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Hull Lifting of Riviera 75 Enclosed Flybridge motor yacht Hull #3

July 08, 2014

June 13, 2014, saw the well known Australian shipyard, Riviera Yachts, use two 50-tonne cranes to lift the 75-foot hull of their 75 Enclosed Flybridge motor yacht Hull #3 from its mould. The 75 Enclosed Flybridge yacht represents the flagship of the Riviera fleet. The all-new 75 Enclosed Flybridge yacht Hull no. 3 has gone through a series of custom design features for its Dubai owner, comprising full hull windows, allowing every stateroom a view from the generous fitted glass hull window.

Hull lifting of Riviera 75 Enclosed Flybridge Yacht Hull no. 3

Hull lifting of Riviera 75 Enclosed Flybridge Yacht Hull no. 3 - Image credit to Riviera Yachts

At the moment in engineering, 75 Enclosed Flybridge luxury yacht hull number three is being fitted with all her engineering, electrical and sanitation systems.  The flybridge is also going through interior electrical and fibreglass components, before being fitted to the boat once the hull and deck are joined in August 2014.

Riviera 75 Enclosed Flybridge motor yacht Hull no. 3

Riviera 75 Enclosed Flybridge motor yacht Hull no. 3 - Image credit to Riviera Yachts

The new Riviera 75 Enclosed Flybridge yacht Hull no. 3 will boast a range of customized options, comprising a walnut semi-gloss finish throughout. Riviera’s exclusive Dubai dealer, SF Yachts, is overseeing the construction of hull number three, with its international premiere set to take place at the Dubai International Boat Show in March 2015.

Hull lifting of Riviera 75 Enclosed Flybridge motor yacht Hull no. 3

Hull lifting of Riviera 75 Enclosed Flybridge motor yacht Hull no. 3 - Image credit to Riviera Yachts

In August 2013, SF Yachts became the official dealer of Riviera Yachts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Seychelles and Maldives. The company has four offices in the Middle East, comprising their new office in Bahrain.

Christensen Shipyards announces delivery of 50m D’NATALIN IV Yacht

July 08, 2014

Christensen Shipyards is proud to announce the delivery of the 160’ (49.9m) tri-deck custom series D’Natalin IV yacht (Project C-2014). Luxury motor yacht D’Natalin IV was handed over to her owner in Gig Harbor, Washington, on May 27, 2014.

Christensen super yacht D'Natalin IV (Project C-2014) in Gig Harbour, Washington

Christensen super yacht D'Natalin IV (Project C-2014) in Gig Harbour, Washington

After intensive sea trials in the Pacific Northwest, the lastest Christensen 160’ Custom Series was christened D’NATALIN IV by her owners in a ceremony at Gig Harbor Yacht Club. With a distinctive dark blue hull, and exterior styling from the boards of Christensen’s in-house naval architecture team, she is at once modern and classic, featuring a mascluline reverse-shear bow seamlessly tied to more classic elements through the mid and stern sections. Both hull and superstructure are of composite contruction using the shipyard’s proprietary vacuum infusion techniques.

The strength and grace of luxury yacht D’Natalin IV which define her exterior styling are expanded upon in the interior where Carol Williamson and the owners created a transitional interior design combining traditional raised-panel millwork with furniture and fabrics that are more contemorary. The result is a timeless and elegant design which will never go out of fashion. The majestic and glamourous D’Natalin IV was built with the exceptional attention to detail and focus on in-house craftsmanship that has become synonomous with the Christensen name.

“We are so happy to have D’Natalin IV be the first Christensen Shipyard Custom Series Yacht delivered since the 2011 launch of Remember When. This magnificent yacht with its bold red, white and blue exterior motif symbolizes American strength and perserverance, both halmarks of the Christensen brand. The owners of D’Natalin IV were wonderful to work with and are true American patriots for investing in such a beautiful Christensen yacht. We truly appreciate where we are today, because of our valued customers.” Joe Foggia Christensen Shipyards, Ltd.

Comment from the owner – “Christensen outdid themselves in delivering the most advanced yacht in their history!” “My family and our project lead, Christian Bakewell, worked very hard with the designers and engineers to get the details right. I could not be more pleased with the results. The layout of her four spacious decks make D’Natalin IV the most comfortable yacht I have ever owned, and I never get tired of staring at her beautiful blue hull”.

“From the outset this was to be a family yacht, so it was only fitting that the owner and his entire family were involved in every important design decision. Because they are such gracious and appreciative people, there was this very real sense among the entire build team that everyone just wanted to work that much harder for them. Seeing the broad smiles on the faces of the whole family as we walked through the finished product together for the first time was a very gratifiying experience for me.” Christian Bakewell, Merle Wood and Associates

“There was this great collaborative experience in meetings with the owners which allowed us to integrate their love of the traditional with more contemporary styling cues…the final design is elegant, yet inviting and comfortable.” Carol Williamson, Carol Williamson & Associates

Main Specifications of super yacht D’Natalin IV (Project C-2014):

LOA: 49 m / 160’ 0”

LWL: 42.6 m / 139’-9”

Beam: 9 m / 29’-6”

Draught: 2.4 m / 7’-10”

Displacement: 390 L. tons

Gross Registered Tonnage: 499 GT

Main Engine(s): (2) Caterpillar 3512C – C-rating, 1650 HP @ 1800 RPM.

Speed (max/cruise): Cruising speed 15 knots max speed 17 kts

Range at xx knots: 4000 nm at 10 knots

Fuel Capacity: 57,920 ltr. / 15,300 gallons

Bow Thruster: ABT TRAC-24”, 100 HP

Stabilizers: Quantum QC-1800 Zero-Speed System

Generators: (2) CAT C6.6 – 125 KW & (1) CAT C4.4 – 99 KW.

Freshwater Capacity: 13,600 ltr. / 3600 gallons

Owner /Guests (cabins/people): 6 / 12

Crew (number of cabins/people): 5 cabin / 10

Tender(s): (1) Novurania 750LX & (1) Novurania 460DL

Davits or Booms (mfr. and capacity): (1) Steelhead Marine 5000# capacity (1) Nautical Structures 3500

Construction Materials: Composite

Classification: ABS Commercial Yachting Services Classifications & MCA – LY2 Large Commercial Yacht Code Compliant

Naval Architecture: Christensen Shipyards

Interior Designer: Carol Williamson

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

Refitted 26m Feadship motor yacht Olympia (ex Monara) with items by FEEBE

July 07, 2014

The amazingly elegant and classic 26-metre motor yacht Olympia was originally launched as ‘Monara’ by Feadship in 1969. The current owners of superyacht Olympia went for her major refit to her home yard, where it all started, and which is known for the highest quality.

26m Feadship superyacht Olympia (ex Monara) with items by FEEBE

26m Feadship superyacht Olympia (ex Monara) with items by FEEBE

At Feadship it will be brought into a better than new condition by upgrading the technical systems to the latest technologies. As the high quality of the yachts is one of the main focuses at Feadship, they also are very specific in choosing their sub suppliers.

FEEBE boarding ladder BL7

FEEBE boarding ladder BL7

Amongst the items which were upgraded to the latest and most advanced technologies are the deck crane, passerelle, balcony with boarding ladder as well as the central hydraulic powerpack for all systems. FEEBE was chosen by Feadship as supplier for these items as they have more than 15 year experience in delivering high quality cranes and boarding ladders for the superyacht industry.

First AYSS PacificNet – Tahiti a Resounding Success

July 07, 2014

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

AYSS PacificNet - Tahiti 2014

AYSS PacificNet - Tahiti 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Record Winter/Spring Superyacht Refit Season for RSB Rigging Solutions

July 07, 2014

Founded by ex super yacht captain and sailor Steve Branagh in 2005, the RSB Rigging Solutions has grown annually both in number of clients as well as reputation. The year 2014 has been no exception.

Wally 105 sailing yacht Nariida re-stepped by RSB Rigging Solutions

Wally 105 sailing yacht Nariida re-stepped by RSB Rigging Solutions

Throughout the winter/spring refit season RSB Rigging Solutions has put a massive eighteen Superyachts with a total of 24 masts through full rig refit programs and also found time to remove 5 communications masts from 3 large powerboats. While all this was going on the running rigging department have produced 26 kilometers of running rigging and mooring lines for projects ranging from new build Superyachts to 75 meter powerboats.

Russ Brown, operations manager of RSB states: “We have had an exceptional winter yard period this year. The whole team has worked incredibly hard and really pulled together to deliver an extraordinary number of completed refit programs as well as all the other projects we have have undertaken at the same time. So much so that we have recruited new riggers throughout the season in order to keep up with demand.

Our client list of motor yachts has also been growing steadily for the last two years, with this year being at an all time high. Our splicing team has built mooring lines for yachts such as superyacht Kisses, luxury yacht Bartender, mega yacht Ilona, Eminence yacht, charter yacht Slipstream and super yacht Tranquility to name just a few.”

During the winter RSB had a few firsts for Palma de Mallorca, including re-stepping three large rigs in two days (Perini Ketch S/Y Is a Rose, and McMullen & Wing built charter yacht Nephele), as well as un-stepping the heaviest rig ever to be pulled in Palma; the 20 Ton main mast from the 56 meter Perini ketch S/Y Asahi.

While Palma is the hub of operations for RSB they have also sent their rigging technicians further afield with trips to Finland for the refit on the Wally 105 ketch Nariida and Cartegena for the Swan 100 yacht Muzuni rig pull and refit.

Steve Branagh, founder of RSB Rigging Solutions says: “We are very proud of our team and their achievements throughout the winter and spring. Currently the pace has not let up with a number of yachts choosing to carry out refit work over the summer period meaning we will remain busy right through until the autumn when it all starts again.…we are already expecting to match this year in 2015.

The fact that our work force is now so international speaks volumes. We are very lucky to have recruited such a skilled and hard working team. It is a real testament to everyone that we are so busy throughout the year with many of the guys regularly asked to crew on various boats at regattas all over the world.”

Princess Yachts Greater China Limited (PYGC)

July 07, 2014

The leading UK luxury yacht manufacturer, Princess Yachts International, has reinforced its distribution network in Asia with the newly formed ‘Princess Yachts Greater China Limited’ (PYGC). The company’s representative for South China as well as Hong Kong will now take overall responsibility for the People’s Republic of China.

Princess Yachts

Known as Princess Yachts Greater China Limited (PYGC), this newly formed operation amalgamates Princess’ existing Distributor for Hong Kong, Macau and Southern China, a subsidiary of Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited, the flagship investment holding company controlled by Dato’ Dr. Cheng Yu Tung and family (the “Cheng Family”), with a new partner, DCH Marine Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hong Kong-based Dah Chong Hong Holdings Ltd. This newly formed joint venture will allow Princess to expand its reach across China with plans already underway to create a network of sales and service centres in key locations across mainland China.

The base of operations for PYGC will remain in place within the existing offices in Central Hong Kong. Through its previous work in the south, PYGC has already established a strong record for sales and service and this new move will further improve Princess’ reach throughout the region, having already sold and delivered a number of new Princess craft up to and including the Company’s 98 Motor Yacht and 105-foot  32M Yacht.

Dah Chong Hong Holdings Limited is a Hong Kong-based conglomerate with a diverse portfolio in automotive, food and consumer products. With huge experience in the luxury market, DCH is a prominent force in the automotive sector in Greater China, with over 50 years experience. DCH was the key player in the successful introduction of Bentley Motors to mainland China and led the market to become the second largest importer for Bentley in the world.

Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited is the controlling shareholder of New World Development Limited, a leading Hong Kong-based conglomerate with interests in property, infrastructure and service, department store and hotel businesses. The Cheng Family also controls Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited, the world’s largest jewellery retailer with over 2,000 points of sales in Greater China.

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

A-Sign Studio among IY&A Awards 2015 Finalists with 35m Planing Fiberglass Yacht Concept

July 07, 2014

A-Sign Studio has achieved further shortlist success in the International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2015 with their 35m Planing Fiberglass Yacht. The 35m A-Sign Planing Fiberglass Superyacht has entered the ‘Yacht Concept up to 40 metres’ category.

35m A-Sign superyacht concept

35m A-Sign superyacht concept

The 35m A-Sign motor yacht is a synthesis of innovative elements and brave solutions with every design element focused on functionality.

35m A-Sign luxury yacht concept

35m A-Sign luxury yacht concept

The 35m A-Sign sleek concept superyacht may span 35 meters from bow to stern, boast open plan interiors and all of the splendors that this form of sea travel can offer, but it consumes only what it harnesses responsibly.

35m A-Sign super yacht concept

35m A-Sign super yacht concept

Up to 62 square meters of sliding solar panels cover the top deck of the hull, powering everything from the boat’s air conditioning and electricity to its propulsion through the water with 6kW. The layout hosts 5 generous cabins and a huge main saloon with stunning view outside.

35m A-Sign motor yacht concept - Interior

35m A-Sign motor yacht concept - Interior

With the side red reticular truss, all the superstructure weight rests directly on the hull, and this gives the main saloon complete autonomy about the layout, without any interior pillar. The raised pilot house gives an incredible view for extremely safe driving.

Baglietto announces launch of new 46m displacement motor yacht Hull 10217

July 07, 2014

Italian shipyard, Baglietto, is proud to announce the launch of the brand new 46-metre displacement motor yacht Hull 10217. Launched at the shipyard in La Spezia on Thursday, July 3, 2014, superyacht Hull 10217 represents the first unit of Baglietto displacement yacht range. She will be showcased at the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival from September 9 to 14, as well as at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show from September 24 to 27. The technical launch was performed at the presence of the workers, craftsmen and management of the shipyard. They greeted the yacht with emotion, being the very first among five vessels within 43 and 54-metre range, currently in build at the shipyard.

46m displacement super yacht Hull 10217 by Baglietto

46m displacement super yacht Hull 10217 by Baglietto

The design of the new 46-metre displacement yacht Hull 10217 is created by Francesco Paszkowski who conceived both the exterior profiles as well as the interiors. The interior design has been developed in co-operation with Margherita Casprini, architect. This sophisticated and outstanding yacht can be inserted within Baglietto new product range, yet maintaining the traditional features of Baglietto motor-yachts such as,for example the combination of slightly squared lines with lines being more winding and more gentle. A wide beach club of about 25 square metres characterizes the yacht stern while the bow area represents the location of a 5,50-metre dinghy as well as of a rescue boat.

The interior spaces of super yacht Hull 10217 are outstanding, too and are characterized by harmonious contradictions between features inspired by the purest minimalism and by Nature, in a mixture of dark and light colors, thus creating an atmosphere of sophisticated elegance.

The Autumn boat shows will also become the occasion to introduce the new projects of Baglietto shipyard conceived by Francesco Paszkowski: three planing motor-yachts – a 46 metres, a 43 metres currently undergoing construction as well as a new 35 metres and two new projects of displacement yachts – a 55 metres and a 62 metres. To these two product range which are the core business of the shipyard, it is worthwhile mentioning the MV’s product range to be considered the “elder sister” of MV13 that was exhibited with success in Cannes last year. Baglietto shipyard, which this year celebrates its 160th anniversary, was recently appointed by two European ship-owners to build a 46-metre and a 54-metre motor-yachts.

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

Photos from technical launch of 46m displacement motor yacht Hull 10217 by Baglietto and Francesco Paszkowski

July 04, 2014

The photos from the technical launch of the brand new 46m displacement motor yacht Hull 10217 have been released by the prominent Italian shipyard, Baglietto Yachts. Superbly penned by bespoke Francesco Paszkowski, superyacht Hull 10217 provides deluxe accommodation in 5 elegant cabins. She is run by twin 3512B Caterpillar diesels, expected to reach a maximum speed of about 17 knots.

46m Baglietto superyacht Hull 10217 at launch

46m Baglietto superyacht Hull 10217 at launch - Image credit to Baglietto Yachts

Luxury motor yacht Hull 10217 at Baglietto shipyard

Luxury motor yacht Hull 10217 at Baglietto shipyard - Image credit to Baglietto Yachts

Super yacht Hull 10217 ready to hit the water

Super yacht Hull 10217 ready to hit the water - Image credit to Baglietto Yachts

Baglietto Hull 10217 superyacht

Baglietto Hull 10217 superyacht - Image credit to Baglietto Yachts

Baglietto Yacht Hull 10217 on the water

Baglietto Yacht Hull 10217 on the water - Image credit to Baglietto Yachts


Motor yacht GLOBAL (ex Kismet) refitted by Lurssen

July 04, 2014

Lürssen is proud to announce that it has completed the refit of motor yacht Global, previously known as Kismet. Superyacht Global left the shipyard at the end of June 2014. She is currently cruising the waters of the Mediterranean.

Lurssen-refitted 68m mega yacht Global (ex Kismet) - Photo by Giovanni Romero

Lurssen-refitted 68m mega yacht Global (ex Kismet) - Photo by Giovanni Romero

The hull of luxury yacht Global has been given a new lease of life with a stunning light grey colour and tremendous shine that Tim Morley describes as “a great credit to Lürssen’s refit team and the contractors who undertook the work”. Further her helicopter deck has been enhanced and is now significantly larger and safer for regular helicopter operations thanks to the consultancy services of Nigel Watson. The larger helipad was built at Lürssen and incorporates lighting and hinged railings.

Espen Oeino was commissioned to draw the new hull lines of Global superyacht, maintaining the DNA of the original design, and the owner is delighted with the result.

Luxury motor yacht Global (ex Kismet) - Photo by Olaf Eggert

Luxury motor yacht Global (ex Kismet) - Photo by Olaf Eggert

Minor changes have also been made in the interior of Global yacht, in accordance with the new owner’s taste.

Mega yacht Global (ex Kismet) was originally delivered in 2007 and has a length of 68,15 m.

Morley Yachts is the owner’s representative and Hill Robinson supervised the refit of Global yacht.