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Christensen shipyard launches 50m Chasseur

June 29, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

After launching 50m superyacht SILVER LINING less than a week ago, Christensen has launched a second luxury yacht from its shipyard: 50m CHASSEUR. This feat was accomplished using a unique in-house built pulley system. A 130,000 pound steel cradle was turned into ‘a safe and reliable mini-dry dock launcher’ to overcome the issue of low water at launch. The Christensen shipyard has risen to the challenges presented to the luxury yacht market in recent years to come back stronger than ever.

50m Motor yacht CHASSEUR

50m Motor yacht CHASSEUR

Motor yacht CHASSEUR (right) beside sister yacht SILVER LINING launched less than a week earlier from the same shipyard.

Motor yacht CHASSEUR (right) beside sister yacht SILVER LINING, launched less than a week earlier from the same shipyard.

CHASSEUR will be available for charter in the Caribbean this winter season. Contact CharterWorld for more details and pricing.

Martha Ann available for Mediterranean charter

June 28, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

70m/230ft luxury yacht MARTHA ANN is currently available for charter in the Mediterranean. Built by Lurssen in 2008 and refitted in 2014, superyacht MARTHA ANN is a perfect luxury charter for getaways that want to make the most of seascapes such as the sparkling waters of Croatia or the lagoons of St Thomas.

M/Y Martha Ann

M/Y Martha Ann

The classic, opulent interiors were designed by world renowned Zuretti who chose glass chandeliers to complement the custom wooden panelling found throughout the superyacht. A lift (elevator) will take guests through most floors, providing easy access from the guest cabins to the Jacuzzi and gym. All the latest technology, including video on demand and iPod docks can be found integrated into the lavish furnishings, so you can relax in old world surroundings while you watch the latest films.

Superyacht Martha Ann - Main saloon

Superyacht Martha Ann – Main saloon

Superyacht Martha Ann - Gym

Superyacht Martha Ann – Gym

The exterior provides plenty of sunbathing and alfresco dining opportunities over its six decks, including a large bar within close proximity of the sunpads on the upper aft deck and a wet bar attached to the swimming pool on the deck below.

There are plenty of skills to learn on MARTHA ANN, which is an Approved RYA Water Sports Centre. Learn to sail, water ski, kayak, fish or scuba dive in the holiday destination of your choice with a fully trained and experienced on-board instructor. For more informal fun in the water, there are plenty of inflatable water toys, towables and snorkelling gear for shallow water. 3 tenders ranging from 8m to 13.5m are available to ferry guests to and from isolated beaches and diving spots.

MARTHA ANN’S interior layout sleeps 12 guests in 7 rooms: 1 master suite, 1 VIP stateroom, 4 double cabins, 1 triple cabin and 2 pullman beds. She can also carry up to 21 crew members, ensuring a relaxing atmosphere with the services of skilled professionals.

Superyacht Martha Ann - Master suite

Superyacht Martha Ann – Master suite

Luxury yacht MARTHA ANN is available for charter in the Mediterranean this summer and in the Caribbean this winter at €600,000 per week plus expenses. Contact CharterWorld to find out more information and to make your booking.

New 50m superyacht Euphoria launched

June 27, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Turkish builder Mayra yachts has launched 50m/164ft luxury yacht EUPHORIA. Created by renowned Ken Freivokh Design, EUPHORIA is a four deck superyacht that proudly uses state of the art glass technology to create panoramic views on multiple decks. Able to withstand severe weather, the glazed bulwarks further open up the vessel to the seascape.  Her layout is designed to accommodate up to 10 guests and 10 crew i modern comfort.

Luxury yacht EUPHORIA - Mayra yachts

Luxury yacht EUPHORIA – Mayra yachts

Facilities expand to meet demand in Dutch superyacht market

June 27, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

25 luxury yacht deliveries are expected from Dutch yacht builders in 2016. In 2015, Dutch shipyards launched 22 superyachts – six more than the year before – and totalling a worth of €1.18 billion. On top of the 22 launches in 2015, members of the HISWA Holland Yachting Group also received 24 new superyacht orders, which was an increase of more than a quarter compared to 2014.

Feadship - New Amsterdam facility location

Feadship – New Amsterdam facility location

The recent increase in demand for superyachts has created an atmosphere for expansion in the Netherlands. Feadship has recently announced it will open a fourth manufacturing and refit facility in Amsterdam, and fellow members of HISWA Holland Yachting Group are finding creative solutions to the escalation in orders and deliveries.

“There are a number of key reasons why the superyacht industry in the Netherlands has come through the global downturn in rude health,” Jeroen Sirag, export director for the HISWA Holland Yachting Group, comments. “One critical factor has been a longstanding commitment to investing in the future during both good times and lean, with Dutch yards keen to ensure they retain their globally recognised lead in quality and innovation. The same applies to the Dutch equipment suppliers who consistently seek new ways to ensure their first-class products and technologies adorn the finest superyacht builds both in the Netherlands and further afield.”

Heesen Yachts has expanded to meet growing demand from clients for larger superyachts by constructing a new 85 metre dry dock in Oss. The facility is expected to be operational by October this year. The sailing yacht sector has also seen expansion: Royal Huisman and Holland Jachtbouw have both increased their build hall capacity.

Heesen Yachts - GALACTICA STAR, launched May 2015

Heesen Yachts – GALACTICA STAR, launched May 2015

Dutch marine equipment supply companies are also making significant changes. Hydromar Marine Equipment moved to a new production facility during 2015 to strengthen its relationship with Cramm Yachting Systems as they continue to make and market superyacht hydraulics. Van Berge Henegouwen has not only moved into Amsterdam offices which include a professional workshop and testing facilities, they have also opened a new office in Antibes, France to be ‘closer to the yachts and… improve support and service for our customers’.

Van Berge Henegouwen isn’t the only company expanding abroad as Huisman Maritiem, Heinen & Hopman add offices and facilities across the Mediterranean and De Keizer opens its seventh location in West Palm Beach, Florida.

“All these new initiatives and investments showcase how the members of the HISWA Holland Yachting Group are looking to continue offering the best possible services to their clients,” concludes Sirag. “Equally important, of course, is the industry-leading experience and skills of the workforce at the various yards and supply companies. This remains the backbone of the Dutch superyacht cluster and the number one reason why Holland continues to rule the waves.”

Heysea Yachts reveals latest 47m hull design

June 27, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Heysea 152 concept image

Established in 2007, Heysea is the leading manufacturer of luxury yachts in China. Its design and development team has more than two decades in the industry and over 400 experienced builders and technicians.

The Heysea Yachts shipyard based in Guangdong, China has recently unveiled its new 47 meter superyacht design: Heysea 152. Initially designed for an existing client, the first Heysea 152 was destined for Shenzhen. However, when no berth could be found that was large enough to accommodate the 47m/154ft locally, the client selected a different model from the same shipyard. The order is expected to be completed later this year.

Built incorporating flat surfaces and strong angles which are popular in contemporary Chinese design, Heysea 152 is a grandiose yacht ready for a buyer to put their personal stamp on the interior design and layout.

Heysea 152 concept image

ISS celebrates innovative builders with new award

June 27, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

The International Superyacht Society has created an award to recognise and celebrate the innovation and achievement of luxury yacht designers and builders that adhere to the Passenger Yacht Code.



“The purpose of the 13-36 Passenger Yacht Code (PYC)… is to provide design criteria, construction standards and other safety measures for yachts carrying 13 to 36 passengers so as to minimise the risk to such ships, to the personnel on board and to the environment.” – The Red Ensign Group (Passenger Yacht Code Fifth Edition – January 2015)


The PYC Design Award will be judged based upon criteria from one of the authors of the Passenger Yacht Code and it will become a permanent addition to the ISS’s other respected design awards:

  • 20-40m power
  • 40-65m power
  • 65+ power
  • 24-40 sail
  • 40m+ sail
  • Best interior
  • Best refit

Derik Wagner, ISS President, commented, “We believe that building a yacht to any code is challenging and remarkable. We also believe that those professionals and owners that have designed and built a PYC yacht should be identified and encouraged to continue in the development of technologies and design solutions that meet the most challenging yacht building codes while meeting the highest living environment and aesthetic achievement.”

Since only a few yachts have currently been built to the Passenger Yacht Code and this is the first year of issuing the award, the International Superyacht Society has decided to include all PYC yachts delivered up to and including 2016. For 2017 onwards, the award will select eligibility using the same time frame as the other design awards: yachts built from the 1st of May until the 30th of April in the following year.

Sunseeker deliver 131 yacht Jacozami

June 26, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Sunseeker Poole has delivered the Sunseeker 131 yacht JACOZAMI to her new owner.

Luxury yacht JACOZAMI

Luxury yacht JACOZAMI

Launched earlier this year at the London Boat Show, 40m/131ft JACOZAMI is the third hull in the highly customisable 131 yacht range to be sold by Sunseeker. As with her predecessors, JACOZAMI has exceptional interior design which seamlessly integrates the bespoke features requested by her owner. A mirrored ceiling in the main saloon creates the illusion of greater height while also amplifying the natural light, and the tonal contrast creates timeless beauty throughout this luxury yacht.

Luxury yacht JACOZAMI - Saloon

Luxury yacht JACOZAMI – Saloon

With 1 master stateroom, two double guest cabins and two convertible twin cabins – all ensuite – superyacht JACOZAMI can sleep up to 10 guests in perfect comfort. JACOZAMI has now been delivered to her home port in the south of France. She is fully crewed and has a highly experienced captain ready for luxury charters in the Mediterranean this summer. Contact one of our friendly CharterWorld brokers to find out more.

Last minute charters: Superyacht Jo in Montenegro

June 25, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Superyacht JO

Superyacht JO

50m/164ft luxury yacht JO is available as a last minute deal in the Mediterranean. Built by Benetti in 2003 and refitted in 2013, JO is capable of accommodating 12 guests in 6 cabins. With up to 12 crew members, you won’t have to lift a finger on your luxury yacht charter.

JO superyacht - Sun Deck Bar and Spa Pool

JO superyacht – Sun Deck Bar and Spa Pool

Motor yacht JO – Master suite


Motor Yacht JO won ‘Best Family Charter Yacht 2011′ from Superyacht World due to her exceptional crew, variety of water toys and her impressive accommodation.

Motor yacht JO – Main saloon


Superyacht Jo is ready for a last minute charter in the Mediterranean from now until the 2nd of July. Her price ranges from €175,000-195,000 per week (plus expenses) for the low and high summer seasons respectively. For further dates, please contact CharterWorld for availability.

Superyacht Unbridled available for Mediterranean charter

June 23, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

Built in 2009 and refitted in 2015, 28m/191ft UNBRIDLED is an outstanding luxury yacht designed for entertainment and socialisation. The exterior design by Trinity Yachts plays with warm and cool colours to distinguish different sections of the yacht: the Jacuzzi and bar on the sundeck utilises a bright yellow to offset the cool water and add a distinctive Mediterranean quality.

Luxury charter yacht Unbridled

Luxury charter yacht UNBRIDLED

On the bridge deck, the formal alfresco dining area is situated between the main saloon and the outside lounging area. Relax under the evening sky after a meal from award winning Chef Micail Swindells: Placing second in ‘Yachts over 50m’ at the MYBA 2016 Awards, you are assured an exceptional fine dining experience wherever you journey.


Superyacht UNBRIDLED – Saloon


Patrick Knowles combined contemporary sensibility with classical European style to envelop UNBRIDLED’s interior. Wood panelled walls, marble flooring and detailed paintings of rural scenes acknowledge the rich culture of the Mediterranean, with influences from France, Spain, Greece and Italy. Guests will be treated to the opulent ambiance whether entertaining together in the dining room or working in solitary in the study.

Superyacht UNBRIDLED - Sundeck

Superyacht UNBRIDLED – Sundeck

As an approved RYA Water Sports Centre, guests can learn how to use the water toys, which include waverunners, kayaks, water skis and scuba diving equipment. UNBRIDLED also carries two tenders for beach excursions and taking to access diving spots during your luxury charter.

12 guests can sleep in restful comfort in one of the 6 cabins located on the main and lower decks. With a crew capacity of 13, you can sail the Mediterranean without a care in the world.

Prices range from €240,000 per week to €315,000 per week depending upon the season, Contact CharterWorld today to find out about current pricing and to make a reservation.

P/R: Christensen Shipyards launches 50m superyacht Silver Lining

June 23, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

On the morning of the summer solstice, Christensen Shipyards launched 50m luxury yacht SILVER LINING into the waters of Vancouver. SILVER LINING is the first of two yachts from the shipyard that will be available for viewing at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Her sister, CHASSEUR, will be completed later this week. The following is a press release from Christensen Shipyards.

Press Release

Christensen Shipyards’ SILVER LINING launches on the Summer Solstice

22 June 2016, Vancouver, WA: Right at dawn on the Summer Solstice (20 June 2016), Christensen Shipyards launched 50M Silver Lining,the first of two yachts that will be on display at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

50m luxury yacht SILVER LINING. Photo © Stephen Cridland

50m luxury yacht SILVER LINING. Photo © Stephen Cridland

The launch was accomplished using a unique cradle-and-launcher system designed to give the shipyard a safer and more flexible way of getting its yachts into the Columbia River. Christensen manufactured a 140,000-pound steel cradle to which two large FRP flotation boxes are attached. The boxes provide additional lift in low-water conditions and keep the yacht perfectly stable throughout the launch process.

Once the yacht and cradle are floating, the air in the launchers are replaced by water, as in a drydock, and the yacht is able to safely float free on her own. “We named it the Luken Launcher,” says Jim Gilbert, president, after the company’s chairman Henry Luken who conceived of the system.

50m luxury yacht SILVER LINING with launch crew.

50m luxury yacht SILVER LINING with launch crew.

Christensen’s Silver Lining is a 50M high-volume ABS yacht completed for a previous Christensen owner. Her sister, Chasseur, a 50M ABS and MCA-compliant yacht will be launched using the same system later this week, a testament to the resiliency of the 120-employee-strong shipyard and the efficiency of the new system. Like her sister ship, Chasseur will also be handed over in July, likewise to a repeat Christensen owner.

Two additional 50M yachts are under construction at the shipyard and available for delivery in 24 months or less.