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Launch of Riviera 77 Enclosed Flybridge motor yacht LIFE SERENITY

February 13, 2015

Legendary Australian yacht manufacturer, Riviera, has proudly introduced a majestic new flagship for its amazing fleet of premium recreational yachts –  the 77 Enclosed Flybridge motor yacht Life Serenity. Luxury yacht Life Serenity represents a progressive step forward for the luxury brand with a legendary passion for perfection.

Riviera 77 Enclosed Flybridge Yacht Life Serenity in the travelift

Riviera 77 Enclosed Flybridge Yacht Life Serenity in the travelift

The new and deluxe 77 Enclosed Flybridge yacht Life Serenity – the largest, most luxurious and most technologically advanced Riviera ever – is the result of a long and successful commitment to constant refinement and continual evolution, which has positioned Riviera amongst the leaders of its field.

The 77 Enclosed Flybridge Life Serenity yacht is a serious long-range offshore vessel offering the perfect mix of cruising and fishing capabilities with ultra-modern marine technology, plush and palatial appointments … and, indeed, boasts all the comforts of a world-class luxury resort.

The first model in the 77 series was launched in a special ceremony at Riviera’s world-class facility at Coomera ahead of her World Premiere at the Dubai International Boat Show in 3-7 March 2015 – and it was a significant milestone in the marque’s rich 35-year history.

A proud Riviera chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst said the 77 Enclosed Flybridge defines a new era for a company already respected on an international scale for its exceptional build quality, superior sea-keeping abilities and exacting eye for detail, all the way from lamination and engineering and right through to final fit and finish.

Luxury yacht Life Serenity underway

Luxury yacht Life Serenity underway

“I believe this is the best Riviera ever built,” Mr Longhurst declared to the owners of this beautiful new boat who joined the team of designers, engineers and master craftsmen based at Riviera’s state-of-the-art facility at Coomera on Australia’s Gold Coast. “This has not happened by chance but by collaboration between the owners, the fantastic team here at Riviera and the team from our exclusive Middle East and North Africa dealership, SF Yachts.

“The owner challenged us to create a yacht that would meet his very specific requirements and the 77 Enclosed Flybridge is proof of what we can do – it is proof that Riviera is able to meet the high expectations of the most fastidious of owners.

“The word ‘excellence’ is sometimes overused but it forms a key part of the ethos that runs right through every part of Riviera – and I am very excited that we have again proven ourselves up to the task.”

The first 77 Enclosed Flybridge luxury yacht Life Serenity has a full range of premium options to complement her distinctive design concepts.

This is perhaps most evident even before you step aboard the new 77 series – massive forward windows offer panoramic 360-degree views from the luxurious saloon deck while shapely, symmetrical and sweeping 10m x 0.5m safety glass feature panels are bonded to each side of her colossal hull, providing an impeccable surface finish yet maintaining the strong structural integrity for which Riviera is globally renowned.

Life Serenity Yacht - aft view

Life Serenity Yacht - aft view

Stepping aboard, the new 77 Enclosed Flybridge from Riviera also offers an expansive cockpit, elegant mezzanine, palatial appointments throughout her saloon, four staterooms including full­beam master, four bathrooms and clever alfresco lifestyle concepts, including a large aft platform on the state­of­the­art flybridge and, in the case of Life Serenity, a massive and lavish sun pad and casual dining/sitting area on the foredeck.

The owner of Life Serenity also requested double transom doors leading from her one-tonne capacity hydraulic swim platform, and wide marlin board, in order to enhance her versatility.

The designated length of this exciting new model is based on the official hull length of 77 feet however, the stylish and sophisticated Life Serenity measures over 81 feet from bow sprit to board platform.

“The owner could have chosen any manufacturer anywhere in the world to build his semi-custom yacht and we are immensely proud that he chose Riviera,” said Riviera’s Director of Brand and Communications, Stephen Milne.

“We appreciate the faith he has put into Riviera and we are committed to delivering on our promise of creating the ultimate boating experience – it’s not something we take lightly at all,” he said.

“We knew early in the design phase that this is a revolutionary new yacht – the most significant Riviera has built in 35 years – so it was clear we had to launch her as our fleet flagship, one which defines the Riviera hallmarks of innovation and technology that underpin our stature on the international stage.”

The Middle East-based owner, who personally attended the launch at Coomera with his daughter and Riviera dealer Franceso Pitea from SF Yachts, owns several other large luxury yachts yet wanted one he could use for all purposes – for long-range fishing and extended cruising … as well as for luxury entertaining of large groups He said that although Life Serenity would be manned with a crew – with fully-equipped custom crew quarters forward – he had sea-trialled Riviera’s 75 Enclosed Flybridge in waters off Brisbane and was very impressed by her supreme sea-keeping capabilities.

“Immediately I liked what I saw,” he said. “It was very rough weather that day but the boat was very stable – she turned very sharply without any major effort and I knew then that I would like to work with Riviera to build a boat that would suit both my personal and family requirements.”

One of these requirements is for upgraded airconditioning to cater to the extremely high temperatures in the Middle East, where the mercury can rise above 50 degrees Celsius (126 degrees Fahrenheit), and is regularly above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).

Life Serenity includes 32,000 BTU’s of air-conditioning to Life Serenity includes 32,000 BTU’s of air-conditioning to the fully-cleared mezzanine deck, 60,000 BTU’s to the main saloon and another 60,000 BTU’s to the flybridge, in addition to increases across all accommodation deck cooling systems, including the fully-equipped two-berth crew quarters.

Exposed structural areas – including the new sportsstyled targa that has been colour-matched to the hull and air-intakes in Bentley Silverlake blue – have also undergone additional heat-curing treatments so they can withstand the Middle East’s harsh climactic conditions Africa dealer, SF Yachts, will host the world premiere of the 77 Enclosed Flybridge yacht Life Serenity at the Dubai International Boat Show from 3­7 March 2015.

SF Yachts dealer principal Franceso Pitea said Life Serenity would take centre stage at their extensive Dubai display, adding she will be the ‘main attraction’ amid a sea of luxury yachts.

“We also plan to take her for a tour of the Middle East to show our customers the world-class standards of Riviera,” said Mr Pitea. “We are very excited with the future direction of Riviera and their constant drive to creating the ultimate boat.

Video from launch of 43m Christensen motor yacht MISSING LINK

February 12, 2015

The all-new 43m Custom Series motor yacht Missing Link has been recently launched by Christensen Shipyards. Scheduled for delivery later this month, the 142-foot superyacht Missing Link features stylish interior design by Carol Williamson & Associates. Below is a video showing this beauty while being moved from the fabrication site to the launch site, loaded on a dry dock, lowered 9 feet down and launched in the waters of the Columbia River. The video has been released by Northwest Structural Moving, having worked hard to get the vessel in the water in a short timeframe.

Video: The latest mega yacht launches by Feadship

February 10, 2015

Hanco Bol and Feadship Fanclub have released an amazing video showing the photos of the latest launches of the premier Dutch shipyard, Feadship. These include the 92,5-metre superyacht Hull 1005, launched in October 2014, as well as the 83,50-metre motor yacht Savannah (hull 686) and the 101,5-metre mega yacht Hull 808, both launched last month.

Photos: New 55m LE 180 motor yacht Hull 467 launched by Amels

February 09, 2015

Saturday, February 7, in Vlissingen, the Netherlands, saw the launch of all-new 55-metre Limited Edition 180 motor yacht Hull 467 by Amels. Second Amels launch of this year, following the 60m LE 199 luxury yacht Madame Kate, superyacht Hull 467 arrived at the yard at the end of March 2014, and was built in less than 13 months. Below are the images of the brand new Amels Hull 467, spotted at launch by ‘Dutchmegayachts’.

Launch of Amels super yacht Hull 467

Launch of Amels super yacht Hull 467

Amels Hull 467 superyacht at launch

Amels Hull 467 superyacht at launch

Amels motor yacht Hull 467 and luxury yacht Madame Kate

Amels motor yacht Hull 467 and luxury yacht Madame Kate

Amels superyacht Madame Kate and Hull 467 Yacht

Amels superyacht Madame Kate and Hull 467 Yacht

New 43m Custom Series motor yacht MISSING LINK launched by Christensen Shipyards

February 06, 2015

The prominent US builder, Christensen Shipyards, has launched the brand new 43m Custom Series motor yacht Missing Link. Set to be delivered later this month, luxury superyacht Missing Link boasts beautiful interior design by Carol Williamson & Associates.

Rendering of the 43m Custom Series Yacht by Christensen Shipyards

Rendering of the 43m Custom Series Yacht by Christensen Shipyards

Christensen super yacht Missing Link provides lovely and comfortable accommodation in five well appointed staterooms. There is also a full-beam skylounge, an elevator connecting all decks including sundeck, as well as helicopter touch and go supported by a crew of 8 members.

Fully classified and certified to ABS Commercial Yachting Services classification as well as MCA-LY2 Large Commercial Yacht Code Compliant, the 43m Custom Series luxury yacht Missing Link is powered by twin MTU 12V 4000 diesel engines, expected to reach a top speed of 16 knots.

Below is a choice of the beautiful charter yachts built by Christensen.

Heesen Yachts launch 50m YN 16750 motor yacht SIBELLE

February 04, 2015

The leading Dutch shipyard, Heesen Yachts, is excited to announce that they launched the brand new Y/N 16750 motor yacht Sibelle at their facility in Oss on Friday, December 19, 2014. Superyacht Sibelle is a striking 50-metre fully custom vessel below 500GT, with an aluminum hull and superstructure. She will be tested in the North Sea and handed over to her Owner by the end of February 2015.

50m Heesen superyacht Sibelle - Photo by Dick Holthuis

50m Heesen superyacht Sibelle - Photo by Dick Holthuis

Luxury yacht Sibelle is large enough to offer her Owner and his guests everything they need without compromise. At the same time, she is also small enough to allow plenty of freedom to anchor in bays with crystal clear water.

The experienced Owner, and the Captain and his team, were deeply involved in the conception of this unique vessel. Thanks to their personal collaboration with the experts at Heesen shipyards the achieved results exceeding expectations.

Luxury motor yacht Sibelle - Photo by Dick Holthuis

Luxury motor yacht Sibelle - Photo by Dick Holthuis

While attracted by the benefits of the Fast Displacement Hull Form, the Owner requested a plumb bow; this radical and dramatic design feature implemented not only a styling tour de force, but also a dedicated study to ensure the best possible course-keeping – especially in high wave conditions – and to allow greater comfort on board.

Tank testing at the Wolfson Unit MTIA – with a free running self-propelled model in extreme wave conditions – proved the exceptional ability of the hull design; both in comfort and course-keeping, and confirmed the extraordinary high-performance figures that are inherent to the FDHF.

Superyacht Sibelle - Launching Ceremony - Photo by Dick Holthuis

Superyacht Sibelle - Launching Ceremony - Photo by Dick Holthuis

Super yacht Sibelle will be able to reach a maximum speed of 18.5 knots with only two 1.000kW MTUs installed. Hence an ocean-crossing range is achieved with minimal fuel capacity; only 45.000 litres are required to comfortably transit the Atlantic, leaving plenty in reserve.

The naval architect, Perry van Oossanen comments: The modest propeller tunnel design allows for 1.5 m diameter propellers. The hull is fitted with Quantum XT zero-speed fins, and bilge keels, offering a maximum reduction in roll angle at anchor. The design of the hull, the appendages and the propulsion arrangement have been focused on obtaining the best fuel efficiency possible, without sacrificing performance and comfort when running in waves.”

The Owner appointed Frank Laupman from Omega Architects and Mikhail Labazov and Andrei Savin from Architectural Bureau A-B Studio to create the exterior design, the general arrangement and the interior décor of Sibelle superyacht.

Motor yacht Sibelle - Photo by Dick Holthuis

Motor yacht Sibelle - Photo by Dick Holthuis

The clean and elegant exterior lines are emphasized by contrasting bands of wraparound glass.

To describe the design of Sibelle yacht the team of architects chose the oxymoron Complex simplicity: the lines look like they are running parallel, but in reality they are not! It is all about small adjustments that give an impression of parallelism to the eye.

Simplicity as the ultimate form of luxury is the design philosophy behind the cosy and inviting interior décor where the design of bleached teak wood panels creates continuous horizontal lines.

Ten guests can be accommodated in five cabins. 61 square metres are dedicated to the master suite; traditionally located forward on the main deck, she boasts two separate dressing rooms, each with a private ensuite bathroom. The four guest cabins (two VIP, one twin and one double) all have ensuite bathrooms and are positioned on the lower deck. Different light settings will reveal the genius loci of every cabin.

SIBELLE yacht - saloon

SIBELLE yacht - saloon - Photo credit to Omega Architects

Beyond their cabins, guests can enjoy 237 square metres of outdoor living space.

The main and rescue tenders are placed on the fore deck under way. When they are in the water, this vast area with opening bulwarks, transforms into a perfect party space adjacent to the sea.

This configuration allows the aft lower deck to be used as a large (21.5 square metre) beach club / wellness area equipped with sauna – accessible directly from the main saloon aft through an internal staircase.

Superyacht SIBELLE - Dining

Superyacht SIBELLE - Dining - Photo credit to Omega Architects

The design of motor yacht Sibelle proves that high speed cruising can be achieved without sacrificing either luxury or efficiency.

SPECIFICATIONS OF YN 16750 SUPERYACHT SIBELLE:

GENERAL

HULL TYPE: TWIN PROPELLER, FAST DISPLACEMENT

NAVAL ARCHITECT: VAN OOSSANEN NAVAL ARCHITECTS

INTERIOR DESIGN: OMEGA ARCHITECTS

INTERIOR DISGN ADVISER: AB STUDIO

EXTERIOR DESIGN: OMEGA ARCHITECTS

CLASSIFICATION: ABS  A1 YACHTING SERVICE  AMS

LARGE COMMERCIAL YACHT CODE LY2 / MCA

HULL: ALUMINIUM

SUPERSTRUCTURE: ALUMINIUM

DIMENSIONS

LENGTH OVER ALL: 49,90M / 163FT 8 INCHES

BEAM OVER ALL: 9,00M / 29FT 6 INCHES

DRAFT: 2,33M / 7FT 8 INCHES

DISPLACEMENT (50% LOAD): 315 TONS

ACCOMMODATION

CREW: 11

GUESTS:  10

CABINS: FULL-BEAM MASTER SUITE, TWO VIP CABINS, ONE DOUBLE CABIN, ONE TWIN CABIN

TECHNICAL DETAILS

MAXIMUM SPEED(50% LOAD): 18,5 KNOTS

RANGE AT 13 KNOTS: 3.150 NAUTICAL MILES

FUEL CAPACITY: 45.000 LITRES

FRESH WATER: 16.500 LITRES

PROPULSION DETAILS

MAIN ENGINES: 2 X MTU 8V 4000 M63

MAXIMUM POWER: 2 X 1.000 KILOWATT

GEARBOX: 2 X ZF 4600

ENGINE CONTROL: MTU BLUE VISION

PROPELLERS: SCHAFFRAN FIVE BLADE FIXED PITCH Ø 1.500 MILLIMETRES

GENERATORS: 2 X KILO-PAK, EACH 99 KILOWATT

BOWTHRUSTER: HRP 135 KILOWATT, HYDRAULICALLY DRIVEN

STABILISERS: QUANTUM XT, MODEL 2200 WITH 2 FINS OF 3.40/4.40 SQUARE METRES, ZERO SPEED

New 82m motor yacht DARTWO (hull 6498) launched by Abeking & Rasmussen

February 03, 2015

The premier German builder, Abeking & Rasmussen, has successfully launched the brand new 81,80-metre motor yacht DARTWO (hull 6498). Luxury mega yacht DARTWO has been entirely designed by bespoke Terence Disdale. Below is an image of her sister ship – superyacht Kibo. The official information and images of the latest Abeking & Rasmussen launch are still to be released by the shipyard.

A sister ship to superyacht DARTWO (Project 6498) - mega yacht KIBO (Project 6497)

A sister ship to super yacht DARTWO (Project 6498) - mega yacht KIBO (Project 6497)

Made of steel and aluminium, superyacht DARTWO has a gross tonnage of 2,300GRT, just like her sister ship and features naval architecture by Abeking & Rasmussen. She is expected to be handed over to her new Owner within a few weeks.

Below is a selection of the outstanding charter yachts built by Abeking & Rasmussen.

Photos of new 60m LE199 motor yacht MADAME KATE launched by Amels

February 02, 2015

Saturday, January 31, 2015, in Vlissingen, the Netherlands, saw the launch of the brand new 60-metre motor yacht MADAME KATE by Amels. First 2015 launch for the leading Dutch shipyard, with two 55m LE180 motoryachts, expected to be launched this year, mega yacht MADAME KATE represents the second Limited Edition 199 vessel, first being superyacht Event. Below are the photos of the newly launched MADAME KATE, beautifully designed by acclaimed Tim Heywood. The photos were taken by Dutchmegayachts.

Newly launched super yacht Madame Kate by Amels

Newly launched super yacht Madame Kate by Amels

LE199 superacht MADAME KATE provides deluxe accommodation to up to 12 guests and a crew of 15 members. She is powered by twin Caterpillar 3512C diesel engines, expected to reach a top speed of 16,5 knots and a cruising speed of 15 knots.

Amels superyacht Madame Kate at launch

Amels superyacht Madame Kate at launch

Amels motor yacht Madame Kate

Amels motor yacht Madame Kate

Mega yacht Madame Kate - front view

Mega yacht Madame Kate - front view

Luxury yacht Madame Kate - side view

Luxury yacht Madame Kate - side view

Videos: 101m Feadship motor yacht Project 808 at launch

February 02, 2015

Representing the largest yacht ever built by Feadship, the outstanding 101,50-metre motor yacht Project 808 was launched by Royal van Lent at Kaag island in the Netherlands on Friday, January 30, 2015. Superbly penned by bespoke Tim Heywood, luxury mega yacht Hull 808 is the first Feadship to be fully compliant with the new Passenger Yacht Code regulations, allowing more than the usual twelve passengers. Below are two videos from the launch of this breath-taking vessel, both released by ‘Dutchmegayachts’.

Photos of 101m Feadship Mega Yacht Hull 808

January 30, 2015

The renowned Dutch mega yacht builder FEADSHIP has launched the impressive 101,5m mega yacht Hull 808, which also represents the biggest yacht ever built by the Feadship’s Royal Van Lent shipyard. Below you will find a set of the photos kindly provided to us by the ‘Feadship Fanclub’ which you can find, and ‘like’ through their Facebook page. The Feadship hull 808 yacht is due to be completed this spring and was designed by Tim Heywood.

Luxury yacht hull 808 by Feadship - Photo by Feadship Fan Club

Luxury yacht hull 808 by Feadship - Photo by Feadship Fanclub

101m Hull 808 superyacht by Feadship is also the first Passenger Yacht Code regulations fully-compliant Feadship allowing for more than the usual 12-guests accommodation on board. Featuring six spacious decks and sumptuous facilities, the latest in technology and a fully operation helicopter deck, Hull 808 yacht is truly an amazing vessel. She is certified for yacht charter with helicopter operations. You can also read the official Feadship press release here, for more information.

101m superyacht Hull 808 by Feadship - Photo by Feadship Fan Club

101m superyacht Hull 808 by Feadship - Photo by Feadship Fanclub

Superyacht Hull 808 by Feadship at launch - Photo by Feadship Fan Club

Superyacht Hull 808 by Feadship at launch - Photo by Feadship Fanclub

Hull 808 yacht by Feadship - Photo by Feadship Fan Club

Hull 808 yacht by Feadship - Photo by Feadship Fanclub

Feadship 101m Yacht Hull 808 - Photo by Feadship Fan Club

Feadship 101m Yacht Hull 808 - Photo by Feadship Fanclub

Tim Heywood yacht Hull 808 by Feadship - Photo by Feadship Fan Club

Tim Heywood yacht Hull 808 by Feadship - Photo by Feadship Fanclub

Feadship 101m mega yacht HULL 808 launched today - Photo by Feadship Fan Club

Feadship 101m mega yacht HULL 808 launched today - Photo by Feadship Fanclub

Launch of the 101m Feadship Hull 808 superyacht - Photo by Feadship Fan Club

Launch of the 101m Feadship Hull 808 superyacht - Photo by Feadship Fanclub

101m yacht Hull 808 by Feadship - Photo by Feadship Fan Club

101m yacht Hull 808 by Feadship - Photo by Feadship Fanclub

101m Superyacht Hull 808 by Feadship at launch - Photo by Feadship Fan Club

101m Superyacht Hull 808 by Feadship at launch - Photo by Feadship Fanclub