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Video: Steve Jobs superyacht Venus heads to Feadship facilities for refit

September 01, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Superyacht VENUS has returned home to the Feadship facilities to begin her second refit since her launch in 2012, which will include her five-year Lloyd’s certification as well as system upgrades.

Superyacht VENUS returning for her refit with Feadship

Superyacht VENUS returning for her refit with Feadship

The famed 78m/256ft mega yacht constructed for Steve Jobs has remained a secretive build: De Voogt Naval Architects designed her exterior profile with few details known about her interiors except that Philippe Starck was commissioned to complete the project.

2 x MTU 16V 4000 M73 diesel engines provide a cruising speed of 16 knots and a top speed of 22 knots and her on board accommodation is designed for up to 12 guests.

Video credit: Feadship

After her launch in 2012, 78m/256ft mega yacht VENUS underwent a refit in 2015 at the Monaco Marine La Ciotat. Her second refit will take place at the recently rented Harlingen facility and will be the first of many refits at the yard for a busy autumn/winter season. Luxury yacht ECSTASEA is also expected at the Makkum yard later in the year.

Feadship has seen an increased demand for quality refits, particularly from owners of Feadship superyachts who want to maintain or upgrade and retain the same seamless quality as when the yachts were first launched. To meet this demand, Feadship has hired the facilities of a fellow shipyard to accommodate 81m/266ft M/Y AIR, and ‘Feadship Refit & Services’ will launch in the final quarter of 2017.

 

Exclusive interview: Interior designer for 2017-refitted Superyacht LUCKY LADY, Juniper Hill Furniture

July 25, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

The summer season is in full swing and in anticipation of the busiest charter period in the Mediterranean, shipyards across the globe have been active with superyacht refits to offer guests the latest in modern technology, water toys variety and interior and exterior design.

Oceanco superyacht LUCKY LADY

Oceanco superyacht LUCKY LADY

Oceanco superyacht LUCKY LADY (ex.LADY LOLA) was one such vessel that recently underwent maintenance and an extensive refit to prepare her for the summer season in the Mediterranean, and her interior design was completed by the owners’ favourite designers: Juniper Hill Furniture & Design.

Run by mother and daughter team Trish Dietze and Stacy Hernendez, Nevada-based Juniper Hill Furniture & Design sources quality furnishings from hundreds of boutique brands and renowned designers to create stylish, comfortable and cohesive interiors that follow the owner’s requirements. Trish Dietze spoke exclusively to CharterWorld to provide greater insight into the concepts that created the radiant interiors of 62m/205ft motor yacht LUCKY LADY.

Does Juniper Hill Furniture & Design have a history of working on superyacht interiors?

While we have not worked on interior designs for a superyacht before, we have done several large estates from Reno to Hawaii to Southern California, Lake Tahoe, the Napa Valley and Florida.

How did your company diversify from luxury residences to superyachts?

A simple answer is that most owners of superyachts are also owners of luxury residences. In addition to residential design, we have designed medical offices, a hotel in Yountville, Napa Valley, clubhouses and even a private jet. I’ve been lucky enough to meet some very incredible people in my life, and this has been a great example of that: I’ve worked with the owners for many years designing the interiors of several of their homes and when they purchased LUCKY LADY, they invited me to design this interior as well.

Superyacht LUCKY LADY - The main salon after the 2017 refit

Superyacht LUCKY LADY – The main salon after the 2017 refit

What were the key concepts behind the interior design for superyacht LUCKY LADY?

As a guest on several superyachts in recent years, I have seen many different beautiful styles and designs. One thing that has been an issue though is the comfort: Many of the furnishings were great looking but lacked in comfort. When the owner of LUCKY LADY and I first began working on the interior design of the yacht, our goal was to create a sophisticated yet relaxing environment.

“I would say that any designer’s style evolves with the current colors and trends to a point, but really my design is drawn from the area, owner and home that I work on. As a designer, I work by my motto, “I have only one design style: Yours.” On each design project, I work closely with my clients to create a space that is comfortable, stylish and reflects their personality and lifestyle.”

Superyacht LUCKY LADY - Fantastic views seated on the sundeck forward

Superyacht LUCKY LADY – Fantastic views seated on the sundeck forward

Did Juniper Hill Designs collaborate with any other interior designers or yacht industry professionals to complete the interiors?

There weren’t any other interior designers, but there were some yacht industry professionals that I worked with: Powless Drapery for bedding, drapery and upholstery, and Yacht furnishings by Eclipse for the outdoor cushions and awnings.

Is there anything within this project that you would like to draw special attention to?

I have always maintained that the right accessories and artwork really give a room their personality and finishing touches; we found some amazing pieces to accent the rooms with! My favorite detail is possibly the unique display of wine in the beautifully lighted wine wall.

Motor yacht LUCKY LADY - Master suite details

Motor yacht LUCKY LADY – Master suite details

How has your company’s style evolved over time?

I would say that any designer’s style evolves with the current colors and trends to a point, but really my design is drawn from the area, owner and home that I work on. As a designer, I work by my motto, “I have only one design style: Yours.” On each design project, I work closely with my clients to create a space that is comfortable, stylish and reflects their personality and lifestyle.

Each area and home have a character that we design around. For example, a home in Lake Tahoe was traditional European with many rich colors, elaborate faux painting and heavily carved and ornate details. While the home in Hawaii was more contemporary with coastal colors and natural furnishings, and another Tahoe home featured a lighter palette with Mountain Contemporary designs. I am very comfortable with any style, allowing me to draw inspiration from my clients to bring their dream interiors to life.

The recently refitted Master suite aboard luxury yacht LUCKY LADY

The recently refitted Master suite aboard luxury yacht LUCKY LADY

What makes Juniper Hill Designs stand out from other designers?

We moved to Reno from the Napa Valley 17 years ago with the goal of “bringing the world closer to home.” To us, that meant bringing the unique designs, accents and vendors we had seen in all of our worlds travel back to our store.

Our large showroom features a rich collection of items that reflect our travels and unique design sense. We have carried everything from furniture and accessories to bedding, linens and tableware: We are able to furnish a home in its entirety, from living rooms to bathrooms.

Motor yacht LUCKY LADY - Main deck aft seating

Motor yacht LUCKY LADY – Main deck aft seating

Most of our competitors are either designers working out of small studios, or furniture stores that offer a variety of items, but have no designers and very few custom choices. We are a full design studio with a carefully curated showroom to represent our vendors and feature an extensive collection of accessories.

We have a library of over 500 vendors and my design team is made up of myself, my daughter Stacy Hernandez and Leona Torres. We all work closely with each other and our clients to create their dream interiors. In addition, to stay competitive with other stores and the internet, we offer 30-40% off suggested retail on all of our items across the board and all of the time.

Luxury yacht LUCKY LADY - Sundeck alfresco dining and pool

Luxury yacht LUCKY LADY – Sundeck alfresco dining and pool

Are there any company awards, achievements or milestones that you would like to mention?

Trish’s designs have been featured in Sunset magazine, Reno magazine and Tahoe Quarterly. And if you’ll allow us a little ego, we believe we are the preeminent furniture and design source in Northern Nevada which is borne out by the broad geographical range of our projects.

Is there anything else you would like to mention regarding M/Y LUCKY LADY?

Foremost, I have to say what a privilege it was to be chosen for this project. As previously mentioned, having been a fortunate charter guest six times in the last six years, I believe we came to this project with a unique perspective. With that background, we made sure M/Y LUCKY LADY is equipped with the finest china, crystal and linens to match the gourmet dining experience and luxurious atmosphere. I hope we succeeded creating an environment with the client in mind to offer the absolute best possible charter experience.

Motor yacht LUCKY LADY - Aft deck sun lounging

Motor yacht LUCKY LADY – Aft deck sun lounging

Motor yacht LUCKY LADY will be available for charter in the Mediterranean this summer from €343,000-€371,000  per week plus expenses. Contact CharterWorld to reserve your dates, and visit Juniper Hill Furniture & Design to see more luxury interiors from Trish Dietze, Leona Torres and Stacy Hernandez.

Superyacht Be Mine relaunched after 12-week refit

July 17, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

Oceania Marine has announced the relaunch of 40m/132ft Lurssen luxury yacht BE MINE at its facilities in Port Whangarei, New Zealand, following a 12-week refit.

Luxury yacht BE MINE at the Oceania Marine facilities in Whangarei, New Zealand

Luxury yacht BE MINE at the Oceania Marine facilities in Whangarei, New Zealand

The Managing Director of Oceania Marine, Martin Gleeson, commented on the recent results of the refit: “I congratulate everyone involved on putting this project together then executing it to achieve what has to be an excellent outcome for the owner. I spoke to skipper Mikael Andersson and he said we have a great team and have done a great job. Like almost any refit, unexpected works emerged but the team adapted and kept things on track”.

Working closely with the crew of BE MINE as well as the owner’s representatives, Diverse Projects, the team at Ocean Marine kept to a tight schedule of 12 weeks to complete the refit, which involved a survey of all her electrical and engineering equipment as well as her fabrication, plus a repaint of her hull and other touch-up areas. The work was completed by Oceania Marine Engineering Services and Oceannia Marine Coatings respectively.

Oceania Marine has completed the majority of work refitting Lurssen superyacht BE MINE, and she will return to cruising shortly

Oceania Marine has completed the majority of work refitting Lurssen superyacht BE MINE, and she will return to cruising shortly

The remainder of the refit will be completed in the water before she returns to active use.

The 43-metre S/Y Bella Ragazza Relaunched and Ready for Charter in South-East Asia

May 08, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

After an extensive refit, the 43-metre luxury sailing superyacht Bella Ragazza was relaunched from Oceania Marine’s Shipyard in New Zealand. Over the 4-months refit, sailing yacht Bella Ragazza received a new teak deck maintenance work on the rig and refurbished interior. Looking fantastic, she is ready to cruise the waters of New Caledonia and South East Asia in summer 2017.

43M Superyacht Bella Ragazza Ready for Launch at Oceania Marine Shipyards

43M Superyacht Bella Ragazza Ready for Launch at Oceania Marine Shipyards

Built to the design of Dubois Yachts at Vitters Shipyard in Holland in 2004, Bella Ragazza has a distinctive accommodation layout for a yacht of her size. She can accommodate 10 charter guests in 5 well-appointed cabins. Her incredible interior by Rhoades Young Design has been maintained to the highest standards, which included some work carried out during her refits in 2010, 2014 and 2017.

43M Superyacht Bella Ragazza Ready For Roll-out From Shed A Oceania Marine Shipyards

43M Superyacht Bella Ragazza Ready For Roll-out From Shed A Oceania Marine Shipyards

The decor is simple, yet tasteful, with soft colours and lovely furnishing. Welcoming ambience onboard invites charter guests into the living spaces, where there is plenty of room for dining, entertainment and leisure.

Accommodation is offered in 5 cabins in the following layout: owner’s stateroom, three double and two twin cabins.

Bella Ragazza- Sailing

Bella Ragazza- Sailing

The large salon is separated into two parts: deck salon, which offers awe-inspiring views, and lower salon, which is an ideal place for lounging and dining. Sailing yacht Bella Ragazza has all the latest technology for entertainment on board: there is a flat-screen TV with a DVD player and Bose sound system.

“Incredible yacht charter experience is provided aboard charter sailing yacht Bella Ragaza, as she features an outstanding combination of seaworthiness and plenty of interior living spaces. Available from EUR€ 91,000.00 per week plus expenses you can charter Bella Ragaza in tropical Micronesia and the Philippines from July 2017. Contact CharterWorld now to find out more.”

Bella Ragazza- Sailing Away

Bella Ragazza- Sailing Away

A variety of water toys is provided onboard to ensure charter guests will enjoy the water activities to the fullest. Carbon fibre kayaks, snorkelling equipment, guests and crew tenders are just some of the items stored in the garage for leisure activities.

It was certainly a busy time for Oceania Marine, as right after this project, the next one needed to be commenced. Superyacht Be Mine is now undergoing a major refit based in the facilities of Oceania Marine in Port Whangarei.

Oceania Marine Group Managing Director, Martin Gleeson commented:

“For some years our company has been promoting New Zealand and, in particular, Port Whangarei as a world class refit option for the superyacht fleet. That promotion together with a very successful record of projects completed at Oceania Marine shipyards places us as one of the top choices, internationally, for refits. We have also grown the Groups capabilities to the extent that we can now deliver all aspects of a complete rebuild including removal and replacement of the yacht’s interior if required.” 

Gadji bay, Pines Island, New Caledonia. Photo by Flickr/mathieu

Gadji bay, Pines Island, New Caledonia. Photo by Flickr/mathieu

Incredible yacht charter experience is provided aboard charter sailing yacht Bella Ragaza, as she features an outstanding combination of seaworthiness and plenty of interior living spaces. Available from EUR€ 91,000.00 per week plus expenses you can charter Bella Ragaza in tropical Micronesia and the Philippines from July 2017. Contact CharterWorld now to find out more.

Bella Regazza also has availability for Christmas 2017 in Thailand and Malaysia. Luxury charter yachts are booking up fast this yer, so do not miss out on the opportunity to secure the dates now.

Motor Yacht Dusur Extended to 51m and Ready for the Mediterranean Season

April 27, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

Motor yacht Dusur has undergone a refit at Bilgin shipyard in Turkey. Dusur has been lengthened and is now measuring 51.8 metres. She was originally launched in 2015 as a 49.9-metre motor yacht built according to the design by H2 Yacht Design Studio. The newly-extended superyacht beach club area makes her a truly luxurious superyacht over 50 metres.

Bigin Yachts motor yacht Dusur

Bigin Yachts motor yacht Dusur

Dusur is a beautiful motor yacht from the Bilgin 164 series, which was built for a Saudi businessman. The exterior spaces onboard Dusur are wide-open, offering fantastic entertainment and an alfresco dining experience.

Motor yacht Dusur undergoing refit at Bilgin shipyard

Motor yacht Dusur undergoing refit at Bilgin shipyard

A large movie theatre, hammam and gymnasium are among the many luxury amenities.

Motor-yacht-Dusur-Gym

Motor-yacht-Dusur-Gym

Her interior capacity is larger than most yachts of the same size. She can sleep 12 guests in 6 opulent cabins. The owners master suite is located on the main deck, while four guests cabins are found on the lower deck. There is also plenty of room to accommodate a crew of 6.

Luxury-yacht-Dusur-Dining

Luxury-yacht-Dusur-Dining

Dusur-Yacht-Upper-Deck-Diwaniya

Dusur-Yacht-Upper-Deck-Diwaniya

Dusur-superyacht-Guest-Cabin-

Dusur-superyacht-Guest-Cabin-

Powered by two CAT 3512C engines, Dusur can reach a top speed of 16 knots. Long cruising distances are possible at the speed of 12 knots, thanks to her 108,000-litre fuel capacity.

Dusur is ready for the Mediterranean summer season, the best time to charter luxury superyachts. Contact our brokers now for more information.

Western Mediterranean Charter Yacht DESTINY showcases new interiors by Laura Pomponi

March 24, 2017

Written by Rachael Steele

The 37m/123ft motor yacht DESTINY (ex ILONA) is now available for Western Mediterranean charter throughout the summer season after a comprehensive refit with new interiors by Laura Pomponi of Luxury Projects – a long established name in the yacht building industry. Built by Heesen in 2007 and last refitted in 2016, she represents an excellent opportunity to charter a finely crafted superyacht with plenty of fantastic amenities on board.

M/Y DESTINY from Heesen Yachts

M/Y DESTINY from Heesen Yachts

The owner requested an ‘all white’ yacht with a modern minimalist aesthetic to display his artwork, where functionality was foremost. Given a time frame of just over three months, Laura Pomponi took the design from concept to realisation, contacting suppliers and contractors to complete the interiors within the scheduled window.

Formal dining aboard superyacht DESTINY

Formal dining aboard superyacht DESTINY 

The result is a brilliantly bright interior that takes full advantage of the natural light using reflective metallic and glass surfaces. This effect is particularly distinct in the main salon and dining area, where the vibrant artwork and the warm tones of the wooden flooring integrate perfectly into the design. Laura Pomponi adds to the gallery ambience through the ‘waving’ dining table and ‘glowing’ coffee table in three pieces to catch the eye of charter guests.

MY DESTINY - Salon

MY DESTINY – Salon

The salon towards the main deck aft benefits from the floor to ceiling silver foil finish panels and sliding doors, with views stretching far beyond the alfresco dining area on the port, aft and starboard sides. While the children are watching a film on the widescreen TV, which can be hidden away seamlessly when not in use, adult family members can enjoy relaxing in the afternoon sun.

Alfresco dining on the main deck aft of superyacht DESTINY

Alfresco dining on the main deck aft of superyacht DESTINY

There are plenty of dining options throughout luxury yacht DESTINY, and visitors to the sundeck will discover an immaculate environment for alfresco dining. The sun pads and shaded Jacuzzi will see use throughout the day, yet it’s in the evening when the sundeck becomes the most atmospheric: Underfloor lighting creates a relaxed atmosphere and the glow from the Jacuzzi will tempt more than one charter guest on a hot summer night.

Sundeck in the evening aboard luxury yacht DESTINY

Sundeck in the evening aboard luxury yacht DESTINY

The choice selection of water toys will entertain guests of all ages and fitness levels and consists of a jet-ski, a windsurfer, a Waverunner and 2 inflatable kayaks.

MY DESTINY - Master suite

MY DESTINY – Master suite

Design details across the accommodation include bespoke wall lights, handmade foil recesses on the ceiling and wallpaper on all of the headboards in each cabin. The accommodation layout will sleep up to 10 guests in 5 cabins: 3 double cabins, 1 twin cabin and 1 children’s cabin. An experienced crew of 5 will ensure that every guest is well taken care of throughout the journey.

Superyacht DESTINY is available for Western Mediterranean destinations from €105,000-€119,000 per week plus expenses. Contact CharterWorld to book your summer dates and avoid disappointment.

Relaunched: Superyacht AIR Looks More Beautiful Than Ever

January 18, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

MOTOR YACHT AIR, admired by superyacht photographers and enthusiasts, appeared with a new striking look. After spending 9 weeks at Monaco Marine, she has now been re-launched and is looking more beautiful than ever. Air’s new matt black hull created an even more sophisticated look, which makes her standout in the line of other large yachts.

MY Air on water after repaint @MonacoMarine

MY Air on water after repaint @MonacoMarine

Originally launched in 2011 by one of the leading yacht builder Feadship, superyacht Air was moved to a refit facility under a thorough management of a highly professional team at Monaco Marine in October 2016, where a large group of experienced painters did a fabulous work. To achieve a desired result covering a thousand square metres, Monaco Marine in collaboration with Rolling Stock carried out the project in a climate-controlled environment, which provided great conditions for work. The project was completed a week ahead of schedule for the stunningly looking Air to head out for charter.

Repaint detail MY Air @MonacoMarine

Repaint detail MY Air @MonacoMarine

Scaffoldings around MY Air @MonacoMarine

Scaffoldings around MY Air @MonacoMarine

Air’s interior design is spacious, with brightly lit with natural light common areas, which flow outside through large windows and open doorway to similarly voluminous outdoor living areas. Measuring 81 metres and with a beam of 11.6 metres, Air features plenty of luxury facilities on board making her guests’ experience on board absolutely fantastic. She can accommodate 12 guests in 6 luxury cabins.

 

PENDENNIS SEND WORD: REFIT OF M.Y. CONSTANCE COMPLETE

August 22, 2016

Written by Mike Smith

PR: Pendennis Shipyard has just completed an extensive 17-month refit of the 46.33m motor yacht Constance, which was originally built by Feadship as Paminusch in 1986. Arriving initially in Falmouth as Jana, she was delivered by cargo ship in December 2014, and entered into the 90m Hall 1 at Pendennis in March 2015 following refit preparation works. At that time Constance still retained many of her original 30-year old systems and engine-room equipment, and a surveyor’s report made the boat uninsurable. The remit for the refit was to ensure the structural integrity of the yacht complied to offshore cruising requirements, to modernise systems and equipment not only improve efficiency but also to comply to emission regulations, and to refresh the interiors to the style of the new Owners. This project was undertaken completely in-house by the specialist trades at Pendennis, with Yacht Management provided by Master Yachts.

 Constance


Constance

During her time at Pendennis all bridge and engine room equipment and systems were replaced, whilst insulation was improved throughout and tanking systems refabricated as necessary.

Refurbishment of the Owner and Guest areas was carried out by Pendennis’ interior design team, with existing woodwork removed, restored and meticulously reinstated by Pendennis’ Joinery team. Bringing the yacht up to current regulatory requirements including the latest MCA Large Yacht code “unrestricted Service” was of key concern, particularly as Constance was previously limited to short range use only. Special attention was paid to damage stability; this required the addition of further watertight compartment subdivisions to meet the most up to date regulations.

The crew area, galley, and laundry had a more extensive overhaul as the whole area was rebuilt and new galley and service equipment integrated, complemented by bespoke-made built-in furniture, resulting in a completely modernized crew area. Externally two new deck cranes were installed and new teak decking laid across all areas. A full topsides, bulwarks and superstructure repaint by the specialist paint team completed the refresh of the boat.

M/Y Coral Ocean returns to seas after refit

August 08, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

72.5m/238ft superyacht CORAL OCEAN (ex.CORAL ISLAND) is back on the water after a refit at the Lurssen shipyard in Germany. Built in 1994 and last refitted in 2009, her latest, timely update comes with the approach of the Monaco Yacht Show, where she will be on display.

The following footage shows superyacht CORAL OCEAN being tested on the water. Able to accommodate 12 guests and 22 crew, she makes an ideal luxury charter for any destination in the Mediterranean. Video courtesy of Dr Duu:

Luxury yacht CORAL OCEAN will be attending the Monaco Yacht Show from the 28th of September until the 1st of October. Contact CharterWorld to find out more about her availability after these dates.

Yacht Coral Ocean

Yacht Coral Ocean

After 2015 refit, 112m Le Grand Bleu returns to the seas

June 22, 2016

Written by Rachael Steele

A familiar sight in the Mediterranean and Caribbean for the past 16 years, Le Grand Bleu was and still is one of the most resilient and versatile luxury yachts chartering the world’s oceans. Built in 2000 at Bremer Vulkan shipyard in Germany, Le Grand Bleu returned home for an extensive refit and maintenance in the final quarter of 2015. She has recently been sighted in Southampton, UK after completing her refit.

As LE GRAND BLEU arrived in the port of Southampton, the change to her superficial appearance was noticeable:

Megayacht Le Grand Bleu - Stefano Pastrovich

Megayacht LE GRAND BLEU – preceding 2015 refit

Megayacht LE GRAND BLEU in 2016 – post refit. Photos by Robert of Hythe and Glyn Lowe

Apart from an overall cleaner, brighter appearance, LE GRAND BLEU now sports a white and grey waterline bootstrap that offsets the darker shade of the hull. LE GRAND BLEU will no doubt be seen cruising the Mediterranean and Caribbean hot spots later this year: watch out for her so that you may compare the changes for yourself.

Photo by Robert of Hythe and Glyn Lowe 

 

Port of Southampton, UK – Photo by Robert of Hythe and Glyn Lowe