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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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Claydon Reeves and BMT Nigel Gee unveil motor yacht Project Chuan

September 18, 2014

As a showcase of progressive design, Claydon Reeves and BMT Nigel Gee are delighted to unveil the all-new motor yacht Project Chuan. Claydon Reeves will be exhibiting a model of superyacht Project Chuan at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show on their stand – DG3 on the Quai Jarlan.

Luxury motor yacht Project Chuan by Claydon Reeves and BMT Nigel Gee

Luxury motor yacht Project Chuan by Claydon Reeves and BMT Nigel Gee

Developed from the earlier collaboration on the Oxygen superyacht project in 2012 the two companies have re-evaluated both the style, layout and underlying technical platform, based on BMT’s Extreme Semi-SWATH (XSS) advanced catamaran hull-form.

Superyacht Project Chuan by night

Superyacht Project Chuan by night

The design is anchored in Asian architecture and traditions without generic Western mis-interpretation. The layout can be adjusted to function either as an impressive social space or a more intimate family based environment with a spacious full beam master cabin aft on the bridge deck. Large sections of glass in the main deck floor allow occupants a unique view between the hulls, particularly when lit up at night. An articulated beach area and dive club unfolds at water level, bridging the space between the two hulls and creating an unprecedented width of over 15m.

Project Chuan Yacht

Project Chuan Yacht

James Claydon, Director of Claydon Reeves commented, “We returned to the catamaran platform for Chuan for the sheer volume it delivers. Throughout the yacht there are spaces of surprising size, be it the expansive foredeck or the huge open-plan galley and dining area.”

Super yacht Project Chuan - aft view

Super yacht Project Chuan - aft view

BMT’s XSS hull-form has now been fully proven in the demanding offshore energy industry where speed and sea-keeping ability are critical to operations. A second XSS is currently under construction in Holland with ever larger variants under design development at BMT’s Southampton based office.

James Roy, Yacht Design Director at BMT Nigel Gee concluded, “Owners, and indeed our wider industry, are quite traditional in the choice of hull-form. It would be nice to see a greater take-up of multihull platforms.

Luxury yacht Project Chuan

Luxury yacht Project Chuan

Our XSS provides the best compromise between performance and sea-keeping ability for a high speed catamaran and Claydon Reeves have demonstrated with Project Chuan just how that volume can be put to use for dramatic effect.”

Sunreef Yachts presents Hydrofoil System for Luxury Open Power Catamarans at Cannes Yachting Festival

September 18, 2014

Last week saw Sunreef Yachts introduce a revolutionary Hydrofoil concept during its Annual Press Conference at the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival. As the Sunreef’s naval architects developed a system of retractable hydrofoils that would enable beautiful Sunreef units to reach a top speed of up to 70 knots, such a meeting was the best opportunity to share their knowledge in public.

First luxury open power catamaran with hydrofoil system

First luxury open power catamaran with hydrofoil system

The first model fitted with hydrofoils will be the Sunreef 40 H – a 40-feet motor catamaran of an open type. The unit will be lifted out of the water, which significantly decreases drag, consequently allowing for greater speeds. Thanks to the stability of two independent hulls, the unit is perfectly balanced, so there is no need to use any complicated stabilizing systems. The passengers as well as the crew members are provided with extraordinary comfort and safety even at large speeds. The innovative hydrofoil system gives the power catamaran Owners the best opportunity to fully exploit the potential offered by their yacht.

One of the main points of the event was additionally a presentation of a brand new sailing catamaran model – the Sunreef 74 with the innovative carbon mast construction. This spacious unit can be easily handled by only 2 people. The customization and space arrangement possibilities are truly unlimited. Not long before the official presentation, 4 models of this impressive catamaran were sold.

Luxury catamarans by Sunreef on display at the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival

Luxury catamarans by Sunreef on display at the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival

The participants had also a possibility to experience the GRAND PREMIERE of two NEWLY launched power catamarans – the 60 ft and the 70 ft – both with custom interior solutions of open and semi-open saloons and the first 70 Sunreef Power yacht 1 Life with the Volvo IPS System.

The conference hosted three very special guests, all famous sailors and multihull experts: Lauren Bourgnon, Steve Ravussin and Yvan Ravussin, who shared their opinions on the key features of catamarans and their knowledge with Sunreef`s units. Additionally, among speakers, there was Robert Blazejak – the Chief Concept Designer in Sunreef Yachts and Patrick Raub – the Sunreef Yachts Expert.

Sunreef Yachts at the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival

Sunreef Yachts at the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival

The Sunreef Yachts team would like to thank all Media representatives for their contribution in the press conference as well as all the Visitors for their support and participation in the appointments on the stand and sea trials. It was great pleasure for Sunreef to spend these extraordinary days in your company, and they hope to see you all next year during the 2015 Cannes Yachting Festival!

Yachting Developments signs new order for 33,5m sailing yacht Hull 1012

September 18, 2014

New Zealand builder, Yachting Developments, is proud to announce that they have signed a new order for the 33,5m sailing yacht Hull 1012. With exterior design by Frers Naval Architecture and interior design by Adam Lay Studio, superyacht Project Hull 1012 is a performance ocean cruising sloop, representing a repeat collaboration between the Kiwi yard and these two designers.

Hull 1012 Yacht by Yachting Developments

Hull 1012 Yacht by Yachting Developments

Project Hull 1012 superyacht is being built for European owners stepping up in size. The owner and family are experienced, hands on sailors and a key part of the design brief was for a yacht that can be easily handled by a small crew. Built in composite, the yacht will feature a lifting keel. Hull 1012 will deliver to her new owners in early 2016.

“We are extremely proud to have signed this new order and look forward to working with the owners and their team on this exciting new build,” said Ian Cook, Managing Director of Yachting Developments.

Yachting Developments will now be increasing staff numbers across all disciplines. After launching 30.5m superyacht Quintessential in 2012 the yard diversified to offer its composite expertise over a wider sector, keeping busy with a wide variety of refit, restoration and commercial and architecture component work. This diversification has paid off, allowing the yard to maintain its core skilled staff and remain competitive in the global superyacht industry.

In addition to Hull 1012 yacht, Yachting Developments is currently at work on several residential and commercial projects, and has a busy refit order book ahead of the New Zealand summer cruising season.

Hull 1012 Yacht – Specifications

LOA: 33.5m/110’

Beam: 7.8m/25.5’

Draft: 4.8m15.7’

Type: Sloop

Builder: Yachting Developments

Naval Architect: Frers Naval Architecture

Exterior Designer: Frers Naval Architecture

Interior Designer: Adam Lay Studio

Hull Material: Composite

Superstructure Material: Composite

Year of Delivery: 2016

Below is a selection of the outstanding charter yachts built by Yachting Developments.

Sale of three units of new sailing catamaran Sunreef 74 before its official presentation

September 04, 2014

Sunreef shipyard is thrilled to announce that three units of their 74-foot sailing catamaran Sunreef 74 model have been sold to the clients from Italy and USA, just before its official presentation in the short summer period from June to August 2014. The all-new sailing yacht Sunreef 74 marks a new era in lifestyle at sea, meeting the expectations of the most demanding customers looking for a spacious, long range boat, easily handled by only 2 people.

New sailing yacht Sunreef 74

New sailing yacht Sunreef 74

This advanced model has grown from the experience of Sunreef’s design team in the super-yacht range and answers feedback from all the 70 Sunreef owners that are sailing all around the world, from Europe to China. This unit stands out with its unique, innovative features and new functional solutions enhancing the notion of on-board liveability. As usual at Sunreef Yachts, the customization and space arrangement possibilities are unlimited. The Sunreef 74 yacht is an optimised yacht offering a perfectly balanced compromise between supreme comfort, performance and advanced technology.


The sleek superstructure with vertical bows and limited freeboards has large glass curved windscreens, which highlight the classy lines of this dream yacht. The Sunreef 74 yacht is an elegant catamaran with super-yacht features, intelligent space planning and a fully personalized interior finish.

Luxury yacht Sunreef 74

Luxury yacht Sunreef 74


Putting the pleasure of life to the fore, the Sunreef 74 yacht model has reached a supreme level of sophistication offering an impressive 35m² saloon with a breathtaking 360° view. Elegant, modern, with its bright interiors, this yacht’s layout is entirely customizable. Her hulls are airy enough to contain a bright 20m² master cabin with a king size bed and a bath tub, two 14m² guest cabins, large crew quarters and a fully-equipped 10m² galley. The Sunreef 74 also features huge interior storage space, which makes her perfect for lengthy cruises, requiring additional food and equipment supplies. Outside, generous space is also available in the forepeaks and deck lockers for toys, fishing rods, diving gear, sails or fenders. The outside storage also includes an additional locker, big enough to hold kayaks and windsurfing boards.

Sunreef 74 Yacht - Interior

Sunreef 74 Yacht - Interior


Luxury yacht Sunreef 74 can be comfortably manoeuvred by two people in all offshore conditions, which, for instance, makes her ideal for couples sailing around the word, with little to no crew. I addition, all sails are handled from the flybridge navigation station. The mast aft has been moved as to allow the use of large head sails, providing more power and balance in reaching conditions. The boat’s long hulls and sporty lines increase the speed under sails and the self-tacking jib makes navigation even easier. Spinning the wheel is all that is left to do, the rest is automatic.

The mast, boom, crossbeams and even the tender lifting arms are built in carbon, which makes the Sunreef 74 Evolution light and quick, while remaining stable. The very first unit launched will also feature a carbon furling boom which will make all manoeuvres even easier.

The Sunreef 74 yacht has a short 7-month delivery time.

“Every unit of sailing 74 ft catamaran will be built with the greatest perfection by the industries best craftsman on a custom-built basis constantly meeting expectations of the most demanding clientèle.”

Technical Specifications of luxury yacht Sunreef 74

             Length: 22.5 m / 74 ft

             Maximum Beam: 10.5 m / 34.5 ft

             Displacement: 55 T

             Draft: 2.2 m / 7.2 ft

             Air draft: 35 m

             Main sail: 182 m²

             Staysail: 47 m²

             Staysail (Self Tacking): 34 m²

             Genoa: 150 m²

             Genoa (Self Tacking): 120 m²

             Code 0: 210 m²

             Gennaker: 260 m²

             Reacher: 420 m²

             Runner: 260 m²

             Spinnaker: 470 m²

             Naval architecture: Sunreef Yachts

             Interior design: Sunreef Yachts

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

Oxygene Yachts Air range to be presented at this month’s Cannes Yachting Festival

September 03, 2014

Oxygene Yachts is delighted to announce that their Air range will be unveiled at this month’s Cannes Yachting Festival, running in the fantastic Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Cannes from September 9 to 14, 2014. The company will be on hand at Espace Riviera – Stand 061.

Superyacht AIR 99 by Oxygene Yachts - Profile

Superyacht AIR 99 by Oxygene Yachts - Profile© Oxygene Yachts

An extraordinary project

In September 2013, Oxygène Yachts presented its Air 77 yacht prototype at Cannes: a power catamaran with an exceptional design challenging old habits in the industry and establishing a new idea of space and fluidity of movement.

In addition to its highly characteristic design, the luxury yacht Air 77 also attracted attention for its huge 33 sq ft door cut into the front of the roof: a move away from the traditional way of separating indoor and outdoor space. The result offers an entirely unobstructed space and view on the main deck.

AIR 99 superyacht - aft view

AIR 99 superyacht - aft view© Oxygene Yachts

Since then, Oxygène Yachts has signed a partnership agreement with Couach Shipyard for the construction of the definitive version. This model will be presented to the press and public for trials during Spring 2015.

But Oxygène Yachts didn’t just stop there. During the course of 2014, the brand has expanded by adding three new models to form a well-balanced range of 66 to 99 foot boats. Three new worthy representatives of the Oxygène spirit will be presented at this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival.

AIR 99 Yacht from above

AIR 99 Yacht from above© Oxygene Yachts

Spirit of OXYGENE : purity and discretion… a unique stance

The remarkable design of Oxygène Yachts sprung from designer Frédéric Sarfati’s strong determination: to breathe new aesthetic inspiration into the universe of power catamarans. This inspiration is driven by the relentless quest for pure lines and on-board space. A quest for subtlety and balance that allows the boat to blend into its surrounding environment.

AIR 77 Yacht - Profile

AIR 77 Yacht - Profile© Oxygene Yachts

The result is impressive: a highly characteristic design rendered timeless by the simplicity of its lines. The name of the range does justice to this notion of space and movement: AIR.

Nothing glitzy or ostentatious about the Air boat range.

Luxury yacht AIR 77 - aft view

Luxury yacht AIR 77 - aft view© Oxygene Yachts

AIR range: harmony and sensuality

The lightness of the models in the Air range, made with strip planking (wood/epoxy and glass/carbon composite), their shallow draught and Ultrajet/Masterjet turbine engines give them a major technical advantage: they are incredibly easy to handle. They get as close as possible to the coastline, and weave easily in and out of small bays and creeks, even the most imposing models of the line!

The choice of engines goes towards defining the brand’s spirit, with a intentionally restricted top speed for each model and very reasonable fuel consumption.

AIR 77 Yacht - Saloon

AIR 77 Yacht - Saloon© Oxygene Yachts

The Air 66 yacht is the most compact boat in the range. With all the characteristics of the Air 77, it is even easier to handle and takes up less space when docked. With 2152 sq ft of living space for a length of just 66 feet, life onboard the Air 66 centres around the “carré” which alone offers an area of 645 sq ft for sharing enjoyable moments. With its glass roof and front opening, the view from the stern reveals a 52 ft perspective in the axis of the boat and an unbroken view of the horizon.

As a development on the Air 77 yacht, the Air 77 W yacht essentially presents aesthetical variations: raised bulwarks, remodelled hulls and deck, dingy integrated under the main deck… It illustrates all the design and variation opportunities of a concept that Frédéric Sarfati’s brush stroke adapts to each client’s individual desires.

AIR 77 Yacht - Cabin

AIR 77 Yacht - Cabin© Oxygene Yachts

Air 99 – the No-limit yacht. At the very least the 99 foot superyacht Air 99 is out of the ordinary, offering six cabins and 4305 sq ft of living space! While maintaining the harmony inherent to the concept of the AIR range, this boat makes its mark with an impression of outrageous serenity and sensuality. The 1292 sq ft “carré” designed in the style of a loft offers a unique sensation of freedom. The 88 foot perspective unfolds uninterrupted towards the horizon through the vast doorway at the front, suggesting an invitation to escape offered by no other boat today.

Motor yacht AIR 77 - Bathroom

Motor yacht AIR 77 - Bathroom© Oxygene Yachts

INNOVATION: variable transparency glass

To fit out the glass roofs present on each model in the AIR range, Oxygène Yachts looked at integrating variable transparency glass, a revolution in the nautical sector that finally makes it possible for widespread use of bay windows with no fear of adverse effects from the sun.

The double glazing becomes darker or brighter according to the amount of sunlight thanks to an electronic process incorporated into the glass. At the heart of this process is an electrochromatic coating and a low voltage current making it possible to constantly adapt the tint of the glass to variations in sunlight. The more sunlight there is, the more the glass darkens. It restricts light transmission and limits heat generation. When sunlight is weak, the transparent glass allows the light in, optimising the beneficial effects of the solar flux.

AIR 77 W Yacht

AIR 77 W Yacht© Oxygene Yachts

Controlling the lightness level is as simple as the touch of a button on the wall. It can also be done automatically with a light intensity sensor.

By using variable transparency glass, the Air concept and its vast curved windows maximizing light takes on its true meaning.

AIR 66 Yacht

AIR 66 Yacht © Oxygene Yachts


Hull length 19 m / 66’

Beam 9,50 m / 31’

Draught 0,80 m

Top speed 12 to 30 knots

Engines Volvo 2 x 300 to 600 hp

Propellers UltraJet / MasterJet turbines

Cabins 4 cabins + 2 crew cabins

Design Frédéric Sarfati

Naval architecture Couach Shipyard

Construction In collaboration with Couach Shipyard


Hull length 23,50 m / 77’

Beam 10,40 m / 34’

Draught 0,80 m

Top speed 14 to 22 knots

Engines Volvo 2 x 260 to 600 hp

Propellers UltraJet / MasterJet turbines

Hulls and superstructure Wood / epoxy / glass / carbon composite

Glass roof Anti-UV moulded Plexiglas or variable transparency glass

Cabins 4 cabins + 2 crew cabins

Design Frédéric Sarfati

Naval architecture Couach Shipyard

Construction In collaboration with Couach Shipyard


Hull length 30 m / 99’

Beam 11,80 m / 38’

Draught 1,4 m

Top speed 20 to 30 knots

Engines MTU 2 x 800 to 1600 hp

Propellers UltraJet / MasterJet turbines

Hulls and superstructure Wood / epoxy / glass / carbon composite

Glass roof Anti-UV moulded Plexiglas or variable transparency glass

Cabins 6 cabins + 2 crew cabins

Design Frédéric Sarfati

Naval architecture Couach Shipyard

Construction In collaboration with Couach Shipyard

Videos: JFA Long Island 85 sailing yacht WindQuest

September 02, 2014

French builder, JFA Yachts, has released two beautiful videos showing their all-new charter yacht WindQuest, recently delivered to her new Owner. Superyacht WindQuest is a striking long range semi-custom Long Island 85 series catamaran, with both naval architecture as well as interior design by Marc Lombard.

JFA Yachts will be present at the following autumn boat shows:

Sunreef Yachts announces its participation in Monaco Yacht Show 2014

September 01, 2014

Sunreef Yachts is delighted to announce that after the Cannes Yachting Festival 2014 they will be present at the Monaco Yacht Show, which will run in the glamorous Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Monaco from the 24th to 27th of September 2014. During the event, Sunreef will present its latest project of the catamaran rowingboat – superyacht Sunreef 156 from the ULTIMATE series, along with selected concepts introduced to the market last year, including the Sunreef 165 ULTIMATE yacht, the 210 Power Trimaran yacht, as well as the 90 Sunreef Power yacht.

Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE Yacht

Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE Yacht

The ULTIMATE line of fast catamarans, which includes yachts from 70 to 170 feet was introduced to the market in recent years. This is a range of very modern, environmentally friendly, luxury yachts characterized by high performance. The Sunreef 156 ULTIMATE superyacht stands out thanks to its three independent areas on the main deck, a two-story terrace, a huge living room (255 m²) with a dining area and a 65-meter master suite consisting of a walk-in wardrobe and a spacious bathroom. The minimalistic and slim outline of the unit enchants not only by its elegance, but also its innovation.

Sunreef 165 Ultimate Yacht by Sunreef Yachts

Sunreef 165 Ultimate Yacht by Sunreef Yachts

The models from the ULTIMATE range are created for yacht enthusiasts who appreciate exceptional elegance as well as comfortable large living spaces that provide the option of spending unforgettable time on board with even more friends and acquaintances The futuristic concept of the 210 Power Trimaran yacht has repeatedly delighted its visitors at fairs in Dubai, Moscow, Sanya and Singapore. The concept involves nearly 1,000 m² of usable area on three floors interconnected by a life.

90 Sunreef Power Yacht

90 Sunreef Power Yacht

90 Sunreef Power yacht is the perfect solution for today’s sailors – trendsetters who, above all, appreciate luxury, design and high performance. The yacht has a sporty and very modern outline. It’s a real floating villa with living space of 522 m².

Sunreef Yachts Team will be available at the Monaco Yacht Show- Port Hercules- Darse Nord Tent – QD27.

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

Six prominent awards for Curvelle catamaran motor yacht QUARANTA

August 28, 2014

With “Best Concept Yacht under 50m” won in 2011 during her construction, and five more prizes in 2013- 2014 since her launching, the 34m (110’) catamaran charter yacht “quaranta” has been the proud winner of six prominent awards.

Curvelle QUARANTA superyacht - profile.jpeg

Curvelle QUARANTA superyacht - profile.jpeg

“We are extremely satisfied and grateful for this enthusiastic endorsement from the superyacht owners, builders and design arenas. The smart thinking and innovation that went into the design of “quaranta” has been very well received”, says van Zanten, the founder of Curvelle.

Sundeck  Curvelle Quaranta catamaran.jpeg

Sundeck Curvelle Quaranta catamaran.jpeg

Years of experience in yacht consulting and construction convinced him that a fresh way of thinking was needed to deliver an efficient, cost effective, flexible and more accessible yacht, while maintaining beautiful exterior lines, luxurious and spacious interiors. Believing that the catamaran platform offers the key to achieve this, he put together a talented team of designers, naval architects and marine engineers from various continents to produce range of superyacht catamarans with a clear design focus, without re-inventing the wheel, but with attention on producing a very attractive superyacht catamaran. The result speaks for itself and is clearly endorsed by the numerous awards that motor yacht quaranta has won.

Curvelle Catamaran Quaranta Saloon.jpeg

Curvelle Catamaran Quaranta Saloon.jpeg

The innovative catamaran superyacht quaranta impressed judges with her many unusual features such as flexible cabin layout, allowing multiple cabin configurations, all guest cabins on the main deck with extra-large windows, stern platform for tender launching,  swim/beach platform, reduced mobility access and carbon fibre composite construction.  Judges also complimented the exterior styling, spacious deck and interior guest areas and the construction quality.

Following is a list of the awards and their organisers:

World Superyacht awards, Neptune Trophy May 2014

Now into its ninth year, the World Superyacht Awards honour the finest new superyacht builds delivered in the past twelve months. The image of the coveted Neptune trophy has become synonymous with excellence in superyacht build and design.

WSA 2014 for superyacht QUARANTA

WSA 2014 for superyacht QUARANTA

The judges praised superyacht quaranta for “her particularly handsome appearance and highly successful layout that incorporates excellent deck spaces, six pleasantly large guest cabins of adaptable configuration positioned on the main deck, and a single saloon on the upper deck, all complemented by an attractive style of interior design.”

RED DOT Award  Product design, Yachts July 2014

Statement by the jury: “The Curvelle Quaranta, with its graceful design and luxurious outfitting, exhibits a very high quality of form throughout.”

Red Dot Award for QUARANTA Yacht

Red Dot Award for QUARANTA Yacht

The Red dot award is an internationally recognised  Product Design prize from Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany. The 40-member expert panel for the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014 was impressed with the high design quality of luxury yacht “quaranta”. In the current competition, the international experts discussed and evaluated 4,815 entries from 53 countries. But only designs which won over the jury with quality and innovative strength won an award.

Golden Award by A Design Italy, Aug 2014

The Golden A’ Design Award is a prestigious award given to top 3% percentile designs that have carried out an exemplary level of greatness in design. The designs are judged by a panel of three different juries , composed of Academic, Professional and Focus Group Members.The award is the indicator of quality and perfection in design, and recognized worldwide. Winning the A’ Award is a certificate of excellence for designers, a proof of quality for companies. A’ Design Award differentiates from any other design competition, design contest and prize by several aspects: The following adjectives are how A Design define themselves: Collaborative, Innovator, Smart, Fair, Scientific, Thoughtful, Munificent, Beneficial, Philanthropic and Beautiful.

World Yacht Trophy, at the Cannes Boat Show, September 2013,“Most Innovative Yacht under 50m.”

Organized by the Luxmedia Group – publisher of the international magazines ‘Yachts’ and ‘Invictus’ – these are considered among the most prestigious awards in the Yachting Industry.

Turkish Composite Manufacturers Association (TCMA) award Oct 2013  “Most Innovative Composite Marine Product”, Turkey

As the 4th largest shipbuilder worldwide, Turkey delivers numerous composite yachts annually. It is a great honour to be recognized among these as “most innovative” for charter yacht quaranta’s carbon fibre composite hull and superstructure construction, built in Tulza, Istanbul.

Design ET AL, International Yacht Awards 2011, “Best Concept Design under 50m”

Hosted by leading interior design magazine design et al, The International Yacht & Aviation Awards reward the best in design from across the globe. Shortlisted entries are presented online, and voting is open to industry professionals as well as design et al readers, clients and customers.

PlanetSolar concludes her TerraSubmersa expedition and leaves for Venice, Italy

August 26, 2014

Terrasubmersa, the archaeological mission led by the University of Geneva (UNIGE) aboard the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, was concluded on last Friday, following almost a month in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Greece, of which 11 days were dedicated exclusively to science. The expedition’s objective was to explore the prehistoric landscapes that have been submersed by the waters in the Argolic Gulf, and identify traces of human activity. Aboard the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar and a Greek research vessel, the Alkyon, the scientists took geophysical measurements and carried sub-aquatic excavations in the Bay of Kiladha. The research was preceded by three stopovers, all of which were marked with successfully organized events and visits of the boat. August 23, saw the largest solar-powered boat in the world leave for Venice in Italy, representing her next and last stopover of this year.

PlanetSolar in Napflio - a lovely Greece yacht charter destination - Image credito to PlanetSolar

PlanetSolar in Napflio - a lovely Greece yacht charter destination - Image credito to PlanetSolar

Since July 28, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar has travelled through Greece as part of the UNIGE-led TerraSubmersa expedition. This mission was divided into two distinct phases. The first was to introduce the archaeologists’ work among the public and local authorities through a series of events organized along the three stops (Eretria, Athens, Napflio), while the second phase was exclusively dedicated to archaeological research in the Argolic Gulf.

“The catamaran’s spacious liveable surface and her complete energy independence, as well as her low draught and great maneuverability made it an optimal work platform for the researchers. Once again, the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar has shown that she is an ideal base for scientific research, and reaffirms her many versatile uses!” declared the ship’s captain, Gérard d’Aboville.

PlanetSolar from above

PlanetSolar from above - Image credit to PlanetSolar

PlanetSolar is extremely satisfied with this mission. At each stopover, the ship was met with enthusiasm by the public, and drew the attention of Greek authorities. Thus, more than 2,000 people stepped through the catamaran’s walkway. Moreover, PlanetSolar had the opportunity to welcome local political figures aboard, including Konstantinos Tassoulas, the Greek minister of culture, Giannis Maniatis, the Greek minister of the environment, energy, and climate change, as well as the wife of the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. On the Swiss side, PlanetSolar also notably welcomed Walter Steinmann, director of the Federal Energy Office (OFEN).

Currently, the ship and her crew are sailing towards Venice. They are expected to drop anchor in the City of Doges on September 4.

PlanetSolar underway

PlanetSolar underway - Image credit to PlanetSolar

Preliminary results of the TerraSubmersa Expedition

This Greek-Swiss expedition, led by UNIGE in collaboration with the Laténium of Neuchâtel, the Greek Service for Underwater Antiquities, the Swiss School of Archeology in Greece, and the Hellenic Center for Maritime Research, aimed to explore the prehistoric landscapes that have been submerged by the waters of the Argolic Gulf, in order to map them and to identify any potential traces of human activity.

At the end of the last Ice Age, about 20,000 years ago, the sea level was considerably lower than it is today. By mapping the landscapes that have disappeared underwater, archaeologists hope to understand the dynamics through which coastal zones were populated. In the TerraSubmersa expedition, research focused on the Franchti cave, located on the northern shore of the Bay of Kiladha, which was used for close to 35,000 years, from the Paleolithic to the Neolithic ages.


PlanetSolar - Image credit to PlanetSolar

“We collected fantastic data, whose analysis will take two years of work,” enthuses Julien Beck, the expedition’s lead scientist. “The preliminary results are encouraging!”. In fact, by mapping the seabeds, the researchers found paleobeaches dating back to different periods in prehistory. All signs lead to believe that these beaches were visited by the users of the Franchti cave, in which scientists recovered shells and the fish bones. Furthermore, faults indicating tectonic shifts in the Argolic Gulf have been detected with the echo-sonar installed aboard the solar-powered ship. These faults could explain the difference in depth of the paleobeaches.

New office for Sunreef Yachts in Bahrain

August 20, 2014

Reflecting the increasing interest in Sunreef Yachts in the Middle East, the prominent Polish catamaran builder has announced their expansion into Bahrain, as a subsequent phase of the company’s plans for GCC expansion.

New office for Sunreef Yachts in Bahrain

New office for Sunreef Yachts in Bahrain

After the 3 month presence of 70 Sunreef Power charter yacht DAMRAK II in the Middle East, the shipyard decided to open in 2013 the first office in Dubai (UAE) which was the key step in spreading the brand and product awareness in this area. At the beginning of 2014 the company presented the most outstanding luxurious catamaran models including 90 Sunreef Power yacht and Sunreef 165 ULTIMATE yacht at the Kuwait Yacht Show and Dubai International Boat Show. Furthermore in March 2014 Sunreef Yachts organized a series of exclusive events held in 4 locations in the Gulf region during which the futuristic trimaran concept 210 Power Trimaran was presented – with 64 m in length and almost 1000 m2 living space that makes it the biggest vessel of this type on the market. The hightened interest of the local customers was certainly a reason for the opening of the new local office in Bahrain.

70 Sunreef Power charter yacht DAMRAK II in the fabulous Middle East yacht charter destination - Dubai

70 Sunreef Power charter yacht DAMRAK II in the fabulous Middle East yacht charter destination - Dubai

Surrounded by the crystalline waters of the Persian Gulf, with a rich industry and relaxed cultural rules, “The Kingdom of the two Seas” is a fertile environment for the sale of Sunreef catamarans. At the same time, the Bahrain office will be a portal in which Sunreef Yachts will be able to showcase itself on the broad Middle East yachting market. The company`s vision is to fulfill a gap in the GCC’s leisure marine market with truly unique luxury catamarans, offering much more than typical monohulls – ideal stability, exquisite custom luxury design, incredible space on board, speed, long range and low fuel consumption.

The Sunreef Yachts business in Bahrain will be headed by Anna Nowotarska who is with the shipyard more than 5 years now.