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Sunreef Yachts to attend China SIBEX International Boat Show with Sunreef 70 Yacht FENG on display

October 18, 2013

Based within the Special Economic Zone in Southern China, Shenzhen represents a bustling metropolis, boasting a good infrastructure for yachts being now more and more popular among the Chinese. The city will play a host to its China SIBEX International Boat Show for the 7th consecutive year. This year, Sunreef Yachts will be proudly showcasing its new Sunreef 70 yacht FENG, handed over to her Chinese owner last April.

Sunreef Yachts to attend China SIBEX International Boat Show with Sunreef 70 Yacht FENG on display

Sunreef Yachts to attend China SIBEX International Boat Show with Sunreef 70 Yacht FENG on display

FENG yacht will be exhibited at Shenzhen’s picturesque Damensha Marina from 24th to 27th October with a possibility of daily sea trials and later on, on the 28th October, she will be participating in the finals of the China Cup as a VIP boat.

Sunreef 70 luxury yacht FENG - Galley

Sunreef 70 luxury yacht FENG - Galley

Sunreef 70 Yacht FENG - Dining

Sunreef 70 Yacht FENG - Dining

Sunreef 70 sailing yacht FENG - Cabin

Sunreef 70 sailing yacht FENG - Cabin

Sunreef 70 Yacht FENG - Bathroom

Sunreef 70 Yacht FENG - Bathroom

Below is a selection of the stylish charter yachts built by Sunreef.

Nine line honours for superyacht Esimit Europa 2 this season

October 18, 2013

Monday, 14 October at 8:02 am CEST, saw the Esimit Sailing Team aboard the impressive 100-foot superyacht Esimit Europa 2 depart from Italy‘s Trieste towards Malta‘s Valletta, with the aim of smashing the passage record for the Medot Sailing Trophy, which stands at 68 hours and 42 minutes.

Superyacht Esimit Europa 2 under sail - Photo by Esimit Europa/Heinrich Hecht

Superyacht Esimit Europa 2 under sail - Photo by Esimit Europa/Heinrich Hecht

The approximately 700-nautical-mile-long passage from Trieste to Valletta is open to all classes and recognized by the World Sailing Speed Record Council. The trophy, established by Esimit Europa, unites two cities, two regattas – the Barcolana and the Rolex Middle Sea Race – and two yacht clubs – the “Società Velica di Barcola e Grignano” and the “Royal Malta Yacht Club”.

During the early hours of 17 October, the Esimit Sailing Team decided to abandon the record attempt due to technical issues which did not allow sailing yacht Esimit Europa 2 to conclude the challenge. Also, given that the yacht is still far from reaching Malta, there is not enough time for repairs in time for the start of the Rolex Middle Sea Race. Therefore, the Esimit Sailing Team has decided to withdraw from the Rolex Middle Sea Race – its last challenge of the season.

The Esimit Europa 2 yacht has therefore concluded its 2013 sailing season, achieving nine victories at nine attended regattas – the Rolex Fastnet Race being the season’s highlight. Since its christening in 2010, Esimit Europa 2 has all together attended 28 regattas and won all of them, moreover it has set six course records.

65m Motor Sailer Yacht SERENDIPITY concept by Andrew Trujillo

October 17, 2013

Penned by designer Andrew Trujillo, the 65-metre motor-sailer yacht Serendipity concept represents a deliberate attempt at rethinking the motor-sailer as Trujillo feels that they are a category of vessel that has been paid only a little attention so far.

65m motor-sailer yacht Serendipity concept by Andrew Trujillo

65m motor-sailer yacht Serendipity concept by Andrew Trujillo

Superyacht Serendipity concept has a reverse bow, with a simple sweep to her sheer-line. She aims to be more graceful than some vessels of this type. Her design aims to target Owner’s that are more accustomed to a motor yacht but see the advantages of sail.

Luxury yacht Serendipity concept

Luxury yacht Serendipity concept

Motor sailers were popular in the seventies, but have fallen out of favour, Andrew Trujillo suspects because many of them although practical were not blessed with good looks. Yet, there is a case to be made for motor-sailers. A yacht that has good accommodation (thanks to an ample hull) which is designed to be reasonably efficient but not win regattas. She will not get died in the wool sailors particularly excited, but that is not her purpose. She is designed to provide a real alternative to a motor yacht.

Mega yacht Serendipity concept

Mega yacht Serendipity concept

Serendipity yacht concept is intended to provide a comfortable ride, by heeling less than more performance oriented sail yachts. However, the way she would achieve this would be taking technology found in performance sail boats, by means of a lifting and canting keel. The canting mechanism would lock in the central position for the keel to be raised. The canting mechanism would be an active system counteracting heeling motion to an extent where she would heel no more than a similarly sized motor yacht.

Serendipity yacht concept - upview

Serendipity yacht concept - upview

Some other features worthy of note are the aft facing owners cabin, which would have its own terrace complete with spa. Luxury yacht Serendipity concept has been designed with the aim to encourage motor yacht owners to consider the use of a sail assisted yacht without having to make the many compromises that might be expected from a conventional sail boat. So she is designed to behave and look more like a motor yacht. Her appearance is also in-keeping with the expectation of an owner that may be seeking a fly-bridge yacht.

Serendipity superyacht concept - Decks

Serendipity superyacht concept - Decks

Andrew Trujillo feels that he is attempting to design a yacht that aims to be a little greener, but mainly more efficient, and to that end it is absolutely essential to consider the use of sail. She also has integrated solar panels in her superstructure. The solar panels will not massively reduce the hotel load on a yacht of this size; their aim is to provide emergency and low level power generation. Solar power is also harnessed to provide pre-heating to the hot water system. Again, these all add up to make a yacht that is efficient and practical, suited to longer cruises if desired. Her interior would seek to be designed with sustainability in mind, but without compromising the high level of finish.

Serendipity Yacht Concept - aft view

Serendipity Yacht Concept - aft view

Serendipity superyacht concept has an unusual full beam salon. The main salon is full height in the central section, but the sides are lower to accommodate the port and starboard passageways. However, so that the main salon has plenty of light, the windows that are situated above the level of the side deck passageways provide indirect illumination into the salon, in a manner similar to that done in some art galleries, where the sunlight enters the room from above but never directly hits the art.

Motor sailer yacht Serendipity concept

Motor sailer yacht Serendipity concept

The cabins on Serendipity yacht concept are generous and have been designed to be similar in size and specification to those found in a motor yacht of similar size.

Serendipity Yacht Concept - Layout

Serendipity Yacht Concept - Profile and General Arrangements

Video of Ken Freivokh-designed 141m mega yacht DREAM SYMPHONY

October 17, 2013

Ken Freivokh Design has released a video of the impressive 141-metre mega yacht Dream Symphony, currently under construction. Scheduled for launch in 2014, superyacht Dream Symphony by Dream Ship Victory will represent the world’s largest sailing yacht, once completed. Below is a video of Dream Symphony, released by Ken Freivokh, responsible for her exterior and interior styling, while the naval architecture is by Dykstra & Partners.

Double awards nomination for Oyster 125 sailing yacht TWILIGHT

October 16, 2013

Built by the prestigious UK shipyard Oyster Yachts and designed by multi-award winning UK design studio Dubois Naval Architects, the Oyster 125 sailing yacht Twilight has been nominated for the upcoming ISS Awards. The winners will be revealed at the gala evening in Florida on Wednesday October 30th. Superyacht Twilight sits in the ‘Best Sail 24m – 40m’ category.

Oyster 125 superyacht Twilight

Oyster 125 superyacht Twilight

Luxury yacht Twilight has also been nominated for the 2014 Boat International World Superyacht Awards. Dubbed as the “Oscars” of the superyacht world, the ninth annual WSA ceremony will take place in Amsterdam on Saturday 3 May.

Below is a selection of the beautiful charter yachts built by Oyster Marine.

Successful Grand Premiere for Sunreef 60 LOFT Yacht GRACE currently undergoing final sea trials

October 16, 2013

The all-new Sunreef 60 LOFT yacht GRACE represents the first unit of the ready-to-sail concept and the latest vessel, launched by the prestigious Polish yard, Sunreef Yachts. Luxury sailing yacht GRACE was officially introduced to her owners as well as guests at the Hilton Hotel in Poland’s Gdansk last Saturday, October 12, 2013.

Sunreef 60 LOFT sailing yacht GRACE during her Grand Premiere

Sunreef 60 LOFT sailing yacht GRACE during her Grand Premiere in Poland's Gdansk

Sailing yacht GRACE is now undergoing final sea trials before her departure to the US, where she will be operating on the East Coast as well as in the Caribbean this winter and will be available for charter.

Sunreef 60 LOFT Yacht GRACE

Sunreef 60 LOFT Yacht GRACE

The luxury ‘pret-a-porter’ GRACE yacht concept is based on the company’s 10 years’ experience, extensive knowledge and understanding of the owners’ needs, contains all the essential options and equipment for comfortable sailing and living on board for 6 guests and 2 crew members.

Luxury yacht GRACE under sail

Luxury yacht GRACE under sail

GRACE yacht’s special features include a fully equipped open galley located in the portside hull which connects directly with the saloon located on the main deck via transparent glass wall turning into opaque with only one button push. Additionally, there is a lot of innovative illumination on the yacht, including LED lit stairs to the flybridge, illuminated cockpit and flybridge tables, all made from 3form panels as well as 4 underwater OceanLED lights. This ready-to-go vessel can be easily operated even by one crew member thanks to the sailing gear smartly placed within a reach of the flybridge and featuring electric winches. Her expected speeds should reach 12 -15 knots on sails. As a ready-to-go vessel, all electrical, plumbing, hydraulic systems and Williams tender are also included within the fixed price.

Sunreef 60 LOFT sailing yacht GRACE - Exterior

Sunreef 60 LOFT sailing yacht GRACE - Exterior

Impeccable quality of the construction, customized and very elegant luxury finish as well as high seaworthiness – converted into a compact and light vessel are also the distinguishing features of Sunreef 60 LOFT luxury yacht GRACE.

Sunreef 60 LOFT Yacht GRACE - Interior

Sunreef 60 LOFT Yacht GRACE - Interior

The concept of the LOFT yacht has been unveiled in April this year and generated already 2 sales with many inquiries after GRACE yacht’s launch. The company believes this concept will enjoy a lot of interest among the catamarans enthusiasts.

Below is a gallery for the superb charter yachts built by Sunreef Yachts.

Distribution agreement between Elite Yacht Linen and Fri Form Furniture

October 16, 2013

Elite Yacht Linen is delighted to announce that they have signed a new distribution agreement with Swedish designer terrace furniture company, Fri Form. Elite Yacht Linen has supplied its made to measure fine Italian luxury linens and toweling for such spectacular vessels as expedition yacht Bartender, sailing yacht Blue Too, superyacht Tenaz, and many others.

Terrace furniture by Fri Form

Terrace furniture by Fri Form

The Fri Form furniture is strong and durable and very attractive. It’s the Mercedes Benz of furniture; reassuringly expensive with the same classic shape, unchanged for years built for comfort and that look of understated quality.

The collections range of sun loungers, parasols chairs and tables. Finishes in low maintenance aluminum in white, grey, black and silver, with a range of anti fade solid color cushions in durable Dacron. Perfect for yachts.

Alex Swindells of Elite Yacht Linen discovered this range recently: “When I saw this furniture it seemed to me that it was perfect for the yachting industry. The designs are inspired from the 60’s and have that classic timeless elegance, this together with the Aluminium frames that will not rust, and the Dacron cushions that will not fade, makes them a perfect addition to any deck. Other clever additions to these pieces are the protected plastic feet and the rear wheels on the chairs. These thoughtful touches allow the furniture to stand on teak, or be moved across without damaging the deck.”

The integrated features of the pieces allow for reconfiguration, as in, an upright chair can become a recliner with the addition of its stool, and extensions are available for tables.

Fri Form also offers a range in Burmese Teak for the more traditional wood look onboard, which can be maintained with oil.

Historically, Elite have supplied table linen, bed linen, luxury towels and throws from top brands such as Abyss, Franchinimare, Heirlooms, Hamam, Yves Delorme, Pratesi, Celso de Lemos, Quagliotti, Leitner Marzotto, Jacquard Francais, Sferra, Frette and Versace flatware.

Based in STP shipyard in Palma, Elite Yacht Linen is right in the Mediterranean hub of the industry and with the addition of the Fri Form furniture, Elite is a one-stop shop for bespoke luxury items for yachts.

Superyacht Glass Manufacturer Glasshape to attend Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show for the first time

October 16, 2013

Glasshape | DuraShield Marine is a well known US producer of superyacht glass for some of the world’s most spectacular vessels, comprising Palmer Johnson motor yacht LADY M, Delta Marine superyacht INVICTUS, Mcmullen & Wing charter yacht BIGFISH, as well as Fitzroy Yachts sailing yacht OHANA. This year, the company will be attending the prestigious Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) for the first time.

DuraShield Marine at FLIBS - Rendering

DuraShield Marine at FLIBS - Rendering

Located at booth 706 and 707 the company will have samples, images, equipment and technicians onsite for all things relating to marine glass, from measuring, installation, manufacturing, and window refit.

New General Manager for Pendennis Palma

October 15, 2013

Pendennis is delighted to announce the appointment of Richard Hudson as new General Manager at their Palma yacht refit facility. Having worked for Pendennis Palma for the past year, Richard has already created strong connections with the Pendennis fleet and will bring both engineering as well as technical expertise to reinforce the success of the operation.

Luxury yacht Fair Lady refitted by Pendennis Palma

Luxury yacht Fair Lady refitted by Pendennis Palma

“For over 16 years I have worked in the marine industry as yacht crew, an Owner’s representative and I have delivered projects as a contractor, therefore I’m able to empathise with our clients and understand their priorities. Perhaps most importantly I am proud to represent Pendennis’ passion, professionalism and skills in Palma.”

Like many Pendennis employees Richard has a passion for sailing having been an avid sailor since childhood. His experience includes skippering yachts in the Fastnet Race, RORC, racing solo in Mini 6.5 and Figaro class as well as racing aboard Open 60s and Orma 60s.

This early enthusiasm for the sea has led to a diverse career in the marine industry. Richard served as a ship’s engineering officer in the offshore oil and gas industry aboard support and survey vessels, also working on cable laying vessels and as ROV dive support. Following consultancy roles with the Department for Transport and the Maritime Coastguard Agency, Richard spent two years as an engineer on board superyachts; this led to Richard establishing a company in 2009 in Mallorca focusing on Owner advocacy, engineering and project management. Whilst running this business he assisted with Pendennis’ warranty work on luxury yacht Tenaz following which he joined the Pendennis Palma team, progressing to a central role managing motor yacht Fair Lady, charter yacht Margaret Ann and superyacht Audacia during this past refit season.

Richard’s enthusiasm and interest in the technical aspects of the superyacht industry are constant, with his spare time currently focussed on completing the requirements to become a Chartered Engineer. His substantial technical and engineering knowledge balanced with his experience of working aboard superyachts has proved invaluable for Pendennis Palma over the past year, and it is these skills and dynamism that will ensure the effective management of Pendennis Palma during the busy refit seasons ahead.

The Pendennis Palma facility remains a popular choice for yachts in the Mediterranean. This winter the facility will be welcoming back clients from the last two seasons, as well as delivering over 5000 hours of refit work to new clients. With 11 superyacht refit projects already booked, slots are rapidly running out for the 2013/14 season and enquiries are already strong for the 2014/15 season.

Over the past two years Pendennis Palma has evolved to offer a strong core team capable of handling the temporary importation of vessels (TPA), yacht and freight import and export, crew accommodation and vehicle hire and berthing – making the transition to shore side as effortless as possible. Backing from Pendennis’ Falmouth facility provides global warranty support, on-going service agreements and comprehensive spares supply, supported by the extensive expertise of the Pendennis team.

Ron Holland-designed sailing yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) afloat and re-rigged

October 15, 2013

Originally designed by world-renowned Ron Holland, sailing yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) is now afloat and re-rigged, following her comprehensive refit. Superyacht M5 has undergone a 15-month refit at Pendennis in Falmouth, England.

Ron Hollands post refit rendering of sailing yacht m5 ex Mirabella V

Ron Holland's post refit rendering of sailing yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V)

Measuring 78 meters in length, luxury yacht M5 remains the largest single mast sailing yacht in existence. In addition, she also boasts the highest mast in the world.

Mega yacht M5 (ex Mirabella V) will be voyaging to the South Pacific, and beyond, during 2014.

Below is a selection of the oustanding charter yachts with design by Ron Holland.