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Superyacht In Focus: The Elegant 67m Charter Yacht Anna

May 22, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

CharterWorld yacht charter specialists are the real experts when it comes to luxury yacht charters aboard crewed superyachts. They have a lot to offer in terms of experience, advocacy and advice for charterers. This time they stepped aboard the luxury 67-metre superyacht Anna. Motor yacht Anna was built by the bespoke shipbuilder Feadship and has just gone through a general refit. According to our charter brokers, Anna is an absolutely amazing choice when it comes to yacht charter vacation this summer with family and friends.

ANNA - photo credit Feadship

ANNA – photo credit Feadship

Interior living spaces feature sophisticated decor and an inviting atmosphere. “Most of the furniture (if not all) throughout the yacht has lovely discrete Mother-of-Pearl inlays, and the A/C is kept on AT ALL TIMES to keep her humidity rate at 60% to protect the wood and marquetry. There are mobile temperature centres everywhere that are linked to pagers and phones, and an alarm will notify the crew if it varies by 0.3! Parquet flooring is beautiful and in great condition. So is all the furniture, wooden features, and everything really. Darkwood is used throughout, but because the ceilings are high and rooms quite vast, it leaves a comfortable, spacious feeling. Even the engine room, crew mess and cabins are all exceedingly clean and tidy,” mentioned our yacht charter specialist Solenne Vaudin d’Imécourt.

Anna - main salon - Feadship

ANNA – main salon – Feadship

The main salon is well-appointed and includes a generous, comfortable lounge with soft furnishings. One of the unique features of the yacht is the option of converting the salon into a voguish disco club, which has the lights, smoke machine, DJ booth and speakers. The formal dining room is port side and has sliding doors out towards a drop down terrace. The dining room is serviced by a hidden pantry connected to the main galley below.

ANNA formal dining - Photo credit Feadship

ANNA formal dining – Photo credit Feadship

Spotless and maintained to the highest standards, motor yacht Anna offers lavish accommodation for 12 guests in 6 cabins.The master suite boasts a private study, opulent bathroom facilities and an enormous wardrobe. It also has a lounge above, which overlooks the bedroom, and boasts a generous couch, video conferencing, TV and great outside areas. Guests aboard were also thrilled to find a golf machine on the deck, which pops out golf balls and surely adds extra fun to the entertainment options while on a luxury yacht charter holiday.

“The master suite is breathtaking: It is impossible to capture how high the ceiling is in a photo,” CharterWorld’s Solenne Vaudin d’Imécourt, commented. “It’s at least double height and I believe you could fit four or five of me, each standing on each others’ shoulders… but then again, I’m not tall! It is huge, has an impressive en-suite bathroom and dressing, and its own lounge above with a skylight.”

ANNA owner stateroom - Photo credit Feadship

ANNA owner stateroom – Photo credit Feadship

There is also a VIP cabin on the upper deck with a queen size bed, two double cabins each with a queen size bed and two twin cabins that are of a generous size, ideal for using Pullman beds in each.

ANNA VIP stateroom - Photo credit Feadship

ANNA VIP stateroom – Photo credit Feadship

Decks are all clean, spacious and with biminis on each, and there is lots of space to lounge around throughout the yacht. Among luxurious amenities, there are Jacuzzi, Hammam and gymnasium. A generous variety of water toys contains two tenders, jet skis, windsurfers, kayaks, sea bobs and an inflatable slide, to mention but a few.

Al fresco on the main deck of ANNA - Photo FEADSHIP

Al fresco on the main deck of ANNA – Photo FEADSHIP

Solenne also mentioned, “The crew seems to be great. Discrete, hardworking and pay great attention to detail. All smiles and very polite. Unquestionably, this yacht in excellent condition that left me with a very comfortable feeling and that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.”

Sun deck aboard ANNA - Photo credit Feadship

Sun deck aboard ANNA – Photo credit Feadship

Superyacht Anna is available for charter in the Eastern and Western Mediterranean with base in Greece from €500,000 per week plus expenses. Visit Croatia, Greece, Turkey, and Italy aboard Anna and indulge in adventure and total luxury. You can also secure motor yacht Anna for charter in the Caribbean in winter. Contact CharterWorld now to make a booking.

Charter Broker’s Expert Opinion: Aboard Luxury 43m Superyacht Blue Vision in Spain

May 15, 2017

Written by Maria Korotaeva

The month of May is a very exciting time, as it is the opening of the yacht charter season in the Mediterranean. It is also a very busy time of the year for our charter specialists at CharterWorld, as luxury superyachts are booking up very fast and invitations to attend familiarisation trips, also known as Fam-trips, are never turned down. This year our charter broker Trina Howes had an opportunity to cruise aboard 43.60m Benetti charter yacht Blue Vision. Incredible charter experience, additional knowledge of the cruising destination, first-class service onboard visiting the best place in the Balearic Islands; below are the highlights of Trina’s trip.

MY BLUE VISION - Main

MY BLUE VISION – Main

ABOUT THE YACHT

Last refitted in 2016, motor yacht Blue Vision is an elegant 43.60-metre charter yacht, which was built by the Italian shipbuilder Benetti. Blue Vision combines the expertise and craftsmanship with the world-renowned Italian style. She provides comfortable accommodation for 12 charter guests in 5 cabins.

MY BLUE VISION - Master stateroom

MY BLUE VISION – Master stateroom

The accommodation layout comprises of a master stateroom on the main deck,  two double and two twin cabins. The master cabin is quite outstanding, as it features a VIP entrance, a treadmill and his and her bathroom facilities.

MY BLUE VISION - Salon view

MY BLUE VISION – Salon view

Lavish relaxation spaces can be found on the sundeck, where the guests can enjoy the Spa pool and sun loungers. There is a beautiful alfresco dining area for ten guests to taste some gastronomic delights prepared by the chef.

Fine dining aboard luxury charter yacht Blue Vision. Photo credit CharterWorld

Fine dining aboard luxury charter yacht Blue Vision. Photo credit CharterWorld

Trina mentioned: “The menu was varied and I feel we got a really good preview of what Chef John can do, which seems to be everything. Gayle is a vegetarian, and she was also super impressed, and I thought her meals looks really yum.”

The upper deck hosts a large lounge with a dining table, a bar to sip on some aperitifs, and a seating area. Blue Vision’s ample deck space includes lovely areas for sunbathing and leisure. Blue Vision has an extensive selection of water toys, including Seabobs, wave runners, water skis, a banana and fishing equipment.

Charter motor yacht Blue Vision. Photo credit CharterWorld

Charter motor yacht Blue Vision. Photo credit CharterWorld

“The crew on board are literally perfect. I could not fault them on a single thing. The service was impeccable with them being at least three steps ahead of us at all times. They were calm, fun, super professional, very good looking, perceptive and hardworking. The chef was outstanding, and I loved all I ate.” – says Trina.

 

THE FAM-TRIP ITINERARY

Our broker Trina Howes embarked on Blue Vison in Barcelona, where Chef John prepared fantastic dinner to welcome guests. Barcelona is an excellent place to start a luxury yacht charter vacation, as the vibrant city has so much to offer. A tour around Barcelona is an incredible experience, especially when you include Park Guell, Sagrada Familia, Cathedral de Barcelona, Montjuic and Casa Ballo in your itinerary. You can admire the awe-inspiring views of Catalonia from the top floor of the W Hotel – one of the most luxurious hotels in Barceloneta.

Luxury yacht charter vacation aboard Blue Vision. Photo credit CharterWorld

Luxury yacht charter vacation aboard Blue Vision. Photo credit CharterWorld

From Barcelona, Blue Vision cruised to the northern part of Ibiza. This part of the island is full of secluded beaches filled with serenity and peacefulness. Ibiza is an extraordinary island, which offers vibrant nightlife and parties, as well as five-star hotels and fine dining restaurants, popular among yacht charterers.

As our charter brokers know, your Spanish charter itinerary would not be perfect without a visit to Formentera. One of the most famous islands in the Balerialic, Formentera is known for its pristine beaches, glittering sea and tranquillity. A day trip to the stunning island was a fantastic idea.

MY Blue Vision available for charter in Spain. Photo credit CharterWorld

MY Blue Vision available for charter in Spain. Photo credit CharterWorld

After that, Blue Vision left for another overnight crossing to Palma. “Es Trench” was a lovely place for lunch. Shopping and dining can be found at the beautiful Port Adriano. For water-sports lovers, Blue Vision offers a large variety of water toys to enjoy while in the warm waters of Palma.

Blue Vision sun deck

Blue Vision sun deck

Trina mentions that the weather in that part of the Mediterranean could be tricky, which might adjust your charter itinerary accordingly, but there are still plenty of places to visit. When planning a yacht charter holiday for a week or ten days in the area, it is a great idea to visit Mallorca and Ibiza.

MY BLUE VISION - Swim platform

MY BLUE VISION – Swim platform

“Blue Vision is a really pleasant yacht. She has just come out of 18 months in the yard, so it looks brand new. Great layout that flows really well. Its stabilisers are very good. The blue leather couches are very comfortable. Beds are also very comfy, beautiful linens, ample table décor and beautiful flatware.” -Trina Howes, CharterWorld yacht charter specialist. 

Motor Yacht Blue Vision. Photo credit Charter World

Motor Yacht Blue Vision. Photo credit Charter World

Charter motor yacht Blue Vision is available for charter from EUR€ 130,000.00 per week plus expenses. The beauty of the Mediterranean can be yours this summer, as Blue Vision is totally ready for luxury yacht charters. In addition to being licenced for Spanish charters, she is also available in the cruising grounds of Tuscany, St Tropez, Sicily, Portofino, Nice, Naples and Corsica, and other locations of the West Mediterranean. Contact CharterWorld now to make a booking.

Don’t Miss Sunseeker in BBC TWO’s ‘Britain’s Biggest Superyachts: Chasing Perfection’

April 13, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Following ten months of filming, UK’s Sunseeker International will be starring in BBC TWO’s exclusive documentary film ‘Britain’s Biggest Superyachts: Chasing Perfection’ to be aired on Friday 15th April at 9pm. The documentary follows the construction of of Sunseeker’s 131 Yacht ZOZO right through to her launch.

Sunseeker 131Y - BBC Two Britains Biggest Superyachts - Chasing perfection

Sunseeker 131Y – BBC Two Britains Biggest Superyachts – Chasing perfection

The documentary will showcase never-seen-before behind-the-scenes footage of the entire build process of the 131 superyacht, from the concept stage, right through to her final delivery. ZOZO allowed her owner to customise each element of the interior design and layout thanks to Sunseeker’s one-of-a-kind ‘Bespoke’ service, which is brought to attention in the documentary.

In addition to capturing the construction process in its Dorset shipyard, filming also took place during boat shows in the latter half of 2015 and at the London Boat Show this year, where we will be able to see a number of members of the Sunseeker world-class team appear in this fascinating one hour programme.

Don’t forget to tune in to see the documentary this Friday and if you have been captured by the quality and craftsmanship of Sunseeker’s superyachts, and would like to charter one for your next holiday, feel free to contact us or browse through Sunseeker charter yachts.

Beautiful Transformation of Classic 47m Charade into Superyacht BG by Taylor Hannah Architect Inc.

March 25, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Originally launched in 1990 and built by the world-renowned and respected yacht builder, Feadship, the 47-metre (153′) displacement motor yacht BG (ex Charade) underwent a complex refit at Derecktor Shipyard in 2015. Architect and Interior designer of this magnificent projects, Dee Dee Taylor Eustace B. Arch., O.A.A., M.R.A.I.C of Taylor Hannah Architect Inc. describes the complex transformation of this already fabulous vessel into a breath-taking ultra-luxurious superyacht. 

BG superyacht

BG superyacht

BG from above

BG from above

Charade was a stately Upper East Side apartment with elegance and opulence. It needed to be brought into the world of 2015 where we live. A bit more relaxed yet still loving the comforts of the Carlyle Hotel but in a Hampton’s vibe. The English oak walls and baseboard had simple reveals that could be kept by simply painting and keeping the wood grain in Benjamin Moore 118, which is not an easy process but essential,  as with the sprayed effect the wood would lose its depth. The ceilings are in a different sheen level as are the existing doors which are high gloss with new hardware. The hardware is custom, to work with the existing locations, featuring a new polished chrome finish and some is adorned with the BG logo.

BG - saloon

BG – saloon

BG - saloon with lounging area

BG – saloon with lounging area

The ceilings were pushed back to grab as much ceiling height as possible, keeping the chrome details while adding cove light where possible. The floors needed to have a grey wood washed feeling and be consistent throughout. This entailed all the floors to be re-done as well as the stairs to be restrained. The palette was established.

BG - Saloon detail

BG – Saloon detail

Dining is really happening on the exterior of the yacht and today, BG’s dining room is much less formal and is part of the main salon. This arrangement provided space for a full VIP cabin with an en-suite bathroom so that now the owner’s cabin is not adjacent to a public room.

BG - dining area

BG – dining area

The galley was re-done in sheet stainless with the addition of more refrigeration as the new en-suite was accommodated in the VIP stateroom. The design of the new bathrooms is timeless, boasting grey and white checkered pattern with a 1 ½” dark grey inlay and a white border. The vanities boast white lacquered drawers with grey waterfall frame and white Ceasarstone counter tops and shower jambs.

BG - suite

BG – suite

BG - Owner suite

BG – Owner suite

The Owner’s Suite was reconfigured to accommodate a large en-suite with a bath tub and the same concept of the tiles was carried through. It is important when renovating superyachts (and not only) to carry a design philosophy throughout and in BG’s (previously named Charade) case in the wood panelling there were areas that featured wall material such as the Louis Vuitton wall vinyl in the Dining room so that recess was kept in the VIP room where it now has ultra-suede panels that are also in its en-suite but in a vinyl. The Owner’s en-suite has grey linen vinyl wallpaper which is repeated in the bedroom, and the entire room boasts white linen fabric walls paying homage to its previous design, but updated.

BG - bathroom

BG – bathroom

The main salon needed a focus looking in so a wine cellar, that appears to go on for infinity on middle axis with an Aria Chandelier from Wired Custom Lighting in NYC, was introduced. We kept the dining room silver leaf table and extended it with a rosewood middle leaf to match the new cock-fighting dining room chairs. The salon has two looks: in white linen and grey slip covers with pieces from Liaigre, Ralph Lauren and many custom touches, including linens and china with lighting from Porta Romano.

BG - accommodation

BG – accommodation

BG - double guest cabin

BG – double guest cabin

BG - twin guest cabin

BG – twin guest cabin

BG - guest bathroom

BG – guest bathroom

BG’s exterior decks are flexible in nature with movable Brown Jordan teak pieces and umbrellas, which are all in grey colour with white piping. The bar on top was replaced with a family room and the lower staterooms were updated with new material and artwork.

BG - sun pads

BG – sun pads

BG - al fresco dining

BG – al fresco dining

BG - helm station

BG – helm station

BG superyacht (ex Charade)

BG superyacht (ex Charade)

Feadship-built BG (ex Charade)

Feadship-built BG (ex Charade)

44.2m Custom-Built Luxury Yacht MOON SAND by FEADSHIP

January 29, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Just as the rest of the superyachts constructed by Feadship, MOON SHIP is yet another great example of true custom-build. It showcases a fantastic collaboration between her hands-on, experienced owners, Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects and the interior designers from Bannenberg & Rowell Design. Luxury Yacht MOON SAND in addition to the notable innovations for her size, reflects the owners’ love of sharing time onboard with friends and family, all of whom will enjoy a bright and spacious haven of relaxation.

Feadship superyacht MOON SAND

Feadship superyacht MOON SAND

Amongst the most interesting aspects of MOON SANDS constructions was the way in which the projects evolved in terms of size, layout, features and interior decor. A fabulous example is her contraflow swimming pool, situated on the aft deck, allowing the owners to engage in exercise.

“Even after lengthening the design, this request called for a great deal of ingenuity to fit such a pool on a 44-metre yacht,” comments Feadship director Bas Nederpelt, who worked closely with the owners from the moment the contract was signed. “In a Feadship first, we engineered a clever floor system whereby a section of the deck lowers to create the pool depth required. It only takes 20 minutes for the pool to fill up, after which the contraflow system can be switched on and the pool used to its full effect.”

FEADSHIP - MOON SAND

FEADSHIP – MOON SAND

“But there is more: as Moon Sand’s owners often cruise with their extended family, a mechanism was also constructed to lower the main deck floor halfway and create a shallow pool for the kids. Of course this also works as a Jacuzzi. Raise the floor back to its position on the main deck – a totally flush finish with stainless steel – and the full gamut of al fresco lounging and dining options becomes instantly available. This is in many ways a highly ingenious use of space.”

It was a true technical accomplishment to include a pool with a dump tank and have both individually certified by Lloyd’s. When the pool completely filled it retains some 9,000 litres of water: with the tank directly below, the yacht’s centre of gravity barely moves. Add in a filtration system and the safety and weight distribution components and it is clear why this custom solution had to leverage heavily on Feadship innovation and craftsmanship. “This is just one of many ways that the owners continuously explored all possibilities to personalise their Feadship over the three years,” adds Nederpelt.

“From the giant lounge windows to every piece of furniture and fabric, everything was optimised as they challenged the entire project team to make the best 44-metre yacht built to date. The result is a fabulous world cruiser, a real ship with a beautiful high-end finish.”

All the most important features of MOON SAND are in perfect synthesis with the owners’ wishes, bringing together practicality with a passion for perfection.

Chief designer Tanno Weeda from Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects also spent substantial hours with the owners: “The owners were keen to embrace future trends and requested large slabs of glass in the superstructure decks, as low, high and wide as possible. These windows are part of a detailed design brief for ‘light, space and freedom of choice in terms of recreation’. As well as looking fabulous from the outside, this arrangement offers superlative views in the main lounge, dining area, study/lobby and forward owners’ stateroom. These vistas are magnified further by having a large section of clear glass inset into the bulwark amidships. What’s more, all the mullions were removed from the main deck luxury areas, and the only reason they were retained in the bridge deck lounge was because of the owners’ specific request for windows that can be opened.”

MOON SAND

MOON SAND

 

Another good example of how form meets function – and vice versa – in the design of Moon Sand is the way the signature wing stations on either side add character to the overall exterior profile. “In design terms they form a ‘step’ in the bulwarks, before running smoothly forward to blend into the lines of the yacht,” continues Weeda. “In addition to being fully functional for controlling Moon Sand, these wing stations add to her volume both literally and visually.”

There is a great sense of space in other ways too, says Weeda, citing the large aft deck areas with full length/beam doors. “On the bridge deck we moved the stairs as far as possible to starboard in order to maximise space. The cool-looking glass windscreens also provide protection from the wind and generate privacy, an important factor in the owners’ wish to make Moon Sand a family boat.”

The exterior lines of MOON SAND are relatively modern with classic touches. The combination of the contemporary with traditional features is reflected in the modern superstructure element that rises above the classic Feadship bow, and the way this element connects with the entire design through the powerful and uninterrupted profile line. The elevated hull line serve to merge everything, without having an impact on the huge windows in the spacious bridge deck lounge.

“Moon Sand has a unified design, with the sun deck firmly integrated into the whole package. This requires a lot of expertise to achieve on a boat of this size,” concludes Weeda. “The ultimate result is a seriously sleek look & feel, one which the owners can be very proud of.”

MOON SAND by Feadship

MOON SAND by Feadship

The interior is characterised by light, space and freedom of choice, created by Bannenberg & Rowell Design. “For Moon Sand we created a crisp and contemporary design, with many different types of wood and various bright and colourful influences brought in by the owners,” says Dickie Bannenberg. “We had lots of meetings all over the world with the owners: in our studio in London, in their home and on occasions in New York for furnishing expeditions.

“It is an enormous pleasure to travel with and to work for clients who are so clued-in to elegance. When you look at all the various museum-quality pieces on board, such as the dining table, the cabinets in the main lounge or the pieces on the bridge deck, you can see how driven they were and their keen awareness of what constitutes the very best. Highly focused on details, the owners managed everything down to the heights of the hooks for robes and towels in the bathrooms. This reflects both their considerable past experience in boats and self-assured taste.” The owners also chose the fourteen different types of marble together with Bannenberg & Rowell and Feadship, including overruling the original selection of marbles for their two stateroom bathrooms and giving an extra injection of colour there. “But when you are working with such nice clients who are so sensitive to quality, you don’t mind being overruled,” adds Bannenberg.

All the works about the vessel were beautifully executed, boasting inspired layout, striking patterns and sumptuous materials. The main deck lobby features a tinted bespoke light feature designed by Bannenberg & Rowell, the colour of which can be chosen to suit the mood. Made of Lamellux acrylic that closely resembles glass, this element was complex to create and install. The flooring in this area consists of arresting petrified wood marble and limestone.

The owners are very sociable and love to entertain, and the orientation of the main saloon – the semi-circular, built-in sofa, the chairs and the game table – very much reflects how they live on board. This also ensures that the main deck lounge is used more than on many comparable boats. The splendid décor centres organically on the dining table built by New Jersey-based Frank Pollaro. Inspired by an Alexander Calder mobile spotted by Simon Rowell in the owners’ private collection, it was carefully handcrafted from five different types of wood and Murano glass and forms a natural centrepiece for this lovely space. The kinetic Calder inspiration is apparent in other features on this piece, from the circular crystal inserts to the dynamic shapes – the tensile Möbius strip edge or the asymmetric organic lines, for instance.

Other highlights include the exquisite games table, also a Bannenberg & Rowell – Pollaro collaboration, and two beautiful marquetry cabinets made by Silver Lining from the UK, which contain crockery, china and vases, the design intended by Rowell to pay homage to the process of bespoke cabinetry itself.

The large aquatic-themed mural on the wall made of cracked eggshell took over a thousand hours to produce. This lovely piece is perhaps the best demonstration of the owners’ predilection for vibrant colours. The soft furnishings are in shades of coral and turquoise, which is the owners’ preferred hue. Wall panels are made of lacquered Corian that has been routed out in an apparently random texture, an impressive job which took two months to complete. White walls offset and accentuate the whole.

The owners’ quarters comprise a study and large stateroom with double bathroom and walk-in dressing rooms. The master stateroom has great views all around and is exceptionally quiet. It includes a four-poster bed, which is quite unusual on a 40-metre motoryacht, and a good-sized walk-in closet. Built-in iPads and phone charger space keep cables to a minimum. The splendid furniture in this area includes bedside tables with shagreen inlays and special custom hardware and cabinet furniture. The extraordinary carpets by Tai Ping are characterised by their high silk content.

The bathrooms are exceptionally large and easily differentiated by colour schemes: Blue Sky marble for his and Pink Onyx for hers. The marbles were all handpicked in Italy by the owners themselves. ‘Her’ bathroom port contains a bathtub, while ‘his’ comprises a large shower. The storage space has been thoroughly optimised and maximised.

The bridge deck saloon is a very cosy area designed both for comfortable lounging and as a place where the owner can work. As he likes to sit at a desk while conducting business, the environment was very important here and the Linley Riviera desk is flanked by two outboard consoles in the same style.

Taking up the full beam, the saloon is exceptionally spacious, with the option to open the vast windows and/or the huge sliding doors connecting it seamlessly to the great outdoors and letting in fresh air while maintaining privacy. This was a technological accomplishment and another first for Feadship, one which required a substantial amount of work and serious structural innovations.

Smooth transitions in general are a major component of the philosophy of this space: the sliding doors aft open up across the full beam, while the parquet flooring flows outside. The bridge deck aft comprises a lazy Susan table and – as all outside decks on Moon Sand – a refrigerator, ice maker and awnings.

The bridge deck saloon also includes a games table, a bar and a TV area – it is really a multi-purpose space. The décor is slightly more conventional than that of the main deck lounge, and includes a fabulous America’s Cup painting. The blinds are executed with faux crocodile skin detailing.

There is a small gym on the way to the wheelhouse to starboard. It comprises built-in free weights, a running machine and water and towel storage, and is decorated with a lovely picture of Moon Sand drawn by Tanno Weeda. The captain’s cabin with built-in bathroom features a screen wall so that the skipper can keep track of all goings-on, large and small.

The wheelhouse is very comfortable and has an optimal layout. The integrated bridge means that all technical systems are accessed via a single panel, giving a very clean look. The chart table to port includes considerable storage space. The high-end finishing in this area encompasses numerous lovely details and a wealth of leather; the custom designed and manufactured helm seats are particularly beautiful. This is definitely the designated place for those who truly love cruising and liaising with the captain and the helmsman.

The lower deck provides lavish accommodations for six guests. In a bold design move, the forward area is taken up by one large, full-beam VIP stateroom. Aft, there is one double stateroom port and a twin to starboard, which can be merged into one large suite with separate seating. The substantial entertainment system includes Apple TV and is fully controlled by iPad for maximum convenience.

The VIP stateroom comprises a walk-in closet and double bathroom – a true luxury on a yacht of this size. The colourful décor comprises lots of artwork, the colours of which match the linen, shagreen cupboards and custom silk carpets by Tai Ping. The two guest bathrooms have different combinations of complimentary stone finishes plus mini mosaictiled bulkheads in the shower cubicles; each bathroom is characterised by a plethora of finishes, every component a work of art in its own right.

The galley has a large cooking area that comprises six hobs, two catering ovens and a steam oven. A chef can easily cater for a cocktail party for one hundred people.

The crew areas on Moon Sand are exceptional. There is room for nine crew on board in one engineer’s / officer’s cabin with bunk bed, one staff cabin with bunk bed and two double crew cabins; all feature ensuite facilities. The crew mess room includes a pantry and laundry with double washers and dryers.

The sun deck is designed as a pleasant area to enjoy breakfast but can be converted to a party zone when the mood strikes. The large pool means there is no room for a tender garage, so the tender is on the sun deck most of the time, and launched with a crane. The tender crane can be moved into a longitudinal position once the craft is launched.

The sun deck includes hi-low tables and a large sun pad area that converts to a seating and dining space. The forward areas can be shaded with an awning. There is room here for Jet Skis and a rescue boat, as well as a lot of storage. The stainless steel work is particularly beautiful, with no visible joints.

As we have seen, Moon Sand is the result of a collective desire from the owners, designers and shipyard to deliver a truly exceptional yacht and – as one of the most specified ever in her class – that is exactly what they have achieved. “Even the smallest details are important to Moon Sand’s owners and working with Feadship made everything achievable,” concludes James Hutchinson, who represented the owners throughout the project and was involved in every aspect.

“Feadship understands that the key to a truly magnificent yacht is not only what you see but the meticulous attention to detail that you don’t. For instance, every paint line was drawn up with the designers and completed to perfection. The outdoor shower has been set flush into the superstructure without a handle on the stern, custom made with a special moulding to keep the weight down. The rails for the passerelle have their own dedicated storage. The racks exactly fit the cleaning solutions used on Moon Sand and, like every piece of storage space, has been measured, designed and made to ensure a cohesive, ready to go superyacht.

“What really stood out for me during the build of Moon Sand was that the Feadship team was with us on every step of the journey. They have a passion for perfection that no other shipyard in the world can match.”

First Details of 55M Superyacht ATLANTE by CRN

January 25, 2016

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Belonging to the Ferretti Group, the Italian shipyard CRN, specialising in the construction of 50- to 90-metre fully custom superyachts in steel and aluminium is proud to give us a sneak preview of the 55-metre superyacht ATLANTE in the video below.

26/1/2016 Update: CRN releases new images of the yacht…

ATLANTE at launch

ATLANTE at launch

ATLANTE is a beautiful result of the outstanding job by the CRN Technical Office, which were responsible for the naval design of the luxury yacht, in collaboration with Studio Nuvolari Lenard, in charge of her exterior profile, as well as Studio Gilles & Boissier Interior Design, responsible for the development of her interiors.

Measuring 55 m in length with a beam of 11 metres, ATLANTE boasts an intentionally very strong stylistic identity drawing inspiration from the style elements typical of military ships. She is characterised by square form, sharp lines and forward-thinking solutions, brought together with an immaculate attention to stylistic and aesthetic details of her interior. As per the accommodation, ATLANTE features one stunning Owner’s suite and four VIP suites, offering overnight stay for a total of twelve guests. There is a crew of thirteen taking care of her owners’ and guests’ needs, as well as the yacht itself.

The luxury yacht entirely reflects the owners wishes, who explicitly requested a yacht with a strong masculine touch, inspired by an unforgettable sporting icon of the automotive industry. CRN constructed a vessel that truly breaks the mould. There were no compromises to be made in this project, yet again showing her versatility in being able to provide the client with personalised design solutions and organise a competent dialogue with the most important names in the world of international design.

Numerous stylistic features have been requested by the owner, who was personally involved in the build right from the start. The many unique details include innovative handrails in polished steel with a trapezoidal profile, which is reminiscent of a diamond and reflects natural light in a similar way.

All the metal elements present in the different areas, in polished steel and burnished brass, contribute to these reflections. Another general feature desired by the Owner was to have a vessel with “open” spaces: this desire has been translated into concrete solutions which hide the mooring and safety equipment away in functional compartments and niches that are aesthetically integrated into the yacht’s overall design.

ATLANTE’s striking interior is designed to create a strong sense of intimacy; every detail is carefully studied to guarantee the absolute privacy requested by the Owner. This attitude is also reaffirmed by the colour schemes characterising the various areas aboard the vessel: the dark colours of the hull and superstructure can be detected throughout her interior, where different tones of Carrara and Verona marble – from lighter colours and veining to darker colours – combine wonderfully with the tones of smoked oak cleverly mixed with brushed fir, black oak and larch. The result is an elegant superyacht which makes wood and formal choices its calling card.

ATLANTE boasts CRN’s characteristics which have written the history of international yachting, reworking them to best incorporate them in the vessel’s structure. The first characteristic feature of Atlante is boarding the vessel itself. The main access is provided directly on the lower deck from the beach club, a large area decked out for guests in light brushed fir and teak, equipped with a solarium, sunbathing area and custom-made tables. This zone is completed by two symmetrical areas which open out onto the sea, each with its own balcony: the right-hand one is devoted to relaxation, with a massage bed and a Turkish bath, while the other one on the left-hand side is dedicated to fitness, with Technogym equipment.

The beach club also gives access to the engine room. The lower deck offers four guest cabins, which are directly connected to the main deck; they have different layouts but all boast the same smoked oak and brushed silver fir tones, white Calacatta Vagli marble with grey veins and dark grey Carnico marble, sofas and tables that are custom made, like the various styles of lamps created by French firm Pouenat, all designed by Gilles & Boissier.

The lower-deck bow area contains the crew quarters, from which it is possible to access, via stairs from the main deck, the dinette equipped with dedicated access for taking on provisions via a hatch on the port side. On the opposite side of the dinette is the captain’s cabin, and beyond this, the six cabins for the crew members. From the beach club, along a striking staircase in grey Carnico marble and teak and through a watertight glass and steel hatch, we enter the main deck, an area full of peerless stylistic and design innovations. A multi-purpose area which transforms from a technical zone to a living space, a convivial daytime area and natural continuation of the beach club, a large, comfortable home theatre or even a large party area. The garage holds 3 tenders: 1 limo tender, 1 walkaround, both custom-made 9 metre models designed by Nuvolari Lenard, in addition to a custom-made 5 metre inflatable boat.

The innovative closed stern solution provides access to the sea via the two side hatches which open mechanically upwards for the tenders to be lowered into the water by the two cranes installed on the ceiling. A sliding glass door leads into the main salon, which is emblematic of Owner’s taste, a real aesthete, with his choice of dark smoked oak and light décor that gives the area a warm and welcoming effect.

All interior decor and furniture/decorative lightings are custom made, designed by the capable hands of Gilles & Boissier. Tables made from fabric, wood and marble with metal legs; sofas with rosewood frames and light Loropiana fabrics. The two sides of the living area feature two sliding glass doors towards the stern which guarantee maximum privacy for the Owner and his guests from the outside, while allowing them to remain in direct contact with the sea. Large vertical windows provide suggestive light and reflections.

The main salon also contains the only internal dining area on the whole yacht, composed of two up-and-down tables positioned on an inset Tai Ping rug. The floor is dark oak parquet, with marble edging. A rug made of natural “abaca” fibre covers the entire surface area of the living space, while the ceiling is in leather. Walking towards the bow, we enter the lobby, featuring once again smoked oak, with an integrated closed lift which is reminiscent of those in residential buildings. Around it, a white Carrara marble staircase links the main deck to the guest cabins on the lower deck, and to the other decks (upper deck and sundeck), which can also be reached by lift.

Moving on past the lobby, we enter a wide corridor which leads to the Owner’s Suite. On the right-hand side of the corridor we find a day toilet in Calacatta Vagli marble and afrormosia teak, and on the left a door which leads to the professional galley and the pantry, and to the stairs which provide access to the crew quarters on the lower deck. The wide corridor leads us to the Owner’s Suite, contemporary and elegant in style, notable for its essential lines and colours. This environment displays all the materials and woods used on board: brushed silver and brown fir, brushed black oak, eucalyptus for the desk and coffee table, and leather panels.

The full-beam Master Stateroom opens up on the right with an innovative alternative solution to including an office, with a sliding desk for the Owner’s business affairs and a leather table/pouffe which also slides along rails parallel to the sofa positioned along the entire right-hand wall. The prestigious Suite is completed by a wall-mounted TV and desk opposite the bed, and a sofa. In the bow, the full-beam bathroomwith two side entrances for his-and-hers areas is covered entirely in dark grey Carnico marble, with a central shower cabin whose walls are in grey-veined white Calacatta Vagli marble.

The upper deck is an “experiential” one. The vessel can also be boarded from the outside stern area, forming an alternative access to the official one via the beach club, used for particularly tall docks. Then a hydraulic masterpiece in steel and teak leads guests on board the spacious cockpit of the upper deck, featuring all custom-made furnishings: black teak sofas with light Perennials fabric which give at the same time a touch of elegance and dynamism to the areas; the up-and-down dining tables in black oak with polished steel frames, combined with removable director’s chairs. The area is also equipped with a minibar and an ice maker. A sliding glass door of over six metres leads to the upper deck living area, where a mirrored layout of the furniture with a wonderful low table in solid wood divides the space into two. On each side there are corner couches, tables with eucalyptus and rosewood tops and custom-made lamps. The side windows have a big impact, bathing the area in light; the base of the windows features leather seating offering priceless view over the sea. The floor is dark oak parquet with marble edging. A rug in natural “abaca” fibre covers the entire surface area of the living space, while the ceiling is made of larch wood, like the wall panels. The upper deck lobby faces out onto two floor-to-ceiling windows that make the area particularly airy. The lobby also features a work of art by a French artist.

An incredible uninterrupted stem-to-stern experience leads to the wheel house with Telemar integrated bridge, equipped with five interchangeable screens and touchscreen controls on glass panels. Leaving the wheel house we find ourselves at the bow, where a large living area opens out; highly elegant and innovative, its clean, straight lines are decked out in teak and allow remarkably convivial moments in total privacy. The only furnishings are represented by an up-and-down table positioned opposite to the bridge and a few removable seats around it, all of which disappear into the flush deck. On each sideof the table there are the bimini top poles, in gloss black-finish carbon fibre with integrated lights, which support the sun canopy; all of this is fully removable.

Another significant innovation is the hatch flush with the deck which leads to the bow mooring room, which is completely hidden. The ample bow space allows touch-and-go helicopters of up to three tonnes to land, with the possibility to remove the stanchions around the entire perimeter of the area. At the bow, we find a hidden telescopic carbon-fibre pole with the lights for night-time running. From the stern of the upper deck, via a splendid open-riser staircase in polished steel with a glass and teak lifeline, guests can access the sundeck for some pure relaxation. The stern area is equipped for entertaining and is furnished with the same custom top-and-down tables and sofas we have already seen in the outdoor areas.

At the bow, the intimate relaxation zone is composed of a sunbathing area with an electrically manoeuvrable sunshade, and a stunning swimming pool right at the bow facing out onto the sea ahead. The swimming pool is also made with all the linking elements which characterise the entire vessel, such as the trapezoidal polished steel handrail, glass and metal trim. The on-board entertainment system is completely integrated and controlled via iPads and iPhones, which the entire vessel is equipped with. The automation system was developed in partnership with Videoworks. Atlante is equipped with two Caterpillar 3512C engines that develop 1,230 kW @ 1800 RPM and propel the craft to a maximum speed of 15 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots.

Certifications: Lloyd’s Register of Shipping LR  100 – A1 – SSC – “Y”, MONO, G6, LMC UMS (Unmanned Machinery Space) LY2 Compliance

Project Manager CRN: Ing. Simone Lorenzano

Naval Architects: CRN Engineering

Department Surveyor: Ing. Giuseppe Sole

Exterior design: Nuvolari Lenard

Interior design: Gilles & Boissier

Thinking about a Mediterranean Yacht Vacation? 50m QM OF LONDON superyacht has it all!

June 24, 2015

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Are you thinking about embarking on an unforgettable Mediterranean adventure aboard a luxury superyacht this summer, but you haven’t found the right yacht, yet? Look no further. The beautiful 49,90m superyacht QM OF LONDON has everything and more to satisfy your needs and take you on the best holiday you could imagine. And … she was just refitted offering only the best amenities and, thanks to her professional crew of eleven, the best service possible. Charter yacht QM OF LONDON is available for rental in both the Western and the Eastern Mediterranean, including such popular destinations as Italy, South of France, Croatia, Turkey and Greece.

Motor yacht QM OF LONDON - water toys

Motor yacht QM OF LONDON – water toys

Constructed to the highest quality standards by the Italian yard Benetti in 2006, luxury yacht QM OF LONDON is an outstanding charter yacht belonging to the stunning Benetti Golden Bay series. Superyacht QM OF LONDON was refitted numerous times over the years including her latest refit in 2014/2015.

Motor yacht QM OF LONDON - bridge deck aft

Motor yacht QM OF LONDON – bridge deck aft

Accommodation layout aboard QM OF LONDON includes seven elegant and spacious cabins, rarely seen on yachts of her size available for rent. The staterooms include one deluxe full-beam owner’s suite, two gorgeous VIP suites and four elegant guest cabins. There is a crew of eleven professional and well-trained members, who are there to ensure everything runs smoothly and that you have the most amazing holiday.

Super yacht QM OF LONDON

Super yacht QM OF LONDON

In addition to her vast interior and exterior areas designed for unlimited relaxation and entertainment, there is a masseuse, as well as yoga, flyboard and kitesurfing instructors amongst the crew.

QM OF LONDON yacht - Owner suite

QM OF LONDON yacht – Owner suite

A 10m Scorpion chase tender has been added to the yacht during her 2015 refit. Water toys for endless in-water fun include a super-fun waterslide, the popular paddleboards, a jetboard, a flyboard as well as a seabob. QM OF LONDON yacht boasts an RYA accredited watercraft centre. She is fitted with zero speed stabilisers for additional guest comfort.

Motor yacht QM OF LONDON - beach club

Motor yacht QM OF LONDON – beach club

Motor Yacht AIR

Year:1999 (Refit 2006/13/15)  L.O.A.:49.90m (163' 8")  Beam: 8.97m (29' 5") 
Max Speed:17 knots  Cruise Speed:14 knots  Engines:2 x 2,262 hp MTU 
Cabins: Charter Guest:12  Crew:11 

Western Mediterranean and Eastern Mediterranean Superyacht Charter Vacations

When planning your Mediterranean yachting holiday, make sure to choose a superyacht rental company that has access to all available yachts on the market. Select an impartial company that works for you personally (not the yacht owner) and has your best interests at heart – like CharterWorld.

Mljet - Photo by Damir Fabijanic - Courtesy of Croatian National Tourist Board

Mljet – Photo by Damir Fabijanic – Courtesy of Croatian National Tourist Board

For more information on QM OF LONDON yacht and her availability, as well as a completely personalised itinerary, please contact our professional and experienced charter agents who will be pleased to assist you in organising your next dream holiday.

Read also the TESTIMONIALS sent to us by the many happy clients who embarked on the incredible journey of luxury yacht charter with CharterWorld.

Caribbean catamaran vacation charter yacht LIR’s huge success at Antigua Charter Yacht Show

January 15, 2015

Written by Eva Belanyiova

The 2014 Antigua Charter Yacht Show, held in the renowned Antigua yacht charter destination, located in the Caribbean, saw the 2014 Victoria 67 Catamaran LIR hold two fantastic lunches to showcase the yacht’s beautiful interior and the crew’s outstanding capabilities of service, customer care and Chef Natalia Sanchez’s delicious menu offered to the group of international brokers attending the show. The Caribbean catamaran vacation charter yacht LIR is still available for the remainder of the Caribbean season, offering 15% off her usual rate for weekly holidays booked in January and February; including Tortola or St Lucia yacht charters. Following her season here, she will move to the Mediterranean, where she will resume her availability for Croatia yacht charter, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France as well as Balearics yacht vacation.

Catamran yacht LIR

Catamran yacht LIR

The lunches, hosted by Captain Chris Stollery, Chef Natalia Sanchez, Deckhand Edd Collins and CharterWorld’s charter consultant Trina Howes aboard LIR yacht were held on the 7th and 9th of December with 16 brokers from various international yacht rental companies attending. Several of the brokers reported that it was the best lunch they had during the show. Captain Stollery entertained the group with stories about the yacht and his wonderful crew. He began with an explanation of how the yacht’s name came about before moving on to describe his career and background. Following this he introduced Edd, the deckhand who explained how he ended up in the yachting industry and aboard LIR catamaran yacht. A beautiful ‘Spanish Rose’ wine was poured freely during this conversation by the hosts, who made sure the glasses were never empty.

Luxury sailing catamaran yacht LIR - Chris, Natalie, Edd

Luxury sailing catamaran yacht LIR - Chris, Natalie, Edd

“The Paella was placed on the table with applause from all of the brokers. It looked stunning and it was quite a show.  Natalia then served it to everyone, making sure to scrape of the crispy bits from the bottom (the best bits).  The Paella was made with the finest ingredients and spices, some from her Grandmother’s vegetable garden in the form of dried sweet peppers. We could feel the love.” One of the brokers recalls.

The crew were around and present for the entire lunch, which helped everyone feel really welcome.  Trina Howes describes the experience: “Chris told us the story of how he met and “caught” Natalie, then Natalie told us stories of growing up in her family’s restaurants which explained her love for cooking.  It just felt like we were on charter with them, they were so friendly, relaxed and present and not just there to serve, even though they handled service perfectly.  All the brokers got to know the crew over lunch and I think they really enjoyed that aspect the most. The food was also amazing, which of course also helped.”

LIR yacht  - Chef Natalia

LIR yacht - Chef Natalia

Sailing yacht LIR is a 20,44m catamaran that was delivered in 2014 by the renowned Fountaine Pajot and Berret Racoupeau Yacht Design. She can accommodate up to eight lucky charter guests, in four spacious and comfortable cabins with en suite bathrooms. She is a fantastic choice for families or groups of friends, wishing to sail in style and ultimate comfort.

LIR - Alfresco aft deck dining

LIR - Alfresco aft deck dining

LIR - Natalia's Seafood Paella

LIR - Natalia's Seafood Paella

Yacht charter broker Amanda Brilliante described the boat and her experience aboard LIR during the show as: “…absolutely immaculate; tons of natural light, very spacious throughout and with a light and soothing decor reminiscent of the sea. She was beautifully presented – even in the midst of preparing for a broker lunch!

Lunch itself was amazing, especially in light of the fact that we had a gluten-free vegan onboard, so she “tweaked” the meal to suit and you would never even know.  I think we were all surprised at the delicious salad starter with tofu…it seems NONE of us are big tofu fans, including the vegan, so that was truly a triumph as we all found it to be (surprisingly) delicious.

Luxury yacht LIR - Master suite

Luxury yacht LIR - Master suite

But the star of the show was Natalia’s authentic Spanish paella…presented with a flourish and served “family style” on the table in a gorgeous (and HUGE) paella pan – something I’ve never seen even on “big boats”!  A stunningly golden rice, generously studded with peppers, shrimp and locally-sourced clams – properly served up by Chris with some of the “crusty bits” on the bottom of the pan.  Paired with several specially-chosen wines, it was simply a  wonderful presentation and a very, very special treat for them to share their culture with us.  We finished with a light and refreshing lemon-passionfruit granite…a perfect end to fantastic meal!

Aside from the meal, I must mention that the crew were absolutely adorable!  Chris, Natalia and Edd’s enthusiasm, the love for LIR and caring for guests were evident the entire time.  They are friendly and engaging, with great attention to detail, well spoken and just a joy to be around.  During our lunch each of them shared some history about themselves, their passions, and how they came together on LIR.  I just adored them, and could have happily remained chatting and laughing with them the rest of the afternoon!  They are the most bubbly, enjoyable, wonderful crew that I have met on any catamaran, ever and I would not hesitate to most highly recommend LIR and her crew to my clients.

Thank you again for a wonderful respite!

Catamaran LIR - Water toy fun

Catamaran LIR - Water toy fun

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT LIR

The luxurious charter yacht LIR is still available for the remainder of the Caribbean season, offering 15% off her usual rate, for weekly holidays booked in January and February; including Tortola or St Lucia yacht charters.

After her season in the Caribbean, LIR yacht will move to the Mediterranean, where she will resume her availability for Croatia yacht charterTurkeyGreeceItalyFrance as well asBalearics yacht vacation. Please, contact our brokers for more information, dates and destinations available.

St Lucia Yacht Charter

St Lucia is renowned for some of the most dramatic scenery amongst the Caribbean islands, with plenty of attractions and places to visit. Most of St Lucia is mountainous, boasting rich rainforest as well as volcanos Petit Piton and Gros Piton. St Lucia charter yacht visitors will enjoy the area’s golden beaches in the North and more volcanic in the South. One of the places on the ‘must-visit’ list during St Lucia yacht vacation is the Pigeon Island. Here you can explore the ruins of Fort Rodney, constructed by the British in the 18th century. Once at the top you will be able to enjoy the mesmerising 360° views. Rain Forest Adventure Aerial Tram is another attraction, found in the Castries Waterworks Reserve near Banbonneau. Here, eight-seater gondolas take visitors up and down the mountainside for a very relaxing and unusual experience, amongst giant ficus trees and happily fluttering hummingbirds. More about St Lucia yacht charter …

Saint Lucia - Image credit to Saint Lucia Tourism Board

Saint Lucia - Image credit to Saint Lucia Tourism Board

Tortola Yacht Charter

Tortola is the largest and the most populated island of the British Virgin Islands and its white-sand beaches attract many holiday makers each year. You can choose to simply sunbathe and relax swimming in the crystal clear waters, explore the ancient ruins or savour the palatable local cuisine. There is a wide variety of activities to engage in, including swimming, kayaking, snorkelling, diving or enjoying the selection of water-toys offered by your Tortola charter yacht. You can also visit the protected anchorages at the Brandywine Bay, Cane Garden Bay or Trellis Bay, which is also known as the boater’s paradise. Read more about Tortola yacht charter …

Tortola - Photograph BVI Tourist Board

Tortola - Photograph BVI Tourist Board

Feadship Superyachts – a Leading Brand for Luxury Yacht Charters

November 19, 2014

Written by Eva Belanyiova

Feadship is undoubtedly, one of the top luxury yacht builders in the world, constructing truly custom made Feadship superyachts. The company was once again amongst the main highlights of the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show with such fantastic Feadship charter yachts and private yachts moored in and around the Monaco harbour, as the 46m Dubois motor yacht COMO or the awe-inspiring superyacht Madame GU. Over the years numerous extraordinary yachts have left the three shipyards of Makkum, Aalsmeer and Kaag to explore different corners of the world, with almost every one of them built with private use in mind. While some Owners prefer to keep their yachts for themselves, there is also a great selection that are available for Feadship yacht charter opportunities.

Luxury motor yacht Como on display at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show

Luxury motor yacht Como on display at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show

FEADSHIP CHARTER YACHT FLEET

One of the aspects aspect the company was focusing on during the show was their Feadship yacht charter fleet, which was also well presented by the printed book called: The Seven Senses of Chartering a Feadship. The book beautifully starts with a phrase: “From the seven days of creation to the seven phases of the moon, from the seven notes on a musical scale to the seven seas on which we sail, the number seven is an auspicious figure in many ways. And, uniquely in the world of superyachts, it’s also the number of senses you experience to the full when chartering a Feadship…”

LADY BRITT yacht - Sundeck

LADY BRITT yacht – Sundeck

The seven senses Feadship clients will experience when spending their holidays aboard one of the best yachts in the world are hearing, taste, sight, touch, smell, balance and last but not least the Feadship yacht charter experience. There are seven different destinations to choose from: the Eastern Mediterranean, West Mediterranean, Northern Europe, The Caribbean, North America, Asia and the South Pacific. Amongst the many spectacular Feadship charter yachts available is the 86m yacht Ecstasea, 81m AIR, 71.6m UTOPIA, 68m Lady Christine, 63m Lady Britt, 60m Blue Moon, 60m Paraffin, 55m Illusion, 53m Hurricane Run, 49m Highlander and the 39m GO.

Relaxing aboard superyacht Blue Moon - Sundeck Spa Pool

Relaxing aboard superyacht Blue Moon – Sundeck Spa Pool

FEADSHIP UNIQUITY AT THE MYS

Uniquity was the ‘word of the show’, describing the extraordinary lengths to which Feadship goes to create genuine custom yachts. It is very hard to explain just how ‘custom-made’ Feadship superyachts are in the industry where plenty of other shipyards are claiming the same thing. The main difference is that at Feadship, each and every project starts from scratch. “This means quite literally a blank page upon which the vision and ideas of the client are first explored,” as explained by their design director Ronno van Schouten. The latest issue of ‘Pilot’, the Feadship magazine, which was also available at the show, features plenty of results of this process in various forms, showcasing the sensational Feadship yachts that are launched three or four years after the proverbial pencil has first marked that paper. It is true that Feadship had built semi-custom yachts in the past, but that is not the case in the recent years. Each one of the yachts is pure custom that meets the requirements and the vision of her owner to the last detail. As the company says: “Uniquity is more than just the quality of being unique. It is the hallmark and the emblem of Feadship’s vision. It is the essence of our rich heritage, which dates back centuries. Uniquity is our gift to Feadship clients – and it is priceless.”

FEADSHIP ‘TENDER TOUR’ ABOARD WAJER & WAJER OSPRAY 38 SUPERYACHT TENDER

CharterWorld had a fantastic opportunity to take part in an exclusive press tour aboard the stylish Wajer & Wajer Osprey 38 yacht tender and cruise around the numerous Feadship superyachts moored near the Monaco bay. We were accompanied by Feadship’s Marketing Manager Francis Vermeer and Feadship America’s Director Timothy Hamilton who, with his extraordinary knowledge and passion, lead the tender tour, presenting each one of the Feadship vessels to all of us, excited press members, seated aboard the Wajer & Wajer tender.

Feadship superyacht Madame Gu at 2014 MYS - Photo by CharterWorld.com

Feadship superyacht Madame Gu at 2014 MYS – Photo by CharterWorld.com

First one up was the fantastic MADAME GU superyacht, magnificently stealing the show with her 99-metres and car-racing-inspired design and styling. She was designed by Andrew Winch and represented the largest yacht built in the Netherlands at the time of her launch. Madame Gu is not only pretty! Despite her 99 metres she is able to reach impressive 25 knots thanks her quadruple 3,600kW MTU engines. The main features that make her stand out are her fully enclosed helicopter hangar, fibreglass domes for the satcom/navigation gear and an exceptionally elaborate interior.

Madame Gu Superyacht at MYS 2015 - Photo by CharterWorld.com

Madame Gu Superyacht at MYS 2015 – Photo by CharterWorld.com

Other yachts that we’ve viewed included the 67m motor yacht SIRAN (1992), 51m ILLUSION (1983), 75.75m mega yacht OCEAN VICTORY (2008), 50m luxury yacht DEJA VU (2000), 46m AUDACIA (1987) and the 45m Feadship charter yacht SECRET LIFE (1974).

Wajer & Wajer Yacht Tender - Image courtesy of Feadship

Wajer & Wajer Yacht Tender – Image courtesy of Feadship

PRESS TOUR ABOARD 46M MOTOR YACHT COMO

Friday morning of the MYS gave us the opportunity to step aboard the recently launched 46m superyacht COMO, boasting naval architecture and exterior design by Dubois Naval Architects as well as elegant interiors by Redman Whiteley Dixon. COMO represents an innovative thinking in motor yacht design featuring impressive amount of glazed panels throughout. The large amount of glazing provide her interiors with huge amount of natural light, and a great exterior and interior flow.

46m motor yacht COMO by Feadship

46m motor yacht COMO by Feadship

COMO yacht was designed exclusively for private use by her Owner. Stepping aboard we were greeted by her friendly crew, even meeting the very welcoming owner himself. One of the interesting features of the yacht is the beautiful circular seating plan in the main saloon, that can rotate to provide flexible seating arrangements. The entire interior was created to complement a modern and sophisticated lifestyle. The vessel’s layout is very flexible, where informal areas can be easily transformed into more formal settings when needed.

The upper deck is sheltered by a hardtop with glazed roof panels and it can be completely protected by a series of curved windows which slide upwards to seal the space between the hardtop and the superstructure. One might miss the popular Jacuzzi or a large beach club touring this beautiful yacht, but then again, this is a true reflection of what Feadship do: they create a yacht that is completely designed and built to the Owners wishes; despite what others may think.

Overall, when meeting any member of the Feadship team, one is instantly taken by the real passion and great pride in the product they are representing, as well as the gratitude towards everyone involved in the creation process, from the highly skilled artisans right through to the proud Owner.

Feadship has currently 7 yachts under construction, with two yachts in Makkum, three in Aalsmeer and 3 in Kaag. Two of these are due to be launched in January 2015. The yachts under build include 83.50m motor yacht hull#686, 46.40m hull#689, 44.20m hull#690, 101.50m mega yacht hull#808, 66.25m hull#809, 57.45m superyacht hull#810 and 92.10m hull#1005 yacht. It is also important to note that Feadship has an additional number of other projects in the order book on which they cannot publish any information.

New Wim van der Valk 37m Continental Trawler motor yacht VAGABUNDUS to be equipped with DMS AntiRoll stabilization system

July 18, 2014

Written by Zuzana Bednarova

The new 37-metre Continental Trawler motor yacht Vagabundus is currently in build at Wim van der Valk Continental Yachts in the Netherlands. Superyacht Vagabundus will be the first vessel in the world to be equipped with the AntiRoll stabilization system, first introduced by Dynamic Marine Systems (DMS) at the beginning of 2013, and set to be launched in September 2014.

New Wim van der Valk 37m Continental Trawler motor yacht VAGABUNDUS to be equipped with DMS AntiRoll stabilization system

New Wim van der Valk 37m Continental Trawler motor yacht VAGABUNDUS to be equipped with DMS AntiRoll stabilization system

Luxury yacht Vagabundus bears a name that symbolizes the dream to freely roam the seas. This beautifully crafted 250 tonne and 37 metre Continental Trawler can attain a speed of 14.5 knots.

But no matter how hard or fast the ship sails, which seas Vagabundus superyacht takes on or in which idyllic harbour she lays anchor, one thing is certain: she will be able to rely on ultimate stability whatever the conditions, thanks to the AntiRoll stabilization system by DMS.

New DMS AntiRoll stabilization system undergoing a series of comprehensive tests at MARIN

New DMS AntiRoll stabilization system undergoing a series of comprehensive tests at MARIN

AntiRoll will make its premiere on the 37m Continental Trawler yacht Vagabundus. Hardly surprising, incidentally, seeing as innovation is paramount at Wim van der Valk Continental Yachts. That doesn’t mean being innovative for the sake of innovation. The ultimate goal is improving the quality technically. With an excellent ‘scientific report’, AntiRoll matches this criteria and aim perfectly by improving comfort, safety and the sailing experience and this is why it took little effort to convince the client.

Currently being produced and fabricated for super yacht Vagabundus in Zeeland, the Netherlands, the AntiRoll stabilization system has already undergone a series of comprehensive tests at MARIN, the renowned scientific marine research institute in Wageningen. The research focused particularly on determining the force the fin could generate and resist, not only whilst cruising but also at zero speed. The results were astounding. The model calculations proved extremely accurate. In comparison to conventional fins, the analysis revealed a reduction in resistance of 75%.