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This part of the site showcases news and information relating to new luxury yacht designs and design concepts as created and sent in by the large yacht designer community. Yacht design is the sometimes unheralded heart of the luxury yacht industry as this is where a large custom yacht begins her journey from conception to eventual launch and navigation.

CharterWorld keeps informed of the latest ideas, designs and technology in yachting as a pointer to where the yachting industry is heading. Some of the yacht designs in this section are general ideas or concepts that may never be built and become launched yachts whilst others have been commissioned and are currently in build or navigation.

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Marco Ferrari unveils F65 superyacht concept

July 17, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Marco Ferrari has unveiled the the F65, a superyacht concept of 65.5m/215ft able to accommodate up to 12 guests over 6 cabins.

Marco Ferrari F65 concept

Marco Ferrari F65 concept

Providing guests with generously proportioned cabins, a 90m² owner’s suite with two side balconies occupies the main salon, allowing guests extensive views of the surrounding sea as well as creating a bright, fresh space for private use while cruising.

Similar to the owner’s suite, the main salon also features folding side balconies that open up the area to become an additional alfresco dining option, while the main deck aft will host an infinity pool encircled by seating for a casual entertaining and relaxation area. A touch-and-go helipad is also incorporated into the upper deck design for ease of access to and from nearby airports. When not in use, the large bow area can be used for sunbathing.

Marco Ferrari F65 aerial view of concept

Marco Ferrari F65 aerial view of concept

On the lower deck, a beach club is fitted with a bar and a swim platform for sunbathing and ease of access in and out of the water. Further forward, the tender garage has the capacity to store a 9m tender, a 7m tender, 4 jet skis and diving equipment.

Further facilities can be found on the 22m² sundeck, which houses a massage room, an indoor gym and a second infinity pool.

The F65 will be capable of a cruising speed of 15 knots using twin CAT 3512C engines. The crew have not been forgotten in the design, with the crew area on the lower decks providing accommodation for 19, a lounge, a mess and a gym.

Rossinavi and Pininfarina superyacht concept to debut at the Superyacht Gallery 2017

June 02, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Pininfarina, the design company behind more than 100 Ferrari designs has announced their first collaboration with yacht builders Rossinavi to create a 70m/230ft superyacht project by the name of AUREA.

AUREA concept design from Rossinavi and Pininfarina

AUREA concept design from Rossinavi and Pininfarina

Designed around the lifestyle of her future owner and his or her guests, luxury yacht AUREA has three exterior decks and is to have the largest beach club for her size range to maximise the time spent close to the water as a group.

Sweeping exterior lines from the bow merge seamlessly with the stern to create a smooth and very modern silhouette that provides privacy to the guests while also offering extensive windows and balcony space for views out across the bow and along the hull. The main deck will host guest cabins and a folding bulwark balcony will provide guests with an additional private outdoor space.

Rossinavi AUREA 70m 230ft

Rossinavi AUREA 70m 230ft

The diesel-electric engine has been moved to the centre of the hull, leaving room for two spacious swimming pools at the stern, and there is additional water-level access on both port and starboard sides of the hull. The main cockpit is also located towards the stern, adjacent to the beach club.

Stern view of luxury yacht AUREA concept with the largest beach club in her size range

Stern view of luxury yacht AUREA concept with the largest beach club in her size range

The design for Luxury yacht AUREA was presented on the 1st of June at the Superyacht Gallery 2017, which runs until the 3rd of June.

Baikal Yachts Presented the Innovative 36m Trimaran Baikal 36 SMT for Divers

May 31, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Baikal Yachts unveiled the new 36-metre superyacht concept, Trimaran Baikal 36 SMT. This time, this is an innovative trimaran, designed specifically for professional diving centres, yacht charters or for a private use by diving enthusiasts in various locations worldwide. The concept was developed by Sergey Gmyra in collaboration with Maksim Lodkin. Baikal 36 SMT provides outstanding safety, comfortable cruising experience and great performance. 

Baikal Trimaran 36 SMT

Baikal Trimaran 36 SMT

Equipped with innovative technology, trimaran Baikal has some excellent features, which include low fuel consumption, at anchor and underway stabilisers and solar panels. The shipyard took into consideration feedback from the experienced drivers to incorporate crucial characteristic into the design of the new yacht. Baikal 36 SMT hosts all cabins on the same level. Easy access to the water is offered at the stern, which also has a medical station and a technical cabin.

Baikal Trimaran 36 SMT - rendering

Baikal Trimaran 36 SMT – rendering

Both cockpit and crinoline are well-prepared areas for diving and escape from the water. There are rails installed along the perimeter and between gaps. Divers can comfortably put equipment and flippers on and off. The crinoline is also equipped with a big platform with installed safety racks. Along edges of the central platform, there are hydraulic ladders that emerge into the water to a sufficient depth that allows effortlessly return to the vessel.

To provide comfortable leisure for divers on the boat all technical support amenities and compressors are located in auxiliary hulls that allow to take compressors’ noise away from cabins and avoid air pollution. At anchor, the trimaran uses only electric motors, which reduces noise and do not generate exhaust gases. A battery bank charges from solar collecting panels and ensures an operation of electric motors and all systems. They are located on a roof of the flybridge of main vessel and hull surface of auxiliary vessels. The main advantage of such systems is a possibility to save diesel oil and protect the environment.

Baikal Trimaran 36 SMT - rendering - side view

Baikal Trimaran 36 SMT – rendering – side view

Trimaran Baikal SMT 36 provides accommodation for a total of 20 guests and 13 crew members. The salon is placed on the main deck and includes a relaxation area, library, bar and a cockpit.

The flybridge is an ideal entertainment space, as it has plush sofas, a bar and a grill. The diving centre is fitted with the state-of-the-art equipment allowing to track all divers in water using sensors. This allows tracking divers’ location, measure a submersion level, distance to the vessel and an approximate air reserve.

Baikal Trimaran 36 SMT - rendering - top view

Baikal Trimaran 36 SMT – rendering – top view

Powered by four diesel engines, trimaran Baikal 36 SMT has a top speed of 18 knots per hours, and cruises comfortably at a speed of 10 knots.

Arcadia and Hot Lab present the 100+ Superyacht Project

May 22, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Shipbuilder Arcadia Yachts has presented a new superyacht concept, which was developed in collaboration with famous Hot Lab Design Studio. The new superyacht has a project name “Arcadia 100+” and measures 31 metres. The project is scheduled for launch and an official presentation at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2018.

Arcadia 100 project with Hot Lab - exterior

Arcadia 100 project with Hot Lab – exterior

Arcadia 100+ is the new version of Arcadia’s 36-metre motor yacht Aria S, which was launched in 2016. Hot Lab design will offer new owners five options of the layout, the details of which will be disclosed at one of the must-attend superyacht events this year – the Cannes Yachting Festival 2017.

MY Arcadia 100 project with Hot Lab

MY Arcadia 100 project with Hot Lab

Arcadia 100 project with Hot Lab - exterior renderings

Arcadia 100 project with Hot Lab – exterior renderings

“The purpose of our work with ARCADIA will be to contribute to the continual evolution of the brand, already so avant-garde”, explains Antonio Romano, partner at Hot Lab. 

“Our objective is to develop the winning characteristics of the ARCADIA brand in concordance with client briefs. ARCADIA Yachts is a consolidated and successful reality and we have approached them with enormous respect and pleasure given our first-hand experience with the quality of their products and their highly professional workforce and management”, also added Romano.

Arcadia 100 project with Hot Lab

Arcadia 100 project with Hot Lab

Motor yacht Arcadia 100+ will feature a contemporary interior design with a use of some rare materials. Among the outstanding features of the new superyacht, there will be a large sundeck, fold-out balconies and solar panels. 

Find out about superyachts built by Arcadia here. Stunning Arcadia yachts Good Life and Jurata are currently available for charters this summer in the Mediterranean. Contact CharterWorld for more information.

ERA 80 Superyacht: A unique Superyacht charter opportunity identified by Ricky Smith Designs

April 19, 2017

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The Superyacht charter business in the South Pacific remains a largely untouched potential market. Asian, Indian and Arabic investment in Australia has increased dynamically to a point where corporate headquarters and large regional facilities are not being located in the eastern and southern states. The Queensland State Government, as well as the Prime Minister, have both visited India in the past month with large government and corporate delegations courting massive industrial companies to invest in the mineral industry.

80m ERA motor yacht concept by Ricky Smith Designs

80m ERA motor yacht concept by Ricky Smith Designs

Available Superyacht charters located in the South Pacific in relative proximity of the ring of untouched paradises like Solomon IslandsVanuatu, Fiji, New Caledonia, Tonga, American Samoa, Bora Bora and even Tahiti which are capable of servicing 20 plus guests are few by comparison with the heavily populated Mediterranean and Caribbean charter markets.

Tourism is the second largest industry in Australia with natural, deep water harbours which are positioned along the east coast and are accessible by superyachts.

The Queensland government are processing amendments to their customs regulations to allow local customs clearance rather than purely at state capital locations. This is an important hurdle which has caused problems for visitors who have wanted to visit the ultimate east coast tourist spots of The Gold Coast, Whitsundays, and Townsville which are all regionally located.

Ultra-luxurious interior spaces aboard the 80m ERA by Ricky Smith Designs - Panorama Lounge Main deck aft

Ultra-luxurious interior spaces aboard the 80m ERA by Ricky Smith Designs – Panorama Lounge Main deck aft

In preparation for the change in the laws Gold Coast City Marina with its massive infrastructure has invested in extensive deep water dredging and added new docks with powering options suitable to accommodate Superyachts.

ERA is an eighty-meter superyacht which combines the level of sophistication and tailored luxury the owner’s desire for extended cruising, with integrated design flexibility to allow the interiors to transform to suit commercial charters or become a corporate workhorse at any time.

“Superyacht ERA design breaks new ground for owners and their corporate and charter market opportunities.”

Much of the design development of ERA was driven by an emerging market for larger and faster charter vessels. Much of the early design development was driven to create not just another expedition yacht with a luxurious interior, but to offer a design which incorporates innovations which bring commercial advantage to the operation and design aspects of the yacht.

Beautiful Owners Suite with luxurious materials and furnishings - ERA superyacht by Ricky Smith Designs

Beautiful Owners Suite in Penthouse with luxurious materials and furnishings – ERA superyacht by Ricky Smith Designs

ERA incorporated the innovative hull form Stuart Friezer Marine Naval Architects (Denmark) which independent tank testing has proven to dramatically reduce in- water resistance and offer “dual speed” cruising where the vessel can cruise economically at higher than standard speeds, while also able to reach sprint speeds when, and if desired or needed. Fuel saving hull design plus integrated solar panels all make operating more sustainable and profitable.

While the hull and superstructure are fabricated in aluminium, the interior structure incorporates carbon fibre truss structure, beams, angles, and channels for structural reinforcement and honeycomb carbon fibre sandwich panels for strength and weight control. Technology is moving forward and improving methods of weight control for superyacht interiors. Exotic marble granite and onyx are cut down to 10 mm ultra-thin slabs without losing strength. Floor to ceiling art- deco lights house the structural compression posts. The coffered veneered bulkheads house service ducts, cable trays, media infrastructure and lighting.

“The end results are light-filled uncluttered spaces with an improved vision both internally as well as outwardly.”

Transformable space design

The SFM hull form is purposefully designed to have no tumblehome up to the bulwark on the main deck over the main sections of the hull. The fabrication timeframe is dramatically reduced for a vessel of this size while allowing the interior spaces to be fabricated accurately offsite at the same time. This method was incorporated in the interior design construction method of the interior of Ulysses (Trinity Yachts) where the interior was pre-built, shipped and installed in 10 months.

The Main deck social areas comprise 7 separate spaces; Foyer vestibule, Dining room, Mid Reception lounge, port and starboard entry vestibules, Formal Panorama Reception and the aft deck areas.

Slide the aft facing glass doors away and the Formal Panorama Reception opens onto the aft deck and pool terrace for private cocktail parties at sunset, alternatively, push away the forward-facing curved glass walls and space increases massively into the Mid Reception lounge. Open the black chrome framed doors to the dining room, Foyer vestibule and the reception lounge is complete. With the interior and exteriors partitions opened, ERA offers an unprecedented 225 square metres of available space.

Building ERA

ERA can be fabricated in Australia, Asia, or Europe.

Construction is in Aluminium with the unique integrated Sky-roof bimini shaped in GRP.

Length 80 metres

Beam 13 metres

20 guests 10 staterooms

24 crew 12 cabins

Hull and superstructure Aluminium

Propulsion Azipods with bow thruster

Max speed 25 knots


Article supplied by Ricky Smith Designs

Zuccon announces PY Heritage 45m concept for Picchiotti Yachts

April 12, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Zuccon has announced its first concept design for yacht builders Picchiotti Yachts: The PY HERITAGE 45M, an explorer yacht that can also work in conjunction as a support vessel for Perini Navi.

Zuccon concepept PY HERITAGE 45M for Picchiotti Yachts

Zuccon concepept PY HERITAGE 45M for Picchiotti Yachts

The design pays tribute to Gerhard Gilgenast, who was naval architect and interior and exterior designer for some of the most iconic Picciotti Yachts creations as well as big 90s names M/Y OCTOPUSSY and M/Y THE WELLESLEY.

Bringing a contemporary touch to Gerhard Gilgenast’s style, Zuccon has created an exclusive concept unique to the market:

  • A height clearance of 3 metres on the main deck
  • Extensive use of floor-to-ceiling glass panels to merge the inner space with the exterior and landscape
  • A lower deck owner’s suite complete with private terrace at the stern, and
  • Room for a 9m tender and 9m sailing boat on the bow, leaving more internal space to meet the increasing demand for more water toys
Zuccon concept salon and dining area for PY HERITAGE 45M

Zuccon concept salon and dining area for PY HERITAGE 45M

“I can’t help but feel extremely honoured by this new collaboration,” said architect Bernardo Zuccon. “Picchiotti doesn’t need any introduction because it has written an important chapter in yachting history both in Italy and worldwide. Setting out along this path is a source of pride for our firm, particularly as we are doing so with a project that is both experimental and extremely fascinating, as well as one that wants to pay tribute to an architect that has made an important contribution to Picchiotti Yachts over the years.”

In Build: CRN Unveils the new 62m Superyacht

April 11, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Ferretti’s Group‘s Italian shipbuilder CRN has received much recognition for their recent superyacht projects. This time, the new project has exceeded the expectations and is promised to be another outstanding superyacht in the CRN’s fleet.

CRN 137 62 m rendering

CRN 137 62 m Rendering

Hull number 137 is the official name of the new 62-metre yacht project, which is currently under construction. Designed by CRN’s Ancona-based Technical department in collaboration with Nuvolari Lenard, the new yacht impeccable Italian design and quality.

One of the excellent features of Hull number 137 includes trendy vertical bow to ensure maximum length in the water and increase the speed. Equipped with two MTU 12V4000 M63 engines, this vessel is believed to be able to reach a top speed of 16 knots.

The interior layout was designed to ensure luxury experience onboard is offered at all times. Thus, this superyacht concept included a dedicated owner’s deck, with a large stateroom, alfresco dining area and panoramic lounge. Accommodation is offered for 12 guests. There are five spacious VIP cabins for absolute comfort and relaxation onboard.

At 62 metres LOA and with a beam of 11.50m, CRN Hull number 137 boasts luxurious living spaces spanned over five decks.

Earlier in 2017 CRN launched the magnificent 74m superyacht Cloud 9, which is available for charter in the Mediterranean this fast approaching summer. To find out more about chartering a yacht or to secure a CRN yacht, please contact our charter brokers.

Baglietto announces new 55m by Santa Maria Magnolfi

April 11, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Milano-based designers Santa Maria Magnolfi have designed a new 55m displacement yacht for Baglietto to join their latest steel/aluminium and full aluminium range.

Baglietto 55m Santa Maria Magnolfi - Aerial view

Baglietto 55m Santa Maria Magnolfi – Aerial view

Following Baglietto’s military-inspired style, the new yacht features bold lines and a straight bow similar to the 41m Baglietto design recently presented at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Baglietto 55m Santa Maria Magnolfi - Main salon

Baglietto 55m Santa Maria Magnolfi – Main salon

Balance between internal and external deck space is a key feature of the design, while a top speed of 16 knots and a cruising speed of 12 knots is achieved by 2 x Caterpillar 3512B HD DITA-SCAC engines. A hybrid version will also be available to offer owners customisation.

In the current design, the lower deck there is a gym and spa with direct access to the sea via a swim platform. A tender garage towards the aft stores a 7.5m tender while a second garage in the bow stores jet skis and the water toys.

Baglietto 55m Santa Maria Magnolfi - Dining room

Baglietto 55m Santa Maria Magnolfi – Dining room

Baglietto 55 Santa Maria Magnolfi - Main aft deck

Baglietto 55 Santa Maria Magnolfi – Main aft deck

The main deck has 90 m² of open living areas as well as a separate formal dining room of 21m² that can be converted into a meeting room by sliding panels. The Owner suite has an office and a terrace that opens out for quick access to the sea breeze and uninterrupted views of the location.

Baglietto 55m Santa Maria Magnolfi - Bow pool

Baglietto 55m Santa Maria Magnolfi – Bow pool

The upper deck has over 280m² of exterior deck space and on the bow there is a 6 metre pool. Inside aft of the wheelhouse there is a spacious cinema that opens onto the alfresco dining area where up to 20 guests can be seated at the central table.

For ease of access, there is a lift (elevator) connection the three main decks and the under lower layout contains storage and a laundry which is accessed through the crew quarters.

The Baglietto shipyard is currently constructing 5 superyachts: the MV19 prototype, a 55 metre displacement yacht, a 43 metre Baglietto Fast and two 48m displacement yachts. The first project is expected to be completed in summer 2018.

Baglietto will be attending the Versilia Yachting Rendez Vous in Viareggio from 11-14 of May with 46m LUCKY ME and 43m PACHAMAMA.

Icon Yachts Reveal Details on the new superyacht “The Gotham Project”

March 30, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

In late 2016, Icon Yachts unveiled the new superyacht concept “The Gotham Project” that caught the attention of many with her impressive Batman-like exterior design. As the project is now under construction at Icon Yachts, the shipbuilder has revealed further information, this time, specifically on the interior design.

Icon Yacht - The Gotham Project

Icon Yacht – The Gotham Project

The new 46-metre aluminium superyacht was designed by ER Yacht Design in collaboration with Ivan Erdevicki, who also developed the interior spaces design and layout. Naval architecture of the Project Gotham is a work of Icon Yachts and Van Oossanen Naval Architects.

Icon Yacht - The Gotham Project - exterior - aft

Icon Yacht – The Gotham Project – exterior – aft

As for the interior decor, the first renderings unveiled illustrate some opulent materials, luxurious fabrics and some dark wood and onyx tones contrasting with crisp beige and white colours.

The Gotham Project - interior

The Gotham Project – interior

The Gotham Project - interior decor

The Gotham Project – interior decor

The team of outstanding designers and naval architects aim to deliver outstanding performance that would match the striking looks of the Gotham Project. With a pair of 2000hp MTU engines, this superyacht will be able to reach a top speed of 26 knots.

Icon Yacht - The Gotham Project - aft

Icon Yacht – The Gotham Project – aft

The Gotham Project will provide accommodation for ten guests, assisted by a crew of 10. Accommodation layout will be based on five guest cabins and five crew cabins. Not only the new yacht will stand out with her aggressive design and seaworthiness, but she will also provide a welcoming atmosphere on board and a large number of luxury amenities: custom glass wine cellar, gymnasium and symmetrical entertainment areas.

Icon Yacht - The Gotham Project - bow

Icon Yacht – The Gotham Project – bow

The Gotham Project is scheduled for delivery in Spring 2019.

JQB Design present 90m Hybrid Superyacht Concept

March 24, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

The lead designer of Jonathan Quinn Barnett Design, Michale Givens has unveiled a new 90-metre superyacht concept. One of the most discussed trends in the yachting world, hybrid super yachts are gaining huge popularity. Thus, the new concept presented by the studio is designed to be equipped with a hybrid diesel-electric power plant.

90m hybrid superyacht concept by JQB

90m hybrid superyacht concept by JQB

The design of the yacht inspiration from the automotive world. The low-profile superstructure contrasts with the navy blue hull, adding to the yacht’s striking looks. Interior spaces on the main deck are brightly lit with natural light, thanks to the large floor-to-ceiling windows.

90m hybrid superyacht concept by Jonathan Quinn Barnett

90m hybrid superyacht concept by Jonathan Quinn Barnett

The bespoke design studio is known for designing the largest expedition yacht Octopus, which has incredible exterior design and has a fantastic reputation among the best vessels in the world.