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Bilgin 156-II Superyacht Launched in Turkey

April 22, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The second 47,60-metre hull constructed by Bilgin Yachts has been launched in Turkey. BILGIN 156-II superyacht was launched and taken to Bilgin’s Küçükçekmece facility after her assembly, earlier this month.

Superyacht BILGIN 156 hull number II

Superyacht BILGIN 156 hull number II

Similarly to her sister ship, the yacht is beginning to show off her beautiful interior and exterior spaces. Her exterior styling and naval architecture were created by Unique Yacht Design while interiors and general arrangements are the work of H2 Yacht Design.

BILGIN 156-II

BILGIN 156-II

The accommodation layout comprises four spacious cabins, including a generous owner’s stateroom with a practical private hull balcony. The suites are fitted with large windows, providing plenty of light and welcoming feel. The interiors feature subtle touches such as combinations of various woods and precious metals.

Bilgin 156 Hull II

Bilgin 156 Hull II

Built under the 500GT mark, BILGIN 156 hull two offers clean exterior lines, with classic and timeless appearance. She is likely to have a touch-and-go helipad on her upper deck aft section, which is not presents on the hull number one.

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100+M Mega Yacht Project MISTRAL Splashes At Lurssen

April 15, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The renowned German shipyard LURSSEN is preparing for an important launch this coming Saturday. The yard’s 106-metre mega yacht MISTRAL (Project Name) is ready to hit the water 31 months following her keel laying in 2013. Designed by the respected Espen Oeino, project MISTRAL is scheduled for delivery later in the year and will represent the second yacht delivered in 2016 by Lurssen. Following her delivery, she will cruise to the Middle East where she will join other luxury yachts. 

Mistral at Lurssen - Photo ©Andreas Jens

Mistral at Lurssen – Photo ©Andreas Jens

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60m Luxury Superyacht SAMURAI Hits Water at Alia Yachts in Turkey

April 14, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Exciting news has been released by the Alia Yachts shipyard in Turkey, where the yard has launched the new 60m luxury superyacht SAMURAI. The vessel was designed by the renowned naval architecture studio Van Oossanen, with exterior lines by Omega Architects and bespoke interiors by Redman Whiteley Dixon.

60m SAMURAI Superyacht launched by ALIA YACHTS

60m SAMURAI Superyacht launched by ALIA YACHTS

SAMURAI boasts strong horizontal lines and an organic evolution of the wheelhouse deck superstructure into the aft overhang of the main deck, creating a pleasant appearance and striking overall look.

Alia Yachts 60m SAMURAI

Alia Yachts 60m SAMURAI

Unique in her engineering and performance, the new ALIA 60 is based upon the innovative Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF), developed by Van Oossanen Naval Architects. The FDHF allows the vessel to reach previously unmatched efficiency throughout the power curve while providing her with a maximum speed of 21 knots.

SAMURAI at launch

SAMURAI at launch

SAMURAI is a high-volume and sophisticated vessel with powerful interior styling, with vast spaces for her owner and guests to enjoy. The vast interior volume is a direct result of diligent research, expertise and a committed team whose determination was to create spaces that are both functional and flexible at the same time. Amongst the main highlights of SAMURAI is her fantastic indoor and outdoor flow, resulting in appealing and refreshing spaces.

The layout is just as innovative, with guest accommodation and a spacious master suite all situated on the main deck, together with the main saloon and dining area. This arrangement creates an ambiance reminiscent of a contemporary luxury residence. The owners’ and guest accommodation have been placed forward on the main deck, with all the guest suites benefiting from full height windows, allowing for plenty of light to penetrate the interior areas and provide fabulous views.

The main saloon also offers fantastic panoramic views, thanks to the use of full-height windows that wrap around the saloon, as well as the well-detailed glass bulwarks at the side. Comparable intricate detailing has been completed for all the overhang aft railing on the rest of the decks.

The lower deck features the crew quarters, including crew accommodation, main galley and storage forward, in addition to the engine room and the tender garage aft. The elegant beach club at sea level together with a fully-equipped gymnasium have been designed for optimal access to the water activities, relaxation and fitness training, each maintaining the same high levels of comfort and flexibility, as found throughout the rest of the vessel.

The new 60-metre SAMURAI by Alia Yachts offers a great selection of luxury amenities on board, including a custom-built 7-metre Smuggler tender, as well as a 6,3-metre Smuggler tender. She has been fitted with two MTU 16V4000 M73L engines of 2,880 kW each, allowing her to reach a maximum speed of 21 knows and a range of 4,250 nautical miles.

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Bilgin Yachts Launch 47m Bilgin 155 Motor Yacht GIAOLA-LU

April 14, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The Turkish yacht builder Bilgin Yachts has announced that it has launched the Bilgin 155 motor yacht GIAOLA-LU last week. She was constructed for a Mexican client, incorporating design by Bilgin Yachts’ design team in collaboration with Unique and H2. The yacht is due to be delivered this summer.

GIAOLA-LU by Bilgin Yachts

GIAOLA-LU by Bilgin Yachts

GIAOLA-LU measures 46,8 metres and represents a steel and aluminium build motor yacht and the most recent boat belonging to Bilgin’s displacement line. With a beam of 9,20m and draft of 2,45 metres, she was designed and equipped to RINA Commercial Class Maltese Cross Hull, Mach, Y Unrestricted and LY3 regulations, and will be capable of unrestricted coastal and offshore cruising around Europe, Mediterranean, Atlantic and the Caribbean.

GIAOLA-LU

GIAOLA-LU

Bilgin 155 GIAOLA-LU Launch - The Team

Bilgin 155 GIAOLA-LU Launch – The Team

GIAOLA-LU boasts a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure in accordance to rules and regulations of her recognised classification and flag state. She is powered by two CAT C32 1450bhp 2300 rpm marine diesel engines, expected to reach a top speed of 16 knots. The yacht is fitted in accordance with regulations A1+A2+A3 unrestricted navigation.

While it is unknown whether she will be available for yacht charter in the future, there are a number of other fabulous charter yachts by the Turkish builder, which you can view here: BILGIN YACHTS, or contact us for additional details and a made-to-measure selection of vessels.

Superyacht GIAOLA-LU

Superyacht GIAOLA-LU

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Third Dreamline 26 Luxury Motor Yacht Hits Water

April 11, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Only a year and a half since the yacht’s official presentation at Cannes boat show in 2014, Dreamline Yachts is pleased to announce the launch of its fourth unit and the third Dreamline 26 hull.

Dreamline Yachts

Dreamline Yachts

The shipyard have sold five units of Dreamline 26, two Dreamline 34m and one Dreamline 30m to date so far. This includes three already launched 26-metre and one 34-metre units. Furthermore, the yard has already started construction of the Dreamline 26 hulls number 6 and 7. The yacht was launched on Saturday in Fano, Italy, and represents a vessel that combines security and comfort under navigation or at anchor.

Dreamline 26 on the road

Dreamline 26 on the road

Amongst the numerous latest technical features of the vessel is her lithium battery pack, which provides the entire yacht with energy for eight hours, including air-conditioning, with no need to turn the generators on, the possibility of using dock power at 220 or 380 V. The yacht also features new ways to improve the sound and thermo insulation as well as lowering even more the level of vibration. She was constructed to RINA Green Class and RINA Comfort Class requirements.

Motor Yacht DREAMLINE 26 at launch

Motor Yacht DREAMLINE 26 at launch

The exceptional seaworthiness of the hull designed by Giuseppe Arrabito, offers hydrodynamic efficiency, stability and comfort. Her striking interior and exteriors were designed by T4 Design – Enrico Gobbi, and was adapted and implemented by the technical department of the Dreamline Yachts for engineering and systems.

Dreamline 26 being launched

Dreamline 26 being launched

The yacht is scheduled be delivered to her owner in the next few weeks, following which will cruise the beautiful Mediterranean.

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26m Luxury Yacht WALLY CASA Splashes On The Water at Wally in Italy

April 07, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Renowned for its innovative vessels, the Italian Wally shipyard has announced the launch of the fourth unit of the 26m wallyace displacement line – the motor yacht Wally Casa. The yacht has splashed onto the water with success and is now prepared to take on sea trials before the delivery to her American owners, which is to take place end of this month.

26m wallyace Wally Casa launched

26m wallyace Wally Casa launched

The 26-metre vessel is yet another example of the Wally approach to yachting innovation, which is renowned for their approach to improving the quality of the life on the water.

Wally Casa forward deck with custom hot tubWally Casa forward deck with custom hot tub

Wally Casa forward deck with custom hot tubWally Casa forward deck with custom hot tub

Wallyace is presented with an innovative layout boasting the owner’s/VIP quarters aft with sliding doors, providing access to the aft platform – known as the Wally Terrace-on-the-sea. The interiors are therefore flooded with natural light while reflecting the Wally inside-outside concept, with perfect flow between the into or and outdoor areas. This concept was first introduced aboard the 1998 sailing yacht TIKETITAN.

Wally Casa takes this concept even further while boasts a one-of-a-kind layout with three cabins with the massive aft owner’s suite, which is represented by a 33 square metre area that opens up onto to Terrace-on-the-sea, offering an awe-inspiring feeling when entering the suite.

The aft platform has been enlarged by more than one metre in respect to the previous units, enhancing the feel of a beach resort on the sea. The entire outdoor/indoor flow is represented throughout the entire vessel. For example, the living area under the superstructure is entirely surrounded by glass, providing a 360° view.

Wally Casa aft Owners' suite opening onto Terraca-on-the-sea

Wally Casa aft Owners’ suite opening onto Terraca-on-the-sea

Wally’s main aim is to completely enjoy the open-air living and the sea, and this is reflected in the open-air social areas: 130 square metres of outdoor areas spreading over two decks, larger than any other yacht in this size range.

For the first time, Wally Casa boasts an outdoor custom hot tub, which is situated in the forward social cockpit of the main deck, surrounded by comfortable sun pads on both sides.

The garage hosts a 5m tender and is situated amidships above the engine room with direct access to the crew and service quarters, which also separates the guests and crew areas for utmost privacy on board.

Wally Casa living area under the superstrucure

Wally Casa living area under the superstrucure

WALLY CASA also offers large interior volumes with over 160 square metres of living space with exceptionally tall headroom. There are also more than 50 square metres of open space social areas with a loft-style ambience, incorporated in the glazed wall superstructure. This area also includes a lounge with large comfortable sofas, a dining table for ten to twelve guests, and the steering and navigation station.

The accommodation layout has been created for seven guests in three cabins, including the owners’ suite, double guest cabin and a twin guest cabin with a Pullman berth. There is also accommodation for four crew members. The interior decor boasts a combination of walnut wood with grey fabrics.

The propulsion includes engines running on low RPM providing the yacht with many advantages, including low vibration, low consumption, little maintenance as well as longevity. Additional comfort on board is being achieved thanks to the gyroscopic stabiliser.

WALLY CASA superyacht, once delivered, will cruise the Mediterranean this summer, following which she will move to the Caribbean, on her way to her home port in Baja California in Mexico.

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Luxury Charter Yacht OURANOS Launched

April 07, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The Italian Sea Group Shipyard has announced the launch of the Admiral C Force 50 luxury motor yacht OURANOS, which, once delivered will be available for yacht charter in the Mediterranean. The launch ceremony has taken place on 1st April and represents the second launch of the year for the Italian shipyard Admiral Yachts.

Admiral C Force 50 Ouranos

Admiral C Force 50 Ouranos

OURANOS is being constructed for a repeat client and represents an outstanding vessel with striking modern lines and stunning interior. She is the perfect balance between tradition and innovation, between classic and marine lines, and modern and advanced design, not to mention the high specifications that she has been constructed to.

The full displacement vessel boasts a steel and aluminium construction with a maximum speed of 17 knots, which makes her one of the fastest displacement yachts of this size.

The Owner and his family are planning on using OURANOS privately, as well as make her available for yacht charters worldwide while starting with her charter availability in the Western and Eastern Mediterranean this summer. This is the reason why renowned technical surveyors and the crew have been involved throughout the entire construction process, in order to get a perfectly balanced yacht, from the technical point of view right through to the level of comfort offer on board.

The interiors are characterised by a new level of luxury, which is refined but not too lavish. OURANOS represents a true home away from home, thought to be comfortable while the Owners’ family is on board, but also practical enough for the crew to work on board.

The entire interior design has been created by Arch. Gian Marco Campanino in collaboration with the Admiral Centro Stile, resulting in a pleasing mixture of natural leather and refined joinery throughout the yacht. OURANOS offers an interior with superbly reflects the desires and the expectations of a very demanding and highly experienced Owner.

Arch. Gian Marco Campanino comments about the interiors: “I guess that M/Y Ouranos interiors express the contemporary lifestyle state-of-the-art without being overcharged of hyper-decoration; “Less is More” is still current. Without giving up high-end finishings, this yacht establishes a new luxury idea, made of purity and linearity; sophisticated atmospheres, subtle colour shades make of this interiors something very cozy although definitely luxurious; precious materials and outstanding art pieces speak for themselves; without being a glitzy boat, she best represents the new ideal of elegance”.

The accommodation on board includes a vast Master Suite, located forward on the main deck, boasting a private office, a walk-in wardrobe, and a huge master bathroom. The entire suite is flooded with natural light thanks to the ten vertical and full height windows on both sides of the stateroom.

The lower deck, which is serviced by a glass and steel elevator, which also connects all of the three decks of OURANOS, boasts the rest of the guest accommodation, including three VIP staterooms and two twin cabins with sliding beds, convertible into doubles, with additional Pullman beds.

The common spaces include two large saloons: one located on the main deck and one on the upper deck. The main deck saloon, in addition to comfortable sofas and relaxation area, offers a dining area. The upper deck is spreading almost the entire beam of the yacht and boasts a cinema corner and a bar.

One of the most important design features of the yacht can be found within the two salons, as they are ‘virtually’ connected by continuous full headroom side windows which go from the main deck sideways up to the upper saloon ceilings, offering incredible sea views. This feature is further enhanced on the main deck, where, in order to increase the side view from the main deck, also the bulwark has been integrated with a large glass surface, in correspondence with the main saloon full headroom windows. Perhaps the most iconic feature of the Admiral C Force 50 is her inviting the beach club, which provides in & out spaces to owners and charter guests; this is a completely new concept to what is normally intended about beach clubs and it’s certainly the area which will be mostly used and enjoyed on board.

The very aft end of the yacht is indeed a tremendous open terrace on the sea, to be used both at anchor or when cruising and provided with an opening transom; the terrace is directly connected to the main deck cockpit through a dedicated staircase and it can be used as the main access to the yacht when the pontoon is low enough to do this.

The interior area of the beach club is actually the wellness club of the yacht, featuring a massage corner, a gym and a day head; this space is directly connected to the main saloon through a dedicated staircase and to the external terrace through a sliding watertight door. The beach club may be open and enlarged further thanks to the two side opening hullports, which create two other terraces on the sea and make the beach club area of the Admiral C Force 50 much bigger than on other yachts of similar and bigger size. All of this area is covered with natural teak.

The exterior spaces also include the main deck aft cockpit, which is a huge lounge area, plenty of sunbathing space; the main access to the yacht is from this cockpit, via a large pivoting passerelle which is concealed within the transom; the upper aft cockpit has been designed as the main exterior dining space, while the sun deck is the party area of the Admiral C Force 50 featuring a large Jacuzzi surrounded by sunbeds. Under the large hard top there are also a big bar and another dining table; this area is further protected by retractable awning systems and by an opening wind screen, placed forward, which allows the guests to enjoy ‘al fresco’ dinners also during the windy nights.

The crew has a separate access to the sundeck, thanks to a dedicated staircase which connects the upper pantry to the above deck. Going down and forward on the upper deck, just in front of the wheelhouse, the very forward area of the yacht is all about tenders and toys, placed in dedicated tender bays and operated by two cranes; the tender bays are separated by a central corridor, which brings to the anchoring and towing area. The crew quarter completes the yacht layout and, apart for the large captain’s cabin which is located on the upper deck, just beside the wheelhouse, everything is placed on the lower deck, with further four cabins and spacious crew mess; this area gives also the access to the under lower deck, which is a long corridor connecting the crew to the engine room and provided with laundry area and cold store space. The engine room also features another access from the main deck huge sideways, through a dedicated staircase. Within this area, the engine control room and a further  double crew cabin find a place. The Admiral superyacht ‘Ouranos’ will be cruising the Mediterranean this summer, following which will be present at the Monaco Yacht Show in September 2016, just before crossing the Atlantic to spend the winter season in the Caribbean.

The engine room also features another access from the main deck huge sideways, through a dedicated staircase. Within this area, the engine control room and a further  double crew cabin find a place. The Admiral superyacht ‘Ouranos’ will be cruising the Mediterranean this summer, following which will be present at the Monaco Yacht Show in September 2016, just before crossing the Atlantic to spend the winter season in the Caribbean.

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Christensen Ready To Launch 50m SILVER LINING Superyacht

April 07, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Christensen Shipyards is ready to launch the 50m (164′) superyacht SILVER LINING, with the ceremony to take place in early May, where the yacht will be loaded onto a string of self-propelled dollies, pulled from the yard’s shed, and cautiously transported a short distance to the launch ramp in the shipyard’s protected five-acre lagoon.

Hull 36 Silver Lining

Hull 36 Silver Lining

Following the launch SILVER LINING will undergo four weeks of river and sea trials. In addition to this important event, the yacht’s splash into the water will mark an especially poignant me moment for Christensen Shipyards’ employees, who only 15 months earlier had lost their jobs by the closure of the shipyard.

Hull 36 Silver Lining

Hull 36 Silver Lining

“I can’t imagine the angst and the hardship our workers suffered when they arrived to work and found the gates locked,” says Jim Gilbert, Christensen’s new president. “All of us in management, and particularly the two people who stepped up to purchase the yard’s assets out of receivership, feel blessed that so many of our best people hung in there through those tough times and were able to rejoin the new company when it was formed last summer. Silver Lining is the real symbol of the rebirth of the company and a testimonial to the extraordinary boatbuilding skills of an extremely talented and dedicated workforce.

The technical aspects of the launch itself give evidence to a new spirit and dedication to quality at the shipyard. The new cradle-and-dolly system is safer and more secure, and will also cut a day or more off the old launching system.

Henry Luken, chairman and principal owner of newly-minted Christensen Shipyards LLC, says he’s particularly proud of the fact that so many of the yard’s former senior employees supervisors, shop foremen, project managers, engineers and naval architects—have returned to the company.

2016 Christensen Shipyards' Employees

2016 Christensen Shipyards’ Employees

Noting that the yard’s workforce now totals among them more than 1,000 man-years of experience at Christensen, Luken remarks,“We’re boatbuilders. That’s what we love to do. The goal of our new company is to streamline every aspect of the building process to support the people who build the boats and those who buy the boats we build. We want our customers to have as much enjoyment during the process of construction as the exceptional artisans who create them.” A three-time Christensen owner himself, Luken says, “I’ve been on both sides of the table, as

A three-time Christensen owner himself, Luken says, “I’ve been on both sides of the table, as a client and as a builder. I know how to simplify the purchasing and building experience. My personal experience enables me to create a culture in which clients have the real-time information they need to feel confident every minute of the construction process.”

Hull 36 Silver Lining

Hull 36 Silver Lining

The 50-metre luxury yacht reflects the yard’s new philosophy by being completed both on time and on a budget. Cruising the seas together with SILVER LINING this summer will be CHASSEUR, a fully MCA-compliant 50-metre superyacht, which is scheduled to hit the water in June. Both of these spectacular boats will be present at the upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in November.

While the two vessels are similar when it comes to their length, Silver Lining boasts huge interior volume with stunning traditional high-gloss black walnut woodwork. On the other hand, CHASSEUR provides a slightly smaller interior space created according the MCA rules, however her beautiful interior design boasts light, highly contemporary sycamore highlighter by elegant teak soles and dramatic baths finished with brilliantly hued onyx and marble.

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50m Luxury Yacht Project AKOYA launched by Heesen Yachts

April 06, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Heesen Yachts are pleased to announce that the 50m semi-displacement luxury yacht project AKOYA (YN17650) hit the water on April 1 during a private ceremony at their shipyard’s facilities.

Heesen Yachts Project Akoya - photo by Dick Holthuis

Heesen Yachts Project Akoya – photo by Dick Holthuis

Project AKOYA represents the fifth vessel in the award-winning 50m class series, boasting sleek exterior styling designed by Omega Architects and a striking ‘shark-grey’ hull.

The vessel features four spacious deck areas with space for every occasion: the foredeck provides intimate space for relaxation, the 70 square metre sun deck is fabulous for sunbathing, the upper deck aft terrace offers a relaxed al fresco dining possibility and the multifunctional main deck aft is great for entertainment, socialising or to simply unwind.

Heesen Yachts Project Akoya - photo by Dick Holthuis

Heesen Yachts Project Akoya – photo by Dick Holthuis

AKOYA offers the highest possible internal volume under the 500GT threshold and accommodated twelve guests in six luxuriously appointed staterooms. The master suite is situated on the main deck while the rest of the guest cabin have been placed on the lower deck. The guests accommodation includes a full-beam VIP stateroom, two twin cabins that convert into doubles, and two double cabins. All accommodation has private en suite facilities.

YN 17650 will by undertaking sea trials in the North Sea where she is expected to reach a top speed of 23 knots. Her delivery is scheduled for June.

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More About 45m DOMANI Superyacht Launch at Benetti Shipyard

April 05, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Yesterday we have reported on the launch of the Benetti FB701 DOMANI superyacht. Today, an official press release has been issued with additional details and photos from the launch of this striking 45-metre vessel, which is due to be delivered to her owner in June, just in time for the summer yachting season.

Superyacht DOMANI launched

Superyacht DOMANI launched

Known under the hull number FB 701, DOMANI is a displacement yacht constructed at the Viareggio Benetti yard for a long standing client. In fact, this latest launch represents if fourth Benetti yacht.

DOMANI hitting the water

DOMANI hitting the water

The owner is an experienced sailor who loves cruising with his family around the globe. His expertise, combined with Benetti’s professional approach resulted in an exceptional superyacht well suited for an intensive use. The collaboration between the client and the shipyard begin with the first sketches until the launch.

DOMANI at launch

DOMANI at launch

Boasting four extensive decks, the exterior design of this steel and aluminium yacht has been created by Benetti’s in-house team while her interiors have been designed by Carlo Galeazzi, in close cooperation with the Ones and his design team. A use of precious materials characterise the interiors of this yacht.

Launching of M/Y DOMANI

Launching of M/Y DOMANI

One of the important features of DOMANI is her efficient use of space. The yacht, under 500GT, was constructed based on the technical platform FB700 in order to allow reduced delivery time.

Launch ceremony of DOMANI at Benetti Shipyard

Launch ceremony of DOMANI at Benetti Shipyard

Her unique design offers a feeling of luminosity and space with particular areas such as the Owner’s suite balcony.

The sky lounge of the upper deck is connected to the outdoor deck area thanks to the massive glazed door of about 8 metres, hull height, full width, allowing for great indoor/outdoor flow. Owner and his guests will find a fabulous al fresco dining area here.

We are unsure if DOMANI will be for charter in the future, however, you can view other fantastic charter yachts by Benetti here or contact us for more information. The shipyard will reveal additional details FB701 later in the year.

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