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Luxury Catamarans
Luxury catamarans are increasing in popularity worldwide, both for yacht charters and as private yachts, as newer and better catamarans are being designed and built. Catamarans are still predominantly sailing yachts, by number, although there are some important larger motor yachts that are being designed and built, chartered and sold.

If you are interested in chartering a large crewed luxury catamaran for your vacation, please browse a selection of the charter boats here. You can also contact us for charter yacht offers or yacht sales directly here. If you are interested in the latest luxury catamaran yacht launches and designs have a look at luxury catamaran news here, at the bottom of the page. More About Luxury Catamarans

Ardoin Yacht Design catamaran DEEP BLUE concept among IY&A Awards 2015 Finalists

February 20, 2015

design et al is pleased to announce that Ardoin Yacht Design has been selected as one of the finalists for the International Yacht & Aviation Award 2015, with catamaran DEEP BLUE concept. Luxury yacht support vessel DEEP BLUE will compete for the ‘Concept up to 40 metres’ Award.

Catamaran DEEP BLUE concept by Ardoin Yacht Design

Catamaran DEEP BLUE concept by Ardoin Yacht Design

DEEP BLUE is an elegant multipurpose catamaran combining an “open sporting” style with advanced technologies that support efficient private submarine operations.

DEEP BLUE yacht support vessel

DEEP BLUE yacht support vessel

From professional applications to leisure use, the catamaran DEEP BLUE is a fascinating new concept to explore the deep sea anywhere in the big blue. Naval architect Cedric Ardoin aptly designed an elegant multipurpose catamaran with advanced technologies to operate a submarine with the full line-up of U-Boat Worx submarines.

Luxury yacht support vessel DEEP BLUE

Luxury yacht support vessel DEEP BLUE

Dedicated for day charter with limited crew requirements, DEEP BLUE is a support vessel which can accommodate up to 12 passengers. Moreover, the choice of engines includes an inboard diesel and a class 4 water jet, ensuring a 25 to 30 knot cruise speed. The large platform on the back for the C-Explorer submarines is equipped with a hydraulic platform that can lower down the underwater craft when launching is required.

DEEP BLUE superyacht support vessel - Layout

DEEP BLUE superyacht support vessel - Layout

“The Deep Blue is the accomplishment of my yachting experiences,” added Cedric Ardoin. “This basic version can easily be personalised, by adding for instance crew cabins or research laboratories, extending the application to match the exact nature of the client’s need”.

Last Minute Caribbean, Bahamas and British Virgin Islands yacht charter

February 12, 2015

Let us help you to organise your last minute Caribbean, Bahamas or British Virgin Islands yacht charter and enjoy the last of this winter’s yachting season with your family, friends or colleagues in style, luxury and comfort. Motor yacht ONE MORE TOY, super yacht COCKTAILS and two fantastic catamarans THE BIG DOG and LIR are only a few of the many charter yachts available at a special rate. Contact us for the full VIP list of last minute specials in the Caribbean or anywhere around the world.

Bahamas - Photo credit to Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

Bahamas - Photo credit to Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

47,24m (155ft) Motor Yacht ONE MORE TOY

Luxury yacht ONE MORE TOY boasts of classic beauty, exquisite style and elegance. She is currently offering a reduced rate of US$125,000 per week plus expenses for any Caribbean yacht vacations during the month of February, for charters of 7 days or more. One More Toy offers a generous main saloon, with large panoramic windows providing for plenty of natural light and beautiful views of her surroundings.

Yacht ONE MORE TOY

Yacht ONE MORE TOY

The fabulous sun deck is well equipped for day time use, with a Catalina hot tub, sun pads and a gas barbecue. There is also a wet bar with five stools and a refrigerator. Charter guests can enjoy sun deck cocktails and canapés relaxing on the U-shaped bench with seating for eight, or the eight chaise lounges with cushions and teak side tables. For guests’ convenience there is an elevator connecting all decks on board. Read more about ONE MORE TOY yacht here…

Yacht ONE MORE TOY -  Sundeck Hot Tub

Yacht ONE MORE TOY - Sundeck Hot Tub

47m (157ft) Super Yacht COCKTAILS

Built by American yacht builder Trinity Yachts, the 47m super yacht COCKTAILS offers all of the luxuries charter guests and discerning clients could wish for. She is available for Caribbean or Bahamas yacht charter during the months of February and March, 2015 at a reduced rate of US$175,000 per week plus expenses. Her spacious interior features traditional styling with natural timbers well balanced with fine marble, glass and bespoke art throughout.

Motor Yacht COCKTAILS

Motor Yacht COCKTAILS

COCKTAILS yacht is well equipped for fantastic entertainment both indoors and out. Her upper deck skylounge is accessible from starboard side foyer and represents a great entertaining venue. There is a comfortable lounge, a games table, wet bar, day head as well as full visual and audio systems. Included in her features list is an impressive array of large TV monitors which are all capable of split-screen displays, data overlays, and the like. She is a true entertainment palace and boasts one of the most advanced electrical entertainment systems around. The main deck of the saloon provides a shaded deck space, with outdoor lounge seating, cocktail tables and a wet bar. The upper deck has an alfresco dining option, ample seating and a shaded area. Read more about COCKTAILS yacht here…

Luxury Yacht COCKTAILS -   Aft Deck

Luxury Yacht COCKTAILS - Aft Deck

18,9m (62ft) Catamaran Yacht THE BIG DOG

Refitted in 2014, catamaran yacht THE BIG DOG is a fantastic option for those looking for a smaller yet spacious vessel. Catamarans are renowned for their spaciousness and stability, and this vessel is no exception. With accommodation in four cabins, eight charter guests will find comfort and a great retreat aboard THE BIG DOG. She is currently offering a 15% discount of any British Virgin Islands yacht charters taken before March 7th, 2015.

THE BIG DOG catamaran

THE BIG DOG catamaran

This catamaran offers light and airy interior in a contemporary style. Warm woods and rich blue furnishings create a lovely nautical theme and relaxed ambience. The open-plan saloon is well suited for socialising and offers an L-shaped sofa and formal dining on the starboard side, with a complete wet bar to port. The spacious aft deck provides an excellent entertaining venue with an al fresco dining option. Read more about THE BIG DOG yacht here…

THE BIG DOG catamaran - Alfresco dining

THE BIG DOG catamaran - Alfresco dining

20,44m (67ft) Charter Catamaran LIR

This Victoria 67 catamaran yacht LIR is another exceptional yacht offering a 15% discount on the all-inclusive rates  during the month of February for any Caribbean boat rental vacation. Accommodation for 8 charter guests is spread between four comfortable cabins with fresh, modern interior. LIR is well suited for families or groups of friends, wishing to sail in style and ultimate comfort.

Luxury catamaran LIR

Luxury catamaran LIR

LIR’s open plan living areas invite charter guests to completely unwind. The main saloon offers a generous seating area, coffee table and TV entertainment system and on the starboard side there is a modern galley. Aft of the saloon, sliding glass doors open out onto the guest cockpit, creating a vast entertainment area, which includes plenty of seating, a large teak dining table as well as side and aft sun pads and shade. For more information about LIR yacht read here or check out this interesting interview with Captain Chris Stollery…

Luxury catamaran LIR

Luxury catamaran LIR

CARIBBEAN YACHT VACATIONS

There is no wonder why the Caribbean is one of the most popular yachting destinations in the world. Renowned for the beautiful white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, warm winds as well as the interesting cultures, it represents the perfect destination to be explored and enjoyed aboard a luxury yacht. With the huge selection of destinations and islands, your Caribbean boat rental vacation itinerary will be created based on your dreams and desires and could include popular destinations such as Antigua, St Barths, Anguilla, St Martin, the British Virgin Islands, the US Virgin Islands or the Grenadines. However, you could choose to avoid these popular places and embark on an exploration of the less known, more exotic islands of the Caribbean. Our charter brokers are at your complete disposal in creating your dream holiday and will be happy to assist you with the right choices in terms of yachts as well as destinations.

Anegada - Photograph credit to BVI Tourist Board

Anegada - Photograph credit to BVI Tourist Board

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS YACHT CHARTER

‘BVI Yacht Charter’ is amongst the most popular yachting vacations in the Caribbean, offering relaxed sailing, lovely places for snorkelling as well as breath-taking beaches. British Virgin Islands are also a sought-after destination for many mega yachts and luxury superyachts thanks to the unparalleled beauty of its anchorages and serenity. BVI is made up of around 50 volcanic islands, cays and islets providing a varied and large sailing area to discover. Some of the most popular destinations in the British Virgin Islands include Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, Anegada, Virgin Gorda or the Norman Island.

Kayaking in the BVI - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

Kayaking in the BVI - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

BAHAMAS  BOAT RENTAL

Spreading over more than 700 islands and many more cays, the Bahamas boasts vast areas to cruise and enjoy aboard a luxury charter yacht. The alluring sea is undoubtedly the most important feature of this paradise on earth, rimmed by some of the most spectacular coral reefs on earth. The reefs offer natural protection from the lashing waves of the open sea and they also provide shelter to many small marine species. Diving and snorkelling is one of the many activities yacht charterers engage in, in addition to various water sports activities offered by their boats in terms of water toys and equipment. There are numerous natural wonders to be discovered including Harrison’s Cave, the Orchid World, Whim Gully or the Andromeda Gardens.

Kayak in Eleuthera - Photo credit to Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

Kayak in Eleuthera - Photo credit to Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

If you are interested in more information or would like to enquire about other destinations around the world, please don’t hesitate to contact our experienced and professional team of brokers here.

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

70 Sunreef Power Yacht DAMRAK II to be displayed at Dubai International Boat Show 2015

February 03, 2015

The Sunreef Yachts shipyard is delighted to announce that they will present at the Dubai International Boat Show 2015, displaying the lovely 70 Sunreef Power charter yacht DAMRAK II. The event will take place from March 3 to 7 in the Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi – a fantastic Dubai yacht charter destination.

DAMRAK II - Main

DAMRAK II - Main

This will be Sunreef’s second time at the prestigious event. After the amazing success in 2014, the shipyard, which is the world leader in manufacturing luxury custom-made catamarans from 60ft in length, will present its latest models of power and sailing catamaran – superyachts including the newest concepts of the 115 Sunreef Power yacht, that stands out with its advanced design, as well as the sailing yacht Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE awarded in 2014 as the Best Sailing Boat of the Year by Robb Report China.

DAMRAK II - Cockpit 2

DAMRAK II - Cockpit 2

At the venue Sunreef will display its TOP MOTOR model the 70 Sunreef Power yacht DAMRAK II, a luxury catamaran launched in 2011 that is currently on sale. The true „floating villa” with superior sea performance and a sporty looking streamlined vessel offers stability, extensive storage space, top comfort of cruising and low fuel consumption. The yacht is fully equipped with water gadgets, surrounding systems and is perfectly finished in terms of interior design. Luxury charter yacht DAMRAK II is definitely the best option for those who appreciate luxury sailing and performance features.

DAMRAK II - Salon 2

DAMRAK II - Salon 2

To get more information on catamaran – superyachts from the Sunreef brand please visit the shipyard’s stand S -30 in the Superyacht Pavilion during the DIBS 2015.

Interior images of first Sunreef 74 sailing yacht WILDBERRY

January 29, 2015

Luxury sailing yacht WildBerry is the first Sunreef 74 catamaran, launched by the prestigious Polish shipyard Sunreef Yachts in December 2014. Boasting an elegant and dynamic design, thanks to a sleek superstructure with vertical bows as well as limited freeboards, luxury yacht WildBerry is a striking multihull dedicated to long cruises, providing comfortable accommodation to up to 6 guests and a crew of 2 – 3 members. Below are the interior images of the lovely WildBerry, kindly provided by Sunreef.

Sunreef 74 catamaran WildBerry - Saloon

Sunreef 74 catamaran WildBerry - Saloon

WildBerry Yacht - Galley

WildBerry Yacht - Galley

Luxury yacht WildBerry - Cabin

Luxury yacht WildBerry - Cabin

WildBerry Yacht - Cabin

WildBerry Yacht - Cabin

Sailing yacht WildBerry - Bathroom

Sailing yacht WildBerry - Bathroom

Sunreef 114 sailing catamaran CHE awarded by Prominent Magazine

January 21, 2015

The prominent Boat International Magazine ranked the Sunreef 114 charter yacht CHE`s spinnaker among 10 of the best superyacht spinnakers ever. Moreover, sailing catamaran CHE was the only multihull in the ranking, what only confirms Sunreef`s position as the best Catamaran – Superyacht Builder in the World.

Sunreef 114 CHE -  Main

Sunreef 114 CHE - Main

Launched in 2010 by Sunreef Yachts, sailing yacht CHE is one of the largest sloop-rigged catamarans in the world. She is a high performance superyacht thanks to her streamlined contours, thin and sleek hulls and aerodynamic flat forms, which all together make cruising smoother. Thanks to its long and deep keel and low free board, the vessel can catch good wind and easily increase speed.

Sunreef catamaran yacht CHE will return to the Mediterranean this spring and is expected to be available for Croatia yacht charter, Turkey, Greece yacht holidays as well as yacht rental in some of the most beautiful and popular destinations of France and Italy.

Upcoming Spring Boat Show Season for Sunreef Yachts

January 20, 2015

The beginning of this year marks the start of the boat show season for the Sunreef Yachts Shipyard. The world renowned company specializing world in producing custom made luxury catamaran- superyachts constantly continues its international promotion by attending the most prestigious events all over the world.

New 115ft super yacht 115 Sunreef Power concept by Sunreef Yachts

New 115ft super yacht 115 Sunreef Power concept to be presented at the 2015 Dubai International Boat Show

Thanks to the growing interest in Sunreef Yachts and the popularity of the brand in the Middle Eastern Market, the shipyard once again decided to participate in the Dubai International Boat Show, which will be held between the 3rd and the 7th of March 2015 in the Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi – Stand S-30, in the Superyacht Pavilion. At the venue, the Sunreef Yachts team will present the latest units of power and sailing catamaran – superyachts including the newest concept of the 115 Sunreef Power yacht, that stands out with its innovative and advanced design, as well as the sailing yacht Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE awarded in 2014 as the Best Sailing Boat of the Year by Robb Report China.

In April, Sunreef will exhibit at the Singapore Yacht Show 2015 and, for the very first time, will take part in the most prominent event in Australia – the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show held between the 21st and the 24th of May.

Below is a selection of the luxurious charter yachts built by Sunreef.

Caribbean catamaran vacation charter yacht LIR’s huge success at Antigua Charter Yacht Show

January 15, 2015

The 2014 Antigua Charter Yacht Show, held in the renowned Antigua yacht charter destination, located in the Caribbean, saw the 2014 Victoria 67 Catamaran LIR hold two fantastic lunches to showcase the yacht’s beautiful interior and the crew’s outstanding capabilities of service, customer care and Chef Natalia Sanchez’s delicious menu offered to the group of international brokers attending the show. The Caribbean catamaran vacation charter yacht LIR is still available for the remainder of the Caribbean season, offering 15% off her usual rate for weekly holidays booked in January and February; including Tortola or St Lucia yacht charters. Following her season here, she will move to the Mediterranean, where she will resume her availability for Croatia yacht charter, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France as well as Balearics yacht vacation.

Catamran yacht LIR

Catamran yacht LIR

The lunches, hosted by Captain Chris Stollery, Chef Natalia Sanchez, Deckhand Edd Collins and CharterWorld’s charter consultant Trina Howes aboard LIR yacht were held on the 7th and 9th of December with 16 brokers from various international yacht rental companies attending. Several of the brokers reported that it was the best lunch they had during the show. Captain Stollery entertained the group with stories about the yacht and his wonderful crew. He began with an explanation of how the yacht’s name came about before moving on to describe his career and background. Following this he introduced Edd, the deckhand who explained how he ended up in the yachting industry and aboard LIR catamaran yacht. A beautiful ‘Spanish Rose’ wine was poured freely during this conversation by the hosts, who made sure the glasses were never empty.

Luxury sailing catamaran yacht LIR - Chris, Natalie, Edd

Luxury sailing catamaran yacht LIR - Chris, Natalie, Edd

“The Paella was placed on the table with applause from all of the brokers. It looked stunning and it was quite a show.  Natalia then served it to everyone, making sure to scrape of the crispy bits from the bottom (the best bits).  The Paella was made with the finest ingredients and spices, some from her Grandmother’s vegetable garden in the form of dried sweet peppers. We could feel the love.” One of the brokers recalls.

The crew were around and present for the entire lunch, which helped everyone feel really welcome.  Trina Howes describes the experience: “Chris told us the story of how he met and “caught” Natalie, then Natalie told us stories of growing up in her family’s restaurants which explained her love for cooking.  It just felt like we were on charter with them, they were so friendly, relaxed and present and not just there to serve, even though they handled service perfectly.  All the brokers got to know the crew over lunch and I think they really enjoyed that aspect the most. The food was also amazing, which of course also helped.”

LIR yacht  - Chef Natalia

LIR yacht - Chef Natalia

Sailing yacht LIR is a 20,44m catamaran that was delivered in 2014 by the renowned Fountaine Pajot and Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design. She can accommodate up to eight lucky charter guests, in four spacious and comfortable cabins with en suite bathrooms. She is a fantastic choice for families or groups of friends, wishing to sail in style and ultimate comfort.

LIR - Alfresco aft deck dining

LIR - Alfresco aft deck dining

LIR - Natalia's Seafood Paella

LIR - Natalia's Seafood Paella

Yacht charter broker Amanda Brilliante described the boat and her experience aboard LIR during the show as: “…absolutely immaculate; tons of natural light, very spacious throughout and with a light and soothing decor reminiscent of the sea. She was beautifully presented – even in the midst of preparing for a broker lunch!

Lunch itself was amazing, especially in light of the fact that we had a gluten-free vegan onboard, so she “tweaked” the meal to suit and you would never even know.  I think we were all surprised at the delicious salad starter with tofu…it seems NONE of us are big tofu fans, including the vegan, so that was truly a triumph as we all found it to be (surprisingly) delicious.

Luxury yacht LIR - Master suite

Luxury yacht LIR - Master suite

But the star of the show was Natalia’s authentic Spanish paella…presented with a flourish and served “family style” on the table in a gorgeous (and HUGE) paella pan – something I’ve never seen even on “big boats”!  A stunningly golden rice, generously studded with peppers, shrimp and locally-sourced clams – properly served up by Chris with some of the “crusty bits” on the bottom of the pan.  Paired with several specially-chosen wines, it was simply a  wonderful presentation and a very, very special treat for them to share their culture with us.  We finished with a light and refreshing lemon-passionfruit granite…a perfect end to fantastic meal!

Aside from the meal, I must mention that the crew were absolutely adorable!  Chris, Natalia and Edd’s enthusiasm, the love for LIR and caring for guests were evident the entire time.  They are friendly and engaging, with great attention to detail, well spoken and just a joy to be around.  During our lunch each of them shared some history about themselves, their passions, and how they came together on LIR.  I just adored them, and could have happily remained chatting and laughing with them the rest of the afternoon!  They are the most bubbly, enjoyable, wonderful crew that I have met on any catamaran, ever and I would not hesitate to most highly recommend LIR and her crew to my clients.

Thank you again for a wonderful respite!

Catamaran LIR - Water toy fun

Catamaran LIR - Water toy fun

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT LIR

The luxurious charter yacht LIR is still available for the remainder of the Caribbean season, offering 15% off her usual rate, for weekly holidays booked in January and February; including Tortola or St Lucia yacht charters.

After her season in the Caribbean, LIR yacht will move to the Mediterranean, where she will resume her availability for Croatia yacht charterTurkeyGreeceItalyFrance as well asBalearics yacht vacation. Please, contact our brokers for more information, dates and destinations available.

St Lucia Yacht Charter

St Lucia is renowned for some of the most dramatic scenery amongst the Caribbean islands, with plenty of attractions and places to visit. Most of St Lucia is mountainous, boasting rich rainforest as well as volcanos Petit Piton and Gros Piton. St Lucia charter yacht visitors will enjoy the area’s golden beaches in the North and more volcanic in the South. One of the places on the ‘must-visit’ list during St Lucia yacht vacation is the Pigeon Island. Here you can explore the ruins of Fort Rodney, constructed by the British in the 18th century. Once at the top you will be able to enjoy the mesmerising 360° views. Rain Forest Adventure Aerial Tram is another attraction, found in the Castries Waterworks Reserve near Banbonneau. Here, eight-seater gondolas take visitors up and down the mountainside for a very relaxing and unusual experience, amongst giant ficus trees and happily fluttering hummingbirds. More about St Lucia yacht charter …

Saint Lucia - Image credit to Saint Lucia Tourism Board

Saint Lucia - Image credit to Saint Lucia Tourism Board

Tortola Yacht Charter

Tortola is the largest and the most populated island of the British Virgin Islands and its white-sand beaches attract many holiday makers each year. You can choose to simply sunbathe and relax swimming in the crystal clear waters, explore the ancient ruins or savour the palatable local cuisine. There is a wide variety of activities to engage in, including swimming, kayaking, snorkelling, diving or enjoying the selection of water-toys offered by your Tortola charter yacht. You can also visit the protected anchorages at the Brandywine Bay, Cane Garden Bay or Trellis Bay, which is also known as the boater’s paradise. Read more about Tortola yacht charter …

Tortola - Photograph BVI Tourist Board

Tortola - Photograph BVI Tourist Board

Knierim celebrating 50 years of yacht building

January 07, 2015

Knierim boasts an outstanding reputation among international yacht owners. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Knierim stands for everything that is top of the range in the boat builder’s craft. In its second generation, the yard has focused on building individual high-tech yachts, comprising the unique German America’s Cup racer Germany I (2006) as well as the 31-metre catamaran TÛRANOR Planet Solar (2010), driven by solar energy alone.

The world's largest solar catamaran Planet Solar designed by Knierim

The world's largest solar catamaran Planet Solar designed by Knierim

The success story began in 1965 on the real estate occupied by a former lifeboat shed on the Eastern bank of the Kieler fjord. Günter Knierim’s yacht and boatyard serviced and repaired solid timber fishing cutters.

However, it wasn’t very long before they concentrated on sporting boats. Plywood hulls were developed and even entire yachts laid down at Kiel. In the 70s, the quarter-tonne “Vagabund”, with a chine hull, was the prototype for three successors. The first quarter-tonners, made from moulded plywood, the “Attacke” and the “Kninispri”, followed and took the Mini Tonner world championship in the South of France in 1983.

In 1999, Gunnar Knierim, who won the Admirals’ Cup in 1993 on Willi Illbruck’s Pinta and had learned about refined composite technologies at the Admiral’s Cup in New Zealand, took over as managing director. Two years later, he relocated the company to a colossal area on the Kiel Canal. To date, this courageous step has produced some 30 new builds, ranging from comfortable cruise ships for sailing round the world to high-tech racing yachts. The number of employees rose to around 45.

First and only German Americas Cupper ever since GERMANY I yacht

First and only German Americas Cupper ever since GERMANY I yacht

Jointly managed by Knierim and the businessman Steffen Müller, the shipyard then became a member of the DEUTSCHE YACHTEN Working Group. With its 26-metre Maxi UCA, the fastest ship across the Atlantic in the 2003 DCNAC race, it scaled new heights. Germany 1, the first German America’s Cup campaign contender in 2006, was a high-tech prestigious build, just like TÛRANOR Planet Solar, a solar-powered catamaran, significantly designed by KNIERIM in 2010.  With a length of 31 metres and a beam of 15 metres, it is to date the largest waterborne craft powered purely by solar energy, and is CO2-neutral into the bargain.

After producing the Knierim Runabout 36 yacht tender in 2013, the yard, last year, launched the 18.30 metre long Knierim 60 a truly speedy giant sailing yacht. An extraordinary 53-foot boat, which will be publicly unveiled shortly, is currently under construction. The keel for a 57-foot long high-tech racing yacht has also been laid. Since 2005, the prototype hulls and decks together with rudders, keels, bulkheads and other structural components have been milled independently in the yard’s own subsidiary, KNIERIM Tooling, on state-of-the-art 5-axis machines.

Knierim Runabout 36 superyacht tender

Knierim Runabout 36 superyacht tender

Two of these are more than 30 metres long, 8.50 metres wide and four metres high. They also provide extraordinarily precise shaping for wind power system rotor blades, in aerospace and shipbuilding, as well as large industrial parts and deck equipment for mega yachts. They have also been producing direct female tooling for a long time.

Spread over more than 20,000 square metres, the company provides winter storage, refit services, repairs, conversions and paintwork. KNIERIM Yachts n’ Technics was founded to cover the entire range of yachting equipment. “We don’t want to do anything other than build good boats”, is the company’s watchword. The self-made claim as an incisive philosophy for the next 50 years.

Launch of first Sunreef 74 sailing yacht WILDBERRY

January 07, 2015

The last days of December 2014 saw the Sunreef Yachts shipyard launch the first unit from the all-new line of sailing catamarans – the Sunreef 74 sailing yacht Wildberry. The main characteristic feature of luxury yacht Wildberry is the elegant and dynamic design, which has been achieved thanks to a sleek superstructure with vertical bows as well as limited freeboards.

Sunreef 74 sailing yacht Wildberry at launch

Sunreef 74 sailing yacht Wildberry at launch

The new Wildberry yacht has impressive living space and a fully open 35m2 saloon, which is located on the main deck, and offers spectacular panoramic views. The unit is designed to accommodate up to 6 guests and 2-3 crew members. The yacht can be easily maneuvered by only 2 people.

Sunreef 74 yacht Wildberry is a private multihull dedicated to long cruises. On the flybridge there is a large lounge area with a sofa and a table that is adjustable in height, which can be lowered and turned into a couch. The cockpit, which also provides comfortable dining and relaxing space for guests, can be accessed from the sundeck. The spacious hulls contain a 20m2 master cabin with a king-size bed, a wardrobe and a bathtub, as well as 2 guest cabins (including one VIP), comfortable crew quarters with a double bed and a fully equipped galley. The lower deck includes a laundry room and storage space for water sports equipment. As the Owners are planning a long journey, the catamaran has been intelligently designed and offers plenty of additional storage space for food supplies and water toys.

Launch of luxury yacht Wildberry

Launch of luxury yacht Wildberry

One of the greatest advantages of the new Sunreef 74 line is the short time of manufacturing, which is only seven months. In the near future two more Sunreef 74 units will be launched – sailing yacht 19th Hole and Blue Deer yacht, which are twin catamarans that will be available for luxury yacht charter.

In 2014, Sunreef 74 has replaced the Sunreef 70 line.

Below is a choice of the luxurious charter yachts built by Sunreef.