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A very successful Monaco Yacht Show 2014 for Wild Group International

October 17, 2014

Wild Group International was present at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show, showing the art of vinyl film application to all visitors. Among various exhibits at Monaco were the 50m Proteksan Turquoise superyacht Double Trouble that received a full hull transformation from white to blue and the 28m Sunseeker motor yacht Merrick, displaying a total interior and exterior transformation using matt metallic silver.

50m luxury yacht Double Trouble after full hull film finish by Wild Group

50m luxury yacht Double Trouble after full hull film finish by Wild Group

“We have been overwhelmed with the amount of enquiries following our exhibit at Monaco Yacht show and so pleased to see that the industry is now seeing the benefits and gaining confidence in vinyl films for interior and exterior transformations,” comments Greg Hoar, Managing Director.

28m superyacht Merric after Titanium full wrap and superstructure at Solent Refit by Wild Group

28m superyacht Merric after Titanium full wrap and superstructure at Solent Refit by Wild Group

Superstructure colour match transformation for 56m motor yacht TURQUOISE by Wild Group

October 17, 2014

Luxury motor yacht Turquoise has received a superstructure colour match transformation in Matterhorn white earlier this month, performed by Wild Group International. The outstanding 56m superyacht Turquoise was launched by Proteksan Turquoise to a design by Dubois in 2011.

56m super yacht Turquoise by Proteksan Turquoise

56m super yacht Turquoise by Proteksan Turquoise

“Although I was sceptical at first, the result really is fantastic…. compared to paint the process is totally hassle free, the colour match is spot on…  I would definitely recommend using films and Wild Group to anyone needing to refresh their Yacht, ”says Captain of luxury yacht Turquoise.

The problem the 56m super yacht Turquoise had was staining on the overhangs, showing as streaks that couldn’t be cleaned or buffed off.

The overhang is a high visibility area and one of the first things the owner and luxury yacht charter guests see when boarding her.  The traditional approach of spray would have been very time consuming, and logistically challenging, requiring tenting.

Motor yacht Turquoise - vinyl wrap

Motor yacht Turquoise - vinyl wrap

Although skeptical at first, the Turquoise yacht chose to go the vinyl film route on these areas, using a film color matched to the existing matterhorn white paint.

The fitting process took 5 days and required no tenting.

The end result is a new fresh coat on the overhangs, which is expected to last 5 years.

Update 20/10/2014:

“Just to add to the article, we are now considering wrapping the entire yacht as opposed to the more conventional paint option. Great job, and thanks again!” comment from Captain Ben Craig-Cameron MNI

Initial testing for 30,5m Hodgdon racing yacht COMANCHE in Newport, Rhode Island

October 17, 2014

Built by the US shipyard Hodgdon Yachts, the recently launched sailing yacht Comanche is currently preparing for her racing debut at this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The 30,5m pre-preg carbon fibre racing yacht Comanche has started her first sea trials in Newport, Rhode Island this week.

Hodgdon Yacht Comanche under sea trials - Photo by George Bekris via Scuttlebut Sailing News

Hodgdon Yacht Comanche under sea trials - Photo by George Bekris via Scuttlebut Sailing News

“Comanche was designed and built to break monohull sailing records,” said Timothy Hodgdon, President of Hodgdon Yachts at the official launch at the Monaco Yacht show. “She’s going to be fast! We’re very proud of this boat.”

Sailing yacht Comanche under sea trials - Photo by George Bekris via Scuttlebut Sailing News

Sailing yacht Comanche under sea trials - Photo by George Bekris via Scuttlebut Sailing News

Boat  and its crew arrived under tow after a 25-hour journey from Hodgdon Yachts yards in Maine. With the arrival the assembly phase started. The keel and mast have been fitted and stepped and for superyacht Comanche sailing trials are beginning.

Racing yacht Comanche under sea trials - Photo by George Bekris via Scuttlebut Sailing News

Racing yacht Comanche under sea trials - Photo by George Bekris via Scuttlebut Sailing News

After the first sea trials sessions Comanche yacht will be loaded up onto a cargo early November for final testing and training in Sydney just a month before the start of the race!

Super yacht Comanche under sea trials - Photo by George Bekris via Scuttlebut Sailing News

Super yacht Comanche under sea trials - Photo by George Bekris via Scuttlebut Sailing News

Following the Rolex Sydney Hobart race, plans are in place for Comanche superyacht to take part in other classic races such as the Bermuda Race, the RORC Caribbean 600, the Transpacific Yacht Race or the Transatlantic Race.

Video: Front Street Shipyard moves 155ft sailing yacht ASOLARE

October 17, 2014

Front Street Shipyard (FSS) has recently welcomed the renowned 155-foot charter yacht ASOLARE (ex Scheherazade) to their facility for a Lloyd’s survey, new paint, as well as some maintenance work. The trickiest part of the project was to get the luxury sailing yacht ASOLARE into the building to be able to begin the refit. Working with six inches of clearance on either end of the building, the team from Brownell Systems worked with the team at FSS to maneuver her in comfortably. Below is a video showing FSS while moving ASOLARE into the building, made by Billy Black.

New exterior and interior images of Princess 40M motor yacht SOLARIS

October 17, 2014

Princess Yachts International has proudly released the latest exterior and interior images of the Princess 40M charter yacht Solaris. Boasting striking interiors by Mark Berryman, motor yacht Solaris can accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 spacious en-suite cabins. She is available for crewed yacht charters in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Princess 40M motor yacht Solaris

Princess 40M motor yacht Solaris - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Superyacht Solaris - aft view

Superyacht Solaris - aft view - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Solaris Yacht from above

Solaris Yacht from above - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Luxury yacht Solaris by night

Luxury yacht Solaris by night - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Solaris superyacht - Main Saloon

Solaris superyacht - Main Saloon - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Super yacht Solaris - Dining Area

Super yacht Solaris - Dining Area - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Superyacht Solaris - Owners Suite

Superyacht Solaris - Owners Suite - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

Solaris Yacht - Upper Deck VIP Stateroom

Solaris Yacht - Upper Deck VIP Stateroom - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

40M superyacht Solaris - Gym

40M superyacht Solaris - Gym - Image courtesy of Princess Yachts International plc

New 98m motor yacht SEA ARROW design by Verme Projects

October 17, 2014

The new 98-metre motor yacht Sea Arrow design represents the latest concept, developed by the Italian design studio, Verme Projects. Luxury mega yacht Sea Arrow concept is based on the perfect harmony between sporty lines and elegant proportions, boasting generous outdoor spaces.

New 98m mega yacht Sea Arrow design by Verme Projects

New 98m mega yacht Sea Arrow design by Verme Projects

Both exterior and interior layouts of superyacht Sea Arrow concept are strictly linked with long and arched fashion plates, representing Verme Projects’ design sign since 2004;  the first runs continuously from aft swim platform to bow. All of them have sloped a movement at midship to underline their forward arrow-shaped part.

Luxury yacht Sea Arrow concept

Luxury yacht Sea Arrow concept

This shape is the one from which the studio’s internal project code name comes from.

Super yacht Sea Arrow design

Super yacht Sea Arrow design

Niches in these shapes is another novelty in interpreting external balconies.

Owner aboard Sea Arrow superyacht concept has a private balcony of more than 8 meters in length. Other balconies are reserved to Guest cabins and to main saloon, creating a sort of an external veranda.

Luxury motor yacht Sea Arrow concept

Luxury motor yacht Sea Arrow concept

A distinctive element is certainly the upper bow terrace, with its 55 sqm pool, as well as a beach club with almost 360° view on the sea.

Luxury yacht Sea Arrow 98 design is proposed with multiple interior layouts, and with a helipad.

Superyacht Sea Arrow concept - Decks

Superyacht Sea Arrow concept - Decks

Presentation video of the new 98m motor yacht SEA ARROW by Verme Projects

About Verme Projects

Massimo Verme established his first design studio in 1995.

For several years he worked as engineer and project leader for famous top level Italian and international yards.

After and partially in parallel with this experience, in 2003 he established Verme Projects with some partners.

This unique combination of yard and design office experience was contributing in rising the ability to view a design not only from styling side, but also from engineering  and production point of view, for optimum results.

Integration makes the difference” is the studio’s tagline created in 2005 from the strong teamwork they believe in.

The studio is using their specialized engineering capabilities they have together with high-end styling and professional Owner consulting.

In their range of customers there are almost all big names on Italian shipyards.

They are working steadily for Benetti, Fincantieri Yachts and Palmer & Johnson Yachts.

Video: FDHF motor yacht ALIVE (YN17042) by Heesen Yachts

October 17, 2014

Built by the prominent Dutch manufacturer Heesen Yachts, luxury motor yacht Alive (YN17042) represents the first vessel of the all-new Heesen 42 meter series boasting a further development of Van Oossanen Naval Architects’ Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF), as well as the first application of the Hull Vane. Superyacht Alive thus requires 35% less power than any comparable yacht. Below is a video showing this highly innovative vessel, released by Heesen Yachts and shared by Van Oossanen NA, who were responsible for the naval architecture as well as concept development, in partnership with Omega Architects.

Arrival of 75,80m motor yacht ICON 250 hull at ICON Yachts

October 17, 2014

The prestigious Dutch shipyard, ICON Yachts, has announced the arrival of motor yacht ICON 250 hull. Superbly penned by world-renowned Tim Heywood, the impressive 75,80-metre mega yacht Project ICON 250 is scheduled for completion in early 2017.

Rendering of the 75,80m mega yacht ICON 250 by ICON Yachts and Tim Heywood

Rendering of the 75,80m mega yacht ICON 250 by ICON Yachts and Tim Heywood

Superyacht ICON 250 boasts a number of specific features, such as a low profile engine room featuring five vast guest suits on the lower deck connecting in ICON fashion to a large wellness area and gymnasium opening to a sea terrace. A full size swimming pool with waterfall on the aft deck and extensive exterior spaces make this a true ICON. The timeless lines of Tim Heywood and interior design by Studio Massari combine the best of all worlds.

With near enough 1000 sqm owner’s and luxury accommodation the layout presented dominates by large spaces centred around a circular staircase with a glass lift. The owner’s suite forward on the upper deck with panoramic views connects to a private terrace on the fwd deck.  Large cinema and dining area are aimed at entertaining up to 19 guests with seamless transitions from interior to exterior spaces.

Luxury motor yacht ICON 250

Luxury motor yacht ICON 250

An extensive array of water toys compliment the two ten meter custom tenders and a third crew tender located in a vast garage in the forward part of the hull with large side shell doors. Project ICON 250 superyacht will be delivered to Lloyds and MCA classification.

Outline Specification of super yacht ICON 250

Length Overall: 75,80 m

Length Waterline: 66,00 m

Beam Molded: 13,50 m

Gross Tonnage: 2015 GT

Top Speed: 16 kn

Cruise Speed: 14 kn

Crew: 28

Owner and Guests: 12 (max 19 when not operating commercially)

Exterior Design: Tim Heywood

Interior Design: Studio Massari

Launch of new Horizon RP110 motor yacht PARADISE

October 17, 2014

The all-new Horizon RP110 motor yacht Paradise was launched by Horizon Yachts in Taiwan over the weekend. Superyacht Paradise is currently undergoing her first sea trials with the Western Australia owner aboard.

Horizon RP110 superyacht Paradise at launch - Image credit to Mark Western

Horizon RP110 superyacht Paradise at launch - Image credit to Mark Western and Horizon Motor Yachts Australia and New Zealand

Following her sea trials, luxury yacht Paradise will be shipped to Perth for delivery before Christmas. She will represent the largest Horizon Yacht ever sold into Australia.

Luxury motor yacht Paradise on the water - Image credit to Mark Western

Luxury motor yacht Paradise on the water - Image credit to Mark Western and Horizon Motor Yachts Australia and New Zealand

Horizon RP110 yacht Paradise features naval architecture by Don Blount and the yard’s in-house team. She has been beautifully designed by J.C. Espinosa.

Super yacht Paradise - Image credit to Mark Western

Super yacht Paradise - Image credit to Mark Western and Horizon Motor Yachts Australia and New Zealand

Motor yacht Paradise - Image credit to Mark Western

Motor yacht Paradise - Image credit to Mark Western and Horizon Motor Yachts Australia and New Zealand

Below is a selection of the luxurious charter yachts built by Horizon.

100-foot limit lifted for 2015 Rolex Fastnet and Rolex Middle Sea Races

October 16, 2014

The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and the Royal Malta Yacht Club have lifted the 100-foot (30,47m) LOA monohull limit for the 2015 editions of the Rolex Fastnet Race as well as the Rolex Middle Sea Race, set by a number of the classic 600 mile races, such as the Fastnet, Sydney Hobart and Middle Sea races. This will allow superyachts attending the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series to compete.

Start of the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race from Cowes, Isle of Wight - Credit Rolex Kurt Arrigo

Start of the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race from Cowes, Isle of Wight - Credit: Rolex Kurt/Arrigo

The AORS consists of four events: the RORC Caribbean 600, the 2015 Transatlantic Race from Newport to the Lizard, the Rolex Fastnet Race and Rolex Middle Sea Race. Superyachts have always been eligible to race in the RORC Caribbean 600 and a number have entered for the west to east Transatlantic Race at the end of June/July 2015, organised by the Royal Yacht Squadron and New York Yacht Club in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club and Storm Trysail Club.

In previous editions of the Rolex Fastnet Race only monohulls of 100ft or less were eligible to win the coveted Fastnet Challenge Cup. In 2013 there were two monohulls at this upper limit of 100ft: Mike Slade’s Farr 100 charter yacht ICAP Leopard (GBR), and Igor Simcic’s RP100 superyacht Esimit Europa 2 (SLO).

With a number of superyachts competing in the 2015 Transatlantic Race, such as Elena Ambrosiadou’s, 289ft Dykstra/Perini Navi charter yacht Maltese Falcon, and superyacht Mariette, the 1915 Herreshoff classic, the increased LOA limit for the 46th biennial Rolex Fastnet Race will entice yachts over 100ft to enter and possibly win the Fastnet Challenge Cup, making for a spectacular race from Cowes, Isle of Wight in August 2015.

Rolex Fastnet priority for RORC members

“Another initiative in place for the Rolex Fastnet Race is to give RORC members priority when entering in January 2015,” explains Nick Elliott, RORC Racing Manager. “The race was oversubscribed in 2013 within 24 hours of entry opening with many boats, including those of RORC members, having to go on a waiting list. To cope with demand, the Club increased the limit to 340, but with the 2015 Transatlantic Race from Newport to the Lizard having close to 60 boats and the Rolex Middle Sea Race breaking the 100 boat barrier, we can only envisage another scramble for places when entry opens at midday on the 12th January 2015,” continues Elliott.