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Refit of motor yacht SHERAKHAN at ICON Yachts

September 17, 2014

ICON Yachts have been commissioned to refit the outstanding 1945 Gross Tonnage charter yacht Sherakhan. Luxury motor yacht Sherakhan will be treated to a new exterior paint system as well as new generators.

Yacht SHERAKHAN - Main

Yacht SHERAKHAN - Main

During her brief visit to the yard, ICON will undergo a thorough systems service and maintenance campaign. The Sherakhan superyacht project is being managed by Verkerk Yachting Projects.

Super yacht Sherakhan is one of the most impressive superyachts available for luxury yacht charter. Her luxurious interior, décor and layout combines perfectly to give a feeling of grandeur and comfort. The added extras such as the glass bottom jacuzzi and the themed cabins make this yacht one of the very best available for charter.

Yacht SHERAKHAN - Master Cabin

Yacht SHERAKHAN - Master Cabin

After her refit luxury charter yacht Sherakhan will depart for the Caribbean to continue her World Trip 2014/2015.

73m explorer motor yacht LEGEND (ex Giant) to be converted into a luxury charter yacht by ICON Yachts

September 17, 2014

ICON Yachts have been commissioned to complete the conversion of the 73m (240’) explorer motor yacht Legend (ex Giant). Diana Yacht Design is finalizing the design for the transformation of Legend yacht. She is a fully classified Class 1 icebreaking ship, which will be converted into a luxury charter yacht, capable of carrying 30 guests, without losing her safety and strength as an icebreaker. The vessel was originally constructed to the highest specifications by the IHC Holland shipyard.

73m (240') explorer motor yacht Legend (ex Giant) to be converted by ICON Yachts

73m (240') explorer motor yacht Legend (ex Giant) to be converted into a luxury charter yacht by ICON Yachts

Alongside the completion of the technical and system upgrades of this magnificent Icebreaker, extensive modifications to her exterior will be made. The stern will be extended by 3.6 metres and will be equipped with a swim platform and a swimming pool. The helicopter landing pad will be commercially certified and a submarine will be stored in a garage on the forward deck.

The Legend yacht project is being managed by Verkerk Yachting Projects, the design and the engineering is performed by DIANA Yacht Design and she will be fully Lloyds certified. (Solas passenger yacht 30 pax )

Explorer yacht Legend will be used for adventurous luxury yacht charters in the remote areas of the world, such as Antarctica, Greenland and the North Pole.

World Yacht Trophy 2014 for 80m CRN CHOPI CHOPI Yacht

September 16, 2014

CRN, a part of the Ferretti Group, specializing in the building of luxury yachts, completely custom-made in steel and aluminium, opens the new season with a major award. This has been won by the 80m Chopi Chopi yacht at the 2014 World Yacht Trophy.

World Yacht Trophy 2014 for the 80m CRN mega yacht CHOPI CHOPI

World Yacht Trophy 2014 for the 80m CRN mega yacht CHOPI CHOPI

The event, organized as usual by the international group Lux Media Group, rewards the best megayacht built by shipyards in the world; the flagship of Ancona shipyard was awarded the prestigious award of “Most Achieved Trophy” in the category of mega yachts from 54 to 82 meters.

The experts of the jury agreed that in the international yachting industry super yacht Chopi Chopi stands out for quality, the craftsmen’s commitment to work on the finish and interiors, for its spectacular volumes and open spaces, and its constant and direct contact with the sea. Not forgetting art, design and attention to the wellness onboard.

This new award enriches the numerous prizes that CRN’s flagship has reached throughout 2014, like: ‘Best Interior Design Award’ at the Showboats Design Awards 2014 category, among megayachts above 60 metres in length, the Judges Commendation at The World Superyachts Awards 2014, and the ‘Boat of the Year 2013’.

80m CRN Motor Yacht CHOPI CHOPI

Luxury yacht Chopi Chopi, at a staggering 80 metres, is the largest megayacht ever built by CRN and one of the biggest ever produced in Italy. Chopi Chopi is a grand showcase of Italian quality, having been fully constructed in Ancona and designed by two Italian architectural firms: Studio Zuccon International Project, which created the exterior profile and interior layout together with CRN Engineering, and architect Laura Sessa, who was responsible for the stylistic concepts and interior design. Chopi Chopi is a steel and aluminium displacement hull megayacht with 6 decks that can host up to 12 guests in six suites.

Super yacht CHOPI CHOPI

Super yacht CHOPI CHOPI

Conceived as a family house, Chopi Chopi yacht represents a synthesis and, at the same time, an evolution with the characteristic features, the soul and the innovations of a vessel branded CRN, which stands out for its spectacular volumes, the airiness of its spaces, its slender structures and its soft lines, the attention given to detail and well-being onboard, the play of lights and, above all, the more direct contact with the sea.

As with every vessel produced by the shipyard, the new flagship fully embodies CRN’s strengths: the balconies and open terraces in the VIP cabins on the main deck, the beach club on the lower deck with the stern hatch that turns into a 100sq metre beach overlooking the water and the wide windows, which allow light to flood into the interiors, thus granting constant eye-contact with the sea. Moreover, the Chopi Chopi megayacht features some particular innovative solutions, such as the avant-garde pilot house – sporting the characteristic round shape – and an exclusive space for the Owner, with a deck entirely devoted to him, located between the upper and sun deck, where he can enjoy cruising in maximum privacy and which can also be reached thanks to a helipad located at the stern.

A huge success of Vc Metalwork clients at 2014 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

September 16, 2014

Vc Metalwork are very proud of the winners of this year’s Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, which was hosted by the lovely Sardinia yacht holiday destination – Porto Cervo from August 31 to September 6. The company is proud to have worked with the programs of four out of the six class winners: J Class sailing yacht Lionheart, Wally Class winner Magic Carpet Cubed yacht, Supermaxi winner superyacht Firefly, and Mini Maxi’s new World Champion Alegre yacht.

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Claasen Shipyards built Super J Lionheart yacht took her third gold in a row, having won the Menorca Maxis, The Superyacht Cup, and now the Rolex Maxi Worlds. Vc Metalwork have worked extensively with Lionheart over the past few months, redesigning their jib Cunningham system, modifying the headstay pin, and re-fabricating a number of interior fittings; as well as working with the yacht in Mahon in collaboration with Carbo-Link.

The Vc Metalwork Wally Yacht clients that came in the top three are Magic Carpet Cubed and superyacht J One. S/Y Magic Carpet Cubed, who won against four time champion charter yacht Y3K and reigning champ S/Y J One, recently contracted Vc Metalwork to reinforce all her Titanium gates.

James King, Commercial Director for Vc Metalwork, was in Porto Cervo raving last week, James says: ‘What a great week of racing in Sardinia with almost perfect conditions and a practically windless lay day. The YCCS pulled out all the stops this year. The courses were well suited to us on Wally 107’ superyacht Kenora and the yacht showed her real potential under pressure, especially on the reaching legs. Finishing mid fleet on the water shows how the commitment of the owners to improve performance has paid off. Fighting tooth and nail with the 80’s and J one there were a few exciting moments and we look forward to more close racing in Les voiles de St Tropez at the end of September.’

Vc Metalwork in Palma de Mallorca design and fabricate high quality marine components. Experts in marine & aerospace materials e.g Titanium,17-ph4, Nitorinc 50, Duplex 2205, hybrid plastics.

Amazing VIP event hosted by Princess Yachts at Cannes Yachting Festival 2014

September 16, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014, saw the prominent UK luxury yacht builder, Princess Yachts, play a host to a VIP event on their stand at the Cannes Yachting Festival 2014. The event was organized by the shipyard in partnership with legendary lifestyle brand Purobeach, who provided live music as well as signature cocktails.

A VIP event hosted by Princess Yachts at the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival

A VIP event hosted by Princess Yachts at the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival

Set against the spectacular backdrop of nine Princess models, including the new motor yacht Princess S72 and mighty superyacht Princess 88, guests enjoyed a Moët & Chandon champagne reception late into the evening.

A VIP event hosted by Princess Yachts and Purobeach

A VIP event hosted by Princess Yachts and Purobeach

Spectacular VIP event hosted by Princess Yachts

Spectacular VIP event hosted by Princess Yachts

As the sun set over Cannes‘ Vieux Port, guests sipped cocktails and danced the night away to music provided by one of Purobeach’s renowned DJs, accompanied by world famous saxophonist, Florencio Cruz.

A hugely successful Cannes Yachting Festival for Sunseeker

September 16, 2014

The recently concluded Cannes Yachting Festival has been a huge success for the Sunseeker brand. The five-day event was marked by a record number of deals, agreed by the Sunseeker London Group of companies.

The Sunseeker display at the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival was the biggest and best it has been

The Sunseeker display at the 2014 Cannes Yachting Festival was the biggest and best it has been

Welcoming new and existing clients from across the globe, the vast Sunseeker collection attracted worldwide interest across the whole display, from the striking red wrapped Portofino 40 through to the iconic 115 Sport Yacht “ZOZO”.

Particular attention was also paid to the brand new 86 Yacht which made its very successful debut at the show in Vieux Port, Cannes. The model generated serious interest at the show and is set to be in high demand for the coming seasons.

This Sunseeker Portofino 40 was wrapped in metallic red by Wild Group International

This Sunseeker Portofino 40 was wrapped in metallic red by Wild Group International

Representing each of the key models from the British shipyard – Performance Cruiser, Manhattan, Predator, Sport Yacht and Yacht – Sunseeker powerfully demonstrated their commitment to producing the most extensive yacht range from a single brand, and reasserted the importance of meeting client’s specific boating requirements.

The Saloon of the 86 Yacht, which made its debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival

The Saloon of the 86 Yacht, which made its debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival

Having made her World Debut at the start of the show, the Sunseeker 101 Sport Yacht gained a further accolade after winning the World Yachts Trophies award for “Best Exterior Design”.

The Sunseeker 101 Sport Yacht was awarded the “Best Exterior Design” at the LuxMedia World Yachts Trophies on September 13th

The Sunseeker 101 Sport Yacht was awarded the “Best Exterior Design” at the LuxMedia World Yachts Trophies on September 13th

Based on the exceptional and well-recognised “BLACK LEGEND” yacht, delivered in May by Sunseeker London and the sumptuous 3-cabin customised version “SANDY” sold by Sunseeker France and on display at the show, the award affirmed Sunseeker’s unrivalled and forward-thinking design capabilities.

Intelligent design features onboard the 101 Sport Yacht set her aside from competing brands

Intelligent design features onboard the 101 Sport Yacht set her aside from competing brands

In total, 10 new Sunseeker yachts were at Cannes, representing the strongest display the brand has exhibited there in recent years. Having dominated the production motor yacht sector at the show, Sunseeker is now looking forward to capitalising on the strengthening of the 2014/15 market.

The Sunseeker 101 Sport Yacht “BLACK LEGEND”, winner at the World Yachts Trophies

The Sunseeker 101 Sport Yacht “BLACK LEGEND”, winner at the World Yachts Trophies

The Sunseeker London Group is set for further success at the UK based Southampton Boat Show, taking place from the 12th – 21st September, where the new Manhattan 65 is making her debut alongside the 86 Yacht on the impressive and instantly recognisable stand.

A number of sea trials took place at the Cannes Yachting Festival, with the 80 Sport Yacht being pictured here

A number of sea trials took place at the Cannes Yachting Festival, with the 80 Sport Yacht being pictured here

Note: Article supplied by the official Sunseeker Blog Book

Edge Yachts and Water’s Edge Consulting join forces

September 16, 2014

Edge Yachts, the company providing a high-touch, full-service yacht management, is taking a strategic step forward with the acquisition of Water’s Edge Consulting, a leading and highly regarded yacht management firm. One of Edge Yachts’ clients is the outstanding 62m Feadship motor yacht Sea Owl.

62m Feadship superyacht Sea Owl - Photo credit to Kees Torn

62m Feadship superyacht Sea Owl - Photo credit to Kees Torn

This step follows many months of careful discussion between Ken Argent, founder and owner of Water’s Edge and Anthony Sands, owner, founder and CEO of Edge Yachts as to how a merger would result in a stronger entity capable of providing even higher levels of yacht management and construction services to their existing clients, and to the luxury yacht industry.

“This is an extraordinary step forward for both companies and their clients,” said Sands. “Water’s Edge will provide a strong infusion of depth and experience in the increasingly complex and demanding regulatory arena. The new company will now be capable of providing a full array of comprehensive yacht management services as well as ward-winning yacht construction supervision.”

New Columbus Sport Oceanic 70 Yacht to be presented at Monaco Yacht Show 2014

September 16, 2014

Columbus Yachts is excited to announce its new collaboration with Studio Vafiadis on the all-new Columbus Sport Oceanic 70 yacht. Currently under construction in the company’s Naples shipyard, Columbus Sport Oceanic 70 superyacht will be presented in an exclusive preview at this month’s Monaco Yacht Show.

Columbus Sport Oceanic 70 Yacht

Columbus Sport Oceanic 70 Yacht

The Palumbo Group has successfully been involved in shipping sector for nearly half a century. Columbus Yachts, a brand of Palumbo Group, combines the highest technical expertise with the best Italian style, famous in the world.

“We have brought our shipping knowledge to yacht-building and created three stunning collections – the Classic, the Explorer and the innovative Sport Hybrid – under the Columbus Yachts brand. The new Columbus Sport Oceanic yacht has been created in a tight collaboration with Studio Vafiadis and it will represent an additional line, a forward oriented, fresh and dynamic cutting-edge stylistic approach to propose to new clients. As in all our Columbus Yachts Line, the environmentally friendly studies had an important impact on design as well as in the project. Columbus Sport Oceanic is in fact designed to have the hybrid propulsion option among many other environmentally friendly features. The sea is something we need to respect and preserve for future generations,” said Giuseppe Palumbo, CEO of the Group.

Columbus Sport Oceanic 70 superyacht - aft view

Columbus Sport Oceanic 70 superyacht - aft view

Palumbo Group was established in Naples in 1967 as a small carpentry and welding workshop for commercial ships. Now, after three generations, it has become one of the largest marine Groups in the Central Mediterranean and is still owned and managed by the founding family. The Group now has a refit and super yacht construction facility in Naples, a commercial shipyard in Messina (Sicily), two refit yards in Malta one for commercial shipping and the other for super yacht, a super yacht refit yard in Marseille.

In 2008 the Group decided to branch out into luxury yachting and launched their first super yacht in 2011, emblematically christened motor yacht Prima, the First. In 2013 40S Hybrid yacht, the first Yacht of the Sport Hybrid Line was launched and it was an immediate success.

Motor yacht Columbus Sport Oceanic 70

Motor yacht Columbus Sport Oceanic 70

The new construction division is located in the commercial port Naples SuperYachtsYard located and includes three covered sheds for new builds. Plans for further development of the Facilities are moreover in progress.

The yard has 840m (2,755′) of quayside for commissioning and completion works served by two berth-side cranes (7T and 12T) and six telescopic cranes (20T to 700T). The berths are equipped with all the necessary shore services.

The Company has been certified ISO 9001 since 1998, ISO 14000 since 2005 and conforms to the organizational and management model under the OHSAS 18001 standard.

Luxury yacht Columbus Sport Oceanic 70 - side view

Luxury yacht Columbus Sport Oceanic 70 - side view

Columbus Yachts is currently building three Superyachts, with two deliveries scheduled for 2015 and one in 2016. The 2015 deliveries include the second Columbus Sport Hybrid 40m and a 57m Classic Line full displacement vessel.

Columbus Sport Oceanic is a modern Yacht which complies with the needs of the most demanding contemporary owners, and certainly will accomplish to all of their future desires.  Designed by the “creative partnership” of Georges Vafiadis and Stefano Inglese Vafiadis, his son, she is a genuine mixture of experience and inspiration.

Her forward oriented, fresh and dynamic cutting-edge stylistic approach, combined with vast outdoor areas and luxurious interiors, enriched by the serious amount of light from the vast glazing, contribute to deliver an innovative, pleasant and timeless boat.

Super yacht Columbus Sport Oceanic 70

Super yacht Columbus Sport Oceanic 70

An impressive collection of outdoor spaces, with extensive accommodations – more relaxed than formal – are placed at all the decks.

Part of this environment are a state-of-the-art beach club/SPA in the aft lower (sized as a 80 meters yacht) facing directly the water through a “gigantic” swimming platform, all accessible from a lobby hidden in the Main Deck, plus an uninterrupted Fly Bridge, ideal both for relax, as well for party, with a well sized jacuzzi and related comfortable and panoramic sunbeds, plus dining and lounging area, all served by a full bar.

The Interiors hosts two big salons on the Main and Upper Deck, that can be the set of formal or more familiar settings, both of them framed by big glazing, offering spectacular views and donating to the ambience a well distributed light.

Columbus Sport Oceanic 70 Yacht - aft view

Columbus Sport Oceanic 70 Yacht - aft view

The guest accommodations are spread in a total amount of 6 cabins: 4 of them located strategically on the Main Deck, plus a spectacular owner’s bedroom located in the fore Main Deck, after a private lobby entrance. The last cabin, located in the fore Upper Deck, is a VVIP Suite that can play the role of a small Master.

Large technical spaces plus a Tender Bay and the Engine Room are in the Lower Deck, optimized to offer the best of the space available to the beach area.

The same for the well organized crew area, focused on creating the best working environment.

Columbus Sport Oceanic 70 Yacht - Decks

Columbus Sport Oceanic 70 Yacht - Decks

Both the elevator and the guest stairs are reaching the Lower Deck with a dedicated entrance to the Owner from the sea that, unused, can become a Gym with direct access to the water.

Columbus Yachts’ team and Studio Vafiadis will be at the next Monaco Yacht show at stand Quai des Etats-Unis, QE14 to further explain the new project and the plans for the future.

Video: 60m Perini Navi sailing yacht SEAHAWK at Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2014

September 16, 2014

Perini Navi Group has released an amazing video showing the impressive 60-metre sailing yacht SEAHAWK (hull C.2193) at the 2014 Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous, which was hosted by the fantastic Virgin Gorda yacht charter location, nestled in the Caribbean’s British Virgin Islands, from March 19 to 22. Luxury mega yacht SEAHAWK has been beautifully designed by the yard’s in-house team, in partnership with bespoke yacht designer, Ron Holland.

Lobanov Design and BMT Nigel Gee unveil 132m motor yacht Project STAR

September 16, 2014

Lobanov Design and BMT Nigel Gee are thrilled to unveil their impressive and striking 132-metre motor yacht Project STAR.

132m super yacht Project STAR by Lobanov Design and BMT Nigel Gee

132m super yacht Project STAR by Lobanov Design and BMT Nigel Gee

Igor Lobanov, Yacht Designer, tells how the project came about: “The initial idea of the Star belongs to Alex Malybaev from FIRMA branding agency. Alex and I exchanged some thoughts about yachting and come to the conclusion that to those outside the marine industry, all yachts look the same: It seems that modern architecture, product design and car design have no influence on yachts. Malybaev penned an idea “on a napkin” and asked me if a yacht could be like that. I looked at the sketch and set to work. The idea was so great that I wanted to prove it could become a yacht.”

Project STAR superyacht

Project STAR superyacht

Project STAR Yacht

Project STAR Yacht

Collaborating with BMT Nigel Gee for naval architecture and to assess technical feasibility, mega yacht STAR has been developed as a private yacht, or more radically, as the world’s most exclusive private hotel, redeploying to the world’s iconic marine cities and events worldwide. STAR rethinks both artistic form and content.

Luxury yacht Project STAR from above

Luxury yacht Project STAR from above

Measuring 132m in length and over 60m in height STAR superyacht’s technical development features a symmetrically fore & aft double ended hullform, with all electric architecture and fully azimuthing propulsion. Coupled with a dynamic positioning system STAR would rotate within her own length to track the arc of the sun free from the constraints of traditional anchors.

Mega yacht Project STAR - top view

Mega yacht Project STAR - top view

Luxury yacht STAR has been designed with a maximum speed of 18+kts and with a range at 14kts of 5000+NM. Over 3500 sq.m of luxury interior space is provided within the 9000 Gross Tons, whilst a central cluster of 4 lifts provide access across 8 decks.

Luxury yacht STAR

Luxury yacht STAR

Notably lifts 1 & 3 extend from a sub-marine viewing area within the lifting keel up to a viewing platform on the eighth deck offering unprecedented views down onto the unique form of the vessel itself, as well as providing a range of visibility of over 20km.

STAR yacht project

STAR yacht project

James Roy, Yacht Design Director of BMT Nigel Gee concluded, “Historically yacht design has been described as both an art and a science. STAR is a tangible view of a 21st century interpretation of art and science. We are fortunate to live in an era where technology makes the delivery of bolder designs more possible – for clients who are adventurous innovators anything is truly possible”.