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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.

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Sunreef Yachts delivers motor yacht 1 LIFE – the first 70 Sunreef Power Yacht with IPS System

July 18, 2014

Sunreef Yachts, the world-renowned company specializing in the construction of luxury superyachts, constantly raises the level of innovations presented on its units. Last year saw Sunreef Yachts, along with VOLVO engineers, develop an innovative IPS system, installed for the first time in a 60 Sunreef Power model (example is charter yacht Ewhala). This year, specifically at a client’s request, the yard’s in-house specialists installed the IPS system in the all-new 70 Sunreef Power motor yacht 1 Life to ease maneuvering and accommodate side cruising and easy turning with just one joystick.

70 Sunreef Power Yacht 1 Life

70 Sunreef Power Yacht 1 Life

Despite being widely used on regular motoryachts, they are very uncommon on catamarans, especially large-sized yachts in which the shipyard specializes in. Moreover, the system helps to be even more efficient on the fuel consumption side. To maximize performance 70 Sunreef Power yacht 1 Life is equipped with wave piercers on both hulls.

A special hydraulic platform is another innovation in 70 Sunreef Power luxury yacht 1 Life. The device, manufactured by the French company – Tenderlift, enables rapid exit of inflatable boats, scooters, skis etc. The platform, powered by a hydraulic system, is very light, simple and quiet in use. Lowered to 600mm underwater, it can carry devices up to 450 kg. Moreover, it can stop in any position on every level. The platform dimensions are 4300 mm x 1780 mm, and it weighs only 100 kg, so that it does not affect the boat’s performance and can be fitted on every unit.

Luxury yacht 1 Life - Flybridge

Luxury yacht 1 Life - Flybridge

The interior of the yacht is equally cutting-edge. 70 Sunreef Power yacht 1 Life has a fully open saloon, which means that the saloon space, dining area and lounge have direct access to the full beam master cabin located at the front of the yacht. The space is upholstered with white fabrics on the ceiling and walls with contrasting dark flooring. Vivid accessories (pillows, poufs and the carpet) make the whole room more dynamic. Glass accents are a feature not only in the saloon composing the table legs to create the illusion that the gray-beige grained wooden table is levitating, but also for the minimalistic stair railings, which have been fitted deeply into the floors. The couch and two poufs in the television corner are made of soft comfortable leather in shades of gray. The area is completed with a TV wall, bookcase and a DVD rack.

1 Life Yacht - Galley

1 Life Yacht - Galley

The 13 square meter master cabin is made of high-quality natural white fabrics which contrast with the dark brown chocolate oak floors. On the customer’s individual request, a specially designed glass wall (magic glass) separates the bathroom from the sleeping area. When turned on it is 90% opaque, and when it is turned off, it is transparent.

1 Life Yacht - Saloon

1 Life Yacht - Saloon

A spacious, bright kitchen is fully equipped and includes a large fridge, two freezers, a microwave, dishwasher, cooking stove and a hidden pull-out table for the crew. The dominant colors in the master cabin are grays and blues. The same shades are also used in the aft cabins for guests, however the kid’s cabin, which contains 5 beds, is dominated by a mix of complementary blue hues and fuchsia. Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom, lots of storage space and a full-size wardrobe.

Motor yacht 1 Life - Saloon

Motor yacht 1 Life - Saloon

The over 37 m² flybridge (dimensions without the wheelhouse and stairs) has a very comfortable seating and gym area. Under the roof there is a large “U”- shaped sofa and an adjustable in height table that can be converted into a couch. The area is full of soft pillow mattresses, under which there are thinner and harder ones that are perfect for physical exercises. Adjacent is the gym area, where fans of various work-outs will definitely find suitable equipment for themselves, with options that range from a stationary bike, cross trainer, a weight bench or TRX zone. After a bit of relaxation or exercise, guests can move to the barbecue station, which is also equipped with a refrigerator and an ice machine. Surrounded by tasty delicacies they can rest in the front area of the yacht, where they will find couches, mattresses and poufs.

Luxury yacht 1 Life - Cabin

Luxury yacht 1 Life - Cabin

Amazing lighting has been installed on the 1 Life yacht. There are day light colored LED strips on the outer contours of each room and additional lights also illuminate from under the sofas in the saloon and beds and mirrors in the cabins.

The new 70 Sunreef Power motor yacht 1 Life has a total of almost 213 m² of usable space and can accommodate in the greatest comfort up to 12 guests.

Sunreef Yacht 1 Life - Cabin

Sunreef Yacht 1 Life - Cabin

SPECIFICATION OF 70 SUNREEF POWER YACHT 1 LIFE:

Lenght: 22 m

Maximum Beam: 9 m

Displacement: 48 T

Draft: 1,9 m

Main engines: 2 x IPS900MC

Fuel capacity: 2 x 8000 l

Water capacity: 2 x 1350 l

Main deck: 89 m²

Saloon: 34 m²

Master cabin: 13 m²

Flybridge: 37 m²

Cockpit: 45 m²

Naval architecture: Sunreef Yachts

Interior design: Sunreef Yachts

Below is a gallery for the stylish charter yachts built by Sunreef.

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

July 16, 2014

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

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup 2014

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

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

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup hosted by Yacht Club de Monaco

Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup hosted by Yacht Club de Monaco

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

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

PlanetSolar at Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup

PlanetSolar at Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup

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

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

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

Inaugural Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup

Inaugural Solar1 Monte Carlo Cup

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

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

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

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

French Polynesia Yacht Charter aboard 62′ Sunreef Catamaran IN THE WIND

July 09, 2014

With a new and enthusiastic crew aboard,  the (19m) 62-foot Sunreef 58 catamaran IN THE WIND, is currently offering unforgettable dream French Polynesia yacht charter sailing vacation in the Pacific Ocean. Charter Yacht IN THE WIND is a fantastic luxury catamaran of great design and technology. She was launched in 2011 and features contemporary Japanese-style interior design and an inviting atmosphere.

IN THE WIND - Main

IN THE WIND - Main

Charter guests on board IN THE WIND yacht will enjoy the innovative use of space, enabling them to relax, socialise or dine in any area in comfort. Her panoramic windows offers beautiful views and allow guests to enjoy the yachts surroundings to the fullest. The focal point of the entertainment is  her open and elegantly designed galley, fitted with high-tech appliances. For further entertainment and gatherings there is the wet bar, where guests can savour the fantastic culinary creations of the award-winning Chef Angie (Best Dessert and Best Overall Dish – BVI Boat Show).

IN THE WIND - Salon 4

IN THE WIND - Salon 4

Luxury yacht IN THE WIND offers exciting high-performance sailing as well as plenty of areas to relax on the lounge cushions. The flybridge boasts a top quality helm station with the capability to be docked single-handedly. There is plenty of seating available on the sun or shade. The lower deck is perfect for al fresco dining and in the evening the high-tech LED-lighting from above adds extra sparkle and ambience to the setting.

IN THE WIND - Cockpit 3

IN THE WIND - Cockpit 3

Accommodation aboard sailing yacht IN THE WIND is offered in four modern and inviting cabins to a total of 8 guests. Each cabin boasts a double bed facing large porthole windows and private en-suite facilities.

IN THE WIND - Master Cabin

IN THE WIND - Master Cabin

In The Wind Crew

In The Wind Crew

IN THE WIND FRENCH POLYNESIA AND SOCIETY ISLANDS YACHT CHARTER ITINERARY AND OVERVIEW

French Polynesia and the Society Islands

Situated midway in the Pacific Ocean between South America and Australia, French Polynesia is comprised of 118 islands in the Austral, Gambier, Marquesas, Tuamotu, and Society Archipelagos spread out in an area roughly the size of Europe. A Tahiti yacht charter itinerary typically includes easy passages within the protected waters behind the beautiful coral reefs that encircle the Leeward Islands of the Society archipelago. The Tahitian Leeward islands rise from the sea like emerald mountains amid a brilliant blue. Puffy white trade wind clouds ride the balmy breeze, and within the magnificent coral reefs that encircle these exotic isles are flat-water lagoons teeming with tropical fish and fjord-like bays so serene it seems time has stopped. A crewed Tahiti yacht charter touches the romantic side, inspires awe, and rejuvenates the mind. With a professional captain and a gourmet chef as crew, exploring the largest of the Leeward Islands, which include Bora-Bora, Raiatea, Huahine, and Tahaa is an adventure of a lifetime.

Plage de sable rose à Rangiroa - Photo by Philipe Bacchet  - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Plage de sable rose à Rangiroa - Photo by Philipe Bacchet - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Although Bora-Bora, Raiatea, Tahaa, and Huahine are neighbours, each island has a slightly different ambience. Of course, the South Pacific beauty is a common trait. The exquisite reefs, motus, and beaches are too. But on one island the emphasis may be more on catering to the chic, while on another Nature is supreme. On still another the handiwork of local artists or the quiet reverence at a stone temple dating back to the earliest times of Polynesian travellers is in evidence. Together, the four treasures of the Tahitian Leewards are an enchanting cruising ground for a memorable crewed Tahiti yacht vacation.

Photo by Tim-Mckenna.com - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Photo by Tim-Mckenna.com - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Raiatea Yacht Charter

Raiatea is the second largest island in French Polynesia (Tahiti is the largest) and the largest of the Tahitian Leewards. Raiatea was known as the Sacred Island. In many ways, it’s still the cultural heart of Tahiti because of its rich history. The many fascinating archaeological and historic sites are well worth visiting on the island. They provide a glimpse into Polynesian culture that must be experienced firsthand. Of particular interest is the site of Taputapuatea Marae, the most significant in the islands.

Photo by G. LE BACON - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Photo by G. LE BACON - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Tahaa Yacht Charter

The fragrant scent of vanilla fills the air on Tahaa, just north of Raiatea and encircled by the same barrier reef. In fact, 80 percent of all the vanilla in French Polynesia is grown in the mountain valleys of Tahaa, earning it the nickname of the Vanilla Island. Plantation tours are an interesting sojourn ashore. Black pearls, one of the prizes of the region, are grown on aquatic farms, some of which are open to the public. Local artisans craft fine jewellery featuring the pearls, and the intricate and beautiful bracelets, necklaces, and rings are for sale in shops throughout the Tahitian Leewards. Tahaa is home to a sea turtle reserve, where visitors can observe the creatures in a park setting. The island has many fjord-like inlets both scenic and well protected for anchoring, and the snorkelling on the reef is superb. White-sand beaches are ideal for swimming and picnicking.

Photo by Gilles DIRAIMONDO - AMV Voyages - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Photo by Gilles DIRAIMONDO - AMV Voyages - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Huahine Yacht Charter

Locally known as the Garden Island or the Wild Island for its lush tropical forests and agricultural land used to grow crops such as vanilla, copra, and even watermelons. Huahine is actually two mountainous islands spanned by a short bridge. The larger one is called Huahine-Nui, meaning big island, and, appropriately, the smaller one is called Huahine-Iti, meaning little island. Like Raiatea and Tahaa, it is much less traveled than Bora-Bora. Miles of pristine white-sand beaches, secure anchorages, and wonderful snorkelling are major appeals of this laid-back South Pacific treasure.

Photo by Tim-Mckenna.com - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Photo by Tim-Mckenna.com - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Bora-Bora Yacht Charter

The very name Bora-Bora conjures images of a far-off South Pacific paradise. The island has long been a favorite of sailors, and it still is. A single barrier reef encircles the two islands that make up Bora-Bora. The black basalt rock face of Mt. Otemanu rises 2,362 feet above an azure sea, with impressive Mt. Pahia nearby. Both dominate the heights and provide breathtaking views from the anchorages in the lagoon. The smaller island, Topua, is all that’s left of the ancient volcano of Bora-Bora. Secure anchorages, white-sand beaches, superlative snorkelling and swimming, restaurants, shops, art galleries, luxury resorts, and island tours are among the pleasures of a visit to Bora-Bora.

BORA BORA - Photo courtesy of www.Tahiti-Tourisme.com

BORA BORA - Photo courtesy of www.Tahiti-Tourisme.com

FRENCH POLYNESIA YACHT CHARTER ITINERARY – 14 DAYS

Arrival into French Polynesia would include a flight to Papeete, Tahiti. Guests should then take a direct connecting flight with Air Tahiti (the only domestic company available in French Polynesia) to Bora-Bora, where their luxury yacht charter crew will greet them and guide to IN THE WIND yacht.

DAY 1

BORA-BORA

Once you have settled into your yacht and enjoyed a gourmet lunch prepared by your chef, set sail to Motu Topua, the only remaining vestiges of the massive volcano that formed Bora-Bora. Enjoy snorkelling and swimming in the tiffany blue waters followed by cocktails on the fly bridge watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Later a decadent 3-course dinner awaits you, which is enjoyed in the perfect outdoor south pacific dining style, on the aft deck.

DAY 2

BORA-BORA

Sail to Pofai Bay and then visit the Vaitape Village and enjoy a cocktail at the famous Bloody Mary’s with its island atmosphere. The heights of Mt. Otemanu soar 2,362 feet above an azure sea, with impressive Mt. Pahia nearby.

DAY 3

BORA-BORA LAGOON

Sail along the string of motus (tiny islands) and participate in shark and manta ray feedings and swim with a myriad of colourful fish and turtles. Enjoy a picnic lunch on your own private motu set up by your crew. Spend the rest of the day waterskiing, kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding.

DAY 4

BORA-BORA – TAHA’A

After a morning of watching the manta rays feed at Pt. Raititi and enjoying the white sandy beaches near the point, set sail for the open-water passage to Tahaa. You’ll be off the wind the entire way, sailing fast and loving every minute. The soaring heights of Raiatea and Tahaa rise from a cobalt sea, cottony puffs of white cloud stark against a brilliant blue sky. This is South Pacific sailing at its best. As you draw near, the unmistakable sweet scent of vanilla carries to you on the balmy wind. Tahaa is nicknamed the Vanilla Island because of its vanilla plantations. The scenery is picture-perfect South Pacific. Once you’re through the pass at Tahaa, the fjord-like expanse of Haamene Bay is just a couple of miles away, scenic and secure.

DAY 5

TAHA’A

Wake up and enjoy a morning hike along a scenic hiking trail through the dense tropical forest over Mt. Taira to the head of Hurepiti Bay where your yacht can meet you and lunch is served. Then spend the afternoon relaxing in the bay swimming, snorkelling and water skiing followed by sunset cocktails on the fly bridge. After your 3-course gourmet dinner on the aft deck, the evening may be spent stargazing from the comfort of the bow trampolines under a magnificent South Pacific sky.

DAY 6

TAHA’A

Sail through the lagoon and anchor at a breathtaking spot north of the Mahea motu. Enjoy magical snorkelling near the barrier reef of the Pass Tohaotu. After lunch you can take a tour of a local vanilla plantation.

DAY 7

TAHA’A – HUAHINE

It is a 5-6 hours passage from the Pass Toahotu, Tahaa to the Avamoa Pass of Huahine Island. The sailing is wonderful and line fishing can be enjoyed. Visit Fare, a typical Polynesian village with some boutiques and small restaurants. A common barrier reef surrounds the two islands of magical Huahine and both are filled with vanilla, coffee and taro plantations and groves of breadfruit, mango, banana and papaya. Offshore motus lie inside the reef where watermelons and cantaloupe flourish in the white coral sand.

DAY 8

HUAHINE LAGOON

The next leg of your Tahiti yachting itinerary takes you along the west coast of Huahine inside the barrier reef past a number of beautiful anchorages, with tall mountains off the port beam, the blues, greens, oranges, and browns of the reef to starboard. The rich scent of tropical flowers carries on the breeze. One of the more scenic places to spend the night is at Bay d’Avea with its white sandy beaches, at the southern end of the island’s western shore. The snorkelling in the area is excellent. Later visit a local fruit farm and sample the natural delights, which Huahine is so well know for.

DAY 9

HUAHINE LAGOON

Sail to the along the lagoon and anchor in a protected bay where snorkeling, swimming and waterskiing are enjoyed. Later visit a pearl farm set on a coral outcrop on the eastern side of the island and tour the ancient temples and the old village of Parea by dinghy.

DAY 10

HUAHINE-RAIATEA

Fast passage downwind to Raiatea and enter the Irihu Pass into Faaroa bay, which is a fjord-like indentation deep into the shoreline. Steep mountains rise on either side, lush with tropical vegetation and tall palms. Beyond is the valley of Mt. Tefaatuaiti. Aside from its stunning beauty, the main attraction of the bay is the opportunity to explore the Aopomau River by dinghy. In no other place in French Polynesia can you take a river trip! As you head up the river, jungle fronts both shores, interspersed with the cultivated lands of working plantations. The mountains are ever present, looming above like watchful sentinels. At an elevation of approximately 3,400 feet above sea level, Mt. Tefaatuaiti is the tallest peak in the Tahitian Leeward Islands.

DAY 11

RAIATEA

Sail through the lagoon to the west side of Raiatea and be prepared to experience the cultural heart of Tahiti. The many fascinating archaeological and historic sites provide a glimpse into Polynesian culture that must be experienced firsthand. A short trip ashore will lead you to the site of the Taputapuatea Marae, the most significant in French Polynesia.

DAY 12

RAIATEA- TAHA’A

It’s a short sail north inside the barrier reef back to the uninhabited island of Tahaa. With the balmy vanilla scent on the wind enjoy a perfect day of snorkelling on the west coast.

DAY 13

TAHA’A-BORA-BORA

In the morning, it is a few hours of smooth sailing with the wind back to Bora-Bora where we anchor on a private motu for lunch and then later sail to the main island of Bora-Bora where shopping and perhaps a local Tahitian dancing performance can be enjoyed.

DAY 14

BORA-BORA

After a delicious breakfast and a morning spent soaking up all the charms of the Society Leeward Islands for a last time, it is a short sail inside the lagoon to the airport motu, where your crew will escort you and carry your luggage ashore.

Hiva Oa, Marquises - Photo by Tim-Mckenna.com - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

Hiva Oa, Marquises - Photo by Tim-Mckenna.com - Courtesy of Tahiti Tourisme

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Sunreef Yachts unveils new sailing catamaran Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE

July 09, 2014

The prestigious Polish luxury catamaran builder, Sunreef Yachts, has proudly unveiled their all-new sailing catamaran Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE. Superyacht Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE represents the newest model from the ULTIMATE range.

New superyacht Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE by Sunreef Yachts

New superyacht Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE by Sunreef Yachts

In 2010 Sunreef Yachts launched a new range of fast performance cruisers from 70 to 170 feet of length – THE ULTIMATE RANGE. The company resolved to explore a new market niche by introducing a sophisticated design line of ultra-modern, high-performance sailing catamarans with environmentally friendly elements. Last year, Sunreef Yachts design team created the largest project of this range – superyacht Sunreef 165 ULTIMATE – and now in 2014 the Shipyard unveils the newest model from the ULTIMATE range, the Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE yacht, with even more dynamic and sophisticated design elements, prepared upon request to meet the expectations of a most distinguished client.

“The elegant and sleek minimalistic profile, extreme proportions and modern color combinations make Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE one of a kind. With its spacious, stretched fully to the beam, interior and exterior living spaces and dynamic sporty exterior lines, this catamaran is a masterpiece accomplished by Sunreef Yachts’ design philosophy, pushing the yacht design industry to its highest limits”- says Robert Blazejak- the Head of Concept Design Team in Sunreef Yachts.

Luxury yacht Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE

Luxury yacht Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE

The main deck of luxury yacht Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE has been split into two independent areas. The spacious 255 m² saloon offers comfortable dining space for 12 guests, a stylish lounge and bar space and exclusive 65 square meter master suite with wardrobe and his & hers bathroom that definitely meet the expectations of the owners. Floor to ceiling windows in the master suite overlook spectacular views and provide lots of natural light. The matte interior in natural whitewashed wood is contrasted with black polished elements. The quintessence of elegance is expressed in high-quality fabrics, walls and extraordinary carpets.

The front double deck terrace (70 m²) offers spacious entertainment area, accessible directly from the suite through slidable doors. The luxurious open space offers easy access to the upper terrace through two sets of stairs. The flexibility of the furniture arrangement on the front terrace allows it to quickly transform from a coffee table and sofa into a big sunpad area, all covered with a large size canvas bimini.

Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE Yacht

Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE Yacht

The upper terrace offers 142 m² of open space on board. The symmetrical and clean top of the superstructure includes a dining table for 12 guests which can accommodate both family and friends of the owner all together. Sunpads are the perfect place to get lazy under the sun and a kitchen module integrated within superstructure allows outside cooking. A minimalistic and functional navigation station is naturally separated from living zone.

Superyacht Sunreef 156 Ultimate is created for those who appreciate a glamorous lifestyle onboard, an incomparable sailing experience and perfect modern design.

Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE superyacht - Layout

Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE superyacht - Layout

Technical Specifications of super yacht Sunreef 156 Ultimate

LOA: 156 ft/ 47,5 m

BOA: 62 ft/ 19 m

DRAFT: 2,2 m

CREW: 8

GUESTS: 12

TOTAL LIVING SPACE: 841 m²

INTERIOR SPACE: 510 m²

EXTERIOR SPACE: 331 m²

Below is a gallery for the superb charter yachts built by Sunreef.

First AYSS PacificNet – Tahiti a Resounding Success

July 07, 2014

The inaugural AYSS PacificNet –Tahiti was a huge success. The event was held in the fabulous South Pacific yacht charter destination – Tahiti at Marina Taina in Papeete on June 26, 2014.

AYSS PacificNet - Tahiti 2014

AYSS PacificNet - Tahiti 2014

The first AYSS PacificNet –Tahiti held 26th June 2014 in Papeete, was a welcome success, reports Etienne Bouton of Asia Pacific Superyachts Tahiti, destination host for the new event.

The festive and insightful event, also benefiting the Red Cross, drew AYSS agents, some sail & motor superyacht crews, Australian, New Zealand, Tahiti, Vanuatu and Fiji yachting industry representatives along with Papeete Port Authority and Tahiti Tourism authorities.

The event was very well received by those attending, including AYSS agents from Australia – Carrie Carter from Carter marine in Cairns; from New Zealand – Phil and Fleur Tomlinson from Thirty Seven South, Rachel Harrison from Integrated Marine group and Janice Lynch from Asia Pacific Superyacht New Zealand; from Vanuatu – Jess Bell from Kaleva Yachting Services; and from Fiji – David Jamieson from Yacht Help.

There was also a fair amount of crew joining from sailing superyachts, noted Etienne, including superyacht Erica XII, sailing yacht Mondango 3, charter yacht Douce France, charter yacht Nephele, luxury yacht Silvertip, charter yacht Bliss, and charter yacht Salperton. Joining the sailing superyachts were charter yacht Ultimate Lady and charter yacht Jambo, both based for charter in Tahiti.

Others joined the AYSS PacificNet, noted Etienne: “We were also blessed with visitors from the Australian industry such as Maryanne Edwards from Superyacht Australia, Steve Fisher from Brisbane Rivergate Marina, Steven Mitchell from Sydney City Marina, David Good from Ports North, Peter Luke from Superyacht Solutions and more.”

Enjoying the first time event and helpful in sharing information with agents and yachting professionals, reported Etienne: “We also received Christiane Chaine, the commercial manager of Papeete Port Authority, who joined us to present the new marina under construction in downtown Papeete.  As well, Vaihere Lissant, marketing manager at Tahiti Tourism met with Maryanne Edwards to discuss possibilities for joint promotion actions between Australia, New Zealand and south pacific islands such as Tahiti.”

Tahiti Tourisme recently published news, separate from the event, includes the following announcements:

“Marlon Brando’s private island new eco-friendly resort, located on the stunning Polynesian atoll of Tetiaroa, is set to open in July 2014. The highly anticipated opening will add a whole new dimension of exclusivity to Tahiti’s accommodation offering, featuring 35 villas along a private beach only accessible via private airfield. The Brando will also have two restaurants and a Polynesian Spa and has released a short movie explaining the concept of this luxurious new property featuring interviews with the owner and Marlon Brando’s son.”

Coming up on the calendar soon, Tahiti announced, “Tahiti and her islands is gearing up once again to host the Billabong Pro Surfing Competition on 9thto 26th August 2014.  48 of the world’s best competitive surfers will take to the sparkling blue waters surrounding Teahupo’o, south east of Tahiti for one of twelve stops on the Billabong World Championship Tour, providing a breathtaking action-packed competition.”

Tahiti and her islands is now well into its dry ‘winter’ period, taking place from May to October. With endless sunshine and warm waters this is the perfect season for both first time visitors and Tahiti enthusiasts to visit the exotic destination.

For those looking for some top tips on activities, tours, accommodation and restaurant options, Tahiti Tourisme has launched an interactive travel planner available online. Etienne and his team will then assist with arrangements and bookings through their licensed travel agency Pacific Avenues.

Tahiti and her islands enjoy a tropical climate, which is cooled all year round by the Pacific trade winds. The average air temperature is about 27°C, and the water of the lagoons is more or less constant at 26°C making this destination the perfect sailing escape.

This proved especially true for the special first-time occasion of the AYSS PacificNet – Tahiti 2014.

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

July 07, 2014

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

PlanetSolar back in the lovely Mediterranean yacht holiday destination - Monaco

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

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

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

Aboard PlanetSolar

Aboard PlanetSolar - Image credit to PlanetSolar

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

PlanetSolar in front of Yacht Club de Monaco

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

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

Luxury yachts by Sunreef to be displayed at Cannes Yachting Festival 2014

July 03, 2014

Sunreef Yachts shipyard is delighted to announce its presence at the next edition of the prominent Cannes Yachting Festival 2014, which will be hosted by the glamorous Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Cannes from September 9 to 14. During this principal event of the yachting industry, the company will showcase 4 beautiful units. Visitors will have the opportunity to see recently launched power yachts, in addition to sailing catamarans from 60 to 102 feet in length.

Newly launched 70 Sunreef Power Yacht 1 Life

Newly launched 70 Sunreef Power Yacht 1 Life to be dislayed at the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival

The first yacht on display will be the newly launched 70 Sunreef Power yacht 1 Life with IPS system and innovative interior solutions and an open saloon which provides more living space for the owners. The yacht is equipped with a gym on the flybridge and a special aft platform from Tenderlift that enables rapid deployment inflatable boats and skis. The platform powered by hydraulic system is very light, simple and quiet in use. This yacht is attractive to many motor yacht enthusiasts thanks to its stability and subsequently comfort in cruising, an extended living and storage space thanks to its large beam, superior exterior space and oceanic range combined with very low fuel consumption and all that in keeping with Sunreef`s customized design.

60 Sunreef Power Yacht Blue Belly

60 Sunreef Power Yacht Blue Belly

On the power yacht side, Sunreef will also showcase 60 Sunreef Power yacht Blue Belly with stunning azure hulls. Especially upon the client`s request, Sunreef`s interior design team prepared a “tailor made” project of this power model with a semi-open salon combined with lounge area and bar instead of interior navigation station. The concept of 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, except its slightly smaller 27.8 ft / 8.5 m beam that makes it more convenient for crowded marinas.

IPHARRA -  From Above

IPHARRA - From Above

With no doubts, one of the most popular yacht at Cannes Yachting Festival 2014 will be Sunreef 102 charter yacht IPHARRA launched in 2010 by Sunreef Yachts. She is one of the largest cruising catamarans in the world, the first sailing catamaran from a Double Deck line, and the third biggest sloop rigged catamaran in the world.

Sunreef 60 LOFT Yacht

Sunreef 60 LOFT Yacht

The fourth yacht on display will be a Sunreef 60 LOFT model introduced in 2013. The yacht has all the trademark features of Sunreef catamarans – impeccable quality of construction, customized luxury finish and high seaworthiness – converted into a compact and light vessel. The Sunreef 60 LOFT is a luxury and performance-oriented yacht with comfortable accommodation for 6 guests in 3 spacious cabins and 2 crew in the port aft cabin, accessible through the galley located within this hull for easy crew circulation.

Sunreef Yachts is a leader in custom-made sailing and power catamarans and superyachts from 60 to 200 feet. All units are interesting alternatives to traditional yachts with much lower fuel consumption, natural stability, as well as customized interior design and superb living space offering comfort and intimacy for the owner and his guests.

Sunreef Yachts invites you to visit them on stand CAT 001 in CATAMARAN`S section during the Cannes Yachting Festival 2014 to discover more about these exquisite yachts.

Pachoud Motoryachts working on new 24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat Yacht

June 20, 2014

New Zealand-based shipyard, Pachoud Motoryachts, is currently working on the construction of the all-new 24m Exploration HeliCat yacht, superbly penned by Jutson Power Cats. Scheduled for launch in September 2014, the innovative 24m Jutson Long Range Cruising Yacht is full of unique features that will ensure a high level of autonomy, with a range in excess of 2500 NM.

24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat Yacht

Rendering of the 24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat Yacht under construction at Pachoud Motoryachts

The helicopter deck has a sliding landing pad for maximum clearance when landing as well as a 500g refueling facility. While the 24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat superyacht is purposely suited to suit a range of smaller machines she will be launched with a Hughes MD500. Obstructions such as the radar arch slide forward for optimal clearance during take off and landing.

24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat superyacht - side view

24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat superyacht - side view

24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat

24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat Yacht

The 24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat yacht also sports a custom landing craft tender that will transport 2 Honda 230 motorbikes which are handled with a dedicated crane system discreetly built in to the aft deck overhead. For non motorised exploration there are two Hobie Triaks stored in the transom face locker and easily launched with the hydraulic tender platform.

24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat Yacht - aft view

24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat Yacht - aft view

24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat Yacht - Exterior

24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat Yacht - Exterior

The interior of the 24m Jutson Long Range Cruising Yacht is based around a sumptuous main deck stateroom with an additional three guest cabins and crew cabin below. Power will be by 2 MAN R6 800 diesel engines.

Technical Specifications of the 24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat Yacht:

Year 2014
Designer Scott Jutson
Construction Epoxy Composite
LOA 24m
Beam 9.5m
Draft 1.4m
Cruise Speed 12 knots
Max Speed 20 knots
Displacement 70 tonne
Water 2,000L
Fuel 14,000L
Engines 2 x 800hp MAN R6-800

24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat Yacht under construction

24m Jutson Exploration HeliCat Yacht under construction

Delivery of JFA Long Island 85 sailing yacht WindQuest

June 19, 2014

The end of last month saw JFA Yachts successfully deliver sailing yacht WindQuest. Superyacht WindQuest is a beautiful 85-foot fast cruising catamaran, representing the first vessel of a semi-custom “Long Island 85” series.

JFA Long Island 85 Yacht WindQuest

JFA Long Island 85 Yacht WindQuest

The hulls of luxury yacht WindQuest are aluminium-built while the deck is in composite material. They have been assembled by bonding. This method has been chosen with the naval architect Marc Lombard, to save weight when keeping aluminium hulls.

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

Sailing yacht WindQuest - side view

Sailing yacht WindQuest - side view

Fitted with a carbon mast and boom, her sail area is that of a high performance sailing yacht.

The hydraulic winches installed on the flybridge are well-suited to manoeuvring with a reduced crew.

Luxury yacht WindQuest from above

Luxury yacht WindQuest from above

The WindQuest yacht is equipped with 2 x 380HP engines and 2 x 27kW generators. At her economical speed, WindQuest motors at 8.6 knots for a fuel consumption of 21 l/h and can reach 12.9 knots at top speed.

The 16’ tender stowed aft of the cockpit is launched using an ingenious system comprising a retractable pole in the main boom. This is again a method of optimizing the weight without using a crane.

Sailing catamaran WindQuest - upview

Sailing catamaran WindQuest - upview

Numerous deck lockers allow the stowing of fenders and mooring ropes as well as all the toys (inflatable SUP boards, snorkelling equipment, wakeboard…). On the superyacht WindQuest, a large garage opening on the aft platform has been provided for stowing 4 bicycles.

Outside, there is a large aft cockpit with a seating area on starboard and another one on port with a dining table, sunbeds either side, and a day head. On WindQuest yacht the cockpit can be enclosed using removable panels of seethrough canvas.

WindQuest superyacht - aft view

WindQuest superyacht - aft view

The flybridge is the home of the outside helm and control winches, leaving room for a seating area and sunbeds.

Again in order to keep the weight of the WindQuest yacht down, teak decking has been used only forward of the owners’ cabin and in the aft cockpit.

Aboard WindQuest Yacht

Aboard WindQuest Yacht

The cockpit is extended inside by a seating area with a bar on starboard and a dining-room on port. The helm station is set up against the bulkhead between the two indoor areas. The glass door aft, the large side portholes and the front windscreen create a very luminous space down below.

A few steps on port lead to the owners’ cabin. The “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 before seen on a sailing or even on a motor yacht of this size. A few more steps give access to a door opening on a private deck just forward of the owners’ cabin.

Luxury yacht WindQuest - Galley

Luxury yacht WindQuest - Galley

This semi-custom range allows to answer owners’ expectations.

On this model, the port hull houses the owners’ bathroom and their office, which can be converted into a guest cabin while another guest cabin is aft. There is also a guest cabin in the starboard hull, as well as the crew quarter including the skipper’s own cabin, the crew cabin, the galley and mess. The WindQuest yacht offers a total of 124m² of floor space to accommodate 8 guests and 6 crews in extreme comfort.

WindQuest Yacht - Interior

WindQuest Yacht - Interior

The Long Island 85 is available in 3 versions: 3 guest cabins and an office (like WindQuest); 4 guest cabins and 5 guest cabins.

Luxury yacht WindQuest had her maiden voyage in southern Brittany and will sail along the coasts of the English Channel and of the Atlantic between London and Lisbon before heading for the West Indies in October.

Superyacht WindQuest - Cabin

Superyacht WindQuest - Cabin

Luxury superyacht WindQuest is available for luxury yacht 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.

The Long Island 85 offers more space and comfort than any yacht of her size.

Technical Specifications of JFA Long Island 85′ catamaran WindQuest

LOA : 26.25 m
LWL : 25.47 m
BOA : 11.93 m
Draft : 2.24 m
Engines : 2x 380 cv
Displacement : 60 T light

Long Island 85 Yacht WindQuest - General Arrangement

Long Island 85 Yacht WindQuest - General Arrangement

Below is a gallery for the superb charter yachts built by JFA.

Sunreef 80 Carbon Line Yacht LEVANTE with ‘Teraz Polska’ emblem

June 17, 2014

June 9, 2014, was marked by the XXIV edition of one of the most prominent competitions in Poland – ‘Teraz Polska’, which took place in the Grand Theatre in Warsaw. The Sunreef 80 Carbon Line yacht LEVANTE, a superb catamaran built by Sunreef Yachts shipyard, appeared among the winners. The company also won in the category of companies with high export potential.

Sunreef 80 Carbon Line Yacht LEVANTE with 'Teraz Polska' emblem

Sunreef 80 Carbon Line Yacht LEVANTE with 'Teraz Polska' emblem

The award, on behalf of Sunreef Yachts, was received by the President and founder of the company – Mr. Francis Lapp. He could not hide his satisfaction from the award at such a prestigious competition. The company has been designing and building the highest quality luxury catamarans-superyachts for more than 13 years now in the legendary Gdansk shipyards. It currently has offices in Shanghai, Dubai and Miami, and the products with the Sunreef Yachts logo are well known and appreciated by customers all over the world.

Sunreef Yachts President Francis Lapp with Teraz Polska Award

Sunreef Yachts President Francis Lapp with 'Teraz Polska' Award

The awarded in the “Teraz Polska” competition, Sunreef 80 Carbon Line superyacht LEVANTE is an innovative unit constructed from lightweight composite materials used in the aeronautical industry. The total weight of the boat does not exceed 45 tonnes. Sail area on windward courses equal 340 m², and the long and sporty figure of the yacht has been carefully studied in order to reduce resistance of air and water to minimum. The purpose of the yacht is fast sailing at 15 knots and the top speed on sails is estimated at 20 knots and above. Genoa and arrowhead are made ​​of D4 Vectran and the Gennaker of Cuben Fiber – the best available synthetic materials for sailing yachts. The first unit was launched in July 2013, and another one is currently under construction.

This is the second prestigious award received by Sunreef 80 Carbon Line luxury yacht LEVANTE. Last week, the catamaran was awarded the European Medal awarded by the Business Centre Club.

Below is a gallery for the lovely charter yachts built by Sunreef.