Superyachts Luxury Yacht & Superyacht News

Video: 125 Hargrave super yacht GIGI II embarks on her maiden yacht charter summer season in New England

August 05, 2014

US builder, Hargrave Custom Yachts, has published a video showing the beautiful 125-foot charter yacht Gigi II, while embarking on her maiden yacht charter summer season in the charming America yacht charter destination – New England.  The striking 125′ Hargrave Raised Pilothouse motor yacht Gigi II boasts European styling outside, with an American comfort plan inside. She can accommodate up to 8 guests in 4 elegant staterooms.

Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) preparing for September Rolex Regattas

August 05, 2014

While holidaymakers flock to the fabulous Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Sardinia in Italy to enjoy fantastic beaches and sweltering August temperatures, staff at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) are busy with preparations for two major international regattas in September. The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup (31 August – 6 September) and the Rolex Swan Cup (8 – 14 September) will welcome thousands of sailors from all over the world to the exclusive resort of Porto Cervo for 2 weeks of world-class sailing. Each of the events will also play host to an epic battle for the title of  World Champion 2014 as first the Mini Maxi class, and then the Swan 45 class compete for victory in their respective fleets.

Yacht Club Costa Smeralda - Photo by Jeff Brown

Yacht Club Costa Smeralda - Photo by Jeff Brown

The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship will see 36 sailing giants, ranging from sleek racing machines to genteel vintage yachts, line up to compete on coastal – and for some classes windward-leeward – courses over five days of racing. Organized by the YCCS in collaboration with the International Maxi Association, the event has everything from five stunning J-Class yachts (sailing yacht Lionheart, superyacht Rainbow, charter yacht Ranger, charter yacht Shamrock, Velsheda yacht) to a fleet of eight highly competitive Mini Maxi yachts contending for the class Worlds. The fleet comprises several yachts that have been regulars at the event for many years, several of which are owned by YCCS Members such as IMA President Claus-Peter Offen with his 30.5 metre charter yacht Y3K, Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones with the Wally Cento superyacht Magic Carpet 3 and Lord Irvine Laidlaw with the 25-metre sailing yacht Highland Fling. Newcomers to the event are the 2013-launched Swan 80 yacht No Timing alongside the modern 44-metre J-Class Lionheart which boasts round-the-world sailor Bouwe Bekking on tactics.

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2013 ©Carlo Borlenghi

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2013 ©Carlo Borlenghi

Among the Mini Maxi yachts competition will, as always, be fierce. Niklas Zennstrom, three-time World Champion and current title holder, will be looking to confirm his top spot with his new 2014-launched sailing yacht Ràn while Hap Fauth’s luxury yacht Bella Mente, the only other winner of the World title since its institution in 2010, will be keen to return to glory. Italy’s yacht Robertissima, owned by YCCS Member Roberto Tomasini Grinover, will also be one to watch: although a newcomer to the class in 2014 the crew, which also competes regularly in superyacht and one-design classes, already claimed victory in the Rolex Capri Sailing Week in May.

The Rolex Swan Cup entry list counts 86 boats representing 21 nationalities and covers the entire spectrum of the Nautor’s Swan fleet, from classic Sparkman and Stephens designs to performance one-design models such as the Swan 60 class and luxury cruisers such as the superyacht Swan 90. Seven Swan 45 boats – including 2012 winner Earlybird, owned by Nagel and Brandis – will be competing for their annual class World Championship during the event.  The remainder of the fleet will be divided into Maxi, Grand Prix and Classic divisions alongside a 12-boat Swan 42 one-design division. Courses will, as always, provide a mix of coastal and windward-leeward racing in addition to an Islands Long Race scheduled for midweek which could take the fleet as far north as the French islands off Corsica.

Rolex Swan Cup 2012 ©Carlo Borlenghi

Rolex Swan Cup 2012 ©Carlo Borlenghi

While the Swan Cup was first held in 1980, this year’s edition marks the 30th anniversary of the enduring collaboration between Rolex, Nautor’s Swan and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.

For the duration of both the Maxi and Swan events competition on the water will be accompanied by the usual array of exclusive social events ranging from welcome cocktails and owner’s dinners to crew parties and daily after-race refreshments and rounding off with the final prize giving in the Piazza Azzurra at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.

“These two events represent a fitting conclusion to a busy season of YCCS regattas in both Porto Cervo and Virgin Gorda. The Maxi and Swan regattas, organized together with our partner Rolex, consistently attract the world’s top yachts, owners and sailors and we are looking forward to two weeks of competitive sailing and impeccable social events,” commented YCCS Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo.

New Representation Office for Overmarine Group in Côte d’Azur

August 05, 2014

July 31, 2014, was marked by the official inauguration of the new Overmarine Group branch office. This is situated in the fantastic Côte d’Azur yacht charter destination, nestled in South of France.

Inauguration of the new Overmarine Group representation office

Inauguration of the new Overmarine Group representation office

Many people and Mangusta lovers attended the event, celebrating  together with the managers of the company the new important and exclusive location. The new office is strategically located in Port Rayon, Golf Juan, nearby Cannes. All guests had the opportunity to admire a yacht of the Mangusta 105 series that was docked in front of the office.

Opening this new office in the Côte d’Azur is part of the work of strengthening the brand and strategic consolidation which is leading the Group to preside directly over strategic markets such as the United States and France.

The new Overmarine Group branch office

The new Overmarine Group branch office

Historically, in fact, France is one of the reference markets for Mangusta, as is clear from the number of the yachts that can be seen in the most exclusive marinas of the Côte d’Azur.

This is a market in which the company believes strongly, so much so it has actually opened an office there.

As of today, the company’s reliability and its thirty year experience, the passion of those working here and the success of this brand are now even closer to clients and their demands in France.

Below is a choice of the superb charter yachts built by Overmarine Group.

Video: Mast stepping of 60m Perini Navi PERSEUS³ Yacht

August 04, 2014

The Perini Navi Group has recently published a video showing the mast stepping of their PERSEUS³ yacht. Luxury sailing yacht PERSEUS³ (P3, hull C.2218) is a majestic 60-metre sloop, boasting one of the tallest masts in the world, measuring 75,80 meters in length. It was delivered by the spar maker Future Fibres, and assembled at the Perini Navi facility in La Spezia, Italy.

55m Benetti motor yacht OCEAN PARADISE – the biggest yacht to be displayed at Cannes Yachting Festival 2014

August 04, 2014

Built by the prestigious Italian shipyard Benetti, the 55-metre motor yacht Ocean Paradise (FB263) will be the longest superyacht at the upcoming Cannes Yachting Festival 2014, set to be held in the glamorous Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Cannes in September. Made of steel and aluminium, luxury superyacht Ocean Paradise is based on a consolidated and tested Benetti platform, yet rich with innovative contents, especially with regards to partitioning, interior design, décor, as well as fitting out.

55m Benetti super yacht Ocean Paradise (FB265)

55m Benetti super yacht Ocean Paradise (FB265)

With luxury yacht Ocean Paradise, Benetti gives further proof of their second to none capability in interpreting and adapting to Owner’s requests. Many elements make this yacht an example of custom avantguard solutions: from the furnishings to the highly elaborate illumination plan, with the use of novel architectural solutions and the combination of both transparent and opaque materials that emphasize the traditional relationship with the sea, or a more contemporary look and feel, as required.

Luxury motor yacht Ocean Paradise from above

Luxury motor yacht Ocean Paradise from above

All this is coordinated and managed by BEST (Benetti Exclusive Sea Technology), the proven domotic system adopted by the yard aboard several vessels and very much appreciated by Owners and crew. Many of these innovations aboard Ocean Paradise have been specifically developed by the yard’s technicians and designers, based on specific requests by the Owner – a dynamic young businessman from Singapore – who was always closely involved in the phases of design and construction.

Ocean Paradise yacht - aft view - Image by Jeff Brown

Ocean Paradise yacht - aft view - Image by Jeff Brown

The Benetti super yacht Ocean Paradise was also conceived to fulfill the specific need of the luxury yacht charter activities, but despite this is characterized by several notable one of a kind elements, such as the designer’s research for solutions that guarantee communication between adjacent environments and especially with the sea, even while relaxing in the main saloon or lunch area. This was obtained by the intense study and development of the height of the opaque elements, and the adoption of plexiglass and crystal materials, with the absence of bulwarks in the floor to ceiling windows in the salon. Minimalist, but never cold, and always connected with the sea: these were some of the guidelines given by the Owner for the development of this project. The Benetti team of interior and exterior designers interpreted the desires of the Owner, bringing it to an ideal fruition from both the technical and esthetic/functional points of view.

Aerial view of Ocean Paradise superyacht at anchor

Aerial view of Ocean Paradise superyacht at anchor

There are four guest cabins, all located on the lower deck, with access from a central hall connected to the main deck foyer. Each cabin has its own spacious bath, and a view of the sea is guaranteed by ample portholes. The Owner’s suite is located on the forward portion of the main deck, and stretches the full width of the yacht. This environment, both in size and position, is also unique for aspects such as expansive bathroom suite and a side terrace (balcony). Here, like in the rest of the vessel, an intense study by the lighting design team has created just the right atmosphere. This results from the use of LED and LED RGB, skillfully hidden in the cladding and managed by sophisticated, yet simple to use systems managed by exclusive Benetti BEST System.

Luxury yacht Ocean Paradise - Sundeck

Luxury yacht Ocean Paradise - Sundeck

Light is of primary importance throughout the entire Ocean Paradise superyacht project, both natural light, filtered through ample openings in the yacht’s structure, in addition to transparent solutions such as the crystal skylight, and artificial light, with temperature controlled color to match the natural light. Special attention has been paid to the passageways used by the Owner, guests and crew, skillfully separated but always able to ensure rapid service by the personnel to all shared living and private areas.There are numerous solutions adopted to exploit the spaces and volumes designed to guarantee comfort and contact with the sea aboard the Ocean Paradise: one is the aft beach area with adjacent relax zone and sheltered service areas, complete with a large platform created by lowering the transom door.

Ocean Paradise superyacht - Sundeck

Ocean Paradise superyacht - Sundeck

To create an open air area, yet hidden and independent from the tender and toy launching area, the Benetti designers have developed a system of lateral openings, complete with a mooring platform for jet-skis or the custom made 6.2 meter tender which is stowed inside the garage while under way. The rescue boat is house in it’s own forward garage so hidden from the view of the guests and protected from the seas. The jet-skis are mounted on the foredeck in a separate area, but offering a tantalizing view from the circuit used by the Owner and his guests.

Motor yacht Ocean Paradise - Upper Deck

Motor yacht Ocean Paradise - Upper Deck

The Owner, who also has interests in interior design, was a very active participant in the design of the secondary ambient too, with the objective of creating a natural and relaxing atmosphere, where encased Zen gardens appear, with the successful intent of infusing perceptive serenity. In bringing the natural greenery of plants aboard using transparent surfaces that double as display cases and natural light openings for the interior, the Ocean Paradise yacht gains a particularly eclectic atmosphere. For his yacht the Owner has commissioned details such as the wardrobe door handles (designed by the winner of a design competition), light switches, light fixtures, automatic hatch and panel latches, chromatic contrasting leather stitching, completely clad leather interiors for lockers, and the many “hidden” storage areas perfectly integrated among the various environments.

Ocean Paradise Yacht - Beach Area

Ocean Paradise Yacht - Beach Area

The design motive of every area, even the smallest and least visible, has been customized by the Owner to ensure coherency with the entire project’s inspiration. This is also true on above decks, where we find an oversize swimming pool with waterfalls on the sun deck, and furnishings that suggest natural environments and facilitate the view of the sea. There is also a gym on the sun deck which dominates the ocean, and a mini bar with DJ console.

Ocean Paradise superyacht - Wheelhouse

Ocean Paradise superyacht - Wheelhouse

Technically, Benetti Ocean Paradise yacht (FB263) keeps to a classic configuration: steel displacement hull, with a displacement of 651 tons and 710 gross tonnage; two CAT 3512C (1765 kW) motors with 2,367 horsepower, which always guarantee the best yacht’s performance and navigation efficiency at every speed. Cruising range is 4,000 nautical miles at an economical cruising speed of 12 knots, with an easily reachable top speed of 17 knots and a fast cruising speed of 15.5 knots using 85% of the available propulsion power.

Superyacht Ocean Paradise - Skylounge

Superyacht Ocean Paradise - Skylounge

Super yacht Ocean Paradise - Main Saloon

Super yacht Ocean Paradise - Main Saloon

Ocean Paradise yacht - Dining

Ocean Paradise yacht - Dining

The bridge is fully equipped with the “Integrated Bridge” Benetti technology, enabling the crew to quickly and easily monitor all onboard systems, guaranteeing safety and easy repair access when necessary. Using touch-screens, the system displays the state of all onboard systems, managing both alarms and function monitoring. From the bridge the crew has complete control of the vessel and is immediately informed of any malfunctions, even from remote areas of the vessel. This advanced system, adapted by Benetti, also allows monitoring of the AC systems to rationalize the system’s energy consumption while underway in varying atmospheric conditions. The bridge also has modern design elements, as well as some classic in the form of the stitching in the leather work to complement the advanced technology.

Ocean Paradise yacht - Owners Cabin

Ocean Paradise yacht - Owners Cabin

Ocean Paradise superyacht - Owners Bathroom

Ocean Paradise superyacht - Owners Bathroom

Completely clad in leather with contrasting stitching and several different illumination settings, the walk-around instrument console and separate chart table, make the Bridge seems a unique design piece itself. The exterior of the wheel house allows undisrupted access from the wing station from where the Captain has excellent visibility for docking operations, and severs as an exterior crew lounge as well.

Below is a video showing the beautiful Ocean Paradise yacht by Benetti:

DIMENSION AND MAIN CHARACTERISTICS OF FB265 SUPERYACHT OCEAN PARADISE:

Builder AZIMUT-BENETTI SPA – Benetti Shipyard, Italy

Year of Construction 2013

Construction Material Steel/Aluminium

Length Overall (LOA) 55 m 180’ 5”

Maximum Beam 9,6 m 31’ 6”

Maximum Draft 2,77 m 9’ 1” @ Draft Amidship at half load from B.L. (B.O.K) 2,89 m 9’6” @ Draft Amidship at full load from B.L. (B.O.K)

Full load displacement 651 t

Half load displacement 617 t

Light load displacement 543 t GRT 709

Fuel tank capacity 73.800 litres

Fresh water capacity 15.200 litres

ReverserOsmosis water

Maler Plant Idromar 2 x 12.000 litres/day

Main Engines CAT 3512C (1765 kW) 2.367 hp @ 1.800 rpm

Gear Boxes Reintjes WAF 743L

Generators 2 x Northern lights x 155kW 1 x Northern lights x 80kW

Propellers Benetti Design

Stabilizer at anchor Quantum – Zero Speed system

Stabilizer underway Quantum – Zero Speed system

Max Speed 17 Kn

Cruising Speed at 85% of maximum power 15,5 Kn

Range at economic speed 4.000 n.m.

Economic speed for Range 12 Kn

Classification ABS ✠ A1 Commercial yachtingservice, ✠ AMS

Number of cabins Guest + Owner 4 + 1

Number of crew berths 7 (including the first officer’s cabin)

Captain’s cabin double

First officer’s cabin 1 single bed (increased size)

Exterior Styling & Concept Benetti

Interior Design Benetti

Below is a gallery for the exquisite charter yachts built by Benetti.

Oceanco announces launch of 88,5m motor yacht Y710

August 04, 2014

Last week saw the premier Dutch shipyard, Oceanco, launch their brand new 88,5-metre motor yacht Y710 in their Alblasserdam facility. The powerful exterior design of superyacht Y710 is by acclaimed Espen Øino.

88,5m mega yacht Y710 by Oceanco

88,5m mega yacht Y710 by Oceanco

Luxury yacht Y710 by Oceanco is fitted with two 4,828hp / 3,600kW MTU engines. She is capable of reaching speeds of 18,5 knots.

Luxury motor yacht Y710 by Oceanco

Luxury motor yacht Y710 by Oceanco

Technical Specification of super yacht Y710:

Builder  Oceanco

Type  Steel Hull and Aluminum Superstructure

Length  88,5m / 290ft

Beam  14,2m / 47ft

GT 2950

Design

Exterior Designer  Espen Øino

Accommodation

Master Suite with private exterior deck and whirlpool, 2 VIP suites and 4 Guest cabins.

All other details remain confidential at this time.

Below is a selection of the outstanding charter yachts built by Oceanco.

Sale of 88,8m ILLUSION yacht announced by Pride Mega Yachts

August 04, 2014

Pride Mega Yachts (under CIMC Group) is thrilled to announce the sale of the 88.8-meter Illusion yacht. The sale of the sophisticated six-deck motor yacht Illusion proves the shipyard’s unique position as an established, competitive and accomplished player in the world’s mega yacht market.

88,8m mega yacht Illusion by Pride Mega Yachts

88,8m mega yacht Illusion by Pride Mega Yachts

According to Pride Mega Yachts spokesman, “the success of such a significant sale is proof that the superyacht industry is buoyant and that sales of large yachts are flourishing once again. I believe the sale is another sign that the market as a whole is doing very well. The interest from potential buyers is on the rise, particularly for large mega yachts, evident by the increased number of inquiries”

“We are delighted that the buyer of Illusion is so experienced and passionate about yachting, allowing him to appreciate Illusion’s unique qualities even before her launch. I would also like to thank the people at Blue Water Yachting and Jan Jaap Minnema of Fraser Yachts for their help throughout the course of this transaction.”

The largest yacht ever built in China, superyacht Illusion showcases the ambitious shipyard’s focus on innovation and outstanding craftsmanship. With an impressive interior volume of 3,603 gross tons and a 15.8-meter beam, Illusion’s spacious design has been further enhanced by the use of fine woods, rare natural stone and metals. The yacht was designed by the esteemed Azure Naval Architects, with exterior styling by Rainsford Saunders Design and the interior design developed by the well-respected Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design. Driven by state-of-the-art Rolls Royce diesel-electric-propulsion, motion and system control, Illusion will be ready for delivery in October 2015.

The spokesman continued, “Illusion demonstrates that Pride Mega Yachts can create superior-quality yachts of the highest standards. This showpiece, one-of-a-kind yacht represents our dedication and continued ambition in pursuing and discovering new ideas in the development of high-end superyachts. The sale of Illusion demonstrates that Pride Mega Yachts is able to build the largest and highest quality superyachts, meeting the high standards of this demanding market.”

Video: 44M Fly Fast MONOKINI Yacht by Baglietto Yachts

August 04, 2014

Italian shipyard, Baglietto Yachts, has recently released an amazing video introducing their 44M Fly Fast MONOKINI yacht, launched in May 2013. The streamlined, sleek outer lines of luxury motor yacht Monokini reflect the unmistakable style of the design studio of Francesco Paszkowski. Her soft, stylish interiors have been designed by Alberto Mancini, and provide comfortable accommodation to 10 guests in total.

Holland Jachtbouw to build 51m sailing yacht designed by Dykstra Naval Architects

August 04, 2014

Based in Zaandam, the prestigious Dutch builder, Holland Jachtbouw, has recently signed a contract to build a 51m schooner, superbly penned by Dykstra Naval Achitects. In keeping with the original built in 1897, luxury yacht Rainbow II (formerly Hamburg), the 51m Holland Jachtbouw and Dykstra sailing yacht will be built traditionally to modern Germanischer Lloyd certification.

51m Holland Jachtbouw and Dykstra superyacht

51m Holland Jachtbouw and Dykstra superyacht

The aluminium hull is being built at Shipyard Made in Moerdijk and will arrive with Holland Jachtbouw early in 2015. The rig, including all spars and topmasts will be made by Ventis Enkhuizen, with the main mast at a length of 52m supporting a 25m boom.

Displacing 343 tons, the schooner will be fitted with a hybrid drive, similar to the system developed by Holland Jachtbouw which was built into the J Class superyacht Rainbow.This hybrid system ensures silent running at night and while sailing the drive can generate sufficient power to run all the systems overnight without the need for additional fuel.

The 51m Holland Jachtbouw and Dykstra superyacht has been designed for both racing and cruising and will accommodate 8 guests and 7 crew, with a classic interior from De Vos De Vries.

Due to launch in Spring 2016, the schooner’s maiden voyage will be to the Baltic for the Summer, followed by winter in the Caribbean. From 2017, she will be seen cruising remote parts of the world, and taking part in races on the Classic Circuit, Tall Ships and Transatlantic.

51m Holland Jachtbouw and Dykstra Schooner Specification

LOA: 51.36m

Beam: 8.31m

Draft: 4.2m

Upwind sail area: 1,525 square metres

Downwind sail area: Plus 863 square metres

Below are the galleries for the beautiful charter yachts by Holland Jachtbouw and Dykstra Naval Architects:

Hatteras to launch the new 100′ RPH motor yacht Hull #2 soon

August 01, 2014

Today, August 1, 2014, saw the well known US builder, Hatteras Yachts, release the photos of their brand new 100′ RPH (raised pilothouse) motor yacht Hull #2. A sister ship to the 2013 luxury yacht Mr. Loui, the second Hatteras 100 RPH superyacht is expected to be launched soon.

100 RPH superyacht Hull no. 2 at Hatteras Yachts

100 RPH superyacht Hull no. 2 at Hatteras Yachts - Image credit to Hatteras Yachts

Beautifully penned in collaboration with Enrico Gobbi from Team For Design (T4Design), Hatteras 100 RPH superyacht represents the finest yacht ever presented by Hatteras Yachts. She features exquisite craftsmanship, as well as fine furnishings. In addition, her exterior entertaining spaces are as abundant as the fantastic views surrounding them.

Second 100 RPH superyacht by Hatteras

Second 100 RPH superyacht by Hatteras - Image credit to Hatteras Yachts

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