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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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Sailing catamaran Sea-Voyager 83’ concept

December 22, 2014

Luxury sailing catamaran Sea-Voyager 83’ concept has been developed by the Latvian-based design studio, Sea Voyager. Superyacht SV83’ provides maximum comfort both outside and inside.

Luxury sailing yacht Sea-Voyager 83' concept

Luxury sailing yacht Sea-Voyager 83' concept

Exterior

For Sea Voyager team, navigation is a synonym of space and freedom. That’s why they imagined a multi hull that would provide a maximum comfort outside. A special attention was brought to the deck development, in order to allow everybody to fully enjoy the sailing, while aboard.

SV83' superyacht concept - Cockpit

SV83' superyacht concept - Cockpit

Superyacht Sea-Voyager 83' concept - Cockpit

Superyacht Sea-Voyager 83' concept - Cockpit

Interior

Sea voyager team has also ensured that the interiors of the super yacht SV83’ concept provide maximum comfort and luxury. The main concern was to allow guests to navigate all the year, in the same comfort they enjoy in their principal residence. A particular attention was paid to the development of the Owner’s cabin. This features a personal office, which is adjusted in a way to benefit from the latest technologies, in order to offer the possibility to manage one’s business from whatever place in the world.

Sea-Voyager 83' yacht concept - Lounge

Sea-Voyager 83' yacht concept - Lounge

SV83' Yacht Concept - Owners Cabin

SV83' Yacht Concept - Owners Cabin

Exclusive Interview: Southern Italy and Aeolian Islands Yacht Charter aboard Sailing Catamaran OMBRE BLU

December 22, 2014

Melissa and Francesco Candiani of the luxury sailing catamaran OMBRE BLU talk to us about the unforgettable experience to look forward to when embarking on a Southern Italy and Aeolian Islands yacht charter, in addition to cruising around other beautiful places from Sicily to Amalfi, Capri and Sorrento in the Gulf of Naples, or Southern Sardinia to the Emerald Coast (Costa Smeralda) and the Tuscan Isles. Charter Yacht OMBRE BLU is a modern Lagoon 500 crewed catamaran, created for deluxe, high-performance cruising. Savour the authentic Italian hospitality and ‘Dolce Vita’ while discovering new and exciting places along Italy’s finest coastlines.

SY OMBRE BLU - Profile

SY OMBRE BLU - Profile

The idea of yacht charter took shape in 2004 when Melissa Down, an Australian expert in marketing and event organising, and Francesco Candiani, an Italian lawyer from Venice, joined forces.

Since her launch in 2008, luxury catamaran Ombre Blu has enriched lives of over 300 charter guests with unforgettable memories to be cherished for a lifetime. Melissa and Francesco, you are the owners as well as the crew aboard this fantastic charter yacht. What made you decide to embark on this adventure?

“Though we lived thousands of kilometres apart, fate brought us together at a regatta in the Fiji islands. Our parallel destinies had finally crossed. Then and there,  we decided to put our jobs on hold and enjoy an experience in contact with the most fascinating of natural elements: the sea.”

In that same year Melissa joined Francesco in Italy.

“Our shared passion for the “Bel Paese” and exquisite hospitality led us to create an exclusive project: to present the very best of Italy by sea!”

Catamaran OMBRE BLU - Entrance

Catamaran OMBRE BLU - Entrance

Can you describe luxury yacht Ombre Blu to our readers? How many guests is she able to accommodate and what spaces are there for guests to relax and socialise, while they enjoy their stay aboard?

“Ombre Blu is a 51 ft. long (15.54 m) and 26 ft. wide (8.54 m) fly-bridge catamaran. Ombre Blu can accommodate up to six people very comfortably; it has three queen-size guest rooms, all with private bathrooms, air conditioning and Wi-Fi connection. One can relax on the sofa in the salon, fitted with satellite television, DVDs.  Relax on the cushions in the aft cockpit, on the flybridge or in the forward cock-pit on the huge trampoline nets, whilst listening to the state-of-the-art stereo system, apple Tv, airport express and Francesco’s expansive music collection (which could play non-stop for 3 years!).”

OMBRE BLU yacht - Accommodation

OMBRE BLU yacht - Accommodation

“Just as in the best Italian homes, Ombre Blu yacht offers every comfort, especially the galley, which is designed to offer a real tour of Italian food and wines.”

Melissa and Francesco’s goal is to offer extraordinary sensations and emotions – flavoured with the salty tang of the sea – that combine discovering the lesser known corners of the peninsula with warm Italian hospitality and the flavours of authentic Mediterranean cuisine.

Catamaran Yacht OMBRE BLU

Catamaran Yacht OMBRE BLU

What are the advantages of chartering a catamaran as opposed to a monohull?

“OMBRE BLU (Italian for Blue Shadows) is a Lagoon 500 Catamaran.  MCA commercially registered and flying the British flag, she is the perfect vessel in which to cruise in absolute comfort and safety. The main advantage of the catamaran, over a monohull is its stability, which is due to its width.  It is really like a beautiful floating apartment. She is light, modern and airy. She sails wonderfully and does not heel-over like a monohull, which means that you can enjoy all the same comforts of land on the sea (such as drinking from our beautiful hand-made wine glasses from Venice!).”

Italian hospitality is famous throughout the world and Melissa and Francesco have made it their seal of quality by opening up their personal experiences to guests and sharing, their knowledge of the most beautiful places that Italy has to offer by the sea, of the people and the local culture.

Luxury yacht Ombre Blu is available for Mediterranean yacht charters, precisely in Italy. What destinations are included in her itineraries and is there a particular reason for which you have chosen these areas?

“To make the experience really special there is the opportunity to select your route, with itineraries that are tailor-made to suit the client’s wishes. Ombre Blu sails from the Aeolian Islands off Sicily to Amalfi, Capri and Sorrento in the Gulf of Naples, and from Southern Sardinia to the Emerald Coast and the Tuscan Isles.  And when you go ashore, we will put at your disposal all our knowledge of our favourite places, from fine restaurants to wine cellars that open up their doors to reveal how some of Italy’s most famous wines are made: Malvasia delle Lipari, the Biancolella of Ischia, or the Vermentino and Cannonau from Sardinia. We also offer a selection of gourmet itineraries that enable you to discover special and rare gastronomic treats as well as products made by craftsmen according to ancient traditions, such as the ‘Michelin Star Chef’ itinerary on the Amalfi Coast & Gulf of Naples where guests will experience the flavours of three of Italy’s best Michelin Star restaurants in a week.”

Charter Catamaran OMBRE BLU - Alfresco dining

Charter Catamaran OMBRE BLU - Alfresco dining

Francesco is the Captain as well as the Chef on board. Being Italian, he must have the love and passion for food running through his veins! What specialities and types of dishes can guests expect during their holiday?

“Francesco is the king of the kitchen, giving his guests a taste of Italian tradition in recipes that have been handed down by his family. His two sisters in fact own restaurants in the Veneto, where they have become famous for cooking dishes based on seasonal products.”

“The ingredients are selected by Francesco in person and prepared each day according to the tastes of his guests. Combining the flavours of refined cuisine – yet with a genuine home-made appeal, he brings into play various colours, flavours and textures. The art of hospitality is particularly evident at mealtimes: the menus are accompanied by wines that have been specially chosen for the cellar on board in order to offer a real taste of Italy’s various wine regions. The sparkling wine is that much-loved favourite, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. from Bisol, the finest example of Prosecco.”

“Melissa, on the other hand, is in charge of hospitality and attention to details, from the preparation of the table – matched with the colours of that day’s dishes – to the selection of books available in the lounge. Melissa is also passionate about fitness and a masseuse: fine dining is, therefore, coupled with the opportunity to remain in shape and eat healthily.”

OMBRE BLU catamaran

OMBRE BLU catamaran - Cuisine

In addition to being an excellent Chef, Francesco is also a PADI Master Dive Instructor. What does it mean for charter guests?

“Ombre Blu combines the authenticity of a unique, personalised experience with the services of a boutique hotel. Francesco is also a certified PADI master diving instructor, able to accompany into the underwater world both beginners and more experienced divers who wish to improve their level.  Many of our younger guests take their very-first dive, then go on to complete their Open Water Course during their stay on board. Their new qualification arrives to them at home in the post!  Ombre Blu also offers scuba diving in unusual places in order to explore the seabed and look for wrecks, as well as scooter diving, digital underwater photography courses and night diving.”

Luxury yacht OMBRE BLU - Scuba Diving

Luxury yacht OMBRE BLU - Scuba Diving

One other fantastic advantage of chartering Ombre Blu is the luxury of having a personal Massage Therapist aboard. Can you tell us more about this service?

“Surrounded by nature, Ombre Blu guests experience the ultimate in relaxation during their sunset massage, carried out with scented oils on a professional table.

Melissa, is a qualified massage therapist and an expert in toning, relaxing and therapeutic massage, ideal for regenerating the body and mind. She studied Remedial and Sports Massage in Australia and then worked as a contract therapist on Superyachts.”

For those less experienced in yacht charter, what would you say are the main reasons to endeavour on this new adventure?

“With Ombre Blu sailing becomes not only a way to get to know the sea and the splendid views of Italy’s coasts but also a way to enjoy a real Italian experience, getting to know the people that live in these places, their culture and their way of life: an itinerary with a different panorama every day, without ever having to pack and unpack your bags.  On your own personalised and flexible itinerary, everything is taken care of from the moment you arrive!”

“Your own private yacht is your passport to discovery of Italy and its magical islands…”

Lagoon 500 catamaran yacht OMBRE BLU - Sardegna yacht vacations

Lagoon 500 catamaran yacht OMBRE BLU - Sardegna yacht vacations

Romantic getaways or a family yacht charter? Would you recommend Ombre Blu catamaran yacht to both, families as well as couples holidaying with friends?

“The privacy and tranquility aboard Ombre Blu, and the professionalism of its hosts provide the perfect environment for a romantic getaway or a special family time.  The Ombre Blu experience offers something special for everyone!”

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

“There are many activities to be enjoyed, both aboard and ashore.  On board activities include, scuba diving, water skiing, wakeboard, tubing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.  Along the coastline, there is a world of nature, history and culture, including caves, archeological sites, museums and ancient castles.”

OMBRE BLU Catamaran - Kids helping

OMBRE BLU Catamaran - Kids helping

Every group of charter guests is different, with individual desires and expectation. How do you determine a charter itinerary? What is a typical day aboard charter yacht Ombre Blu?

“Before deciding the itinerary, from the moment of the initial enquiry, we ask the client to answer a range of questions such as: what is the demographic of the group, reason for the trip, if they have been to Italy before and where, what are the interests of the group, have they sailed before, how much time they envisage spending ashore/aboard and how they would describe their ‘ideal’ Italian vacation.”

“Based on these answers, we suggest the itinerary that (based on our experience) we think would suit best and then begin to formulate the details based on the number of days they have at their disposition.”

On a more personal note, can you tell us about the most memorable or magnificent experience you have had since on board Ombre Blu?

“The most memorable/magnificent experience was in mid 2014 at the island of Stromboli, this magnificent mountain is the only volcano in the world with constant activity for over two thousand years.

Viewing the frequent eruptions by day is spectacular enough, but at night, it becomes a totally different and unforgettable experience.

Guests can take the guided climb to the top of the crater, or view the flaming colour of the magma in comfort whilst sipping cocktails aboard OMBRE BLU.

In 2014, Stromboli experienced an extra-ordinary period of eruptions.  With our guests, we watched rivers of red lava and rocks spewing down into the sea, from the comfort and safety of the yacht.”

Catamaran Yacht OMBRE BLU - Relaxing in the trampolines

Catamaran Yacht OMBRE BLU - Relaxing in the trampolines

Last but not least, what do you believe makes Ombre Blu unique, compared with other catamarans on the market?

“Ombre Blu is much more than a cruise: it is an opportunity to get to know Italy through a unique experience, tailored exclusively for our guests.

Ombre Blu is also unique, in its offer of All Inclusive itineraries, designed to offer the very best ‘regional, local experience’ in the precious time our clients have available to sail with us.”

ABOUT OMBRE BLU YACHT

Named ‘Blue Shadows’ in Italian, OMBRE BLU is a fantastic Lagoon 500 catamaran measuring 15.54m (51’) launched in 2008, which is fully equipped for Italy yacht charter adventures in style. She was designed by Marc Peteghem and Vincent Lauriot Prevost using the latest technology in modern design. The yacht boasts of excellent seaworthiness and performance. Her wide sweeping windows give sense of spaciousness and bring plenty of natural light into the saloon. Light oak Alpi wood-work and laminated wenge floors give OMBRE BLU yacht a modern and relaxing feel.

The social forward cockpit offers al fresco seating for dining and full panoramic views forward. Amongst the highlights is her helm station on the flybridge. This is a superb space with access from each side and a long six-seater bench.

Accommodation aboard is provided in three spacious double cabins, each with a private en suite bathroom and air conditioning. A total of six charter guests can be accommodated aboard.

SY OMBRE BLU - Anchored

SY OMBRE BLU - Anchored

A FEW WORDS ABOUT SOUTHERN ITALY AND AEOLIAN YACHT CHARTERS

Southern Italy features some of the finest coastlines in the Western Mediterranean and Sicily’s Aeolian Islands are no exception. This volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily is well worth discovering aboard an Aeolian charter yacht, so you can fully appreciate it’s beauty from the comfort of your own vessel. The largest island is Lipari and its port is lined with quaint shopping streets and small Italian fresh food markets. Other islands include Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi and Panarea. As mentioned in the interview, one of the highlights of chartering in this area is viewing the eruptions, both during the day or at night. A truly unforgettable experience!

Luxury OMBRE BLU catamaran yacht- Anchored

Luxury OMBRE BLU catamaran yacht- Anchored

In addition to the Italy’s Aeolian Islands, OMBRE BLU is also available for rent to discover the popular Amalfi Coast, Sorrento in the Gulf of Naples, the island of Capri, Southern Sardinia, the Emerald Coast or Tuscany.

The rates listed on OMBRE BLU catamaran yacht’s listing here are standard charter rates that include only the yacht and the crew, based on 7 nights. All expenses are extra. OMBRE BLU is special in that it can offer specialised all-inclusive packages, such as spa and well-being, walking and volcanoes, cuisine and wine, or dive packages. Please, enquire about the rate and other details by contacting our charter consultants here.

Asia Pacific Superyachts Maldives reports on some of the world’s finest superyachts visiting the Maldives

December 22, 2014

The world’s finest yachts visiting the enchanting Maldives yacht charter destination in 2013 and 2014 included such outstanding vessels as motor yacht Annaluxury yacht Aquamarinacharter yacht Archimedescharter yacht Cloud 9charter yacht Damrak IIM/y PacificM/y Talisman Cmega yacht VavaM/y AldabraM/y EcstaseaM/y PelorusM/y SamaxM/y Diamonds Are Forevercharter yacht Delma;charter yacht Keri Lee; as well as M/y Mayan Queen. All of these have used the services of Asia Pacific Superyachts Maldives as their local agent.

Superyacht MY Legacy at Kuda Bandos Island  'Picnic Island' - a fabulous Maldives yacht holiday destination

Superyacht Legacy at Kuda Bandos Island 'Picnic Island' - a fabulous Maldives yacht holiday destination

Guests explored the natural and unique beauty of the Maldives, visiting many of the country’s wondrous attractions and ‘favorite spots’ of APS Maldives GM, Mohamed Hameed. Favored locations include the penultimate ‘Robinson Crusoe’ experience at the Malé Atoll at Kuda Bandos, of which Mohamed says, “This is a breathtaking island and ideal for a private beach picnic on your first day.”

Another personal favorite of Mohamed’s is Olhahali, a beautiful island that lies at the northern tip of North Malé Atoll and is the locale of the Olhahali Cave. Hameed reports: “This is a fantastic place along with a couple of small caves, presents the main attraction, an enormous cave – 40 metres long at a depth of 25. In addition, the reef here hosts moray eels, stingrays, turtles and puffer fish. Napoleons, white tip sharks and eagle rays are often seen out in the free water and boasts of a long pristine white sandy beach.”

Luxury motor yacht Anna in the Maldives

Luxury motor yacht Anna in the Maldives

A not to be missed experience takes one to a breathtaking island, home to the luxurious Anantara Kihavah Villas. The resort welcomes visitors with an extraordinary feature – a panorama of aquatic life at the world’s only underwater restaurant and wine cellar! Those dining can gaze at hundreds of colourful fish and even large turtles passing right by the windows while enjoying the culinary art and wine. Ending a journey might be to experience the pristine natural beauty of Baa Atoll at Nibiligas & Mendhoo Islands, a perfect finale to a cruising journey.

Remarking on the visiting guests, Mohamed said, “These wonderful yachts cruising in the Maldives (in the atolls) housed private and charter guests onboard with a few exceptions. Many of the guests told us they enjoyed the Maldives and expressed their determination to return in the near future for another holiday.”

Luxury charter yacht Sea Jaguar

Luxury charter yacht Sea Jaguar

Other news of yachting in the Maldives was announced by APS Maldives, of their new charter yacht, the sleekly stunning 31 metre Maiora luxury charter yacht ‘Sea Jaguar’. Management and bookings are out of the APS Maldives office, with yacht charter starting as of December 15, 2014. The APS Maldives team welcomes inquiries and is happy to share information with those interested in a cruising journey in the Maldives.

Sea trials aboard the 70 Sunreef Power Yacht DAMRAK II

December 22, 2014

This month saw Sunreef Yachts representatives, along with local lifestyle and trade media as well as other distinguished guests, have the pleasure to organize sea trials aboard the 70 Sunreef Power charter yacht DAMRAK II. The sea trials aboard DAMRAK II yacht took place in the fabulous Dubai yacht holiday location, nestled in the Middle East.

DAMRAK II - Main

DAMRAK II - Main

During the cruises around the Palm Jumeirah the attendees were happy to witness and experience the stability, great performance, custom design and the enlarged living space that is offered by Sunreef`s catamarans.

Luxury motor yacht DAMRAK II came to UAE from the Maldives and Doha where she was displayed during the Qatar International Boat Show, which took place in November 2014.

DAMRAK II - Cockpit 2

DAMRAK II - Cockpit 2

Luxury charter yacht DAMRAK II was launched by the Sunreef shipyard in 2011.  She is a luxury, fully equipped performance boat in perfect condition and is currently available for sale.

DAMRAK II - Salon 2

DAMRAK II - Salon 2

Since 2013 the popularity of catamarans and the Sunreef brand has been growing in the Middle East region. Sunreef`s custom designed sailing and power ranges keep attracting more and more local superyacht enthusiasts.

New 115’ Power Catamaran Concept by JFA Yachts & Peugeot Design Lab

December 19, 2014

JFA Yachts and Peugeot Design Lab are proud to introduce their new 115’ power catamaran concept. The 115’ JFA and Peugeot Design Lab superyacht concept is 35m long and 14,5m wide. Both partners have developed this project in order to answer new trends on the design market, but also in the design in general.

New 115' Power Catamaran Concept by JFA Yachts and Peugeot Design Lab

New 115' Power Catamaran Concept by JFA Yachts and Peugeot Design Lab

Thanks to its experience on multihull market, JFA Yachts would like to present a power catamaran definitely innovative.

115' JFA and Peugeot Design Lab superyacht concept - side view

115' JFA and Peugeot Design Lab superyacht concept - side view

Compared to conventional monohull motor yachts, catamarans offer large areas (inside and outside) with a high stability (no need of stabilizers), low draft and fuel efficiency.

115' JFA and Peugeot Design Lab Yacht Concept - aft view

115' JFA and Peugeot Design Lab Yacht Concept - aft view

So, Peugeot Design Lab created a power catamaran project with a sportive look dedicated to exploration and remote destinations. This boat proposes large glass area including a sky dome on the upper deck, large glass on sides on main deck with wide glass aft. Aft deck is wide and clear and proposes an easy and safe access to sea. A wide 6.5m tender specifically developed for this superyacht project, would fit perfectly aft in a sheltered area between 2 hulls.

115' JFA and Peugeot Design Lab Yacht Design

115' JFA and Peugeot Design Lab Yacht Design

The 115’ JFA and Peugeot Design Lab luxury yacht project is still a concept up to now and specifications can be developed quickly upon client’s request.

115' JFA and Peugeot Design Lab luxury yacht concept

115' JFA and Peugeot Design Lab luxury yacht concept

Below is a choice of the beautiful charter yachts built by JFA:

New 68m carbon fibre catamaran SV223’ concept by Sea Voyager

December 18, 2014

The Latvian-based design firm, Sea Voyager, is proud to introduce their new 68m carbon fibre catamaran SV223’ concept.  Sea Voyager 223’ superyacht is a new ultra-luxury catamaran, boasting a platform with unusual dimensions,  a fabulous owner’s cabin of over 100m², a dance floor worthy of  the name, a lounge bar for warm nights full of stars, as well as the beach bar next to the second deck.

New 68m mega yacht SV223' concept by Sea Voyager

New 68m mega yacht SV223' concept by Sea Voyager

Sea Voyager takes inspiration from the thought ‘Born To Be a Wave’, a concept that brings together men, the sea and a ship.

Sea Voyager 223’ yacht concept is the evolution of the studio’s original concept and represents the ‘ultimate boat size’.

The studio’s thinking was to develop a new approach to the use of the technology, with a desire to create a very large catamaran, which would be able to navigate under sail with performance of 18/20 knots, while providing the maximum comfort, permitted by the size of luxury yacht Sea-Voyager 223’ concept.

New 68m catamaran SV223' concept by Sea Voyager

New 68m catamaran SV223' concept by Sea Voyager

Born To Be a Wave’ is the pleasure of living at the sea, without fear and with a worry-free spirit. The possibility of organising receptions, invite friends for a long crossing is what the studio wanted to offer with Sea-Voyager 223’ yacht concept. The lines are stretched but do not restrict the extraordinary capabilities of comfort, resulting in an amazing freedom of expression for the layout, consisting of two levels.

Level 1 is dedicated to places of common life aboard with a Lounge/Night bar of 120m2 and a reception room of 240m2.

Level 2 is exceptional, there is nothing that can compare to a Double deck, offering 2 distinct platforms: a ‘Master Cabin’ which represents a suite of 100m2 accessible by a private elevator, overlooking the bedroom area to starboard, with a king size bed and a desk. There is also a fully-equipped bathroom and the dressing room, in addition to a private 50m2 terrace and an outdoor walkway.

SV223' Yacht Concept from above

SV223' Yacht Concept from above

The front platform meets the helm area and ‘Beach deck’. Sea-Voyager 223 yacht is expected to reach the speeds of 18/20 knots.

-          The ‘beach deck’ is a space of 230m2, with ‘long cocktail bar’, with a dozen long-chairs. It also provides an exceptional  view of the sea.

-          The helm station of 90m2 is well visible and accessible to guests and ensures secure maneuvers. There is also a small seating area with a sofa.

The hulls host 4-6 generous guest cabins. There are also well-equipped galleys, which are able to serve dinner for receptions.

SV223' superyacht concept - aft view

SV223' superyacht concept - aft view

The storage capacity of Sea-Voyager 223’ superyacht concept, whatever the latitude, permits to travel around the world in maximum comfort, under sail or motor. The crew, needed for such a yacht, can be comfortably accommodated in a captain’s cabin and crew cabins. Access to engine rooms, galleys and crew cabins is separated from guest accommodation.

On the back side of the hulls, there is access to garages dedicated to water sports equipment. A side door on port side allows to launch a small tender of 7m. In addition, the two beach decks on the back of the hulls are fitted to host a small helicopter.

Sea Voyager luxury yacht SV223' concept

Sea Voyager luxury yacht SV223' concept

General Specifications of luxury yacht Sea Voyager 223’ concept:

LOA 68m (223’)

Waterline length 66m (220’)

Beam 28.50m (93’5’’)

Water draught 5.90m (2’20’’)

Air draught 64m (210’)

Main mast 60m (196’8’’)

Displacement (Lightship) approx. 620 tons

Speed range 18 to 25 knots

Engines:

Power 2×1200/1500 kW

Fuel capacity 2x74000L

Water capacity 2x14000L

Conception

Designer Sea-Voyager

Naval Architecture Duchatelet Design

Construction (Standard version)

Hull Aluminium

Deck Composite

Mast Aluminium

Construction (Hight-tech)

Hull Carbon Fiber

Deck Carbon Fiber

Mast Carbon Fiber

Latest 35m cruising catamaran SOLSTICE concept by Andrew Trujillo

December 08, 2014

Yacht and Superyacht designer, Andrew Trujillo, is proud to present his latest 35m (115’) twin mast cruising catamaran Solstice concept. The UK-based designer conceived superyacht Solstice concept as a result of conversations with a Naval Architect friend of his, who was currently testing a small twin mast recreational Catamaran.

Latest 35m catamaran Solstice concept by Andrew Trujillo

Latest 35m catamaran Solstice concept by Andrew Trujillo

“The conversation fired my imagination and brought to mind an old university project.  I recall that at University I had designed a catamaran and quite early on I realised that the conventional central placement of masts on the majority of Catamarans, although practical for most applications, is not ideal from a structural point of view. I have had the chance and privilege to be involved in a catamaran project with a very respected production catamaran manufacturer of late and I thought it would be fun to try something a little experimental for myself. Naturally, twin rig catamarans are not new, with many racing and performance examples available, but I thought a cruising cat would be an interesting conceptual challenge, hence Solstice….”

“Early this year I produced a 45metre concept fast catamaran named “Equinox” (a fast power catamaran), so “Solstice” was the natural name and type of design to come up with, I felt. I happen to believe that the future of yachting will be vessels of this type, comfortable, spacious and efficient, with genuine environmental credentials.

Although conceived to be built in Aluminium, she could naturally be built of GRP. Personally, I think that Aluminium would suit her well, but as a concept what she is built of is a little more flexible…”

Luxury yacht Solstice concept - aft view

Luxury yacht Solstice concept - aft view

Luxury yacht Solstice concept is shy of 38 metres (125’) long overall to the tip of the bowsprit (although named a 35metre as that is closer to the length of vessels she would be compared to) with a beam of just over 21 metres (69’), she is in reality, simply vast for a vessel of this length. The space available on the main deck has the potential to become a more impressive space than that available on larger yachts, offering interesting possibilities akin to a residential loft with the large open plan area.  The main deck alone boasts (2,712 square feet) 250 m2 .

As with “Equinox”, the previous concept design, the overall layout has been planned to provide maximum privacy and quiet for the guests, with the starboard pontoon dedicated solely for Guests whilst the Port pontoon is for use by crew for accommodation, laundry and galley functions. Solstice has been designed to carry 8 Guests, and between 7 and 14 crew.

Solstice superyacht concept underway

Solstice superyacht concept underway

Sited on the port side of central part (tunnel) of the super yacht Solstice concept is the main salon area large formal dining area to seat 14, with a buffet area next to it. A partly shielded pantry serves the dining area. The starboard side and part of the centre has a large lounge area, a smaller and more intimate seating space, a library and card tables. The space aft of the dining area has been planned to have either a grand piano or a large billiards /snooker table.

The helm and pilothouse area is also placed to starboard with the main helm positioned ahead of the starboard mast base, whilst the chart tables and remainder of the pilothouse is placed aft of the mast.

Super yacht Solstice concept from above

Super yacht Solstice concept from above

The starboard pontoon has accommodation for a Master cabin fore, with a large ensuite bathroom which includes a bathtub and separate shower, his and hers sinks and large walk in wardrobe. Aft of the Owner’s cabin are two double VIP cabins and a twin cabin. Each pontoon has an area of 125m2 (1,345 square feet). The total space available is closer to that of a 45-47 Metre motor yacht.

The Port pontoon has three cabins which depending on configuration can be set out as two twins and a triple cabin or if Pullmans are used, three triples. Alternatively, if each crew cabin has bunks throughout, there is the potential to have a total of 14 crew. Each cabin has its own head, which is of a modular design, intended to be prefabricated before installation on the vessel.

Solstice yacht concept - aft view

Solstice yacht concept - aft view

The pontoon also has a large professional galley and an aft sited crew mess area. Laundry facilities are also available off the long corridor along with copious storage. The part height lower deck space  on the tunnel between the pontoons and beneath the main salon area is allocated to tankage and technical space, but also can be allocated for further storage and for supplies.

Perhaps one of the most distinctive features of this cruising catamaran is the twin mast set up. Although the visuals show two large and impressive masts, the advantage of this twin mast setup is that, in theory, as on a ketch or schooner, the masts need not be as large as when using a single mast. I understand that having smaller masts confers a number of advantages, in terms of handling and from a structural point of view. Each mast is sited on a pontoon, this means that they are mounted on very rigidly, and the compression loads are channelled on a part of the vessel that has plenty of structure and strength. A further advantage is that the vessel can sail effectively with rigging on just one of the masts, so she has an element of redundancy, which can be a definite bonus on a vessel designed to be capable of long distance and global cruising.

Catamaran Solstice concept - front view

Catamaran Solstice concept - front view

Solstice yacht is though, a motor sailer, but one with other modern surprises. She features electric azipods which greatly enhance the manoeuvrability, but also have been selected on grounds of packaging and space efficiency. She has two generators in the engine rooms mounted transversally. These not only provide the necessary electrical juice to provide propulsion when not under sail, but also deliver the needed power to fulfil the hotel loads of the yacht. This configuration allows the vessel to work as a hybrid and if provision is made by placing banks of batteries, she can operate as an electrically powered vessel, at least partly. She would also have the potential to use the prop as a generator when under sail, making her environmentally kinder and a much more efficient vessel, massively extending her potential range.

Solstice superyacht has a fly-bridge which offers great overall visibility and is great vantage point with two sunbeds and seating to accompany the helmsperson. The outdoor spaces are also enormous, with the current set up having a large aft dining table to starboard for alfresco dining and a very generous sofa on the port side. Between the two is a large whirlpool.

Solstice superyacht concept - side view

Solstice superyacht concept - side view

On the foredeck there are twin tables and generous seating areas, which at the switch of button and by placing large cushions can be converted into a sun lounging space.

This yacht is a conceptual project, therefore it seeks to push the boundaries a little but is intentionally thought out with a sense of realism, yet it has the aim of being thought provoking. It also seeks to some extent move away from being very upright and overtly functional looking or odd looking catamaran. Naturally catamarans do look and have different proportions to mono-hulled vessels. Arguably, as a designer the possibilities are greater to experiment. However, the most compelling aspect of designing a vessel like this one is that it seems to answer so many of the questions being asked at present.

35m twin mast catamaran Solstice concept - Plan

35m twin mast catamaran Solstice concept - Plan

Basic Specifications of Solstice yacht concept:

LOA 37.6m (125’)

Beam 21m (69’)

GT : approx. 490.

Area: Starboard pontoon 125 m2 (1345 sq ft)/Port Pontoon 125m2/Main salon 252m2 (2712 sq ft)

Cruising speed (estimated) 25 knots

Guest accommodation: 8 guests

Crew accommodation : Up to 14 crew

New 115ft motor yacht 115 Sunreef Power concept introduced by Sunreef Yachts

December 02, 2014

Due to the increasing interest in large units, the Sunreef Yachts shipyard is proud to introduce the latest 115ft motor yacht 115 Sunreef Power concept. Superyacht 115 Sunreef Power represents an architectural and design continuation of the revolutionary 90 Sunreef Power yacht – a luxury catamaran presented last year, characterized by impeccable sporty lines, a sublime form, as well as infinite interior possibilities.

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

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

The 115 Sunreef Power yacht concept was prepared for Clients who highly appreciate all the best features of catamarans – superyachts, such as increased surface or unusual stability while sailing combined with the luxurious “custom” finishings which characterize all Sunreef units. The main idea was to make the living space as big as possible – 680m2. The vessel will be able to accommodate up to 12 guests in very comfortable conditions. The project provides countless solutions, which eventually will be matched to the requirements of the Owner.

The first (exemplary proposal) layout of the luxury yacht 115 Sunreef Power created by the Sunreef’s Designers consists of an impressive 80 m2 saloon situated on the main deck next to the spacious cockpit. The same level includes a kitchen with a pantry, an office, a gym, and located in the bow section, a 50 square meter master cabin with a separate dressing room and a luxurious bathroom. The windows offer an amazing panoramic view of the surroundings as well as the huge breathtaking 60-meter terrace set at the front of the boat. Foldable side balconies are an option on the main deck. The hulls are accessible from the saloon through separate stairs. To ensure maximum comfort, all of the 5 cabins have private entrances, en-suite bathrooms and lots of storage space.

Luxury yacht 115 Sunreef Power concept

Luxury yacht 115 Sunreef Power concept

The navigation station is proposed to be on the flybridge where another 70-meter saloon and a comfortable lounging area are located. The increased garage space on the lower deck can accommodate a motor dinghy for 12 people, 2 jet skis, a diving set and 4 sea bobs. The 115 Sunreef Power superyacht is a true floating villa with all amenities, which will be designed by the Sunreef’s architectural Team according to the needs of the Owner.

The latest offer of the shipyard delights with its form, sophisticated style and an intelligently layed out usable area. The exemplary interior arrangement includes shades of brown, beige and gray complemented by noble animal motifs. The concept stands out due to its lightness, as well as its innovative compositions of light. This superyacht is a combination of passion for sailing, elegance and high performance. Super yacht 115 Sunreef Power may be equipped with the standard drive, VOLVO IPS system or Water Jet. The boat will remain indifferent to anyone who loves to celebrate life and always wants to be a step ahead of others.

115 Sunreef Power Yacht - Layout

115 Sunreef Power Yacht - Layout

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

Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show 2014: Busy first day

November 28, 2014

The largest showcase of marine and luxury lifestyle in the enchanting Thailand yacht charter location, opened in Pattaya yesterday, on November 27, 2014, with 105 businesses as well as products exhibiting in 14,000 sqm of space at the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show. The event is being hosted by Ocean Marina, the largest luxury yacht marina in South East Asia, and will last until Sunday, November 30, 2014. The first day was marked by record numbers of visitors that had an opportunity to enjoy the displays and activities at the third annual Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show.

OMPBS 2014 Opening

Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show 2014 Opening

The USD40 million line-up of luxury sail and powerboats in-the-water ranges from small day trip boats up to those for extended cruising and the largest in the Show, the 115-foot superyacht Phatsara. Attracting a lot of attention on the first day was the world’s first solar-assisted luxury catamaran, the Heliotrope 65. Designed in Thailand and built at the Bakri Cono Shipyard in Ocean Marina, the Heliotrope team were busy fielding enquiries from visitors and media alike today.

Many of the world’s top boat brands are on display and represented at the Show, including Princess Yachts, Azimut Yachts, Cranchi, Beneteau, CNB Yachts, Lagoon Catamarans, Monte Carlo Yachts, Carver Yachts, Century Boats, Boston Whaler and more.

Onshore, the top yachting brands are joined by leading auto marques Rolls Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin, Porsche and Ducati while elsewhere in the Show visitors can enjoy everything from boat accessories, services and insurance, to charter, water sports, marine toys and gadgets, luxury real estate, fashion and jewellery.

Aerial view of OMPBS 2014

Ocean Marina, the largest marina in South East Asia, home of the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show

“Now in it’s third year, the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show has grown to become Thailand’s largest exhibition of marine and lifestyle. The number of exhibitors this year has increased and the quality is the best yet. The depth and diversity of exhibitors shows that Thailand’s marine and lifestyle sector is robust and has a bright future,” said Mrs. Supatra Angkawinijwong, Deputy Managing Director of Ocean Property, the organisers.

Extended this year to be held over four days, organisers introduced the Boat & Yacht Thailand 2014 Conference on 28th November – a first of its kind in Thailand – and with the theme of ‘Green Boating’ as well as the two-day International Fishing Boat Competition held 29th and 30th November.

Highlights for visitors include free yacht cruises, luxury car test drives, kayak and paddle boat experiences, an open-air drinks and food festival with live band, jetpack flying board and radio control power boat demonstrations, games and much more.

The Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show is open Thursday 27th to Saturday 29th November from  11:00 to 19:00, and from 11:00 to 18:00 on Sunday 30th November. Entry is free.

Three Units of the new Sunreef 74 Sailing Yacht Line to be launched soon

November 28, 2014

Sunreef Yachts is thrilled to announce that three units of the new sailing yacht Sunreef 74 model will be launched at the beginning of next year. The all-new luxury yacht Sunreef 74 was created in 2014, replacing Sunreef 70 yacht from the sailing line. She is based on the experience of the shipyard’s design team in the super-yacht range.

Luxury sailing yacht Sunreef 74

Luxury sailing yacht Sunreef 74

The first unit named sailing yacht WildBerry, which will be launched within the next months, is a private yacht adapted for on board living and consists of many comfortable areas and numerous storage spaces as the owners are planning long cruises. The yacht will comfortably accommodate 6 guests and 2-3 crew members.

Sunreef 74 Yacht - Interior

Sunreef 74 Yacht - Interior

Two other boats, twin catamarans manufactured for an Italian customer, luxury yacht 19th Hole and Blue Deer yacht, are aimed for luxury yacht charter and will be available in the Mediterranean. The layout of both boats provides room for up to 10 guests in 2 double cabins and 2 twin, convertible to double, cabins with pullman beds, making these luxury catamarans perfect charter yachts for groups of friends and families. They delight with an outstanding liveability due to their maximized indoor and outdoor space, comfort and high performance.

Luxury yacht Sunreef 74 - Interior

Luxury yacht Sunreef 74 - Interior

The 19th Hole yacht is an innovative boat which stands out thanks to its striking color combination of bright white, cool graphite, dark ebony and splashes of gem-toned hues whilst luxury yacht Blue Deer is characterized by a sophisticated urban chic color scheme accentuated by luxe linens in bold ruby and emerald jewel-toned shades.

Sunreef 74 Yacht - Cabin

Sunreef 74 Yacht - Cabin

The Sunreef 74 yacht represents a perfect balance between luxury, stunning style, high performance and advanced innovations.

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