Luxury Trimarans Luxury Yacht & Superyacht News

69m trimaran motor yacht Project SUBSEE by Sylvain Viau Design (SVDesign)

December 11, 2014

The new 69m trimaran motor yacht Project Subsee is currently under development at the French design studio, Sylvain Viau Design (SVDesign). Superyacht Project Subsee has been designed for exploration trips, but will also be able to be used for luxury yacht charter operations.

69m mega yacht Project Subsee by SVDesign

69m mega yacht Project Subsee by SVDesign

The long travelling 69m mega yacht Project Subsee is especially dedicated to operate between 2 and 4 leisure submarines dependent on the size, and to lift them with a fully integrated lifting system.

Trimaran yacht Project Subsee - side view

Trimaran yacht Project Subsee - side view

Motor yacht Project Subsee from above

Motor yacht Project Subsee from above

Luxury yacht Project Subsee - aft view

Luxury yacht Project Subsee - aft view

Trimaran configuration will provide a high cruising speed and a particularly long range compared to traditional superyachts.

Subsee Yacht Concept - Helideck located afterwards can accomodate a wide variety of civilian aircrafts

Subsee Yacht Concept - Helideck located afterwards can accommodate a wide variety of civilian aircrafts

Propulsion set of luxury yacht Project Subsee is based on diesel-electric configuration, with gensets integrated into side hulls to provide a silent as well as comfortable cruise.

Subsee superyacht concept - Main deck with subs

Subsee superyacht concept - Main deck with subs

Subsee yacht concept - A fully integrated lifting system

Subsee yacht concept - A fully integrated lifting system

Main characteristics of super yacht Project Subsee

LOA: 69.00m

Beam: 30.00m

Draft: 4.40m

Displacement: 1300 T

Speed: 19kts

New Xhibitionist Event Yacht concept released by NEDSHIPGROUP

November 18, 2014

NEDSHIPGROUP is proud to introduce a new and innovative commercial Super Yacht project, based on the trimaran yacht Xhibitionist concept by Eduard Gray. The designers as well as naval architects from NEDSHIP have created an amazing business tool out of the extreme Xhibitionist superyacht design.

New Xhibitionist Event Super Yacht concept by NEDSHIPGROUP

New Xhibitionist Event Super Yacht concept by NEDSHIPGROUP

The project idea is, to bring in all such called “Nicki and Cocco Beach Club” VIP guests to an extraordinary other place like this 70m Super Yacht. There are many other event boats on the market, more or less to entertain tourists, but none of them are focused on the other end of the scale, to the HNWHI guests and sophisticated clients like Luxury brands or other successful companies.

The Xhibitionist Event Super Yacht offers a valuable and remarkable business tool either in addition to existing operators or as well as for a stand alone professional Business tool.

There are so many solutions and possibilities on this concept as the yacht is open to all activities. You can run a Michelin Star Restaurant, a Bar/Disco club, Fashion Shows, Product Placements, Casinos, Weddings, Private VIP Parties and many more. The flexibility is endless and you can go to your event and not the event has to come to you. For sure, this yacht would be completely rent out during every F1 GP, Cannes Film Festival, Monaco Yacht Show or whatever….

•  Luxury restaurant between 220 up to 350 volume seats

•  for bar/disco Events more than 600 guests

•  Conference seating

•  Many Lounge areas

•  LOA 70 m and beam 19 m

•  diesel electric hybrid system with MME turbine generators

•  an autonomy use only on batteries for several hours

•  fast charging battery banks

•  safe operations based on a trimaran hull

The investment is low in comparison to a high standard luxury 70m Yacht. Also there could be discussed a yacht version out from this concept.

Rise in the use of iPad control on board Superyachts

October 31, 2014

Superyacht industry has seen a sudden rise in the use of iPad control on board superyachts, thanks to the recent software advancements. Since the launch of motor yacht Adastra in 2012, the demand for similar systems has increased, as stated by Daragh O’Higgins, managing director at TechWorX, based in Phuket, Thailand.

Superyacht Adastra

Superyacht Adastra

Daragh O’Higgins commented, “These systems consist of a central processor that connects to all the equipment you want to control. It then for example, switches the TV to the right channel, turns on the Blu-ray player and dims the lights to watch a movie by just pressing one button on the iPad. It then switches to a page where you have all the controls you need for the Blu-ray player. This is just one of many different scenarios you can set.”

Currently, the majority of larger superyachts will have a form of tablet-control system on board, but how much they control is increasing. Daragh continued, “It has been standard practice for many years to have automation systems on yachts, but this has typically meant expensive touch panels that sometimes cost 10k+ USD.

Technology on board a Superyacht

Technology on board a Superyacht

“The rise of the iPad has made automation more common and affordable. As the tablets become faster and automation controllers drop in price and become easier to install, it will be common place in all areas of a yacht.”

With smart technology on the incline, it is likely all new build superyachts will be installed with similar systems on board in the future.

TechWorX was established in 2008 and is a market leader for home entertainment & IT systems on board superyachts.

New Zealand superyacht specialist Integrated Marine Group celebrating 10 years of business

October 30, 2014

New Zealand superyacht specialist, Integrated Marine Group (IMG), is thrilled to be celebrating 10 years of business this year. Established in 2004, IMG has built itself a solid reputation as superyacht agents, as well as specialists in superyacht refit, service and repair in New Zealand and the South Pacific. The company has also forged good commercial ties, with their recent investment into Shipco 360, a Whangarei-based facility, specializing in commercial work.

The IMG team (l to r Dave Low, Tony Whiting, Rachel Harrison, Mark Wightman and Munesh Sharma)

The IMG team (l to r Dave Low, Tony Whiting, Rachel Harrison, Mark Wightman and Munesh Sharma)

Led by Managing Director Mark Wightman, IMG has a highly experienced long-standing team and strong core values, which Wightman credits for the company’s success. “Our team is at the heart of all we do,” he says. “We have always stuck to our principles and our core values focusing on quality and dependability. These are the kind of things that help a company to outlast others, and we are very proud that we have always had great feedback from those who use us.” As well as their own central team, IMG also works with a proven network of longstanding partner companies to ensure their consistently high standards of work are always maintained.

IMG has gone from strength to strength over the years, with several initiatives enhancing their global roots. The yacht support division has worked with, and undertaken exchanges with Lunautica, based in Nice, Hamburg and Valencia. In 2012 IMG also partnered with Spanish yard Atollvic to provide a global full-service offering to yachts in their network. One yacht that has taken full advantage of this service is 58m charter yacht Seawolf, which is now in for her third refit with the companies since the partnership was formed.

Every project the team has worked on has been unique, and understanding the custom nature of the superyacht industry has been an important factor in IMG’s wider success. “All the projects we have worked on have been notable in their own way,” said Wightman. “It is always a privilege to work on and with these incredible yachts.” Over the years IMG has maintained a high number of repeat customers, which Wightman says is a hugely gratifying testament to the quality of service that IMG offers.

One repeat customer is the Royal Huisman-built 58m sailing yacht Ethereal, which visited New Zealand for the two consecutives summers of 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 “The owners decided to visit New Zealand because of the the beautiful and dynamic cruising on offer, but also due to the unparalleled quality that the marine services there have to offer as well,” said James Turner, relief captain/first mate on Ethereal. “Each occasion involved owners cruising along with significant refit/maintenance and survey work and during each of our visits we enlisted the invaluable assistance of Integrated Marine Group. The IMG team gave us not just reliable, efficient and quality workmanship at a competitive rate but also fantastic shore side and logistical support ready at a drop of hat. Furthermore IMG assisted with the budgeting and financial side of the refit work, which in turn saved a lot of time, effort and stress.”

Key projects for IMG over the last ten years have included:

49m M/Y Karima (Amels) – A split refit, with the owners taking time to cruise between works periods, Karima underwent a major refit between October 2007 and February 2009. Work included the installation of a new helicopter deck, survey work, a new Quantum Stabiliser system and significant interior work.

56m S/Y Zenji (Perini Navi) – The eight-month refit on Zenji in 2009 was a large-scale project that included her five-year ABS survey, and interior refurbishment and extensive engineering and systems work. “The refit [of Zenji] was the largest in monetary expenditure, scale and complexity to ever be undertaken in New Zealand at that time. The combination of work required was beyond extensive and made seemingly effortless by the strong leadership that IMG brought to the eight month yard period.” – Bradley Tong, Refit Manager, Zenji.

58m M/Y Seawolf (J&K Smit) – The five-month refit that Seawolf underwent in Auckland in 2012, is one of many the yacht has since undertaken within the IMG-Atollvic partnership. Work done included the refurbishment of the owner’s area, repaint of upper deck area, engineering and systems work. “IMG has great group trades under their wing. They want to do a good job for you and are passionate about what they do. There was no warranty work to speak of, drive away [with] no issues, and they were realistic with timelines and meeting them.” – Captain Drarg Richards, Seawolf.

61.4m M/Y White Rabbit Echo (North West Bay Ships Pty) – The owners of trimaran White Rabbit Echo brought the yacht all the way from Singapore to have her refit work undertaken with IMG in 2013. Work done included New Zealand’s biggest ever paint job, with 3,400m2 of paint applied. Other jobs included underwater work and a survey.

The IMG team is now looking forward to the next ten years of business, with a busy workbook ahead. Upcoming projects include refit work on the 42.5m Royal Huisman-built S/Y Juliet, a repeat customer of IMG, and 73m SilverYachts-built M/Y Dragonfly.

New 53m trimaran motor yacht GALAXY by Latitude Yachts with delivery in Summer 2015

October 24, 2014

Latvia-based shipyard, Latitude Yachts, has proudly announced that their latest project, motor yacht Galaxy, has been sold. Designed by Coste Design & Partners, superyacht Galaxy is a striking 53-metre trimaran, scheduled for delivery in Summer 2015.

53m trimaran yacht Galaxy by Latitude Yachts

53m trimaran yacht Galaxy by Latitude Yachts

Luxury yacht Galaxy is a three-deck luxury all-composite trimaran driven by two MTU 16V 2000 M94 marine diesels (2600 bhp each) that ensure a top speed of 28 knots and a cruising speed of 20 knots. The estimated range at economical cruising speed at half load displacement using two engines and one generator is  2700NM at 10 knots. Still, this thrilling performance and top-notch engineering are not the only strengths of the vessel.

Breath-taking aggressive shape and sharp lines give super yacht Galaxy the look of a graceful beast. The interior decoration, on the other side, is designed in mild colour scheme and is remarkable for its elegancy, absolute comfort and discrete luxury. A well-balanced mix of rare and exclusive materials gives Galaxy an unforgettable style.

Superyacht Galaxy under construction

Superyacht Galaxy under construction

Accommodating up to 6 guests and 6 crew members , the layout of trimaran yacht Galaxy is perfectly planned. It features three different social areas: the saloon under the superstructure, exposed deck and flybridge with a sundeck for real sun enthusiasts.  Amongst the other amenities offered by this trimaran are huge harmonious open spaces, large pool/jacuzzi on the sundeck, the presence of a big garage for a 5-m tender and additional aft garage for 2 wave runners, satisfying the needs for any kind of water fun activities. And it will be quite an unusual tender. At a request of the owner, Galaxy will be hiding within its hull a Sealegs recreational amphibious marine craft.

Designers of CDP managed to create a spectacular masterpiece that is going to become a place of infinite tranquillity, realising dreams and sublime atmosphere. All in all this is more an art project than a usual water craft.

Galaxy Yacht Specification

LOA: 53m

Length on the waterline: 52m

Beam: 17m

Draught: 2m

Engines: 2x2600bhp

Light displacement: 158T

Successful Monaco Yacht Show 2014 for Heirlooms

October 21, 2014

Heirlooms Ltd, the prestigious linen company based in UK’s West Sussex, is proud to announce a very successful Monaco Yacht Show 2014. The signs are encouraging.

Heirlooms at MYS 2014

Heirlooms at MYS 2014

“Although it felt like the foot fall was down the quality of visitors to the stand was very encouraging. We certainly noticed more owners, Chief Stewardesses and third party suppliers coming to see us,” commented Ruth Douglas, General Manager at Heirlooms.

“Visitors absolutely loved the new Jacquard designs and textures of our showcase lines including sensational laces, eye catching crystals and metallic embroideries, as well as the fabulous new children’s range which attracted considerable praise”, added Ruth.

Heirlooms were also honoured by displaying a stunning glass sculpture by the renowned glass artist Jan Frydrych. The sculpture was on loan by Crystal Caviar and attracted a great deal of interest from potential buyers.

One highlight of the week was the Heirlooms cocktail party to celebrate 30 years in business. The party played host to past a present clients including a number of Superyacht owners who had the chance to have a personal viewing of the latest collections over a glass of Champagne.

The Chairman of Heirlooms, George Reynolds, flew in especially for the event and was on hand to personally thank clients for their support. “We are delighted to be celebrating our 30th anniversary here at the Monaco Yacht Show. From the very start in 1984 Heirlooms has aspired to manufacture the worlds finest bed, table and bathroom linens, made to measure for yachts, aircraft, hotels, palaces and private residences” commented Mr Reynolds.

“The companies extensive list of customers and our ever growing skilled workforce is testament to the success that has been achieved in the past 30 years and we look forward to continued growth and success. We are constantly evolving to remain at the forefront of design and to meet the needs of our clients,” further added Mr Reynolds.

Heirlooms extensive experience has culminated in working on hundreds of yacht projects including M/Y Solandge, M/Y Octopus, M/Y Dubai, charter yacht Maltese Falcon, S/Y Hemisphere, M/Y Sealyon (ex Candyscape 2), mega yacht Nivana, motor yacht Nataly (ex Amnesia IV), M/Y Adastra and charter yacht Excellence V to name but a few. Residential projects include the exclusive One Hyde Park and The Lancaster’s.

Heirlooms have an extensive range of luxurious linens in both plain and jacquard including 1000 thread count cotton satin, 800tc cotton percale and their popular Classic Plain 570 thread count Egyptian cotton satin as well as quality and durable crew linens.

Heirlooms are the only UK linen manufacturer to hold the Royal Warrants to supply linens to the household of both Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales as well as many other International Royal Families.

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.

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.

Roland Friedberger of RF Yachts introduces 135m motor yacht ASSINA concept

June 16, 2014

Germany-based designer Roland Friedberger of RF Yachts is proud to present the latest motor yacht Assina concept. Superyacht Assina concept is a breath-taking 135m trimaran, boasting an impressive beam of 28 meters.

New 135m superyacht Assina concept by Roland Friedberger of RF Yachts

New 135m superyacht Assina concept by Roland Friedberger of RF Yachts

Externally, luxury yacht Assina concept features a beautiful Sundeck with Wheelhouse and Gym, and a 84-sqm round pool. There is also a large front deck with heliport, which can be fitted with 2 tennis courts, while the private sun deck for the owners offers two popular Jaccuzzis.

Luxury mega yacht Assina concept

Luxury mega yacht Assina concept

Trimaran Assina concept

Trimaran Assina concept

The lower deck of Assina superyacht concept is dedicated to crew and garages, the wellness spa and the diving club. The generous floating tender garage can also provide space for a swim island or a submarine.

Luxury yacht Assina concept

Luxury yacht Assina concept

Assina Yacht Design

Assina Yacht Design

Internally, super yacht Assina concept features a beautiful and generous 650-700 sqm panorama Salon, providing a 270-degree view from the center point. The Salon can be also used for live bands or as a theater, and can comfortably accommodate for dinner an impressive number of 300 guests.

Super yacht Assina concept - aft view

Super yacht Assina concept - aft view

Assina yacht concept - Tender Garage

Assina yacht concept - Tender Garage

The main deck of Assina yacht concept is dedicated to up to 36 Guests and the large galley. All cabins boast an impressive size. The owner’s cabin is of 250 sqm, the VIP cabin of 60 sqm and the guest cabins of 40 sqm each.

Aboard Assina superyacht concept

Aboard Assina superyacht concept

Assina superyacht concept - Exterior

Assina superyacht concept - Exterior

Among a large number of benefits of Assina yacht concept as a multihull vessel is her stability. She is able to provide comfortable and excellent performance even in rough seas.

McConaghy Boats announces establishment of New Zealand office and increased focus on superyacht sector

May 12, 2014

McConaghy Boats is thrilled to announce that they are to apply their race boat acumen and technology to the superyacht sector, with a dedicated move into the large yacht market. This new focus will complement the company’s ongoing work in the sub 30m sector, where they are known as the world’s leading specialist composite boat manufacturers.

Luxury charter yacht Leopard 3 built by McConaghy Boats - Photo credit to Andrea Francolini

Luxury charter yacht Leopard 3 built by McConaghy Boats - Photo credit to Andrea Francolini

Previous high profile superyacht projects from McConaghy Boats include the multi-award winning trimaran yacht Adastra and Mike Slade’s racing heavyweight charter yacht Leopard 3. The company is now looking to build on this experience and actively market themselves as builders of high quality performance focused carbon superyachts.

Part of this strategy includes the establishment of a New Zealand office to add to the company’s existing presence in Australia, where the company is headquartered, and Hong Kong. The New Zealand office will be run by highly experienced superyacht personnel Rodney Martin and Paul Vivian, both formerly of Fitzroy Yachts, and they will be joined by a team of six to eight experienced design and engineering staff. The New Zealand team’s prime focus will be on marketing the company within the superyacht sector and working on design programmes for the McConaghy Group.

Luxury superyacht Adastra built by McConaghy Boats

Luxury superyacht Adastra built by McConaghy Boats

“New Zealand has a well deserved reputation as a country of yachtsmen and of driving advances in the sailing sector,” said Rodney Martin. “The new McConaghy New Zealand office will perfectly complement the existing McConaghy facilities, and ensure that customers are on the receiving end of both New Zealand’s and McConaghy’s world-class innovation.”

Managing Directors of McConaghy Boats, Mark Evans and Jono Morris are delighted to have secured two such well known names in the superyacht industry. “Rodney, Paul and their team have a wealth of experience and expertise in the superyacht industry, the recent projects that they have managed have been recognised as setting new standards for quality and finish,” said Morris. “Mark and I see great potential for projects in both Sydney and China in both the commercial and recreational marine sectors with this level of expertise within our organisation.”

Rodney Martin - McConaghy Boats NZ

Rodney Martin - McConaghy Boats NZ

Composite construction is increasingly the build material of choice for those owners seeking fast sailing yachts capable of winning results in the ever-popular superyacht regattas. With such a strong history and their newly strengthened superyacht team, McConaghy will present a hugely attractive and affordable option for superyacht owners.

Founded in 1967 McConaghy Boats has built a formidable reputation as a yacht builder and on the race circuit, with consistently high results in high profile races including 64 podium finishes in the iconic Sydney to Hobart Race. Continued investment into R&D, technology together with world-class facilities and an expert team has cemented McConaghy’s market leading position.

Paul Vivian - McConaghy Boats NZ

Paul Vivian - McConaghy Boats NZ

The company was further strengthened in early 2014 with the signing of an investment agreement with Hong Kong based Tiger Group, Investments a prominent commercial marine company led by keen yachtsman Graham Porter. The new partnership with Tiger Group will provide capital for investment in new state of the art machinery and equipment at McConaghy’s facilities in China and Sydney.