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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

Sunreef Yachts to display 70 Sunreef Power Yacht DAMRAK II at Qatar International Boat Show 2014

October 31, 2014

Following its amazing participation in the most prestigious yachting exhibitions in Europe as well as USA, Sunreef Yachts is pleased to announce its presence at the Middle East‘s most prominent event – the Qatar International Boat Show. This will be hosted by Lusail Marina, a fabulous Doha yacht holiday destination, between the 11th and the 15th of November 2014.

DAMRAK II - Main

DAMRAK II - Main

At the show Sunreef will disclose further details of its custom power and sailing catamaran-superyachts that have been gaining worldwide recognition. Especially for the visitors, the shipyard will display its TOP POWER model – the 70 Sunreef Power charter yacht DAMRAK II, a luxury catamaran that is currently listed for sale. The true “floating villa” with superior 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. DAMRAK II is definitely the best option for those who appreciate luxury cruising and the greatest pleasure aboard.

DAMRAK II - Cockpit 2

DAMRAK II - Cockpit 2

“Due to the growing interest in Sunreef`s catamarans around the great Persian Gulf, the shipyard is present at the most prestigious initiatives in the nautical industry in this region. It is the second time when Sunreef Yachts participates in QIBS. The show focuses the attention of visitors of the highest status in society and those who really appreciate top quality and luxury custom design that characterizes all Sunreef Yachts catamarans. This year we decided to display our 70 Power Damrak II because we strongly believe that this motor star will interest the most sublime visitors of the boat show.” – says Mr Francis Lapp – the Founder and CEO of Sunreef Yachts.

DAMRAK II - Salon 2

DAMRAK II - Salon 2

Participating in the greatest yachting, business and high lifestyle events in the Middle East is one of the most important promotional activities in this region. From the expansion perspective, the shipyard is opening new offices in the key places in the region. In 2014 Sunreef was delighted to open a new office in Bahrain and plans to continue its development in the further years.

The Sunreef Yachts Team will be at the visitors disposal at stand SBY 02 and Damrak II will be on display at M7 & M8 at the QIBS in Lusail Marina – Doha.

ISS Design & Leadership Awards 2014 Winners

October 30, 2014

The International Superyacht Society (ISS) is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Design & Leadership Awards. Representing superlative achievement, the awards were presented at the 24th Anniversary of ISS’s Awards Gala, which took place last night in the beautiful Florida yacht charter location – Fort Lauderdale.

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DESIGN AWARDS

Best Sail 24-40m

InukshukBaltic – 32,64m/107’2” – FrersAdam Lay Studio

Baltic 107 Super Yacht INUKSHUK

Baltic 107 Super Yacht INUKSHUK

Best Sail 40m+

Mondango3 – 56,4m/185’1” – Alloy YachtsDubois NA – Reymond Langton Design

56m sailing yacht MONDANGO 3 (AY46) by Alloy Yachts - Image credit to Chris Lewis

56m sailing yacht MONDANGO 3 (AY46) by Alloy Yachts - Image credit to Chris Lewis

Best Refit

Dream – 60m/196’11” – Jones Boatyard/Dynamic Yacht Management (Abeking & Rasmussen) – Donald StarkeyBannenberg & Rowell

MY DREAM -  Main

MY DREAM - Main

Best Power 24-40m

Quaranta – 34,1m/111’11” – Curvelle – Mauro Giamboi – Alex Isaac – Incat Crowther

Curvelle QUARANTA superyacht - profile.jpeg

Curvelle QUARANTA superyacht - profile.jpeg

Best Power 40-65m

Como – 46,22m/151’8” – Feadship – Dubois NA – Redman Whiteley Dixon

Luxury super yacht COMO at her launch

Luxury super yacht COMO at her launch

Best Power 65m+

Galactica Star – 65m/213’4” – Heesen Yachts – Frank Laupman/Omega – Bannenberg & Rowell Design – Van Oossanen NA

65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star - Photo credit to Jeff Brown

65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star - Photo credit to Jeff Brown

Best Interior

Como – Redman Whiteley Dixon

AWARDS OF DISTINCTION & LEADERSHIP AWARD

2014 Excellence in Innovation

Waterscapes

2014 Business Person of the Year

John Percival, Hoylake Sailing School, John Percival Marine Associates, Posthumously

2014 Distinguished Crew Award

Captain Russell Pugh & Crew of the M/V Arctic P

2014 Leadership Award

Tom & Henk De Vries, Feadship

2014 ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award

International SeaKeepers Society

New superyacht projects unveiled by JFA Yachts

October 28, 2014

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

115' JFA Power Catamaran Yacht Concept

115' JFA Power Catamaran Yacht Concept

Motor Yacht 144’ New Explorer

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

New 144' Explorer Yacht Concept by JFA and Bill Dixon

New 144' Explorer Yacht Concept by JFA and Bill Dixon

SY 100’ Modern Ketch

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

100' JFA superyacht concept

100' JFA superyacht concept

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

100' JFA luxury yacht concept

100' JFA luxury yacht concept

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

100' JFA Yacht Concept - Interior

100' JFA Yacht Concept - Interior

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

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

British Virgin Islands Yacht Charter aboard 2014 Victoria 67 Catamaran Yacht LIR

October 15, 2014

Experience a British Virgin Islands Yacht Charter aboard the 2014 Victoria 67 Catamaran Yacht LIR and enjoy the exclusivity of your own crew and personalised itinerary, discovering the Caribbean’s most beautiful treasures. Luxury charter yacht LIR is a 2014-launched Fountaine Pajot Flagship Class Victoria 67 catamaran, available not only for BVI yacht charter, but also in the rest of the Caribbean (and the Mediterranean during European summer season).  Her Caribbean yacht holiday destinations include the US Virgin Islands, Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, St Barts, Anguilla, St Martin and many other fabulous islands and islets. We have spoken to LIR’s dedicated and professional Captain, Chris Stollery, who was kind enough to reveal what it is like to spend your vacation aboard a luxury yacht, and even talked to us about some of his personal experiences. Enjoy the interview below and don’t hesitate to contact us for more information and your own customised itinerary.

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

INTERVIEW WITH LIR’S CAPTAIN, CHRIS STOLLERY

Captain Chris Stollery talks to CharterWorld about the Berret Racoupeau-designed LIR catamaran, his years of professional experience as well as life aboard this fantastic vessel. The British Virgin Islands charter yacht LIR  measures 20.44 metres (67 foot) and provides comfortable and stylish accommodation in four spacious cabins to up to eight charter guests in total. All cabins have their own en-suite facilities, air-conditioning, and feature contemporary and elegant decor. The vast open plan living areas, both inside and out,  are ideal for relaxation and socialising with family, friends or colleagues. For endless entertainment and fun, she is equipped with a great range of water toys, such as diving and snorkelling gear, donut, wakeboard, paddle surf, kayaks etc. …

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

What was your first encounter with yachts and how did you begin your career in yachting?

I sailed with my family for pleasure until I was eight years old when my brothers introduced me to the dinghy class. Since then I have been involved with different projects as crew, in charge of deliveries, maintenance and trimmer during regattas.

When I was eighteen years old I decided that the sea was my passion, and a perfect way to keep travelling and meeting people around the world. For this reason I followed my career path for two years obtaining different commercial certificates, and today, I continue updating and upgrading my knowledge and certificates.

What attributes does one need to run a yacht?

The ability to connect with all kinds of people to make them feel comfortable.

Be positive and kind with guests, to create a nice atmosphere on board.

Show good manners at all times. Be a leader whom people trust onboard to conduct all kinds of activities.

Entertainment and team work are key within the crew for success.

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

There are many aspects to working as a Captain on a Luxury yacht. What is the most pleasurable part and what, on the other hand, is the most challenging?

The most pleasurable part is showing people amazing places on the sea, the inland or under the water, and observe how they enjoy their holidays. It is challenging to please everyone and  to be lucky with the weather.

Can you tell me about the most memorable or magnificent experience you have had on the water?

The most recent experience was after a perfect sailing day from Capri to the Aeolian Islands, just arriving at the Stromboli Island with a fantastic sunset at our stern and seeing the constant flowing of lava coming from the crater toward the sea ahead of us.

Last year in Montenegro sailing the salt water lakes, where we felt as if we were sailing in the fjords. We also really enjoyed diving around the wrecks from the Second World War.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

As an active person I love to go with Natalia to wild places to practice Kite surfing,  diving, find various adventures like renting a bike to discover new and different places and things to do. I also like to meet local people to share experiences with and have fun.

LIR - Water toy fun

LIR - Water toy fun

You work together with Natalia Sanchez, Stewardess and a talented Chef. Can you introduce her to our readers and charter guests?

Natalia, without a doubt,  is the person on board who naturally loves to take care of all the small day to day idiosyncrasies, starting by connecting with guests to please them right from the beginning. Regarding Victoria 67 Catamaran LIR she is always giving that little touch to the interiors to be seen by the guests as if each day was the first day of their charter.

In the galley she is a real surprise due to her love of cooking based on the fresh food found daily wherever we might be, to complement the main dishes. As she has a strong background in catering she can improvise all week in different ways depending on each day’s needs or likes of the individual guests.

In the water she loves to teach people using the wake board, snorkel or jump into the water to tighten the stern line to a tree. Natalia always goes with the dinghy to find the local markets, to buy fresh food in the mornings and during sailing she helps me with everything, including skippering when needed.

In a few words Natalia is a joy on board and always smiling.

Victoria 67 luxury catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 luxury catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

LIR yacht spends the European season in the Mediterranean and moves to the Caribbean for winter. What is your favourite place in both of the destinations?

In the Med the top one has to be the Aeolian Islands in Sicily and Montenegro in the Eastern Mediterranean as an interesting destination with plenty of things to see and do.  The Balearic Islands are also a fantastic place for a yacht charter.

In the Caribbean the British Virgin Islands as a well-organized place with a lot of different itineraries for a week’s charter, depending on the guests’ preferences. Grenadines are a great destination for guests whom prefer the wild and natural habitats.

Victoria 67 charter yacht LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter yacht LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

For those less experienced in yacht charter, what can guests expect when embarking on a holiday aboard LIR? Can you describe a typical day aboard charter yacht LIR / how do you determine a yacht charter itinerary?

First of all, we greet our guests with a really nice welcome cocktail, then we introduce ourselves, explaining our roles as a crew, followed by the captain. We continue with a safety briefing explaining how to behave on board a vessel at sea. We need to find out if any guests have allergies so that they can inform us of the best way to assist in case of an emergency.

Before taking them to their cabins, establish if any guests are sensitive to seasickness to allocate them the stern cabin.

Normally, before dinner, we talk about my suggested itinerary so that the guests can discuss this during dinner.

The following morning, during breakfast, I normally take the chart to the table to explain my initial plan and be ready to change it according to our guests’ suggestions.  Following this I would set up a plan for the week, showing them the weather forecast and making sure that they are aware of the fact that if the weather changes the itinerary might change as well; this is to avoid possible misunderstandings during the week.

Before setting off, I will invite the guests for a swim to cool down and get used to the local sea conditions.

Normally on the first day I do a check dive for the divers, so that we are ready once we have arrived at the nice spots.

Lunch should be light and fresh, followed by an afternoon sailing, water sports, beach time, dive or siesta before cocktails.

Dinner time is when guests will find the cockpit and dinner table properly dressed.

After dinner we usually offer drinks, followed by the crew going to bed. Normally, for safety reasons, each night one of us will stay up until the last guest has retired.

Then improvise day by day by asking and recommending the options of each island, cove, village etc., and change the itinerary according to the weather conditions.

LIR - Salon tea

LIR - Salon tea

Would you recommend LIR to families with children as well as couples holidaying with friends?

Yes, why not, we love children and we are prepared with different equipment for them. We have experience with different types of charterers, from couples that don´t know each other to groups of guests invited by the company where they work or just families, friends etc…

What activities would you suggest for families with small or teenage children?

We have water sports for all ages excluding diving. When the child/children are older than 16 years and depending on the situation, I can, as a fully qualified dive instructor, conduct a Discover Scuba diving program. In addition we have plenty of films, games etc…

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

What would you say to clients that never chartered a yacht and are considering it, as opposed to staying at a luxury resort or a hotel?

On a boat there are many aspects that make a big difference as opposed to a hotel. Just arriving at the marina, where the boat is waiting for her guests, is a fantastic and more personal experience. The crew is ready and waiting for you, and that feeling of exclusivity and luxury is priceless.

During the entire trip guests will not need to organise any visits to places they would like to see, adventures to be part of  nor take care of their dinner bookings.  On board LIR, the crew will take care of all the guests’ needs at any time.  LIR is well equipped with amenities and water toys, where guests can enjoy water sports, diving, snorkelling, going to the beach for a picnic or just relaxing in the hammock with a cocktail.

With reference to the food, LIR has a high quality galley where the chef cooks to the same standard as a luxury restaurant on land. There is no need to go out, unless of course the guests wish to go ashore.

The crew is well trained and qualified in all aspects, so that guests will receive an exclusive and professional service.

Holidays at sea are a totally relaxing experience where, in one week, there is enough time to satisfy almost everyone’s wishes and expectations.

A yacht can, for example, access coves that would result impossible to reach from land and the landscape is constantly changing  during a yacht charter, compared to staying in a hotel in one place the entire time.

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR suite - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR suite - Photo credit LIR Yacht

What do you think makes LIR unique, compared with other catamarans on the market?

What makes LIR special is the happy and totally professional ambience on board the most beautiful catamaran designed and fitted out to date. LIR is also the latest Fountaine Pajot Flagship Class Victoria 67 yacht and she was designed by Berret Racoupeau. At the moment it is the second unit afloat and possibly the only one offered for charter, as well as being a brand new catamaran launched in spring 2014.

“It could not be better. Chris – Great captain, smart, well-educated knows the area and very helpful. We saw much more things than last time we’ve been here. We owe this to Chris. Natalia – We never ate so well before. We had good chefs before, however, Natalia did a great job every day through the whole charter. She is a great chef and very nice! Steward – Connor is very helpful and friendly. Great team and nice cat! Maybe it was the best crew we’ve ever had.“

Charter Guests chartering Catamaran LIR in Italy, July 2014

Anegada -  Photograph credit to BVI Tourist Board

Anegada - Photograph credit to BVI Tourist Board

A FEW WORDS  ABOUT BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS YACHT VACATIONS

British Virgin Islands are located east of Puerto Rico and northwest of the Leeward archipelago, in the popular winter yachting destination, the Caribbean. BVI yacht charter is characterised by relaxed sailing around the world’s finest sailing destinations, snorkelling and diving in the crystal clear waters or simply enjoying the sun, light warm breeze and the tranquil sandy beaches.

Jost Van Dyke, a small and picturesque island, is amongst the most popular islands to visit on a BVI charter yacht vacation. The island is a perfect destination for those wanting to escape the busy holiday resorts, boasting lush green forests teaming with wildlife  as well as white sandy beaches.

Virgin Gorda - British Virgin Islands - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

Virgin Gorda - British Virgin Islands - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

Tortola, representing the main island of the British Virgin Islands, is famous for great tourist attractions and its natural beauty. Thanks to the island’s volcanic origins, Tortola is defined by rugged spine formations that merge with lesser ridges that undulate towards the sea. It is a treasure trove of natural wonders and breathtaking panoramas, and a great place to depart and explore other nearby destination including the Norman Island, Peter Island, Virgin Gorda, Marina Cay or the above mentioned Jost Van Dyke.

Situated 4 kilometres from Tortola, Peter Island is a good place to enjoy nature trails and hiking, in addition to scuba diving and snorkelling. There are various turtle species that survive in this region as well as other underwater wonders. For dining, there are a number of fine restaurants offering a good selection of international cuisine.

Devil's Bay National Park - Virgin Gorda - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

Devil's Bay National Park - Virgin Gorda - Photographs © BVI Tourist Board

Discovered in 1493 by Christopher Columbus, Virgin Gorda is another sought after destination for a British Virgin Islands boat rental. This tranquil island is not frequented by very large crowds, thus offering pristine coastline with beautiful azure waters and fantastic beaches. It is renowned for some of the finest beaches around the world!

On the whole, BVI offer unforgettable holiday experiences and undoubtedly the best way to enjoy its numerous heavenly islands is by embarking on a yacht rental. Follow the link for more detailed information about Caribbean yacht vacations and don’t hesitate to contact our experienced brokers to find out more about chartering catamaran LIR or any other vessel that best suits your budget, style and desires.

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Victoria 67 charter catamaran LIR - Photo credit LIR Yacht

Note: Victoria 67 Catamaran yacht LIR will be present at the 2014 Antigua Charter Yacht Show, to be held from 5th to 11th of December. Please, contact us for the possibility of viewing this outstanding vessel.

Sunreef Yachts to participate in Fort Lauderdale Boat Show 2014

October 14, 2014

As part of its international expansion, the Sunreef Yachts shipyard will present its accomplishments at the largest Yacht Show on the American continent – the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The event annually hosts the world-renowned yacht builders, designers, brokerage yachts as well as unique cars.

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In this year’s edition of the exhibition in Florida, Sunreef will present the sailing Sunreef 60 Loft yacht GRACE launched in 2013, owned by an American client. GRACE is a ‘pret-a-porter’ yacht which can be easily operated even by one crew member, due to intelligently designed wheelhouse on the flybridge. An interesting solution used on the unit is a fully equipped open galley, with both Siemens and Gorenje appliances, situated in the portside hull which connects with the saloon located on the main deck via a transparent “magic glass” wall. The cockpit and the saloon are both on the same level divided with a large sliding door, which after opening gives the impression of one enormous seamless space. The interior is filled with an elegant combination of bright upholstery, distinctive rustic oak floors and high-gloss walnut furniture.

GRACE Yacht - Cockpit

GRACE Yacht - Cockpit

Upon the client’s request, the light weight vessel was equipped in innovative illumination, including LED lit flybridge stairs and illuminated cockpit and flybridge tables all made from 3 form panels. The catamaran also features a system of 4 underwater OceanLED lights that makes the boat look stunning at night. Among technological conveniences there is also an in-house made carbon mast with canoe boom, a square top main sail increasing sea-keeping qualities and Bruntons’ folding propellers – the best available on the market. The boat stands out thanks to her impeccable construction quality, customized and very elegant luxury finish as well as high seaworthiness.

GRACE yacht - Saloon

GRACE yacht - Saloon

Fort Laudeurdale – known as the “Yachting Capital of the World” was chosen by Sunreef Yachts in 2010 as one of the places in which the shipyard located its world-wide sales offices. Since then, the shipyard has become increasingly popular among American customers who appreciate flawless design, luxury finishes and high performance.

FLIBS will take place between the 30th of October and the 3rd of November 2014. Sunreef Yachts team will be at your disposal in the GH23, Bahia Mar Yachting Center.

ISS Design Awards 2014 Finalists

October 06, 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014 saw the ISS (International Superyacht Society) unveil its lists of finalists for the 2014 International Design Awards. For 24 years, ISS’s Design Awards—based entirely on peer review—has celebrated the best naval architecture, design, interiors, engineering, as well as builds the large yacht industry presents annually.

Annual Awards Gala, 29 October 2014, Newly at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Annual Awards Gala, 29 October 2014, Newly at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts

The selection of finalists in each award grouping results from the privilege to vote that ISS membership affords. A distinguished and impartial group of judges then weighs the qualifications of each yacht with the winning yachts announced at ISS’s annual International Design Awards Gala, this year on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 from 6:30 P.M. newly at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale. The theme celebrates Tahitian Flair!

A dedicated group of volunteers from many of the industry’s finest companies work year-round on the development of the theme, enhancements to the program and to ensuring an elegant evening.

The event is made possible by the steadfast support of ISS Gala and Awards of Distinction Sponsors. This year, this exceptional group of companies includes Tahiti Tourisme and the Robb Report as Platinum sponsors; Viking Crew Management as Gold Sponsor; and, Lürssen, MTN, Oceanco, Westrec and Wright Maritime Group as Silver Sponsors.

Gregoire Le Bacon, Tahiti

Gregoire Le Bacon, Tahiti

Each year, nominees are submitted to ISS by the large yacht industry’s leading builders, designers and stewards. The categories are as follows:

Power: (3) awards for size categories 24m-40m, 40m-65m, 65m+

Sail: (2) awards for size categories 24m-40m, 40m+

Interior Design: (1) award for power or sail

Best Refit: (1) award for power or sail

ISS also recognizes achievement in the business and service of superyachts. During the Gala, ISS Awards of Distinction—Business or Business Person of the Year, Innovation, the ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award as well as the Leadership Award and Distinguished Crew Award—are presented.

The ISS Business (Person) of the Year is awarded to those demonstrating excellence in their area of superyacht expertise within the previous year; nominations come from both the industry and the ISS board with the board making the finalist selections.

Open to every aspect of the industry—from crew training to technological advances—the Excellence in Innovation award is given to an individual or business that has demonstrated innovation in their endeavours. Nominations come from the industry and ISS board members vote to determine finalists.

The new ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award, first introduced at the 2010 Awards Gala, celebrates stewardship of marine ecosystems. Environmental leadership, global oceanic conservation and resource preservation are prerequisites for nomination. The integration of environmental technologies and resource management with the goal of setting achievable standards and models for wide adaptation in the design, engineering and building of large yachts—and the use of the Earth’s waterways—are essential criteria. Nominations are made by owners and the yachting industry; selection is by panel of judges, including Mr. Cousteau.

ISS’s Leadership Award recognizes an individual or business whose distinctive work and commitment to the industry has contributed—over a substantial period of time—to the sustainable growth of the superyacht community worldwide. Nominations and selection for The Leadership Award are made by those who have received the award in previous years with the previous year’s winner presiding.

The Distinguished Crew Award is presented in years when the DCA award judges are presented with a nomination that represents the essence of the award (nominations are sought industry-wide). Specifically, these honours are designed to recognize yacht crew whose distinguished acts of service best exemplify the standards to which professional yacht crew aspire.

2014 INTERNATIONAL SUPERYACHT DESIGN AWARDS

FINALISTS – “BEST POWER” 65m+

NAME/LENGTH/BUILDER/DESIGNER/INT. DESIGNER/NAVAL ARCHITECT/STYLIST

Chopi Chopi – 80m/262’6” – CRN ShipyardZuccon International ProjectLaura Sessa – CRN Naval Engineering – Laura Sessa

Luxury motor yacht Chopi Chopi by CRN

Luxury motor yacht Chopi Chopi by CRN

Galactica Star – 65m/213’4” – Heesen Yachts – Frank Laupman/OmegaBannenberg & Rowell DesignVan Oossanen NA – n/a

65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star - Photo credit to Jeff Brown

65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star - Photo credit to Jeff Brown

Madame Gu – 99m/324’10” – FeadshipAndrew Winch Designs – Andrew Winch Designs – Feadship/De Voogt NA – Andrew Winch Designs

Feadship luxury motor yacht Madame GU

Feadship luxury motor yacht Madame GU

Odessa II – 73,15m/240’ – NobiskrugFocus Yacht DesignH2 Design – Nobiskrug – Focus Yacht Design

Nobiskrug superyacht Odessa

Nobiskrug superyacht Odessa

Solandge – 85,10m/279’3” – Lürssen – Espen Øino DesignRodriguez Interiors – Lürssen – Espen Øino Design

85m Lurssen mega yacht Solandge - Photo by Klaus Jordan

85m Lurssen mega yacht Solandge - Photo by Klaus Jordan

FINALISTS – “BEST POWER” 24m to 40m

NAME/LENGTH/BUILDER/DESIGNER/INT. DESIGNER/NAVAL ARCHITECT/STYLIST

AB116 – 36,2m/118’10” – AB Yachts – AB Yachts-Fipa Group – AB Yachts-Fipa Group – AB Yachts-Fipa Group – AB Yachts-Fipa Group

Finish Line – 36,7m/120’5” – Trinity Yachts – Trinity Yachts – Yacht Next/Joanne Lockhart – Trinity Yachts -Yacht Next

Luxury motor yacht FINISH LINE - Underway

Luxury motor yacht FINISH LINE - Underway

Moonen 100 Explorer – 30,75m/100’10” – MoonenVripack – Vripack – Vripack – Vripack

Quaranta – 34,1m/111’11” – CurvelleMauro Giamboi – Alex Isaac – Incat Crowther – Mauro Giamboi

Curvelle QUARANTA superyacht - profile.jpeg

Curvelle QUARANTA superyacht - profile.jpeg

Zahraa – 30,0m/98’6” – Technomar – Technomar Centro Stile – Technomar Centro Stile – Technomar/ The Italian Sea Group – Technomar/The Italian Sea Group

FINALISTS – “BEST POWER” 40m to 65m

NAME/LENGTH/BUILDER/DESIGNER/INT. DESIGNER/NAVAL ARCHITECT/STYLIST

Cacos V – 40m/131’3” – AdmiralLuca Dini/Admiral Centro Stile – Admiral Centro Stile – Admiral/The Italian Sea Group – Admiral Centro Stile

Impero 40 superyacht Cacos V by Admiral Tecnomar

Impero 40 superyacht Cacos V by Admiral Tecnomar

Como – 46,22m/151’8” – Feadship – Dubois NARedman Whiteley Dixon – Dubois NA – Dubois NA

Engelberg – 55m/180’6” – AmelsTim Heywood – Enzo Enea – Amels – Tim Heywood

Event – 60m/196’11” – Amels – Tim Heywood – Laura Sessa – Amels – Tim Heywood

Sofia – 41,78m/137’1” – MoonenRené van der VeldenArt-Line Interior DesignStolk Marimecs – René van der Velden

42m Moonen motor yacht Sofia

42m Moonen motor yacht Sofia

FINALISTS – “BEST SAIL” 24m to 40m

NAME/LENGTH/BUILDER/DESIGNER/INT. DESIGNER/NAVAL ARCHITECT/STYLIST

Feelin’ Good – 24,72m/81’2” – Southern Wind ShipyardsNauta Design – Nauta Design – Farr Yacht Design – Nauta Design

Luxury yacht Feelin Good

Luxury yacht Feelin Good

Inoui – 33m/108’4” – VittersPhilippe Briand – Andrew Winch Designs – Philippe Briand – Andrew Winch Designs

Inukshuk – 32,64m/107’2” – BalticFrers NA & EngineeringAdam Lay Studio – Frers NA & Engineering – n/a

Baltic 107 Super Yacht INUKSHUK

Baltic 107 Super Yacht INUKSHUK

Tempus Fugit – 27,43m/90’ – Arkin Pruva YachtsHumphreys Yacht Design – Humphreys Interiors – Humphreys Yacht Design – Humphreys Yacht Design

Windquest – 26,25m/86’2” – JFA YachtsMarc Lombard Design – Marc Lombard Design – Marc Lombard Design – Marc Lombard Design

Catamaran WINDQUEST - Main

Catamaran WINDQUEST - Main

FINALISTS – “BEST SAIL” 40m +

NAME/LENGTH/BUILDER/DESIGNER/INT. DESIGNER/NAVAL ARCHITECT/STYLIST

Mondango3 – 56,4m/185’1” – Alloy Yachts – Dubois NA – Reymond Langton Design – Dubois NA – Reymond Langton Design

Seahawk – 60m/196’11” – Perini Navi – Perini Navi – Christian Liaigre – Perini Navi/Ron Holland – Perini Navi

Perini Navi mega yacht Seahawk

Perini Navi mega yacht Seahawk

State of Grace – 40m/131’3” – Perini Navi – Perini Navi – Perini Navi – Perini Navi/Ron Holland – Perini Navi

Wisp – 47,65m / 156’4” – Royal HuismanHoek Design NA BVRhoades Young Ltd – Hoek Design NA BV – Rhoades Young Ltd

Sailing yacht WISP - Ruud Burgers Maritieme Fotografie Harlingen

Sailing yacht WISP - Ruud Burgers Maritieme Fotografie Harlingen

FINALISTS – “BEST REFIT”

NAME/LENGTH/REFIT-BUILDER/DESIGNER/INT. DESIGNER/NAVAL ARCHITECT/STYLIST

Dream – 60m/196’11” – Jones Boatyard/Dynamic Yacht Management (Abeking & Rasmussen) – Donald Starkey – Bannenberg & Rowell – A&R/Murray & Associates – Donald Starkey

Enigma XK – 71,4m/234’4” – Atlantic Refit Center (Richard Lowestoft) – Philippe Briand – Vitruvius – Robert McFarlane – n/a

Luxury motor yacht Enigma XK - Photo by ARC Guillaume Plisson

Luxury motor yacht Enigma XK - Photo by ARC Guillaume Plisson

Lady Christina – 62m/203’5” – MB92 (Oceanco) – H2 Design – H2 Design – Azure – Oceanco

Mysorah – 48,77m/160’ – Rybovich (Feadship) – De Voogt NA/ Murray & Associates – Patrick Knowles Designs – De Voogt NA/ Murray & Associates – De Voogt NA/Patrick Knowles Designs

Sunreef Yachts participating in 34th International Istanbul Boat Show

September 24, 2014

The prestigious Polish luxury catamaran builder, Sunreef Yachts, is delighted to announce that it is currently present at another of this season’s honorable nautical fairs – The International Istanbul Boat Show. This will last until September 28, 2014.

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Sunreef showcases one of its power novelties that arrives in Turkey straight from the Cannes Yachting Festival. 60 Sunreef Power yacht Ocean’s 11 is a stunning azure hulled catamaran with a brand new layout. Especially upon the client`s request, Sunreef’s interior design team prepared a “tailor made” project of this power model with a semi-open saloon combined with the lounge area and bar instead of the interior navigation station. The concept of the 60 Sunreef Power was introduced in response to the growing demand for compact yet highly impressive powerboats. This yacht has all the features of the popular 70 Sunreef Power (example is charter yacht Damrak II), except its slightly smaller 27.8 ft / 8.5 m beam that makes it more convenient for crowded marinas.

During the event, the visitors also have the opportunity to meet Radek Pstrokonski, who is the Sales Director in Sunreef Yachts and discuss the company’s latest projects. Sunreef cordially invites you to the International Istanbul Boat Show – Marinturk City Port – A Pontoon # 16.

Horizon to Showcase Four Luxury Motor Yachts at FLIBS 2014

September 23, 2014

Horizon Yachts is proud to announce that they will debut the Horizon PC52 power catamaran “Pomboo” and display the E88 motor yacht “Missing Card III,” PC60 power catamaran “Sanctuary” as well as the 2007 Horizon 85’ motor yacht “Nine Stars” at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), running in the fantastic Florida yacht charter location – Fort Lauderdale from October 30 to November 3. All yachts will be available to view at the Horizon Yacht USA display on Bahia Mar F Dock, slips 600-604.

Horizon E88 Yacht

Horizon E88 Yacht

Born out of the success of the Horizon PC60 model, the PC52 retains the signature modern lines, large interior volume, high-quality finish, and sea-keeping abilities of the PC series; hulls one Hull two “Pomboo” features a 22’ beam and standard three-stateroom layout below deck, and the main deck offers a galley with breakfast bar, salon, and storage.  The exterior areas are dedicated to entertaining, with a helm and dinette on the open bridge and an expansive aft deck area with a dinette and wet bar.

Horizon 85' motor yacht Nine Stars

Horizon 85' motor yacht Nine Stars

One of four Horizon E88 motoryachts sold in the U.S. this summer, “Missing Card III” was originally slated to be an inventory yacht for Horizon Yacht USA but was purchased by the owner near the end of her build.  Per her new owner’s request, this E88 offers three guest staterooms, including an enlarged master suite, and crew quarters are located aft of the engines.  Her 21’ beam and total 94’ LOA gave the owners room to add some additional custom features, such as a desk in the pilothouse as well as a seating area and bar on the aft flybridge, and they worked with Horizon’s in-house design team on personalizing the interior décor.  This is also the first Horizon E88 motoryacht in the U.S. that incorporates a flexible beach club area at the back, complete with a hydraulic garage door and Hi/Lo swim platform, and she is equipped with CAT C32 1800 HP engines, zero speed stabilizers, bow/stern thrusters, and more.  The Horizon 85’ motoryacht “Nine Stars” was built in 2007 and offers four guest staterooms; aft crew quarters; zero speed stabilizers; CAT 1925HP engines and enclosed bridge.

PC60 Power Catamaran

PC60 Power Catamaran

Horizon PC52 power catamaran

Horizon PC52 power catamaran

“Sanctuary” is hull nine of the Horizon PC60 power catamaran model and was also built for U.S. owners who plan to cruise her in the Bahamas and Florida.  She features the standard three-stateroom layout with an on-deck master, and her open bridge and spacious aft deck are ideal for island traveling, a popular past-time for this power catamaran model.

BMT Nigel Gee to launch motor yacht Project L3 at this week’s Monaco Yacht Show

September 22, 2014

BMT Nigel Gee, a subsidiary of the BMT Group, is pleased to announce the launch of their latest innovative motor yacht ‘Project L3’ at this week’s Monaco Yacht Show. Building on Nigel Gee’s heritage in the development of specialized platforms, married with Rob McPherson’s appetite for styling something a little bit different to the norm, the bold superyacht Project L3 concept is maintaining the exceptional standard that has come to be expected from BMT concept design partnerships.

BMT Nigel Gee superyacht Project L3

BMT Nigel Gee superyacht Project L3

Luxury yacht Project L3 design is based around delivering an extreme of high speed and high volume, for which BMT’s semi-SWATH catamaran is ideal. On a length overall of 85m the design provides over 4200 GT, a figure more akin to a 100-110m monohull. Such space allows for entertainment and living areas similar to land based architecture and includes some unique features such as the main accommodation opening straight onto the pool courtyard. The sundeck sports an open-air fire pit surrounded by generous loungers which give perfect viewing for the giant drop-down cinema screen. A feature that is sure to be the main focus of evening entertainment. The large beam of the catamaran also allows for storage of an oversized tender including an offshore racing cat and a two-man seaplane. Once deployed, these can be moored against a number of fold-down/extendable beach decks giving easy access to the water.

BMT Nigel Gee luxury yacht Project L3 - aft view

BMT Nigel Gee luxury yacht Project L3 - aft view

A number of propulsion options have been investigated from a conventional system for 20 knot performance to a hybrid CODAG system delivering over 40 knots. The semi-SWATH catamaran resulting from BMT’s development programmes in the naval and offshore industries provides a careful balance of advanced catamaran performance with the outstanding seakeeping ability of a traditional SWATH.

BMT Nigel Gee Yacht Project L3

BMT Nigel Gee Yacht Project L3

James Roy, Design Director at BMT comments, “This was both a very exciting and challenging proposal to work on as the styling needed to reflect the speed of the vessel while maintaining a high volume for the interior. Gentle flowing lines which have a sense of urgency about them have been combined with a bold colour choice to ensure that this 85m, high performance catamaran makes a statement in the harbour!”

BMT Nigel Gee super yacht Project L3

BMT Nigel Gee super yacht Project L3

James Roy, continues, “It is always refreshing to work on a design which challenges convention and to integrate technology developed in other markets, it will take a visionary client to realise the project.”

JFA WindQuest Yacht among ISS Design Awards 2014 Finalists

September 19, 2014

JFA Yachts is proud to announce that charter yacht WindQuest has been chosen as one of the finalists in the International Superyacht Society Design Awards 2014. Long Island 85 sailing yacht WindQuest will compete in the ‘Sail 24-40m’ category. The gala evening will take place in the lovely Florida yacht charter destination – Fort Lauderdale on October 29, 2014.

JFA superyacht WindQuest under sail

JFA superyacht WindQuest under sail

Designed by Marc Lombard, superyacht WindQuest was delivered in May 2014. This fast cruising catamaran is the first of a semi-custom “Long Island” series. The hulls are aluminium-built while the deck is in composite material.

WindQuest Yacht

WindQuest Yacht

WindQuest yacht can accommodate up to 8 guests with 4 crew’s members. The main cabin is “must-have” on the Long Island 85! Stretching across the full beam of the yacht, this exceptionally large suite offers a superb view on 180°, never seen before on a sailing or even on a motor yacht of this size.

WindQuest superyacht - Exterior

WindQuest superyacht - Exterior

WindQuest superyacht had her maiden voyage in southern Britany sailing along the coasts of the English Channel and of the Atlantic between London and Lisbon before heading for the West Indies in October. This superyacht is available for charter and is scheduled to be in Europe and the West Indies the first two years, then in North America around the Great Lakes and in the West Indies the 3rd year.

Luxury yacht WindQuest - Interior

Luxury yacht WindQuest - Interior

The 85’ charter yacht WindQuest offers spaces and performs like a 100’-110’ monohull but with a reduced draught, more comfort and increased stability.