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Launch of new Bilgin 147 motor yacht ELADA

June 11, 2014

Last weekend in Turkey saw Bilgin Yachts launch the all-new Bilgin 147 motor yacht ELADA. Superbly penned by H2 Yacht Design, the 45-metre superyacht ELADA resembles the lines of the 2012 luxury yacht M. She represents the second superyacht with a reversed bow, built by the yard.

Rendering of the Bilgin 147 super yacht Elada designed by H2 Design

Rendering of the Bilgin 147 super yacht Elada designed by H2 Yacht Design

Accommodation aboard the Bilgin 147 luxury yacht ELADA is provided to up to 12 guests in 6 deluxe cabins, including a master stateroom, one VIP cabin, as well as 4 guest cabins. Among the special features of this superb vessel belongs a large lounge area on the foredeck with a Spa Pool.

Run by twin 1915 hp Caterpillar C 32 engines, the 45-metre ELADA yacht is expected to reach a top speed of 22 knots and a cruising speed of 17 knots.

Below is a choice of the luxurious charter yachts built by Bilgin.

New agent for Coast New Zealand in The Netherlands and Belgium

June 10, 2014

Coast New Zealand, specialists in handmade luxury luggage, textiles and furnishings for the superyacht industry, is delighted to announce that it has appointed Gate PR as their agent for The Netherlands and Belgium. Moreover, Gate PR will be representing Coast New Zealand across the Superyacht industry. The company has been supplying New Zealand made luxury goods and bespoke design services for over 11 years and has been involved with several high-profile projects and superyachts, including the 125′ charter yacht Marflow, the 183′ Perini Navi charter yacht Zenji, as well as the Millennium Cup superyacht regatta, to name but a few.

Coast New Zealand, specialists in handmade luxury luggage, textiles and furnishings for the superyacht industry

Coast New Zealand, specialists in handmade luxury luggage, textiles and furnishings for the superyacht industry - Image credit to Alex Webster (Coast)

Established in 2003, Coast New Zealand designs and manufactures a full range of Superyacht lifestyle products including canvas luggage, leather accessories, indoor and outdoor bean bags, blankets, cushions and towels. The entire product range focuses on a luxury brand that is specifically developed to withstand the marine environment and offer timeless aesthetics and style.

The appointment of Gate PR, based in The Netherlands, forms part of Coast New Zealand’s continuous expansion within the superyacht industry. It supports their dedication to the Dutch superyacht market and client base providing them with local representation and more importantly a more local point of contact for their customers.

“We are very excited to form this association with Gate PR. As our business continues to grow worldwide, appointing key agents is crucial in terms of our expansion and ensuring accessibility to our products. Having Gate PR represent our product lines in The Netherlands and Belgium enables us to offer a significant part of our target market and client base real time communications and local customer service.” comments Coast New Zealand owner and founder Nicola Webster.

COAST beach bag

COAST beach bag - Image credit to Alex Webster (Coast)

With the majority of their products handmade in New Zealand using the most enduring marinegrade fabrics, the products emulate the high quality and workmanship that has gone in to their development, design and finish. Across the range, the products appeal in both use and style with the range of bags proving as popular with owners and guests as the blankets and cushions are with designers. The award winning Marine Bean® outdoor beanbag remains the first choice for many superyachts. With its uniquely comfortable shape, it is ideal for relaxing on deck, easy to clean and store, can withstand prolonged exposure to the elements and yet is elegant enough to complement the interior and exterior design. The Isla and Marine Bean collections are also available in the recently Design Excellence Award winning Sunbrella® Heritage Fabric which is softer to touch, hardwearing and highly resistant to fading and deterioration.

Coast New Zealand’s involvement in the superyacht industry has spanned the last eleven years supplying luxury products and bespoke design services to yachts worldwide, including high profile projects such as the Louis Vuitton Pacific Series. The quality, customisation possibilities and design options make the range the ideal choice for the industry and are features which have also led to the products being selected for various luxury hotels and resorts around the globe.

COAST Bendigo wool blankets charcoal

COAST Bendigo wool blankets charcoal - Image credit to Alex Webster (Coast)

“I am delighted to be working with Coast New Zealand. They have a true understanding of what is expected in a product for the superyacht industry, not just from technical and practical aspects but also in terms of meeting the end user’s expectations. Their entire product range is ideally suited for the industry and I am excited to be part of the company’s expansion in to Europe.” comments Sarah Flavell, owner of Gate PR.

A great success of GRANDE ORAZIO and CAPE ARROW Yachts at 12th SWS Trophy

June 10, 2014

This year’s 12th edition of the Southern Wind Shipyard (SWS) Trophy came to its end on Saturday, June 7, marked by a great success of sailing yacht Grande Orazio and superyacht Cape Arrow. The event took place at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, which was hosted by the lovely Sardinia yacht charter destination – Porto Cervo.

The 12th SWS Trophy

The 12th SWS Trophy

There was concern that the 4th regatta may have been cancelled due to lack of wind, but after a long wait at the starting line, sails were hoisted and the race began.

The shortened course of 20 miles among the islands, in light wind conditions of 6 to 11 knots, grouped the fleet, engaging the yachts in frequent tacking and jibing, turning the race into an exciting show.

Sailing yacht Grande Orazio, the brand new SW82#02, proved to be very fast, not only leading in her category (C class), but also dominating the 12th SWS Trophy.

Back at the Marina, after the race, the proud owner of Grande Orazio commented on the result: “I wish to dedicate this victory to Willy Persico and his team, for trusting and supporting my project since the beginning”.

XII SWS Maxi Yacht Trophy at Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta© Carlo Baroncini Photography

XII SWS Maxi Yacht Trophy at Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta© Carlo Baroncini Photography

Superyacht Cape Arrow, SW 100 RS, achieved the overall second place and third in the Loro Piana Super-yacht Regatta Class B division, while sailing yacht Whisper, SW78, ended in third place.

Luxury yacht Feelin’ Good, SW82#01, back from her season in the Caribbean, competed to the best of her cruising mode capability to the full satisfaction of her owner.

Maria Cristina Rapisardi, at the helm of SW 94 superyacht Windfall Pioneer Investment, expressed her great satisfaction on the performance of the boat.: She chartered the yacht for this event and is keen to repeat this exciting experience in the near future.

The veteran of the fleet, SW 100 charter yacht Farewell, contributed to make this Trophy unforgettable by offering exquisite banquets on the quayside of C pier.

SWS wishes to thank all those who have made this event possible: the event organizers Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and Boat International Media, Title Sponsor Loro Piana, the partners Pantaenius and Mumm Champagne. Next date is for June 2016, when we’ll be celebrating the 25th anniversary of this great South African venture.

Video: 49m motor yacht SQUALO BIANCO concept by Ozgun Yacht Design

June 10, 2014

Unveiled at this year’s Dubai International Boat Show in March, the superb 49m motor yacht Squalo Bianco concept has been beautifully penned by Ozgun Yacht Design from Turkey. The winner of the International Yacht & Aviation Award 2014 in the ‘Yacht Concept Design over 30m’ category, luxury yacht Squalo Bianco concept is a beautiful high speed full aluminium superyacht under 500 GT, with a unique hull form and an elegant superstructure. Below is a video introducing the Squalo Bianco design, released by Ozgun Yacht Design.

Launch of Tecnomar Nadara 40 motor yacht LOW PROFILE

June 10, 2014

Last Friday saw the launch of the brand new Tecnomar Nadara 40 motor yacht Low Profile at the Italian Sea Group Shipyard in Italy‘s Marina di Carrara. The striking 40-metre superyacht Low Profile represents the third of the seven luxury vessels, scheduled for launch in 2014.

Tecnomar Nadara 40 motor yacht LOW PROFILE

Tecnomar Nadara 40 motor yacht LOW PROFILE

The first two to touch the water had been an extra large floating barge able to launch yachts up to 90m long and the M/Y “FOAM”, a 35m Full Custom yacht by Admiral, which were both launched  in the past few weeks.

Christened under the name  “LOW PROFILE”, the motoryacht Tecnomar Nadara 40 features a fast planing hull  entirely built in aluminum and can reach a top speed of over 26 knots.

Luxury yacht Low Profile is a trideck yacht with modern and captivating lines.

The dark grey color of the hull creates an elegant contrast with the soft grey of the superstructure, lowering the all profile of the Low Profile yacht and delivering a more sporty and sleek design.

The main deck features a spacious main saloon enriched with top quality furniture and upholstery which include precious fabrics, a bar with a marble top, a large handmade table for up to 10 people with a glass backlit panel set in the center, mirrored ceilings with brass inserts and crystal lamps.

Forward on the main deck the owner cabin finds place, taking the full beam of the Low Profile superyacht and featuring large side windows which give natural light to the whole environment.

On the floor the precious ivory and blue carpet acts as a “tray” to the four-poster bed with tufted headboard.

The Owner bathroom has glass washbasins, marble floor with inserts in steel and diamond design and chromo therapy shower and bathtub.

The upper saloon covers the entire beam of the deck and it’s lightened by windows that span the entire length of the deck, delivering a sportier profile to the superyacht Low Profile.

The sky lounge saloon has marble floors, mirrored ceilings and a corner sofa with a double chaise longue which can be opened and converted into a bed, a 65” TV and a wet bar.

The sun deck is actually a terrace overlooking the sea with a large Spa Pool fitted aft, wet bar with marble and glass top and a barbecue corner.

The bridge is also equipped with external wheelhouse and partially covered  by a hard top with further awning systems.

The 4 guest cabins are located on the lower deck and include two twin bed cabins, a double, and a large VIP with ensuite studio.

All cabins features high quality finish headboard in different colour and custom ceilings with crystal inserts.

The crew area is located forward on the lower deck, with two double cabins and a crew mess, while the captain’s cabin is located on the upper deck with direct access to the wheelhouse.

Asia Superyacht Rendezvous 2014 in Phuket, Thailand, December 16 – 18

June 10, 2014

Every year, from 16th to 18th December, the shores of the fascinating Thailand yacht charter destination – Phuket welcome Superyachts, their owners, captains, as well as VIP guests to the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous. The event represents an exclusive gathering of sail and motor yachts over 100 feet in length.

ASR 2012 - The superyacht fleet out at sea

ASR 2012 - The superyacht fleet out at sea

For many the Rendezvous is the highlight of their sailing season and gives them a chance to meet with old friends, make new ones and spend the three days enjoying the sun, sailing and socializing. The aim of the event is to see everyone have a good time in a relaxed atmosphere.

The 2013 event welcomed 11 spectacular Superyachts to Phuket. Six breathtakingly beautiful sailing yachts were in attendance; sailing yacht Argo, charter yacht Shamoun, sailing yacht Yanneke Too, Schooner Sunshine, charter yacht Capricorn and Intrigue yacht, along with five glorious motor yachts; charter yacht Maid Marian 2, charter yacht Maverick, superyacht Moonsand, mega yacht Sapphire and charter yacht Big Fish.

Highlights of the social program include a welcome cocktail party onboard charter yacht Silolona a beautiful 50+ meter Phenisi sailing yacht, the famous Feadship Challenge, which is a model boat building contest, the treasure hunt for both adults and children and the exclusive Gala Dinner on the final evening to draw the event to a close.

Guests of the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous will enjoy the best Thai hospitality in a relaxed and sociable 5-star setting at host venue, Kata Rocks. Phuket is continuously playing host to more and more yachts each year and it is proving to be an extremely popular destination.
The region as a whole is seeing a massive growth in the number of Superyachts and some are now calling Asia home. The rendezvous is always a great way to start off the festive season and the idyllic location provides opportunities for fantastic holiday cruising following the event.

Feadship Royal Dutch Shipyards
, the principal sponsor of the Asia Superyacht Rendezvous and International Media Sponsor, Boat International Media, who provides global coverage, have been supporting the event for its full 13 years and they have both pledged their continued support for 2014 and beyond.

Every year The Rendezvous endeavors to exceed expectations and this year will be no exception. From 16th – 18th December, all eyes are on Kata Bay for what promises to be another exceptional Rendezvous.

Excellent performance of Oyster 885 super yacht KARIBU at Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta

June 10, 2014

In an amazing few days of competing at the 2014 Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, which was hosted by the fabulous Sardinia yacht charter destination – Porto Cervo in early June, the Oyster 885 super yacht Karibu provided an excellent performance. Luxury sailing yacht Karibu shone among the super-lightweight competitors in the same Class C.

Oyster 885 Yacht Karibu under sail

Oyster 885 Yacht Karibu under sail - Photo by Ingrid Abery Photography

Swapping places daily – each day just seconds apart on corrected time – with superyacht Selene, the stripped out, lightweight Swan 80, and holding her own against sailing yacht Grande Orazio, a Southern Wind carbon special just a couple of feet shorter than Karibu but less than half her weight, Karibu raced with a mainly Corinthian and family crew. In fact, Karibu’s owner was one of very few in the fleet enjoying living aboard his yacht in comfort with his guests throughout the regatta.

Having pulled a remarkable 2nd and two 3rds against such stiff competition in the first three races, after the final light airs race on day four Karibu settled on 4th in class overall behind the Cookson 80 luxury yacht My Song owned by Mr Loro Piana himself, and ending still ahead of the 24m Hoek-designed sailing yacht Drumfire and three other Southern Wind yachts in her class. An impressive display.

With the 19 boat fleet split between three classes and sailing with staggered starts, superyacht Karibu captain Tim Corrie said of their showing: “The first few days were favourable to us as the breeze was stronger. On the final day when they called a last-minute course starting after 14:00 we were a little surprised due to the light conditions but nevertheless we went for it. We had a small gear failure which left us with just a main up for around three to four minutes which cost us but we had a fantastic time.”

The event throughout played a testing weather hand with on Day 1 the classic Porto Cervo serving of 12 to 20 knots with tactical duels testing nerve and teamwork, while Day 2 laid out two competing weather systems for challenging sailing in moderate then light winds on a 30 mile course shortened under a scorching sun.

Aboard Karibu, guest crew Jesper Bank said of the day’s sailing: “We had sensationally good conditions for 9/10ths of the race today. It seems we beat Selene yesterday by 18 seconds and they beat us today by 30 seconds, so something tells me that the International Super Yacht Rule is not too bad – we’ve got a race on! Given the conditions it was a good call by the race committee to shorten the course, and it was a good day in the office.”

Light winds again on Day 3 led to a battle of tactics upwind and then heavy traffic and loud banter on every rounding before stealthy nipping and tucking downwind.

As former Olympic helm and regatta commentator Shirley Robinson said: “The racing was spectacular… with breath taking passing moves keeping the tacticians busy and honest!”

So, a good event all round and, showing the versatility of the Oyster 885 at its best – comfort, style with now proven options to take part in the Superyacht Circuit – Oyster are proud to confirm that six of these great yachts, and four of her smaller sister the Oyster 825 yacht, have been sold in the past two years, with all built at the company’s wholly owned shipyard in Southampton.

WIDER Superyacht Division chooses Videso

June 10, 2014

The WIDER Superyacht Division has selected Visedo as their supplier for the permanent magnet power drums. These shall power the propulsion system as well as hotel systems of the WIDER 150′ yacht.

WIDER Superyacht Division chooses Videso

WIDER Superyacht Division chooses Videso

These vital units shall be used as the electric motors that drive the WIDER 150′ superyacht’s diesel electric propulsion system and also the alternators for the 4 MAN engines that shall provide power for the yacht. WIDER’s diesel electric propulsion system is based on 4 standard marine engines connected to VISEDO alternators to create 4 variable speed generators. The current created by these generators will power both the propulsion and the hotel systems on board.

Rendering of superyacht WIDER 150'

Rendering of superyacht WIDER 150'

VISEDO is an award winning company based in Finland, and specialises in the production of electric drive trains for heavy mobile machinery and marine applications. Their patented technology focusses on supplying products that save fuel and provide lower emissions and noise levels.

Works on motor yacht WIDER 150′ superstructure

June 10, 2014

Currently under construction at the state-of-the-art WIDER shipyard in Italy‘s Ancona, motor yacht WIDER 150′ took an important step forward this month, when work began on her superstructure. The hull of superyacht WIDER 150′ already cuts an imposing form, and the addition of a superstructure starts to give a real sense of the volume that the yacht will boast.

Superyacht Wider 150' under construction at Wider Yachts in Ancona, Italy

Superyacht Wider 150' under construction at Wider Yachts in Ancona, Italy

Aft sections of the superstructure were lifted into place in the middle of May, and interior bulkheads have already been secured below the main deck level. “The superstructure is divided into five sections,” explained Project Manager Juan Jose Balaguer, “we shall be fitting three of them on to the main deck, and then the final twod to take two months.

The WIDER 150′ yacht is scheduled for delivery in the summer of 2015 and has already received wide acclaim from the yachting industry for her low emission diesel electric propulsion system and intelligent tender wet launch system.

European Medal Award for Sunreef 80 Carbon Yacht Line

June 10, 2014

June 4, 2014, in Sale Redutowe of Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw – was marked by the final of the 25th edition of the European Medal. Francis Lapp, the President of Sunreef Yachts, as an honorary member of the Business Center Club, was honoured with a diploma for Sunreef 80 Carbon Yacht Line. It was handed over by the President of the BCC Marek Goliszewski, the Chairman of the Verification Commission, Grażyna Majcher-Magdziak and a member of the Organizational Committee of BCC gen. Leon Komornicki.

Francis Lapp with European Medal Award for Sunreef 80 Carbon Yacht Line

Francis Lapp with European Medal Award for Sunreef 80 Carbon Yacht Line

This revolutionary model was introduced by Sunreef Yachts in 2013. The first Sunreef 80 Carbon Line yacht LEVANTE, built entirely of lightweight composite materials used in the aeronautical industry, has proven that the shipyard has been for years the undisputed leader and innovator in the catamaran-superyachts industry.

Sunreef 80 Carbon Line luxury yacht LEVANTE

Sunreef 80 Carbon Line luxury yacht LEVANTE

The commision of this edition distinguished products and services which quality corresponds to European standards. The jury selected 187 winners from across Poland.

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