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Feadship Superyachts – a Leading Brand for Luxury Yacht Charters

November 19, 2014

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.

63m motor yacht SuRi to star in Jason Statham movie with marine co-ordination and logistical support by Yacht Solutions

November 19, 2014

Yacht Solutions has been appointed as marine consultant on Jason Statham’s new movie, called ‘Mechanic: Resurrection’,  which is due for cinematic release in January 2016. The impressive and robust 63m expedition charter yacht SuRi will appear in the movie. Motor yacht SuRi has just completed a two-month major refit with Yacht Solutions at Bangkok Dock in Thailand.

MY SURI - Main

MY SURI - Main

Shooting started in Bangkok with Statham reprising his title role as a master assassin who faked his death, in an attempt to walk away from his former profession, in order to lead a peaceful and quiet retirement. Also starring Tommy Lee Jones and Jessica Alba. Line producer in Thailand is Tom Waller of De Warrenne Pictures and marine consultant is Yacht Solutions who have chartered the yacht, helped arranged shooting and are working with the crew during shooting. Filming starts mid November until mid December onboard the 63-metre superyacht SuRi in Thailand.

They will be filming on location on explorer yacht SuRi in the Gulf of Thailand organised by Yacht Solutions and they will also be filming in and around Phuket.

Gareth Twist, managing director of Yacht Solutions said: “It’s a pleasure to be working on such high profile film, with such prestigious actors.  This is a great opportunity for the marine industry in Thailand, enabling us to showcase what filming opportunities are available here, both on land and sea.  Blockbusters such as these will help to promote the country as an exotic, beautiful and friendly location for filming.  We will be offering the production company marine co-ordination and logistical support.”

Dennis Gansel directs the thriller from a screenplay by Philip Shelby, Tony Mosher, Rachel Long and Brian Pittman. “Mechanic: Resurrection” is being produced by William Chartoff, David Winkler, John Thompson and Frank DeMartini. The 2011 original grossed $62 million worldwide.

Yachting Pages announces award-winning superyacht crew

November 19, 2014

This year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) saw Yachting Pages award a GoPro camera as well as iPad mini to elated superyacht crew members. The prizes were generously donated by FunAir and Global Marine Communications (GMC).

Yachting Pages GMC award iPad mini to superyacht Match Point crew

Yachting Pages GMC award iPad mini to superyacht Match Point crew

During the five-day event, members of Yachting Pages, a specialist in products and services for the superyacht market walked the docks surveying captains and crews. All those surveyed were entered into a competition to win a GoPro camera donated by FunAir.

The winner was chosen by random on the last day of the show; Nicholas Sheard, an excited first officer on board the 37m expedition yacht Zeepaard, was presented with the GoPro.  Todd Lewis, COO, John Courtney, business development executive and Margo Wickersham, marketing director from FunAir and Michelle Williams, website and digital marketing manager from Yachting Pages, awarded him the camera.

Nicholas said, “I am ecstatic, I feel like sinking my boat, going on holiday and using my GoPro.  I was going to buy one of these anyway, it’s perfect timing.  I’m so happy.  I never win anything.  You guys are turning my life around.”

Yachting Pages FunAir award GoPro Camera to Nicholas from motor yacht Zeepaard

Yachting Pages FunAir award GoPro Camera to Nicholas from motor yacht Zeepaard

Todd Lewis of FunAir said, “It was great to work with Yachting Pages surveying captains and crews at FLIBS.  The crew were incredibly friendly and great to talk to.  We were delighted to meet Nicholas and award him the GoPro, he was so enthusiastic about winning; it was a pleasure to donate the prize.”

To enter the second competition to win an iPad mini offered by Global Marine Communications, crews posed for funny photographs with a copy of Yachting Pages to be uploaded to social media.

The chosen winners were Krisztina Hegyi, 2nd stewardess, Cori Fitzhugh, chief stewardess, Steffen Lee Bourne, bosun and Kendra Marie Human, chef from 48m superyacht Match Point.

Steffen commented, “This is a great day for us.  To be honest, I’m quite a lucky guy, but I don’t have an iPad, so this is a great prize.”

Costas Charalambous, sales director from Global Marine Communications said, “The Match Point crew deserved to win the photo competition, particularly the ladies, carrying Steffen posed like a mermaid made a great image.  I hope they enjoy the iPad mini.”

FunAir specialises in exciting and innovative inflatable products and toys for the superyacht market.  The company’s patented SeaStairs makes access from the water easy for everyone.  Their Rapidflatetm system inflates six times faster than other products, which reduces the amount of time it takes crews to erect slides and similar toys and is popular in the yachting sector.

Global Marine Communications (GMC) offers satellite communication products and services to yachts worldwide.  The company recently introduced BOSS, a bandwith optimiser service, which allows primary users (owners/officers) to have priority internet access.

Editors’ Choice Award for Monte Carlo Yachts 86 motor yacht NEVER SAY NEVER

November 19, 2014

This year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) saw the striking Monte Carlo Yachts 86 motor yacht Never Say Never win the Editors’ Choice Award as the ‘Best Motoryacht of the Year (80-89 feet)’. MCY 86 superyacht Never Say Never has been entirely designed by the prestigious Italian design studio, Nuvolari Lenard.

Editors’ Choice Award for Monte Carlo Yachts 86 motor yacht NEVER SAY NEVER

Editors’ Choice Award for Monte Carlo Yachts 86 motor yacht NEVER SAY NEVER - Image credit to Monte Carlo Yachts

MCY 86 luxury yacht Never Say Never is a spacious and exquisite vessel, ideal for boat lovers who wish to enjoy every instant on board to the maximum. Her technical and aesthetic elements blend together in perfect harmony, with living areas of the boat featuring fabrics and materials from Hermès, Armani, Frau and Pierre Frey.

Editors’ Choice Award for MCY 86 super yacht NEVER SAY NEVER

Editors’ Choice Award for MCY 86 super yacht NEVER SAY NEVER - Image credit to Monte Carlo Yachts

With naval architecture and engineering by Monte Carlo Yachts, featuring VTR, Kevlar®, carbon construction and twin MAN V12 1800 engines, the MCY 86 super yacht Never Say Never powers to a maximum speed of 28-29 knots and a cruising speed of 24 knots.

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

Versatile 67m explorer motor yacht GLOBAL introduces Yacht Carbon Offset

November 19, 2014

Currently in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the versatile 67m explorer motor yacht Global (ex Allure) now includes the Yacht Carbon Offset service, as part of her environmental procedures. Ready for adventure and available for luxury yacht charter, mega yacht Global can now assure her Owners as well as Charter guests that the greenhouse gas impact of her engines has been counteracted through the fully-documented system of Yacht Carbon Offset.

67m expedition yacht GLOBAL (ex Allure)

67m expedition yacht GLOBAL (ex Allure)

Luxury yacht Global combines superyacht standards of luxury with long-range expedition capability including helicopter facilities, vast deck & interior areas to accommodate tenders, submarines, vehicles and heavy equipment, and a high capacity crane.

Kostas Andreou, Global’s Captain commented: “We are pleased to take a further step to improve our operations through Yacht Carbon Offset’s focused service. This sport-utility yacht offers a platform to explore the world’s most pristine destinations, so it is natural that the highest environmental standards must be met. Greenhouse gas emissions are a major concern today, so it is good to be able to take effective action in such a practical way.”

Yacht Carbon Offset’s Mark Robinson said: “Global’s decision to carbon offset her fuel makes a real difference to the green energy projects that receive funding through our service. These projects reduce the consumption of fossil fuel for power generation, in order to balance out the combustion of fuel by the yacht. It is a proportionate response for this powerful vessel, and we thank the team aboard Global for their environmental leadership and for their decision to work with Yacht Carbon Offset.”

Yacht Carbon Offset provides a fully-documented service for those that own and enjoy the world’s leading superyachts and has Lloyds Register Quality Assurance Certification.

Re-launch of 67m motor yacht DANAH EXPLORER by YachtProjects International

November 19, 2014

Measuring 67 meters in length, the impressive and robust motor yacht Danah Explorer has been successfully re-launched by YachtProjects International. Superyacht Danah Explorer has undergone a major four-month refit, performed by Southern African Shipyards, based in Durban, South Africa.

Danah Explorer yacht was originally launched as ‘Clipper Cap Haitien’ by Candies Shipbuilders/ Houma in 1980, before being converted to a support yacht and renamed ‘Peaceful Fish’. In 2011, she underwent a major hull extension, and was lengthened from her former length of 51,8 metres to her current length of 67 metres.

Following her latest refit, the 67-metre expedition yacht Danah Explorer now boasts an additional deck dedicated to the owner, including the owner’s stateroom, private lounge, gym, as well as spa. In addition, the all-new movie theatre has been created and all the audio visual and IT systems have been upgraded. Moving the helipad up also allowed the creation of a new open sun deck, offering generous entertaining spaces. Moreover, the vessel now features an elevator that connects all decks.

New Xhibitionist Event Yacht concept released by NEDSHIPGROUP

November 18, 2014

NEDSHIPGROUP is proud to introduce a new and innovative commercial Super Yacht project, based on the trimaran yacht Xhibitionist concept by Eduard Gray. The designers as well as naval architects from NEDSHIP have created an amazing business tool out of the extreme Xhibitionist superyacht design.

New Xhibitionist Event Super Yacht concept by NEDSHIPGROUP

New Xhibitionist Event Super Yacht concept by NEDSHIPGROUP

The project idea is, to bring in all such called “Nicki and Cocco Beach Club” VIP guests to an extraordinary other place like this 70m Super Yacht. There are many other event boats on the market, more or less to entertain tourists, but none of them are focused on the other end of the scale, to the HNWHI guests and sophisticated clients like Luxury brands or other successful companies.

The Xhibitionist Event Super Yacht offers a valuable and remarkable business tool either in addition to existing operators or as well as for a stand alone professional Business tool.

There are so many solutions and possibilities on this concept as the yacht is open to all activities. You can run a Michelin Star Restaurant, a Bar/Disco club, Fashion Shows, Product Placements, Casinos, Weddings, Private VIP Parties and many more. The flexibility is endless and you can go to your event and not the event has to come to you. For sure, this yacht would be completely rent out during every F1 GP, Cannes Film Festival, Monaco Yacht Show or whatever….

•  Luxury restaurant between 220 up to 350 volume seats

•  for bar/disco Events more than 600 guests

•  Conference seating

•  Many Lounge areas

•  LOA 70 m and beam 19 m

•  diesel electric hybrid system with MME turbine generators

•  an autonomy use only on batteries for several hours

•  fast charging battery banks

•  safe operations based on a trimaran hull

The investment is low in comparison to a high standard luxury 70m Yacht. Also there could be discussed a yacht version out from this concept.

Video: Luxury yachts by Maiora – A brand of FIPA Group

November 18, 2014

Italy-based company, FIPA Group, has published a video showing the luxury vessels by Maiora – a part of the FIPA Group. These include motor yacht Maiora 43, Maiora 39 dp, Maiora 35 dp, Maiora 33 dp, Maiora 31 dp, Maiora 29 (example is charter yacht Adriatic Blues), superyacht Maiora 27, luxury yacht Maiora 24 S, Maiora 23 (example is charter yacht Felicity 777), as well as Maiora 20 S. The video was recorded and mixed at the prestigious recording studio, House of Glass.

Video: 68m Sunrise motor yacht Project SKYFALL (N681)

November 18, 2014

The prestigious Turkish shipyard, Sunrise Yachts, has recently released an amazing video showing their impressive 68-metre motor yacht Project Skyfall (N681). Featuring naval architecture by Mulder Design and Ozgün Yacht Design, luxury mega yacht Project Skyfall is a fast-displacement, transatlantic vessel, beautifully designed by Vallicelli & Co., with an interior design by Focus Yacht Design.

Video by YachtVid: Party for new motor yacht Ocean Alexander 100 at FLIBS 2014

November 18, 2014

During this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), Ocean Alexander hosted an amazing party to celebrate the launch of the all-new motor yacht Ocean Alexander 100′. Beautifully designed by Evan K. Marshall, superyacht OA 100 is a natural next step from the highly successful Ocean Alexander 90 yacht. She has been designed with luxury yacht chartering as a high priority. Below is a video showing the party for Ocean Alexander 100 at FLIBS 2014, released by YachtVid – a video production company, dedicated to providing interesting, informative and entertaining action yacht videos.