awards are now closed. Voting will commence on Monday 11 March.

72m motor yacht OCEAN ATRIUM design concept by LP Design Ltd UK

March 05, 2013

Written by Eva Belanyiova

One of the main characteristics of the outwardly dynamic 72m (236ft) motor yacht OCEAN ATRIUM ocean-going design by LP Design Ltd UK is, in fact, obtained by the innovative interior architecture. The philosophy behind this unique superyacht OCEAN ATRIUM is to provide flexible internal areas using a one-of-a-kind formula of multi-level, terraced spaces within. This development strategy not only aided in the creation of the vessel’s exterior lines, but will, without any doubt, provide a very special experience on board – inside and out. All this, atop one of several candidate shipyards’ technical platforms.

LP Design created 72m Ocean Atrium superyacht concept - Render

LP Design created 72m Ocean Atrium superyacht concept - Render

A major challenge of the open architecture is to address the safety and code requirements in a creative and effective way.  Related, state of the art environmental systems, including IMO Tier III compliant exhaust system, are anticipated.  Additionally, a bulbous forefoot gives the hullform efficiency and functionality at anchor.  For no-anchor scenarios, a dynamic positioning system    is available.  Zero-speed stabilisation comes via a four fin configuration.

Principal Designer Richard Liebowitz says of the new 72m Ocean Atrium yacht design:  “It’s an evolution of themes we’ve been keenly developing.  We’re very much interested in offering owners something outside of that repeated, conventional layout.  It’s an ‘integral’  notion, not even directly linked to style or decoration.  It’s about dramatic space.”

LP Design - Motor Yacht Ocean Atrium

LP Design - Motor Yacht Ocean Atrium

At fair weather destinations, an array of watertight operable hull apertures can open to provide dramatic and functional “terraces on the sea”.  Other features include diverse tender compliment, touch-and-go helicopter facility, newest safety and communications systems, sophisticated crew circulation plan, plus the latest leisure facilities optimised for charter service.  Accommodation is for 12 guests and up to 22 crew, plus 2 staff.

Related, LP Design Ltd UK are also producing a similar design for the under-500 gross ton regulation class:  In short, the best and newest spatial and amenity innovations in a more market-focused size, with realistic operating costs.  The smaller package – perhaps even more challenging from a design standpoint – may prove a true industry game-changer, ideally in the semi-production market.

Luxury mega yacht Ocean Atrium design concept by LP Design - lounge

Luxury mega yacht Ocean Atrium design concept by LP Design - lounge

Preliminary Specifications OCEAN ATRIUM 72m

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

Length 72.00 metre (236.00 foot)

Beam, Moulded 13.25m (44.46ft)

Draft 3.60m (11.80ft)

Displacement 1450 Tons @ full load

Gross Tonnage 2100 (est.)

Class Lloyds and MCA, LY3 compliant

Structural material Steel hull, aluminium superstructure

Cruise Speed Approx 15 knots

Range 7000 miles at economical cruising speed

Main Engines 2 x 1760kW MTU 16V diesels x twin, fixed prop

Generators 3 x 360 kW

Stabilizers Zero Speed  4 fin system or 2 fin retractable

Fuel Capacity 200,000 litres, estimate

Fresh Water Capacity 80,000 litres, estimate

Steering gear: Rolls Royce Marine

Bowthruster: Fixed 300kw, approx

Sternthruster Schottel Pumpjet

Dynamic Positioning: Konsberg or sim. if spec’d.

Anchor windlass: Steen, electrically frequency driven

Fire control system: Watermist interior system, Novec FiFi System

Helideck Fire control: Viking foam applicator + CO2 Extinguishers

Lifeboats Norsafe

Noise / vibration levels: average 40-45db(A)dB in key guest areas at 80% MCR

Passengers: 12 (in Owner Stateroom, VIP, Four Guests Staterooms.)

Staff: 2-4

Crew: 22

SHIPBOARD FEATURES:

–  Two story salon, with closable loft on upper level

–  Separate internal circulation for guests, officers and crew

–  Treatments salon for massage, etc, including ENT & dental equipment.

–  Guest elevator and separate food service lift

–  Spa tub

–  Helicopter Touch and Go facility.

–  Beach Club, at Lazarette deck with full fishing facility as required

–  Sauna and Steam room, (with optional operable “beach terrace”)

–  Gymnasium

–  Guest Cinema

–  10.0m (33ft) heavy weather twin diesel jet tender for diving,provisioning

–  6.0 m (20ft) watersports tender

–  5.30m (17ft) crew and rescue tender

–  3 x Personal Watercraft

–  2 x lapstrake rowing or sailing skiffs + Misc. water toys

–  Diving gear, Air and nitrox filling stations

–  Trekking equipment store

NOTE:  All yacht specifications and details are preliminary, and are subject to change.